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The Finale of the year-long preparation – Singapore Marathon 2007

3, December, 2007

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Well, Singapore Marathon 2007 is finally over. For many, especially those who participated in the run, it would have been a time to remember for many months to come.

For most of the avid runners, preparing for The Marathon of the Year has been exhilarating. And culminating from it all – Singaporeans and the citizens of the world saw something like 40 000 runners completing the stretch of 10-km (quarter marathon), 21-km (half marathon) or 42-km (full marathon); with the winner, Kenyan Elijah Mbogo of the full marathon touching the finishing line at 2.14.41… just 2 seconds ahead of another Kenyan, Amos Tirop Matui. You would be surprised to know that this was his second marathon, and he won it! No doubt about – that Africans reigned in this event, as in other track-and-field challenges. Historically, the Africans were known to be super strong runners and if you want to know why, there are several sites that actually give you pretty good reasons for it – from livelihood to ticket out of poverty… click on this link – Why are Kenyans Fast Runners? You may also want to read, and then contribute to Yahoo! Answers – Why Kenyans are Such Great Athletes?

Singaporeans, not too bad either; The first man to come in was Daniel Ling at 2.46.31 and the first lady at Vivien Tang at 3.010.37. Hey, i would have come far far far behind… 🙂

Well, win or not, the real reason for us going into such runs has always been two-fold – to keep fit, and to set a personal record. For many of us, crossing the finishing line is a personal goal for alot of us. I particularly like what appeared as the last line of the report in Channel NewsAsia by Margaret Perry – Just crossing the line was a big enough prize. You see, it’s about personal mastery. It’s about fulfilling a personal goal within the realm of personal vision.

As for me, I did not make it there, because the doctor advised me not to run (not that I risk death if I do it…). I just feel, though, that I should try it next year. Let’s see… if I still have that strong desire for a quarter or half-marathon. I must also be watchful and make sure that my condition is not aggravated.

Adidas running gear at 20% discount – for StandChart Singapore Marathon 2007 participants

28, November, 2007

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Hey runners… have you already purchased your running shoes? I am sure your existing pair(s) must have worn out by now – with all training and practices for the past months. Having a good and light pair of track shoes is important when you are going for the distance.

At 20% discount, I must say that it’s a good buy. And not all Adidas or Adidas dealers are on the 20% discount. Do note that there are selected shops to go for. Just click on this link to look out for those on the list – Adidas 20% Discount

In pursuit of 10-km quarter Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2007

9, October, 2007

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The upcoming, everybody-runner-has-been-waiting-for-event, the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2007, happening on December 2.

Yes, I did sign up for it… yes, my plan has been to move on to 21-km run, then the 42-km run within these five years. Unfortunately, for some reasons, I may not be able to pursue my desired running / jogging distance. Not being able to pursue Plan A simply means that I need to have Plan B kicking in. That’s what it is in life. Neverthless, as a Christian, I believe that in all things, God has good reasons for allowing events, good and bad, to happen. Afterall he knows what i will go through even before I was formed! Read Psalm 139 (Click on it), especially Verse 16.

I may just start another blog to talk about why I am not pursuing it anymore – defintely some good valid reasons, not lame ones of course.

If you, my readers, have signed up for the Singapore Marathon 2007, I would ecourage you to push yourself to go and complete the distance you sign up for. You will defintely derive a great sense of achievement, whether it’s for the quarter, half or full marathon of 42 clicks.

The Singapore Marathon 2007

18, September, 2007

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With a coundown to 74 days before the run, my knee cap injuries seem to be acting upon me again… sigh… 😦

I took a complete break from jogging last week due to the injuries, and religiously took the Procosa II (USANA’s brand of Glaucosamin. This supplement would have been effective if not for my over-zealous practice for those few weeks. So, my friends said, “John, acknowledge and accept your age…”; well, I have to, I suppose.

Anyways, for the many of us who are jogging (or running fast) for the marathon, do remember to build up to it. Generally, the doctor has given the advice that in our jogs, we must not exceed the 170-heartbeat mark. It’s wise to heed the advice. To know your heartbeat rate, perhaps, it’s good to get a watch that tells your heartbeat as you jog. the known brand that has this – oregon scientific. If you carry a DBS credit card, you could even purchase it online. Check this up – DBSMe Singapore

If you are not running for that day, but would like to help up those who are, you may want to become a volunteer. I understand they open registration for volunteers from 18 September 2007. check the site – Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2007 (Volunteers Needed).

If you are running, it may be good to check up the route, perhap seven to jog through it, and get a feel of the distance you are going for – 10-km, 21-km or the full marathon of 42-km. The website for the marathon lists suggestions of venues that we could go to for the training. Check this up – The Training Spots.

Above all, let us all have fun… and I hope to recover fast from my knee-cap injuries and start my practice again.