Pang Su Ting
Rochelle, one of our dental nurses who has been with us at Specialist Dental Group for more than ten years, participated in the Marina Run 2022 half marathon. She was wearing a pair of different coloured limited edition running shoes on the left and right. It was a special birthday present she bought for herself in 2021. The shoes have served her well, including a full marathon in the Philippines (Rock’ n’ Roll Running Series – Manila).
That was her first race on Philippine soil and the first Rock’ n’ roll series run in Southeast Asia. She completed the marathon 12 days after her bicycle expedition on the Mindoro Loop! Can you imagine running a full marathon after cycling 547.5km (4,031m elevation gain) in 3.5 days? As her colleagues, we know what she is capable of, but we still greatly admire her accomplishments.
Back to the Marina Run 2022, we briefly talked with Rochelle to hear more about her story as she shared her experience.
Rochelle, what do you think of your performance at your recent half marathon? Are you happy with your results?
Having participated multiple times in Marina Run this year, I signed up with a goal plan to achieve better timing for my half marathon. Unfortunately, I got infected with Covid-19 in early October (about 4 weeks before the race), which disrupted my training and opportunity to build back my stamina.
Nonetheless, during the run, I felt fine, and I wondered if I should push myself more to try and see if I could achieve my personal best. After much consideration, I decided that my end goal was for my next full marathon in Singapore. Pushing myself may risk injuring myself and jeopardising my chance at the Singapore Marathon.
Therefore I ran comfortably and am grateful to complete the race without any injuries. I am happy that I ran past two groups of pacers for 2h 30mins and 2h 15mins that night (pacers are commonly deployed in the race to time the run).
What did you enjoy the most and the least about the run?
After a two-year hiatus from physical races due to the pandemic, crossing the start and finishing line, running jersey (and shoes! 😉), and runner’s high are some that I’ve missed. I am delighted that mass road races are back again here in Singapore!
How did you prepare for this marathon?
After recovering from Covid-19, I kept it simple by sticking to my usual routine. Run alternate days for about 10km, and aim to complete a half marathon on the weekend. At the same time, I gradually increase the mileage until race day.
Is there anyone that you would like to thank for your achievements?
My family is my constant inspiration. I am very thankful that my family allows me to set aside time to do the things that I enjoy: running and cycling. Running is usually my “me-time”, and I cycle with my husband. He is the one who helps to get all the equipment ready (such as pumping the tires and charging the bicycle lights).
What are some of your plans and hopes for your next run?
I currently participate in community runs with Canberra and Sembawang West runners, hoping to encourage and inspire more residents to stay active.
To wrap up 2022, I will participate in the Singapore Marathon in December.