Dad Jamin, Mum Wai Peng, Big Brother Ethan (P6) and Little Brother Joab (P4) share their running journey.
Daddy Jamin: We started running as a family 3 years ago. I always go for a run twice a week and the boys wanted to join me. Initially, they just tagged along but later they became more serious, more into the runs and everything took off from there.
Joab: I like the runs! Running encourages me to push to my limits.
Ethan: I think the runs are good as they help me to keep fit, and also they help to relieve stress. I like running because I can choose what I want to get for my timing and also I can transfer that thinking to my studies to get better grades.
(As both parents beam)
Flying Cape: Wow! Your parents must be really happy to hear that. So Mummy, do you run along with the boys?
Wai Ping: Yes, I try to, but obviously they are faster and serious runners as well.
After some encouragement off camera (“it feels like boasting, I don’t like it” – Ethan), the boys share their run timings.
Ethan: I can run 3.6km now, in 18.52 mins – that was my first try and my best timing for now. For the 2.4km, my best timing was 11.07mins, and I can do a max of 13 pull-ups at a go.
Joab: I can run 2.4km in 11.40 mins, and I can do 16 pull-ups.
Flying Cape: The Singapore Kindness Run is coming up really soon – on 14 May 2017. Any tips for other runners?
Joab: My tip is – you should be thinking that you are running down the slope so your strides will open up and your posture will change.
Ethan: Aim for a good timing before the 800m run. If you can think it, you can surely achieve it.
Flying Cape: How has running been for you as a family?
Wai Ping: It has improved the family bonding as we run together and try to spur each other on. After the run, we tell each other “good job”, or if somebody has a down day, we encourage each other not to give up.
Flying Cape: Yes, it certainly sounds like the family that runs together, stays together.