There is a fairly high chance that your alarm is set for 5:00am tomorrow – 10km run before work you tell yourself. No I do not have superhuman insights and ‘Big Brother’ is not watching you; we are just part of the 7 in 10 who stick to new year resolutions 9 days into 2018; but it is likely you won’t last and neither will I if the University of Pennsylvania study is right.
So how about #ONEathlete national marathoners, Ashley Liew and Mok Ying Ren?
When asked about his goals for 2018, Ashley says:
“I differentiate between targets (what you want to achieve) and goals (who you want to be)”. His targets are to “run a sub-2hr 30min marathon personal best and to qualify for a major Games event” and his goal is “to remember that life is not all about running and thus I should better appreciate the people around me like my father and girlfriend”.
Ashley, who was the first Singaporean to be awarded the Pierre de Coubertin World Fair Play Trophy in 2016, has both feet firmly grounded (pun intended) when he sees running as fulfilling a promise to himself while life is about fulfilment through his loved and cherished ones.
Similarly for Mok, who has spent more than half his life chasing down that finish tape and recently started his lifetime marathon of matrimonial bliss, goals are as much an end in itself, as a means to a (larger) end. He too echoed that special occasions are meant to be spent with special people in his life! He was relating to why he only did an easy run and opted to spend the festive days with his wife, family, and best friend instead.
Writing as a man who seeks clarity in life, and in true Mok-style brevity:
“A generation without a vision will perish. Likewise a man without goals.”
Mok, who has a major exam coming up this year in his residency Programme, hopes to balance that and enjoy his running in 2018!
From runONE and ONEathlete, we wish all readers and runners alike a blessed and meaningful 2018!
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