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Life is a marathon; embrace it.

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There will be days when the going gets tough. Like when the deadlines hit and you end up pulling a 70-hour work week with hardly enough time to sleep or train, or when a bout of bad flu decides to pay a visit and training becomes out of the question, or when the weather decides to play tricks and pours torrential rain on a precious weekend morning. In between all ... Read More »

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Marathon Weekend

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Didn’t exactly clock 42km but after catching a bad bout of cold/flu and not being able to exercise for the past week, I was finally able to put in some serious work over the weekend. It’s VERY painful to be sitting out on training, might I add. Probably easier to just go out and whack 10, 15km instead of following some self-imposed exile from exercise because the body needs to recover first; you can ... Read More »

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And then the fashion takes a nosedive too…

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You know, when I first decided I was going to commit myself to this race, I knew some sacrifices were in the cards. The weekend sleep-ins are gone for sure; I discovered that I am no longer biologically capable of sleeping a minute past 7am on Saturdays. The body just wakes up expecting a good long run. Sad, I know. And I can’t really remember the last time I didn’t ... Read More »

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Milestones will not last.

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I remember a time when running 5km was a drag, a slow motion of heavy legs complaining of fatigue even before the halfway mark. I remember a time when completing 11km was considered a milestone. I remember that just attempting to achieve that distance meant getting an extra good rest the night before and rising early on a weekend morning just so I can huff and puff my way up ... Read More »

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Unintended Consequences

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About 6 months ago, I didn’t even have a pair of proper running shoes. Now, I have the Asics Kayano 16 in every colour edition that’s ever been produced. How did we get to this?!! Oh I remember. I first went out to buy a pair, wore it down during the 84km ultra marathon, bought two new pairs (one for training, another larger one for the actual race), then got ... Read More »

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Of fun runs, brunches, friends and fireworks

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In an ideal world, each day would start with a 10k run with a bunch of awesome people colour coordinated in red and white, which would then be followed up with a fantabulous brunch at P.S. Cafe complete with shoestring fries, then finished with a reunion with a childhood friend who’s in town all the way from Korea. But since we do not live in an ideal world, I’d be ... Read More »

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You Never Had a Better Excuse to Drink

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Alriiiight! Here’s some exciting news that deserves a good shout out: Loof (that awesome rooftop bar just across from Raffles Hotel), World Vision and I are teaming up to bring you a night of merry drinking all in the name of a great cause. In line with my mission to raise S$60,000 (US$40,000) for VisionFund, World Vision’s microfinance subsidiary that provides micro loans and education to help needy families escape the poverty cycle, we’re hosting ... Read More »

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My Life in Grams

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Just 9 weeks until the race! It’s all getting very real. Gear is rapidly coming together with the help of some hard core time management and amazing sponsors. The biggest challenge is weight efficiency, as most backpacks for the race will come up to 9 or 10 kg. Add on the water they give you and you’re pushing 12kg on sand dunes. All that is to say, I’ve become unhealthily obsessed with how ... Read More »

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In the news

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Got a little feature in Business Times today: see last paragraph and photo. For the record, some of the reported information is wrong. It’s a 7-day race, not 10 days :) Also, the sponsored amount from Pan Pacific Hotel Groups is different from reported. Pan Pacific is the title sponsor and they’re doing a tremendous job, but there are other sponsors making this possible too – Canon, Singapura Finance, GNC, ... Read More »

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Have legs, will run.

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It’s amazing how quickly the body adapts. Less than 6 months ago, I couldn’t even imagine running the 11km loop around the reservoir; the 4-5 km weekend runs were already a bit of a stretch even though the only thing I was holding was a mini water bottle. Yesterday was half slushy/ half raining. One foot got completely dunked into a deep pool of muddy water early in the run ... Read More »

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