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Running with a Pro

The Ninja Turtle is still basking in the afterglow of yesterday’s amazing run at Singapore’s MacRitchie Reservoir.

For the Ninja Turtle, MacRitchie used to be synonymous with the torturous "cross-country run" back in high school. Believe it or not, she used to hate it.

For the Ninja Turtle, MacRitchie used to be synonymous with the torturous “cross-country run” back in high school. Believe it or not, she used to hate it.

Since then, it appears that the place has undergone some upgrades, and is now a full-facilities running destination.

Since then, it appears that the place has undergone some upgrades, and is now a full-facilities running destination.

It's even got a sheltered cafeteria area for post-run meals!

It’s even got a sheltered cafeteria area for post-run meals!

Once she was done snooping around, it was time to hit the road.

Thankfully, MacRitchie is full of shade, because running in Singapore at 2pm without trees could possibly kill you.

Thankfully, MacRitchie is full of shade, because running in Singapore at 2pm without trees could possibly kill you.

And oh, how she has missed running on the trails!

And oh, how she has missed running on the trails!

A little rustling in the undergrowth revealed... a dinosaur! No but seriously,how often do you get to see a dragon mid-run?

A little rustling in the undergrowth revealed… a dinosaur! No but seriously,how often do you get to see a dragon mid-run?

Every once in a while, life throws you a spectacular opportunity that seems too good to be true. This was the case for the Ninja Turtle, who got to run with The Road Runner. The Road Runner is officially the Ninja Turtle’s new hero. Not only is the Road Runner an ultramarathon runner, he has also placed 12th in an IronMan triathlon! Swimmer, cyclist and runner, rolled in one!

What is it like to run with a multi-talented sportsperson? Well, it’s just as well that the Ninja Turtle didn’t know what she was signing up for before she actually showed up, otherwise she might have just crapped her pants. Yet, at no point did the Road Runner make the Ninja Turtle feel uncomfortable, and he would check in every few kilometres just to make sure she was feeling OK. Of course, since they were talking nonstop during the run, the Road Runner was clearly not cracking the whip on the Ninja Turtle. When she started getting winded, they simply slowed the pace and of course, walked a couple of the steeper stretches of the uphills. Before they both knew it, they were back to the starting point, and the run was over.

The Ninja Turtle ran this circuit with a pro.

The Ninja Turtle ran this circuit with a pro. Clearly, they were going at her pace, not his.

It was as much a humbling experience as it was an inspiring one. While others may be weekend warriors with a penchant for collecting race medals as Facebook bragging rights, this guy actually truly loves his sport. Through the course of their conversation, the Ninja Turtle learnt that the Road Runner is in fact, a proud father of two young children, who had recently quit a well-paying job the corporate world to pursue his dream of developing the running scene in Singapore. To truly appreciate the significance of this move, one must understand that Singapore is a country in which cash is king, and money talks the loudest. It is, after all, a country where 17.1% of the population are millionaires.

And yet, the Road Runner has very courageously decided to turn his attention to developing not one, but two websites for runners. He’s only made the move back in June, so the websites are still in their infancy, but they are slowly and surely growing.

Just Run Lah! is the one-stop running website specifically for Singaporeans, with blogs, articles, competitions, a forum, and race listings that include races from around the region.

Ministry of Run is global, with articles and highlights from all around the world, and an international race database. Membership is free, and as the website continues to grow, users can access some pretty cool features:

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To read the Ninja Turtle’s contributions to Just Run Lah! simply click here.

Thank you, Road Runner, for being an amazing role model to this aspiring athlete!

Thank you, Road Runner, for being an amazing role model to this aspiring athlete!

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7 thoughts on “Running with a Pro

  1. Nice! I am back home with the family for christmas will be attempting this loop this afternoon, and can’t decide if I would prefer it to be pouring with rain, blazing hot or a steamy mess of in-between. Will certainly give Road Runner’s sites a visit too – I’ve always wondered what the ultra scene is like back home, but available details so far have been scant.

    • Definitely avoid it in the pouring rain, it can get slippery and dangerous. Early morning or late evening when it cools down is the best. =) Please do look at the sites and let me know what you think!

      • Haha so, I’m sitting here and it is bucketing oceans with thunder and lightning. So no Macritche loop for me today. So much for my first run in SG.

        Had a read of those sites – the stuff on “Just run lah” is all a really good read and could keep me going for hours. I see you’ve got a couple of articles on there too.

        I guess the MOR site is pretty good. I have a feeling that, when it gets developed a little further, it might actually be a good point of reference for people looking for events in Australia. We have a couple of race calendars at the moment but they aren’t very useful or informative, particularly for the ultra-distance events.

      • Sorry to hear about that! I was just thinking about your comment while watching the tropical thunderstorm. It’s monsoon season here, which means daily downpours, I’m afraid. Here is a good website to check nightly: http://www.accuweather.com/en/sg/singapore/300597/hourly-weather-forecast/300597

        Thanks for the feedback! I found JRL! when searching for races in Singapore, actually. =D I believe it is the goal of MOR to eventually become the ultimate information pitstop for runners interested in global races and events. Do spread the word about it!

        How long are you in Singapore for?

  2. Yeh I’m quite familiar with the monsoon – it was just annoying that it rained precisely for the hour during which I was planning to run. Thanks for the tip, I will certainly be using that site from now on. The NEA forecast which I was using certainly wasn’t helpful with its 3 hour block forecast. Looks like my best shot is either 0530 or 1600 tomorrow. The near 90% humidity does not look appealing!

    We’re just in town for a couple of weeks, leaving on the 5th. Just enough time for our parents to get their grandchild fix!

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