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  1. Running is very harsh on the body. You're talking about forces 3 to 4 times of your total body weight crashing down on your body with every step, no matter how efficient your form and bio mechanics may be. You multiply those stresses over the entire distance and time you run, and its a miracle that we actually don't sustain any damage afterwards. For those runners who are disciples of the "barefoot or minimalist" school of thought, it might even be worse. The human body is a resilient machine, but we also have to care for it and not abuse it too much If you still feel uneasy, perhaps you could get a referral from your GP doctor to see a urologist. By the way, I did a quick internet search and noted that 15-16 kms, more or less, is already the distance from Changi Airport to Aljunied Station. A half marathon on the other hand, is from Changi Airport all the way to Raffles Place. It’s funny we don’t seem to notice the kilometers pass when we’re training, but I tell you, if you ever make me walk all that way, I’m going to be among the first to howl and complain! LOL
  2. I respectfully advise caution on that. Blood in the urine is not “normal”, and in my opinion, should always be evaluated by a doctor – even if it turns out to be nothing serious. That’s why I gave the poster a “thumbs up” for consulting his MD. If it’s something benign, then it’s not time wasted. You are healthy and well. You ought to be happy, because not many people can claim to be, right?
  3. No. Of course not. Let me just say that blood in a person's urine (the medical term is "hematuria") can also be due to a lot of other causes - kidney stones, cancer, trauma, etc. I'd say those persons who'd immediately jump to a conlusion that it was because of something naughty says a lot about them and their lifestyle. - Anyways, back to topic... Foremost, you did the right thing and consulted your M.D. about it. Excessively strenuous exercise can also cause hematuria (as diagnosed by your M.D). Although I'm also a long distance runner and run the occasional ultra (whether organized race, or personal LSD), I haven't experienced this myself. I did know a few runners who went through that though, but these were in really long events (200km distance races or longer) that lasted over the course of several days. When they quit running those extreme distance ultras it usually stopped as well. What is considered to be "excessive" varies from person to person though, and a 15-16km run is actually quite a distance in itself. Aside from what your doctor already told you to do (and I'd say follow his advice) as a fellow runner, I'd suggest lowering your weekly mileage for now. After all, you just recovered from another injury (plantar fasciitis), so it would be a good idea to go easy on yourself for the time being!
  4. Who would have known that the world would have to (temporarily) change so much in just a few months? I was actually quite surprised that runners there in SG, well… at least those on this forum, were able to accept it so easily. IIRC, the general consensus here even back in March was that most of you guys had already written off the rest of 2020. It wasn’t the same for me though. Back in Jan-Feb I was hoping to do SDM in May. Even when the WHO already declared it a pandemic, I was still hoping it would be possible to do a major IAAF marathon in November (and possibly train for a new PR for me), but now that half the year’s almost over, and with the plague worsening and accelerating, I can really see it’s not possible. Conditions in a race event are simply just too dangerous, no matter what precautions they take. I’ve posted this before, but I’ll restate my example of the case of the Liberty Parade in the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/philadelphia-threw-wwi-parade-gave-thousands-onlookers-flu-180970372/ Look closely at the picture. It may not be a marathon, but conditions are the same. Per the article: Sound familiar? Please don’t misunderstand. As a runner, I empathize with your pain and restlessness too. I have been running for over half my life already, but we have to try to be more patient on this -take note I’m trying to swallow this piece of advice myself. The virus is still in our midst, and we are no better off from the first quarter of the year than now. In fact, it’s worse. The only silver lining we have on this matter is that in these past 6 months time has been spent researching a vaccine, and the medical community is learning more and more about the nature of the disease each passing day. Even discovering what doesn’t work is a step in the right direction. In the meantime, we just have to count our blessings. Despite everything, we all seem to be fine for now, and are even able to run. So far so good right?
  5. I guess the main theme is just finish it then, I guess. I think that's fair enough. Its just a virtual race after all. Setting new personal bests/records can wait till better days when we are free of this pandemic. Just completed a 32km weekend LSD today for this. I plan on doing at least one more 32-37 km LSD next week, or the following week before I taper. I just hope I don't regret it though Even if I just jogged at an easy pace, and am perfeclty fine without any soreness or cramps... these distances can really supress immunity, so we have to be doubly careful! I think I'll just isolate myself at home all Sunday tom and take Redoxon for a few days.
  6. Distressing news. According to experts, the pandemic is getting worse and accelerating. https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/world-in-new-and-dangerous-phase-of-pandemic-who As it stands, the whole world's currently in a stalemate with the virus in front, and economic ruin coming after us from behind. We can't go forward, but we can't go backwards either. Worse is that people are getting tired and complacent. I think this editorial cartoon from the Korea Times is spot on:
  7. Heads up guys! I emailed the organizers for clarification on the rules. According to them, your GPS must be kept continuously running the moment you start timing your race. That means you're not allowed to pause it while waiting for the light to turn green at an intersection, taking a toilet break, or ordering food/drink to refuel at a convenience store, etc. I wonder how that would be possible though, for those doing their virtual race on treadmills? Anyways, virtual races are on an honor system. There will inevitably be cheats out there, but as far as I'm concerned, I'll be doing the entire 26 miles & 385 yards (or even more, just for good measure )
  8. Oh, wait a minute. It looks like none of us here actually read the information on their site. They’ll accept a screenshot of your GPS watch as proof, you’ll just have to manually enter the time into their race roster. https://raceroster.com/events/2020/31601/village-roadshow-theme-parks-gold-coast-virtual-marathon/page/how-to-run-and-upload-result1 Actually, I find that much better than needing to download some app (that I don’t completely trust) to my phone.
  9. Of course, I would always prefer real food over some "artificial" goop too. Some of the marathons in Japan are nice. At some of the aid stations, they often have a sampler of specialties or fruits only found in their region. Ok, I know its a basic rule not to try anything new on race day to avoid any possible stomach upset, etc. but to them... I think it's not just a race, its also a festival Aside from bananas, japanese style rice balls (onigiri) are great marathon/ultra fuel. Gosh, I'm getting hungry just thinking about it right now...
  10. By the way, there was one thing that somewhat upset me in the 2018 edition of SCSM though. Somewhere at the halfway point where the 21k runners head to the finish line and separate from us marathoners, I saw about 9 to10 UNOPENED gel packets just carelessly tossed together in a heap in on the course. The brand was unfamiliar to me, but it was the ones handed out at the aid stations. Some "KIASU" 21k runner probably grabbed handfuls and stuffed his/her pockets too. Now that they were just a km or two from finishing,and realizing they didn't need that many in the first place, they just discarded all of them just like that before sprinting to the finish. How unbelievably selfish! I wanted to pick them up to use (since I had 21kms more to go), but there was no way to sensibly wash & rinse the packets before using so I just ran on.. I know they were handed out for free at the aid stations, and (techinically) paid for through our registration fees, but such a waste!
  11. Welll it was just 2 short paragraphs! More to the tune of: "Sorry, your Asics AG01 is not compatible with Runkeeper"... thanks for writing etc. etc...
  12. True, the organizers won't bother with us mere mortals, but ito my mind, those (hopefully few) cheaters tarnish the reputation of the entire race- Gold label IAAF certification notwithstanding. It also cheapens the finisher shirts and medals too. IMHO, they ought to crack down harshly on those guys. There must be some CCTV cameras on the route perhaps? They would be easy to spot.
  13. I've sent an email to Runkkeper, none of my watches will work, even my two Asics models. And to think Runkeeper was bought by Asics right? My GPS watch batteries are still going strong and function well, but they just don't support the software anymore. Unfortunately, the corporate model for manufacturing is now "Planned Obsolence". They stop making updates/compatibility patches for old models, so the consumer will be "forced" to buy new models every 3-4 years. From my viewpoint, its not just ecologically unsound to have to retire or replace an old, but perfectly good piece of equipment, it's a wasteful way to spend money too.
  14. One major hitch though. After registering, you'll have to download an app to your phone to participate. I never use my phone GPS to log my runs, I prefer using a GPS watch.. My watches are old models though (but still going strong, so why replace right?)and the software may not be compatible with Runkeeper .
  15. We've got the same problem here. I just move away as much as I can. I never say anything though. If you try that here where I run, they'll just give you a funny look and think you're "kay poh" What most people don't seem to realize is that the problem (Covid-19) hasn't been eradicated. It's still here, active and spreading. All these global lockdowns just managed to SLOW it, but its far from over.
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