Edit: So the Nike Running Singapore Facebook page has uploaded all the individual and BFF timings. To get your and your BFF run times click here! Good luck!
This is mine:
We aimed to complete it within an hour and we actually finished the run in less than an hour! We were also hoping we wont be ranked 4500th out of 5000 girls, but hey look at us, we are ranked 1532nd and 1533rd respectively! /everything went better than expected/ *thumbs up*
So last Saturday was the Nike Goddess Run that we’ve all been waiting for. The fact that I’m right here typing out this blog post is proof that I did make it out of the run in one piece (albeit the super aching leg muscles)!
It was a first organized run for both myself and my work bff Emz. So this was us doing our warm up. We look like we are fit and know what we were doing. Truth is, we were barely prepared for it (I didn’t even go for even ONE re-run), but somehow we managed to pull through the 5 km.
By this time, we were getting jittery. We were like, “why are we doing this?” and “can we go home?”. So to calm ourselves down, we did what girls do best. We camwhored.
I love this photo for some reason. It’s one of my favourites from the event
Here’s us checking out the race route, which made us even more nervous as the fact that we were somehow gonna finish a 5k run started to sink in.
Soon it was time to actually get to the start pen. But due to very bad event organization, we were in the pen for a good 30 minutes with “reassurance” every 5 minutes that the run will be starting soon. Being in a crowd of 5000 girls made all of us pretty hyped up to get the race started. So Emz and I actually felt better at this point, all geared to go.
After a long wait, the emcees decided it would be a good time passer to do a Kallang wave thing.
It did help (look at Emz, she looks so happy!) but still no reason for the long delay for the run to start. It was getting really hot in the start pen.
And then it finally started and we were OFF!
Run, girls, runnnnn!
I gotta admit. The first km was the most torturous. It didn’t help that we were barely at the 1 km mark when some girls are already on the return route on the other side of the road.
Also, running in a huge crowd took some getting used to. I love my own space and when I run on my own prior to this, there was nobody around me. Nobody trying to get to my left or right, nobody to trip me over.
We were shocked at just how many girls were so intent on REALLY running (we ran, jogged, walk) and some of them shoved their way through. It’s like chill babe, it’s just a run. It’s supposed to be fun.
In fact between 2 to 2.5 km, we were almost dead from running. But then miraculously at the 3 km mark, we pulled our socks up and became motivated to complete the run – no matter what it takes.
We look too happy when we were actually both running out of air, LOL. But from then on, for the remaining 2 km, we set goals. Run till (a visible landmark), then walk and this continue till the end of the run. It helped. And also, with every camera by the sidelines clicking away, we made sure we were smiling and laughing and shaking hands for the photographers to capture.
Anything to distract us from exhaustion and the growing ache in our legs. The strategy worked.
This was us towards the finishing line (prolly at 750 or 250 meters more to go, it’s all so blurry now), we certainly look like two happy bunnies – just so happy to have completed the 5k.
We also look very wet because for the final 1 km, it started raining very, very heavily. So yes we look very unglam here, but hey we are almost completing a 5km run – we have an excuse to look like this. And it was worth it.
Well I’m not gonna ruin this happy blog post, celebrating a milestone with how bad the crowd control and event organization was AFTER the run. Let’s just leave it at that.
Girls who completed the run got a pretty cool pocket mirror. YAY, we did the impossible and we have a memento for it!
In retrospect, I think both Emz and I did very well (we finished the race within an hour – without practice!) and we certainly made a good team. Throughout the run, we were together from start to end, motivating each other. Never once were we apart. That’s the point of a BFF run – it’s not supposed to be a competition, it’s supposed to be quality time with a friend. I could never ask for a better running partner! Till our next adventure together, Emz!:)
And special thanks to Earl for helping us capture most of our photos. To see our complete collection of the Nike Goddess Run photos, here’s a public Facebook link for it!