How To Run Smart And Enjoy Your Race

Retweeted this yesterday:

“In the first half of the race, don’t be an idiot. In the second half, don’t be a wimp.”  Via @runnersworld

Couldn’t emphasise any more on how true this is.

First Half

Don’t let your training go to waste and stick to your planned pace. It’s hard though when throngs of over zealous people blaze past you in the first few miles or so.

“Why is everyone so damn bloody fast?” You wonder.

Panic seeps in and you quicken your pace.

Here’s how to know how fast or slow you should go  by Jeff Galloway in an article featured in Runner’s World (which by the way, is one of my favourite resources)

In another article by the globe and mail, running too fast in the first mile can ruin your race and it’s really true!

Remember, slow and steady wins the race. Run your own race at your own pace.

Second half:

Here is where the fun begins. If you are still going strong, congrats.

If you feel like doing this and chances are you might..

You either pushed too fast too soon or a host of other reasons (which I can think of but am too lazy busy to list for now) Read these top 10 ways to finish your race strong. I am in favour of running no.5 – negative splits as I am truly a slow starter and get my mojo only during the second half.

The one thing in my mind that psyches me up and gives me enough energy to finish strong is that I tell myself, the faster I finish, the faster I get to rest! So walking is therefore not an option for me. Works for me every time, you just need to find what motivates you!

Fail to train and you lose your dumpling!

New Balance Minimus

Am thinking of getting a pair of trail shoes for my Northface run in October. Last year, I had taken the risk and worn my shoddy,  “almost nearly there and have to throw away pair” of New Balance shoes that has served me so well. Lucky it didn’t give way. Stupid thing to do I know. What if it DID give way halfway?

Hence, the contemplation.. Was researching which trail shoes would be good when I came across the New Balance Minimus ad:

Pretty funny.

Anyway, according to their website:

The Minimus Zero Trail was engineered to provide increased ground-feel, its extremely lightweight design features a durable Vibram® outsole that makes conquering terrains from concrete to trail the ultimate minimalist experience.

Think I might just head to the New Balance store to check it out. I kinda like the one at Velocity.

Keep calm

Keep calm

Please don’t do this to me now. Just when I thought my leg has healed. I had gone for a short 3 km run the day before yesterday as I did not feel any pain and just wanted to get … Continue reading

Pocari Race Pack Collection

pocari run goody bag 2012

I went to collect my race pack for the Pocari run last Saturday. This weekend flew by in a jiffy. Rock climbing today (shall post on it later) , a baby shower, a cake decorating exam and church service pretty much sums up my weekend! 


July is gonna be just as busy!  With the Pocari race 2012 coming up.. Check out the race route

Anyway, what’s in the goody bag?
Pocari tee, water bottle, powder sachet drink and Newton socks

pocari run running singlet ladies
The design’s not too bad, simple and nice, just the way I like it.


True colour of the tee as shown, we immediately opened out pack to see what goodies we had! 
Here’s Charmaine posing with the bottle. I think it’s my favourite item of them all. 

Now that we have our stuff, it’s 2 more weeks to race day on the 15th of July.. 

and though my leg hasn’t healed completely, am staying positive though!