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Marathon is not for the frail-hearted. We need endurance, strength and energy to move. It entails a lot of preparation too. Despite that, when we reach the goal, nothing can compare to the feeling of triumph. Many Singaporeans love marathon whether for competition or for hobby. In fact there are some Singaporeans who go out of the country just to join marathon races.

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The dedication and will of marathoners are indeed commendable. If we want to embrace the life of marathoner, we can start by training. Training is rigorous and we can just stop if we cannot handle it but we will lose. We have to remember that experts were once beginners. The important thing is we do not give up.

After training, we should decide to join a race not to win but to test our limits and see which area we still need to improve. With that, it is right to know which mistakes we can avoid during marathon. Here are some mistakes that we can avoid:

  • Wrong shoes: Yes, there is such thing as wrong shoes. We will know it is wrong if it gives us problems. The perfect solution is to run various distances so we will know if that particular shoe is the right one. Over time, we will know the inadequacies of our shoes so we can develop a concept of the perfect shoes. If we are running long, it is best to change our shoes to a larger pair. Our feet may swell so larger shoes can provide comfort.
  • Overlooking the small problems: When we run, we have to acknowledge that a problem will arise and it is best to regard it as soon as we feel it. For example, we feel “hot spots” on our heel or Achilles but we overlook it. The “hot spot” will later become an unbearable blister. Some of us overlook small problems because we think that it is just minor but overtime, it will get bigger. We have to notice them early and do something that can fix it.

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  • Dehydration: We have to know that running involves electrolyte imbalance which can lead to dehydration. Our body has a tolerance for this but there will come a time that the electrolyte will deplete which can affect the neurological and heart processes. The trick here is to manage our hydration.
  • Pace: Lastly, we have to consider our pace. Pace refers to how fast we move through the course given our physiology. Most runners take off too fast then lose the energy towards the middle of the race. We have to know our pace so we can understand how to move.

If we avoid these mistakes, we can surely make it. If we have a taste of one marathon, our spirit will long for more. The first race is important because it can make or break an experience.

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Training for Vertical Marathon

October 3rd, 2014 | Posted by Editor in Fitness | Sports - (0 Comments)

There were 2,000 Singaporeans who joined the National Vertical Marathon on June 8, 2014. The National Vertical Marathon is an annual event here in Singapore made possible by Nanyang Technological University’s Sports Club. It is now in its 20th year. Participants climbed one of the tallest buildings here in Singapore – 1 Raffles Place. 1 Raffles Place is a 63 storey building comprising of o’er 1500 steps.

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If you missed this year’s Vertical Marathon, there is always next time. You can join next year’s challenge. Before anything else, it is important that you keep yourself fit and motivated. You should submit to training if you are serious about Vertical Marathon. Here are some tips that you can consider for your Vertical Marathon training:

  • Week 1: On your first week, you have to work right away. If you can do 3 sets of 8 floors, that will be better. Do not push yourself too hard. If you think you need to rest or catch your breath in between, you should stop for a minute or two. After your stair session, the next thing that you should do is exercise. You can consider leg squats, lunges, push ups and other cardio exercises.
  • Week 2: On your second week, you need to practice using the stairs again. This time, your body is used to the stairs and the climbing. You have to see if you can improve. You can add more floors. The set is important. If you can do 5 sets of 10 floors, that will be best. Do not stop with your strengthening exercises.

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  • Week 3: Now you are ready for greater challenge. When you practice using the stairs, you have to change your routine this time. You have to try two sessions – shorter and longer. For your shorter (but faster) session, you can try doing at least 10 sets of 5 (or more) floors. For your longer session, you need to accomplish at least 5 sets of 15 (or more floors). The exercises are the same.
  • Week 4: Five days before the marathon, you can do at least 5 sets of 10 (or more) floors. For the exercises, you should ease up. Give yourself a break days before the marathon so your body can recuperate.

An important thing to remember here is to incorporate stairs during your training. You have to practice using the stairs. As for the exercise, do not forget to strengthen your glutes, quads, calf muscles and your upper-body. You have to consider the things mentioned above because it will help you meet the laborious demands of the National Vertical Marathon.

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Who is Floyd Mayweather, Really?

July 25th, 2014 | Posted by Editor in Sports - (0 Comments)

It is either you like Floyd Mayweather or not. If you idolize him, you like to see him fight Marcos Maidana (Argentina) and Amir Khan (Britain). Many people forego the possibility of Mayweather Jr. fight Manny Pacquiao (Philippines) but some remain hopeful. Mayweather Jr. confirmed that his next fight will be on May 3, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada.

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On February 4, 2014, he posted a request on his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook account asking for his fans to choose which opponent (Maidana and Khan) he should face on May. Mayweather is famous for his stunts and thorough preparation. His record is clean with 45 wins and 0 losses record. If you can remember, in his latest bout he beat Saul Alvarez (Mexico) last September 2013. He won the WBA & WBC Super Welterweight.

If you want to know more about the life of Mayweather, Jr. you should stick out for more. Here are some details about Mayweather:

Early Years

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is considered one of the greatest boxers of all times. He was born on February 24, 1977 (37 years old) in Michigan. His father is Floyd Mayweather Sr. and he was also a boxer in his time. Apart from his father, he have uncles (Jeff Mayweather and Roger Mayweather) that were also champions in their own right. His father and mother had problems but it did not stop him from being one of the greatest boxers.

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Success

Mayweather Jr. trained hard. He is known for his precise styles that won him the National Golden Gloves in 1993, 1994 & 1996. He was first an amateur. He had a record of 84 wins and 6 losses. When he became a professional, his father became his trainer and his manager. His career accelerated since then but it was in 2000 when people were beginning to talk about him. The acceleration also brought him more money.

Personal Problems

Mayweather Jr. is not perfect. He has flaws too. Unfortunately his flaws are made public since he is a public figure. In 2000, he fired his manager which was his father. The difference of father and son grew so he had to fire his father as his trainer too. Apart from that, everyone knows that Mayweather Jr. were arrested several times for battery and other violent cases.

The next time others will ask you about Mayweather Jr. you can finally share something beside his recent bouts and wins. Knowing the man will not harm you. If you are thinking about professional boxing as a profession, you can gain inspiration from him.

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