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: Pounding the Grounds of Vivanta by Taj, Rebak Island

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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!

My Running Journal: 2 km, But…

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At least I ran continuously (without alternating with brisk walking) for 1 km straight, so I consider that an improvement. It’s been quite challenging to squeeze in time to run this week, with quite a number of meetings filling my schedule thus requiring me to work a bit later than usual. So I am glad to manage that 2 km and some work on the weight machine before leaving for work this morning.

20141120-191039.jpgAs a reward, my scrambled eggs topped with one slice of melted cheddar cheese, served with cherry tomatoes, tasted especially good! The green-coloured stuff is wasabi dressing.

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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: Another 3 Km Conquered

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Another 3 kilometers conquered this morning on the treadmill in 31 minutes — since there was church this morning I didn’t have enough time to attempt a 5 km run.

20141116-110857.jpgAnd the best thing after a run in the morning? This big breakfast! And I must commend the waiter for making me a single-shot coffee after I expressed concerns that a double shot may be too strong. As a measure of flexibility, another shot is served separately in case I would like to add that to my cuppa.

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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: Conquered 3 Km, and That’s a Start!

3_TCSNYCM_Instagram_Team-for-Kids-Member-Fundraising_2_for WP Widget15th of November 2014, Saturday

This morning at 8.30 am I ran 3 kilometers on the treadmill using the walk-run method. I walked for 9 seconds and ran for 30 seconds and repeated the sequence till I reached 3 kilometers.

The original plan was to run 5 kilometers but I realized I didn’t have a proper means of hydration so I decided not to risk it.

Eventually I would be running outdoors more often as I learn along the way about hydration, pacing, time keeping, and injury prevention.

It’s a lovely morning. Carpe diem! Time for a hearty breakfast!

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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!

Pray, Tell Me: Why Exercise Every Week?

My favourite rock singer is a great inspiration to exercise regularly. Check out his videos on youtube and you will know what I mean. 45 now and all that stamina!

My favourite rock singer is a great inspiration to exercise regularly. Check out his videos on youtube and you will know what I mean. 45 now and all that stamina!

One and a half years ago I attended a concert by Taiwanese rock singer, Wu Bai and his band, China Blue. It was a solid rocking time, easily 3 hours’ worth of his greatest hits and popular songs, and boy, did that man sing LIVE (no lip syncing here!), play his guitar, prance around, jump, dance, run across the stage, joke with the audience, and change costumes within blinks of the eye.

And my favourite rock singer was all of 44 years old that time.

No excuse not to exercise!

No excuse not to exercise!

So 44 and all that stamina, how did he do it? I would assume it was through disciplined, constant exercise. And it is with this assumption that I will remind myself why I need to head to the gym everytime I am stifling yawns after work, fighting logical reasonings like ‘nothing is jiggling, the Levi’s still look good on me, I am feeling tired now, so why go to the gym?’

So counter to that, are the reasons why I must exercise regularly, at least twice a week:

1. There has never been a time in my life during which I exercise regularly, that I suffer from lethargy especially during working hours

2. There have always been (and will always be!) times in my life during which I slack on my exercise, that I decided againt wearing my favourite jeans (or certain outfits) because, well, the flab always caught up with me

This keeps me going on the treadmill or any running track.

This keeps me going on the treadmill or any running track.

3. The tiredness or sleepiness at the end of a long day at work is always, without fail, gone – 5 minutes into an exercise session, thanks to my iPod

4. I always, without fail, feel on top of the world – 10 minutes into an exercise session, and the adrenaline high lasts for a few more hours and ebbs into a pleasant, happy feeling that all is well with the world

5. I feel mentally sharper and more alert – and with a job where I need to constantly come up with fresh ideas, solve problems, counter objections, and find ways to see things from other people’s perspectives, to say that this comes in handy is a huge understatement!

6. I love my food and exercising regularly gives a comforting thought that just in case I have eaten a little too much unhealthy stuff – too much cholesterol, bad fats, sugars or whatever – at least I know that I get my heart pumping regularly and my body to detoxify!

7. I sleep better than usual after exercising.

8. My appetite increases after exercising and food tastes even better! And of course, no worries about that because the metabolic rate increases too.

9. Exercising with weights makes sure I tone up and gain muscle mass – otherwise I tend to look too skinny.

So this morning I woke up and had a run on the treadmill before leaving for work. And I feel on top of the world. And this Saturday I am going to participate in a charity cancer awareness outdoor run which I am really looking forward to.

Life’s great. Carpe Diem!