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All Things Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2008

Folks,

It was a great run for me, completing my 4th Full Marathon since my maiden Full Marathon in 2006. Overall, improved timing, bigger crowds, a change in design for the finisher tee ! It wasn’t just a local Singapore sports event, it is going international with different runners from all over the world coming to Singapore for the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2008 !

For an insight of my thoughts and feelings, do drop by the link here !

For all my readers here, you have to take a look at this photo here !

42.195km Finisher !

I ran my own race, a full marathon for my 2nd time in the Singapore Standard Chartered Marathon 2007. It was a fun race for me but painful for my knees and my legs were aching upon the completion of my run.

My own race, a life journey, whereby pain is something that I have to endure, drawing parallels with my career and life. Determination and lots of guts are required for the completion of a wonderful personal race.

In life, our BIGGEST enemy is OURSELF. Conquer our own fears and doubts and we would be able to lead a better and happier life and career too ! I am still learning and would always seek to learn something new and renew my knowledge constantly. Have I conquered my fears and doubts ? I have not conquered all yet, however, it had gradually reduced.

Folks, presenting my memories from my marathon run …..

 

I would like to thank Jack and CJ, great blokes, my marathon training buddies. Especially to Jack, who developed a training scheme that gave me better physical conditioning as compared to last year.

Folks, do contemplate taking up a full marathon, it would be an enlightening journey for you.

Singapore Marathon …… 42.195km …. Here I come !

In about 7hrs 30mins time, at 0530hrs Singapore Time, I would be embarking on my pilgrimage again on the 42.195km distance, it’s my 2nd marathon run and I am looking foward to this great event.

After my dinner, I was preparing my bag and gear for the run. The items given to us when we signed up was superb and I loved it a lot because they are very useful and the adidas singlet was my favourite !

There was an interesting newspaper commentary in the Straits Times on 1st December 2007 by Rohit Brijnath on, “The marathoner: Pain crazy or plain crazy?”

I belong to both categories …………… Happy running marathoners and RUN YOUR OWN RACE !

Running with Nike+ Charity Run 2007

In the past two years, I have ran a lot more compared to my younger and youthful days in my secondary, army and university days (I was playing mainly team sports such as football, rugby league and basketball)

My bigger runs mileage currently stands as:

  • 2005
    • New Balance Real Run 10km
  • 2006
    • New Balance Real Run 10km
    • Army Half Marathon 21km
    • Standard Chartered Marathon 42km
  • 2007
    • PA Passion Run 10km
    • Mizuno Wave Run 10km
    • Army Half Marathon 21km
    • New Balance Real Run 15km

Recently, Nike Singapore has launched a charity run and it doesn’t require you to come together on a day, date and time for the run. It operates differently, all you have to do is put on a pair of running shoes, plug in your Nike Plus Sports Kit, “clock” your distance online, and for every 1KM run, Nike will donate $5 worth of products to underprivileged children through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

On the right column, do click on the interesting, flashy, striking and colourful advertorial by Nike and visit Nike+ Charity Run 2007. Let’s all do our part for charity by running and the Nike Plus Sports Kit is really cool and I was planning to get it for my long distance running !

It’s time for my Standard Chartered Marathon 2007 on 2nd December 2007. Counting down to another marathon !!!

Running a marathon is a pilgrimage for me because it reflects the journey that I undertake as a entrepreneur, lots of heartbreaking pain and many extreme difficulties, lack of support and belief from friends and relatives etc etc …….

However, when I crossed the finishing line, the joy of completion cannot be easily written in simple or powerful words and phrases. While I taste my fruits of successful completion of a marathon (or life journey as a entrepreneur), I know that I am ready to start my next life marathon, more prepared and improved changes in my life.

Happy running folks !

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2006


Marathon Distance: 42.195km
Location: The sunny island of Singapore

My 1st marathon , initially, it was a daunting distance to run. Somehow or another, I was really looking foward to it as the time built up. I was training reguarly in the gym and did running various distances (10 to 13km), although the training runs segment could be further improved, didn’t clock enough mileage.

In the early morning , my cousins picked me up and I met my colleagues Vik & Allan at the Esplanade Bridge. It was the moment of truth. My objective is to complete the marathon distance in my 1st attempt. At 0600 hrs, we were flagged off and here we go !

During the whold run, there were many thoughts and emotions going through my mind. I was reflecting a lot on my career as a financial adviser, as I run and run, my career is just like a marathon, it is not an easy route to embark on. Like my career, do we run (work) for somebody/people we love or do we run (work) for our personal objectives? Or both ?

I ran alright for about 24km before I really felt the pain in my both knee caps. I had an upset stomach after eating powergel. It was painful but I continued on, perserving and not giving up. I had to complete the distance, the objective that I set for myself to complete. Upon 30km onwards, my 2 knee caps were really painful and my history of injured knee caps from my illustrious history of playing football, basketball and rugby league.

I was walking, it rained slightly. When the tough seems to get on you, do you throw in the towel ? That’s where the toughest people survive in any ordeal. We must never give up in anything we do!

Walking, limping, running in the last 12km, it was really very difficult, people can ask “why do you have to go through all this?” , however, they would never understand how it can toughen a person up mentally, physically and spiritually.

It’s not just about completing the run, it’s also about overcoming your fears and obstacles.

Running back the final 1km, there were lots of joy and fulfilment in completing my mission. There were many people cheering you on in your final 195m……

Passing through the time clocks, a great sense of achievement and adrealine flowed through me, limping through with my 2 “busted” knee caps. I went for my medal, finisher tee-shirt, banana and 100 Plus. Rest and caught up with my other colleagues, congratulating each other on the completion of a marathon.

Back to home and rest…….. Ouch !

Well, finally ……. I AM A FINISHER OF 42.195km …………. YES!!!!!