Davina Gohs MH WH Night Run Running Diaries Part 4

In the final installment of her running diaries, she shares her experience from the MH WH Night Run

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Davina Gohs MH WH Night Run Running Diaries  Part 4
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A half marathon has been on my bucket list for the longest time, so I'm really glad that I was invited to participate in this year’s Men's Health Women's Health Night Run by AIA Vitality.

Getting my body prepared for the challenge involved adjusting my pace and technique and also improving my strength and mobility—especially my lower body. My Fitness First Master Trainer, Jeck Beng, was very attentive to my training and progress and pushed me whenever he could. 

I was extremely nervous on run day but the energy in the air at the starting line was electric. We were individually focused on the task yet it felt like we were supporting each other. There were a lot of long, drawn-out uphill slopes but to stop myself from slowing down, I removed myself from the pain and fatigue and programmed my mind to reach the top.

Had it not been for those training sessions I would have probably collapsed at the last five kilometres when my body didn't want to do it anymore. When I saw the finishing line, I gave it all I had to cross it. Once I did, my calves were so tight that my movement was suddenly reduced to a hobble. But with the pain came a surge of relief that it was all over. I ran my first 21km! 

I’m not sure if I would do it again but for now, the Men's Health Women's Health Night Run by AIA Vitality finisher medal hangs in my bedroom as a reminder of the battle I won over myself to achieve a new fitness goal.

Catch up on Davina's first three running diaries here, here and here

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