What would you do to have your country’s anthem played as a gold medal glimmers on your neck?
What would you do to have a stadium chant your name?
what would you do to win?
Yes you could buy the latest and most high tech gear on the market, and in no way am I saying that it won’t help; of course I am a prime suspect of caving in and splashing out money on ultra light weight clothes and shoes however I am saying you can’t win a race by simply having the best gear, if you want to win you have to pay the price of time. I’m talking about training, you have to train and when I say train I mean make a schedule and follow it, make it part of your everyday life because if you work hard and train hard you can win!
Natural ability can only get you so far.
One of my top competitors is a very naturally gifted runner, him and I have a very intense rivalry as we are normally seconds apart, however this year I knew that if i wanted to win more and by allot I would have to train, so that’s what I did, I trained and trained and trained where as my competitor didn’t – he thought that his natural ability would do the work so he missed some training sessions and didn’t really try and then when it came down to the big races I ended up winning by about 200-300m and then at the very end of the year everybody in our training group had to do a 3km time trial and I won and beat my PB by 10 seconds and I was 5m away from lapping my competitor.
So now I have opened the gap by allot in the year and he will have to try and close it by training however it will be hard for him to do the amount of training he needs to close the gap as he is so used to not training.
What would you do to win?
Thyanpura Triathlon Camp 2014
This week I was fortunate enough to go to a top class sports school in Phuket Thailand in which I endured a camp directed at triathletes, the camp was 5 days long and consisted of various activities related to the 3 attributes of a triathlon – Swimming, Biking and Running – the camp has the best facilities which attract every athlete (including pros) Thyanpura is equipped with a Olympic size pool, multiple tennis courts, a 500m track, etc. last year Thyanpura was visited by the Australian national triathlon team and this year I met 3 proffesional triathletes and a ex-pro, former Olympian and Australian record holder for the 1500m
The camp was hard work and great fun I will definitely do it again next year.
Have you ever been to a camp?
This summer I will be traveling to England where I will spend 4 weeks and then return back to Malaysia the purpose of this post is to inform you on what I will be doing there (in terms of running).
Full Potential Running Camp – In England I will be spending 5 days in a residential running camp where I will learn about healthy eating, preparation, training, etc. The camp came highly recommended and just by reading their website (link below) I can see why as Full Potential was founded 7 years ago and offers a huge variety of coaching for any standard, I mentioned Full Potential in my previous article about my Garmin Forerunner 220 and how they provide high end training plans for Garmin Connect.
Full Potential – http://www.fullpotential.co.uk
What are you doing this summer?
At the beginning and end of every term my coach has everyone undergo a 3km time trial; as we do this in a running club after school and with the lovely compliment of malay weather it is normally a dreaded day among the majority of the group however I knew that I was prepared for it, I had been training and eating well and although the colossal hurdle of 33 degrees Celsius weather and humidity were knocking at my door I pushed on, with the help of my coach who was running beside me I finished the 7 and 1/2 laps at a time of 11:21 minuets (almost lapping second place); beating my PB by 16 seconds and breaking the 3km Key stage 3 record, which means I hold all of the key stage 3 long distance records (800m – 5000m) a very hard and enduring task to which I’m very thankful of and I would not have been able to accomplish with out the help of my coach and support from my family and friends.
What are your personal goals?
This past year I have been running in the Mizuno Wave Musha 5, a lightweight racing flat that offers support and comfort in your ride.
In my opinion the Wave Musha 5 is a very good racing flat and I have used this shoe for every race this year so it’s fair to say I have put some mileage into this shoe and there is only wear on the top of the toe box and on the mid foot/forefoot area, which is good but for me I have completely rundown the shoe – to a point that I had to buy I new pair – I think that the Mizuno logo on the shoe is made out of a bad material along with the design on the back (which is made out of the same material) I am also not a big fan of the “Wave” technology and I think the only thing it adds to the shoe is weight.
What shoe are you wearing?
Today I ran and won the first ever Music Run, the race was good apart from the start where they where counting down for a Mexican wave and the officials opened the gate then the confetti went off to make it look like the race had started, so I went off later to be stopped at 2km to wait for everyone else as they had been called back. For me it was a good race, I was on track for a 18/19 minute race but the officials kept on making me stop to take pictures and dance with famous musicians so I was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t reach my goal but I ended up with a good time of 20:47 minutes.
The course was good with clear signs on where to go so I didn’t really need the bike rider who told me where to go – even though I was ahead of him most of the race – the support on the course was also great for every kilometre they had supporters and sometimes they would be cheerleaders others they would be people dressed up like psy or elvis, a really good race to do with the whole family.
As it was the first ever Music Run it was all a bit hectic, there was not enough parking spaces for the 7000 people that went and they delayed the race by 40 minutes letting the runners deal with the morning heat, but overall a great race which was very well organised (apart from the start) and I will be looking forward to next years race which is hopefully going to be better.
What is the craziest race you have been to?
This weekend I competed in the Federation Of British International Schools In Asia (FOBISIA) this event was held in Tanglin Trust School, Singapore and consisted of 3 days of sport, the 1st day was athletics and swimming, the 2nd day was boys basketball and girls football and the 3rd day was girls basketball and boys football; I competed in Athletics, Swimming and Football. The football and swimming I did not do very well in but however in athletics I won the 800m and 1500m and came 2nd in the high jump.
800m – the 800m race was a very fast, intense race and I only won by 1 second.
1500m – I lead the way again strategising my running and getting faster every 100-200m and I won by 10 seconds, I was at a good comfortable pace and I beat my PB by 1 second.
It was a good 400m tartan track with clear lane lines and markings and the seating area was ok but overall a really good day as I was also very nervous before the race so it was very good to win as I am finding better ways to deal with race day nerves (I will make a post about the topic in the near future).
What athletics meets have you been to?
This weekend I competed in the International Schools Athletics Competition Track&Field. This is one of the biggest events for athletics in the year as it is when all of the best international schools in kuala lumpur (primary and secondary) compete against each other. My events included high jump, 800m and 1500m, My worst event was the high jump as although I got a new PB of 1.35m I still came 5th, however in my 800m race I came second with a new PB of 2.27minuets and in my 1500m I beat my PB by 10 seconds and beat second place runner and my biggest opponent by 16 seconds to get the time of 5.09 minuets and get the gold medal,I also strategised my race very well by pushing hard the first 3 quarters and 1 full lap and then on the 2nd lap speeding up and braking away from the pack and then the 3rd lap being able to increase my speed at every 100m to end on a sprint finish .
This year ISAC was a challenge but I have proven that I am a stronger more confident runner than last year by running strategic and strong, it also shows my improvement and the effect of my training which is very good.
What races have you done well in?
Last Sunday I ran with my school at the FSKLAAA, the race was at the same place I ran with Conor Daly (see posts below) , Lake Gardens Kuala Lumpur and the race length was 1km a fast distance and one of 3 as the FSKLAAA races are in circuits of 3 – 3 races of each distance – the first distance was 1km which I came 7th getting a new PR of 3:38mins.
The course was split into 500m so that we had to run 500m collect a ribbon to show that we ran the 500m then run back and the course was all around flat with there being only one small hill at the start/finish. As I said before I ran with my school so I was in a group of 2 other people fairly small as the rest of my group were too old to compete in the U15 category, I was the fastest out of my group which surprised me as the other 2 runners are best at shorter distances.
What races have you ran with a group?
Last Saturday I competed in the TDH Fun Run and I am proud to say I came first place, TDH stands for Tom,Dick And Harrys – a chain of pubs in KL – TDH make these runs about 2-3 times a year and I will inform you when I sign up for the next one. The run was said to be 5km but was actually 5.9km but still it was a very good course with good elevation there were a lot of hills but that is what gave me the upper hand as I am very good at running hills but the race could have been better organised because as I was leading I had no one to follow and even though I looked at the route before it was very hard to navigate through the course with very little signs. I started the race at a good pace while another runner sped his way down the first 300m by then I was about 50m behind him and then there was a hill and that is when I took the lead however I had a race the next day (see blog post above) so I could not go at my usual pace but I still finished at a reasonable 30:1mins.
TDH – a pub that is renowned for its excellent service and great food and they are a very socially active pub as well always on their social media.
What Fun Runs have you done?