Category Archives: Thursday

Thursday Night Run: First

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector

Went out for a sort of a trial run with the newly married man Fauzi, and my brother-in-law after the Maghrib prayers. He received a pair of Vibram Bikila as part of his wedding gifts and was raring to give it a go.

It was also the first time I ran with my bro-in-law and he was fast. Surely it must be due to all the runs he did with my sister along the River Thames.

Most likely the next agenda is a half-day cycling adventure in Pulau Ubin this Saturday.

I love getting fit!

Do you?


Thursday Afternoon Run: Unconfined Compressive Strength Test

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector

Will be doing the Simplefit Level 3 Day 2 after the maghrib prayers…

Level 3 Day 2

5 rounds for time = 4m 34s
3 pull-ups
10 push-ups
16 squats

Done!

I tried using the cheap compression tights that I bought online for the first time during the run and Simplefit workout. It’s not those fanciful Skins or 2XU compression garments that cost an arm and a leg.

I can’t convincingly say that it helps but I managed to cut one minute from the previous run and shaved off a few more seconds for the Simplefit Level 3 Day 2 workout.

Maybe the compression really helps or maybe it’s just the placebo effect. Or maybe I’m just getting stronger and faster.

Lol!


Thursday Afternoon Run: Haze Is Back

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector

I was contemplating whether to scrap today’s leisure run as the haze was certainly conspicous as I peered out of my window this afternoon.

The National Environment Agency’s (NEA) website was down; most likely from a sudden influx of visits from concerned citizens, so I couldn’t get the latest Pollutant Standards Index (PSI).

But considering that I haven’t been moving my big fat ass for so long, I took the jump though keeping in mind of the awful weather and my lingering cough.

Alhamdulillah the run went well and my legs were not suffering from any major problems. A few more runs and I’m sure the kinks will be ironed out by Sunday.

As for an update, the latest news is that the PSI has touched 108, the worst since 2006 and the NEA web is still down. So take care guys and listen to your body as you go out for your exercise.

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16th Day Ramadhan – Hot

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector


Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/singapore/971128282225932944

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/587469

Notes:

The weather was still hot even at a quarter past 6 in the afternoon. I had to cut short the distance because with the slow pace I was trudging along just now, I would be late for breakfast at home today.

And now waiting to wet my mouth with the precious taste of water.

Selamat berbuka!

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9th Day Ramadhan – Unleashing The Dragon

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park

18.36 km

1hr 07m 07s

16.42 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/singapore/867128221743730255

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/567075

Notes:

Went for a quick ride before breakingfast.

It was necessary to burn that extra calories as my dear mother has cooked nasi lemak for the family.

Well you can’t say no to your own mum’s cooking right?

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Anyway along the way to Pasir Ris Park, I met this prehistoric lizard having his afternoon sun tan.

D is for Dragon

No it's G for Godzilla

What are you guys arguing about? It's too hot. I'm taking a break under the bridge.


9th Day Ramadhan – Oh My!

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector

5.03km

39m 13s

07:47 min/km

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/singapore/570128217908710698

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/566254

Notes:

Alhamdulillah I finally managed to dip below the 40mins mark again.

Although I was pretty apprehensive about today’s morning run due to the workout I did last night, I surprisingly felt fresh and fit just now and I managed to push the pace a little bit faster.

But, sorry to say, I am very very thirsty now. Maybe not enough hydration yesterday night and during sahur this early morning. Lesson learned.

Oh my!

Well have to just suck it in for another 10 hours or so.

Pray for me.

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2nd Day Ramadhan – Early Morning Stroll

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector

5.03km

43m 11s

08:35 min/km

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/singapore/334128140285866407

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/546548

Notes:

Feels surprisingly good and all system are functioning well.

Ran at snail’s pace to achieve that zen-like trance like Running Mom mentioned so there was nary a hint of tiredness.

I had my sahur of a banana, a few glasses of plain water and a glass of Berocca multivitamin. Then waited for Subuh call-to-prayer before changing to my running gears. The run initially was dreary to be frank but my mood picked up considerably as the weather was great and there was a multitude of early runners some as old as my grandfathers if they were still alive, to keep me company.

So now, it’s time take a nap and that’s when I will wonder in awe of those working parents who managed to fit in all these exercises while still maintaining their daily status quo. I failed during my working attachment and that is something I should learn from. You guys deserve an award lah.

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Greeted with this view after the run

Didn't notice my matching colour combination only after nearing the end


Thursday Morning Run: Short, Slow & Steady

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector

3.14km

22m 33s

07:11 min/km

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/singapore/157127190058574843

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/259649

Notes:

Except for a moment when I tweaked my crooked right knee near the end, everything went well.

It’s a bit hard to start all over after missing out on so many training runs.

My running muscles felt so lazy to get into step.

That’s why consistency is the key.

“The difference between a jogger and a runner is an entry blank.” – Dr George Sheehan

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Thursday Afternoon Cycle: My New Prancing Zebra & Night Run

Pasir Ris Park

Mapmyrun:

http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/pasir%20ris/340126285118478570

http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/pasir%20ris/449126285133594352

Sportypal:

http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/120367

http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/120368

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector (*Updated)

4.88km

37m 02s

07:34 min/km

7.89 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/run/singapore/-singapore/872235299493

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/120500

Supplementary Exercises:

Chin-up: 1 X 8

Plank: 1 X 60secs, 1 X 50secs, 1 X 40secs

Notes:

I bought a New Year present for myself last Saturday. It is the entry-level Raleigh Grand Sport 2008 road bike which I bought from a guy who was selling it for his friend who is posted overseas for the next 2 years.

I’ve been wanting, I mean needing, a road bike since my Old Piece of Junk starts to show signs of breaking down. I was eyeing any road bike with a minimum configuration of the Tiagra groupset since my budget of less than 1k doesn’t allow me to buy anything with a higher groupset.

I’ve been scouting in the local cycling forum, Togoparts Marketplace, for any good offers and there were a couple. But I didn’t manage to grab them as by the time the owners replied, they would sms that the bikes had been sold. Such tough luck.

I nearly came to a decision to buy a new Polygon Helios 300 Year 2010 model (mixture of Sora and Tiagra groupset)Β  retailing at $980, when out of the blue, I saw an ad in the forum on New Year Day’s afternoon. It has a complete Tiagra groupset and has only been lightly used for less than a year. That means there is still some life left in the bike for me. It’s size of 50 suits me well and it’s price of $780 seals the deal.

Normally a bike with that configuration (the owner upgraded it from the original groupset) will sell at around $1300 new. So I quickly smsed for a bike viewing to be made the following day. My cousin and I met him at Downtown East carpark to complete the transaction.

And now, this black and white road bike is mine. Now comes the part of mastering this ride.

Woohoo!

My New Prancing Zebra

Source: BikePedia

For my run just now, I managed to dip below 38mins.

J’adore!

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Thursday Dusk Run: And When The Stars Align

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector

4.88km

38m 08s

07:49 min/km

7.72 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/run/singapore/-singapore/872235299493

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/116142

Supplementary Exercises:

Chin-up: 1 X 8

Plank: 1 X 60secs, 1 X 50secs, 1 X 40secs

Notes:

My my my… Is my mouth really that salty or what? It was only yesterday that I wrote about dipping under the 39mins and lo and behold, I just did that during the run just now.

Alhamdulillah.

My initial timing during the first 1.1km was around 7mins 30secs. On normal days, running at this pace will deliver a crippling cramp to each of my legs which will result in me running at tortoise pace for the rest of the distance. But during the run just now, with no cramps inhibiting my progress, I felt really strong, Spartan strong!

And after achieving a timing of 30mins 46secs with the last 1.1km to go, then I was confident that I had to give my all if I wanted to go under 39mins.

And I did.

Alhamdulillah.

I think it’s the chocolate and raspberry ice-cream sandiwched between two slices of bread that did the trick.

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Finally Happy New Year to all.

It has been great knowing all of you and thank you for reading.

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