Continuing our A to Z Feature Friday Series this week we are featuring the Joyful Jeremy. So let us take you for a rendezvous with Jeremy where he shares with us a life oscillating between family, work and run.
1. We know you have a young son. How do you cope with work, running and caring for Joshua?
Since the birth of my lovely son, I no longer have the luxury to run early in the morning before work nor after work as I have to send to and from infant care. So now I do most of my weekday runs during lunch time on the treadmill at the gym. Whenever we have other activities outside of work (for me, Wednesday and Saturday runs), we will normally take turns to look after Joshua Caleb. There are also times where we will leave him with our parents so that the both of us can have time to ourselves.
2. If you can choose to run at any time of the day, would you prefer to run in the morning or evening? You have paced in both SCSM and Sundown.
I would prefer to run in the morning, some how I feel freshest in the morning, albeit the dread to get up in the early mornings. Sundown – running in the middle of the night, my body is ready to sleep. SCSM 2019 – running in the evening, energy has already been drained throughout the day, as much as I tried minimise my activity. My best results in the HM/FM too came from morning races 😁
3. You seem to like sound tech. I’ve noticed sharing of speakers, earphones and more speakers on your FB page. Is it related to your work?
I like tech in general. I guess it so happens that the tech that I use for my runs other than Garmin would be the speakers and earphones. When time permits (I like to type very long posts), I like to share what is useful for me and hope it will help others in making certain decisions (can I also be an influenza influencer?). And yes! I am a Systems Engineer at work.
4. Many crew member has a behind the scene role. What’s yours?
If you are reading this, you are looking at it 😁I help to maintain the website and hopefully use my tech knowledge as much as possible to help RD serve the running community better. Feel free to let me know how we can further improve the website! But please allow Joshua’s daddy have more time to get them done!
5. Tell us something else that we don’t know about you.
I was a regular in the Army for 4 years and I have a dream to learn how to sky dive (not just tandem skydiving) ever since I went for airborne course.
6. What’s your favorite post run food?
I don’t know why but the food that I think about most often during my morning runs is McDonald’s Breakfast, even though I don’t usually go get it after the runs!
7. Have you raced overseas before? Which was your favorite and why?
I have only raced overseas once before, so I guess that has to be my favourite too. Running the 44km at the Great Ocean Road Running Festival was a fantastic experience! Even though it was hilly and windy course, the challenge some how made the race even more exciting. The view throughout the course was breathtaking and the support from the small communities along Great Ocean Road, even though it was not as elaborate as those of the well known marathons, was heart warming. I would love to share so much, feel free to drop me a message if you would like to know more about the race!
8. What do you like most about being in RD?
The people! The camaraderie! As much as running may seem like an individual sport and many of us individual goals in running, it is the support and encouragement from the like minded people around that pushes us towards these goals. This is so much more apparent during the races, especially during the pacing assignments. It is always amazing to see how the team start to work like clock work after weeks of training together, taking up different roles at different points of the race, how we start to push one another (especially for FM) along the race, how non-pacers will rally together to set up support stations to encourage pacers and runners, how pacers from other teams who have finished go back to the course and support those who have not. This is a team!