This year’s Gold Coast Airport Marathon might have ended last month. And like most of you, i did not manage to fly myself to down under to catch the action or run it. I’ve heard loads of record breaking and fun stories happening there – the cool weather, the pre and post race day, the run itself and not forgetting many Personal Bests were “created” there too! Even for a newbie runner like me, its sooooo tempting to head down to GCAM and give it a go! Thankfully, i managed to catch up with a runner friend of ours, Su Ann, who had the opportunity to travel to Gold Coast for the run. And here’s the exclusive interview. Enjoy! And dont get jealous! ;P
1. Tell us a bit about yourself (eg. Hobbies, Occupation etc)
Hi I’m Su Ann an I’m a Business Development Manager for B2B.My hobbies are playing sports and reading!
2. When did you pick up running/keeping fit and why?
I started out during my primary school days back in KL – did dashes, relays, long jumps, etc… first 10km in 2008 I believe. It was more for maintenance purposes – keeping the weight off, looking trim & athletic…
3. What’s your training/running regime like?
During a 3 mth sabbatical some years back, it was kickboxing/ body combat classes 5-6x/wk and running possibly every day. When I started working again, it reduced to running at least 1-2x/wk and sometimes using the gym during lunch. Nowadays, it has evolved to more of 1x/wk with my colleagues minimally 8km and other days on my own. I sometimes also run home from office.
4. Talk about running away from work! Hahaha! Anyways, how was your experience in this year’s GC Marathon? Did you participate in the previous year’s?
Fantastic! The weather was great, very favourable. We arrived on Friday, tried to get used to the cold but of course it took more time than that. My 21km run started at 6am, in which I believe the temperature was about 15-16 C. Love the flat route, the cheers from the crowd – people even brought chairs out n sat by the roadside with their coffee/ breakfast. And no, I did not participate in previous year’s. This was my first GC.
5. How different was it compared to previous GC Marathon OR Marathons in Singapore?
Its GCM’s 33rd year, so obviously they have got the formula water-tight. It was a breeze in terms of the registrations (though we did it through a travel agent/ running club) but everything was smooth, down to the water stations, finisher-T distribution, medals giveaways etc. One thing that was very different was that they gave out orange wedges instead of bananas at the end of the race! I found that surprising.
6. Oh wow, that’s unique! Quick question: Would you do run GC Marathon next year?
I would LOVE to. 🙂
7. If theres one thing that you could improve on about the GC Marathon, what would it be?
Hmmm I’d have to say something about the orange wedges. Maybe im not used to it, but I wouldn’t want something so citrusy, sour and acidic in me after a run, and definitely not something that will squirt all over me too.
8. Many people are picking up running as a sport be it competitive or leisure, what do u think is the reason for this sudden surge of runners?
It’s definitely good paradigm shift in things. I love the fact that I’m able to influence friends to start running, pick up a sport, spur people on, and encourage others. On the whole, the running community is surely getting bigger and bigger by the week, but there are far too many organised runs in Singapore.
9. How do you think Singapore can better manage its sporting/running scene?
Similar to the point above, I feel that there are far too many organised runs in Singapore, that one feels that more and more are just creating runs, for the heck of it, or to just jump on the bandwagon. Yes it’s a great way to promote the running sport, but it has become too commercialised and very ‘money-centric’.
10. Lastly, any inspiring words for runners out there who just started picking up the sport or thinking of picking up the sport?