My Running Journal: 7k without the iPod–a Case of Mental Endurance

3_TCSNYCM_Instagram_Team-for-Kids-Member-Fundraising_2_for WP WidgetFriday, 9th of January 2015
Distracted by some incoming messages, I got on the treadmill to realize I had forgotten my iPod. So I decided to brave the monotony and attempt running without my music and podcasts.

It was bearable up to the 5th kilometer, after which perseverance had to come into play. In the end I managed 7 kilometers and 43.5 minutes of treadmill throttle and the sound of my own breathing. The reward was a robust appetite that would help me do justice to the buffet lunch I would have later in the afternoon.

I had better remember my iPod the next round because I need to increase my distance to at least 12 kilometers!

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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: Another 6.5K… This Time on a Real Track!

3_TCSNYCM_Instagram_Team-for-Kids-Member-Fundraising_2_for WP WidgetThursday, 11th of December 2014 This is another belated entry. I am now at a Starbucks cafe, waiting for my turn to grab the baton and run the last leg of the Penang round-the-island relay that is currently going on right now. I am the 12th and last runner, and my team is trailing behind, with the 7th runner leaving his point just 15 minutes ago. The leading mixed gender team, I heard, has completed up to the 10th station. So I have approximately 2 more hours to wait.

But anyway, back to my last run practice at the Science University of Malaysia track — I did not break my record distance wise but time wise I improved by 27 seconds. Woots!

For today’s run, I will be holding the baton later so I can’t hold my phone to track my run with the Nike app. But I will get my friends to try to time me. It’s going to be scorching hot by the time it’s my turn to run. Oh well. I will see how I fare later.

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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: Nature’s Track and Runner’s Binge

3_TCSNYCM_Instagram_Team-for-Kids-Member-Fundraising_2_for WP Widget22nd of November 2014, SaturdaySo this was my training ground on this sunny morning at Rebak Island, a small island off Langkawi Island, a popular tourist spot in the north of Peninsula Malaysia. 20141122-102936.jpgKudos to me for getting up early for a 7.50 am run on a Saturday! But then again, with such gorgeous surroundings, it would have been a crime to sleep in — even on a weekend.

20141122-103159.jpgI decided it was a good time for an outdoor run because I have only run in the gym since I started training for the marathon. But I must admit that today I ran only for twenty minutes, and I am not sure how far because I wasn’t using any app to track my distance. I also brisk walked in between and stopped a few times to snap photos and to decide where to turn since I was not familiar with the grounds of this resort cum marina.

20141122-103328.jpgBy 8.30 am I had already showered and was well on my way to the cafe for my breakfast. It’s 10.30 am now and I have just finished eating. It’s lovely how running enhances my appetite.

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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!