Ni­co­las Re­naud

Shape (Singapore) - - Men In Shape -

The French na­tive only started run­ning when he moved to Sin­ga­pore seven years ago. “It’s a lit­tle weird, but the fact that it’s so hot here made me want to get out­doors more,” says the af­fa­ble 45-year-old. The best part about run­ning is… Achiev­ing that run­ner’s high mid­way through a run. It’s like en­ter­ing nir­vana – all the pain fades and I start feel­ing su­per con­fi­dent and good about my­self. When I run, I think about… My fu­ture and the im­por­tant de­ci­sions I need to make. Some­times, when a run feels tough, I’d say to my­self: “Hmm, I’ve re­ally got to train more.” (laughs) My favourite place to run is… On a trail – rain or shine. I grew up in the coun­try­side, and have no qualms about get­ting wet or muddy. My best ad­vice to a first-time run­ner is… Start slow. Save your energy for the last 2km to 3km and sail past lots of peo­ple at the end!

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