It’s been a while since Team Costa has been on one of its run series.  Busy schedules and overseas travels have a way of hindering even well laid out plans.

We finally made it out again and whilst I’m still not able to run yet the team selected the beautiful Botanic Gardens for a morning jaunt.

A small team made up of Chris, John, Veronika, Michelle and myself, we mapped out a route starting at Tanglin Gate. John and I had a head start as we were power walking the route.  The aim was approximately 5km dependent on how my ankle would hold up.

We took a northbound approach then headed east around Swan Lake which was nicely shaded on a sunny and hot morning.

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Moved on past Ginger Garden and into Orchid Plaza where morning artists weaved their creations. Seemed to be part of some organised event.

We carried on past the Symphony Lake where kids were chasing each other with water pistols.  At this point I tested my somewhat jerky dodgy like jog by striking midfoot.  It lasted for about 70m before the ankle started protesting. I shifted back into power walking and very shortly found ourselves at the Bukit Timah Gate on the opposite side of the park.

Pleased with the power walking progress, we headed southward and then took a westward turn to head back to the start. Along the way we met delightful photographers snapping owls high above in the trees of the rainforest walk.

As we emerged from the rainforest we ran into Veronika and by the time we made it back to Tanglin Gate we caught up with Chris and Michelle.

It took John and I an hour to clock up 6km and I’m still months away from any running but it’s a step forward and I’m happy to slowly return to regular training.

With exercise complete and an open appetite we wandered up to Jones the Grocer on Dempsey Hill and devoured a hearty breakfast and fresh juice.  Overall a great morning.  Worth getting out of bed for it.

Cheers.

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