29 October, 2013 When did you start running marathons? How did you get introduced to it? I started joining marathons when I was around 18 years old. I was introduced to it by my school, Singapore Polytechnic. They encourage students to join marathons by giving us discounts and some free gifts. Tell us more about your running experiences. Overall, running in a marathon is exciting. But it can be frustrating too because it tends to get overly crowded at the beginning stages to actually be able to run properly. Do you have any training regime(s) to prepare for the marathons you have signed up for? Not much, I usually start running like 2 weeks before the marathons. How else do you prepare for a marathon? (e.g. diet) I usually try to take in more carbohydrates and liquids the night before and have a light breakfast on the marathon day itself. I will eat a banana about 20 to 30 minutes before the race starts. As running a marathon requires a lot of perseverance and endurance, what are some of the things that keep you going to finish a marathon? The sense of accomplishment that I will feel when I finish the race. Do you have any advice for those who want to pursue running more seriously (not just the recreational once in a month slow jogs)? Having no time is more likely to be just an excuse. There are plenty of health and mental benefits that come with running and it does not have to take up too much of your time. To receive the latest updates on the happenings in the Singapore sports scene, or to find out more about some of the latest programmes on offer at ActiveSG, like our Facebook page here.