#Mission2013: Race No. 6 – Great Eastern Women’s Run 2013

#Mission2013: Great Eastern Women’s Run 2013 – The Float @ Marina Bay

It was 23 September 2013 – I made that click – registered myself for the last running event for #Mission2013. And who would have thought, that one last click, would give me a running experience I could never ever imagine! It’s been four days since the event and I’m still trying to get it all settled in me that yes, it DID happen. I have a feeling this is gonna be a really long post. So go on.. grab that cuppa before you continue on reading this.. *lol*

Two months ago, I thought I was pretty much done with registering myself for any of these running events. I was beginning to feel kinda jaded. Considering that the routes would probably be similar with the last ones, the ‘new’ running events were pretty much more hype and fun and the entry rates – well.. I have to tell ya, it just gets higher and higher! So no way was I about to get my psyches up for another. But this one.. This very last 5K event I signed up for was for a different cause. It would be the very first 5K I would be running with my new running momma friends I’ve been What’sAppin’ for the past few months! All these while, we’ve been nothing but just friends in FB and What’s App – cheering each other on every few days to just get out there and do it! There were also days of us just exchanging ideas on recipes, parenting, reading and yes.. the Hollywood & Bollywood gossips here and there too! *lol*

With that, I came to know my intention of taking part in #GEWR2013. It was truly, just to be there for my #SGRunningMoms. Told myself that it wasn’t gonna be a race for a better timing but just to be there, the way my #RunningBuddy been with me on my very first 5K and so I did.

One month before the race day, I realized that we still didn’t get a chance to do a QuickRunMeetUp together. Everyone was pretty much getting a lil jittery. Me included. That shin splints on my left didn’t seem to go away! Couldn’t meet, couldn’t run, but I could still cheer each other on somehow.. The next few weeks went by in jiffy. Then one night, I dunno what made me, I realized I had just shared my own story in #GEWR2013 Facebook Contest.

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And then one night, as I was about to doze off.. This just appeared in my Facebook timeline!!!

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All the good things.. just kept coming in right after that night! In case you’re wondering, this was my submission..

"My dream of taking my eldest sister for an awesome Me Time will come true next weekend. Happy Happy Birthday Big Sis @Ar_Priteeswit! I dedicate this win & run to you! - Thank You #GEWR2013 for everything! Thank You friends everywhere for cheering me on...
“My dream of taking my eldest sister for an awesome Me Time will come true next weekend. Happy Happy Birthday Big Sis @Ar_Priteeswit! I dedicate this win & run to you! – Thank You #GEWR2013 for everything! Thank You friends everywhere for cheering me on…

When #GEWR2013 says they’re gonna give you VIP entitlements, I tell ya – the definitely will and boy they sure did!

Everything went smoothly for me.. From the Race Entry Collection Day to a special invite to the Elite Meet & Greet Session, that one night stay at the Ritz Carlton-Millenia Singapore to the very day – the Race Day itself. It felt so unreal! Me?! Receiving all that good things? Well, I humbly accept it with open arms and my dream of taking my sister for a one night stay did come true.. And that very intention of running with my #SGRunningMoms went oh so awesomely!

Along the way, just through this event, I’ve made some new friends like awesome running mom (like Pamela) , awesome running friend from Malaysia (oh that sweet fairy!)  and to my ultimate surprise of it all – I’ve received fantastic news of friends who’re all set to lacing up their laces once again just by viewing all my running pics I’ve shared online! All Is Well indeed! – For that was truly my intention when I first started sharing my running adventure.. – All these joy and good feelings – are just the perks of being a runner. *lol* Sounds unbelievable huh? Me? Runner? Well, I didn’t believe it either.. till I look back at my endless photos about running I’ve taken for the whole of 2013 – and it ain’t even December yet! *lol* Oh I’m so blessed! Really Am!

Anyhoo.. Come on.. Take a peek at the rest of my #GEWR2013 adventure in pics – Hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do in sharing them all with you 😀

Race Entry Collection Day 

"Hola All #GEWR2013 RunningSistas - It's Race Pack Collection Weekend! I'm All So Psyched Now! See y'all there all you #SGRunningMoms ️"
“Hola All #GEWR2013 RunningSistas – It’s Race Pack Collection Weekend! I’m All So Psyched Now! See y’all there!”
"I'm One Lucky RunningMom! - Thank You Team #GEWR2013 You're spoiling me rotten with all the perks! So looking forward to November 10!"
“I’m One Lucky RunningMom! – Thank You Team #GEWR2013 You’re spoiling me rotten with all the perks! So looking forward to November 10!”
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“I’m Running With #SGRunningMoms! I Run to Chase Away The Migraines! And It’s Cheaper Than Therapy!” –
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“Happiness is.. Getting to meet another #SGRunningMom @pampam_81 in real life (IRL) after that quick intro by @isaac976 via Instagram. I love the way we get connected!”
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“6 Yr Old Mia Wishes All #GEWR2013 Runners – ‘Keep On Running! Don’t Give Up! Let’s Finish This Race!’ – And to her Teacher Joanne who’ll be running as well – ‘Do Your Best, Teacher Joanne!'”
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“Soon-To-Be 9Yr Old Maya Wishes All #GEWR2013 Runners – ‘Do Not Train For Nothing! Finish this race like a Champion!’ / And to lil sister’s Teacher Joanne – ‘Run Like A Champion!'”
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“And Lizzie just wanna say, ‘Woohoo! Let’s Run!'”
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“4 Yr Old Elly Wishes All #GEWR2013 Runners – Lots & Lotsa Love!”
"MiChicas checking out the route for their momma "
“MiChicas checking out the route for their momma “
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“It’s amazing how our bib numbers are in sequence even though we registered it separately.”
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All the goodies!

Elite Meet & Greet Session (Pre-Race Day)

Perks of being a VIP this #GEWR2013, I had the chance to be a part of the meet & greet session with the elite athletes.. And also a quick prep your own healthy meal session. Awesome time! Thank You Team #GEWR2013!

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Quick and Healthy Meal Preparation: Poached Salmon with Salad

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Now.. Be good and call us Chefs! *hee2*

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With my Poached Salmon Wrap all gone in less than 5 minutes, I must say I’ve got their thumbs up already! *YEAY!*

Pre-Race Day: Check-In to the Ritz Carlton-Millenia Singapore 

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The View from Level 30 of the Ritz Carlton-Millenia Singapore
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The View from Level 30 of the Ritz Carlton-Millenia Singapore – Did I mention how blessed I’ve been?
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The View from Level 30 of the Ritz Carlton-Millenia Singapore – Team GEWR2013 Still working hard to get the Race Village ready — and it was one wet Saturday afternoon.. So “THANK YOU Team GEWR2013!”
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Come on in! Welcome to Suite 3017 – Lemme show you around.. Let’s Go!*wink*
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Wowsomeness to high heavens! *lol*

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I’m One Happy Running Momma! *lol*
Oh.. the view! The View from the Bathtub! WOWsomeness!!
Oh.. the view! The View from the Bathtub! WOWsomeness!!

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The View from that plush luxe bed..
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The View at Night.. Time for me to get that rest before the big day *yawn*

 Race Day: Great Eastern Women’s Run 2013

 The time has come.. It’s the Day. Are we ready to roll? Let’s Do This!

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“Let’s work it, Babbeh! Slap on some tatts! Woohoo!!” *lol*
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That Magic 4 digit..
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#OOTD Pre-Race
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View from Level 30 of The Ritz Carlton-Millenia — Welcome to the GEWR2013 Race Village!
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How often can I get a morning view like this? #blessed
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Welcome to the #GEWR2013 Race Village!
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The #GEWR2013 Race Village
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The #GEWR2013 Race Village – the only running event with a powder room!
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The Half Marathon Twin Sisters Champs! – Kim Hye Song and Kim Hye Gyong
Hye Gyong, the younger of the two, finished in 1hr 15min 59sec to come almost two minutes ahead of Hye Song, who took second place (1:17.52).
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Meet the First Place Winner of 21.1km Half Marathon Open Category
– Margaret Njuguna from Kenya (1:25:48)
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OMG I just found out that I was with Margaret Njuguna from Kenya! – the First Place Winner of 21.1km Half Marathon Open Category — Soaking in the awesome energy y’all!! *lol*

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I spy with big big eyes.. Big dark angry sky..

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“In case you’ve not noticed, my favorite hashtag of the month: #GEWR2013 “
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#GEWR2013: The #SGRunningMoms Before Flag-Off — with Chandri Balan, Liz Mora and Santhi Saravanan.
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#GEWR2013: The #SGRunningMoms Before Flag-Off — with Chandri Balan, Liz Mora and Santhi Saravanan.
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#GEWR2013: The #SGRunningMoms Before Flag-Off — with Liz Mora.
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#GEWR2013: The #SGRunningMoms Before Flag-Off — with Liz Mora and Santhi Saravanan.
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#GEWR2013: The #SGRunningMoms Before Flag-Off — with Liz Mora and Santhi Saravanan.
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#GEWR2013: The #SGRunningMoms Before Flag-Off — Start Line.. Let’s Do This!!
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#GEWR2013: Let’s Do This!
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#GEWR2013: And Off We Go!! — with Santhi Saravanan.
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#GEWR2013: And Off We Go!! JiaYoh, Lizzie!
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#GEWR2013: Papparazzi! *lol* — with Santhi Saravanan and Liz Mora.
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#GEWR2013: Oh Looooookie!! It’s Rani – Running her 10K Race.. woooohooo! — with Selva Rani.
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#GEWR2013: And this is how we do it.. — with Liz Mora.
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#GEWR2013: And this is how we do it.. — with Liz Mora.

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#GEWR2013: Success!! Success!! — with Liz Mora.
"Running is not all about the miles or pace or medals & finisher tees. Sometimes I just like to do it this way - hand in hand with a friend, a wife, a mother & now, a newbie running mother. - @justbeingarlyn"
“Running is not all about the miles or pace or medals & finisher tees. Sometimes I just like to do it this way – hand in hand with a friend, a wife, a mother & now, a newbie running mother. – @justbeingarlyn”
"That Finish Line Expression - Priceless!"
“That Finish Line Expression – Priceless!”
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#GEWR2013: Oh we did it!!
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#GEWR2013: Congrats, Ladies! You’ve just accomplished your first 5K Run! Woooohooo!! — with Liz Mora and Chandri Balan.
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#GEWR2013: Oh the Joy! — with Liz Mora.
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#GEWR2013: Congrats, Chandri!
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#GEWR2013: Congrats, my dear friend! — with Liz Mora.
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#GEWR2013: Bravo! Bravo! — with Chandri Balan and Santhi Saravanan.
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#GEWR2013: Meet my #RunningBuddy @k_santhi & #RunningSAHMSG @justbeingarlyn
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#GEWR2013: #RunningBuddy @k_santhi & #RunningSAHMSG @justbeingarlyn

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#GEWR2013: First MeetUp. First Run.
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#GEWR2013: And we did it!
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#GEWR2013: First Medal! Yeeeeehaaaww!! — with Liz Mora.
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#GEWR2013: Lookin’ good with that medal Lizzie — with Liz Mora.
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#GEWR2013: OhThatAwesomeFeeling! — with Liz Mora.
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#GEWR2013: #Mission2013 #Mission5K Accomplished!
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#GEWR2013: #SGRunningMoms — with Ashadevi Sivasankar and Selva Rani.
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#GEWR2013: #SGRunningMoms — with Santhi Saravanan, Selva Rani, Ashadevi Sivasankar and Chandri Balan.
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#GEWR2013: All the Running Ladies!
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#GEWR2013: All the Running Ladies!
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#GEWR2013: All the Running Ladies!
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#GEWR2013: #SGRunningMoms All the Running Ladies!
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#GEWR2013: #SGRunningMoms All the Running Mommas!
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#GEWR2013: #SGRunningMoms All the Running Mommas!
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#GEWR2013: Such a pleasure meeting these awesome HalfMarathonMommas – Hafsah Binte Abdullah (a GEWR2013 Facebook Contest Winner too) & Shima Marcy from MY.. Congrats Ladies! I can only aspire to be where you are right now.. You’re both def my Running Inspirios! #blessed #gratitude #inspiration — with Hafsah Binte Abdullah and Shima Marcy.
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#GEWR2013: #RunningSAHMG
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Perks of Being a #GEWR2013 Facebook Contest Winner – Awesome Massage Treatment sans the Long Queue! Woooohoo!! Oh.. This is Rachel. She hit the tight spots like a pro! She’s a physio & trainer too.. Made meself a new friend there
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Perks of Being a #GEWR2013 Facebook Contest Winner – Before the ‘Torture’ *lol*
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Perks of Being a #GEWR2013 Facebook Contest Winner – My Running Feet Lookin’ Happy Post-Massage. Thank You Feet!
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Perks of Being a #GEWR2013 Facebook Contest Winner – Meet Dan: The Volunteer from Republic Polytechnic – The one who’d get me access to all the things at the Race Village without queuing.. Awesome Day to be the VIP alright! #blessed #gratitude
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#GEWR2013: Meet Adelia. She’s practically like Maya’s Twin Sister cos they both share the same birthdate 19 Nov 04 and they love all the same things! How awesome it is to receive such great work of art after such an awesome running event. Thank You Adelia.. We Will Run Together in 2014
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#GEWR2013: This one’s for you Lizzie!
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Perks of Being a #GEWR2013 Facebook Contest Winner – Post-Race #OOTD – Just cross the road, hop on lift and bubble bath time! Woooooohoooo!! #blessed #gratitude
"Excuse me while I TOTALLY soak in the wonderful joy, view & perks of being a #GEWR2013 #Facebook Winner - Thank You #GreatEastern!
“Excuse me while I TOTALLY soak in the wonderful joy, view & perks of being a #GEWR2013 #Facebook Winner – Thank You #GreatEastern!
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“I know selfies are so passé but I just couldn’t help it – With all that AWESOME treats I received from #GEWR2013, I just gotta shout it out loud – ‘Life IS Great!’ — Perfect ending to my #Mission2013. Thank you Thank you Thank you!”
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Perks of Being a #GEWR2013 Facebook Contest Winner – Goodbye Ritz-Carlton.. You made me believe in awesome service all over again. Keep it that way please!
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Meet CheekyBabyMunster – FacePainted at the Race Village
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After all that FancyShmancyWeekend, nothing beats that awesome feeling of a child falling asleep in your arms.. – Back to Real Life of #TheSAHMLifestyle #TheParentingLife
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Just Me+MiLittlestChica
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Meet My Mighty Girl: Mia *Mimi* Petra Umaira Najadi

Days after all that excitement, I received yet another awesome surprise — this just adds up to the perfect ending to my #Mission2013.. On the eve of my birthday, I sent a PM to Mina Samuels – the author of “Run Like A Girl” And a few days after my ‘last 5K of 2013’, she replied to me!

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With that, I just can’t help it but to look forward to all the joy running will surprise me this coming 2014.

I dunno about you, but from where I’m at right now, I am so with Bart Yasso.

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Sincerely,

@justbeingarlyn #RunningSAHMSG #SGRunningMoms

“I Wish You Well.. And Keep On Running!”

(P.S.: To my Running TaJie – Hilda, this run’s for you  xx)

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