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HEALTH & FITNESS: Training Even When Fasting

With just DAYS away from the Muslim fasting month of Ramadhan, I still remember around this time last year, both Haffiz and I were interviewed about our training runs and preparations for the upcoming, then Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2011. I was prepping up to run a half-marathon (21km) and Haffiz is running the full 42km. Was I excited? Hell yeah, I  was stoked.

One of the challenges that we and many other active Muslim people face during this period, is the fasting month of Ramadhan. Despite the required change of training programme, I would not say it is a burden. Mainly because one can always train at a later part of the day nearing to break fast timing (adaptive) OR simply that fasting keeps my body lean too.

We both have different styles of training. His mainly focused on more runs while mine was more a balanced between short runs and high-intensity workouts with weights. I opted for endurance, speed and muscle. Anyways, here are some of the “tips” of my half-marathon  training regime during fasting month. 🙂

1. When did you start preparing for the year-end Standard Chartered marathon? What is your routine training programme?

Mentally, i started prepping myself last year during the SCSM 2010 when i was covering the event from a spectator’s point of view.

Physically, i started going for short distance runs (eg. 2XU 12km race and my own 4km short runs in my neighbourhood) as well as to build a better physique by training with the SG Titans (a non-profit Strongman team, http://www.sgtitans.com/) once or twice a week back then, coupled with my own workouts.

2. For the month of Ramadan, how have you tailored your training?

The month of Ramadhan coincides with the start of my new school’s semester so schedule wise, its very hectic. Thus my runs are minimized to running in the school gym (where i work PT) on its treadmills. I tailor my training very differently now. I am more focused on developing a stronger core and focus on high intensity training / endurance workouts to boost BOTH muscular development as well as improve my cardiovascular system. Training period on the other hand is limited to 1 hour before break fast or at night, 2 hours after my break fast.

3. How much does the new programme (in the month of Ramadhan) affect your preparation?

With lesser time to train, I have to make the best out of each individual session/training. Personally in my opinion, as long as you maintain that level of activity / training for your body, it would not affect much of one’s performance for your runs. I had always been a believer of stronger core leads to better, faster runs. And of course coupled with cardio workouts, it will keep you in shape for the runs/races to come.

4. Why is it important that you continue to train during Ramadan? 

To feel good, be healthy, maintain a decent fitness level at least and most importantly, look good for hari raya! 😛

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Buy a baju kurung that you like BUT you cannot fit well in it yet. And that will motivate you to run! 😛

For more info on this year’s Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2012 run, check out: http://www.marathonsingapore.com/

EVENT: Beginners “Cheat” Sheet to Complete The Sundown Marathon

Credits to Khai from kaveman.sg

26th May 2012 – 28,000 people gathered at the field next to Nicoll Highway at about 2200H, all full of energy and smiles on their faces. No, this is not another one of the Worker’s Party rally speeches but instead, they were all gathering for Asia’s only night marathon event – The Sundown Marathon 2012.

Sundown Marathon 2012 would be my FIRST Full Marathon event and like anything that you’re gonna do for the first time, its kind of gives you a nervous feeling. Thoughts of “What ifs” were constantly playing in my mind. What if I don’t complete it? What if my legs give way? What if i stress myself too much and collapse? OMG.

Thankfully, i managed to complete the race at a time of 5 hours 52 min. Which was below my target of running it within 6 hours, 🙂 No doubt it was a grueling run due to the heavy rain and cold winds at my 22km mark, but with the help of my pacer friend, the supporters who braved the rain together with us, as well as the volunteers (who frantically poured 100 Plus and mineral water which tastes like lipstick), i managed to conquer the 42km route!

The Sundown Marathon 2012 experience in 30 seconds

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Well here’s 6 “cheats” you could use for next year’s night marathon :

1) Sleep and Eat. Have lots of sleep and meals before the race.

I’m not trying to be a badass here, but i was dozing off along the Marina Barrage route. Despite sleeping TWICE during the day, Perhaps it was the construction route which made me feel sleepy. Perhaps it was because it was about 1-2am. Perhaps i did not consume enough coffee beans. Perhaps perhaps perhaps….

Running a marathon burns calories. Lots of them in fact. According to LiveStrong.com, a person could burn 2000-3500 calories in a single 42km race, depending on multiple factors like age, sex and weight. Carbo loading also helps to keep your stomach full so that you wont keep feeling hungry during the run, which could affect your performance.

2) Hydrate yourself weeks in advance and after the race.

There’s no water like plain mineral water. And if you would like to add some taste, you could consume 100 Plus too. Try and avoid alcoholic drinks and gassy-sugary drinks (like Coca-Cola etc). Proper hydration is essential not only hours before the race but also days in advance. You know you’re well-hydrated if you void large volumes of pale urine at least six times a day. 

3) Run light. 

Running a 42km is different as compared to running a 10km (obviously). Small hand-held equipment (like cameras) or even water bags should be kept away. Not only does it restrict your movements as you run (i.e clutching the camera) but also in the case of bad weather or if you take a tumble. It’s something you would have wished that you had not  carried in the first place. Take it from me. And those water bags… leave it to the serious runners who do not want to waste time queuing up to grab a drink.

4) Cushion, Stability & Speed.

I had always been a ‘minimalist’ and ‘racers’ kind of guy. Thus, most of my shoes aren’t the chunky types. However, as this would be my first full marathon, I opted to run in a pair of shoes which would provide me with 3 crucial aspects – Cushioning, Stability and Speed. New Balance 890v2 was my choice of running shoes.

I loved the way the shoe provides a decent amount of cushioning and stability but still remain light due to the REVLITE MIDSOLE FOAM material. Despite the heavy downpour causing the shoes to get soaked, my feet were pretty much intact and still alive. It only ached a little.

5) Be prepared, be mentally prepared.

42km is no joke. Thats 42,000m for you. Almost the length of one end of Singapore to another. Initially when people were warning me that 42km requires mental toughness, I was quite skeptical. But after going through the route, braving the inclement weather, feeling like Bear Grylls….YES. You’ll need some form of mental toughness to push you through the 42km journey.

What I did was to break down the run into smaller segments as well as plugging in my Sennheiser Adidas PMX 680 sports headphonesGreat stuff. It’s waterproof by the way. But sadly, I cannot say the same thing about my handphone. 😦

6) Grab a running buddy.

Although running is all about yourself, your race, your experience, it is always good to have a buddy or pacer who would run WITH you and go through the run together. Personally, nothing beats having someone by your side as you run and both of us cheering and motivating each other on. Thank you, buddies. You know who you are.

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All in all, the Sundown Marathon 2012 had a been a great run. It was one  helluva experience. Never knew i could do 21km TIMES TWO after completing last year’s half-marathon race. I thought people were mad to do a 42km. But hey, i guess I’ve joined that group now. Proud of my accomplishment and the finisher’s tee is certainly really really nice! Hey, Sleep can wait. 😉

EVENT: True Fitness MegaCombat 2012

(Coverage by Farah E.)

19 May 2012 – About 600 people turned up at the Fountain of Wealth for the biggest BodyCombat event in Singapore. Organised by True Fitness, it is a yearly event that sees an overwhelming response. This would be my first year attending and was I so glad I had the opportunity to.

LesMill’s BodyCombat is an intense, high impact cardio workout. Be prepared to burn calories as one experiences a fusion of martial arts ranging from karate, boxing, taekwando, tai chi and muay thai. Putting one’s strength, speed and coordination to test, I’d say it takes a certain fitness level to really benefit from the programme.

I remember my first BodyCombat class (a year ago); I had aches in parts of my body I didn’t know existed. But I never looked back since, and while BodyCombat has its many benefits, my favourite would be toning and shaping of key muscle groups. I guess they don’t call Denise Keller “Queen of BodyCombat” for nothing – love her toned and lean arms!

Gracing the event were Beam Artistes Tara Rushton, Paul Foster, May and Choy
and it would be incomplete without a short speech from the charming CEO Mr Patrick Wee himself. There was great energy in the atmosphere and it was fueled by the zing and spirit of the True Fitness BodyCombat instructors leading the crowd. If the weather was hot, we were definitely hotter!

Nothing to make my weekend better than a fantastic workout and be “rewarded”
with a goodie bag. I love free stuff; who doesn’t, and all this for free if you are a True Fitness member. No reason for you not to consider signing up, get fit the True way by joining their BodyCombat classes and be in the loop for more exciting events.

See you at Mega Combat 2013! 🙂

EVENT: Strongman Challenge 2012 – Strength in Pictures

Saturday, 24th March 2012 – Strongman Challenge 2012 finals kicked off to a great success with Jen Li Sheng & Sophia Ong Hwee Szee being crowned as Singapore’s Strongest Man and Woman 2012 respectively. Over 2000 spectators and supporters turned up for the event held at Toa Payoh HDB Hub, the same venue where it was held last year. This year’s event sported some new segments and of course, the Strongest Woman Challenge too, first of its kind here in Singapore.

From pulling a Mazda car to lifting 300kg metal barrels to even flipping a 350kg tyre six times, these finalist are indeed champions already. You think that carrying those groceries for your mum is heavy, now i guess you got no excuse for that. Anyways here are some of the spectacular highlights by the finalists:

Wani pulling the Mazda CX-7.

Sulaiman with the 120kg logs each.

Sophia Ong with the 2 x 50kg logs.

Pulling the Red Rhino + Police vehicle. Total weight: 6 tonnes

350kg tyre. He's gonna "eat" it, right.

Hayati from Alphafit lifting the 150kg tyre. Check her out at http://www.alphafit.sg/

The Yoke Walk. 300kg of metal. Unlimited amount of strength and determination.

Time to put those 100kg tin cans into the slots.

Team Titans.

The Bodybuilding segment. BEEFCAKE! Just the boys doing their thing.

All smiles and happy faces here at the Strongman Challenge finals!

(All photos are taken by 2 of our photographers of the day Bahk and Ardi)

In other Regional Strongman news, Ahmad Taufiq from Singapore won the “Orang Kuat Sabah” or Sabah’s Strongest Man competition held in, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. He beat 21 other Strongmen to claim the title. The defending champion proved he was the man to beat by leading in Day 1 of the competition. And in Day 2, the champion held his position and pipped Farizus Lakong from Brunei by 1 point to win competition.

Taufiq who trains at SG Titans and The Pit is a well known Strongman in the community. Despite his win and many other personal achievements, the Strongman remains humble and is often seen sharing his knowledge and tips of fitness with the younger, newer guys. Truly, a great sportsman he is. Congratulations Taufiq!! 😀

Ahmad Taufiq - Orang Kuat Sabah Champion! Again!

Check out his post on HUMILTY done sometime back. A very good read: Humility….a prized asset.

EVENT: The Strongman Challenge Finals 2012 is BACK!

EVENT: GRAND FINALS OF STRONGMAN CHALLENGE 2012

DATE: SATURDAY, 24TH MARCH 2012

LOCATION: TOA PAYOH HDB HUB

TIME: FROM 1000H

WHAT: A competition to test a man’s ultimate physical strength, mental strength and endurance. With the likes of new finalists in the top 10 this year and a NEW FEMALE CATEGORY, one can expect an explosive and interesting finals this year. It doesnt matter if you’re a runner, a triathlete or even a rock climber, checking out and learning more about new sports and mixing around with fellow athletes, would certainly open up your eyes and mind to a whole new spectrum in sports.

These men AND women have trained and prepared themselves for over a year just to qualify and make it through to the finals. From flipping a 350kg tyre to pulling a red rhino during the preliminary rounds, you know it doesnt get any bigger than this. Or could it? Come on down to Toa Payoh HDB Hub on the 24th of March and see for yourself the crowning of Singapore’s Strongest Man and Woman 2012. So See you there!

WEBSITE: http://www.strongmanchallenge.sg/

Other great reads from my fellow Strongman friends:

Nike Goddess 5K Run Giveaways!

Ladies, fancy running the Nike Goddess 5K with your BFF? Or looking to kick start your running mileage for this year? Or even, thinking of running in an ALL-WOMEN’s run? Look no further!

We are pleased to giveaway 2 FREE Nike Goddess 5K slots to YOU and your BFF! Yes, we want YOU ladies out there to get out and start running! Time to lead a healthy lifestyle! Of course, terms and conditions apply. 🙂

To win the competition, follow the steps below:

STEP 1: Under the COMMENTS section, tell us why YOU and your buddy deserve to win the competition.

STEP 2: Using your creative juices, come out with your BEST caption/tagline for the Nike Goddess 5K Run.

STEP 3: Remember to include your Name & Email in the comments section so that we can contact you should you be selected. (Don’t worry, the particulars wont be made public)

STEP 4: Smile. And LIKE our FB Page if you like US. I mean, we are nice people arent we? 🙂

P.S, CONTEST ENDS MONDAY, 26TH MARCH 2012 @ 2359H. WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY EMAIL ON 27TH MARCH 2012 BY NOON (12PM). REGISTRATION FOR THE GODDESS 5K CLOSES ON 30TH MARCH, SO DO CHECK YOUR EMAIL LADIES!

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Details on the Nike Goddess 5K Run:

Date: Saturday, 14th April 2012

Venue: Wave House Sentosa

Time: 1600H or 4pm for that matter

Next Training Sessions For Girls: Saturday, 1st April 2012 (click icon below)

Still in doubt, read more about LAST YEAR’S NIKE GODDESS 5K RUN, as covered by one of our female runners – Gisete!

The OCBC Cycle Singapore 2012: A Ride To Remember

Speed and Fast

(coverage by Nash A. and Nabil. R.)

4th March 2012 – Its 6 in the AM and its a Cold, Wet and Loud at the F1 Pit Building.Three words to describe the arrival of the “dream” team. Mass groups of avid cyclists, mothers herding their kids fully attired in their cycling kits. Over on the left, the slightly pudgy office worker psyches himself up for the race ahead while his wife does the last minute safety checks. On the right, a grandfather tells his grand daughter to stay close midst the crowd, trudging forward. Truly, this is a race for all, big or small young or old.

Gentlemen, start your engines!!

As i type this post at the media room, i must say the view overlooking the F1 grid is outstanding, same goes for the journey throughout. Time, 0700hrs, we slowly made our way to the starting line, after the mandatory bike and safety checks (kudos to the organizers for making it thorough without making it to taxing). At this time, the 59km cyclists sprint to the finish, definitely strong. At that point i figured, “this should be a breeze” boy was i wrong.

Time: 0730hrs – Mr Chan Chun Sing, Acting Minister for Ministry of Community Development Youth & Sports, flagged off the start of the 24km Community Ride. From the F1 pits, we made our way down the road towards ECP. View was BREATH to the TAKING!

Marina Bay Sands

Off off here we go!

Riders galore!

After that, comes the climb. At this point, i felt like singing Miley Cyrus “The Climb” and that thought just made me nauseous(seriously). Luckily, we had our Philips Headphones on with excellent noise cancelling and solid bass, we were practically dancing on our bikes up the slope (Grooving to “I Wanna” by All American Rejects, played over 91.3FM, Official radio coverage for OCBC Cycle 2012, you know that feeling right?). Just had to share, these Philips ActionFit Sweatproof and Washable headphones were great – well fitted and the bass was gooooood. 🙂

Down the highway, i think most cyclist would know the feeling of almost never ending road. At this point, Nabil was almost a goner, not because of the ride, but due to lack of sleep from the night before. He had been awake since 0730H the day before!  Luckily, we kept each other motivated pushing harder as we inch towards the water point. After the U-turn at East Coast Park Service Road….there it was…… The Pit Stop!!

Fuel Up Riders!

Nabil regained his energy and off we sped through East Coast Park, making new acquantances along the way (yups, we were kinda high after the 100 PLUS). The road was smooth and the closures were planned carefully, thus perfect! Then came the Sheares Bridge yet again. Fuuh, this slope, after the 20km, was quite a thriller. I felt the great burning sensation on my calves and thighs as i trudge through the crowd who were mostly pushing their bikes. After about 10mins sprint down the F1 route, and after clocking a total time of 1hr 14mins, we were done y’all! Hahah felt really great, slight wobbly feeling though – its just the muscles getting use to walking again. 😛

We had a great and fun time over at the OCBC Cycle Singapore 2012

Overall, the ride was superb and if i could point out any learning lessons from OCBC Cycle it would be these:

  1. Enough rest the night before, atleast 6 hours( like me) or you end up shutting your eyes midway through the highway(hint-hint Nabil)
  2. Hydration– Keep yourselves hydrated way before the race, and during the race. Not too much though cause not many toilets along the way plus the inertia of the water in the tummy will affect the cycling experience.
  3. Motivate each other. We had each other to push us through the challenges. Even when you are going out there alone, its okay to push and motivate other riders, c’mon..we are all aiming for the same end.
  4. Check your kits! To prevent abrasions, dangerous falls and bike breakdowns. We noticed several riders stopping at the side fixing their bikes. Even with their Neutral stations, it’ll be great to have portable pumps or tool kits, just in case.
  5. Good accessories!! Philip’s headphones definitely made my experience worthwhile with the sound cancellations and great bass.
  6. Enjoy the view – when you are relaxed and enjoying your environment, the journey is very much enjoyable
  7. Lastly, an event to make NEW friends and also still keep in touch with the old ones. 😉

Adam OneArmRunner and his running, now also, cycling kakis!

So, there you go, OCBC Cycle Singapore 2012 in a nutshell. Nabil and i can’t wait for more races like this, and more than ready to take on harder challenges ahead. And thats WHY WE RUN.

P.S, To view more photos of the event captured by us, click on the icon below!

HYPE: The OCBC Cycle Singapore 2012

OCBC CYCLE SINGAPORE 2012

THREE DAYS OF EXCITING ACTION ON TWO WHEELS AT ONE AWESOME EVENT

EVENT: OCBC CYCLE SINGAPORE 2012

DATE: 2-4 MARCH 2012

LOCATION: Starts and ends at F1 Pit Building

INFORMATION: www.ocbc.cyclesingapore.com.sg

The fourth edition of OCBC Cycle Singapore will take place from 2 to 4 March, 2012, providing three days of thrilling action at the F1 Pit Building.

The highlight will undoubtedly be the Professional Criterium, staged on Friday, 2 March, in which over 70 of the world’s top professional cyclists will line up under lights at 8.30pm. The race is set to offer some scintillating live action for spectators, with the high-quality international field all vying for the top spot.

Over 10,000 amatuer cyclists have also registered for this year’s OCBC Cycle Singapore, again signifying the true family element to the event. Saturday’s schedule will focus on kids and family; while Sunday’s emphasis is on the mass participation rides.

Aside from all the action on the track, spectators will also be entertained by the carnival-like atmosphere and variety of activities for all ages. So be there to mingle and soak in the atmosphere! Who knows, you might just fall in love with the cycling sport too!

EXTRAS!

Do check out Bike Insurance Official launch on the race day! Or alternatively, you can click here to download the pdf format.

SEE YA THERE! 😀

EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday, 2 March Start
Cycling & Lifestyle Village 10am-9pm
Carnival 10am-9pm
Women’s & Masters’ Criterium 5.30pm
Men’s Open Criterium 6.30pm
Professional Criterium 8.30pm

 

Saturday, 3 March Start
Cycling & Lifestyle Village 10am-9pm
Carnival 10am-9pm
The Tricycle Ride (100m) 5.45pm
The Mighty Savers ™ Kids Ride (5-7yrs) 6.00pm
The Mighty Savers ™ Kids Ride  (8-9yrs) 6.30pm
The Junior Challenge  (30min, 10-12 yrs) 7.00pm

 

Sunday, 4 March Start
Cycling & Lifestyle Village 10am-2pm
Carnival 10am-2pm
The Super Challenge (59km) 5.30am
The Challenge (39km)The Business Times Corporate Charity Ride 6.30am
The Community Ride (24km) 7.30am

 Info Courtesy of Spectrum Worldwide