Endurance athletes…I’m a fan

This post was inspired by Dan’s April 2013 post on endurance athletes. He personally doesn’t like the physique of endurance athletes because they look scrawny. Sprinters look better than marathon runners any day, he contends.

Aesthetics is always personal and everyone has preferences but I must say that I’m a fan of endurance athletes.  Here we have US marathon runners Kara Goucher (left) and Shalane Flanagan (right) competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics. They look so sad because they didn’t manage to win any medals.

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Books to inspire running

I have a love-hate relationship with running. It can be dreadfully boring when you’re pounding away on the treadmill but can also be euphoric when you cross the finishing line of a race. I like that it helps me keep fit but I hate the feeling of my lungs bursting when I sprint.

One good way to motivate myself to run is to read books about running. They can be novels or autobiographies but I found that autobiographies are more inspiring for me because they are about what people can do in the real world. When  you read about people doing ultra marathons (Scott Jurek), my 5 km run seems pathetic in contrast.

The first running novel I read was Once a Runner by John L. Parker.

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My 5km run at Run & Raisin’ 2013

Run & Raisin is one of the lower profile running events in Singapore. Organised by TOUCH Young Arrows, a charity organisation, the proceeds from the race go to help out children in need.

The race took place last Saturday on the 6th July 2013 at Gardens by the Bay. This is turning out to be a very popular location for races; the Nike She Runs race was held there as well. But unlike the Nike race, which was packed to the brim, Run & Raisin’ was not crowded at all. It was a pleasant surprise. I expected to be squashed elbow to elbow on my run but it was not so. I could even see the starting line! As a result, the running was relaxing and way more fun than the more popular races, such as those organised by the big banks and brand names.

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