Sunday, 24 August 2008

Safra Bay Run 2008


After dinner at my parent's place last night, we decided to bring Rusty to our new home for the weekend. In the car, he was anxious and tense but when we got home, he snooped around from room to room, his tiny feet going 'clicky click click' as he walked on the floorboard.

He seemed rather happy but when I went out for a little while, I could hear him whining from outside. After I left, he sat by the main door, whining and waiting for my return. Apparently he didn't feel very secure even with the boys around.

When it was bedtime, he snuggled up on the rug by my bed and fell asleep quickly. It felt good to sleep with Rusty below my bed again. When I woke up this morning to prepare for my half marathon, he followed me around the house. I had two slices of bread and gave him a peanut butter sandwich which he gobbled up quickly. When it was time for me to leave at 5.30am, I had to bring him to SK's room and leave him on his bed lest he followed me out the door.

This reminds me of the time when the boys were little. They would jump for joy when I came home from work and sit outside the bathroom waiting for me to emerge from my shower. I had to sneak out of the house in the mornings or they would be clingling onto my skirt, bawling their eyes out.

CH and I arrived at the starting point at Esplanade at 6am to find a sea of people, mostly young army guys. The Safra Bay Run/Army Half Marathon has record turnouts every year. This year, the 6k, 10k and 20k events attracted over 70,000 runners! We were so far behind, we couldn't even see the start line or hear the gun go off. This year's run brought us through a new route including the newly constructed marina barrage and an uneven muddy track around the Marina golf course. We enjoyed cool weather due to the rainy season but the tracks were terribly muddy. I didn't do too well today but I'm happy we got to see new sights.

Warming up before the run.




CH and the Singapore Flyer in the background.


The Marina Barrage.

12 comments:

The World According To Me said...

Bless little Rusy in the new environment.

Great action shots! I'm not sure I could run a half marathon, despite my gym efforts.

ckl said...

It's good to hear that you have got Rusty to the new place, he must have been quite miserable since you moved out. Was going to take part this coming Sunday "City to Surf" 12k run/walk but decided not to as I won't be back from Mebourne till just before midnight Sat. Next time may be.

The Real Mother Hen said...

You woke up so early for the run?
Oh man, you must really like running haha :)

fishwithoutbicycle said...

Congrats on completing the run Blur Ting. It makes my knees hurt just thinking of running a half marathon :-) Love the cute pup, hope he adjusts to the new place soon.

Nick Phillips said...

Ah, the thrill of waking up early for a run. I haven't been to competition run in ages ... great pictures and Rusty looks so cute ... :D

Michelle said...

Wow, you can run AND smile? I am impressed! I 'd be wheezing and gasping too much. :-D

Blur Ting said...

World - You can do it too! The best thing about marathons is, you do it at your own pace. Since you're a gym regular, you can complete it without any difficulty at all.

Blur Ting said...

CKL - You're right. Even though Rusty has my parents and his fellow doggies around, he still missed us.

Wow, the City to Surf run sounds like fun! Yah, I do agree that you shouldn't rush around for such things. It's supposed to be relaxing, not stressful!

Blur Ting said...

MH - These runs almost always start very early before it gets too hot. I'm taking part in this Sunday's Nike + The Human Race which starts at 4.30pm. It's rather unusual but I think it is timed in such a way to coincide with all the locations worldwide. It's a huge event that happens simultaneously across the world!

Blur Ting said...

Fish - When we were halfway through the run, the feet started hurting quite alot. At that point, I always ask myself why I put myself through the pain. But after the run, all is forgotten and we go on signing up for the next one.

Blur Ting said...

Nick - Ah, once you've signed up for one, you get addicted. All you need is to start. But for you, better get that injury fixed first.

Blur Ting said...

Michelle - Oh, that photo was taken at the beginning. You should see me towards the end!