This is my certificate. I left my medal in school. The kids love wearing it.
My new pair of running shoes are still very new because I don't run anymore.
The Oval, running track at NTU, where I first trained.
Few years ago, I was this middle aged turning 50 year old woman. One day, I challenged myself in a 3.8k after not running since my early 20s when I ran the "Round the bays.".
The university announced its "President's run." I had been doing short runs in the Staff Club gym, and was interested. D was with me and challenged me to run two kilometers. After I had done that, she said, "Mum, you can do it."
I got two girl friends to train, 6 am in the morning, we were at the oval, from 400 meters, and adding on, we completed the race as we pounded the pavement of the university route. We even beat many men and university girls much much younger than us.
After that, me and another girl friend 44, we trained for the Singapore Marathon.10 K's marathon.
It was in humid Singapore, but we did it in 3 months. We were two university wives, and the young university kids were wondering why these two "Aunties " were doing in their turf at the running oval and in the hilly campus. We managed to complete 10 Ks ten times. The first time were so satisfying. We High 5 and hugged.
Came early Dec, we woke up at 4am we ran with the Marathon greats from Kenya and Ethiopia. We both did it. The water engineer and the kids were there to support me. The Australian runners told me that the Singapore run was the most difficult to do because it was humid and hot.
It was the best thing I have done, and am still very proud of it.
Yesterday, I shared with my adult students, I knew how hard it was to train for the Marathon, even though I trained for the 10 kilometers only. I would be very angry if I was one of the runners in Boston, to be denied of crossing the finishing line.