This is my certificate. I left my medal in school. The kids love wearing it.
The Oval, running track at NTU, where I first trained.
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.".
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
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.
was in humid Singapore, but we did it in 3 months. We were two
university wives, and the young uni 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.
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.