Oh hello there. It’s funny how 2014 went by without any updates here. In short, 2014 was a busy year for me. I reduced the number of races I participated tremendously (mainly due to work), picked up cycling/mountain biking and focused my running on trails instead of road.
Over the past weekend, I injured my already-sprained ankle during a walk down from Gunung Nuang (stubborn, I know). Because of that, I’ve decided to go on short-hiatus, attend a few physio sessions and return only after a full recovery. What that also means is that, I now have some time to update the dying blog (yay!).
Kicking things off with a short profiling of my running friends. Hope their stories inspires you to run either faster or farther, or even any other goals that you may have. Enjoy!
Complete the sentence. I like running because…
Why I love running?? Finding a specific answer to that question will be the holy grail for myself.
Anytime I spend running on a trail or road – is refreshing, relaxing, rejuvenating and peaceful. If I’m having an issue, I find that with each cadence, my mind stores away the good stuff, discards the junk, and organizes what’s really important. It truly gives me my inner peace.
Or whenever I complete a race, no matter the distance or the timing, I feel like I have conquered the world. Running a race and getting a PB?? I feel like I am the fastest man alive on this universe!!! Running constantly gives me the overwhelmed feeling of accomplishment that I always seek for.
Or how I love running because of the people!! Runners are just a bunch of great, friendly and fun people. I can’t tell you how many races I have done where I have easily started chatting with other runners and instantly making fast friends. Everyone has a tale to tell, a race story to unfold, advice to give. How many sports do you know of which you can see competitors giving each other a morale boost during a race?? This thing we have in common truly binds us all.
Where is your favourite place to run/cycle?
I’m more into trail running. Anywhere that has trees, mud, rocks, crazy hills and wildlife will be my favorite place to run…Hehehe. But the only place that hold a special place in my heart is Tmn TAR jogging route, my first ever training ground.
What is your biggest sporting achievement thus far?
As I’m not a fast or a strong runner (Editor’s note: This is bollocks! Ezra’s FM timing is 4:30). Having a top podium finishing is out of the equation. I guess my biggest sporting achievement for myself so far, is gradually turning myself from a couch potato gamer/cigarette lover clubber to a ➡ 10k runner ➡ HM runner ➡ FM runner ➡ Ultra Runner.
Like all the slow runners like myself love to tell or lie to ourselves – I run not compete with others, I run to compete against myself.
What is your goal this year?
I didn’t have a good 2014 running year. Started strong with a few PBs then I kind of let myself go. Gained weight and didn’t train religiously.
2015 for me is to train constantly, eat healthy, improve as a runner and above all, to complete this year TMBT 100k (a race I’ve been longing for since I’ve started running) within a reasonable time.