Sunday, 31 August 2008

Nike + Human Race

Yesterday afternoon, I participated in the World’s Largest Running Event - the Nike + Human Race where 1 million+ runners raced in 25 locations around the world at the same time to raise funds for charity.

CH and I decided to take the MRT to Esplanade to avoid the crowd. We met alot of runners along the way. This is the first run that made it mandatory to wear the race tee. That's because the race number is printed on the t-shirt so every piece is unique. CH didn't manage to get a space, so I was at the start point, feeling so lonely and bored. Besides, I was so sleep deprived, I kept yawning while waiting for the gun to go off. It's my first afternoon race and I didn't like the humidity one bit.

There were many excited participants who kept moving about. Sandwiched between many hot bodies and feeling the heat rising from the tarmac, I couldn't wait to start running. We were treated to a band performance and some speeches. While there were other performances lined up along the route, the truth is, when you're feeling so drained along the way, you don't really pay any attention to these distractions.

A sea of red.

CH managed to spot my aunt and cousin. It was hard to look out for any friends since everyone looked almost identical in the same outfit.

It was a pretty good run. I joined the first wave, which was the faster group, hoping that their momentum will push me to run faster. True enough, I did a fast 3km before slowing down to catch my breath. The heat depleted my energy really quickly and I kept dashing to the water stations. The route was full of twists and turns. We ran along Shenton Way, through Marina South, followed by the CBD areas looping through Boat Quay, Riverside and Liang Court before finishing at the Padang. The undulating and windy route made the 10km seemed so much longer!
It felt so good to reach the finish line. Though it wasn't my best timing, I'm glad my efforts helped to raise some funds for the Wildlife federation.


The Real Mother Hen said...

I see RED
I see RED
I see RED
And I see you, the Iron Woman in RED

Charlie Hotel said...

Well done Blur! I'm proud of my little human racer who came from shuttling son from tuition, preparing dinner then rushing home afterwards to cook!

Blur Ting said...

MH - Yah, all red. Then there's little me, standing there amongst the tall men, feeling like a lost santarina...

Blur Ting said...

Thanks CH! Yah, it was a hectic day. Thank goodness you came to support me. I almost didn't want to go!

WaterLearner said...

Yozz Ting,

You must have done well and far ahead of me as I walked for the last 2km. Breathless due to the running nose.

Next run? Great Eastern?

The World According To Me said...

What a lot of red people. Well done! A very good cause too.

J@n!ce said...

You sure know how to stand out from the rest of the RED ah? I like their T shirt. I think you look good in Red :)