While I might not have attained my goal of doing a sub-30min 5k during Sunday’s Shape Run 2013, I did manage to grab a new PR for myself! 34:47 for 5.24km according to RunKeeper – I attribute the “additional distance” recorded to having to zig-zag around the walkers (ugh) and slower plodders during the 1st km. Official results are… Gun Time 36:39, Rank 243/4,921 & Nett Time 34:28, Rank 200/4,921. No idea how I fared in relative to others of my age group but I’m in the Top 5% overall. Considering that the Shape Run is one of the more prominent all-female runs in SG, am pretty pleased about it!! *\(^_^)/*
[Photograph courtesy of Running Shots]
This year’s Shape Run also introduced a new category: the non-competitive 2.4km stroller fun run/walk. Open only to women with strollers, I think this is a perfect way to get some healthy fun with their children!
[Photograph courtesy of AsiaOne]
tbh it was only when I started getting involved with virtual running (via fb groups) that the thought of women running with their tots in a stroller ever occurred to me! One of the VRs that I’m taking part in is organized by Joggermom, an online store that specializes in jogging strollers & other baby products. I’ve NEVER seen anyone run with their kids here before, till the Shape Run, and I think it is something that should be more widespread! Face it. The majority of women with kids that I know are “auntified”. If running with strollers become a ‘trend’, am sure it’ll be huge motivation to lose all that post-pregnancy weight… in the healthy way, mind you!
Back to the race, the route was great. Well marked and cordoned from the public. A little elevation across the highway towards the Mountbatten area but no serious hills and the weather perfect – the morning sun was bright but not scorching, temperature felt around the 28°C mark. Perfect conditions to gun for a PR, tbh!
Well… am not gonna give any excuses for not breaking the 30min benchmark. Yeah sure, I was much in the middle of the pack. Took me about 2min to get to the start point and I had heaps of people blocking me but I managed to keep a comfortable pace. A tad slower than during my training runs, but it wouldn’t have significantly impacted my time. My feet did hurt a little from the strain a couple of weeks ago + RTD’13 the day before, but I felt awesome during the 5k. At no time during it that I felt any pain, and I didn’t start to feel outta breath till my 4th km when I picked up the pace, trying to “chase” the 00:35:00 pacers.
I didn’t do a sub-30 simply cos I am not there yet! But now that I’ve successfully accomplished a sub-35min timing, am feeling more confident in breaking the 30min benchmark sometime in the future.
At Shape Run 2014, maybe? 😀