Have you seen a nut run?
Well, you would have if you were at the Nike WE RUN SG race on Sunday. I was there!
And if you were among the 12,000 runners, I'd say good for you! Instead of choosing to spend the super cool morning (thanks to a night of heavy rain), it was almost too hard to pull myself out of bed. But I did!
I was actually feeling pretty jittery prior to the race. It's been about two years since I ran my last marathon, so the thought of running such a long distance actually freaked me out. I had been doing regular runs and attempted a few spinning lessons these few months, but nothing too serious. Fortunately for me, I was in the run with web writer Michelle Ong, who was running a marathon for the first time, so we worked out a strategy to pace ourselves to the end. And it couldn't have been more apt, really: The concept of WE RUN is that it's a place where runners connect, motivate and inspire each other, which was exactly what we did!
Though we were off to a slow start, Michelle and I picked up the pace after the first km or so. Of course, we did pick up the pace whenever the 100PLUS umbrellas were in sight. But I'd say we did pretty well after that. Most importantly, we found time to bond and manage to yell out in a very CLEO fashion when we saw editorial assistant Katherine Teo running in the opposite direction.
Runners up and early!
The big squeeze! Was retrolicious this crowded too?
Let the race begin!
Image courtesy of Nike
All in all, I'd say that it was pretty good fun! The race itself was definitely tiring and daunting, but it was the spirit of the young runners in the crowd that made this event someone reminiscent of a school's cross country race - in a good way. Everyone was cheerful and there was also a carnival waiting at the end.
Signing off with wobbly legs.