To infinity and beyond

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Just a quick update before I’m off to biz camp tomorrow! (another post 1 day before leaving home LOL) It has been a little more than 2 weeks since I came back from Korea, so I’ll just cover what has been happening during this short down period. I won’t talk about Korea here since it deserves a post of its own and I have too much to talk about Korea. In short, it was an awesome experience to be able to go to somewhere you always wanted to; and you might say it’s a dream come true. ^^ I really wished that I would have more time to spend there and there are so many places that I would have loved to go but sadly didn’t have time to go.

waiting for the horn!

waiting for the horn!

The big event for me last weekend, Sundown Marathon 2014! Since I went for last year’s sundown, it was a natural yes for me to go for this run again given the lower price I had to pay. I was thinking that after ORD, I would have a lot of time to train up well for this run so without hesitation I signed up. HOWEVER, nothing went as planned and with work commitments, as well as me just being plain lazy, I didn’t prepare well at all for the run. Also with the Korea trip, I was left with about a week and a half for final runs, which I only did short distance runs. At least my condition was much better than Standard Chartered last year. My mother and sister helped me collect my race pack and bought my energy bars + gels as collection date was during my Korea trip. Prepared my gear the day before and did the usual carb-loading regime as well as drinking plenty of water (which lead to many toilet trips at the night LOL)

Onto the run itself, the standard protocol before any of my runs kicked in, nothing really out of the ordinary. I was close to the front of the 2nd wave, and the 5:30 pacers were at the head of the pack (which is around 7:50/km pace). It was slightly faster than my normal pace, but I figured I needed to be slightly faster at the start to cover more distance. I could only keep that pace for around 8km, and I didn’t want to push myself too hard so I slowed down a little. As I covered more distance, my speed became slower as I wanted to go as far as possible before I hit my “tipping point”. I’m not sure about the exact term, but basically it means how far I can run without stopping. I really didn’t want to stop as momentum is really important in a marathon. As I reached the half-way point, I was more of slow jogging as my legs started to hurt really bad. I finally hit my tipping point at around the 26km point, and after that it was a mixture of jogging and walking, along with some stretching for the legs. I must say the energy gels really work well, but I had trouble tearing open the gels and had to resort to using my teeth LOL. Saw J during the last 5km, and we chatted while walking towards the end. He was also in a similar situation as me, where work really hindered his training for the event. Finished it with a timing of 6:20, and although it’s quite a horrible timing, I am just happy to finish it and it was an okay timing given the little build up I had. The route was slightly different from what I recalled last year, it was not the standard route so a little variation is always welcomed. The only complaint I have would be that a part of the route is pitch black and the only light source were light sticks on the floor. I was supposed to meet the army guys for lunch at Old Airport Road, but my legs were hurting too much, my groin abrasion was pretty bad and I was drop dead tired. As with any marathon, I had trouble moving around everywhere and was permanently stuck on the bed. Fortunately I took off for the following Monday and Tuesday so I had time for my whole body to recover and that’s how my second run of the year went! Will I go for any more runs for 2014? Definitely yes, but maybe not a marathon. It all depends on how much time I have to train when university starts, and I really want to be still running regularly so we will see how it goes!

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Everland!

After returning from Korea, I really had close to zero desire to work. Although I told myself that I would not stay at home and rot, there’s really no point me wasting my time there just for some pocket money. Yes it would surely be nice to earn some money by myself and not have to rely on my parents, who are already going to pay for my university fees. It would be nice if I can get more students for tuition, but I shall not be too greedy and work with what I have. I do have many things in my mind that I would love to do if I have the time: such as going for more regular runs, studying Korean, reading the books that I bought, updating this WordPress and also write about my adventures in Korea (yes so many other drafts too, so many things in my head that I want to write about). Can’t wait for the week to end already, I somehow feel time-constrained now LOL. What an ironic statement given that it’s supposed to be a long break for me now. I foresee myself quitting this job soon, so I must really tell myself to make good use of my last remaining holiday before I officially become an university student. Even if I’m going to slack, must slack till shiok haha!!

NUS Business Camp… I didn’t really care if I was selected or not. As the days pass by, I actually started to feel relieved that perhaps, I wasn’t selected and I didn’t need to waste my time and money there. Fortunately, L told me that the confirmation email could have landed in the junk mail because that was what happened to his. I got onto my phone and checked my junk mail, adverts… more weird adverts… NUS Business Camp 2014: Congratulations! You have been offered a place in the NUS Business Camp 2014! To be honest, I didn’t felt anything, it’s just like oh okays noted moment. I was contemplating whether to just totally ignore the mail LOL. After talking to friends and giving it some thought, I decided to go for it and confirmed my attendance. Supposedly for every person they accepted, they had to reject 2 other people so I seriously had no idea how or why I got chosen. L and my army BSO got chosen, while J, YS and T didn’t make it. They say it’s a privilege to be chosen, so let’s see how my first taste of university is like.

There was a pre-camp briefing on Saturday morning at NUS. Ever since Sundown, my body clock has been screwed pretty badly. I have been sleeping at 5am and waking up past noon recently, and it was so hard to wake up that early. I was 30 minutes late but the whole thing started late so I didn’t miss much. Got to know my camp group, Kratos as well as my OGLs/facilitators, and I’m so glad that the facilitators in my group is not the super crazy enthusiastic type. I would probably go crazy if you ask me to scream, cheer and run for every single moment in the camp. Had a short camp briefing, did some ice breaker games. And I learnt what the 7 wonders game was… LOL! (for those who don’t know, you’ll figure it out what it is soon haha) I lost during wacko, to no surprise since I have been always been bad with remembering new names and faces. Did that forfeit with my facilitator, a little awkward doing something like that with someone you just met on the first day LOL. These kind of activities are probably going to be worse during the camp itself =.=”. Anyway nothing much for that day, it’s just a pre-camp after all. Not really feeling the hype yet… and it’s not like I’m really looking forward to the camp. Maybe I’m being too pessimistic, it’s a camp where I am supposed to be having a good time. Remember the New Year’s resolution I wrote at the beginning of the year? It’s time to actually try and follow through with them. Shall just head in with an open mind and also less negativity. Will definitely write a post about it, so stay tuned haha!

And that’s all for now! Got to go get ready for camp, omg need to report to NUS tomorrow at 8am. I’m prepared for another sleepless week ahead so please Nick, get rid of all those negativity and enjoy the camp! No pressure to impress, just be myself and stick to my own principles. (but also don’t be too stubborn >.<)

Song for the month, Akmu’s songs really stick to you 🙂

 

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Beating the sunrise: Sundown 2013

Hello abandoned wordpress, it’s been a while since I wrote something in you. I always seem to have this problem of being unable to string my older thoughts into a post so here I am again with a running post fresh off my virgin marathon (and coming out unfortunately with many battle scars…)

The virgin marathon

The virgin marathon

So I started the week on a high by FINALLY, like  FINALLLLLY  passing my driving test (forth time’s a charm ^^). I felt more relieved rather than happy, since I don’t have to return to that dreadful driving centre ever again. Now, my weekends are more freed up, and I can start saving up some money for university instead of wasting it continuously on driving lessons. But things don’t ever go smoothly as expected right?! Yes, and with every week in army, I never fail to have something to get angst over at. In preparation for sundown, I started carbo-loading and tapering from Wednesday. Both didn’t went as planned, as my diet didn’t actually changed much and it was more of me just eating more as compared to eating more carb-rich food which I should have done. Furthermore, I didn’t exactly taper as I gymmed during night outs on Wednesday (which I regretted during the run) and did the most stupid interval training cum static exercise on Thursday. Although I didn’t do any leg related exercises, my back and shoulders ached pretty badly during the run which slowed me down a little. In addition, the “2nd best” officer in my unit decided to make me run an extra round despite me telling him that I had a marathon during the weekend as “it would helped my marathon training anyways”, fuck logic (I shall leave the rants regarding army to yet another post trololol). To worsen my condition, we did push-ups and crutches which killed my abdomen. So needless to say, I was way off my best condition but the race must still go on…

Didn’t get to do much during the weekend, just slept a lot at home and slacked until going off for the run. Met janson beforehand and we made our way to the F1 pit building. Explored the area and given that this was both our first marathon, we go pretty excited haha. Took some pictures and we settle our individual preparations before sending our baggage. Was in the 2nd wave of runnners and 9 minutes into gun time, RACE START! Saw ruixin on the way, and bid janson farewell as both of us went our separate paces. Already not being in my best condition and also being terribly scared of cramping up, I settled into a 7:00/km pace for the first 18km. No shame to be in such a slow pace since this is my first marathon, but that saying Janson was blazing fast and was at least 6km in front of me at that point. After the 18km mark, pain and cramps started to set into my legs and feet. I started to brisk walk and has to stop at random lamposts for a few times to stretch my leg and thigh muscles to prevent the cramps from worsening. At the 22km mark, the though of giving up started to set in, like “Fuck I still have 20km left?!”. Although I had my energy gel with caffeine, my legs refused to co-operate and I only ran for a few minutes before going back to walking mode. It was to the the point where it hurt like hell even when I was walking. No joke, and I couldn’t understand why I was hurting so much given that I was running at such a slow pace. At that point, it was clear that my body wasn’t used to such a distance and obviously I wasn’t prepared for many aspects of the marathon, especially the night aspect when your body has been so used to be running in the morning. At that point, it started to look like a walkathon with many struggling to even continue the race, but for me, the words I told myself before the run still hold, “FINISH THE DAMN RACE!”.

Only at the 28km mark after another shot of energy gel, I began to find my rhythm again and picked up the pace, going for a run 1 km and walk regime. At times, I even managed to run more than the 1km I wanted as my legs felt better and running became more natural. Nonetheless, I started to die again with 5km remaining and walked quite a bit during the stretch from Gardens by the Bay to Marina Barrage. When I finally saw the 41km marker, it was when the adrenaline  boost came and my trademark bursting towards the end started, knowing that this whole torture is going to end and I was this close to finishing it. While others were walking their way to the end, I was running away back to the F1 pit building, and I was so fast relatively that during the last 2.5km, I passed around 500 runners. I still recalled that there was this ang-moh guy at the end who was hyping us up as we were reaching the end which was quite lols tbh haha. Although I didn’t hit below 5:30, I passed the finish line with a net timing of 5:41:30. And BAM, I managed to finish something I always wanted to do, not even hitting 20 years old,  finish a marathon. Although it wasn’t a good timing, it was my first marathon after all and I still have many years of running ahead of me. Janson managed to finish his run with a great timing of 5:15, and no harm losing to him given how much faster he was as compared to me way back during our schooling times. I have gone really a long way since my unfit days, and now finishing a marathon, I can now proudly say the unfit me before a few years back are now long gone. After slacking around the area, we limped our way back to our baggage and to the MRT and it was home sweet home!

It was weird that after running a marathon the whole night, with it being 7 am in the morning. I was still able to go buy my breakfast and watch a little Dota 2 before going for my obligatory sleep. Of course, I had to treat all the battle scars sustained and there was A LOT, ranging from the regular muscle spasms to groin abrasions. At the start it felt so bad that both my ankles felt weak and I wondered how long I would take to recover. Back in camp, I went to the MO and got 5 day RMJ to allow myself to recover fully without needing to go for any of the stupid games/runs (It’s quite shitty that I had to go get status since if I told you that my muscles were aching and I needed to recover, I wouldn’t think that you would have let me lols). My body clock was quite fucked due to the marathon and me taking irregular naps during the day and afternoon didn’t help the cause. But nonetheless, after a week of rotting in camp, I recovered fully and my body is back to normal!

SUCCESS!

SUCCESS!

And that’s how my virgin marathon went, and I’m already excited for my future running plans now that my benchmark for a marathon has been set. Hoping to get more friends into the world of running and with Sundown down, I would probably cut the long distance running for now and focus more on shorter distances until after getting back from Ex Battle King in Thailand during September and resume back long-distance training (and eventually leading up to Standard Chartered). Until then, wishing everything goes smoothly and will train hard and as usual, have fun along the way.