4th December 2011 will always be remembered as the day I ran my first half marathon. It’s a crazy feat considering I did not train for this run at all nor did I attempt to maintain a stable diet in the lead up to this run. I simply wanted to try how it felt like to run a half marathon before I decided to take up a full marathon (one of the things that I must do before I die).
The experience running my first half marathon though, wasn’t as pleasant as I’d have liked it to be simply because of a few factors.
- There were close to 20,000 people running the half marathon! I had signed up for the half marathon because the 10km runs were usually quite packed but I guessed wrong!
- Less than 2km into the run, there was a bottleneck.
- I was running (forgetfully) in a new pair of shoes and hence, suffered blisters.
- For the first time ever, I had blisters on my ass whilst running!
- Having passed the 12km mark, I was feeling giddy due to lack of consistent hydration in the lead up to the run.
It definitely wasn’t as enjoyable as I would have liked it to be but there were also moments that I could enjoy.
- Men peeing in line at the open showers and changing rooms in Sentosa because the cubicles and urinals were fully utilised!
- Seeing the elderly walk through the entire half marathon! RESPECT!
- Seeing ladies in hijab run in with a loose top but with compression tights.. Hmmmm… I was a bit confused but let’s just enjoy the view from the back!
- I dozed off whilst stretching!
- I saw a man sleeping at the 16/18km mark!
At the end of the day, the experience was worthwhile although I would have loved to have been able to make that run a more enjoyable and less painful one since I’m literally walking with a pain in my ass now!