On race day, Eleanor and I Grab to race site together as Khatib does not have shuttle bus. I’m lazy to walk at least 20 minutes to Yishun station to take the shuttle bus and also the shuttle bus tickets isn’t cheap either. Grab isn’t expensive. Though the Grab uncle was rather frustrated with the road blocks as he kept grumbling about it πŸ˜‚ Though I’d no issues when I took other Grab to the same location, just that it’s a different route the driver used didn’t tio any road blocks before. I remembered the recent overseas races that I went to such as Tokyo Marathon and Amazing Thailand Marathon both have the race route on Google Maps since the previous day of the race so hopefully races in Singapore could do something like this to let drivers aware of the route and road blocks.

There’s 3 different distance categories, 5km, 10km and 21.1km. I participated in the 21.1km. Flag off was at F1 pit building at 4.30am in the morning. I had super enough sleep and rest as my entire Saturday’s time table after waking up in the morning was to eat, nua on bed watch drama and fall asleep and repeat the process πŸ˜† Though I did get out of bed in the evening after dinner to do a 4km guilt run because of the laziness the entire day.

Met YiQing at the race site and the three of us quickly proceed to the start pen and we were lucky to be in the first wave to flag off at 4.30am. There’s 6 different waves and each interval for the next wave is 10 minutes to ease congestion or bottlenecks it’s like so many thousands of runners running! And the last wave flags off at 5.20am, I would have free tanning as well by the time I finish the run if I was in the last few waves πŸ˜‚ Hopefully everyone finished within the 4hours cut off since its not clear that the cut off is based on last wave timing or since the first wave runners.

Some of my girl friends and I love the colour of the singlet for females this year! 😍 I will defintely put them on for my own runs. It’s my 3rd 2XU this year, didn’t run last year as I have too much races and after comparing all my singlets, I preferred this year’s most! It’s my first local race this year and I’m quite prideful of that because I’m not Everywhere πŸ˜† (my friends refer those runners who appeared in many races as Everywhere)

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Flag off was on time for our wave and ouch! I saw two falls! 😒 And I saw the entire process of both falls as I was about 5s behind, though I’m not the one who fell but I can feel that it’s super painful. Just about one km into the run, this female runner tripped on a kerb, fell on the floor damn hard. Someone helped her up. And another one within the next few km, it’s a raised tarmac floor that’s uneven and she missed it. Piak and she’s on all fours as well, someone helped her up too 😡

Shortly into the run, we ran pass a very short tunnel but it’s almost like pitch dark, or was it because of aging and my poor eyesight? πŸ˜‚ Sibeh accident prone sia. A little after 10km, it’s also lightless when we need to run on a stretch of grass patches, also Sibeh accident prone. I was afraid I would fall and concentrate hard on the ground and in the mean time hoping it didn’t rain the past few days as my shoes are still quite new πŸ˜† Should consider placing some lights around or carpeted/wooden flooring for the safety of runners.

I enjoyed the hydration points located throughout the route. Most of the hydration provides cold water and Pocari Sweat 😍 As I had another half marathon a week later, I told myself to run whatever I can, not to tire myself and enjoy the run. So I had a pretty smooth and enjoyable run 😁 Maybe it’s because I was in the first wave, I didn’t tio any congestion or bottleneck. And I realised throughout the years there’s an increasing amount of female runners! πŸ‘

Thank you volunteers! 😍 Especially the volunteers at somewhere near the Merlion where there’s a couple of steps. The volunteers there was like repeating loudly “Steps Steps Steps Steps Steps” continuously in a rate like 10 times per 10 seconds πŸ˜† Maybe someone fell or had a near fall there as they kept cautioning the runners. Then I remembered it’s the most accident prone area in races and I’m glad I didn’t listen to music and was alerted of the steps. Completed the run with a discrepancy of distance. I only had 20.61km on my sports watch.

Love the finisher tee and super cold towel! And congratulations to my friends for their PBs and huge improvements in timing! 😍

It’s already late to care for the environment but better late than never. Climate already changed, pollution already serious and whales found dead with 20kg of rubbish inside of them 😒 I came across a mind triggering post on facebook and I am one of the guilty ones not being environmentally friendly. I don’t bring my own cups or bottles to races . After the race while in the race village, I told YiJing I’m going to throw rubbish, after searching around and walking like 30 steps, I’m sorry to say that I couldn’t conveniently find a bin and I saw a pile of towels and cups by the side and I stacked my unwanted towel(my handphone pouch stained colour on it) and cups on top of it πŸ˜‚ Everyone is conveniently doing it and I followed. It’s wrong and there is no excuse. Let’s think about what had we done or not done, what are the very least we can do and how can we do better not just in running. Yes, running is huge. How about the Earth we live in? ❀

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