Tag Archives: run

free, 24-hour sheltered running track

25 Mar

found a nice sheltered running track near home. it’s built under the mrt tracks near ang mo kio station, open to public and always lit, i think.

long straight 250-metre strip, perfect for sprints.

had been running in a nearby park but was restricted by bad weather and odd slopes. going to the stadium track is even worse because of distance, restricted access by its opening hours, and still at the mercy of bad weather.

in the evenings you’ll find another 3 or 4 runners, so you’ll still have company without the track overcrowding. only complaint is the occasional smoker enjoying a stick on the bench – proximity of the bench to the track makes it impossible to avoid the smoke. -_-


ippt 2.4km training: back to the drawing board

31 Jan

last weekend i took my ippt.

after several weekly 2.4km-specific training sessions, i thought i would at least improve from last year’s timing, which was about 11min30sec-odd…

but i didn’t.

in fact i did several seconds worse than last year.

my training was flawed.

so it’s back to the drawing board for me. i will have to increase the training frequency for my 2.4km practice runs, prolly from once a week (^^;) to 3 times a week, alternating interval training sessions with regular runs. i think i’ll make my next attempt at maju fcc, so i wouldn’t need to worry about not being able to run if it rains.


kewchuicitis: an unavoidable side-effect of training for 2.4km run

6 Dec

great weather for the beach. not so good for a run.

colleague SY: hey, you kew chui is it?

colleague aB: ya, you look like you deflated liao.

me: *sigh* ya, i’ve been running. training for ippt lah -_-;

as i go on my training runs, i find myself losing muscle mass slowly, very demoralising for one who has to work very hard to gain weight. will have to eat properly and tune my weight training to maintain muscle mass in order to beat kewchuicitis.

anyways, i’m going to start tracking the progress of my runs. my last timed run about a month ago was 13min20sec.

target will be below 10min15sec.

tip for the clueless: training / running with a specific purpose

29 Nov

i think i seen this before...

came upon this mysterious altar of flower petals at the side of the track where i last ran.

decided to start running regularly. not jog. run. but at this point i think it will look more like a jog than a run even if i am trying my hardest ^^;

i’m sure my cardiovascular condition is shot. never been the type to “go jogging for general health”.

don’t just “work out”. train. whatever you do, do with a purpose in mind. i run to get better at running. i run against my waistline so that i stop having to upsize my damn pants each year. i run so that the armed forces will give me a $400 ang bao before my next birthday. i run to improve my body’s cardiovascular efficiency, thus requiring less effort to do more work.

think about it.

so before you head to the gym or hit the track the next time, ask yourself what you want to achieve and whether what you are about to do is a step towards that goal.

otherwise why do it?