What do you do if you are hit by the running bug and there isn’t a sports complex or running tracks nearby?
Well, I found out that one can make do with very little, you can start jogging around the blocks or along the roads but I discovered a “tiny” little secret in nearby Punggol – an empty field tucked away not too far from Punggol Plaza (Kou Fu food court).
So what’s so special about a plain old concrete walkway with an empty field in the middle?
Well, for one, there are like-minded people jogging. brisk walking or strolling there, sometimes even with their cute pets 🙂
So you can jog and people watch – not as boring as the treadmill.
But what I enjoy most is the spaciousness of the area, with the clear blue sky above, and if you are there in the evenings, you can watch the clouds changing hues; turning a beautiful orange right before your eyes. I breathe and feel better being outdoors, and observing nature at work makes me so happy!
The place also offers non-joggers a place to enjoy other activities, including kite flying, model car racing and even model planes enthusiasts. Oh, did I mention soccer teams as well?
I am amazed at how a small empty field can become a centrepiece for a community’s activities and transform into a little piece of haven for residents. And it’s all free!
My jogging route
Now getting down to the fitness part:
First,a brisk walk from Sengkang across TPE to Punggol and by the time I arrive at the field, I’ve already had a nice warm up.
And I start jogging and would do about 6 to 8 rounds. Starting slow and then picking up speed as my body starts getting used to the exertion.
Jogging with iPod
By listening to my favourite songs on my iPod, I can time how long I take to complete each round. For eg. if the song is about 4 minutes long, and it finished at the same spot I started, I know I took about 4 minutes. And so I gauge how fast or slow I am running based on the songs. That helps to keep me motivated too.
For me, I know I am in the zone when my movements feel fluid – a sort of flow and it becomes amazingly easy and soothing to run.
But one thing to note is that concrete walkway ain’t the best track for the knees, especially compared to the cushy running tracks. So one trick is to be aware of your gait and try not to pound your feet – just let your feet land gently on the ground with each step.
And walking back home is a great way to cool down, plus watching the bright headlights zooming past on the expressway can be quite mesmerising in the dark.
The best feeling in the world is after a good workout, the body feels tired but the mind is clear and the heart is light. Sigh … it’s gonna be a good night’s rest 🙂