How I Prepped For My 14km Run

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I took part in the 14km Passion North East Run this morning at Pasir Ris Park. It was my first 14km race, and truth be told, I’ve never trained for 14km. Only 10km.

It could be the lack of adequate training or just really bad air due to the haze, such that I was panting by the 3rd kilometer. So I didn’t push myself during this race and completed the run in 92 minutes.

Here’s some of the prep work I did before the race (not including training) :

1) Attached the race bib to the race tee after collecting it about a week before race day. *Cos I forgot about the race bib last year and thankfully had time to head home for it before my 10km Shape Run.

2) Cut off the sleeves on my race tee so it’s more comfortable during a long race. Should have just won an exercise tank top instead, like some of the other participants.

3) Put plasters on my feet as a blister prevention measure.

4) Laid out everything I’d need the night before my race. Socks, bobby pins for my hair, etc. *I use bobby pins to secure all stray hairs so no part of my fringe ends up poking me in the eyes during the race. I also tie my hair in a French plait instead of a regular ponytail as the latter tends to feel ‘heavy’ after a while, as it tugs quite strongly on hair roots.

5) I had a banana and mini energy bar ready for a quick boost just before the race, at the race venue.

Things I Should Have Done But Didn’t:

1) Left my drawstring shorts at home instead of wearing them for the run. Should have worn the pair with an elastic band so it sits snugly above my hips, unlike the drawstring one which required multiple adjustments during the race.

2) Worn a watch with a timing function instead of having my handphone strapped to my arm. It would have helped in regulating my running pace.

3) Trained for the 14km run (duh!). The pain of regret is truly greater than the pain of discipline.

*This 14km run cost me just S$20, which was the price for early bird registrations for Passion card holders. Compared with last year’s Shape Run, there were no pacers during today’s run, and unlike the Shape Run’s 3 pre-race practice runs, there were no practice runs for Passion North East run. I received just a tee, shoe bag and medal for today’s race. πŸ˜‰

**I don’t think I’ll run any race involving more than 14km, but I just might attempt another 10km run this year. πŸ˜€

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Sunday Siesta 5: I’ll Keep Running Even If I Slowly Bleed To Death

[The Sunday Siesta series: You’ll find no advertorials and no sponsored posts. Just recommendations of stuff I really like, in no more than 3 paragraphs (usually)! Every Sunday! πŸ™‚Β ]

Shape Run 2013

[In slippers after the race, due to blisters!]

I know the title of this post seems a little strange but it was exactly what was running [pun fully intended] through my mind when I participated in the Shape Run this year [Blogpost HERE]. What caused me to have such morbid thoughts were those blisters on my feet which were (ironically) not caused by running or training for the Shape Run, but due to ill-fitting Korean-style shoes a sponsor gave me. I ran the Shape Run with badly blistered feet and told myself that I was not going to give up, and that I’d keep running through the pain, even if it means I slowly bleed to death.

Why I’d think that way, I know not. Perhaps it’s because the 10km run was my goal for this year, having run 5km last year (and the SHAPE run got postponed from earlier this year due to the haze). Perhaps it’s because “giving up” is something I’m unaccustomed to. During that period, I’d also witnessed how the future MIL and most of the other old folks in the rehab centre STRUGGLED to get back on their feet, usually after suffering a stroke. Hence, if I can run, I will NOT walk to the finish line! I endured and completed my run in 58 minutes 38 seconds. I’m proud to say that I never once stopped for a “walk”. It is not just about completing the race. It is about completing it in good time despite the odds stacked against me: painful blisters [the blisters were pretty big, so I stuck something like 3 plasters on each one], a bad cough, insufficient training hours due to said cough.

While I am by no means saying that you should run a race despite feeling really ill, I’d like to say “Don’t give up so soon!” just because of a little discomfort. Of course, don’t go to extremes like Anne Qi Hui (who won this year’s Standard Chartered Marathon despite stopping to vomit several times during the race) but don’t cheat like Tam Chua Puh did just to get the finisher’s t-shirt and medal. Also, don’t stroll to the finish line and collect your tee and medal. We have enough paper chasers, so there’s no need for medal chasers as well. Where’s the glory in flaunting a medal and tee you didn’t even work hard for, right? πŸ˜›

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Grace’s Quick Tips On Running Your First 10km Race:

1) Train with a pacer

2) Eat some fruit, like a banana, before the race

3) Get as close to the Start line as possible

4) It’s ok to run a little slower when you are tired. Just don’t stop.

5) Prepare your tee, bib and all the night before.

Shape Run 2013: My First 10km Race :)

Last year, I ran a 5km race with the fiance. This year, I decided to go for a 10km run alone (he waited in the car, and snoozed. Lucky fella!). In any case, the Shape Run is an all-female run, with only a couple of hunks taking part in the race as pacers *wink wink* πŸ˜€

Those taking part in the 10km race had to be at the flag-off point by 6.30am:

Shape Run flagoff point

My Training Regime

Basically, I have nothing to share with regard to my training for this run. LOL! The Shape Run 2013 was supposed to have taken place many months ago but it was postponed till today because of the haze previously (thanks ah, Indonesia!) πŸ˜› My body was well-conditioned back when the race was supposed to have happened.

I haven’t been training at all recently, not this month at least. After my October 3rd trip to Jakarta, I have been nursing a cold and recently, a bad cough. And this week, I only managed to do one practice run. And I clocked over 1hr 20 minutes.

But today, I managed to complete the race in under an hour – 58 minutes and 38 seconds, to be exact. I’m definitely pleased with the outcome. I just wonder what the timing would have been like had I done enough practice runs. πŸ˜€

Taken after I was done with the race:

After shape run 2013

What I love most about the Shape run has to be the goodie bags and sponsors. πŸ˜€

After my run, I went for a free massage at the Dermal therapy booth *super awesome!*

Dermal Therapy Shape Run 2013

I also visited the Casio booth… and won a BabyG watch worth S$118!!!

Casio Booth Shape Run 2013

Shape Run 2013

There were other sponsors as well, such as BRANDS, DUO, etc. I disliked only one sponsor – Alpheus. They supplied water in small plastic cups to us. After the race, I had expected to receive at least a 250ml bottle of water, but no, it was still the small plastic cups. I spotted a small bottle at the booth but was told that it was only for volunteers. Then I spotted other ladies with 1.5litre Alpheus bottles and requested for one, but was told they were given out by mistake. I was made to feel like I was begging for water. Terrible, terrible service! I hope Alpheus never gets to be a sponsor at any other race event EVER. We run a 10km race and all we can get are puny cups of water after? *sigh*

But I shall choose to focus on the wonderful sponsors: Casio, Dermal Therapy etc. πŸ˜€ I’m definitely very happy with my brand new watch. πŸ˜€

Would I take part in the Shape Run again? Probably not, unless they have a 15km race, for instance. BUT, I would recommend all ladies to take part! It’s actually not that difficult – pick the pacers according to your desired race time (e.g. 55 minutes, 1 hour, 1 hr 20minutes, etc) and just follow them throughout the race! And the goodie bags are awesome! Train with Shape for FREE (there were 3 practice runs this year, with pacers too!) and receive goodie bags too!

Thank you, Shape Singapore! πŸ˜€

Also, lots of thanks to my energy bar sponsor, Stephen James Organics / Orevoworld. I ate two of the mini bars before the race, and I believe they helped keep my energy levels high, as they usually do. πŸ˜€ And my trainers from Quantum FitnessΒ also did their best in ensuring I stay fit. I can now move on to the next challenge!

I’ll be on the look out for a 15km race to join next year! Wheee!~ πŸ˜€