Everyone has a favourite place and mine’s always the beach. I don’t know why but I always felt at ease sitting by the beach side and hearing wave crashing. As much as I enjoy personal time by the beach, I always fantasise about being part of a beach party. The idea of everyone chilling out by the beach, listening to live bands playing the familiar tunes sounds like a perfect storyboard for a day out.
Last Saturday, together with The Fitspo People, we took part in the 5KM Charity Fun Run at the AIA Glow Festival. For every runner who completes the race, the organiser will donate $10 to children in need at the Children’s Wishing Well. The AIA Glow Festival fits the definition of my perfect day out.
Live bands? Checked.
And on top of that, it’s a fitness event! I enjoy being part of any festival/event that promotes health and wellness and sports. Hence a combination of both kind of events just makes me feel so at ease and this was one of the rare moments that I could really forget about all my worries and relax myself. There was no PB to worry about, there was no work to ponder about. I just let my mind went into relaxation mode.
While the fun run segment supposed to flag off at 4pm, most of us reached the venue slightly later than the timing. Some of us managed to run together with the rest of the participants in waves, the rest just OTOT start the run after the last wave had been pushed out. Shuen, Reb and I were the last few from FPAC to start the run because we arrived a little too late. Yet, the thrills and fun of running in Sentosa was never diminished. The scenery was equally breathtaking, the hills were equally deadly, the sun was equally scorching and the energy level was high.
I went off on my own after I took this video from my Instagram Story. I want to explore one of the running route that I’ve been wanting to try at my own pace – the slow yet comfortable one. I’ve been to Sentosa quite a few times and I’d be lying if I claimed not to be tempted by runners speeding past me along Siloso Beach. The place is as attractive – if not, more attractive – than East Coast Park but the downside is that Sentosa is just too out of the way for me.
I ended up completing the course of the run (which is around 4.3km instead of 5km) within 30 minutes. I couldn’t have ask for a better timing given how bad my stamina and performance is these days. Alright, this is supposed to be a fun run so no talking about form and performance right here.
We gathered back at our meeting spot for a photo before everyone left for their own post-run activities.
Not everyone who was present was in the photo but nevertheless, it was great to see new faces joining us. Even though some of them might be joining us one-off, but it is still a good thing. FPAC really grew from like a 5-person squad into a relatively sizeable community. It started with Viv, Mish, Charmz, Yapz and I during Sundown Marathon 2016 and we ended up expanding and welcoming new friends like Justin, Shuen, Jaslyn and Zongwei.
I am very touched every time when I heard people coming forward to say that they wanted to challenge their limit or indicate their new found interest in running – for example Shuen and Zongwei. Reb ended up liking Orienteering after I invited her to represent us for a ranking league upon invitation from the Orienteering Federation of Singapore. It is heartening to see people who never really run in their life, eventually attempted and completed their first 10km run, motivating each other along the way. On the other end of the spectrum, we have Justin, Farhan and I motivating one another for a good 42km timing.
Breaking physical and mental barrier is one thing, providing the support for each other is one thing, providing the support for each other and promoting active lifestyle is another and those are the most important objectives, I feel. To be honest, I had thoughts about ditching this little project along the way because our schedules made it impossible for us to meet up for weekly runs. But eventually I thought, why not just let this little community slowly builds up and even if we do not meet, we could still cheer on and encourage each other on fitness and maybe, performance.
On a personal level, I felt that we are constantly being introduced to unhealthy living habits as we grow up in today’s society. Junk food adverts are omnipresent, giving us – me alike – the impression of the ‘need’ to reward ourselves after a day or a week of constant overworking. I’ve been trying hard to get myself out of the perpetual cycle of indulging in unhealthy lifestyle, only to find the motivation depleting day by day. Coming to the Glow Festival, I found that huge motivation that I need. Witnessing people from all walks of life coming together to sweat it out, improve their fitness and renewing their vitality, I realised that the best way to reward yourself after a day/week at work is to rejuvenate your body and provide your body with the best nutrients to keep functioning.
I don’t know when I’ll be back on track for my fitness and wellness, but I hope that the good vibes I get from AIA Glow Festival will carry me through the next stage of my life.