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!

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!

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!