This October, we catch up with John Chew – ordinary runner, making his life extraordinary through his passion and love for running.
How would you introduce yourself to the running community?
Hi, I’m John and it’s a great honour to be featured in JustRunLah! I’m a normal guy who holds a 9 to 5 job and believes that it’s achievable to run well, even with demands from work and family. I enjoy running because it’s the most hassle-free sport, gets to train with fellow like-minded runners and indulge in food (4Fingers and potato chips).
When did you first pick up running, at what age and what inspired you to do so?
I used to be baba (Chinese for chubby) in my junior college days and friends would call me, Chewbacca. I started running at the age of 19 when I entered into Army. As I failed my 2.4k IPPT run, I was given more training time in BMT phase. It was then that I had the motivation to shed some weight to feel healthy.
What is your favourite running quote?
"You'll never regret going for a run, but you'll always regret not going." – Tom Scudder
Your favourite running route?
The trails leading to Coney Island and Coney Island itself.
Which is your dream race?
Berlin Marathon, cause the atmosphere seems energising.
Your preferred running brand?
adidas – Functional and their sports gears look awesome
What do you think is the greatest reward you've gotten from running yet?
Training with like-minded runners who became my good friends – TheConeyRunners
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