My sister’s story-With Love from Abu Dhabi

Dear runners,
My mind took me on an incredible journey back to the finish line of the HSN21KM-that’s how powerfully that feeling hit me!No matter what type of race you compete in, from a 5K to an Ultra-Marathon, there is nothing like the feeling of crossing the finish line and the wave of accomplishment that flows through your body. You could be knocking at death’s door when you cross, but you can always find enough energy to raise your hands and head up high (before you collapse…LOL)
Here’s an inspiring letter /story from Joanne Wong- my sister, who stays, works and lives in Abu Dhabi. She has never ran a race in her entire life…..But Impossible became Possible!
I was all excited at 4,30 yesterday evening and went to collect my race pack with Jhum. Jhum has been working with me for the last 5 years. I managed to convince him to cancel his dental appointment. I queued in line and picked up the race kit. I went through it and was like a little girl opening a Christmas present. I came home, and rushed for Zumba and then showered and started to get the things ready for today. If not for your advise, I would be running around trying to get the stuff together. I reached a 5am and it was amazing watching the sun come up and the people start trickling in. I made sure I tied my timing chip to my shoe lace and even had time to get coffee from Costa. We chatted with the runners and took photos and then got so excited when they started to flag off the 10K, after the track was cleared we got ready to Go..

I told Jhum not to wait for me and he went off, I took my time, running and walking. The smile on my face when  saw 1KM, and the 2KM, had some water from the aid station and even walked passed Healthpoint, our parking area and finally back to the route, 3KM, 4KM and run all the way to the finishing line. Jhum was waiting at the line and took my picture. The amazing feeling, the basking in my achievement. I was nervous but you prepared me mentally and I knew what to expect. Wow!!!

About 2.5 KM, I think my right side of my chest started to hurt, I strapped my phone and car keys too tight, so I released and I felt better.
I don’t know what to say except I know now what you feel and experience when you do what you do.

Thank you for sharing this with me and thank you for encouraging and inspiring me. It took me a long time but I finally did it for me.


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