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/

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2012 Gold Coast Airport Marathon: The Interview With Endrew!

Thw 2012 Gold Coast Airport Marathon might have ended recently. And like most of you, i did not manage to fly myself to down under to catch the action or run it. I’ve heard loads of record breaking and fun stories happening there – the cool weather, the pre and post race day, the run itself and not forgetting many Personal Bests were “created” there too! Even for a newbie runner like me, its sooooo tempting to head down to GCAM and give it a go!

However, sometimes the greatest stories and lessons learnt come not from finishing the race. But its when you hit a brick wall, you pick yourself up and move on. I managed to catch up with a runner friend of ours, Endrew, who had the opportunity to travel to Gold Coast for the run. And here’s the exclusive interview. Enjoy!

1.        Tell us a bit about yourself (eg. Hobbies, Occupation etc)
Hi I’m Endrew and I’m a Retail Sales Executive. My hobbies are Running and Sleeping. 😛

2.        When did you pick up running/keeping fit and why?
I started my running just about a year ago. My first was race was the 12km Energizer Night Trail 2011 with two of my friends. I signed up just for fun! From that day onwards, I started to go for more and more runs and races. Plus point about these races – you will also get to know more friends! 🙂

3.        What’s your training/running regime like?
I have been running 3 times a week (at least 10km each time) for my first year. As for now, I don’t really run or train that much. I use the running events as a training session so as to not make the race so stressful. Running to me, is not just about how fast you can run or securing your personal best. To me, what is important is to enjoy and have fun with all the runners. Race-Train-Fun.

4.        Thats a nice tagline! Hahaha! Anyways, how was your experience in this year’s GC Marathon? Did you participate in the previous year’s?
This was my first time in Gold Coast (GC). Mixed feeling for me, as I got DNF at the 22km mark. I felt dizzy and had low blood pressure thus I was sent to the hospital. One week before GC I did my Standard Chartered KL marathon at a time of 5 hours 50min eventhough I suffered an early cramp at the 23km mark. Obviously I was disappointed and gave myself a lot of hope in GC for a better timing. But I failed to do so. Many thanks to Mohan though, for the encouraging words he gave to me.

Overall GC marathon was SUPERB! Love the weather, the people & their support and the view! But do remember to drink more water days before the race day itself! I guess this was my mistake for not drinking enough water and it caused my dehydration, dizziness and low blood pressure on the day itself. 😦

 5.        How different was it compared to previous GC Marathon OR Marathons in Singapore? 
It is very different I must say. I’m sorry to say that local races are getting more and more expensive. And personally, I feel that the standard is not there at all. The supporters, the  people along the road side, cheering you on. Its something which you can’t find in Singapore. Although the route and the view is very normal for Singaporean to say “Siao eh so hot run what marathon!” but in GC you can actually feel its different because of those supporters!

6.        The atmosphere is certainly very different aye! Quick question: Would you run the GC Marathon next year? 
I’ll be back for SURE!

 7.        If theres one thing that you could improve on about the GC Marathon, what would it be?
I will say its the BANANAS! Maybe I was too hungry that morning that is why I was looking for something which I can eat while running. Hahaha! But I heard there were oranges given out nearing to the end of the race which I had no chance to try them (because of the DNF). 😦

 8.        Many people are picking up running as a sport be it competitive or leisure, what do u think is the reason for this sudden surge of runners?
I guess running is an “IN” thing now. Too many reasons – some run for health, to lose weight, or even for charitable causes. It is good because this “IN thing” enables you to meet lots of friends and also get to know many new ones in this small world!

 9.        How do you think Singapore can better manage its sporting/running scene?
Singapore is trying very hard to build its sporting community, which is great idea. But there are too many companies out there trying to use this as a platform to earn from events, charging exorbitant prices for registrations…which is actually a  bad thing. For example, running a FULL marathon in Singapore can cost about $80! This is a little too much given the standard I have been experiencing in Singapore. At this price I can fly to Malaysia for a Full marathon too and with a better experience over there.

Running is a cheap sport but in Singapore, its different now.

 10.      Lastly, any inspiring words for runners out there who just started picking up the sport or thinking of picking up the sport?
Drink more water before your runs and do rest well before the race too. Running is meant to be fun so don’t feel stress if you can’t run. Run and get know more friends. Slowly you will get better and better. 😉

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 Words of wisdom there from the Gold Coast! Till next time, Guten Tag!

P.S, if you wanna read what our running friend Su Ann had to say about the 2011 Gold Coast Airport Marathon, do check out: 2011 Gold Coast Airport Marathon: The interview with Su Ann!

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. 😉

RUNNERS GUIDE: How to survive 21km at the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore

Seeing the popularity of marathons and people running in them, i have decided to share with you some of the tips on how to survive the 21km Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore based on first hand experience running it for the first time. AND OH, TO GET YOUR RACE TIMING, SCROLL DOWN BELOW FOR THE LINK.

And in light of the death of the 22-year old runner who passed away at the finish line, my deepest condolences goes out to his family and loved ones. In no way shall this “survival guide” should be seen as to mock or ridicule him or any runners who did not complete the run.

Based on my true story/experience, here it goes…

1) CARBO LOAD UP

Yes. Not suit up, but carbo load up. One should be mindful that running 21,000m would require you to burn off 800 to 1200 calories depending on the runner’s weight AND average speed of his run. Thus it is important to consume a good mix of carbohydrates and protein in the meals a day before the run. Yes, you can always snack on the power gels and energy bars as you run but one shouldnt be too reliant on those stuffs. Not only does it restricts your running, the way i see it, if you have had a proper meal the night before the run (please dont consume a 2000 calorie meal for your breakfast), all the thing that your body needs during the run is proper hydration. Which brings me to my next point.

2) “H” TO THE 2 TO THE “O”

No, i’m not referring to a bunch of mermaids above but fact is that 60-70% of a person’s body weight is made up of water. Your cells contain water. Thus if you dont hydrate properly a day prior to the race AND on race day, you are what Sheldon Cooper (from The Big Bang Theory) would call – dehydrating your body. It is therefore important to drink up loads of fluids (water and not alcohol) before the race. Also, water helps to flush away toxins from your body as you go to the bathroom in the morning. Furthermore, drinking isotonic drinks days prior to the event would help “thin” your blood thus giving better circulation of oxygen around your body. By the way, tap water in Singapore is potable so dont give excuses about not being able to buy mineral water around. Cant say the same about NEWater though. Sorry, but im just not a fan. Haha.

3) DON’T BRING A BAG

Yes, this isnt your Bring-your-own-bag day. Its Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore day. As you’ll be running 21km, it would be very uncomfortable running with a bag (no matter how light it may be) for that whole 22965.879 yards. How do i know that? Cause i was carrying mine for SCMS 2011. -_-” The bag would tend to lift the back of your tee/singlet up, rubbing against your lower back causing slight abrasions. Why did i bring my bag in the first place? Well, that brings me to my next point…

4) DONT BE PUNCTUAL, BE EARLY

Super early to be in fact. Somehow Singaporean are funny creatures. In times of purchasing a new iPhone 4S or some latest computer game we can actually queue over night and make ourselves comfortable sitting down on the floor eagerly waiting to get our hands on the goods. But when it comes to depositing our bags on race day, they’ll choose to come at the exact flag off time, when the baggage counter was actually opened 2 hours before. Weird. And because of that, they have to carry their bags with them as they ran the 21km because the security personnel at the baggage deposit area said so. On a more serious note, its because starting pen was about to close in 5min by the time we queued up for over 30min. Anyways, would it be a good excuse if i say that i woke up late? 😦

5) GOOD THINGS COME IN TWOS

There’s a reason why most things in life come in twos – like eyes, legs, parents and 2 $1000 notes…with the exception of Thompson and Thomson in Tintin comics. That being said, i suggest that you get a running buddy/partner to run with you. Running alone with your music stuck to your ears might seem like a good deal, but when it comes to running this 21km, personally it would have been more awesome if i hadnt lost my contact with my running buddy – Agni, before the start of the race. Dont laugh but we got separated because of Point No. 4. Anyways, running with a buddy helps you keep pace and also would be a form of motivation where both of you would cheer on the other half who’s slacking. Helps if he or she is of the opposite sex and is hot/pretty too. Seriously, you wouldnt want to look disappointing do you? ;P

6) MUSE-ZIGGITY ZAG

As mentioned above, listening to music is great when you’re running alone. But also, its the CHOICE of music that plays a great deal in helping you overcome that 6km non-stop stretch of East Coast Highway with no water points (I think. Cause i might have been zoning out). Some personal favourites of mine includes “Gangsters paradise” by Coolio & Tupac, club mixes and OSTs by Hans Zimmer. Some how these kinds of songs have a trance effect on my. I cant feel my pain when i ran. All i feel is the soul uplifted and just wanting to complete the race! 😉

7) HAVE A BREAK, HAVE SOME WATER

Or you could also say stopping to take photos with Transformers too. Personal bests and/or completing the race are important to all, if not many runners. However, one must also understand that not every is born a Kenyan runner. Singaporeans are NOT Kenyans. In fact, Asians are not Kenyans despite living near the equators like the latter. We cannot SPRINT non-stop for the whole of 21,000m! Perhaps im generalizing here, but you get the drift. Take a break between a certain set of distance. Slow down if you feel unwell, uneasy or you start thinking that you have to cross over the red-white barrier to reach the finishing line. No, this isnt the Men’s Health Urbanathlon. Go easy on your body when your body goes hard on you. And trust me, you will enjoy the run. If you feel shy for stopping by the side, heres a tip: Pretend to tie your shoe laces. No one will think anything negative of you. Well, unless you tie them in the middle of the path.

8.) MIND YOUR MANNERS

Like all things around Singapore, there are rules. In running, if you need to slow down and stop or walk, please keep to the side buddy. The last thing you wanna do is to slow down abruptly in the middle or right most lane and fancy getting banged from behind. Sounds wrongly crude but yeah. The last thing anyone needs is a tumble and a ruckus in the middle of the route. You’ll prolly end the 21km right there OR crossing the finish line like an recruit who had to leopard crawl with his shorts. On the tarmac. Cool factor: -10

9) MAKE FRIENDS & CHEER OTHERS ON

Idiot proof, really. As the heading says. Running 21km is a personal thing no doubt, but that doesnt mean that you have to complete it alone or with your buddy ONLY. With other like-minded runners around you, cheering them on lifts the spirit and motivation for the runner, your buddy and even YOU. I dont know how to put it but you gotta try it, it feels good. When you feel good, you’ll finish good. And lastly….

10) S*CK IT UP

No, its not what you think it is. If you’re planning to run 21km or more, please put on a pair of SOCKS. Unless of course, you think its gung-ho and your plan of going minimalist is the key but end up getting blisters at the 8km mark is awesome, then dont wear it. Sockless, 3 blisters and a horrible timing later, i crossed the finish line. Take it from me before your feet take it from the blisters. And dont be a twerp and wear socks for your five fingers shoes. D’oh!

With those 10 tips, i hope you will be better prepared for your upcoming 21km runs in 2012. Till then, Guten Tag! See you all next year…at some race…somewhere…i guess. Remember Point No. 9! 😉

To those who wants to know their results/timings: CLICK HERE!

PHOTO MONTAGE OF THE POST-RACE

References:

  1. http://www.livestrong.com/article/374953-how-many-calories-do-you-burn-running-a-half-marathon/
  2. http://www.health.arizona.edu/health_topics/nutrition/general/waterhydration.htm

SCMS route videos (PLUS Safety tips on Running Part 1)

15 more days or so to the penultimate running event in Singapore – The Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore which is happening on the 4th of December 2011. In case some of you are wondering what this year’s route gonna be like, the organisers have graciously shared with us the interactive race route video!

Together with Team BMW’s run efficient mantra, the interactive video not only merely show you the race route but at the side of it, it tells you exactly the distance markers + drinks station + ekiden points of the run. Now that you’re mentally and visually prepped up, get your running shoes ready AND let’s run Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2011!

42km Route (Town + ECP area)

 

21km Route (Sentosa + ECP area)

 

10km Route (Esplanade + Nicoll highway area)

 

5km + Kids Dash Route (Raffles ave + F1 Pit)

SAFETY TIPS ON RUNNING (Part 1)

 

by Guest writer – Farhan Juan M.

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According to the last National Sports Participation Survey, jogging is ranked the most popular sport among Singaporeans. What makes running so popular? Well, we all know how to run. My first memory of running was probably to run away from my mother when I got myself into trouble. Running is also cheap, all you need is a pair of shoes and you’re set for a fulfilling workout. We can run at any time of the day, alone or in groups, and anywhere. Singapore also has a couple of wonderful running trails, including the various parks, stadiums, gyms and even at the reservoirs (maybe not at Bedok Reservoir during the night for now)! My personal favorite running trail is at Pasir Ris Park, where I usually do my 10 kilometer jogs during late evenings to behold the beautiful sunset that awaits me there.

It is a good sport for those of you who are thinking of getting yourself in shape, but before you start running, there are some things you should do before you begin your healthy lifestyle:

1) MEDICAL & HEALTH:

If you are above 35 years old and have been leading a sedentary lifestyle for quite some time, it will be good to have a medical checkup. This is especially recommended for those who have had a history of medical or fitness problems (including asthma, diabetes, heart problems, and injuries). The doctor will be able to highlight the problems you might encounter and advise how to deal with them.

Get yourself the right pair of shoes (if you do not already have it). You should always wear the appropriate footwear for your type of foot, and the type of shoe. There are three types of foot: Normal Arch, Flat Arch and High Arch. There are also two types of shoe: Racing and training shoes. For new runners, it is advised to choose training shoes as they typically have more cushioning and have thicker outer soles. Always buy shoes that fit you comfortably.

2) MEALS 

A common mistake by new runners is that they feel the need to starve themselves before a run. This is not recommended as your body needs its fuel to run. There are three types of fuel for exercise: Carbohydrate, Fat and Protein. Consume carbohydrates as it is the most immediate source of energy for the body. It is also good to give your body at least 2 hours to digest the food that you eat before you begin running. Ensure that you keep yourself hydrated – before, during and after any physical activity.

3) WARMING UP / STRETCHING

You are almost ready to run now, but your muscles are still a little cold. A common misconception is that warming up equates to static stretching, but this can increase the likelihood of getting injuries too. What I usually do for my warm-up is either cycling/light jogging for 5 minutes before I do my stretching. You can also do some jumping jacks (50 counts of four) or light skipping. Another alternative is to do some dynamic stretching.

Now you are all set to run, I welcome you to the wonderful world of running. Let’s get those muscles pumping, the endorphins flowing, and most importantly, HAVE FUN! 🙂

Not running the marathon? Be a SCMS 2011 Volunteer!

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The Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) 2011 is back again after a roaring success last year!

Featuring three different start points and routes which provide scenic views of Singapore’s iconic landmarks, SCMS 2011 will be attracting a new record 70,000 runners this year. A team of more than 7,000 volunteers will be the integral source of support for Singapore’s marquee running event.

Are you prepared to be part of our team? Rally your family, friends and colleagues to join the SCMS family as well by becoming a volunteer for the race today!

Volunteer Registration:-

Visit www.sportsvolunteer.sg to register as a SCMS 2011 volunteer now! Registration ends on 3 October 2011.

Roles available are as follows:

1) RACE ENTRY PACK COLLECTION (REPC)
Collection Counter Crew
Helpdesk Crew / Helpdesk Support Crew
Information Counter Crew
Queue Marshal
Usher
Logistics Crew

2) RACE DAY
Start Point Crew
Baggage Crew
Programme & Protocol Crew
Helpdesk / Info Crew
Route Marshals / Key Junction Crew
Carnival / Hospitality Crew
Aid Station Crew

Volunteer’s Incentives:
Being part of an international sporting event!
Exclusive ASICS T-Shirt
Certificate of Participation
CIP Hours (if applicable)
S$20 / $22 Token Allowance

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the following:
– REPC: admin@sportsvolunteer.sg
– RACE DAY: scms@sportsvolunteer.sg or 6799 5916

For more information about the event, log on to www.marathonsingapore.com

 

 

2011 Gold Coast Airport Marathon: The interview with Su Ann!

This year’s Gold Coast Airport Marathon might have ended last month. And like most of you, i did not manage to fly myself to down under to catch the action or run it. I’ve heard loads of record breaking and fun stories happening there – the cool weather, the pre and post race day, the run itself and not forgetting many Personal Bests were “created” there too! Even for a newbie runner like me, its sooooo tempting to head down to GCAM and give it a go! Thankfully, i managed to catch up with a runner friend of ours, Su Ann, who had the opportunity to travel to Gold Coast for the run. And here’s the exclusive interview. Enjoy! And dont get jealous! ;P


Su Ann completed her 21km Half-Marathon in 2hours and 4min! Congratulations girl!

1.        Tell us a bit about yourself (eg. Hobbies, Occupation etc)
Hi I’m Su Ann an I’m a Business Development Manager for B2B.My hobbies are playing sports and reading!

2.        When did you pick up running/keeping fit and why?
I started out during my primary school days back in KL – did dashes, relays, long jumps, etc… first 10km in 2008 I believe. It was more for maintenance purposes – keeping the weight off, looking trim & athletic…

3.        What’s your training/running regime like?
During a 3 mth sabbatical some years back, it was kickboxing/ body combat classes 5-6x/wk and running possibly every day. When I started working again, it reduced to running at least  1-2x/wk and sometimes using the gym during lunch. Nowadays, it has evolved to more of 1x/wk with my colleagues minimally 8km and other days on my own. I sometimes also run home from office.

4.        Talk about running away from work! Hahaha! Anyways, how was your experience in this year’s GC Marathon? Did you participate in the previous year’s?
Fantastic! The weather was great, very favourable. We arrived on Friday, tried to get used to the cold but of course it took more time than that. My 21km run started at 6am, in which I believe the temperature was about 15-16 C. Love the flat route, the cheers from the crowd – people even brought chairs out n sat by the roadside with their coffee/ breakfast. And no, I did not participate in previous year’s. This was my first GC.

 5.        How different was it compared to previous GC Marathon OR Marathons in Singapore? 
Its GCM’s 33rd year, so obviously they have got the formula water-tight. It was a breeze in terms of the registrations (though we did it through a travel agent/ running club) but everything was smooth, down to the water stations, finisher-T distribution, medals giveaways etc. One thing that was very different was that they gave out orange wedges instead of bananas at the end of the race! I found that surprising.

6.        Oh wow, that’s unique! Quick question: Would you do run GC Marathon next year? 
I would LOVE to. 🙂

 7.        If theres one thing that you could improve on about the GC Marathon, what would it be?
Hmmm I’d have to say something about the orange wedges. Maybe im not used to it, but I wouldn’t want something so citrusy, sour and acidic in me after a run, and definitely not something that will squirt all over me too.

 8.        Many people are picking up running as a sport be it competitive or leisure, what do u think is the reason for this sudden surge of runners?
It’s definitely good paradigm shift in things. I love the fact that I’m able to influence friends to start running, pick up a sport, spur people on, and encourage others. On the whole, the running community is surely getting bigger and bigger by the week, but there are far too many organised runs in Singapore.

 9.        How do you think Singapore can better manage its sporting/running scene?
Similar to the point above, I feel that there are far too many organised runs in Singapore, that one feels that more and more are just creating runs, for the heck of it, or to just jump on the bandwagon. Yes it’s a great way to promote the running sport, but it has become too commercialised and very ‘money-centric’.

 10.    Lastly, any inspiring words for runners out there who just started picking up the sport or thinking of picking up the sport?

Listen to your body, especially your knees and heels as these receive the greatest impact when you run. The most important person to beat is yourself and improving your own speed & timing – not anyone else’s.
Words of wisdom there from the Gold Coast Airport! Till next time, Guten Tag!
P.S, If you need to check out the GCM’s race timings and such, do check outhttp://runningcebumarathon.blogspot.com/2011/07/gold-coast-airport-gold-coast-airport.html 

2011 Singapore Running Events Calendar (UPDATED!)

In case many of you out there are still Googling on Singapore’s Running events this year, well, look no further. Back with UPDATED races and events, here it is again. 🙂 The 2011 Singapore Running Events Calender!

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2011 Singapore Running Events Calendar

* Highlighted Green – Event date not confirm

* Update – I have decided to Include some interesting  Overseas Marathon into the list.

** Double stars indicated latest updates

(L) – Local Singapore Event ; (O) – Overseas Marathon

January 2011

February 2011

March 2011

April 2011

May 2011

June 2011

July 2011

August 2011

September 2011

October 2011

November 2011

December 2011

  • 04/12/11 : Singapore Marathon (L)
  • 11/12/11 : MR25 Time Trial 
  • 26/12/11 : MR25 Cross Country Ultra Marathon 2011 

Race Organizers who wish to list down their events or races, please drop us an email at whywerunn@gmail.com

Cheers! (:




See you at some of the events!~

6 months of Running in Year 2011

Posted on June 2, 2011 by minicoopers51

6 months has passed and one of the most anticipated marathon has gone by. How have you been training and performing since the start of the year?

For those who might be thinking of participating in the end of the year marathon, Singapore Marathon, guess what? the dates are out. Marked 4th December on your calendar and start training now.

But before one actually attempt their first marathon distance, I would like to advise them to try out the Half marathon distance first to see how their body and training fare against such strenuous distance.

Not sure what is a Half Marathon?

A Half marathon is a running distance half of a marathon (42.125) which is about 21.1km long. Running a half marathon distance is a good way to gauge if one is ready to attempt a marathon distance, it also allows runner’s body to adopt to the distance thus, minimizing cramps when attempting the marathon distance.

Any upcoming Half Marathon distance to look forward to in Singapore?

Surprisingly, there are many half-marathon distance running event lined up for the year. Other than the annual Safra Army Half marathon this year alone there are many events that provide such distance category.

26/06/2011 – F1 Nature Run
10/07/2011 – Singtel Run against Cancer
23/07/2011 – Marina 21k
17/07/2011 – Timex Tri-Factor Run
04/09/2011 – Army Half Marathon
02/10/2011 – Singapore Half Marathon
15/10/2011 – The North Face 100
16/10/2011 – New Balance Real Run
30/10/2011 – Newton run 30km
04/11/2011 – Singapore Marathon

Have you sign up for anyone of them yet?

Train hard, Drink more water, Sleep well, Smile more & persevere! Running is easy but to keep on moving is never easy.

Cheers! (:

Exclusive preview of Brooks Green Silence 2011!

Brooks eco-friendly running shoe – The Green Silence 2011 .

Last month or so, i got my hands on the newest range of shoes by Brooks – The Green Silence 2011. From my understanding, it has not been sold here in Singapore as of yet thus, getting my hands, or should i say my feet on this shoe is a really awesome feeling! 🙂 Supposedly to be the world’s first environmentally friendly shoe with 75% of the components are from recycled materials, this is one shoe which you can say, leaves minimizes carbon footprint (pun intended). 😛

The first thing that you will notice when you pick up the shoe is how light it is. To be honest, i’ve NOT tried on New Balance’s NB890 (but my partners have). The GreenSilence, is by far the most lightest running shoe that i have ever worn. The comfort isnt compromised though. Its not as if they placed plastic bottles as the inner soles of the shoe, haha. With a minimalist design and material used, Brooks have created a shoe that is not only light but also comfortable to my liking although i would have preferred it to have a little more fit around the heel portion.

COMFORT:

Somehow, the funny alignment of the shoelaces and its tongue (which isnt centralised like most shoes) doesnt  seem to come loose as compared to the normal times i wore for gym or everyday use. The position of the tongue of the shoe and its eyelets were in such a way that when you tighten the laces, the upper of the shoe seems to “wrap” itself around your feet. Giving it a tight yet comfy fit (because the upper portion of the shoe is made out of, how do i put it in layman’s terms…hmm… mesh-like material?). As you can see from the photo, the upper has many breathable “holes” making the shoe light AND also snugs your feet like a sock as you tighten the laces around your feet. Because it doesnt have a rigid structure, the shoe will “follow” the width of your feet. And allows your feet to be in its original shape as you run.

You might feel that it doesnt have those padded cushions on the upper blah blah blah, but surprisingly, it gives a nice wrap around your mid foot. Safe and secure feel as you run in them. The only downside i would feel is that the heel tab could have been better designed to give a better fit.

TRACTION:

It does provide a firm and solid traction while i used it to run 12km in the 2XU’s run on the 10th of April 2011. The sole of the shoes were designed in such a way to minimize wastage of material on unnecessary areas of the sole. From the picture above, you can see that a lil bit of more traction and paddings were placed at strategic locations on the soles. Smart move i must say. Although running with the GS2011 made me run striking heel first on the ground, sufficient cushioning was provided which was pretty surprising considering the fact that the soles were not fairly thick. Made for runners with neutral feet like me, it was  a comfortable run less the part where it started to rain a bit and water seems to effortlessly trickle into the front portion of the shoe making my feet wet faster. On a side note, as i ride a bike, i could feel the wind blowing onto my feet as i travel with them. Thats how airy they are! Hahaha. 🙂

SAVING GAIA:

Lastly, like i mentioned earlier, this shoe is all about run fast, run happy and save the earth while at it. Pretty impressed with the fact that a racing shoe could be created with recycled items and such. Kuddos to the people over at the Brooks lab.

(taken from http://www.brooksrunning.com/eco-friendly/gs_ecobuilt,default,pg.html)

Key Green Features:

  • BioMoGo, the world’s first-ever biodegradable midsole for running shoes
  • 75% of the shoe’s materials are post-consumer recycled
  • Biodegradable insole and collar foams
  • Laces, gillies, and reinforced webbing are 100% post-consumer recycled
  • Water-based adhesives are used throughout
  • All dyes and colorants are non-toxic
  • Packaging is 100% post-consumer recycled

Constructed with roughly half as many parts as comparable shoes, the Green Silence requires less petroleum and energy to make. Of course, the shoe manages all of this while delivering the premium performance expected from Brooks.

CONCLUSION:

All in all, the shoe has served me well in a couple of training runs and races. Like i said before, i like shoes which are light and not too bulky in shape. If you gotta run, you gotta run in style. And the Green Silence 2011 has done well to meet those criteria of mine. 😛 If you’re looking for a shoe to do your tempo run or interval training, its a good shoe. However, this shoe might have been used by Scott Jurek to run a 24 Hour Run and broke the American record while at it (for good reads check out: Scott Jurek’s Blog) , i would recommend users of this shoe to take it easy and run easy with it first. Don’t go for marathons yet but prolly it will be good for 21km races. 🙂

Reduce your carbon footprint. Move forward. Run Happy. 🙂