We totally support family runs because they are a good way not just to keep fit and healthy, but to allow the family to bond and create precious memories at the same time. The last run we did was in July last year before I moved onto my third trimester of pregnancy. So, it's been a long hiatus but we are glad to announce that we are back in the running scene again!!!
Our first run this year was the long anticipated My Little Pony: Friendship Run 2016 which, to the delight of all My Little Pony fans, was held for the very first time here in Singapore. I have to honestly admit that we don't really watch the cartoon (we do have a DVD though) and I can't say we are ardent fans, but having been to several My Little Pony events including a picnic as well as meet and greet, the girls are definitely in love with Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Applejack and Twilight Sparkle!
My Little Pony: Friendship Run 2016 offers three categories - The 1KM Pony Kids Run for the young ones to run with their parents, the 4KM Fun Run for the solo runners and the 6KM Bestie Run for best friends to sign up and run together. For us, it was a natural choice to go with the 1KM Pony Kids Run since we wanted to stick together as a family. Plus, I checked with the organisers and they said Asher could join in the fun as long as he was in a stroller too!
Well, you know how they say that things rarely go as planned? We were all feeling enthusiastic when we entered Sentosa, only to realise that there was a bad traffic jam leading up to Beach Station. From the hubby's expert point of view, it was going to take over half an hour for the car to inch its way there and there might not be any parking available too. Argh. We should have just parked at VivoCity and take the monorail into Sentosa! Anyway, he took a split second to think and gave me two choices, either I take the girls with me and hop on the monorail to get to the event venue, or all of us end up missing the run.
Part of me wanted to stubbornly think that we can somehow find a way to make it together since I really wanted it to be our first run as a family of five, but the other part of me knew jolly well that he was right. So, I grabbed my phone and wallet, dumped them into a pouch and the three of us got off the car. We decided that walking would be more straightforward and so we took quick steps and managed to arrive at the starting point promptly.
It was a little dismaying because I would have liked to run from the start to the end with my kids since it was a short 1km run. I also asked them to keep jogging on the spot during the times when we were forced to stop, to which Angel said "The rest of the people are also walking, not running". Which was true.
As for the baby, the funny thing is the husband and him managed to 'join' in the run after all! This was because the road marshal directed him onto the running track and so he joined halfway and pushed the baby in the stroller all the way till the finishing line. Well, dear Asher, we'll be waiting for you to grow older so that we can all run together in future, ok?
Disclosure: We received a media invite to participate in My Little Pony: Friendship Run 2016. All pictures and opinions are solely ours.