Verna Goh: I won't let anyone dull my sparkle

I've always been into running, easily clocking 5km on the treadmill during my gym sessions, but I only started getting serious about it in April 2015 when I experienced my first heartbreak and possibly one of the hardest experiences in my life.

It was not a healthy, perhaps even toxic relationship, and I emerged from it feeling unhappy and sad. I felt that I had lost myself in the midst of the relationship. Somehow, by a stroke of luck, I had signed up for my first run in Singapore at the Sundown Marathon event and started channelling all my efforts into training for that instead. I found running to be my coping mechanism, my safe haven, when my mind started to wander back. Running was not just a great distraction, but it also started to make me feel good about myself again.

I went to Europe for an exchange programme after that and told myself that I would keep running, so I signed up for three half-marathons while I was there – in Budapest, Lisbon and Amsterdam. After training for and completing them, I felt that I have become a stronger runner, and also a stronger person in the process. Somehow, I found myself back in the relationship halfway through my exchange, perhaps out of a yearning for comfort and familiarity, but broke it off for good this year.

I still am fixing my heart, but with running it feels like a less daunting journey, and I am surer of what I want for myself and what I will not stand for. I understand now the importance of self-love and self-respect, and not letting anyone else dull your sparkle. This year, I have signed up for both the Sundown Half-Marathon and also the 2XU Compression Run half-marathon, and am hoping to hit a personal best, while recovering emotionally and mentally.

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  • Always there to give a smile, lend support and spread happiness - that's what we at @rockrunnerssg aim to do best! #throwback to the Shape Run where we created quite a lot of "noise" at the finish line, heehee!! #rockthenakedtruth #rockrunnerssg #shaperun2017
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  • #RRrepresent at yday's Shape Run!! Did you hear us or get a high-5 from us near the finish line? 🖐🏻🖐🏻🖐🏻 @rockrunnerssg #rockthenakedtruth #rockrunnerssg
  • So we had a cycling clinic today for ROCKtri where the @sgmavericks took us through some drills before a quick road ride! We hope it was useful and that everyone learnt something. Our next ROCKtri workshop will be on 16 Sep, 5pm at Specialized (at Vertex) - it will be a workshop on transition practice and bike care. Registration opens on Monday! #rockthenakedtruth #rocktri
  • We had a really good start to the weekend with the first official training run for the SCSM Women Squad! Thank you for waking up early and making it down to @theautobus.cc to run with us @rockrunnerssg!! Lots of smiles and happy faces - stay chio always!!! #rockthenakedtruth
  • We still have slots for our ROCKtri workshop this Saturday - a bike handling clinic conducted by the amazing cyclists of @sgmavericks, where we will do some drills before going for a 20km ride down Tanah Merah Coastal Road. Sign up at www.rockthenakedtruth.com/events. It's free and open to anyone! #rockthenakedtruth #rocktri
  • Our official running club @rockrunnerssg is super excited to head the first ever SCSM Women Squad this year, as we run an all-ladies training programme leading up to the SCSM. Blessed for this opportunity! We will see you ladies very soon!! #rockthenakedtruth #rockrunnerssg #scsmwomensquad
  • Nobody has the perfect definition of beauty, so what's stopping you from thinking you're the most beautiful? 😘😘😘 #rockthenakedtruth