JustRunLah!: How will you introduce yourself to Asia running and fitness community?
Benjamin – I’m Benjamin and have been in the sports scene for close to 3 years. Started off from running and moved on to mostly Triathlon. Hope you can find some motivation on my humble instagram @zxbenjaminxz.
Marina – Hi! I’m Marina Chen and had always enjoyed running. Running had led me to doing more in triathlon. I am goal oriented and motivated when it comes to what I set my mind on. Footprints of me can be found on my Instagram profile @marinagiggles
JustRunLah!: How did you meet each other?
Benjamin & Marina – We were first introduced to each other at 2XU full marathon pacing programme training and immediately clicked well with lots of crappy and crazy conversations. We are 6 years apart (Ben’s younger) and we didn’t think we will ever be together. Thus, we weren’t conscious of each other’s image in front of each other when we started off as friends.
JustRunLah! : When did you first pick up running (what age) and what inspired you to do so?
Benjamin – The age that I really got into running would be 21 years old. Back then, my brother’s birthday wish was to race alongside with me on a local event. Looking back, I am really happy that he had dragged me along!
Marina – I started when I was 14years old and represented my secondary school as part of the school’s cross country team.
JustRunLah! : Your greatest reward from your sporting journey so far?
Benjamin – Not only we found each other, I would say I found the courage to explore and be opened to various sports.
Marina – I found my husband. *grin*
JustRunLah! : What is your mantra for when the going gets tough in a race?
Benjamin – Impossible is nothing and race registration fees are not cheap :p
Marina – Do the best that you can and not end the race with regrets.
JustRunLah! : One advice for aspiring runners?
Benjamin & Marina – Anything is possible, it’s all in your mind. Endorphins can have you asking for more pain and join more races. Haha!
You only get tougher each time.
JustRunLah! : Finish this sentence: Fitness is…
Benjamin – …the product of stepping out of your comfort zone and persevere.
Marina – …for everyone! Take away self doubt and work on your designated goals. Anything is achievable.