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    Safari Zoo Run 2019 - 24 Feb (Sun)

    @Lady Ice Agree with you and going a little off topic here. I was reading this news article on Singapore's possible future increasing heat and humidity https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/cnainsider/singapore-hot-weather-urban-heat-effect-temperature-humidity-11115384 So it is a collective effort from organisations and individuals to be environmentally conscious. Safari Zoo run is taking baby steps here.
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    Where should I start? A Running Coach?

    @Lady Ice Thanks for helping to bump my name here. @Lucky_Farmer I am also about your age and engage more in endurance activities, using both technique (POSE) and a proper lifestyle framework evaluation method (Maffetone). One important thing to note is that being fit is not equal to healthy! My short profile summary: I am a contrarian by mainstream standard, however I am injury-free from exercise/running since year 2009 when I first started to reexamine my running technique. Back to your question, I suggest you read this https://philmaffetone.com/method/ and do the survey questions to have a good gauge of your current health/fitness/lifestyle standard first. Next, you will want to focus on inculcating proper lifestyle habits and focusing on building a good aerobic base (the fact you play football helps to make this easier). To me, it is good to have a plan and progress checks so that you can monitor the progressive gains! Have a good year 2019 and feel free to post your questions here. Friendly experienced runners in this forum are more than willing to help you!
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    Article: How to Keep Running Better After 40 Years Old

    @kohpapa Thanks for doing your best to summarise Maffetone method although there is no short cut to understand the method fully. It is still good to read the "yellow" book which the electronic book by NLB link is at https://nlb.overdrive.com/media/1548757 and available in hardcopy version for borrowing as well. The book has 34 chapters with three broad sections (Section ONE: building endurance foundation, Section TWO: Diet and Nutrition and Section THREE: Importance of Self-Care and Injury Prevention) However, I need to point out one inaccurate statement you made here: This is wrong as the biggest misconception when people equate Maffetone method to just low heart rate training. All eight elements under the three areas (nutrition, exercise and stress) need to be addressed together properly before one can seek for aerobic/health improvement after building up proper health/lifestyle habits. Dr Phil also recently talked about a review on the MAF 180 formula due to people becoming "overfat" and suffering from "chronic over training", so a reduction in the training is needed! Source is at https://philmaffetone.com/the-180-review/
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    Article: How to Keep Running Better After 40 Years Old

    @kohpapa Indeed! The importance of movement technique and quality aerobic exercise cannot be ignored! I took a hard relook at my current running base and started on the Maffetone Method two years ago (Details at https://philmaffetone.com/method/). This infographic sums up nicely what we should focus on besides just the aerobic system (element 5) to achieve injury-free and efficient exercise: Source: https://philmaffetone.com/method/ Here is one article by Dr Phil on the need to "slow down" to improve running efficiency (i.e. aerobic base) with the use of heart rate monitors and personalised heart rate zones. The link is at https://philmaffetone.com/want-speed-slow-down/
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    Article: How to Keep Running Better After 40 Years Old

    @kohpapa Thanks for sharing these useful articles on aerobic training and the science behind doing it. Although I have yet to reach this"masters age", this is still important for me to get the foundation correct here.
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    Osaka Marathon 2018 - 25th November 2018

    It depends on the date of Osaka Marathon 2019. If it is in November, I have to skip it as November is my busy period for work.
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    Osaka Marathon 2018 - 25th November 2018

    @kohpapa Thanks for your easy to see photo summary for Osaka Marathon 2018! Seeing these photos brings back good memories when I did it twice.
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    Osaka Marathon 2018 - 25th November 2018

    @akane81 For myself who did Osaka Marathon twice in end October, it was a different experience with the Halloween celebration in Osaka and warmer weather instead. Thanks for confirming again and I took a look at Osaka Marathon official Instagram page having the photo of the new course and event date:
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    Osaka Marathon 2018 - 25th November 2018

    @beast That is a good point made. I was looking at the history of the Osaka Marathon in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osaka_Marathon. Interestingly, Osaka Marathon took place in November three times (including this year's edition) while it is traditionally an October month end event.
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    Osaka Marathon 2018 - 25th November 2018

    @derrick_twjThanks for the clarification and almost forget to congrats you on your PB!👍 You are correct that for Japanese run events, the next event's actual date and year will be announced. It will be interesting how the new course is going to be like. I saw the board photos in Instagram relating to Osaka Marathon 2018 also.
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    Osaka Marathon 2018 - 25th November 2018

    @stalky79 That is impressive and glad to know you enjoyed the event. Just curious to know how did you get the information on route change for Osaka Marathon?
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    Osaka Marathon 2018 - 25th November 2018

    All the best to those runners doing Osaka Marathon 2018 today! Hope you people have a good experience there! That is good and well done!
  13. From Straits Times article titled "Runners to get improved experience at SCSM 2018" (source: http://str.sg/oeCD )
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    Tokyo Marathon - 3rd March 2019

    The nearest subway station to the start point ( 東京都庁 or known as Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building) should be Tochomae Station (都庁前駅) as it is just next to it ( race information in the official website can be found here ) Shinjuku station is still possible. Just that you need to walk 1km+ in distance to reach the start point.
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    Tokyo Marathon 2018 - 25 Feb 2018

    I have the update for Tokyo Marathon 2019 from the Facebook group that I am in: