Marathon

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Edward Ng Seng Cheong @edward_160cm_fitproject24

Age: 25

TE: What is the longest marathon you had run?

ED: The longest marathon I ran was 21km which was the Standard Chartered KL Marathon.

TE: What are the challenges you faced during the marathon?

ED: The most challenging part of the marathon was the mental preparation but other than

that it is the common challenges like keeping the pace, fatigue and etc.

TE: How do you keep encourage or motivate yourself to finish the race?

ED: By challenging myself mentally while staying positive and strong during the

Marathon. Plus the anticipation of finishing the race and the satisfaction of crossing the finish line.

TE: Any recommendation on marathon running gear ?

ED: A good pairs of running shoes, running tights, bandanna, running singlet, wireless

earphones, a running bottle or hydration pack especially if you are running long distances.

Theodore Poong Gui Lin @tpgl23

Age: 23

TE: What is the longest Marathon you had run?

TP: The longest marathon I ran was finishing 21 KM in the 2017 Borneo International

Marathon before flag time.

TE: What are the Challenges?

TP: The challenge is to be mentally strong even when you’re physically tired.

TE: How do you keep yourself going forward?

TP: I tell myself “No Pain, No Gain’. It’s also important to exercise regularly to keep your

body in good condition.

TE: Any recommendations on marathon running gear?

TP: A comfortable outfit and shoes are important for running the marathon.

Michelle Jong di suen @jds.michelle

Age: 22

TE: What is the longest Marathon you had run?

MJ: Majority of the marathons I joined are 21 KM. I ran 21 KM in the Borneo

International Marathon from 2016 to 2018, Penang International Marathon 2017, and

the Miri Marathon 2018. I am looking forward to join the 2019 Borneo International Marathon.

TE: What are the Challenges?

MJ: “When your legs feel like concrete, breathing becomes laboured, negative thoughts

flood your mind, and the urge to quit becomes overwhelming.” ~ Michelle

Besides physical challenges, mental toughness is challenging.

TE: How do you keep yourself going forward?

MJ: Normally, I will put on my earphone, focus on my breathing and running rhythm. I

always keep a positive mindset when running and I try to look up rather than facing

the ground to feel less stressed. Especially during a lot of uphill and downhill routes, I talk to myself to keep my mind away from negative thoughts.

TE: Any recommendations on marathon running gear?

MJ: A good pair of running shoes and energy gel is required to provide an initial boost of

energy. Besides that, technical running attire such as Dri-Fit and Coolmax are

important to help wick the sweat away from your body and prevent chafing. It’s also important to bring along water during the run to stay hydrated.

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