Green Corridor 10.5km Run 2014 – more like a Brown Run

This May I took part in the Green Corridor Run – a trail run extending from the Tanjong Pagar railway station up north to Bukit Timah railway station. My favourite kinds of runs are trail runs and they are so much more fun than just pounding up and down the Marina Bay area, where most runs in Singapore seem to be held.

I was not disappointed with the Green Corridor Run. I ran on grass, gravel, clay and mud and things  became more exciting when the downpour started 1km into the run.

The start point was right at the start of the train rails, where the now defunct train from Singapore to Malaysia used to run. Apart from being beautiful and green, there’s also some nostalgia and a lot of history behind this stretch of land.

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The organisers gave us four waves to choose from to start our race. The quicker you were, the earlier you would start the race. I chose the second timing of 920am. Continue reading Green Corridor 10.5km Run 2014 – more like a Brown Run

Kilian Jornet and his inspiring movie about scaling mountains

Reading about sports such as running or mountain climbing inspires me to go outdoors. Well-written books move me and compel me to get off my couch.

Recently, I’ve discovered the power of movies. I started with Fast Girls, which is a 2011 British film about sprinters. It was good but it was fictional. I wanted something more like a documentary.

Then I found one yesterday starring Kilian Jornet called A Fine Line:¬†Summits of my Life, which documented the athlete’s run and ski to the¬†most important peaks of all continents in his minimalist style and trying to break all the speed records on those peaks along the way.

iRunFar¬†and A Trail Runner’s Blog has a review of this film. I watched it last night and the cinematography¬†was just breathtaking. There were also some good quotes about how Kilian views and manages risk in life.

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Endurance athletes…I’m a fan

This post was inspired by Dan’s April 2013 post on endurance athletes. He personally doesn’t like the physique of endurance athletes because they look scrawny. Sprinters look better than marathon runners any day, he contends.

Aesthetics is always personal and everyone has preferences but I must say that I’m a fan of endurance athletes. ¬†Here we have US marathon runners Kara Goucher (left) and Shalane Flanagan (right) competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics. They look so sad because they didn’t manage to win any medals.

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Salomon X-Trail Run 2013

I had a lot of fun at the Salomon X-Trail Run 2013. This year’s race was at Tampines Mountain Bike Park and Trail, which is an area normally reserved for cyclists.

Barbara and I arrived just minutes before the 730am race start but the start time was delayed by about 15 minutes so we had time to stretch and muck around. She refused to wear the event shirt because she didn’t like running in shirts with sleeves. I thought the shirt was really comfortable and the material was the best out of the event shirts I’ve received so far. I was able to keep cool throughout the run and I really like this baby blue colour. I also wore my football socks to run. This was the singular best decision I made in any race – the socks protected me from itchy grass and horrible mud (more about said mud later).

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Chua Chu Kang BIG Farm Walk & Run 2013

Last Sunday I took part in an 8km neighbourhood run at Chua Chua Kang. This run, unlike the more fancy ones organised by Bloomberg or Standard Chartered, was planned by a number of community centres, including Yew Tee Community Club and Bukit Gombak Community Centre. The entry fee was a mere $8 ($10 if you are a non-PAssion card member).

It took me more than half an hour to drive to Chua Chu Kang in the wee hours of the morning but I was seduced by the thought of running through our local farms, imagining that it would be¬†picturesque with rolling fields (it wasn’t).

The starting point was at Brickland Road. We arrived about 10 minutes late, by which point the 8km runners had already been flagged off. The start point wasn’t clear at all. There wasn’t a big banner or anything. This photo shows the start point.

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Cold Storage Triathlon 2013

Last Sunday I took part in my first triathlon at East Coast Park. Granted, it was a mini¬†event – 200 m swim, 10 km bike and 2 km run – but it could just the mini¬†impetus I need to get me started in the world of triathlons! I think that there is something quite mysterious about triathlons. It’s quite easy to find runners and cyclists in Singapore but it is quite rare to find people who are willing to compete in three events in one go. I think it’s because the swimming portion tends to put people off. I mentioned the event to several of my sporty friends and the response ranged from “I can’t swim!” to “I can swim but not that far!”

I am extremely fortunate to have very close friends who enjoy sports and are willing to indulge in my newfound interests with me. When I ran 10 km for the first time at the Yellow Ribbon Run, Serena accompanied me. This time, it was Barbara who kindly agreed to join me at the Cold Storage Triathlon. This is a friend whom I have known since I was seven years old. Her boyfriend Ivan also came along to take photographs for us so we have amazing shots of us in action!

Triathlons are a lot more complicated than just running events because of the equipment involved. We arrived an hour earlier because we had to stamp our bib numbers on our bodies for the swimming portion.

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Yellow Ribbon Prison Run 2013

I’ve been getting into running recently. I think it started when I realised I like sports autobiographies very much; I’ve devoured books on fell running and triathlons recently. I was so inspired I decided that I would sign up for some races as well.

Last Sunday, I ran my first 10 km at the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run. I couldn’t have chosen a better race to do my first 10 km. It was the most well-organised running event I’ve attended! I was actually moaning about the race two weeks before because I forgot to collect the race pack at Bugis+ and had to travel all way to Sembawang to pick it up ($48 cab fare for both ways). But turns out the money was well spent because it entitled me to an excellent goodie bag.

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The race started at Loyang road near Changi Village. They were very punctual and started on time. Serena and I were still stretching and strolling to the start line when the bell went off for the start of the race. It didn’t matter anyway, we had timing chips in our bibs so we took our time to begin six minutes later.

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Straits Times Run in the Park

You would think that with the number of running events in Singapore, it should be quite easy to copy each other and plan properly. But no. The Straits Times Run in the Park, which took place last Sunday on 25th August 2013, was the most poorly organised run I’ve participated in.

The route itself was beautiful. The run took place at Punggol Waterway Park. The paths were winding and took us past trees, man-made ponds and bridges. I think that the National Parks Board did a good job developing this area.

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Our 5 km race started at 8am but we were late because  we spent a lot of time circling around for parking. We were told to park at the closest HDB blocks but the carparks were completely full and people had started parking wherever they could find space, illegally or not. In the end, we just parked haphazardly by the side of the road.

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Books to inspire running

I have a love-hate relationship with running. It can be dreadfully boring when you’re pounding away on the treadmill but can also be euphoric when you cross the finishing line of a race. I like that it helps me keep fit but I hate the feeling of my lungs bursting when I sprint.

One good way to motivate myself to run is to read books about running. They can be novels or autobiographies but I found that autobiographies are more inspiring for me because they are about what people can do in the real world. When  you read about people doing ultra marathons (Scott Jurek), my 5 km run seems pathetic in contrast.

The first running novel I read was Once a Runner by John L. Parker.

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My 5km run at Run & Raisin’ 2013

Run & Raisin is one of the lower profile running events in Singapore. Organised by TOUCH Young Arrows, a charity organisation, the proceeds from the race go to help out children in need.

The race took place last Saturday on the 6th July 2013 at Gardens by the Bay. This is turning out to be a very popular location for races; the Nike She Runs race was held there as well. But unlike the Nike race, which was packed to the brim, Run & Raisin’ was not crowded at all. It was a pleasant surprise. I expected to be squashed elbow to elbow on my run but it was not so. I could even see the starting line! As a result, the running was relaxing and way more fun than the more popular races, such as those organised by the big banks and brand names.

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