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!

How to choose running shoes

As much as I don’t want to admit it, I have this niggling suspicion that my shoes have something to do with my injury. Ever since, I bought it last year, I haven’t run quite the same as I used to. I am not saying that it’s the total cause but it might have contributed to my injury.

Am so tempted to get a new pair. I kinda liked my old New Balance shoes but the AdiZero looks damn appealing. Any other suggestions? I got flat feet.

Anyway, came across this infographic ( I have a thing for charts and such), pretty basic with a few fun facts but number 4’s lacing techniques were good to know!

Just for Laughs

This photo cracked me up.

On a sadder note, I think I will forego my TNF100 trail race in Oct.

There is no way I can run a good one since being out of action since May this year. Even in the event that I heal completely and in time,  it isn’t wise to subject my leg to a trail run and risk it being injured again.

It’s like waiting for glue to dry and when it has scarcely done so, you try to pry it open to see if it sticks.

Know what I mean?


Which Type Of Runner Are You?

This was so funny, I had to share!

Happy giggling.

You have to admit, there are some people who run funny. I might be one of them for all I know 🙂

5 things the Olympics make me feel

I’ve got an itch to scratch. Literally.

It’s an irritating moquito bite on the bottom of my feet. At least I can scratch it. Why it bit me there I will never know, it’s not exactly the juiciest part if you know what I mean.

That brings me to the olympics. While on the couch and scratching my foot (very glam I know), I was watching the athletics.

The women’s high jump, the 400m women’s heat and others were showing.  Man, those women can really run!

I love the Olympics or any other sporting event for that matter. We get to sit comfortably on our couches watching beautiful bodies compete for fame and honor for themselves and their countries.

We groan and moan at their distress, we share their joy when they win and feel their anguish when they don’t.

I love seeing people at the top of their game.

But then, it makes me feel a host of other things:

  • I have got an itch to scratch now! As in, being injured and all, I wanna soothe the need to go do some sport now. At least with muh bite, I can relieve it somehow..  This itch is harder to satisfy.


  • It makes me feel guilty! Watching the men’s 3000m steeple chase heat now while typing this. I stopped scratching and started typing. (Yes, I washed my hands if you must know). Back to my point, I think I should step up my game and be more dedicated to improving my fitness.


  • Which brings me to feeling motivated. As soon as I heal, training starts!


  • Makes me get an adrenalin rush – Especially when someone overtakes another! (Side note, that Kenyan runner is good siah!)


  • Makes me wanna travel!  I miss London, gloomy weather and all.  I miss travelling.. ..  Note to self:  plan a trip soon.


And the Olympics leaves me amazed!  In the time I took to write this, the Russian overtook the Kenyan and won the heat, someone fell and four qualified for the final.  Awesome.

Gtg, women’s 100m heat next.

What do the Olympics make you feel?