I have been a progressive runner ever since Secondary 2. The reason why I started running, is actually ever since primary school, there is NAPFA test whereby is to test and check how is our body doing well and also how is our physical and stamina coping? Ever since primary, because I have lots of problems at home, I tend to rely on sports hence, from that point of time when I started to train sports, honestly speaking, I got much better, I don’t really feel emotionally affected compared to the very first time I ever had problems at home. Thankfully for my perseverance in training hard, it brought me to here, which is now.
Now, which is the present, I love sports a lot. Which means now whenever I feel stress or anything, when I don’t have any swimming or taekwondo training, Running is then my main focus, as when I run, whenever the amount of sweat that came out of my body, it feels like those problems from my heads got lighter and lighter. There is also some point in time, when I feel troubles, during running, at that period of time instead of focusing on the timing of the destination, I focus on thinking the problems and wondering how to come out with a solution. That’s the tough part because if I can’t think of any solution, the troubles will then got stuck in my head until I think of something else to replace it. Now, I’ve said that I’m glad to train hard in order for me to be here is because using the stamina that I have, I managed to actually join some competition in order to win some medals. For example for that top photo, it was the star wars 10KM running marathon. Due to that, I’m thankful that I’m able to have the long stamina and hence, I’m able to run long distance.
Date: 10 September 2018, Monday
Time: 12 Pm – 6 PM
No. of hours: 6hours
Venue: ITE College West
Recently I just joined another competition when I’m having off during intern which is on the Monday, 10 September 2018. It was a track and field competition. We had to run 3.2KM. How do I get in track and field? It’s because swimming CCA and Track and Field CCA are like the close friend. Hence at that point in time, the Track and Field coach asked my Swimming mates who want to participate in running as they are selecting people for POLITE. The reason why they do this is that not a lot of people is joining. In case you are wondering, what is POLITE? POLITE is Poly versus ITE. In each CCA, there always competition like ITECC (ITE College Competition), POLITE (Poly VS ITE) and IVP (ITE VS POLY VS UNI). Although I wasn’t there to attend the briefing of Track and Field coach asking my team who wants to join. But in this generation, in Singapore, there are mobile phones which currently a majority of us is using. It’s a daily routine for us to update each other on WhatsApp, hence my swim mates asked the Swim Team group which is known as “Swim Team 2K18”. When I received the news, I volunteered myself, and when it’s confirmed, they sent us the venue, time and date of where to report on the day itself. At the same time, the track and field coach told us that if we got a medal in the CW Road Race, we will also get selected in the next trial of POLITE which is the next day, 13 September 2018, 9 am to 5 pm at ITE College Central. However, now we have to concentrate one the current competition which I need to report 12 pm on the 10 September 2018. Before going, I had some light snacks.
When I’ve reached, I’m nervous, because it been long since I joined the running competition. As for my point of view, not only me are running, there are still some people who are from Track and Field, Swimming and some other people from this school but from other courses.
At 2 pm, boys open have started first, hence we have to wait for roughly another 30 Mins in order for girls open to start. At 2 pm-2.45 pm, is where girls open starts. The nervousness strikes in.
The photos at the bottom will be the process of my running.
After running, I feel relax at the same time I feel that the moment I reach the finish line, my mind and heart felt happy. As it’s been long since I ran due to my work and my commitment to other sports too. I feel that my mind got not so much of trouble at the same time I feel that once I reached the finish line, it’s a step closer to my next destination of the path. When everything ends, its time for price presentation. While they were saying out the names, I wanted to take water, suddenly a voice came out and say my name, “Tricia Too”. I’m shocked at the same time surprised, as I didn’t expect I will win a medal. So I went up to collect price with both shocked and elated face. Because yesterday is my best day I ever had after having a tough day the day before. At the bottom, its the photo of my medal.
Having to win a medal again, it feels great. Honestly speaking, it feels like I got praised by others. Although I’m not the best. I know that I did great as I’ve put in my best effort in it. After all the ceremony, it ended at 6 pm. After the ceremony, I drop by swimming pool and cool myself down by swimming. Remember that I’ve stated at the starting of if we got the medals at the end of the day, we will also get selected in the next trial of POLITE which is the next day, 13 September 2018, 9 am to 5 pm at ITE College Central. When going home, I feel exhausted at the same time, my mind was thinking about having to massage my muscles because my muscles are tired.
I’m thankful to have the stamina for me to run long distance and at the same time, I can use that stamina that I have to distress myself and more. Whenever when I’m free, I will use the time that I have to run progressively to keep fit at the same time, I don’t feel that I’m just wasting my day instead I will make full use of it to make my life meaningful.
Date: 11 September 2018, Tuesday
Time: 9 Am – 5 PM
No. of hours: 8hours
Venue: ITE College Central
This is where the whole journey starts. The moment when I report to ITE College Central, I was clueless as it was my first time going to ITE Central. Our task is to report to the stadium and get change to our attire. The photo that was shown on top, it’s the attire we were given. When we were all ready for the competition, I feel really nervous. As there are lots of potential runners competing at the same time.
There is my swimming coach who is here to support me and my swimming friends and there are also some other teachers who are hosting and supporting us. Having their support, make me have the courage to compete with them at the same time I’m still nervous because challenging with them, it’s a new obstacle for me to face.
The above photo shown is the Track and Field teacher, who is called Mr Rama. In case you don’t know where is he, the easiest description is the guy with less hair while holding the shirt.
While standing at the track, my nervousness strikes in. Having me standing together with all the runners, makes me feel that I will be the last, as instead of me. There are still other schools and my school which are ITE College West, Central and East. In case you don’t know how to differentiate the different school, wearing blue shirt will be ITE College West, wearing red shirt will be ITE College Central and wearing yellow shirt will be ITE College East.
At that point in time, there will be 1 person, standing near the grass patch using the loud hailer to speak and the horn in order to let the race begin. The moment when I see the person approaching, I got even more nervous. And now in order for the race to begin, here it comes… The person said, ” The race will START, IN 3….. 2….. 1…”, and then she pressed the horn, “BEEP….!!” All the nervousness feelings were gone, but the mood change in an instant. Everyone was more focus on the competition that talking to friends at the point in time.
The process of the race of me is shown at the bottom.
After that round of the competition which is the long distance of 3 km, there is still other competition like 100m, 4x100m and 800m. I have volunteered myself in competing 3 km, 100m and 4x100m. After finish running 3 km, I feel exhausted as if I feel out of breath. During the process of me resting, I feel dehydrated because while running, the sun was scorching hot. But thankfully I have my friends being with me at the same time they care about me asking how am I, at the same time asking if my toe was okay? The reason why they say that is because, I think I overstrain myself as the previous day, the competition was also long distance, and now the next day, I’m also competing long distance, the only difference is that instead of having only long distance, there is also the short distance race and relay.
The above photo that shows how the preparation goes when having a 100m race, its very compact because there are 2 hits, so everyone will gather there as at that position, it has the accurate measurements. After the 1st hit is done, give them around 2 to 3 mins to prepare and it will the second hit.
Above is a photo of the 4x100m race, whenever when there is a relay, there will always be a starting block in between that you will see above. There is also another alternative whereby when there is also another short distance like 400m race which is also 1 round around the stadium, they will use the starting block.
After all of our races, instead of us having competition, the teachers are also having competition. The above photo shows that they participated in the race and also put in their best effort.
After everything, there is also a prize presentation. However, I didn’t get any but I didn’t feel sad, because in my heart, I know I did my best, at the same time compared to me and them, they train a lot tougher than me, that is where I acknowledge their hard work. I’m thankful that I get to have this chance to experience with different runners. I’m really honoured to participate in the Track and Field competition for my school.
Date: 1 October 2018, Monday
Time: 6.30 pm – 8pm
No. of hours: 1 Hour 30 min
Venue: my house canal
It’s been long since I ran. On the 1st October 2018 it was my off day. The reason why I ran during evening time is because evening weather is much better because its more cooling compared on the afternoon. Sorry for not posting a lot the past few days ever since my latest post as I was busy in my work. I was tag in various programmes. At the same time, I’m honoured to be tag in different programmes, because I get to experience the learning process and from there, I got to adapt better and improve myself into a better person and also instructor. Due to the stress and the tiredness I have received due to programmes, thanks to the run, I feel relief after so long compared to having weights on my shoulder.
While running, I saw the moon that caught my eye, because the process of the moon, the colour is different. Its from red to yellow to white according to the photos below.
The scenery was beautiful to the point it made me reflect about what is going on in my life. It made me realized that if you enjoy the process of what you are doing now, instead of thinking you are suffering, but instead you will think that whatever you have been through, its all about getting knowledge. The more you learn, the more knowledge you will have and hence you will get a better future. Because in future, you are able to use the knowledge and apply on it which you can also help others by teaching them in case they don’t have much more knowledge, with that it proves that you learn a lot at the same time, it can make you recap.