Run Baby Run
The Feeder contributor Carla started running 12 years ago. She usually runs four or five times each week—6km on three days, plus 10km and 15km one day each.
The runners in your life may be looking a little smug right now, while most activities are strictly off limits, it’s the perfect time to be a runner. It doesn't require any special equipment and you can start right outside your front door. I’ve noticed my neighbourhood trails have experienced a huge uptick in foot traffic this month. For those of you still stuck inside and starting to get a little cabin fever, let's talk through how to get out there.
Beginning to run is ridiculously easy—throw on some athletic wear, lace up a pair of shoes and you're good to go. I know starting something new can be scary so I’m going to let you in on a few running secrets.
The first ten minutes stinks
I run most days, covering a variety of distances and routes. Still, without fail, the first mile of any run stinks. Something hurts, I feel a bit whiny, I think about stopping. This is normal. Tough it out. Throw away the negative thoughts, concentrate on breathing, start slow and keep on going. That elusive runners high is waiting for you…
The best thing about being a runner is seeing your city on foot. Where I live in Singapore we have some amazing running trails. I explore the Park Connector Network (PCN), go off-trail at Macritchie Reservoir, spot otters playing along the Singapore River or weave my way through the Gardens by the Bay. Look for interesting routes in your city.
Become an early bird
I am really not a morning person, but with our hot humid climate I’ve come to realise it’s worth sacrificing some sleep to skip heat stroke. I think the best time to run in Singapore is between 6am - 8am. It’s about as cool as it ever gets, and if you time it right the blue hour is truly spectacular.
Follow the 10% rule
The key to getting fit and staying fit, is to keep injuries at bay. Build your speed and distance gradually over time—experts suggest you should never increase your mileage more than 10% per week. Start where you start, and build from there. My first run was one mile—to the end of our street. Now I run a marathon every year. It’s surprising what you can achieve when you just start.