I signed up!
50 Days before Standard Chartered Marathon, I signed up for the full marathon after starting running again following a 6 months break.
As a JustRunLah! blogger, I hope to promote and encourage running through daily involvement with the community and get back on this running journey with everyone.
I aspire to demonstrate to all runners out there: It does not matter if it’s a 1km or a 10km today. It’s a matter of starting and going on a healthy journey and a healthy habit.
Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore: I have run the full marathon numerous times, but this should be the worst preparation I will go through. But wait! I still have 49 days, don’t I? It is never a losing battle unless you throw in the towel.
My target: 3hrs 59mins
I have failed many times at trying to achieve 3:59. Many have said, I’m too heavy. Or, I’m not a born runner. My closest to date is 4:01. In 2014, I will go for it again. But this time round, I hope to motivate all runners around me along the journey. Focus on the journey, not the destination. If I make it, so be it.
How? From 19Oct (Monday) onwards, I challenge myself to clock 1 hour of running daily and at least 3 hours over the weekend. Too often, we are too focused on the distance and speed of each run. Let’s enjoy the journey, enjoy the chat with your buddy, enjoy the scenery or just enjoy that time-off with yourself.
My diet: Just water!
Additionally, I challenge myself to eliminate all soft drinks from my diet and to have just two cups of coffee a day. This should bring my weight down and hopefully my shin splints do not recur again.
Where? Rather than the usual ECP training ground, I will attempt to train for this year marathon via a different route. NUS Sports and Recreation Centre, Kent Ridge Park, Hort Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Mount Faber Park, Labrador Park – this route is a hidden treasure for runners. The whole loop should take me beyond 30km. It consists of steep slopes that will make your calves and quads cry out for mercy. But never mind, JustRunLah! My first attempt will be on 26 October at 6:45am. Any buddies wish to join me?
To all my running buddies,
“Each step is a victory. Whether it is a 1km or a 10km. When you tie those shoes laces and head out for your run, you are choosing to get stronger, fitter and healthier.”