11 Nov 2018 – The scattered showers and mud did not dampen the spirits of either human or pup at the latest edition of the Singapore Specials Run, held last Sunday at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.
The Singapore Specials Run was first held by non-profit organization Action for Singapore Dogs in 2010, aiming to raise awareness of the plight of stray and abandoned dogs. All proceeds from activities surrounding this run go towards helping rescued dogs awaiting their forever homes.
Mr. Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development, kicked off the event with a welcome speech, while Real Yoga organized the warm-up for the human runners.
Participants could browse a variety of products on sale, such as uniquely flavored cakes by Gulalicious and premium dog food from Furry’s Kitchen.
The run provided opportunities for all dog lovers – both dog owners and non-dog owners alike – to participate, with a 5km Paw Lover’s Run and 2km Paw & Buddy Run. A few dogs with physical disabilities (missing/injured limbs) cheerfully making their way to the finish line was also an encouraging sight.
With various groups jostling at the front line and sprinting past puddles with both children and animals in tow, it became increasingly evident that running with a pet is an excellent way to come together with and bond with loved ones. You become more consistently motivated to run when seeking exercise as well as quality time with both humans and canines dear to you.
It’s clear that our furry friends – both the lean and long-legged as well as the lapdogs – inspire the old and young to get out and get moving, even in the worst of weather! So look out for the next edition of the Singapore Specials Run… or simply grab your running shoes to #runONE with your doggo!
SHAHEED ALAM – A bittersweet farewell to WTA in Singapore. 2014 – 2018. These 5 years will always be remembered by not only tennis enthusiasts but also sports fans in Singapore as the time when the top 8 Women’s Singles and Doubles Teams competed on our ‘little red dot’. As the Singapore Indoor Stadium dismantles the center court for the last time, we should cherish the experience we’ve had over these amazing 5 years.
I had the incredible opportunity to be the hitting partner for these players in the last 3 years (I was too young and not good enough in the first 2 years haha) Being their hitting partner was definitely an eye-opening experience because I got to see up-close the way they practice, warm up, prepare for matches. I got to see all of it. From the extremely focused Garbine Muguruza to the relaxed Caroline Garcia, I was privileged to witness the different personalities of each player which would otherwise have been very difficult to spot on TV. Over the past 3 years, I have had many awesome experiences but 2, in particular, stood out.
In 2016, Ali and I got called to practice with the dream team of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis! Before even stepping on the court, it was already pretty cool to even (just) think about practicing with them. The schedule was to practice for an hour on the practice courts at OCBC Arena followed by another hour on Centre Court at Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Understandably nervous, we both started practicing making several mistakes as we were (a little) overwhelmed by the situation. As the session went on, they realized that we were pretty nervous but nonetheless they were still super friendly and made us feel more at home.
After we ended our practice at OCBC Arena, Ali and I were going to walk across to the Indoor Stadium (10minute walk) while Mirza and Hingis were going to take the car that was waiting for them. Ali and I could not enter into the pick-up area as our accreditation did not allow us and only players/coaches could enter. Looking back, I felt that Hingis and Mirza thought we were going to take the car as well so they walked out first while we were still packing our bags.
About 5 minutes later, Martina Hingis came running out and told the volunteers to call us back. When we got to the facilities desk, we remember Hingis waiting for us and saying “Come on guys, the car is waiting for you guys”. Looking super shocked, we laughed and followed her to the pickup point where they were 2 Porsches waiting for us. She then continued saying ‘1 follows me and the other follows Sania’. I followed Hingis and for those precious 10 minutes, we chatted about everything and anything before our second practice session on Centre Court. That was an experience like none other, which only goes to show that they were both incredibly humble and down to Earth while being absolute legends in the sport!
The next memorable event was when I I practiced with Karolina Pliskova this year. She has to be the most relaxed player on tour. Incredibly effortless in her play, she’s definitely a joy to watch. I had the pleasure of getting to know her team as well, comprising her Coach, Rennae Stubbs, and Fitness Trainer/Agent/Husband, Michal Hrdlicka. We practiced every day from Saturday (before Day 1) up till the following Saturday (where she played her semifinals) and it was an amazing experience. They really made me feel like I was part of their team for that week as they were super friendly and humble. Overwater breaks, they would ask me about my tennis career and gave me plenty of valuable advice and encouragement.
On the day of the finals, when they were at the stadium to collect their belongings before returning home, they asked if I was in the stadium as they would like to say a few words of thanks and goodbyes in person. Fortunately (for me), I was, and so we met at the player lounge and had a chat before they left. We promised to keep in touch and Pliskova even said that she’ll give me a call when she’s in Asia if she needs a hitting partner(not sure how true that will be though 😂) All in all, it was a superb experience and I couldn’t have wished for a better end to the last year of the WTA Finals.
At this point, I would also like to thank Sports Singapore, Singapore Tourism Board, WTA and all the sponsors for hosting this prestigious tournament over the past 5 years. As they say, when one door closes, another opens so we should hope and look forward to more world-class tennis tournaments being hosted in Singapore. Perhaps even the ATP Finals.
03 Nov 2018 – “During the training, there were times when I questioned why I had joined Blaze in the first place, when I could have been like my peers who were having less strenuous physical training and who did not need to face the pressure of keeping physically fit.” This is how the then-14 year old Samuel Song from Zhonghua Sec felt during the preparations for BB Blaze 2017!
Preparations are key in an adventure race, or for that matter, any race. What more for teenage boys preparing for the adventure-based and mentally and physically challenging #BBblaze2019!
RunONE will be joining The Boys’ Brigade Singapore as their Official Training Partner, supporting the preparations for the 400 participants and their trainers during this pivotal stage. You can also expect for the 2019 edition to involve more pre-race and race digitalization, with an extended partnership with ONE.
To kick off the preparations, the organizers arranged for a Train-the-Trainers session that was attended by officers and boys from various senior programme companies (CCA units in various secondary schools).
The Pierre de Coubertin IFPC Trophy Winner and National Marathoner Ashley Liew shared his experiences with the boys and officers. He started by stating his hope to inspire and went on to share how he has transcended different challenges in life, such as when transforming from fat to fit.
Ashley had rushed down from his chiropractic clinic, amidst two weeks of reservist commitments. It is not surprising that the ONEathlete was very enthusiastic about speaking to the boys, as a former BB Boy of the 12I Singapore Company (ACS Independent). He has certainly not forgotten his roots, acknowledging the role of The Boys’ Brigade in shaping who he is today during his self-introduction.
After throwing in some awareness of chiropractic and the nervous system, Ashley went on to share tips on running forms, injury prevention, and the importance of a training programme. He also shared how the youths could build up their endurance, strength and conditioning to be at their optimal capacity to blaze the trail, come April 2019!
31 Oct 2018 – Let’s go back in time to last Friday and enter the supposedly abandoned Pasar Panjang ‘A’ Power Station. You’ll find it pulsing with hip-hop beats, and will be greeted by a giant merlion float, cartoonized and rainbow-hued.
Turn the corner to find a live tattooing station, vintage shirts, parkour demonstrations, fusion street food like bacon chai tow kway and laksa udon… and row upon row of designer sneakers, not just for sale but on exhibition. This is Street Superior, the 6th edition of Singapore’s premier sneaker and streetwear convention.
Street Superior is a haven for the lover of kicks, featuring sneaker vendors like Boost and Sneakship, shoe care providers such as Sneakers Spa, and custom shoelace brand No Agenda. You could also ascend the Sneakers Cleaning Throne by Jason Markk and Go Native App for a free buff and shine.
Must-sees also included the unique statement T-shirts by LoBorn and gorgeous vintage jackets by PlayHood, featuring one-of-a-kind paintings by resident designer Sarah Lai. There’s also the quirky Misadventure Time (responsible for the aforementioned merlion float), which creates merchandise inspired by the popular cartoon Adventure Time, with a darkly humorous Singaporean twist.
Our resident ONEathlete Banjamin was on site to support our partner, Under Armour (UA), which will be releasing more running and training shoes next year. The display at Street Superior featured new designs such as the UA Forge 96 and the Curry 5 – the latter is endorsed by American basketball star Stephen Curry.
Speaking of which, Banja is not only a runner but also a basketball lover, which could be seen when he went all out to shoot hoops in the nifty basketball arcade game on site! He also hung out with other UA athletes, in the likes of Team Singapore swimmer Amanda Lim, Bowler Shayna Ng, and fitness junkie cum personal trainer Darren Lim!
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”
For active individuals, or athletes (recreational or professional), the importance of balance takes on a bigger and more significant role. For Ashley keeping this balance despite his hectic professional commitments and intense training schedule is key. Not to mention that he has remained free of training injuries since receiving chiropractic care in 2010, and knows only too well the importance of treading the fine line and keeping the balance as a professional athlete.
Professionally, Ashley is a trained Doctor of Chiropractic at Family Health Chiropractic Clinic. He is also a deep believer in taking care of the body dutifully so as to reap the full benefits of training. This includes paying attention to details, such as the effects of spinal alignment on leg length and how this has a knock-on effect on training injuries and running performance? With his credentials on and off the race track, Ashley’s training and medical philosophy is sound advice for runners (professional or otherwise).
In conjunction with Family Health Chiropractic Clinic, Ashley has introduced a limited-time-only “20-for-20” deal for the first 20 runners who sign up by 31 Dec 2018. The 20-minute evaluation session will cost S$20 (before GST) and as part of this special deal, Ashley will be personally conducting an evaluation session for you. Here’s what you need to know:
The evaluation session may take up to 20 minutes and includes a targeted case history, posture exam, leg length evaluation and summary of findings.
All runners (recreational or competitive) are invited to partake in this evaluation
Chiropractic evaluations, imageries (such as X-ray or MRI) and adjustments are not included in this special deal, which will cost S$20 (before GST)
Please note that during the postural exam, the doctor may be required to place his hands on your hip joints and feet. Please inform the doctor if you are not comfortable with this.
As this special deal is a no-obligation session, there is an option to add on a standard chiropractic evaluation (which includes any chiropractic adjustment as necessary). The S$20 fee for the 20-minute special deal session will then be applied to the standard first consultation fee of S$120 (before GST) for the chiropractic evaluation.
Call Family Health Chiropractic Clinic at 6336 7714 to schedule your appointment in advance and ask for the “20-for-20” deal during registration.
Terms and Conditions apply.
Family Health Chiropractic Clinic is located at 111 Somerset Rd, #08-03 TripleOne Somerset. Tel: 6336 7714. You may also wish to refer to their Facebook page for more info.
NEW BALANCE SG – What truly makes running iconic is the road runners take to get there. The journey is never easy, physically and mentally, but every moment shapes the runner to who they are today. Discover the stories of athletes who broke through and found their own greatness. Scroll down for Mok Ying Ren’s road less taken!
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MOK YING REN Double SEA Games Gold Medalist National Marathoner & Records Holder Managed by ONEathlete
At one point in his running career, Mok Ying Ren suffered a plantar fasciitis injury. He was pushing too hard during his training, and as a result, he had to withdraw from the 2011 SEA Games. Some thought it’ll be “too difficult” for him to return to the sporting scene.
But the 30-year-old orthopedic surgical resident did not let that end his career.
He not only got back in the game but also clinched the gold medal for the marathon at the 2013 SEA Games. This hard-earned victory came with struggles too – he had entered the event with a muscle strain and a bad cough while on national service.
The two-time SEA Games gold medalist has since learned that there is more to winning than just getting the training in. Mok is currently balancing married life, training, family, and an orthopedics surgery programme that requires 80 hours of training a week, but this is not stopping the New Balance Ambassador & ONEathlete from aiming to qualify for the 2019 SEA Games.
“I realized that running a race presents similarities to our life journey and it’s always about running my own race, to the best that I can. Endurance running, in more ways than one, has inadvertently molded my character.”
22 Sep 2018 – Returning back with RunONE as the official training partner for the Straits Times Run 2018, ONEathlete Mok Ying Ren had tailored a 16-week-long series of a training program and running-related columns to prepare runners for this event. In partnership with Straits Times, Mok also hosted a #RunWithMok column which incorporated, for the first time, an interactive #AskMok segment that invites readers and runners to ask Mok any running-related question. To cap off the series of preparation leading up to the race, Mok also hosted a race clinic on 22 Sep at the Straits Times Run race expo where he took to the stage and shared his running and training experience.
As many among the audience were racing the Straits Times Run the next day, Mok peppered his talk and Q&A session with behind-the-scenes insights on the preparation he himself had gone through before his races. He also addressed queries on race day execution and provided his personal perspectives and helpful tips on training, hydration, injury prevention. Questions on running shoe selection and foot striding styles seemed to be popular too.
Through his sharing, Mok hopes to help more individuals overcome their fear and reluctance and encourage them to be a part of the growing running community in Singapore. He has observed, over the past few years, a healthy sign that more Singaporeans are taking to sports as part of an active lifestyle, and wants to do his part to help promote and encourage this movement.
RunONE would like to take the opportunity, to thank #STRun2018 Chairman & Committee, New Balance, 100PLUS and Infinitus for their support in making the session possible!
23 Sep 2018 – ONEathlete Ben Moreau took home the top honors in the Straits Times Run 2018 Men’s 18.45km category, winning in a time of 62 mins 46 secs, which was over 1 minute quicker than last year’s winner, Kenyan runner James Karanga. It was his maiden run in this race! (Top featured image by Straits Times Run Facebook)
Ben, a previous Commonwealth Games representative, has steadily chalked up a series of race wins in the past few months, such as the Performance Series 10km as well as the inaugural ‘King of the Hills’ race, and demonstrated that he still has the legs to not let age (and his rivals) catch up with him.
In the Men’s 10km category, ONEathlete Evan Chee finished as the fastest Singaporean and 4th overall with a time of 37 mins 7 secs. Evan, who is turning 38, is also showing no signs of slowing as he heads into peak race season in Singapore. He placed 3rd (Local Men’s) at Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2017 and is looking to better his results this year. He has also recently shared his thoughts on Masters running where he hoped to promote and encourage the idea of running as an inclusive sport for everyone, regardless of age, gender and athleticism. This was also echoed by Guest-of-Honour, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu, who praised the event for being inclusive, and said: “It is great to see people of different backgrounds coming together here today.”
ONEathlete Ashley Liew who also ran his maiden ST Run, finished 7th overall, and 3rd local in the 10km category, was in high spirits post-race. Ashley’s last marathon was at the Gold Coast, and it seems like he will now have some tips for his counterpart who will be participating in the 2019 Edition, as part of his Champion prize! The prize was sponsored by Tourism Queensland for the Straits Times Run 2018!
In returning to the Sports Hub after a 2-year hiatus when the race venue relocated to the F1 Pit Building and Padang, the 6th edition of the race saw over 13,000 participants, most of whom were eyeing the uniquely memorable opportunity of being able to finish the race inside the 55,000-seat national stadium.
Kelly Latimer and Ross had the uphill task of getting the moods up on the early Sunday morning! Despite the 5am flag-off, the mood at the start was lively and electrifying as participants got ready to enjoy the scenic route. Unlike in 2017 where the race started on the Esplanade Bridge, this year’s route was a nod to its original venue at the Sports Hub.
I hope you have all managed to achieve your goals! Now, it is time to treat your bodies to some well-deserved rest.
Back in 2013, right after my SEA Games marathon race, I remember having to catch the first flight back to Singapore to return to my Medical Officer Cadet Course. Within a matter of days, I was back to carrying field packs and simulating casualty evacuation casualties with an incredibly sore body. It was definitely not an ideal recovery plan, but inevitable as I was still serving my national service then.
Unlike what I had gone through, you need not, and should not, undertake physical stress so soon after a long and intense race.
It is key to recover well from any bout of strenuous activity.
I know that some of you may be feeling great now and you may even be tempted to think: what is there to recover from? Well, the bad news is that any soreness which you may experience will only come to bear, much later! (my guess is probably Tuesday)!
If you recall the supercompensation theory which we had introduced earlier, you would be aware that your body is currently undergoing a major overhaul to bring you to the next fitness level. However, this can only happen with sufficient rest and recovery.
Sleep plays a huge role in this process of supercompensation. It should not be a problem for you to sleep a little more now since you no longer have to wake up for early morning runs (for a while at least)!
Once the soreness wears off, you may feel a natural urge to get back to running. Instead of falling into that temptation, do some other non-weight-bearing activities, such as swimming or cycling for another week (or two). This will help to enhance your recovery and reduce the risk of injury.
Even when returning to running, always err on the side of caution, and keep your initial runs to 20 to 30 minutes long at a conversational pace.
Work out niggles
During the training season, you may also have suffered from various aches and pains which were simply ignored. Now is the best time for you to sort out all these issues and allow your body to heal.
If necessary, you may also wish to visit a physical therapist and have a biomechanical assessment to identify specific areas of weakness. You may then work on these specific areas to prevent recurrence of pain or injury. From my experience, small deposits of therapy and pre-rehabilitation work on a regular basis can bring you huge gains, in terms of the number of your “running years”.
I am sure that you have spent countless hours training in preparation for your race. But I am also sure that it would not have been possible without the support of your loved ones – it is time to reciprocate their support for you.
Too often, we take many things, like having a warm meal waiting for us at home after a long day of work and training, for granted. Show your appreciation to those who have cared for and supported you.
How long should you be engaged in the above recovery process? That really depends on each individual.
I would generally recommend a recovery period of between 1 to 2 weeks for a half marathon and between 2 to 4 weeks for a marathon. However, what is most essential is for you to listen to your body – do not be afraid to adjust your recovery plan according to how your body feels and responds.
As my then-deputy headmaster in Raffles Institution, Mr. S Magendrian had always emphasized, “there is a season for everything”. Now is the season for recovery.
13 September 2018 – In typical Japanese innovative fashion, the unveiling of Toyota’s first global corporate initiative #StartYourImpossible (SYI) towards its transformation from a car company to a mobility company, was simply jaw-locking! The initiative celebrates the Olympic and Paralympic spirit.
Toyota also announced its region-wide partnership with 12 Olympic and Paralympic aspirants from Asia, including Singapore swimmers and golden water boys, Joseph Schooling and Toh Wei Soong. Both will support the initiative by championing their hero projects. Various other national athletes (from the likes of, Double SEA Games Gold Medalist & #ONEathlete, Mok Ying Ren, and Olympian-Sprinter, 叶劲维 Timothee Yap) and fitness enthusiasts (from the likes of Race Driver Claire Jedrek, Ironman Triathlete Cheryl Tay, Rhythm cycling instructor Jia En, actress Ase Wang, etc) were also part of the larger ensemble.
Mok Ying Ren tried the Welcab that rotates the car seat. Photo credits: ONEathlete
Mok Ying Ren test drove the i-Road. Photo credits: ONEathlete
Inspired by Toyota’s worldwide partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), it also marks Toyota’s support of the creation of a more sustainable, inclusive and mobile society. Three different mobility devices were launched:
The Toyota Human Support Robot created to support the long-term for elderly care and health care, served the President of Toyota Motor Asia Pacific, Mr. Susumu Matuda, a bottle of water amidst his opening speech!
They displayed the Toyota Welcab (assistive vehicle) that has an electrically-powered ‘side lift-up tilt seat’ which rotates, tilts and comes down out of the vehicle.
Mok Ying Ren’s personal favorite was the Toyota i-Road. It is an exciting ultra-compact three-wheeled electric vehicle that combines the ease of motorcycle + the comfort/stability of a car. He also test-drove and commented on its excellent maneuverability.
The pompous launch event held in Infinite Studio Singapore was hosted by Toyota Motor Asia Pacific and its distributor Borneo Motors (Singapore). The event was emcee-ed by a very familiar and beautiful fair lady in the sporting scene, Kelly Latimer.