RJ has been the pianist and choirmaster since Fishers of Men Choir was formed years ago. He is responsible for the training (pro bono) of the choir and music in the 4:30 PM service at Greenbelt Chapel. Apart from his love of music, he’s also a keen sportsman and regularly plays badminton.
This is a guest post by RJ on finishing his first 10K during the Alaska Family Run.
Running was never in my vocabulary until Running Diva somewhat managed to convince me. I think it was the idea of having a finisher’s medal awarded to you at the finish line that finally broke the camel’s back.
Being a newbie, the 5-kilometer fun run was my focus. My friends kept telling me to run this distance for around one year before trying to move up. That would not be the case.
Being late in registering for The Alaska Family Run registration, I was faced with a dilemma. Do I skip this race or move up to the 10-kilometer category? I was tempted to skip the race, but I said to myself that if I got tired after the 5-kilometer mark, then I would just walk the remaining half.
The Alaska Run was my first foray into the 10-kilometer category and I am proud to say that I ran and conquered that race last May 31, 2015.
I had my doubts at the start since just a few days earlier during a practice run, my legs just stopped moving after 9 kilometers. I guess that several of the planets just lined up that day. One, Running Diva volunteered to pace me throughout the race and for that, I would be greatly thankful. Two, the race was very organized and three, the overall atmosphere was just conducive.
Although I did not receive my prerequisite finisher’s medal, I am glad that I ran in this race since I was able to prove to myself that I could complete the 10-kilometer distance. The bonus for this race was that I not only got a chance to rub elbows with media personalities and get to meet the running gods, but also to take home a big can of Alaska powdered milk.
Congratulations to Alaska for the successful race! See you next year!
I have witnessed how RJ improved as a runner–from being a newbie 5K runner to a confident 10K racer. He’s eyeing a half marathon soon.
Thank you for sharing your fun run experience and congratulations as well!