Once or twice a week, after I have dropped off the girls at school, I will put on my running shoes and head somewhat grudgingly for a jog.
A few minutes’ drive later, and I am transported into the nature reserve that is the Lower Peirce Reservoir.
When I first started running there last year, hubby was worried about me entering a forested area at about 7am. Haha, little did we know that the place is already crowded at that time! There are always two or three groups of qigong or taiji practitioners in the open area next to the reservoir, old and not-so-old folks on their morning walks, and recreational runners like myself. I have come to spot all the regulars, even Fann Wong’s father – I suspect they are there every day. Without fail, I also always pass by the “yoga man” every time – he with this downward dog and other yoga poses. I always feel like an elephant when I thunder past him.
What draws me to the reservoir is the tranquil scenery as I run along the wooden platform, the rugged uphill/downhill traipse through the “jungle” and the greenery all round. I am always struck by the beauty, more so because it is so accessible. Haha, but there are dangers too! I have made abrupt turnarounds because I didn’t dare go past a family of monkeys or a group of stray dogs.
About 30-40 minutes into the run, I will see that the sun is just about high enough, making it too hot to go on. Just the perfect excuse to go home and enjoy my morning coffee.