My Running Journal: Five Belated Entries in One Post…Oops

3_TCSNYCM_Instagram_Team-for-Kids-Member-Fundraising_2_for WP WidgetWhile I have not blogged much since the beginning of this year, I have faithfully kept up with my training, though my farthest run has yet to progress beyond 10 km.

Here are the five belated entries into my running journal…

Saturday, 17th of January 2015

10 km in 57 minutes and 55 seconds.

Wednesday, 21st of January 2015

5 km in 29 minutes and 51 seconds – a quick run at the gym before going to work.

Sunday, 25th of January 2015

7.1 km in 41 minutes and 22 seconds. I was just too lazy to run 10 km.

Wednesday, 28th of January 2015

5 km in 29 minutes and 48 seconds – another quick run  at the gym before heading for work.

Today, Sunday, 31st of January 2015

My fastest 10k run ever – at a pace of 5’28″/km, completing the whole thing in under 55 minutes. Motivating factor? The appointment I had to meet my friend in town at 1 pm! (I started running at 10.55 am).  It was also my first run in my brand new Zaggora capri tights – and at the end of the workout my lower body was completely drenched in sweat. It felt great and I wouldn’t mind losing a couple of inches from my thighs and hips!

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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!

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My Running Journal: My Excuse for Not Running 12k

3_TCSNYCM_Instagram_Team-for-Kids-Member-Fundraising_2_for WP WidgetSunday, 11th of January 2015
It was rather close to 9 am when I reached the running track for my training. So the blazing morning sun provided a good excuse for me to run up to only 10 kilometers and not 12 as I had originally intended.

2015/01/img_0270.jpgMy face and arms tend to tan faster and more permanently than my legs, so one of my challenges is to reconcile my training ambitions with my concern about ending up with uneven skin tones…

On the bright side, though, I did this 10 km faster than my last one, and my overall pace has improved from 6’13″/km to 6’01″/km. Hurray!

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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 the Hang of the 10K

3_TCSNYCM_Instagram_Team-for-Kids-Member-Fundraising_2_for WP WidgetSaturday, 3rd of January 2015
After a hiatus lasting over a week–Christmas, New Year and all the challenges that came with all things festive–I finally got back on the running track to clock another 10K, my third so far. I don’t think I beat my previous time but I am still happy because today’s run was on an outdoor running track and not the gym. Now that 10 kilometers have begun to feel somewhat comfortable, it’s time to aim for 12 the next round.

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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: 10K, Runner’s High and Late-Night Snack

3_TCSNYCM_Instagram_Team-for-Kids-Member-Fundraising_2_for WP WidgetTuesday, 23rd of December 2014

It was raining earlier this evening so I decided to run at the gym. Armed with my favourite Thai songs, audio German lessons and Anthony Robbins’ audio book on my trusty little iPod, I stepped on the treadmill determined to reach 10 kilometers.

20141223-231142.jpgAnd ran a 10K I did! At mile 6, I felt a surge of energy and joy, throwing my fist in the air and running a happy dance for a few seconds (yes, it is possible to do that on a treadmill!). I was reaching my target and it felt just wonderful! I went on to clock 6.61 miles and actually felt like I could keep going but decided it was time to stop.

I look forward to doing a 10K outdoors and see if I can beat this round’s time.

After the run I did some weightlifting before heading home to shower. Understandably all the workout got me a little hungry despite my dinner, so I gave myself a little treat–a piping hot bowl of Maggi instant noodles in the all-time favourite Assam laksa flavour.

Lovely. And now I am ready for bed, and one day of work tomorrow before the Christmas holiday.

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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!

Excuses Galore!

Badge by Doobster @ Mindful Digressions

Badge by Doobster @ Mindful Digressions


We all know the common excuses people make for not sticking to their exercise plan. Why not turn the tables around and take a look at the excuses we can make to actually exercise? Here’s the list, flowing out of my stream of consciousness:

1. The TV is not having anything interesting on anyway
2. My high-school anniversary is coming
3. There are a few good songs on the iPod to make the workout fun
4. The skinny jeans may stop threatening to burst at the seams if I do this three times a week for three months
5. Think long term! Exercise is an important but not urgent task, to use the four quadrants of time management by Stephen Covey
6. Happy people exercise regularly
7. I can go running while waiting for my laundry
8. I can learn a foreign language on my iPod while running
9. The sleepiness and lethargy will disappear the moment the momentum picks up and I get into the groove
10. Dinner tastes better after an exercise

This post is part of SoCS:
http://lindaghill.com/2014/12/19/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-december-1914/

My Running Journal: 9.5 Flippin’ Km!!

3_TCSNYCM_Instagram_Team-for-Kids-Member-Fundraising_2_for WP WidgetSaturday, 20th of December 2014
As is obvious from the post title, I am feeling rather pleased with myself. Especially after the annoying defeat at last week’s relay, when I got overtaken by a man with a lot more wrinkles and grey hair than me, yet less in centimeters in terms of height. Arggh!! But this is for another post, so let’s get back to today’s milestone.

So that was it, today’s achievement — 6 miles in 61 minutes and 33 seconds. Granted it was an easy run on the treadmill, but it’s still an improvement from my previous 4 miles.

20141220-195514.jpgLast Sunday I tried sprinting a little during the relay and since then I couldn’t help but feel like my thighs have gone bulkier. So I have decided to focus on running for endurance without working my muscles too much. No more sprinting because I do not want to end up looking like the Incredible Hulk on the lower half of my body.

On my next training session, I will aim to run another 6 miles on an outdoor track or trail.

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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: 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!