Striking off an item on My ‘To-Do-List-Before-I-Grow-Old’

13 Oct

I am sure many of us have a list of totally crazy things we would so love to try out before- well…we grow old and have a weak heart. Then all those crazy things would seem to be too detrimental to our poor heart.

I so happen to have that very list! There are a million and one things I so want to do. Bungee Jumping, riding on the craziest roller coaster of all time- so mad dangerous that I believe I would actually puke DURING the ride, sky diving, scuba diving, climbing Mt.Everst- Yeah, I know right?!?, go to one of my favorite band’s/singer’s concert to experience the moment, to ride on a horse on a green pasture, and the list of items goes on.

Joining a race definitely was something on my list- BUT not anymore! 😀 BFF randomly mentioned on Facebook about joining the Nike- We Run SG 10Km. Being a person who does things before thinking, I agreed, and there I was- registered for the 10km run!

At the race site

I had never in my entire life ran 10km. Hell, with 2.4km, I already had hard time to overcome it. I remember in high school, the running component of the NAFA test was always a disaster, and a big hurdle- always got a grade C (and a grade C is after multiple trys- just imagine how lousy a runner I was).

The ironic thing is that BFF and I never once trained together for this event- due to school and other commitments. We usually did our own training. Well, I wouldn’t call that training because prior to the race, we both had never ran 10km before. My longest prior to the run was about 7.2km plus- and that was just it. I am so amazed that I could actually complete 10km. I mean, I wasn’t rooting to be one of the best runners with wonderful timing. All I wanted was to COMPLETE. Just completing the event was already a HUGE accomplishment.

To avid runners out there, my timing to you may not be good- Hell, it may be lousy. BUT who cares, I am still proud to announce it. Yeah, I clocked in 1h 14.5mins for a distance of 10km. *Embracing the Proud Moment*

My Run Score

A friend of mine who is an avid runner- taking part in many such runs, told me to enjoy my first run. She is so right. We want to first of everything to be memorable. The first day in school, the first steps, the first words, etc. All these first moments are precious to us.

On 9 October 2011, it marks my day- my first moment that I’m actually proud of. I finally realized that the joy comes about no when you have outdone others, but when you have outdone yourselves. Compete against yourselves and not others- only then can the true sense of satisfaction be felt.

Of once, I actually felt proud of myself. It is so much better than getting an A in a test or exam (not that getting an A is not good, but the sense of accomplishment is just not there).

I cannot believe joining such runs can give me such an enlightenment.

Another thing that I realized is that when you know someone for so long. You learnt to accept him/her for who they are. Bad, irritating habits are the things you embrace. Sure, I will not deny I will be piss initially when their irritating habits arise, but at the end of the day, I would say,’ Why doesn’t this surprise me?’

On the day of the event, BFF and I were arranged to meet at 5.50am. I woke up at 5.20am,giving her a morning call to make sure she was also awake. Several calls made to no vial. 5.30, 5.40,soon 5.50am- No answer to her cellphone. Her house phone was engaged too! What to do? What to do?  I knew she was still asleep. The race commence at 7.15am, at a place in the East. We were going to be late.

And, no doubt I was pissed. I woke up so early only to find out that she overslept and we were going to be late! Then soon it was 6am. I wasn’t that pissed anymore. I resigned to fate. ‘Guess this run wasn’t meant to be, why wasn’t I surprised?’

I went to turn on my computer to start on my college assignment. 10 minutes later, she phoned. Of course, my voice sounded hostile. But in the end we managed to arrive on time. We managed to snake through from the back to close to the starting line.

From this incident, I can only conclude one thing: I am still able to talk to her because she is my friend like forever. Sure she is usually late. Sure she cancels appointment at the last minute. Sure she is always hard to reach at the time I am looking for her urgently. But at the end of the day, she is my BFF. Isn’t this what BFFs do? Embracing and just dealing with the flaws- though they just so piss you off.

I meant if she was a person whom I am not close to, oh boy, I might just hate that person so much.

This event is so meaningful to me. I have found my first proudest moment, and a reminder that she will always be my BFF.

And finally, I can strike off one item on my To-Do list now! 😀

Next up, bungee jumping/sky diving in Australia?!?

At the Finish Line

After our 10km run

Upon completion, we got a Nike Thumbdrive, 1 can of 100Plus, 1 bottle of water, and a banana

And Yes, we completed

A 2GB thumbdrive given upon completion

Snap at the free photo booth- the Q was pretty long though. But all so worth it, considering it was out (BFF and mine) very 1st official memo ❤

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6 Responses to “Striking off an item on My ‘To-Do-List-Before-I-Grow-Old’”

  1. Joanne October 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    sis, congrats upon your completion for the 10km Nike run. I’m proud of you too!
    You did it!:) Yes, so long with the will and perseverance, one can surmount to any challenges ahead:)

    • giandeborah October 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

      Join us next time!!! It’s such a memorable event- great accomplishment! 😀

  2. XL November 13, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    yes, it was really memorable! 😀
    really sorry for waking up late and miss our 1st flag off time 😦
    And quite touch by the post though (:

    • giandeborah November 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

      It’s so long ago. Haha! Forgetting it…

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