How fit do you want to be?

Fun Posts, Running

Being fit is of course very important. But what is the definition of being fit? How do you say that you are fit? Is it because you have a six packs?

But, belli-fied people can also be fit!

Their six packs probably stuck somewhere inside the belly. But see, it’s all relative. To me being fit is about being able to pass a certain fitness test.. Be it running, swimming, jumping – what ever-lah. Fitness test are typically designed to assess certain level of physical ability. For example, a standard 2.4km run or 1.5mile runs are a good gauge of fitness. I’ve been forced to endure this since school. And I must say, back in school-there’s no one time which I was able to finish it. But how about now? Heheh, yes I can but not with flying colors. But relatively – I am definitely fitter now then 20 years ago.

In the past few months, I’ve been joining Bootcamp. As part of the Bootcamp is the assessment day! This is done every first day of the month. And yes – so far, generally I’ve improved my timing. But is that to a level which I want? Definitely NOT! But hopefully I’ll get better and better! In fact back to the question, how fit do you want to be?

For me – I would like to be fit enough to complete a marathon in 4 hours. That’s my goal! Will I ever reach? I sure hope so.. My PB for my 42km run is 5:15. That’s way far from 4 hours.. But I have not done few marathons so far. Hopefully, I’ll be faster and faster and reach my life goal. In fact, I should aim it lower to be able to qualify to participate in Boston marathon! Slowly, slowly – but of course surely 😀

Finally – Nike+ Heart Rate Monitor

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[Rumor]

Linked from the shoemaker forums here – that nike is finally going to release a Heart Rate Monitor that will be compatible with the range of Nike+ products. This is definitely an awesome news – and will open up a whole bunch of potential with regards to fitness management via the iPhone.

I used Nike+ before to track my runnings – but eventually skip it because it does not have integration to any Heart Rate Monitors. Who knows – if the heart rate monitor by Nike is more comfortable than polar – i might just give it a change.

I guess its about time, as other shoemakers like Adidas has already launched their HRM. And if nike does not follow suit – it gonna be a disaster. Hey – Nike+ is super awesome. IPhone or Ipod has very good interface 😀 Now.. lemme think, will it work with IPAD? Coz i actually use ipad during on treadmills. He he..

Day 2 – Doing Well but Not There Yet

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Its my day 2 of my so called official training for Singapore Marathon. The target is 3.21km but i decided to be naughty and ran 10.06km. I think I should not be doing that as it will definitely affect my overall performance for the next 14 weeks to come!

Looking at the training schedule for Week 1, its looks extremely easy, just 2 days of 3.21km and 1 day of 4.83km (which is tomorrow). But, it won’t come easy the next week as I will be starting on Wednesday a 12.87km run! On a working day some more. That will easily take me about 1 hour 30 mins at my current pace. I do hope i can find that much of time on that day to complete the run! 1hr 30 mins on a working day on a fasting month would not be that easy, plus considering that next week will be another busy week for me 😀

Anyway, here is the chart for this week:

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Tomorrow, my target is to follow exactly 4.83km, maybe just round it up to 5km. Then the rest of the time, i should be doing a little bit of weight, before heading for my rest day or easy day on Monday. The run for today is as follows:

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Its another slow run, but if seriously, if i maintain a pace of 6mins 57seconds for 42.195, i should be looking at a full marathon run at 4 hours 55 mins, which is lower than my target which is 5hrs. But, since I am running on a treadmill, I should run 10% to 15% faster to cater for different terrains and weather. My target should be in the region of 6mins 30 seconds per km which will give a full run on 4 hours 34 mins.

Gulp

Singapore Marathon – 14 weeks to go

Workouts

Singapore Marathon is about 14 weeks from now, and seriously – i don’t think i have enough time to prepare for it. My weekly mileage has been extremely low in the past couple of weeks, especially with the fasting month. I should be clocking at least 50km a week to be comfortable for the run, with one long run every weekend. Now my long runs are limited to 10km (time and laziness is the limitation…).

Anyway, decided to use Nike+ to help me train, they have this cool feature called coach, where it can schedule a bunch of runs for you, in view of the build up for a marathon. The problem is, it’ll take 28 weeks to finish the mileage buildup – which is double the time that i have for the Singapore Marathon. Perhaps – i shall take Singapore Marathon as a, in between race. The 28 weeks training is for the Paris Marathon perhaps… The image below shows the target for week number 1…

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Which is pretty short target, 4 miles only 😀 In fact for today – i definitely have surpass the target but about 3 miles… bwahahahahaha. My slow run just now was this..

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1:09:39 was my time for 10k, which is too slow considering the fact that I should be going for below 1 hour. WIth the parameters like fasting, and lack of food during sahur – its ok lah. Plus i need to conserve some energy for the rest of the day. Then again, if maintain the same pace for 42.195km, i should be doing it within my target – which is below 5 hours.. we shall see lah..

Looks like tomorrow i have to run again ! Kah kah kah