August 15th, 2010

OSIM mini run keeping strong

The 18 miler and why I run




The weather was great. The legs weren't.

Today, I realized why track work is scheduled on Tuesday and tempo on Thursday. You whack your legs hard on Tuesday and do an 'easier' tempo run two days later to lead up to the long run on Saturday. And when I say long, I really mean long.

The 18 miler wasn't something that I was looking forward to. But I was quite determined to clock it in. I have skipped a few long runs (of varying mileage) and was getting worried that I wasn't exactly following the training program. I decided to switch around the track and tempo runs and I paid dearly for it during the long run.

The legs were still feeling the fatigue from the track sesh two days ago. I did managed to get up early but 4 consecutive days of getting up earlier (at 630am) was taking a toil on me. I haven't had a decent 7 hours or more of rest for the last few days and my body was clearly tired out. Like I said, the weather was great. The sun only started to creep out an hour into the run and it stayed behind the clouds so it wasn't in the least hot nor humid. It was a perfect day for running.

I am rather disappointed that I didn't hit my target pace and it was one of the slowest runs that I have done. I am happy that I managed to hang on to the very end and complete all 18 miles of it. I often ask myself, Why the heck am I doing all this running to torture myself?

Honestly, my current schedule revolves all around my training program. I am making the effort to still maintain a decent social life but sometimes, I have to make sacrifices like I couldn't afford to meet up my friend (whom I've not seen in 2 years) and go for a friend's birthday party. So I landed up having to choose between the two. But you know what, as hard as it gets, I don't think I will or can stop running. It's very much a part of me that I cannot shake off.

That picture above? That is one of my favorite ads from Nike. The tagline consistently stays at the back of my mind.

There is no finish line.

Running, is just like life. There isn't really a finish line. You can't say that I've arrived and there's absolutely nothing for me to achieve or look forward to. That day doesn't come till you leave the world. One of my mantras is to live life while I am alive. I keep trying to move forward and keep going to achieve whatever goals I have in mind. Failure is expected for success to be achieved. If I fail, I pick myself up, learn from it and keep going. If you don't experience failure or make mistakes, you will never be able to truly achieve success.

I started running in late 2004 and got into it seriously in 2005. I like running because I feel that I can make achievable goals along the way. Even if I don't meet my targets, there is always the next race. When you achieve a goal, you will feel damn good. And you will keep making more.

You run your own race, no one can tell you how fast or slow you should be running. Look around you, there will always be someone who is faster and slower than you (unless you are the champion) but you don't let it bother you because you are running your own race and attempting your own targets.

I firmly believe that anyone can run and can complete a race (of various distances). If you DNF (did not finish), it is either because you collapsed, or you are injured or you have mentally given up. For the first reason, well, it's self explanatory. The second, it is the wise choice to stop when you are injured. The third, I always think running (especially longer distances) is more of a mental thing rather than a physical challenge. If you are tired, you can walk to the end.

When I started doing triathlons, I couldn't exactly swim. I was told that I paddled like a dog. So I learned from scratch and managed to swim decently, freestyle, some 6 months later. I took my first swim in the sea. It was daunting but I was so happy that I finally conquered that fear of swimming in the sea. Then I learned how to bike properly, to bike on the roads and in a race. It all felt good achieving all these little goals. But nothing felt better than running the last part of a triathlon. It was home-run for me, where I felt the happiest.

When my friends or colleagues take up running, I am happy. They are happy because they can shed some pounds or achieve a certain distance. I smile to myself because I know that that isn't the only thing that they will benefit from. I have learnt to much through running that over the years, I will say that I have become a better person because of running.

For the entire 18 miles, there was a lot that was going through my head. I wanted to give up many times. But I kept chanting, Andrea, you can do it. I can do it. I can do it. I distracted my mind from the tightness in my muscles by reflecting on the week that just passed. I kept setting small goals for me to achieve - just 1 more mile, just until the next lamp-post etc. It is tempting to give up and just go back home. But I think of how good I will feel after I have ran it all.

Running has taught me so much, I don't quite know where to begin from. My mental endurance is strong, I don't give up as easily as I used to. I have learnt how to persevere and not give up at the slightest obstacle. I am more confident because I feel good after each run. I see the way running tones up and trims down the waistline and gives me overall confidence of my body and myself. I have become more focused and known to be highly efficient and good at multi-tasking. Running has not only made me stronger physically, but mentally and I have become a better person because of it. I strongly believe that is why people engage in sporting activities as it truly builds character and helps develop a person in all aspects.

People have asked if being in the top sports giant has influenced my love for running in any way, I had say, Yes, to some extent. I won't say that I started running because of the Swoosh, rather, I was already running before I joined it. I am glad that after 3.5 odd years, being directly involved in a job role that is all about running, has not made me in any way jaded or sick of the sport. It it not work for me most of the time as I am doing something that I hold close to my heart. I am quite certain that should the day come where my work no longer revolves around 'running' per se, it won't affect my interest in it.

I hope that if my body allows, I will be able to continue running for as long as possible. My co-workers often joke that they can imagine running even when I am an old granny. I hope! I also hope that I will continue to inspire the people around me to take up running and enjoy it as much as I do.

So this is why I run. How about you? Do share!

Today. 18 miles. 1,418 calories burned. You don't want to know how many hours I was running for! I think I need to invest more in sun-protection and whitening products! Heelp!






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Mao's last dance

Inception might have been the best movie of 2010 for most, in fact, I do rate it as one of the best but Mao's last dance stole my heart.

It's been out for awhile but we only got the chance to watch it. I didn't have a clue on what it was all about except that it was centered around ballet and I agreed to watch it because I love watching dance - ballet included. It was more than just ballet. The ballet was amazing, in fact, stunning. But the story was even more beautiful. I only realized that the film was based on a true story at the end of it.

And yes, I cried.

It was such a moving scene. And for those who have watched it, will know which scene I am talking about. I could feel the tears welling up and I almost choked. I felt embarrassed that I might be the only one who was crying as I tried to subtly wipe off the tears using the sleeve of my jacket. But then I noticed that B.T who was sitting on my left and K on my right, were both wiping their eyes too.

P.S If you haven't watched it and would like to do so, don't click the link as it tells it all!






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Bread and butter


Bread & butter top, f21 skirt, gifted earrings, gold Casio, Miu Miu bag & shoes

This outfit was mistaken to be a dress instead of a separate top and skirt. I found this top deeply hidden in my closet and almost forgot about it!

I do love asymmetrical designs and noticed that it is usually the local designers that offer more creative designs. The reason why I love alldressedup, M:)phosis, Mu etc.

To those that are tiny like me, what brands do you buy from? I'm having a little difficulty buying clothes as not all brands have XS or Small made in the actual sizing. For example H&M's XS is usually still too big for me but from MNG, it's perfectly fine. I wear a 00 shorts from A&F but 0 from other brands -_- confusing? There are many out there that are alot skinnier than I am so where on earth do you get your clothes from?

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Oopsie Daisy


by the Chipmunk


He shazam-ed this song last night. I know it sounds kinda teeny-booper and I think it even sounds slightly 'Christmasy', but I like the tune of it. Both of us have very strange preference in music. It's varied and random :P That was actually what initially got me interested in him :P

UPDATED
P.S Just found out that Jahmaal Noel Fyffe, who is the British-born rapper of this song is only 19 but has won the Best UK Newcomer at the MOBO Awards in 2008 and the Best Hip-Hop Act at the MOBO Awards the following year - beating fellow stars Jay-Z, Kanye West and Eminem! He's supposedly the next big thing to watch out for.






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Heart stone

Smile


Smile by Uncle Kracker


There are so many things to do on a weekend. We have been busy running errands but it's been a pretty swell weekend so far. Searching for new music is one of the things that we enjoy doing. Just got a couple new ones :) This is for you baby :)

Because you always make me smile. And laugh.

Yesterday.. after our 18 miler.
The alarm rings.

A: We should get up. It's been an hour. I couldn't sleep anyway.
B.T: *grunts Mm..okay.
A few minutes passes and he doesn't hear from me. He turns around and catches me sleeping.
B.T: So I guess you are just testing to see if your eyes don't leak huh?
A: Idiot.


You're better then the best
I´m lucky just to linger in your life
Cooler then the flip side of my pillow that´s right
Completely unaware
Nothing can compare to where you send me
Lets me know that it´s ok yeah it´s ok
And the moments when my good times start to fade

You make me smile like the sun
Fall out of bed
Sing like a bird
Dizzy in my head
Spin like a record
Crazy on a Sunday night
You make me dance like a fool
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold
Buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild
Ohh you make me smile

Even when you´re gone
Somehow you come along
Just like a flower poking through the sidewalk crack and just like that
You steal away the rain and just like that

You make me smile like the sun
Fall out of
bed sing like bird
Dizzy in my head spin like a record
Crazy on a Sunday night
You make me dance like a fool
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold
buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild
Ohh you make me smile

Don´t know how I lived without you
Cuz everytime that I get around you
I see the best of me inside your eyes
You make me smile
You make me dance like a fool
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold
buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild

You make me smile like the sun
Fall out of bed
sing like bird
Dizzy in my head
spin like a record
Crazy on a Sunday night
You make me dance like a fool
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold
buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild
Ohh you make me smile
Ohh you make me smile
Ohh you make me smile






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The ramen bar at Holland Village


Traditional Hakata ramen


I have so many entries lined up for posting (mainly back-dated posts from my D.C and Hong Kong trip) that uh it can probably last for a month of daily posting. I seriously don't know why I have so much to talk about and trust me, this is probably at most half of what I am really doing!

Anyhoooow..

Ramen. Let's talk about ramen. We were just hanging around Holland Village, which I do have to admit, is a really lovely place to just lounge and hang out at on a lazy Sunday. There's a certain cozy vibe about it that is quite different from say Orchard or anyway else. Perhaps, Siglap in the East side would come close to it. Anyway, I digress. Back to to the ramen. We randomly chanced upon it and thought it looked nice, plus it was having a 20% off lunch time offer for Citibank card holders.

The restaurant set-up offers both indoors and outdoors seating. I would recommend indoors as the interior is quite nice. I love the decor and the 'I'm in Japan' feel. Most of the ramen on the menu has white pork bone soup base. There is a good selection of sides like gyoza, Japanese burgers and more. I love the additional section where it recommends the condiments to be used for gyoza and the ramen. I thought it was rather cool when we were each given a little mortar and pestle to grind the sesame seeds for the ramen. Neat!

Gyozas were good - just the right amount of meat and the skin was not too chewy and thick. The noodles are the thin and hard type and has a decent bite to it. The traditional Hakata ramen that I ordered came with two halves of the soft-boiled egg (yummy) and 3-4 pieces of fatty char siew. It did hit the sweet spot for me. Overall, I would say if you want to satisfy a ramen craving and around the area, this might be worth checking out.

I've heard about a new ramen place in Paragon. I do want to check that out sometime soon perhaps.

Yoshimaru Ramen Bar (by Jumbo Seafood)
31 Long Liput (Holland Village)
Singapore 277742
+65 6463 3132


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