A Night’s Run: urban sights while running

I have been running in parks, park connectors and streets for some time. Since my races are not going to materialise in the near future, to keep myself motivated in running long distances, I thought taking pictures every few kilometres will be a useful technique to do so.

The following are some pictures that I took while running along the park connectors and streets one night. It is interesting how the night scene can differ from what we are used to seeing during the day.

Public disclosure: These were taken some time ago in early April, before the circuit breaker measures were tightened further to the present.

After 2km, a side view of a primary school at night. Even with the school closed, you still need lights to lit up certain areas for security reasons.
At the 4km mark, I took this picture of the road I was running along. Traffic was sparse, and the street was very quiet.
6km into the run, I reached Kallang Riverside Park. The indoor stadium is at the opposite of the park where I was running along.
At 8km. East Coast Park Expressway is on the right, while there is a cluster of condominiums with good sea view next to it.
At 10km mark, and the end of my run. The Merlion, a mythical creature in Singapore’s history, at the end of Jubilee Bridge. Standing tall without many visitors taking pictures of it.
Part of Singapore’s central business district, near to where the Merlion is standing. A lot of the skyscrapers belong to the big corporations.
While on my way home, I walked through the Padang with the National Gallery across it. Very quiet and peaceful during these late hours. The Padang and National Gallery have seen many historical moments in Singapore’s short history.

Doing this was fun. It allowed me to have short rest time during the run, to catch my breath, while documenting my running path. Subconsciously, taking photos at regular intervals gave me something to look forward to as well.

Some variations to this technique could be: taking photos at shorter intervals e.g. 1 km (but that could disrupt running too much); doing a thematic shoot such as taking pictures of nature, people or buildings (although taking pictures of people may be a little controversial); or taking pictures of my tracker with the running statistics against a certain background.

Whatever it is, I find adopting this technique useful in making my run enjoyable, especially when running alone. I will probably try this more often.

Do you have any techniques you employ to keep yourself motivated while running alone? What do you do? I will be interested to know more about your techniques!

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