Just a quick update before I’m off to biz camp tomorrow! (another post 1 day before leaving home LOL) It has been a little more than 2 weeks since I came back from Korea, so I’ll just cover what has been happening during this short down period. I won’t talk about Korea here since it deserves a post of its own and I have too much to talk about Korea. In short, it was an awesome experience to be able to go to somewhere you always wanted to; and you might say it’s a dream come true. ^^ I really wished that I would have more time to spend there and there are so many places that I would have loved to go but sadly didn’t have time to go.
The big event for me last weekend, Sundown Marathon 2014! Since I went for last year’s sundown, it was a natural yes for me to go for this run again given the lower price I had to pay. I was thinking that after ORD, I would have a lot of time to train up well for this run so without hesitation I signed up. HOWEVER, nothing went as planned and with work commitments, as well as me just being plain lazy, I didn’t prepare well at all for the run. Also with the Korea trip, I was left with about a week and a half for final runs, which I only did short distance runs. At least my condition was much better than Standard Chartered last year. My mother and sister helped me collect my race pack and bought my energy bars + gels as collection date was during my Korea trip. Prepared my gear the day before and did the usual carb-loading regime as well as drinking plenty of water (which lead to many toilet trips at the night LOL)
Onto the run itself, the standard protocol before any of my runs kicked in, nothing really out of the ordinary. I was close to the front of the 2nd wave, and the 5:30 pacers were at the head of the pack (which is around 7:50/km pace). It was slightly faster than my normal pace, but I figured I needed to be slightly faster at the start to cover more distance. I could only keep that pace for around 8km, and I didn’t want to push myself too hard so I slowed down a little. As I covered more distance, my speed became slower as I wanted to go as far as possible before I hit my “tipping point”. I’m not sure about the exact term, but basically it means how far I can run without stopping. I really didn’t want to stop as momentum is really important in a marathon. As I reached the half-way point, I was more of slow jogging as my legs started to hurt really bad. I finally hit my tipping point at around the 26km point, and after that it was a mixture of jogging and walking, along with some stretching for the legs. I must say the energy gels really work well, but I had trouble tearing open the gels and had to resort to using my teeth LOL. Saw J during the last 5km, and we chatted while walking towards the end. He was also in a similar situation as me, where work really hindered his training for the event. Finished it with a timing of 6:20, and although it’s quite a horrible timing, I am just happy to finish it and it was an okay timing given the little build up I had. The route was slightly different from what I recalled last year, it was not the standard route so a little variation is always welcomed. The only complaint I have would be that a part of the route is pitch black and the only light source were light sticks on the floor. I was supposed to meet the army guys for lunch at Old Airport Road, but my legs were hurting too much, my groin abrasion was pretty bad and I was drop dead tired. As with any marathon, I had trouble moving around everywhere and was permanently stuck on the bed. Fortunately I took off for the following Monday and Tuesday so I had time for my whole body to recover and that’s how my second run of the year went! Will I go for any more runs for 2014? Definitely yes, but maybe not a marathon. It all depends on how much time I have to train when university starts, and I really want to be still running regularly so we will see how it goes!
After returning from Korea, I really had close to zero desire to work. Although I told myself that I would not stay at home and rot, there’s really no point me wasting my time there just for some pocket money. Yes it would surely be nice to earn some money by myself and not have to rely on my parents, who are already going to pay for my university fees. It would be nice if I can get more students for tuition, but I shall not be too greedy and work with what I have. I do have many things in my mind that I would love to do if I have the time: such as going for more regular runs, studying Korean, reading the books that I bought, updating this WordPress and also write about my adventures in Korea (yes so many other drafts too, so many things in my head that I want to write about). Can’t wait for the week to end already, I somehow feel time-constrained now LOL. What an ironic statement given that it’s supposed to be a long break for me now. I foresee myself quitting this job soon, so I must really tell myself to make good use of my last remaining holiday before I officially become an university student. Even if I’m going to slack, must slack till shiok haha!!
NUS Business Camp… I didn’t really care if I was selected or not. As the days pass by, I actually started to feel relieved that perhaps, I wasn’t selected and I didn’t need to waste my time and money there. Fortunately, L told me that the confirmation email could have landed in the junk mail because that was what happened to his. I got onto my phone and checked my junk mail, adverts… more weird adverts… NUS Business Camp 2014: Congratulations! You have been offered a place in the NUS Business Camp 2014! To be honest, I didn’t felt anything, it’s just like oh okays noted moment. I was contemplating whether to just totally ignore the mail LOL. After talking to friends and giving it some thought, I decided to go for it and confirmed my attendance. Supposedly for every person they accepted, they had to reject 2 other people so I seriously had no idea how or why I got chosen. L and my army BSO got chosen, while J, YS and T didn’t make it. They say it’s a privilege to be chosen, so let’s see how my first taste of university is like.
There was a pre-camp briefing on Saturday morning at NUS. Ever since Sundown, my body clock has been screwed pretty badly. I have been sleeping at 5am and waking up past noon recently, and it was so hard to wake up that early. I was 30 minutes late but the whole thing started late so I didn’t miss much. Got to know my camp group, Kratos as well as my OGLs/facilitators, and I’m so glad that the facilitators in my group is not the super crazy enthusiastic type. I would probably go crazy if you ask me to scream, cheer and run for every single moment in the camp. Had a short camp briefing, did some ice breaker games. And I learnt what the 7 wonders game was… LOL! (for those who don’t know, you’ll figure it out what it is soon haha) I lost during wacko, to no surprise since I have been always been bad with remembering new names and faces. Did that forfeit with my facilitator, a little awkward doing something like that with someone you just met on the first day LOL. These kind of activities are probably going to be worse during the camp itself =.=”. Anyway nothing much for that day, it’s just a pre-camp after all. Not really feeling the hype yet… and it’s not like I’m really looking forward to the camp. Maybe I’m being too pessimistic, it’s a camp where I am supposed to be having a good time. Remember the New Year’s resolution I wrote at the beginning of the year? It’s time to actually try and follow through with them. Shall just head in with an open mind and also less negativity. Will definitely write a post about it, so stay tuned haha!
And that’s all for now! Got to go get ready for camp, omg need to report to NUS tomorrow at 8am. I’m prepared for another sleepless week ahead so please Nick, get rid of all those negativity and enjoy the camp! No pressure to impress, just be myself and stick to my own principles. (but also don’t be too stubborn >.<)
Song for the month, Akmu’s songs really stick to you 🙂