How and when did you start running?
I used to play basketball before distance running. Running around the basketball court was the warm-up I did in my previous basketball training and I think I gained some endurance foundation from that. I ran my full marathon in 2014 after the basketball team disbanded, the process was tough but I discovered interest in distance running as enjoyed the pain and joy after crossed the finish line. After that I start joining more races and training in order to perform better.
What's your favorite distance and race and why?
From 2014 until now I have completed races from 10km to 100km. 10km was my favorite race distance so far because it allows me to build speed foundation before I proceed to half or full marathon distance. I started my running journey with a full marathon, but I realized without good foundation in speed I really can’t improve much for maintaining speed for long distance.
How many miles per week do you usually do?
In training preparation for races, weekly mileage is about 50 – 56miles with 2 sessions of running per day. Mileage dropped about 20 – 30 miles during college examination period and busy semester. Besides running, I have also work on strength and conditioning to strengthen my muscles to avoid injury.
Where do you typically run, track, roads or trail?
I usually do long run and tempo on road around housing area, interval and speed work session will be on the 400m track. I rarely run on trail and have zero experience racing on the trail.
What's your favorite workout?
I don’t really have favorite workout in running, but 20 x 200m track interval I kind of like it as it was short and high intensity. Others workout in my training will be hill repeats, LSD and fartlek.
How do you plan your running? Coach, book plan or self-coached?
I considered myself under self-coaching, trial and error most of the time with referring training guideline from books and online resources. As a sports and exercise science degree student, I also apply and try to relate what I have learnt in class into my training program.
How would you describe yourself as an athlete?
I see myself as a student-athlete who tries to achieve success on both fields (academic and sport). The feeling was good when I see myself doing something that able to give the sense of accomplishment.Practical session during sports science physiology class.
Goal race for the fall? And what's your goal for that race?
I have not sign up any races until next year, but current goal aiming
to run a sub 38 for 10km.
What can you tell us about the running scene in Malaysia?
Running in Malaysia have grown rapidly for the past five years. Various types of running events from road, trail and ultra-running take place on most of the weekend. Recently, Malaysia has also launched first Malaysia Ultra League Championship (MUL) which believed can attract more people to take part in distance running.
What kind of running is most popular and tells us about the terrain you might explore during a run?
In Malaysia, road running is much popular compared to trail or ultra-running. You can expect hilly terrain even in the city center for some area but overall can consider flat.
What is the most popular race in Malaysia?
Standard Chartered KL Marathon is the popular compared to others running event in Malaysia. KL Marathon attracted about 36,000 runners locally and around the world. Overall, it was a very well-organized running event with quality.
You recently helped out with a Salming Malaysia promotion video, what can you us about that and who came up with the idea?
have that ideal of making the promotional video for Salming Malaysia after attended entrepreneurship course in college. I just thinking promotional video might be the good one to reach out more attention for Salming Malaysia. The promotional video was done by 3 sports science students with no filming experience at all, considered as a learning process.
When did you first hear about Salming Running?
I couldn’t remember when but it was on Facebook, coincidentally I saw Salming Malaysia promoting Salming Running products and I started know more by browsing on the Salming website.
How long have you been an ambassador?
About 5 months, signed contract with Salming Malaysia on April 2017.
What’s your favourite Salming shoe and equipment?
Salming Distance A2 was my favorite, it was superb light and responsive. I received the shoe as my first sponsored product by Salming Malaysia.
What does #nononsense mean to you?
It meant ‘take it seriously’ to me; it’s not just a slogan but a message about giving all effort in striving success either in sports or life.
How does Salming Running fit in, in today’s running industry?
Salming as a new brand in running world, with superb lightweight and good support in running shoes. Salming has created great products for runners able to run much naturally and stay injury free, Salming definitely can be competitive to others brands soon.
How do you promote Salming as an ambassador?I don’t have much experience on sales either marketing but I try to promote Salming by winning races to make more exposure about Salming to the public.
How you see Salming grow in the future?
Sports nowadays just so competitive, athletes not just look for better performance. Salming must have something in term of technology or system that able to keep on improving on the products to allow athletes to dominate or change the game. I really looking forward to see Salming grow in the future and come out something extraordinary.