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  1. @AutumnRunner I am actually ok with these social aspects you mentioned in the six points. These six points are ironically items that large-scale running events cannot take place due to large crowd size, respiratory exchanges, person to person contact etc.
  2. I like how you coin the Race"Less'" and it is starting to happen as we are speaking now. Unless running events are essential needs to certain group of runners such as elite runners dependent on such income, the majority have to slowly cope without mass running events to prevent possible COVID-19 outbreak. Hopefully there will be increased awareness to protect the environment with lesser mass running events for now.
  3. Unlikely that just using phone and AI can help people to troubleshoot their fitness quickly. Technology is more like an enabler/tool to help us and having good data on our running activities, we can better adjust our training approach. Thanks to the article shared by @kohpapa
  4. @yeokianhwee Welcome to this running forum. From your title, it seems that you are looking for suggestion on getting a watch to measure your running performance and heart rate strap. 1. For running watches, you can consider Garmin, Suunto, Polar, COROS etc. DC Rainmaker provides comprehensive reviews of such running measurement devices at https://www.dcrainmaker.com/ 2. For Heart rate strap, I don't recommend chest strap due to possible abrasions and slippage of the heart rate belt when worn for prolonged period. I use the Wahoo heart rate arm strap which gives reliable readings when I do my exercises. https://www.wahoofitness.com/devices/heart-rate-monitors/tickr-fit-optical-heart-rate-monitor
  5. Interesting if the Vanguard Marathon is to go ahead. I am looking forward to see how the organiser manages a few hundred participants for this event. Source at https://www.1m2go.co.uk/races/vanguard-way-marathon/
  6. @Lady Ice At this stage, it is still advisable not to have mass events as people will gather, leading to big crowds and covid-19 infection for more persons. Good and long blog write-up post you have there.
  7. @AutumnRunner Agreed. Covid-19 is still present and some countries are not able to handle the current situation now (increasing cases, resources exhausted etc). We can do our part here by running alone and going to places which are not so crowded. Good pointers by Runners World there.
  8. Great to see some sgrunners from Eastern SG and getting the needed workout today. Good tips from kohpapa on safety distancing during exercise. I chose an industrial area with a park and saw less than five runners during today's morning run. Continue to stay safe and healthy here during this tough times.
  9. The qualifying time for the Males Olympics Marathon is indeed tough at 2 hours 11 mins 30 secs. As for now, we don't have any runners who can complete a full marathon below 2 hours 10 mins to comfortably qualify for the Olympics Marathon. Let's wait for future potential runners who can make this happen.
  10. @Lady Ice Thanks for the mention on MAF nutrition method. I won't call MAF a diet as the term "diet" carries a negative connotation. As the MAF Method covers 8 steps, I will limit it to just the nutrition aspect (carbohydrate intolerance) first which is explained at https://philmaffetone.com/method-step-1/ and also the two-weeks test at https://philmaffetone.com/2-week-test/ The MAF Method website also has a good library of current and previous articles on nutrition which we can learn and be more informed. The link is at https://philmaffetone.com/category/nutrition/ On running technique, I agree with @Lady Ice that good technique is the preventive solution to help address sports injuries and pain. Let's be honest and admit that even with the most advanced shoe technology, it is not going to make one injury-free without good technique. Before I forget, the "Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing" also had a dedicated section on Diet and Nutrition. It starts from Chapter 12 to 22 for people who are interested.
  11. @Mathew Grant Welcome to the SGRunners forum. Thanks for writing a condensed version of POSE Method of Running in the weblink provided. I am curious to know if you have acquired the certified pose method running specialist title?
  12. @kohpapaThanks for sharing this information. As an Eastside runner, I will have a go at this training route with the appropriate running kit. Sidetracking a bit, I recall this "Eastern Delight" (doesn't look "delightful" to me) 48km route done by an informal running group in Sep 2013. The route's details can be seen at https://www.mapometer.com/running/route_3840861.html Start/end points are at ECP area C4. However, please note that the route used the defunct Tampines Trail Bike Park which had some forest and roller coaster slopes which is no longer applicable.
  13. @AutumnRunner Just curious if you are managing Achilles Tendinitis better, given that it seems to be recurring for you?
  14. I saw this forum topic late and this will be my version one short reply here. More details to come add supporting visuals and sources: 1. As my training focus is more on duration (time-based), I am not too fixated on target distance although I race very minimally for a full marathon (42.195km). 2. Eastern Singapore! Think of the first two editions of Adidas Sundown route 2008/2009) which focused on the heartland residential areas. See this image for the route (click here). Other good running areas in Singapore which are often quoted: Singapore Sports Hub area (zero traffic light route used by most running organisers), Mount Faber Park(for the stairs and slopes), Punggol area which is good for clocking long runs, Chinese Garden etc 3. For weekly training, I am focused more on getting at least 4 hours of weekly aerobic training volume (walk/stairs/running/swim/gym etc). So the training plan is quite freestyle and can be adjusted for situations. In addition, I also do a monthly MAF test (see this weblink in Dr Phil Maffetone's website for more details) to assess my current progress. 4. I am currently using minimalist footwear/zero drop shoes with little cushioning as wearing heavy cushioned shoes will give me the injuries now instead. Used to be dependent on liquid gels for race nutrition but started to use sport candies/ electrolyte sticks from year 2014. 5. Before learning running technique and training philosophy, I had shin splints often. The turning point was in year 2009 which I started to self-learn POSE Method of Running from international experts via an online forum for that time. Fast forwarding to the next period, I went for the two days training course on August 2016 to become a certified POSE Method Running Technique Specialist. Stayed injury-free ever since with proper technique learnt. The next learning point was on MAF Method (always misunderstood by most first-timers as only low heart-rate training). Learn more about it in the weblink here and please see the infographic below to see the three main pillars that makes up the MAF method:
  15. Just to add on to what kohpapa had contributed, The Straits Time had also published two news articles on the SEA Games 2019. They are quite critical towards athletics and football. The links are as follows: 1) https://www.straitstimes.com/sport/track-football-told-to-buck-up [Last accessed 12 Dec 19] 2) https://www.straitstimes.com/sport/team-singapore-report-card [Last accessed 12 Dec 19] In (2), Athletics was given a grade D and football was given a grade F.
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