I signed up again for the Sundown Marathon and this time it’s for the 21.1 kilometre half marathon portion. Sometimes when I’m entering the race pen I wonder what I have gotten myself into. I hate running. And yet, here I am again in my rubber shoes, shorts, and race singlet.
Race kit collection was at Suntec Convention Center. Suntec is like a favourite mall that I never go to. It is so spacious. Wide halls, tall ceilings. Makes you feel like a 9 year-old. But it’s also out of the way. That’s why we don’t go to Suntec much. Dami ko na sinabi.
I made some purchases at the event:
Arm Pocket Mega I-40 (fits larger-sized smartphones; this is so hard to find at department stores)
Two (2) packets of energy gels (I have never tried energy gels… Like EVER)
One (1) shuttle bus ticket back to my neighbuorhood. I don’t want to worry about transpo after my race on July 5.
The goodie bag consists of your race singlet. Quite notable was the timing chip which no longer is attached to your race bib. It is now attached to your shoes!
Free samples include Kiehl’s and Counterpain. I got free sunblock for filling up an Acuvue race bib.
Interesting that instead of 10,000 vouchers scattered in your giant goodie bag… they decided to put it together in a “Voucher Booklet”. How organized.
OSIM, the brand that does those fancy massage chairs, is this year’s title sponsor. I have NO IDEA what that $50 OSIM voucher is for (pictures above). Is that a mechanical Pitcher Plant? A Wine Warmer?
Circuit training again with weights and then stations set up for abdominals. We also did high knees. Noticed that there were fewer in attendance. Maybe down to three sub-groups working out together instead of about five or six previously. I think Training Comm has made more stations available (6 can do the same exercise at one time) which means we can get through it faster.
I ran out of Nivea Sun Protection so I was told I could find cheap toiletries at a place called Swanston in Chinatown. I bought my last one at SM Mall of Asia back in December. The standard price for Nivea Sun Protection is about SGD 20.00 at FairPrice.
At Swanston it costs only SGD 13.90! Cue Final Fantasy fanfare music.
Getting to Swanston is easy. Look for Exit C which exits into a courtyard next to the People’s Park Complex Food Centre. Take the escalator up to the 2nd floor and turn right. Head down the corridor until you see a busy store with toiletries sprawled around.
I spotted other finds as well. My fave Listerine Green Tea “flavour” was selling at SGD 5.80. It’s about SGD 10.00+ at FairPrice and SGD 7.00 at Venus Beauty if I’m not mistaken. I also spotted shampoo at below SGD 6.00. If I were to hoard on toiletries, this would be the place to go. I could save plenty of dollars here.
Swanston’s is at People’s Park Complex Food Centre, 2nd floor. 32 New Market Road, Singapore 050032
Two trainings today! I left the office early to rush to Kallang Riverside Park. While walking over to the FDS Cage, you can’t help but notice this pretty sight:
Supplement Water Training (5:30 PM) – A series of 10-minute routines. I was sitting next to the coach so nakaka-pressure! There were only about ten of us. Sarap mag-paddle at sunset. I feel my energy is better at this time compared to early morning.
Regular Land Training (6:45 PM) – The weights were out and more people gathered for the land training. Like in previous weeks, it was done in a circuit. We worked on upper body, legs, abs, and endurance. I’m trying to work on the Russian Twist.
Earlier we had a supplement land training which involved a large tire, jump rope, a park bench, and a giant shoelace. I’m in awe with our team captain who was there for over four hours training each and every one of us.
The exercise this evening
Jump rope for 30 seconds. I haven’t jumped rope in years! Nakaka-addict pala.
Turn over a large and moderately heavy tire ten times. Must do it in proper form which is to squat, keep back straight, and use arms to give it an explosive push. Ang bigat!
Jump onto a park bench 15 times. Need to use legs to fully absorb impact on said bench.
Run back to the jump rope and repeat three times. Minimal rest.
Finally, concluding with the giant shoelace. Which is a series of exercises involving the upper body while maintaining balance and a strong core. This exercise was timed and intense because you have to keep going. Endurance!
I was sweating in the Singapore evening humidity. But it felt good. And theKallang 5 chicken right after was tasty. Thanks FDS Training Comm for the supplement land training program.
I’m sick of dreaming about having a buff body. I’m turning 30 in a few months and I want to set in motion a goal to look fit and fabulous in my early 30s.
I know I can improve my social skills. Joining a dragon boat team teaches you how to be a good sport. It also teaches you to be humble and to listen.
Before FDS, my life in Singapore was divided between work and home. I would visit museums or go out in town to meet friends. But it was always this free-for-all. Now that I train four times weekly, it makes me appreciate more the non-training moments. Each minute counts while you’re in Singapore. FDS has helped me organise my schedule.