[Lifestyle] Shape Run 2014 – What can be improved?

Shape Run 2014

Last Sunday, I took part in the Shape Run 2014 in the Women’s Competitive 10km category. I was supposed to run with my buddy but she fell ill and hence couldn’t join me 😦

But I guess that’s alright because usually when I run during run events (I don’t call them marathons because technically, a marathon is 42.195km), mostly with my bf, we run separately although there are times where he waited for me. Different people run at a different pace due to obvious differences such as stamina, gender and so forth. So I guess running alone is alright with me.

To be honest, this is the first time I am running without my bf who was kinda worried for me as he won’t be there to look after me should anything happen. Heh, so sweet eh. 😛

I slept at around 1.45am and sprung up to action at 5.20am when the bf woke me up as he was gonna turn in (he was mugging for exams till late). I usually don’t have sufficient rest the night before the run which is extremely not advisable, so please don’t do that. 😦

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I gobbled a banana before the run and praying so hard that I wouldn’t face with stitches at my tummy, and thank god I didn’t! 😀

A word of advice, you should NEVER run on an empty stomach. I used to do that but I always felt sick  after running on an empty stomach. Eating after the run doesn’t help either because all I felt was puking which I did once, quite badly. 😦

You should always have something light 1 to 1.5h before running and a banana would suffice.

Unsurprisingly, I reached the event a little late and started off 4mins after the official timing. I guess for all run events, especially when there is a massive crowd, the gun time will never be the same as your real commencement timing because it is just too crowded and so, you will find yourself walking first before you can really start running.

Here is some of my feedback and thoughts on the Shape Run 2014 event in summary, which many other runners concur as well (I know this because I saw many others complaining of the same on Shape Singapore’s Facebook)

  • Lack of manpower – at water points and booths giving out finisher tee and medals
  • Runners using USED cups due to insufficient cups
  • Runners drinking FROM THE huge bottles and PASSING IT around to other runners. I really find this unhygienic but I guess this is based on individual’s perspective. But whatever it is, this should NEVER occur and has NEVER occurred in all the run events I have been to (I have completed over 10 run events to date).
  • Because of the long waiting time and everyone was rushing and pushing, with disgusting sticky bodies rubbing against yours (MAJOR YUCKS), I was so fed up that I gave up and forgo the chance (what chance?) to hydrate myself.
  • After completing the race, there was NO direction as to where runners could receive their medals and prizes. There was no systematic method of organising this event. It was so bad that I actually thought perhaps there was no medals given out because some run events actually do only hand out finisher tees. But Shape Run 2014 does give out BOTH medal and finisher tee however, there was no sign to direct runners after completing the run. I was quite lost and eventually, I found the booth giving out the finisher tee and medal.
  • The queue, unsurprisingly was damnnnnn long. The amount of crowd was madness but thank god, the ‘XS’ size category was the shortest and because I opted for ‘XS’ for my running vest as well, I reckon I should be able to fit the ‘XS’ finisher tee as well. photo 2
  • However, upon reaching the booth after queuing like for 10mins (poor others had to queue even longer for other sizes), I realised that the volunteers were not giving out the medals and finisher tees, it was DRINKS. I was like, huh? but took it anyway and it was only the booth after this drink booth, were the volunteers handing out the medals and finisher tees.
  • The event took place at Nicholl Highway and they had booked the huge grass field to fill their tents with, which was quite a distance from one booth to another, but I guess this is only a minor issue.
  • There were long queues at the photo booths and freebies booth which I guess it’s pretty common
  • During the run, there was a junction where both 10km runners and 5km runners faced an intersection (which means prone to clashing into one another). I think this is pretty silly because I thought the organisers could actually route it properly to avoid this? I don’t know but this as well, has never occurred in other run events I have participated, especially at the same route.
  • Not as many road marshals stationed at the routes but I guess this doesn’t really bother me that much

This pretty sums up the consequences of poor organisation of the event. I am rather awed and taken aback because Shape Run as compared to other run events held by Community Centres or small organisers, is considered as a major event. I guess it can pretty much be on par with Standard Chartered Marathon?

Anyway, thank god for another friend who ran 5km and waited for me to finish my 10km.

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Hate my fat arms 😥

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I know my timing is shit.

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Finisher tee and medal!

Upon completion of the Shape Run 2014, I still have 3 other upcoming run events – Yellow Ribbon, Tampines Run and Great Eastern Women’s Run. Still thinking if I should participate in the Standard Chartered Marathon this year…

On a side note, I really hope to improve my speed and stamina but my knees are getting tighter and tighter… 😦

Any advice or tips from fellow runners? 🙂

Edited with results :

TIME: 1:27:21 (gun) / 1:22:40 (net)

Ten Things to do to take charge of your body, life and heart

How do you lead life to the fullest with minimal sacrifices and be happy?

You can’t achieve everything that you yearn in life, be it in whatever aspect, so how to do you reap opportunities to maximise your happiness?

What is happiness?

Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.

Here are 10 things to do to take charge of your body, life and heart, to help you look and feel better, because when you feel look better (in your perspective) you would inevitably feel better, isn’t it?

Health (Physical/Psychological)

Exercise

The importance of health need not be further emphasized. Regular exercise not only helps you to shed some kilos (provided you are doing it the right way with balanced diet and all), but it is beneficial to your skin as well as your heart. With regular exercise, blood circulation flows better and hence, pumping more blood in your blood vessels. Your skin will show if you are lacking in exercise.

In addition, exercising fights fatigue and in turn improves your mental health.

Check-ups

You should check your family’s medical history and take note of these issues in your life. Go for regular health check-ups (I am guilty of not doing so myself, oops) so you have a better perspective of what is in for you in your health.

Feeling emotional for no apparent reason? Or maybe you don’t know what is bothering you? Counsel a professional and seek help.

Don’t live alone.

Diet

This is not referring to ‘going on a diet’ kind of diet. I know it’s a girl thing and I am guilty as charged. I am weighing at 43-44kg and yet still complain that I am fat every other day (although weight and BMI is not necessarily an accurate benchmark).

Incorporate more ‘health’ food into your diet. Veggies, fruits and water are your best friends.

Eat well and live well.

These ‘health’ food are also beneficial to your well-being in totality.

Be positive

Having a positive mind can change your day, or even your whole world.

Learn to reject all negative influences in life, be it a friend or even a family member. You can’t choose the latter but you can choose your friends wisely. “Birds of feather flock together”, even if you are not like them, as time passes by, influences will bound to creep in.

Say ‘No’ to things that causes you discomfort. Of course, do it practically.

Boss just threw a fit and gave you more work? Be positive and treat it as a learning journey. The more you do, the more you learn. Even if it’s somewhat a no-brainer task, work towards your efficiency.

Beauty

If time permits, pamper yourself with beauty services or even aesthetic treatments. Go for a relaxing facial or spa, or beautify your nails with manicure/pedicure services. As aesthetic services and treatments are currently trending, why not consider temporary ‘modification’ to your appearance if plastic surgery is not your cup of tea?

You may explore the world of cosmetics. If you are already a make-up enthusiast, research and watch videos of make-up tutorials, and try stuffs which you haven’t try before.

Lastly, don’t forget the importance of maintaining a good skincare regime after all those piling up of makeup. The basic 3-step approach (cleanse-tone-moisturise) should never leave your sight.

Career

Are you the type that likes challenges? Want to climb the corporate ladder? Yearn to win the rat race?

Show your boss that you are an asset at work, to him and to the whole company as a whole! Be proactive. Learn more, expand your portfolio, volunteer to help out. Upgrade yourself by attending workshops and going for courses.

Most jobs require experience. With the knowledge equipped from school, together with experience, comes wisdom.

Jobs that require on-the-job training like mine, as a Legal Counsel, make sure you know your work well, which you can help yourself by reading up. I am doing just that.

Love

Appreciation

Show your appreciation to your loved ones. Don’t take them for granted. Cherish them while you still can and not regret later when you lack the opportunity to.

Think about how you would feel if someone shows their appreciation towards you. You will feel whatever sacrifices you have to do or done will be all worthwhile.

A simple gesture of appreciation can be carried out through compliments.

Listen

Women. Most of us tend to be the one yakking away non-stop (I think it just runs in our feminine blood, ain’t it?) while the men listen. Or try to.

Take a step back, give your men the chance to voice out his thoughts and inner feelings. Most men do not like to share stuffs and tend to keep within themselves (runs in their masculine blood – sometimes just known as ‘E-G-O’, as opening up to their inner world may portray their weaknesses). So what you can do is to encourage your man to speak up. Pay attention to what he say to say and don’t interrupt unnecessarily.

You will find that this helps in the flow of communication and create better understanding between you two.

Make this a habit. Not just with your partner, but to your friend or family member.

Ask them how is their day and mean it by listening to whatever they has to say.

Make time for each other

Been too busy lately that you cannot even recall when was your last date?

Overwhelmed with work or studies?

Too many other commitments?

Then you will need to reflect on your priorities and time-management skills.

Everyone has 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You write your own story.

Loyalty

With that, comes the trust.

Trust is very easily broken, especially so when it has been broken repeatedly.

If you have broken someone’ trust previously, learn how to rebuild it.

Be patient and understand your partner’s feelings, thoughts and actions.

As the saying goes, “Trust takes years to build, seconds to break and forever to repair.”

Always be faithful to your partner and provide them with utmost assurance and security.

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Phew, I cannot believe that I wrote all of the above by myself.

*pats own back*

And for that, I’m feeling accomplished and happy! 😀

Personal musings

Apart from all those reviews and advertorials, I like to think that I own this little blogosphere of mine too and that my ardent readers would like to get to know me a little more…ahem. So here’s a personal blog post for y’all!

What I want to touch upon today will be a topic on most’s lips at the moment… VALENTINE’S DAY!

Yes, V-day is just around the corner, like what, 2 days later?

And if anyone of you would like to know what plans I have in mind?

The answer is NO, I don’t.

The same goes for bf.

We don’t have any idea what to do or eat or to give each other for V-day.

But I honestly don’t mind because it’s the next month that we are both looking forward to!

We are reaching 6 next month and every anniversary, be it a monthsary, couple anniversary, wedding anniversary, bitrhdays (well, it’s still kinda an anniversary since it commemorates one’s birth annually, isn’t it?) will always be special to the parties involved.

V-day is really just like any other day and somehow, the pressure to ‘celebrate’ V-day is often caused by peer pressure, social media influence and basically, overrated and commercialised.

Prices for dining places, gifts and flowers will skyrocket like nobody’s business.

But that aside, don’t say that I’m sucha spoil sport or a lousy gf, I do have something in mind that I wanna give my bf too. I’m leaving the choice of restaurant up to him though 😉

I’m really looking forward to what’s welcoming us next month and our plans for our 6th! Totally can’t wait! ❤

Okay, lovey-dovey stuffs aside.

The next topic I wanna talk about yet keeping it kinda discreet is that…I will be venturing into a new adventure and environment soon. It will be another milestone for me to achieve and naturally, closes yet another chapter of my life. It would definitely play a major role in my life as I embark on this journey. I shall remain positive and embrace any inevitable difficulties encountered, and use them as a learning experience for me. I’m a person who loves challenges and am a motivated individual, so I’m really keeping my fingers crossed!

Till then, I will keep this as it is right now.

The last topic would be on health.

2012 was not exactly a fantastic year for my health. I fell sick quite often, recalling an incident where I suffered from high fever for 5 days during this same period of the year and every other day, I would be stuffing my nose away with loads of tissues.

2013 was a better year for my health. I still do fall sick but not as frequent and I recover faster than 2012.

However, it’s only been about 2.5 months since the new year started and I’ve been falling sick quite often.

I had bouts of runny nose, sore throat and currently am coughing my lungs out, and of course, I do know what’s the cause behind all these sickness – lack of sleep.

I haven’t been sleeping enough recently especially during the CNY period or either that, my brain chooses to be super active during the night which keeps me awake for few hours or either that auto awakes my body in the middle of the night.

Also, I have had stomach flu the day after my bday, after recovering from a terrible flu. I had to be on mc for 2 days and almost fainted at the clinic after I was jabbed to stop the nauseating moments. I never had such reaction before to injection and thank god for my bf, he rushed down to pick me up and send me home. If not, I would have most probably fainted if I went home by myself. The doctor saw that I was still sticking around the clinic even after the consultation and that I have already collected my prescribed medicine, and so he asked to check if I was okay. He scared the shit outta me when he told me if this continues, I would have to be placed on drip.

I have since replenished my vitamin c pills and hopefully, I will get back on track on a healthier lifestyle. I’ve stopped running for about a month now and each time I have the free time to do so, I can’t because I’m sick. It’s definitely not recommended to exercise if you’re sick. But thank god, I will be participating in the Safari Zoo Run – 12km this coming Sunday. It will be my furthest distance thus far and I guess the route is a little more hilly and difficult than the usual marathon runs.

I just hope that I would recover on time… 😦