puddle-skipping with strangers

Finally did my first official run with this morning’s Mizuno Wave Run, and my once pristine pavement-and-asphalt-only adizeroes are now well and truly muddied and gravelled, or as we might have said in NS – no more ver-jean liao.

Have to say the run was terribly disorganised, with an incredibly chaotic first 2km that can only be described as a clusterfuck with mud, though I had fun doing my best impression of a ninja skipping over puddles. The middle stretch actually got supremely calming as I relaxed into a good trot with Ryan Adams’ Easy Tiger on my iPod. Went into shuffle after the record ended and it got really ironic when Flash Hawk Parlor Ensemble‘s cover of Radiohead’s The Tourist came on with the refrain, “Hey man, slow down, slow down…“. I didn’t lah, but it was funny.

But the end leg was like the mother of all fuckups cos there were at least 4 different finish lines catering to simultaneous events, so my rather pussy time of 1:o5:46 can’t really be confirmed as I still don’t know whether I stopped at the right place. Not to mention the multiple tents extolling the virtues of imminent upgrading in Aljunied GRC but no water stations to be found. Then of course I spend 45 min queuing up for my free shoebag and running singlet. But that’s just me being Singaporean lah.

Notwithstanding the messy organisation, I actually really enjoyed waking up in the dark to go run in the mud with a thousand strangers. I’m definitely signing up for more races, beginning with the Singapore Bay Run (of which closing date is today and website is wonky, dammit!) and ending with Standard Chartered at the end of the year, I think.

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9 Responses to “puddle-skipping with strangers”


  1. 1 disko July 22, 2007 at 21:40

    ivan was at the run! with his girlfriend, livia. i didn’t know until he came for church after that, if not, i would have ended your lonely run. or would you prefer the solitary anonymity?

  2. 2 billy July 22, 2007 at 21:45

    got some friends lah, most of whom i just met today.
    but then during the actual run, we ran separately, so no much difference. its just really having someone who can drive to and fro the venue that’s important.

  3. 3 billy July 22, 2007 at 21:46

    ran into waichin and likai, funnily enough. separately of cos.

  4. 4 mis_nomer July 24, 2007 at 17:20

    I think you mean disorganised in your second paragraph…

  5. 5 billy July 24, 2007 at 17:31

    ah yes, thanks cher. though when did “terribly” become positive?

  6. 6 nine inch male July 28, 2007 at 18:29

    on another note, my new RT mate is weiyuan…

  7. 7 Lounge Lizard July 30, 2007 at 4:20

    I MIGHT be running the standard chartered marathon this year.

    Dun ask.

  8. 8 diskographik August 3, 2007 at 19:43

    i ask: why?

  9. 9 airhole August 6, 2007 at 19:53

    i think i am too scared to ask why…


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