My Running Journal: 6.5K Now!

3_TCSNYCM_Instagram_Team-for-Kids-Member-Fundraising_2_for WP Widget9th of December 2014, Saturday

Today I Googled for tips on running in cold weather because it won’t be summer in New York in November, and came across an excellent blog, Running and the City,  by a seasoned New York City Marathon participant.

She helpfully describes the route starting from Staten Island all the way to the finish line at Central Park…and that was when I found out that there would be some uphill paths…but then again, what else could I expect? 42 kilometres of smooth, even roads? And apparently it would be quite cold, because she recommends wearing layers of cheap or throwaway clothing that we can shed along the way, as we get warmer during the run. Oh oh. A challenge indeed for a consummate tropical babe like me. I live in a hot Asian country and I don’t even use my air-conditioner, so cold weathers are always a bane to me. But no one signs up for a marathon (especially one in a foreign country!) expecting an easy life.

All the descriptions of the challenging route and weather left me with such an urgency that right after reading the post I changed and went straight down to the gym to train. Since I managed 5.5 km (3.41 miles) during my last run at the park, today  I wanted to beat my record yet again by aiming for 4 miles. As a testament to the motivational power of a blazing clear goal, yes, I achieved, oh no, surpassed that target! So today it’s 4.01 miles(6.5 km) in around 41 minutes.

Slowly but surely, I will get myself all fit and sprightly in time to conquer the 42 km come November next year.

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This is an entry into the running journal I have created to chronicle my experiences as I train and prepare to run the TCS New York City Marathon 2015 and fund raise for Team for Kids, an international running group that is committed to supporting health and fitness programs for underprivileged children in the US and Africa. Read my introduction entry where I share how this journey started, and if you would like to donate to the cause, simply go to my secure fundraising page here!

My Running Journal: My First 5K…Woo Hoo!

3_TCSNYCM_Instagram_Team-for-Kids-Member-Fundraising_2_for WP Widget6th of December 2014, Saturday

This is a belated entry as this run practice took place yesterday evening. The best thing about running is the satisfaction and confidence that come from discovering the limits in ourselves that we can surpass…with every step made, every deep breath taken, the sense of possibility just grows – that maybe, maybe nothing is really impossible. Almost.

Yesterday there was a light drizzle when I reached the park where I had decided to practice. But the other runners and walkers carried on, so I decided to brave it after hesitating for 10 minutes. I am glad I did because the drizzle stopped after a while, and I ended up surpassing my target to run 5 kilometers. So woots, that was my first 5K. It was quite an interesting run because of the landscape at the park. I could choose to run on level ground, or do rounds near the field at the lower part of the park where I had to run slightly uphill at some points. Observing the humanity present also made the run a lot more interesting. There were families running together, a father-and-son pair taking a relaxing stroll while chatting with each other, a group of senior citizens practising their Tai chi to traditional Chinese music, and a good number of serious runners with their earphones on.

Running outdoors certainly beats the staleness of the gym! And the verdict: 5.48 km in 39 minutes. Yay!

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This is an entry into the running journal I have created to chronicle my experiences as I train and prepare to run the TCS New York City Marathon 2015 and fund raise for Team for Kids, an international running group that is committed to supporting health and fitness programs for underprivileged children in the US and Africa. Read my introduction entry where I share how this journey started, and if you would like to donate to the cause, simply go to my secure fundraising page here!

My Running Journal: I Deserve a Burger Reward for This Round

3_TCSNYCM_Instagram_Team-for-Kids-Member-Fundraising_2_for WP Widget4th of December 2014, Thursday

Back to the running track at the Science University of Malaysia again, and this time I ran amidst wafts of deodorant, hair gel, and clothes detergent from fellow runners who cut past me and I, them. The sky was clear at 6 pm and I would have enjoyed myself more had my bangs not get in my eyes every so often, no thanks to the wind. Time for a hair trim or at least to get a headband.

I decided from the moment I began my run that today the target was simply to at least match my last run on Tuesday evening. So when the Nike run app showed 2.70 miles and 30 minutes (vs. Tuesday’s 2.70 miles in 33 minutes) I felt like throwing my arms in the air and thrusting my torso forward as if crossing an imaginary finish line. But I simply stopped and did my warming down moves and wiped my sweat.

It’s fried rice for dinner tonight. I decided the burger would be more suited for tomorrow–because it would then be Friday. Yippie! To both Friday and breaking my own modest record.

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This is an entry into the running journal I have created to chronicle my experiences as I train and prepare to run the TCS New York City Marathon 2015 and fund raise for Team for Kids, an international running group that is committed to supporting health and fitness programs for underprivileged children in the US and Africa. Read my introduction entry where I share how this journey started, and if you would like to donate to the cause, simply go to my secure fundraising page here!

My Running Journal: Trained like a Pro!

3_TCSNYCM_Instagram_Team-for-Kids-Member-Fundraising_2_for WP Widget2nd of December 2014, TuesdayOkay, that was exaggerated, but this evening my training ground was a real running track! My colleagues and I are taking part in a relay in two weeks’ time, so this evening we decided we had to 20141202-201448.jpgtrain some. So after work we headed to a nearby university that had a top-notch sports complex — Olympic-sized pool, squash and tennis courts, what have you. And of course the running track.

20141202-201616.jpgTonight’s achievement? It’s yet another progress since I at least ran further than the usual 3 km. I covered 2.7 miles (4.34 km) in 33 minutes. Again, I did not bring water along, so this is something I must look into the next round if I want to run further and build more endurance.

New York City, I am gearing up for you!

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This is an entry into the running journal I have created to chronicle my experiences as I train and prepare to run the TCS New York City Marathon 2015 and fund raise for Team for Kids, an international running group that is committed to supporting health and fitness programs for underprivileged children in the US and Africa. Read my introduction entry where I share how this journey started, and if you would like to donate to the cause, simply go to my secure fundraising page here!

My Running Journal: Getting Bored of the Gym

3_TCSNYCM_Instagram_Team-for-Kids-Member-Fundraising_2_for WP Widget27th of November 2014, Thursday
This morning, I ignored the dullness of the gym and my longing for the rejuvenating outdoors to clock 3 km in 28 minutes on the treadmill.

My body, it seems, has also adjusted to this new running routine. Gone are the extra hunger pangs, water retention, thunder thighs and bloated stomach. It’s a myth that running makes one lose weight–not that that’s my aim. I still make sure I eat heartily and do some weight lifting. This is to make sure all the running doesn’t leave me all skeletal and skinny.

I promised myself that this weekend I will run outdoors. Oh green green grass, here I come.

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This is an entry into the running journal I have created to chronicle my experiences as I train and prepare to run the TCS New York City Marathon 2015 and fund raise for Team for Kids, an international running group that is committed to supporting health and fitness programs for underprivileged children in the US and Africa. Read my introduction entry where I share how this journey started, and if you would like to donate to the cause, simply go to my secure fundraising page here!

My Running Journal: Liberty to Run

3_TCSNYCM_Instagram_Team-for-Kids-Member-Fundraising_2_for WP Widget24th of November 2014, Monday
Today’s run: 2.6 km, 26 minutes, on the treadmill, started around 6.40 am. I ran 80% of the time and at around 1.6 km I started imagining what it would be like to cross the marathon finish line at Central Park. Would I be all sweaty despite the November cold? How would I feel — would I strut like a peacock or fall to my knees and shed tears of joy and gratitude while gazing heavenward?

And hopefully my body would recover fast enough so I could go sightseeing the day after.

Sure, there’s still a long way to go from my measly 3 km to the 42 km. But no harm dreaming right? 😀

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This is an entry into the running journal I have created to chronicle my experiences as I train and prepare to run the TCS New York City Marathon 2015 and fund raise for Team for Kids, an international running group that is committed to supporting health and fitness programs for underprivileged children in the US and Africa. Read my introduction entry where I share how this journey started, and if you would like to donate to the cause, simply go to my secure fundraising page here!

My Running Journal: Pounding the Grounds of Vivanta by Taj, Rebak Island

3_TCSNYCM_Instagram_Team-for-Kids-Member-Fundraising_2_for WP Widget23rd of November 2014, Sunday
This morning’s weather was again sunny and gorgeous, and having been more accustomed to this resort I had a more 20141123-163212.jpgproper training. I covered some of the hiking trail (without going anywhere near the jungle) and ran to the marina, shipyard and then back, and then covered the part on the left of my unit. 20141123-122709.jpgI did the walk and run routine since running on real grounds outdoors was quite a different ball game from pounding the treadmill. My legs felt heavier and I got breathless faster. It could be the stunning sceneries around me, but I am not 20141123-122833.jpgsure. But according to the Nike running app I did 1.75 miles (around 2.8 km) in less than 22 minutes — not too bad for me. But I also felt the strain on my thighs after the run, perhaps this was because of parts of the track that were slightly uphill.

As usual, it was shower and then heading to the cafe for the buffet breakfast. I won’t bore you with food pictures again, but it was still a wonderful breakfast.

Next time I will have a more serious training yet by carbo loading before my run, and I will see what difference that makes to my stamina.

It’s time to check out soon and say goodbye to the lovely Vivanta by Taj Rebak Island Resort and Spa.

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This is an entry into the running journal I have created to chronicle my experiences as I train and prepare to run the TCS New York City Marathon 2015 and fund raise for Team for Kids, an international running group that is committed to supporting health and fitness programs for underprivileged children in the US and Africa. Read my introduction entry where I share how this journey started, and if you would like to donate to the cause, simply go to my secure fundraising page here!