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i’ve started running 3 weeks ago.

i was never a runner, i remember dragging my feet (literally, i was walking) throughout the entire 2.4km that we had to run each week during my secondary school years. I’ve never completed a 2.4km run without stopping and walking most of the route back. i pant harder than my dogs whenever we play in the garden.

i started running because i kept hearing about the runner’s high, the state of euphoria that one experiences while running. Well, i definitely needed to keep sane (and a dose of euphoria certainly is much welcomed) while i battle with unemployment (i’ve been seeking a job for the last 5 months, the details of which i may talk about in a separate post later). i’ve also been told by my doctor that i have slightly above borderline case of high cholestrol. My physique certainly does not tell of one that has high cholestrol, but whoever thinks that skinny people = healthy are definitely wrong. So i guess these reasons are good enough motivation to get me to put on my “only used thrice” adidas supernova running shoes (even if im a newbie, at least i can try to look like pro with my co-ordinated running outfit plus wrist band).

I started by running in the estate around our house with my husband being my pacer/trainer/cheerleader. I remember once after running for what seems like a long time, i stopped as i was having bad stitches and realised to my horror that we’ve run for only 1.6km. Our target was 3km. My husband is so into running that he has this super cool Polar running computer (get this, it’s not a watch, it’s a computer!!) that is able to monitor heart rate, distance, pace, cadence and it can even provide you with a customised training plan for your next marathon.

I’d like to think that i’ve made some progress in running. i’ve managed to run 3kms almost effortlessly at a slow pace and yesterday i succeeded in running 6kms without stopping, clocking in at 48mins46secs. For the Great Eastern Women 10K Run which i’ve signed up, I hope to complete it in 1hr20mins.

Oh yes, i forgot to add that I signed up partly because of the event singlet and goody bag that is given to all participants 🙂

Many Singaporeans will be looking forward to the end of this week as it is a long weekend public holiday. Many would also take a day or two of annual leave so that they can go for a short holiday away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Recently, The Straits Time had a short write up suggesting how people can plan ahead with their annual leave so that they can enjoy  a series of long weekends with minimal leaves application.  By the way, the “way to maximise your annual leave” for Year 2009 is out too if you have missed that one. Kiasu syndrome?? Perhaps. Well, life is always about plans isn’t it? We make plans for our kids, plans about securing that dream job, plans for tomorrow’s dinner when we have not even had todays. However, many I think have neglected the plan that matters most. 

Matthew 6:31 -34

Therefore, take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? ….. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.

For Christians, Good Friday commemorates Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross of Calvary.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16)

It is about God’s love that is unconditional as demonstrated in Romans 5:18 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died, for us.

Christ’ death is not the end of all, but a beginning of a relationship with God because Christ was resurrected on the 3rd day (which in common day term is also known as Easter Sunday). What a blessing to be God’s child and a victorious life that we can lead because Jesus has conquered death!

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor 15: 55, 57)

Would you like to know more about God and his plan of eternal life for you? Then come on down and watch the Easter Musical presented by the GLCC Drama Ministry and see the blessings God has in store for you.

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Displayed in the grounds of Commonwealth Park, over a million blooms announced the arrival of Spring in Canberra at the annual Floriade 2007.

Definitely not to be missed if you happen to be in Canberra between 15 Sep – 14 Oct 07!