Time: 29 mins
Date: May 23, 2010
Pace: 9:40 minutes / kilometer
Run by the Bay
Out of the blue, my friend Eunice called me that he would include me for a run since her Company is the official forwarder for Run by the Bay. She registered me for the 3K run and she’ll be joining me for this run. I never ever considered running before. The last time I had anything run related was when I registered for the Adidas KOTR just to be able to avail of the 50% discount on the shoe I wanted. I didn’t even bother getting my event singlet. Even Eunice didn’t expect me to show up. Somehow, this was a period where I was rock bottom when it come to my life so why not do something different.
So there I was at the starting line of my first ever run. Since I’m not used to the in and outs of running, I barely made the start of the run. It was a short 3K run at MOA and this was a relatively flat course. Eunice and I spent most of the time walking and catching our breath breath. 3K in MOA is just a run around the mall beginning and ending at the bay side of the mall. It always seem easier going around the mall when there are shops to look at. Somehow, it was fun seeing people run and you trying to run. I tire easily at this time run a few hundred kilometers and walk like forever. Since we were practically walking the whole course, we had all our energy reserved for our sprint to the finish so last 100 meters was a sprint and crossing the finish line was really satisfying. Forget that it took me almost 10 minutes just to finish a kilometer and almost 30 minutes to finish the 3K Course.
I think it’s common for a people with no athletic background to struggle on their first run. I didn’t care about my time and my goal was just to finish the race and have fun in the process. There was something about running that was so satisfying so after the run we promised ourselves that we’d join a few runs every now and then. The hardest part to do is always the first step and this was mine and it was such a slow pace for a short distance but you have to start somewhere. Everything has to start somewhere and the story of my runs start here…