Physio Champ

This is a woman to in­spire ev­ery one of us. Born in Tai­wan and raised in Texas, JENNY HUANG only started run­ning af­ter the sec­ond of her two chil­dren started school. Now one of Sin­ga­pore’s most elite, spon­sored ath­letes, and the am­bas­sador for nu­mer­ous to

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Ur­ban Re­hab.

Here are just a few of Jenny’s awe­some cre­den­tials: 2013 Sun­down Ul­tra­ma­rathon 100km Cham­pion; 2014 Great Eastern 21km Cham­pion; 2015 The North Face Trails 50km Ul­tra Duo Cham­pion; 2016 The North Face Trails 25km Cham­pion; and 2017 New­ton 32km Open Women Cham­pion. Now, let’s hear from Jenny her­self.

Which of your ca­reers – run­ning or phys­io­ther­apy – came first?

I stud­ied to be­come a physio and worked as one in the US be­fore com­ing to Sin­ga­pore in 2003, for what was planned to be only a two-year stay! It was only here that I dis­cov­ered run­ning: it be­came a source of calm liv­ing in this amaz­ing ur­ban jun­gle. Once I started run­ning, I never stopped – and I don’t plan to stop.

How won­der­fully com­ple­men­tary your two pas­sions are!

You are right. Be­ing a run­ner com­ple­ments my re­hab work in more ways than one. It gives me the stamina I need for work­ing on pa­tients all day – the work of a physio truly is phys­i­cally ex­haust­ing – and it al­lows me to nag my pa­tients when they don’t ex­er­cise. How can a physio nag a pa­tient about fit­ness if they don’t stay fit them­selves?

What are the worst mis­takes that cause run­ning in­juries?

Thank you for ask­ing! The top of­fend­ers are: firstly, go­ing too fast too soon; and, se­condly, go­ing too far too soon. To re­duce your risk of in­jury, al­ways fol­low the 10 per­cent rule: In any given week, never do more than 10 per­cent more than your pre­vi­ous week’s mileage. Also, make sure you run at least three times a week, to al­low mus­cle growth and help to de­velop good run­ning form. Those who run fewer than three times a week have a higher chance of in­jury.

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