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For Japan - Nike+ challenge

NIke is calling more than 3 million Nike+ runners around the world to join in the 'All for Japan' Nike+ challenge. For every mile logged, Nike donates $1 to Architecture for Humanity. The target is to raise $200,000 and runners can choose to donate directly to their website (link above).

Nike Japan Running Facebook page has introduced this challenge and as of now, over 900 runners have already ran 2,800km! I've joined the challenge as well and this will be a great motivation to clock in the miles!

To join, click here. You'll need to have a Nike+ account to join. I'm planning to use my Nike+ GPS app on my iPhone and hope that works out!

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♥ Help Japan recover







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The Peak




I visited The Peak or officially known as Victoria Peak, eons ago and I can't quite recall much about it. B.T decided to take me for a hike up and boy, was it a hike. We walked over from mid-levels, all the way to the top. The grand idea was to run up but I was panting so much, I had to brisk walk instead.

Honestly, it was a great walk up. The air was fresh which was a nice change from the polluted air that you get in the city and it was scenic. It would have been really nice to do a run all the way up had I not been panting so much. I'm telling you, Hong Kong has some brutal gradients.

It used to be free to view the panoramic view right at the peak but sadly now, you get charged. I think it was something like HKD$350. We didn't have enough cash on us even if we were willing to pay for it so we found an alternative - head up to the Burger King, go right through the doors and step out at the verandah. It's very windy and the view is not totally unblocked as it's several levels down but it is still as gorgeous.

After we took a short walk around, we headed back, this time around, via a cab :)

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It's not always easy




... Getting geared up to run
... Wasn't too bad a run. 5miles, decent pace in the sweltering heat.
... I wonder if people sweat like this in colder non humid cities when they run?
... Slightly tanner with some color to the face.

People have asked me - where do I get the constant motivation to run or train. The truth is, it's not always easy to just lace up and run. With no races in mind, there is less motivation to run.

7am alarm rings. *snooze
8am alarm rings. *snooze
10am.

B.T: are we running?
A: It's too hot
B.T draws the black-out curtains : Woa it's HOT out there.
A: Let's run in the evening instead *turns back to sleep.
*stands and ponder
B.T: You are one of the 7 deadly sins. Sloth. Such a bad influence on me. I used to be able to run regardless of the weather.
A: YOU are such a bad influence on me. I used to be able to wake up and run early in the morning. Now I only want to sleep in.
B.T: I'm going to run. Sloth.
A: Goddammit. Ok. Fine. I'll run now.

We took another 20 minutes, dragging our feet around and taking our time to brush our teeth and wash our faces. We finally head out.

Then it's funny how you suddenly wake up and feel all pumped up to go. He was quite impressed that I was running pretty fast throughout. I suppose 9min/mile is one of my better paces so far. We could have gone on for at least 10km or so but had to turn around and head home so that we'll be on time for our next appointment.

So it's not always that easy. But we try.

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The short 5K runs


Lately, I've been doing short 5K runs. I suppose that's the distance I prefer to do when I am not in training and it's just nice to do short runs whenever.

He's been in this 'let's run on empty' when we get up on the weekends. It lands up being a challenging and slow run and you just burn burn burn. On the times I prefer to go faster and stronger, I'll eat a small packet of biscuits or drink a glass of soy milk to sustain me.

Pre-race food is usually a peanut butter jelly sandwich and it's strange how I've not eaten any, since the last race?!

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Inspirational photo




It is no secret that I am a fan of Kara Goucher and I am envious of my colleagues over at WHQ that have seen her around campus or on a flight! I admire her for her down-to-earth nature despite her success, her positive outlook on life and also, her talent in running.

I have been following her blog which details her training and recently, her new born Colt. She shares her struggles as a new mom trying to adjust and keep to her training schedule being a professional athlete. It is amazing how one's priorities changes when a baby enters her life and she isn't an exception.

She recently posted on her Facebook page this inspiring photo of her son sharing her proud moment at one of her races. What a lovely moment! I hope that in years to come when I do have a baby of my own, I will be able to continue running the way I do. And gosh, look at those abs! I think Colt is just 4-5 months old in that photo! Pretty inspiring ;)







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Runnaholic playlist

Since I just emailed this to a friend, I thought I'll share it here as well. This is my current running playlist. Yes, I do have slow music in it too because I do enjoy listening to slower music especially when I'm just warming up. Those highlighted in red are my favorites.

Enjoy.

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P.S I deliberately uploaded larger sized images so that you can view it better!






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