How to Strike a New Balance between Run and Work – NBRC

REBEKAH ONG – If you are walking past Suntec City on a Tuesday or Thursday evening and notice a group of people working out together, you’ve probably just bumped into the New Balance Run Club (NBRC)!

NBRC is a running club that aims to promote running and healthy lifestyle. They are one of the many free running clubs in Singapore with multiple running sessions throughout the week, and is wholly owned and managed by New Balance runners.

Their aim is to support new runners in kick-starting their running journey with the club. Encouraging individuals to continue pursuing and exceeding their running goals. The availability of dedicated staff at the New Balance retail store provides a conducive environment for all runners to find out the shoes best suited for them – whether to go faster and look faster. NBRC offers a platform for new comers and enthusiast to cultivate their current ability, regardless of running experience.

Coach Guo Pei and participants after the training session.
Photo Credits: Gary Peh (NBRC Participant)

NBRC’s weekly Tuesday sessions are held at Suntec City, under the guidance and watchful eye of New Balance Ambassador and ex-national athlete, Loh Guo Pei.  Guo Pei has had over 9 years of coaching experience ever since he retired from running competitively in 2015. He believes that coaching is not about just about training the athlete, but also shaping the character of the person you are coaching.

Coach Guo Pei is thankful to have the opportunity to lead NBRC. Having trained previously solo in his early years and transited to a training group in his recent years, he has personally experienced the benefits of being among like-minded individuals and training with them. He saw the opportunity to proliferate this experience, and develop and guide a community of active runners with like-minded individuals.

He is happy that this opportunity is able to reach out to many runners of different nationality, level of running experience, age groups and profession. Despite their differences, he is heartened to always see the runners motivating and supporting each other through a tough workout, and enjoying a safe and fun run together. It is the culture of selflessness within each NBRC runner that he is most proud of.

 I have a few friends who attend the NBRC’s Tuesday training session regularly and found them to be enjoyable and beneficial.

“It provides a structured training plan with variety which helps me in my running.” – Cheng Yee Tan

“Coach Guo Pei trains us well. I love our warm-ups. Though they’re tough, they definitely help in my running progress.” – Rachel Lim

“Joining NBRC on Tuesday has allowed me to learn from one of the best coach in Singapore – Guo Pei. His coaching methods are proven, although at times they can also be rather challenging. Runners in NBRC are sociable that makes the training overall enjoyable.”  – Gary  Peh

Hearing what they had to say about NBRC’s weekly Tuesday sessions, I decided to join them for a few training sessions! Here’s what I observed:

Focused Warm-up exercises

Participants warming up during training sessions

From the sessions I attended, a lot of emphasis and focus was placed on warming up. Running drills, HIIT exercises and circuit training were done for about 15 to 20 minutes before the actual run. Initially I found the warm-up exercises tough but as I attended more sessions, I found them essential in preparing the body for the demands of the run and training later on.

Structured Training Runs

Pre-training run briefing by Coach Guo Pei. Photo credits: Rachel Lim (NBRC Participant)

The training run sessions vary from week to week. Fartlek training, tempo runs and interval trainings are some of different types of training that we will be prescribed. Coach Guo Pei encourages everyone to put in effort into these training runs but he also notes that at the end of the session, you should not feel like you have pushed too hard. He also takes the time to help and analyse participants’ needs, and offers timely advice.

Bring your own bottle (BYOB)

Riding on the go-green movement in Singapore, NBRC encourages participants to bring their own bottles to help reduce wastage. Participants have the chance to fill their hydration at the start and end of training, so there’s no worry about being left high and dry.

NBRC Group Photo. Photo credits: Gary Peh (NBRC Participant)

Overall, I found these weekly Tuesdays sessions beneficial and I started to see progress in my runs and myself getting fitter.  NBRC caters to everyone, whether you are a beginners or a seasoned runner.  If you are interested in joining NBRC, their training sessions are on:

Days Timing Location Activity
Tuesday 7 – 9 pm Suntec City Mall NB Store Training Runs with Coach Guo Pei
Wednesday 7 – 9 pm Velocity @ Novena Square NB Store Free and easy run with seasoned Runners
Thursday 7 – 9 pm Suntec City Mall NB Store Free and easy run with seasoned Runners

Registrations are done online so be sure to register for your spot here before heading down.   What’s more a complimentary New Balance Running Club tee will also be given to you on your second session.

This article was written by runONE’s in-house writer and running enthusiast, Rebekah who enjoys exploring new places and loves her food.

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