Once, Jasmine ran on the spot for two hours at home because one of her children was sick.
It is never too late to start anything in life – it just boils down to how much you want it. Jasmine Goh only picked up running in her thirties, but within six years, she made it to the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games where she finished fourth in the marathon.
Throughout these years, Jasmine has been consistently clocking wins such as the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2016 and the TransLantau 100km 2018 in Hong Kong. Her personal best for the marathon is 2 hours 54 minutes at the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2017.
As a single mother of two young girls with a full-time job as an independent financial advisor, Jasmine proves that anything is possible so long as you are willing to work for it.
When she first started running in 2011, it was purely to lose weight because she was preparing to return to the workforce and her daughters were in childcare. She would struggle with a 2.5km run at the nearby park but that didn’t stop her from challenging herself to train for her first marathon in four months. Once, she even had to run on the spot for two hours at home because one of her children was sick.
“When I started running, one of the objectives was to be a role model for my daughters who will be mothers one day. When we become mothers, we tend to lose focus on ourselves. I believe you need to love yourself enough before you can give love to others,” Jasmine said.
“My motto in life is ‘Show up as if I cannot lose’. That means to be fearless even when faced with challenges. This way of thinking gives me the courage to dream big and live bigger.”
Recently, Jasmine came in third in Guardian’s Face of Healthy Beauty, once again showing that age is just a number and you should continue to dream big!
Follow Jasmine on Instagram (@go_jasminegoh).
This feature is part of Shape Singapore’s initiative to honour inspiring women in sports and fitness, who are using their positions to positively impact society in 2020 and beyond.