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Limbless…Limitless!

Posted in Friends, Life, Sports on May 14, 2008 by ahchen

Yujin and I had our customary post-semester long chat last night at J8 foodcourt. Am truly thankful for having such a principled, selfless, and insightful friend. Our topics ranged from uni, life, career, success, philosophy and project management.

Most touching: Back in Feb, Yujin invited me to watch his Hall productions. He paid for the $16 ticket and told me to enjoy the show. And he did likewise for several close friends. Last night he revealed his purpose of doing so: He was amazed by the efforts put into producing a drama, and wanted to give his friends a chance to experience a theatrical performance. The cost of the front row tickets (at least $200) was paid out of his own pocket, and he wasn’t even acting. He was the secretary of the executive committee.

Most inspirational: Earlier in the evening, Yujin attended a talk organised by Keppel. He shared some insights from one of the speakers – Nick Vujicic, and told me to search “Nick limbless” on youtube. Religious matters aside, I’m in awe of this young man’s determination and optimism. How I wish I can go back in time to bitch slap the ahchen in JC2, who cried like a wussy when he dislocated his elbow.

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On a side note, I ran to the Zoo on Sunday with newfound running group – Bishan Runners. It was still drizzling when I woke up, which under normal circumstances, would mean hitting the snooze button. But life is more disciplined now, when I know there’s someone who’s crazy enough to leave the warmth of his bed and suffer in the chilling winds with me.

The running group was already warming up when we reached Bishan Park 1 carpark. Discovered that I was the youngest, and later on, also the slowest in the group. My buddy was Vincent, a pavement pounding machine in his late-forties who owns a private contractor business.

A combination of fatigue, hunger, soggy shoes, sore knees, and (insert other excuses) caused me to chui at the final 5km of the return journey. Told Vincent that I needed to use the Gents at Casuarina Prata, but slumped into a sorry heap under a palm tree when he was out of sight. A concerned family even came forward to ask whether I’m ok. Damn embarrassing. Managed to walk-jog the final stretch after a 20min rest, and was welcomed into the Bishan Runners fraternity with an undeserving ovation at the finishing point.

Finally, a Morning Run Buddy!

Posted in Sports on May 5, 2008 by ahchen

Morning runs have always been a lonely affair. I enjoy the serenity, the revitalising fresh air, and the solitude to sort out my thoughts and to plan out the rest of the day. But having a buddy who can provide company and push me to run at a faster pace will make it the best way to kick-start my day.

I’ve tried asking fellow AMK Carebears to join me, but my mind games aren’t up to the mark to psycho them into swapping their pyjamas for dri-fit singlets and FBT shorts at 6am in the morning. Little do I know that I don’t need to become a bugger. The lift upgrading scheme at my HDB block will bring my running buddy to me.

Today’s run with 11th floor neighbour, Howmeng, was my furthest and most educational morning run ever. Starting at 0630, we jogged from our block to Seletar Reservoir Park and back, covering a total of – according to the cool Gmaps app, about 17km. The scenic view of the reservoir was stunning, and the life lessons that the family man shared during our run were invaluable.

Also found out that there’s a group of hardcore runners that will gather at Bishan Park every Sunday morning for runs, and according to Howmeng, sometimes they’ll run to the Zoo!!! We’ll be joining them next week, hopefully they aren’t thinking of paying Inuka a visit.

1 Marathon, 1 Night, 1 Month

Posted in Sports on April 29, 2008 by ahchen

First Half Marathon (Oct 2007)

Timing: 2:06:45

Training: 2 days

Pain Factor: 3 weeks of duck wobbling down the stairs

First Full Marathon (2 Dec 2007)

Timing: 6:56:09

Training: 1 week

Pain Factor: none physically, but egoistically, it was excruciating

Second Full Marathon (31 May 2008)

Timing: ???

Training: 1 month

Pain Factor: ???

With a morning running regime in place, hopefully I can clock a good timing without ruining my knees. And I have two 7-7-7 men to draw inspiration from, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Dave Heeley.

They are the first two men to achieve the feat of running 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. Sir Ranulph has had a double heart bypass, and Dave is visually handicapped. Amazing stuff.

Catch Sir Ranulph below,

and watch Dave‘s compilation of runs here.