WE HAVE MOVED!

Dear readers, 

Thank you for your loyal support in visiting Why We Run Network. We hope we have inspired you to embrace health & fitness as part of your lifestyle. To reach out to more viewers and encourage them onto the path of healthy living, we have moved to SingaSports.com. Do check out our new site for latest events coverage & updates, reviews and more!

We look forward to having you to join us as we embark on leading healthier and more meaningful lives together!

The Team at SingaSports.com,

Experience Sports. Experience More.

P.S, If you are unable to view the new site, I would advise to clear your cache again. Thats because your electronic device have so-called “registered SingaSports.com as the whywerunn’s landing page. We are working on that issue. SOrry for the inconvenience caused! 😦

OPINIONS: Of Paralympics and Post Olympics Thoughts by Team SingaSports

Perhaps some of you might not be aware but the Paralympics Games 2012 is happening right now – 29 August to 9 September in London! It might not have gotten much fanfare from most media but I feel that such athletes should deserve as much coverage and perhaps even greater respect.

Putting their perceived limitations aside, they perform the impossible. Running, swimming, BJJ, cycling and even picking up archery, these abled bodied men and women certainly get my utmost respect for their courage, perseverance and determination. They have indeed shown that Sport doesn’t care who you are – Everyone can take part.

Check out the games and support these athletes here: http://www.london2012.com/paralympics/sports/

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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

 

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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HYPE: The Red Bull Flugtag

Red Bull Gives You Wiings

Ever thought of becoming a pilot but the school fees are simply absurd? Well Red Bull gives you a chance to pilot your own “aircraft”. The first of its kind here in Singapore, The Red Bull Flugtag (pronounced as FLOOG-TAG) is  a crazy fun-filled event happening at Sentosa’s Siloso Beach on Sunday, 28th October 2012.

Basically its a taps on the creativity of fellow participants to design and build a zany “flying machine” fit to launch from a 6m high ramp, and glide. Having checked out some of the past videos of the Flugtag event around the world, I must say that its pretty funny to see participants’ machines crash into the water! <insert evil laugh here> Its like Jackass, except on a bigger scale. How fun could it be!

But knowing Singapore and its people here, most would be planning to win the competition – that is to see who could glide the furthest before crashing into the salty waters of Siloso Beach. I mean, Singaporeans are so competitive even in every aspect like education, workplace and even sports. Yeah, we even had to import foreigners to win medals for us. Pffft. What ever happened to local sporting talents, I have no idea…~

Well, if anyone of you out there are looking to win it, might as well try beating the New Flugtag World Record of 69.79m made by a team from Germany. The team, ‘Die Rückkehr der Teichfighter’ (translated: “The Return of the poolfighters”) certainly left quite a distance to beat. How befitting of their name eyy! Let’s hope some guys & girls from one of our engineering school can come up with a flying machine good enough to break the world record. 😀

If you are up for the challenge or think your zany craft has the power to crash, well apply HERE! Application closes 15th August 2012!

But most importantly, let’s all have fun and don’t forget to bring your shades and cameras. And of course, let Red Bull give you wiings! See ya there!

EVENT: Red Bull Flugtag 2012

DATE: 28th October 2012

VENUE: Siloso Beach, Sentosa

FOR MORE INFO: www.redbull.sg

GEAR REVIEW: The Oakley Radarlock Path

(Article and review by Isaac L.)

Oakley says “YOUR MOVE, MOTHER NATURE” and you wonder why? I recently acquired the Radarlock from Oakley and I have tested out the latest technology of its so called switchlock. Radar is not a new kid on the block and has been around for years, but this time it has been redesigned with you guys in mind. It now comes with an very easy hinge-lock mechanism that releases its interchangeable lens in seconds.

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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!

HEALTH & FITNESS: Physical Activity Brings Benefits to Those With Cancer

As mentioned earlier, this blog is more than just about me or my team’s experiences and more in sports, health and fitness. Its a blog for the people, BY the people. And I’m pleased to share with you this amazing article by one of our readers, David Haas, on tips which would benefit our community as a whole. 🙂

Whether newly diagnosed with cancer, going through treatments, or in remission,
physical fitness can bring you many benefits. Those who have cancer often lose
their strength and energy, experience fatigue and weakness, and may also suffer
mental stress. A program of physical activity can help to improve how you feel
and relieve some of the effects of cancer treatments. It will not only give you a
boost of energy and a positive attitude, but it will also help you to feel mentally
and physically stronger and enable you to regain any of the physical functions
you may have lost.

Cancer patients should start out slowly with their physical fitness routine and
increase intensity as they can. This is especially true for those with certain types
of cancer, such as mesothelioma, which is a rare cancer in the lungs. The type
and amount of physical activity you can pursue also depends on other factors
such as age, treatments received, surgeries, and pain levels.

Go for a light run. No need to be so competitive.

Very little physical activity is better than none. Begin by simply sitting up and
moving your limbs (i.e. leg lifts, arm circles), walking short distances, or by doing
light stretches. Later on, try riding a bicycle, gardening, or swimming. Whatever
you decide, don’t overdo it and cause more harm than good. Your physician will
be able to advise you on what exercise is appropriate at your stage and amount
you should do.

Physical activity will help you recover from the effects of your cancer and cancer
treatment. It will also improve your overall health by reducing your risk of heart
disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease, stroke, and more.
Exercise makes you a healthier individual even when in remission and will allow
you to enjoy your life more fully. 😀

Generally, having some great fun physical activity time with friends allows
you to enjoy your life more fully.

This article was written by David Haas. David is a cancer patient advocate who writes and researches for the betterment of others. He often blogs about programs and campaigns underway at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, as well as creative fitness ideas for those dealing with cancer, while creating relationships with similar organizations. Check out his personal blog HERE OR you can follow him on Twitter @HaasBlaag.

HYPE: The Unleash Deadly Challenge. WOOHOO!

4th July 2012 – The other time, Adidas launched a contest about submitting what we feel would be a crazy and deadly idea one would do with a soccer ball. In line with their latest range of football (or some would call it soccer) boots – the Adidas Predator Lethal Zones, I tried to make my idea as crazy and lethal too (Hey! Its 150 charcters max):

“Juggle the ball across the expressway and smash 10 glass panels with fireworks to end it!”

Because of that submission, I won myself a $50 adidas voucher + an invite to take part in the Predator Lethal Zones Challenge! Woohoo! Cannot wait to pit myself against the obstacles that adidas have set.

Nabil is All In. Are you?

EVENT: Predator Lethal Zones Challenge

DATE: Saturday, 7th & 8th July 2012

TIME: 1030H-1900H

You can register yourself for the event too at: unleashdeadly.com

Also, check out my review on the Predator Lethal Zones here.

HEALTH & FITNESS: Cardio Overload

(Article by Nash A.)

I’m sure the feeling of euphoria would have won over the fatigue that grows on you after the 42nd kilometres on the road. Completing a marathon somewhat at times boosts one’s self-esteem and makes us feel good about our accomplishments. Besides, knowing that it is for the development of fitness, we tend to think that the heart is also going to get stronger each time we finish the race so we should go out there and conquer as many marathons and runs as possible. Well, that could be a grave mistake.

A recent study actually measured the vascular functions of avid runners after their runs, the result is really shocking.

By measuring cardiac enzymes and taking ultrasounds, the researchers were able to measure the acute effects of extreme exercise on the heart.

They found that:

  1. Right ventricular (RV) function diminished after races
  2. Blood levels of cardiac enzymes (markers for heart injury) increased
  3. The longer the race, the greater the decrease in RV function
  4. 12 percent of the athletes had scar tissue in their heart muscle detected on MRI scans one week after the race

Although exercise reduces your cardiovascular risk by a factor of three, too much vigorous exercise, such as marathon running, actually increases your cardiac risk by seven, according to a study presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2010 in Montreal. This is a powerful lesson to anyone who engages in large amounts of cardio exercise, because as it turns out, excessive cardio may actually be counterproductive.

The Solution:

1) Mix it up

Do not cancel your runs just yet. Long-distance running should not be stopped totally. Instead, frequency could be reduced, making way for interval training, which allows you to capture peak cardio activities without superficial strains. Right amount of stress, for the right amount of time.

2) Super-Slow Resistance Training

The objective of superslow resistance training is to create more tension in a muscle for a given workload. This is accomplished by decreasing the speed of movement. The amount of force or tension a muscle can develop during a muscle action is substantially affected by the rate of muscle shortening or lengthening.

In Conclusion

As you would diversify your financial portfolio, please do diversify your training portfolio.
Physiological development should be holistically done to ensure a sound and functioning body, with no signs of over exertion.

But of course, go easy on the diversification. 😛