EVENT: 74TH SINGAPORE OPEN TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012

Last weekend, the 74th Singapore Open Tack and Field Championships organised by the Singapore Athletics Association was held at the Bishan Stadium. Quite a star-studded affair, with the likes of Olympics Singapore REPRESENT! (say it in a swag tone) Gary Yeo and Singapore athletics veteran – James Wong competing in their respective field. What up!

Anyways, thanks to the ladies and gentlemen over at the event, we have a few nice and intense photos.

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Photos credits: Eric Lim & Jervis Mun

 

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EVENT HYPE: Singapore National Games – The “Hunger Games” Singaporean style

The Hunger Games: Singapore Edition

As the dust settles from the London Olympics, and Singapore returns with her pair of bronze medals, another opportunity arises for restless hearts to support sporting competition. Come 1st – 9th September, recapture the spirit of sportsmanship by fighting and rallying together with fellow neighbors for the glory of your local community at the Singapore National Games! With close to 5,000 community athletes from the 15 clusters competing over 10 different sports, this upcoming event promises to be equally exciting, albeit being of a smaller scale than the Olympics.

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UPDATE: The Netball Nations Cup 2011 Finals

Coverage by Nabil R. & Farhan J.

SINGAPORE, 11th DECEMBER – The finals of the Netball Nations Cup 2011 was to be contested between newcomers Fiji against two times champions and host, Singapore in what was to be another pulsating and tight match. Singapore came into the match as underdogs, having been beaten twice before. Could it be third time lucky for Singapore?

The match started at a frantic pace. The home team, buoyed by a voracious home support matched the Fijians point for point in the early exchanges. Top-ranked Fiji though started to dominate the proceedings as it took an early three point lead after the first quarter. At the second quarter, Fiji continued to show their superiority, conjuring one attacking move after another. Singapore were also let down by some erratic shooting and soon found themselves behind by 10 points going into the third quarter.

The fans were clearly enjoying the match though, constantly cheering “Let’s go Singapore, let’s go!” Singapore obliged and won the third quarter to reduce the gap to seven points with all to play for in the final quarter. It was not to be for the home team as Fiji ended up winning comfortably with a final score of 51-42.

Despite ranking 14 rungs below Fiji, Singapore showed tremendous fighting spirit, constantly putting Fijians under pressure. They may not have the skills and experience of the Fijians, but their courage and never-say-die attitude is admirable.

It was a brilliant finale, and congratulations to Fiji for being the champions of the Netball Nations Cup 2011!

In other matches played on the day, Malaysia (World no.23) faced off against Namibia (World no.24) for 3rd and 4th place. The final score was 52-47, giving Malaysia the Bronze medal in this competition. While the match for 5th & 6th Placing saw Sri Lanka beating Papua New Guinea 73-71.

Till next time, Guten Tag!

Something wicked this way comes – Nike LunarGlide+ 3

Step aside magical wands, broomsticks and the evil bad guy with NO nose to wear awesome shades, cause this (wicked news) just in – the Nike LunarGlide+3. Yes, the much anticipated 3rd “installment” of the Nike LunarGlide+ series is making its way in town. Yes, Harry Potter and friends can really kiss goodbye to health and fitness cause the only sports they play is sitting on broomsticks and throw balls or catch a ping-pong sized flying object. One wonders how they actually keep themselves fit. Anyways….. back to the main highlight – The Nike LunarGlide+ 3!

With a couple of changes to the new model, the LunarGlide+ 3 does have aesthetically better design (in my opinion) and colour too! Thank god the design for the men’s shoes are fierce looking. Love the red-green combination! What up! (I’m a man. I’m a visual creature. Can’t blame me for that! :P)

I shall not go any further into the performance and comfort of the shoe (while walking, running or simply gyming in them) just yet as i have yet to personally try them on. However, one cant wait to get my feet in these wicked looking thing! I mean, with the newly designed midfoot strap, bonded no-sew construction (around the toe-box), soft wrap-around heel collar padding,  floating heel-clip & the ultra-soft Lunarlon foam cushionand lastly its longitudinal flex groove (which allows the shoe to flex for natural motion) how not to look forward to the new shoe right?!

I understand that lately, the idea of “barefoot” running or fore foot running seems to be up and coming but i’ve got to be honest and fair here – out there, there are still people who have not made the 100% conversion and/or are into barefoot running idea yet. I must say im not fully converted into a fore foot running style just yet. If there’s any reason for you to want to change and make that conversion, remember – the change in running style doesnt change overnight nor after a mere 5km or 10km mileage. It has gotta be transitional.

In a mother’s layman terms: “Slowly slowly change”. If anyone is looking forward towards that change, well, there is the Nike Free+ 2. 😛

For more info, check out: http://fall2011running.nikemedia.com/#/?pg=lunarglide

Have a break & lets learn CPR!

Not so long ago, woke up early in the morning, like around 1100H, got out of bed at 1130H and after a quick round of showering and breakfast, i headed for one of the most ulu places in Singapore (to me at least) – the Serangoon neighbourhood. 😛

Well basically, any estate that falls within the Green Circle is kinda ulu to me. Seriously, not a fan of that area. With their Avenues, Streets, Drive and the North, South, East, West (who is the best?) all rolled up into one estate, its so hard to navigate around the area. Hahaha! Now now, no offence to anyone living there aye!

Anyways, that particular morning, i had to go to a Community Centre at Serangoon North Avenue 4. For what you might ask? Well, its for my Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid Course of course! It was quite a journey i tell you. Coming from the west side, taking LRT, MRT and then bus. And not to forget the short trek up and down the area searching for the CC. Yes, i was late. Well, a lil. 😉

Okay, so it wasnt THIS sexy. But oh well…

Anyways, the course was organized by the CC conducted by the National Resuscitation Council, Singapore. So 2 young medical students were present to impart me and 4 others with the knowledge of life support skills (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid). to be honest, i do know how to do the CPR just that my “license” is expired like 3 times! Once during Secondary school when i was a Scout and the other when i was in NS, as a sergeant for the Singapore Armed Forces.

To be honest, the lessons were, yes, pretty dry and boring. But me being me, inserting some humour and jokes and what not during the lesson kinda lifted the mood i guess. I must say that re-learning CPR was fun. Had to perform the CPR on a dummy. First time, i didnt quite managed to blow enough air into the dummy. Gawd, the dummy’s mouth is so unnatural!

Sadly, the dummy wasnt as pretty as Eugene thought it would be.

CPR is actually very simple. Always remember DR. ABC before performing CPR. Now, DR ABC is an abbreviation for Danger, Response, Airway, Breathing & Circulation! Now, lemme guide you to the steps of CPR!

DANGER:

Prior to any medical aid given, the rescuer ought to check if the surrounding is safe to proceed. Safety first! If the casualty is lying in the middle of the road, its best that we do not perform the CPR on the road. Last thing  you want it you getting banged by a driver who’s not alert. Then again, it depends on the road traffic.

RESPONSE:

Tap on the casualty’s shoulders to check if they are unconscious or not. It helps to shout “Hello, hello! Are you ok?”. If the casualty isnt responding, shout for help and ask someone to call for ambulance @ 995. This is important as some people might go on and call the police @ 999 instead. Or some smart alec might even try to dial 911. Dude! This aint no CSI: Miami man!

AIRWAY: 

Check the casualty’s airway if there’s any foreign object in it. IF so, dig it out with your pinky finger before performing the CPR. WHY? Try blowing a straw with plasticine stuck inside. ‘Nuff said.

BREATHING:

Look, Listen and Feel for the victim’s breath by placing your ear near to their mouth/nose area and check for the rise and fall of the victim’s chest. If there isnt any, proceed on to the next step.

CIRCULATION:

While maintaining head tilt with one hand, feel for cartoid pulse. with 2 fingers. If no pulse, then its CPR time! Compress vertically downwards for about 4-5cm just below the sterum or the point where the rib cages meet (starting from the bottom). And count aloud “1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 10…. all the way till 1& 2 & 3 & 4 & 30“. This is one cycle. Around 2min liddat…

For every one cycle, perform 2 blows into the casualty’s mouth once again. Carry out 5 cycles or till the ambulance arrives. Which ever is earlier. If there is no ambulance, carry on with the CPR. 🙂

Test time. Yes, i was having my Kit Kat while waiting for my turn.

There you go! You’ve just got a brief overview of how to perform the CPR. Particularly useful to everyone i must add. And YES! i passed it with flying colours! Be it you’re a runner, a sports athlete or simply someone who loves chillaxing around in Orchard Road, learning CPR will  do you good! We might think that we dont have to use it or whatever, but when you have a loved one becoming a casualty, it pays to know how to perform CPR. I believe in acquiring skills and knowledge which will come in very handy in times of emergency. Too bad we cant use it on ourselves. 😛

Anyways, that being said, i feel more ready and confident if something were to happen during a run or an exercise if somebody collapses and faints. Oh yeah, the course fee is only $25. $15 if you have the PAssion card thingy. Sadly, i didnt have it. But oh well. 🙂 Glad to bring home something useful anyways. Very useful.

 I’m CPR and First Aid trained! 😀

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HAVE A BREAK & GO LEARN CPR, YO!

Nike Free+ 2 Sneak Peaks @ Hort Park!

The Nike Free+ 2 Experience

The Nike Free+ 2 “Classroom”

The Nike Free+ 2 – For Him (left side) & For Her (right side)

Flexible and Bendable soles give your feet a more natural feel.

Bright and loud colours, light up the day.

Bright Red screams PHEE-WEET!

Tried running barefoot to capture my running style/pressure and compared it when im running with the Nike Free+2…

With the Nike Free+ 2, the pressure by my feet was dissipated evenly and also in terms of landing style, its pretty much the same as when i ran barefoot – thus concluding that the Nike Free+ 2 kinda acts like you running barefoot with adequate protection.

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As the Nike Free+ 2 is designed to create a barefoot running feel, i would reckon that one should use the shoe more as a training shoe first, Dont jump straight into running a solid 21km or so with it just yet. 42km? Dont even think about it mate. Use the shoe and clock a good 20% of your latest max run, warming up and getting used to the new feel this “barefoot” feel shoe. I used it for a short 400-500m run with it and i must say that the traction is pretty neat on both concrete as well as the grassy patch. However, the foam/rubber sole of the shoe does feel a little plastic-ky and might not last long like that, but thankfully, Nike has added some Abrasion-Resistant BRS 1000 carbon rubber on strategically placed areas on the sole for enhanced durability.

All in all, the whole Nike Free+ 2 experience or try-out had been pretty cool. With the likes of Mok Ying Ren, Sumiko Tan, Jason Lawrence and Anne Date who are all, super crazy runners, gracing the event, it had been an exciting and fun 2-3 hours of interacting with seasoned runners, meddling and trying out the Nike Free+ 2, as  well as helping myself to some weird miniature finger foods. 😛  This shoe is ideal for runners who wants the strengthening and natural gait management benefits associated with barefoot running without the expense of cushioning, traction, and underfoot protection of a shoe….

…and not to forget a good ol’ fashion statement with its solid and bright colours. Now thats, running with style. 😉

As i didnt get the opportunity to run more and clock substantial mileage to put the shoe to the test (in running, in gym, on treadmills in my strongman trainings), i cant really say that  the shoe is the best “barefoot” shoe around or one that is used for transition mode. However, the shoe does give a nice feel and fit when i wore it around for that good 2-3 hours or so. Then again, different runners have different feet. Oh well. 🙂

Anyways, ou can get your Nike Free+ 2 at Nike Wisma, in Orchard Road. Price wise, it’ll be SGD 169. I would love to get my feet on these pair of babies but sadly, im awaiting to get the Nike5 Gato. Hehehe! Its a street soccer shoe which i feel can double up as my gym shoe and/or my town shoe. Hahahha! People budget lah, dont have so much moolahs to buy shoes here and there. 😛

Nike5 Gato – Street Soccer kickers!

Till next time, Guten Tag!

P.S, btw, do LIKE /FOLLOW us on FB: Search for Why We Run Network. Till now i dont get the whole FAN PAGE SET UP. 😦 Im sucha tech noob. And if you have Twitter, you can follow us at @whywerunn too! Hehehe!  Alternatively, you can click on the button on the left somewhere on the widets area that says SPORTS SUIT ME UP! to get updates on new posts, reviews, races and even goodies (we’re working on those). SO whatcha waiting for? Come add us! 

Nike Goddess 5K run

 

So finally, it has landed. It has been confirmed, Nike’s women run this year is Themed or Titled – Nike Goddess 5K. Happening at Marina Barrage on Saturday, 7th May 2011, the race kicks off at 1700H. Well, if you ladies do not understand the ARMY 24 Hour time format, it means 5pm. 😛 Okay, not looking down on any gender here okay. Im just saying to make your life simpler. Hahahahah!

Well, Nike has arranged for 2 categories Individual AND Buddy categories. Read more about it by clicking on the link below. Hope to see my female friends taking part in this. Not that i will be around the event anyways, but you know, i know, you have my support. To my aunt who have been taking part in the Nike Women’s races/runs, well, heres this year’s run for you. Blogging at 0150H on a Tuesday is no laughing matter. In fact, i havent pretty much bathed yet (as of press time). Hahahahaha! Doing it for YOU! *points at whoever is reading this*

Sorry for the side track there girls and guys. Anyways, have fun running and keeping fit. 🙂

Till next time, Guten Tag! 🙂

 

 

For more info and registration details: http://www.nikegoddess5ksingapore.com/http://www.facebook.com/NikeRunningSG (NIKE Running Singapore FB page)

The Nike+ GPS app for iPhone

Last month i was informed that Nike will be unveiling the Nike+ GPS app for iPhone towards the end of the awesome 2010 year. I must admit that i was relieved that Nike finally created an iPhone app for their Nike+ Sports band. Their idea of allowing runners to track and monitor their runs on the Sports ID Band was a pretty rad idea however i find it kinda troublesome at times to have to plug in the Sports ID Band USB into the computer to get it synced. 😦 Since majority of people are hooking and syncing things up to the iPhones, this new app serves to take the idea of monitoring your runs to a whole new different mile. 😉

With 8 different languages to suit the ever affluent global speaking Singaporeans, have no fear if you would like to further improve on your French, Chinese (Simple), Chinese (Traditional), German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (text only/English voiceover), and Spanish tongues.

Some of the interesting features of the App:

1) Run Anywhere: From indoor to outdoor, track to treadmill, this new app combines the power of GPS technology with an accelerometer to map and track a run from anywhere. Even if the GPS signal is not available, the accelerometer will allow the user to continue to track pace, distance, time and calories-burned.

What this means for you Singaporeans: Whether you’re on the Red line, the Yellow line or the Green line which often than not gives us very bad reception on the 3G connection, you’ll still be able to monitor your runs nonetheless. This is even more useful when you’re doing trail running in the “forests & hills” of Singapore.

2) Map Your Runs: GPS technology allows runners to keep track all of their routes including a breakdown of pace and distance at different points during a run. Runners can even tap the screen during a run to see their current location.

What this means for you Singaporeans: Us being Singaporeans, we like to be served here and there and thus with this feature, you can sit back, relax and be rest assured that there’s someone who will do the maths for you.

3) Challenge Yourself: The “Challenge Me” feature allows runners to challenge themselves to run farther, faster, or longer than a previous run already logged. The app will also track run history to be able to personalize challenges.

What this means for you Singaporeans: We complain about competing with foreigners in most sectors. So fight no more with them and challenge yourself. For the runs that is.

4) Stay Connected: Runners can wirelessly connect with www.nikeplus.com after each run to instantly save the run and share it with friends via the site, Twitter, or Facebook. In addition, they can view their progress on goals, participate in running challenges and download coaching programs.

What this means for you Singaporeans: What better way to motivate yourself to run faster, better, stronger than to have your FB & Twitter friends mock your ridiculously slow timings for your runs. Now you got something to prove.

5) Stay Motivated: Runners receive motivating messages from top athletes and celebrities when specific customized goals are achieved, challenges are won, or when a personal best is achieved. Runners can also tap the iPhone screen to receive in-run feedback.

What this means for you Singaporeans: One of the closest ways you can be “close” to a celebrity. What up!

With a clean interface and welcoming screen, it is very easy to navigate your way round the app. Idiot proof much i must say. I particularly like the idea of being able to set your own PowerSongs.For me, i had House  and R&B music with a lil of HipHop as my PowerSongs. \m/ Also i was able to select the Voice Type for the cheer. Guys would definitely select the female voice. I mean, who wouldnt? 😛 Hahahaha! lastly, one could set the distance and/or the time for the motivational cheer to kick in during the run. 🙂 Naice!

Downside of this app:

  • Its built for iPhone users (Yeah, we rock!) so far.
  • It costs US$1.99 for the app.
  • Go and register and create an account with Nike+. (takes only 2min though)
  • You may need to get the iPhone/iPod arm-band as well so that u can strap it to your arm.

All in all, i feel that this app is pretty awesome. So much till it garnered the accolade of TIME’s Top 10 iPhone Apps of 2010 (click HERE for more info) to Makes your running experience more fun and interesting. Plus no hassle of checking your watch most times just to check how fast or steady you’ve been running. With plenty of runs and races coming right up this year of 2011, runners may consider downloading this app into their iPhones. At US$1.99 for permanent download from the Apple Store, its a cheap investment to have a new feel, thrill and running buddy during your runs.

Have yet to run with it. But stay tuned yaw.

Till next time, Guten Tag!

WhyWeRun’s “Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon Tip #3

Don’t gulp your drink/water! When you pick up drinking cups at aid stations, squeeze gently so it folds slightly and is easier to drink from it while you are moving.

And remember to dispose them in the plastic bags by the side.

WhyWeRun’s “Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon Tip #3

The Vibram KSO TrekSport Review

Yes! Finally i got hold of one of these Vibram (pronounced as VEE-BRUM and not VAI-BRUM) FiveFingers shoes. I have seen many people wearing it for the SG TITANS training. I got myself the VIBRAM KSO TREKSPORT. Where KSO stands for “Keep Stuff Out” and TREK is “Trekking”? Hahaha.

Its very light, its comfy and most importantly, it has 5-toes slots for you to insert your toes (DUHH?!) in it. Ok, so the last point isn’t THAT important but the main or supposedly breakthrough technology thing about the Vibram is that it makes you feel like you’re running BAREFOOT. AND… barefoot running is seriously very different from running with those comfy and “shock-absorbent” sponge shoes.

I could really do a long post on the history and reasons of barefoot running but let me summarize it up in a few words if i may. You see, for thousands of years HUMANS have been walking, running and jumping and hopping on this earth – barefoot. When Adam and Eve were sent to Earth, im sure God didnt give them Nikes, Reeboks, Adidas etc to walk with. Moving on to an earlier era, the African hunters (who can walk for miles and miles and run buttnaked chasing cheetahs) yes, they too run barefoot. This isnt really “a few words” aint it? 😛

Im sure by now you get where im running at, pun intended. ;P

For performance wise, i had the privilege to run with the KSO TrekSport during the Salomon X-Trail 2010 (which i will tell you more, like really more about THAT run soon). Personally, i didnt quite use the shoe for the whole 12km of the race as i was afraid as it isnt seasoned yet and that i might not be accustomed to running forefoot and the run would be torturous instead of fun blah blah blah. Thus, i lugged it around in my small bag all the way for like 10km. It wasnt heavy at all thus, it didnt feel like a chore. Also thanks to NS Route marches/fast march, whats a few hundred grams compared to 20 kilo worth of ARMY stuffs right?

With an added 2mm worth of rubber sole and midsoles as compared to the KSO(which is 2mm only) , the KSO TrekSport provides great cushioning and protection from the uneven and rocky grounds at MacRitchie. Since its a new shoe still, the toe-slots were still pretty stiff and cant really “grip” over the rocks like how your toes would naturally. But the grooves on the toes were a great substitute for it anyways. 🙂 They were like jagged inwards if you could look closely. Good for gripping onto rocks for rock climbing i must say.

With the KSO TrekSport, running along the last 2km+ route was pretty AMAZING. About 1km of trail and another 1km of road/pavement run was a breeze. With my feet feeling so light & free and the feeling of a little barefootness in the run, i was bouncing and leaping bounds along the route. Along muddy paths and soil, it felt even nicer to run on as its soft and wet. And since its not so thick in terms of material wise, your feet wont quite feel soaked and flooded as you continue progressing in the run.

As i reached the pavement portion of the run, i could feel the difference in my strides as i was running forefoot, compared to running in the trail with uneven grounds and such. I didnt really had time to think of how my feet running movement was. Anyways, along the hot flat pavement surface, i could feel the heat somewhere in the middle of my feet area as the middle portion of the sole of the shoe had lesser rubber outsoles. But nonetheless, it was a smooth run along a flat surface.

At the end of the day, i feel that the Vibram KSO TrekSport is a pretty awesome shoe to run with. However, because it will cause you to run “naturally” forefoot rather than on your heels like when you wear your normal running shoes, some people (i reckon, particularly older runners) might find it awkward and stressful on their feet. This is because the feet and body might not be used to having an impact on the balls of the feet. And with less ankle support that conventional running shoes provide, it MIGHT take you some time to adapt to the barefoot running style.

When i first tried it on (NOT FOR THE RACE), it does feel a little weird. I DO NOT RECOMMEND this shoe to be used for marathons and half marathons as probably because it would take some time to get used to forefoot/barefoot running. And furthermore, with minimal padding for your feet, one MIGHT hurt himself/herself without proper conditioning of the feet to the shoe. But once you get used to it, i’m sure its HEY HO, LET’S GO!

The Vibram FiveFingers is supposedly good for the following reasons:

  1. Strengthens muscles in feet& lower legs
  2. Improves range of motion in ankles, feet & toes
  3. Improves balance & agility
  4. Improves proprioception (awareness of the position of one’s body)
  5. Reduces heel lift to align spine & improves posture
  6. Allows the foot & body to move naturally
  7. Be as close to nature (without compromising on safety)

But with such a short time running with the shoe, i cant really say it has improved my posture, balance or agility. Or strengthen my feet muscles and legs yet. But what i can tell you is that running with the Vibram KSO TrekSport is truly a very awesome experience. I prefer running forefoot as somehow, it propels you faster as you run. But that’s just me i guess. AND I cant wait to try out this shoe for water sports as well as rock climbing. YEAH!

 

Additional Info on the VIBRAM KSO TREKSPORT:

  • VIBRAM KSO TREKSPORT is recommended for Light trekking, Climbing/bouldering, Running, Fitness (static/minimal movement exercises) & Travelling too.
  • It does not uses laces but it uses straps to allow faster and adjustable security and fit to your feet.
  • The Aegis Microbe Shield provides protection against odour, staining and deterioration
  • Its washable, repairable (the top can be sewn back if it tears) and its to be air dry.
  • It comes in Black & Grey, Black & Brown and Black & Red colour combination for you to choose from
  • It costs S$209 (as of Nov 2010) at selected outlets. Particularly, at Velocity Shopping Mall @ Novena.
  • The VIBRAM KSO costs S$199, add S$10 more and u get double the sole thickness and also bragging rights to the latest VIBRAM KSO range of shoes. 😉

Till next time, Guten Tag!