*Note: This is one possibility. There are lots of variations that will be equally delicious and (ful)filling. This just happened to be mine, yesterday:
Sleep in until 6:30 AM.
Get dressed, eat a granola bar, and quickly gather:
1 sweat-wiping towel
1 handheld water bottle
1 MRT card
A few dollars
Add, in order:
Subway ride to Kembangan MRT
Exploration of the second half of the Siglap Park Connector
I ran the first half of it during a 22 mile run a few weeks ago, and was itching to finish the job. I can now confidently run from East Coast Park to Bedok Reservoir. If you want to try it sometime, let me know! 🙂
In East Coast Park, mix together:
1 Sprint Triathlon
1 Easy-paced 10 Mile Run
The first part of my run was only about 2 miles long. That brought me to the start of the triathlon, which I was planning to cheer at/watch. After a short delay, the first waves of swimmers began:
The sprint-distance swim was 750 meters, so before long the first athletes emerged from the water. I cheered at the swim exit for about 20-30 minutes, then decided it was time to get the rest of my run going.
My plan was to spend the next 8 miles running around the course. First, I set out along the bike course, which was a 6.66 kilometer loop. The sprint-distance athletes rode three loops. The course was on roads through the park, and I could easily run alongside most of the course, either on the walking path or the grass. I ran facing the oncoming cyclists for about 2 miles, then refilled my bottle and ran back on the other side of the loop, again facing the cyclists. I definitely enjoyed watching some of the cyclists chuckle as they realized that the crazy girl they saw on one side of the loop was now on the other side of the loop.
By the time I got back to the transition area, many of the athletes entered the one-loop, 5K run course. I again set out running “against” traffic. I kept my eyes peeled for GCA, and found her with about 2 kilometers left. In my haste to cross over to her side of the course, and much to the amusement of the oncoming runners, I tripped over a gigantic bit of shrubbery. Thankfully, it’s her name that is Grace, not mine.
And, I survived, yelled like crazy, then made her chase me for a little while. 🙂 She good-naturedly did not curse me out, even when I said fantastically helpful things like, “Relax your shoulders! Keep breathing! I know your quads are cramping – don’t think about them! Think about using your hamstrings instead!” If I were her, I probably would’ve punched me.
As she turned toward the finishing chute, I headed back out and run-cheered all the way to the turn-around point, where I finally left the park and ran my final half mile to the bus stop.
Guys, these were the most fun 10 miles I’ve run in a long time. The course was perfect for run-spectating, and my miles flew by as cheering (and tripping over hedges) kept me distracted. The energy and air required for cheering kept my pace slow and relaxed. Plus, after a few weeks of super-long runs, 10 miles felt incredibly short. I hopped on the bus and headed home.
Toss in post-run:
Granola with super-cold milk
Add an hour or two of relaxation, and a little bit of prep time for my gym-specific RPM Instructor Evaluation.
Apply a generous amount of:
Now all that stands between me and my very own class is some team teaching and a final evaluation of my teaching a full class. I’m totally pumped, and can’t wait to get started!
Gently stir in:
1 beautiful, fresh Seared Tuna Salad
1 ice cream sundae
1 episode of The Good Wife
And that, my friends, was a Most Excellent Saturday.
What has been the highlight of your weekend so far?
What are your Top 3 Favorite salad toppings?
[Frozen peas, feta cheese, seared tuna – NOT necessarily on the same salad.]