In the first Feature Friday of November, we introduce to you one of our Full Marathon pacers for SCSM 2018, Melanie Ng. Melanie is a Yogi-runner, someone with a mutual passion for running and yoga.
If you are aiming to finish SCSM 2018 full marathon in 5 hrs 30 mins, lookout for Melanie, as she and her team have been training for weeks to help you achieve that goal.
Here is what we found out about Melanie’s love for running, recovery routines and what keeps her going.
1. How did you get into running?
It was a group of friends, early bird prices and impulse that triggered my running journey. Worked out well I must say !
2. What was your first marathon like?
SCSM 2015 was my first marathon. It was an interesting experience. I was trying to chase the pacers (don’t we all?). I remember the sun blazing down and all I wanted was to finish so that I could eat hotcakes thereafter. I felt like crying after crossing the finish line because I didn’t think I’d actually complete the marathon.
3. When did you feel like you were hooked on running? What do you like about running?
Every run! There’s always something to be appreciative about for each run – pleasant weather, internal monologues, dog-watching, pacing, talking, laughing with other runners. It’s always different, so I look forward to every run.
4. How do you train for these races?
I didn’t really train properly for my races until I started pacing. Since I started pacing I followed the training plan provided by Running Department and experienced the benefits. It’s super helpful! Running Department training plans are always on their website too. So do check them out.
For SCSM 2018, you can find the training plan here.
5. Do you ever have to motivate yourself to run?
Yes! I admit some of the morning runs are difficult and I come up with a lot of excuses to sleep in. Before the excuses pile up, I get changed and head out for the run. Doesn’t matter if you run/walk 1K or go at a slow pace. Every effort counts.
6. Are there any other sports or fitness activities you do beside running?
7. Do the two sports/activities complement each other?
Yup, it’s a good combination. Running strengthens my body for balancing poses in yoga, while yoga helps to stretch out those tight muscles after a run. Physical benefits aside, both activities are actually very good training for the mind as well.
8. We heard that you are also a qualified yoga instructor! How do you juggle a full time job, yoga and running?
You’ll somehow figure things out and get into the rhythm of managing them. Honestly, I’m only able to do it because of my family and friends. They are supportive of what I do, so it’s very encouraging and energising. Thankful for them!!
9. What will be some good yoga poses to aid in recovery post runs?
Downward dog or dolphin pose for the calves.
Forward folds (standing/seated) for the hamstrings.
Lizard and butterfly poses for the hips.
10. A piece of advice for running newbies or runners who want to pick up yoga will be…
Take it easy!
Don’t get stressed about not being “good enough”. Everyone has to start somewhere. Also, it’s fun to chart progress over time because you’ll be surprised at how much more you’re capable of albiet you need a way to chart that progress or else you will not know.
Thank you Melanie for sharing your world with us. On a side note, Melanie will be leading the yoga segment of the RD Deepavali Run/Yoga event.
So, if you want to have a guilt free indulgence this Deepavali season, why don’t you join Melanie for a Run/ Yoga event. Stay tuned for more details on RD Deepavali Run/Yoga on 6 November 2018.
Melanie doing her post run stretches after the Wednesday Run with RD. Photo Credit: Gladys