feet like seeds
14 February 2014 @ 11:30 PM

"Always do what you think is the right thing no matter what anybody tells you." - Hitomi Niiya, 31 Jan 2014

Hitomi Niiya, one of the most colourful characters in Japanese athletics, has officially retired from the sport at the age of 25. 

She’s been suffering from plantar fasciitis in her right foot since 2012, and is unwilling to undergo surgery to continue competing. Pretty unbelievable - since at last year’s IAAF Worlds she ran a kickass 10km and led the Africans for 18 rounds until being outkicked. 

From her press conference: “Once I’m a granny I might think, ‘Man that was hard,’ but right now I have nothing but good memories.”

(Source: Japan Running News/ Photo: Zimbio)

5 months ago
17 August 2013 @ 11:13 PM

Highlights of the men’s marathon at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow:

  • Stephen Kiprotich (Uganda) repeats his Olympic Gold by getting a gold at Worlds. His last 1km was a crazy see-sawing, left-and-right dash to shake off Lelisa Desisa, his Ethiopian pursuer.
  • Kentaro Nakomoto (Japan) can claim credit for sticking with the front pack and becoming the fastest non-East African runner to finish (5th). 
  • Brazil’s two runners - Solonei Da Silva and Paulo Roberto Paula - come in together after pacing each other for the entire race as joint 6th.

(Photos: Zimbio)

11 months ago
14 August 2013 @ 11:44 PM

Mohammed Aman Geleto wins the 800m at the IAAF Worlds in Moscow.

Youth Olympic winner has finally graduated to become the world champion. 

Now if only he and David Rushida could go head-to-head..

(Photo via Zimbio).

11 months ago
13 August 2013 @ 10:18 PM

Hitomi Niiya appreciation post!

Who took the lead from Shalane Flanagan and drove the race on her PB pace until she wore down everyone but four East Africans.

Of course, the Ethiopians and Kenyans out-kicked her at the end. But getting 5th pales in comparison to beating her own PB. And the pure courage of taking the race by the throat. Terrorbetul. 

(Photos via Zimbio)

11 months ago
12 July 2013 @ 9:39 PM
In other news, Japan scored a double finish at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon on 7th July.
Yuki Kawauchi (2.10:01) took the men’s marathon, and Yukiko Akaba (2.27:17) set a new course record in the women’s event. 
Terrorbetul.
(Photo: ABC Australia)

In other news, Japan scored a double finish at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon on 7th July.

Yuki Kawauchi (2.10:01) took the men’s marathon, and Yukiko Akaba (2.27:17) set a new course record in the women’s event. 

Terrorbetul.

(Photo: ABC Australia)

1 year ago
12 July 2013 @ 9:34 PM
Tang Yik Chun, Lai Chun Ho, Ng Ka Fung, Tsui Chi Ho from Hong Kong. 
Asia’s 4x100 metre relay champions! 
(Photo: Asian Athletics Championships)

Tang Yik Chun, Lai Chun Ho, Ng Ka Fung, Tsui Chi Ho from Hong Kong. 

Asia’s 4x100 metre relay champions! 

(Photo: Asian Athletics Championships)

1 year ago
12 July 2013 @ 9:22 PM

And this comes one day after she became the first Singaporean woman to run a 100m under 12s. She’s headed for great things. 

1 year ago
10 June 2013 @ 11:16 PM

I was informed that this tumblr has officially turned 2 years old.

And while I’m quite flattered that it’s survived that long with a small, but devoted readership, I’m not exactly sure what to do with this tumblr in the near future. 

The problem is, my world (especially my running world) has changed a lot since I started this tumblr. Back in 2011, this was a place to post all the good examples of what running should be, and it served as a visual reminder of the good, glorious days in school/ university of competition and striving for a very straightforward goal: to win.

Since 2011, a huge amount of things have changed (possibly for the better). My university team has splintered completely, and like my coach, they’ve moved on. I quit the local running club I joined because of a dispute over money. I’m no longer sponsored, no longer competing, and not extremely fit (work, family, travel to blame). I haven’t discovered that elusive connection between writing and running.

But on the other hand, it feels good running for running’s sake - without the threat of under-performance. My understanding of who’s a teammate has broadened extensively: fellow pacers, runners on the trail, friendly joggers. And, strangely, all my PBs have come after the end of all my structured training.

So the plan was to turn this tumblr into a log that reflects this personal experience, capturing the (mundane?) detail of everyday running in this tiny island of Singapore. The question now is: how am I going to do that?

And so, updates will probably be scarce and irregular. Still, for those who still read, I thank you for taking the time to plough through all the random photos and thoughts. The combined wisdom of many of your running-related tumblrs has been my second coach. 

For those runners, keep up the pace. From a person who’s been thrust into the adult world and is still trying to navigate it, I can say that life is a long race. While it’s cool to run with the leaders, I believe it’s more important to find one’s own pace. And to admire the scenery.

1 year ago
27 April 2013 @ 1:56 PM

Whoever will end up replacing Samsung as the sponsor of the IAAF Diamond League will need to find a way to market athletics in Asia. 

Because the truth is, outside of Europe and the U.S, there isn’t anyone in Asia willing to sponsor or follow a track/field/cross-country athlete. 90% of the runners and athletes in Asia are supported by the biggest, most reliable sponsor: their governments. 

1 year ago
27 April 2013 @ 10:04 AM

Mohammed Othman Shaween of Saudi Arabia. 

Reigning Asian Games 1500m champion.  

1 year ago
27 April 2013 @ 9:37 AM

Meanwhile, in Malaysia..

1 year ago
26 April 2013 @ 12:39 AM
Singapore’s Men’s 100m sprint team:
Calvin Kang, Lee Yao Peng, Gary Yeo, Lee Cheng Wei & Muhd Elfi Mustapha. 
(A lot of publicity for the men. But really nothing for the women.)
(Photo: Joe Goh/ SAA)

Singapore’s Men’s 100m sprint team:

Calvin Kang, Lee Yao Peng, Gary Yeo, Lee Cheng Wei & Muhd Elfi Mustapha. 

(A lot of publicity for the men. But really nothing for the women.)

(Photo: Joe Goh/ SAA)

1 year ago