Her tips to make it work

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BE OPEN TO NEW EX­PE­RI­ENCES

I used to be some­one who dis­liked run­ning – I found it too hot and dirty. How­ever, as I ac­com­pa­nied Mok to his train­ing ses­sions and run­ning clin­ics, I met so many pas­sion­ate run­ners that I de­cided to join in. As I got bet­ter, I also started to en­joy it and fi­nally un­der­stood Mok’s pas­sion for run­ning.

Taking part in run­ning events also gives you a chance to make new friends. Un­like other more spe­cialised sports, any­one can walk, jog or run. Run­ners come from all walks of life, so you will meet peo­ple out­side your so­cial cir­cle eas­ily.

BE FLEX­I­BLE

We have had to change our plans count­less times be­cause of Mok’s sched­ule. Some­times he might be asked to go into work early at the last minute and not have time to run in the morn­ing –we would then have to can­cel our din­ner plans so that he can run in the evening. As a supporter, I try to be flex­i­ble to sup­port him in meet­ing his train­ing needs.

RUN TO­GETHER (COU­PLE TIME)

Our run­ning stan­dards are vastly dif­fer­ent, but we still try to go for a run to­gether fort­nightly. We plan it such that he does his easy runs when I’m do­ing my hard runs. It works for us both as I have Mok who can push me, while he also has me to avoid over­do­ing his easy runs too quickly.

BE EN­COUR­AG­ING

Be­ing an ath­lete is tough; some­times your loved one may have a bad train­ing ses­sion or an in­jury to deal with. He or she may try to not talk about it but they will def­i­nitely be feel­ing down, so try to em­pathise and en­cour­age them to con­tinue with their re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

BE POS­I­TIVE

In­stead of grum­bling about los­ing your pre­cious morn­ing sleep be­cause of a run, see it as a healthy lifestyle change that you’re mak­ing. For me, I like that we can get so much done be­fore noon. In fact, Mok usu­ally starts and fin­ishes his long runs so early (be­cause it would be too hot other­wise) that we usu­ally end up beat­ing the week­end brunch crowds.

PHOTO: RUNONE

Mok Ying Ren and Belinda dur­ing their marathon­themed wed­ding gate­crash.

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