IER 2019 may have gone by in a flash, but in the lingering memory of the race, almost always is curiosity about Pacers ( aka people who run with balloons ).
When Running Department published the pacer profiles for IER this year, I couldn’t believe that a 2.30hr pacer, who has 3 kids aged 21, 19 & 15, is working full time in a banking industry and is so super fit! I even thought someone had made a mistake with the profile write up. But of course it was not a mistake and incredibly inspiring.
And this inspiration ladies and gentlemen, is known as Rachel. So, let us get to know her over this feature Friday.
Tell us something about yourself!
I have reached a major milestone in March this year and I’m feeling fine about it because people say that 50s is the new 30s! A simple life is good for me.
We cannot agree with you more! Happiest birthday to you Rachel!
What got you into running?
When my face was puffy and dull, when my arms and tummy were wobbly.
I started as a recreational runner in 2016 with the influence of my sisters and also the local running community groups and races that are growing actively on a large scale. I can’t help but to be drawn by the uptrend. Working in the heart of Marina Bay precinct then was the perfect thing to create a new change. Well, thank God that I did not just adore the wonders of the landscape but decided to brace up, put on my new running shoes and head down to run after work. Since then, there is no turning back!
What is your motivation / encouragement?
My motivation definitely has to be my husband, Eric and three girls who have to face me 24/7. The result of it all: a happy countenance. One day, my second daughter looked at me and giggled, she said “Mummy you are smiling!” I was taken aback by her comment though but, it was then I realized how those endorphins from exercising and running have an impact on people around you. And of course, their father needed to join me too. Here we are, Eric and I are running regularly with Running Department to maintain our fitness and keep each other in ideal shape. Besides that, sharing the same hobby as a couple has all its benefits, common goals, common plans, common chats, common shopping stuffs and common friends.
Rachel and her 3 sisters… I mean daughters!
Photo credit: Eric the Husband 🙂
I am always very amazed at Full Time Working Moms juggling 5000 different tasks at the same time. How do you juggle between your time / work / family?
Work is not new and so it is very manageable for me. I am in this season whereby my children are independent young adult and teens (21, 19 & 15). I am blessed with a hands-on husband and helpful children to juggle with home affairs. Perhaps, it is to define the priorities in caring for every aspect of a balanced lifestyle in the right amount and proportion. A typical week consists of 3 days of exercising, 4 days of rest and also to make our presence known at home. Sunday nights are intentionally set for the family to share our week. Ever since we adopted this “tradition” two years ago, we get involved and in touch with one another’s lives. With all the on-going activities that we have committed, I strongly believe the household must be in order.
What are your must dos before and after a race?
Having done all the training sessions weekly, I am prepared and ready for race day. Taking extra care of myself and keeping a good spirit helps to chase the anxieties away. And okay it’s a must for me to dab a little essential oil and apply some muscle balm to perk up for the distance! After the race, call it a day and have a good meal.
What would you like to share with fellow runners as an encouragement?
There is always a first time for everything and anything you choose to do. We must not wait for something to happen, take charge of your personal effectiveness and focus on good habits. Let it be your first thoughts to live well whatever your age.
In January 2019, I took the courage to go for IER pacer trial run and I was thankful to be selected. I was encouraged by the seasoned pacers whom I have been training with them for 3 races last year. This is a good start to build your confidence during trainings if you do want to take up the challenge to be a pacer in Running Department. Tap on their resources and strength!
Happy faces after a very successful pacing assignment!
Photo credits: Eric
A Quote to share…
“The hardest person you will ever have to lead is yourself.” ~Bill George, Discover Your True North~
Check out Rachel’s pacer profile here. Rachel will be continuing to join the Sundown Marathon Training Programme with Running Department and will be participating in the SDM 2019 Full Marathon this coming June.