Tuesday, June 20, 2006

On a Cold Morning...

"One misty moisty morning....Cloudy was the weather..."

That age-old children's rhyme rang through my head this morning as the weather turned nice, cool and breezy - maybe even a little chilly for some. Somehow the grey and drizzly view from my window prompted me to put pen to paper - or rather fingers to keyboard - and jot down some random thoughts at the break of dawn.

Somehow, this morning felt a little different from usual. Perhaps in my heart, I felt that I should not continue to procrastinate the need to write and be published - anywhere on any subject matter. Already done my usual run last evening, which I felt pretty pleased about having covered a longer distance than usual with a faster pace.

Popped into my son's bedroom, where he just very recently relocated to after 30 months in ours, and checked that his fever was still held in check. My wife had done the 1 am shift, you know, paracetamol, sponging, water, and was exhausted by the effort.

Let's see what topics would be best. Maybe on various strategies in marketing? Tips on copywriting? Advertising advice? Yes, those would probably be areas that would be more realistic to begin.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Addiction to Asphalt

I guess I needed to write about this sooner or later.

Yes, I have discovered a new "drug" which keeps me high, happy and healthy. What is it you may ask? Well, it is running.

My passion for running didn't exactly start in the last 4 months, although it was only then that I started doing it very regularly. Like at least 4 or 5 times a week or even more. It first started when I was serving my NS, near the time when I was about to ROD (now ORD) and hanging around the bunk feeling bored. A couple of my platoon mates were "siao on" and started to run around the camp. I joined them on some of these and discovered that hey it was quite fun actually. That was about 16 years ago.

The love for running was further fueled in my university days at NUS, where I participated in road relays and seized opportunities to go for runs around the Kent Ridge campus, Kent Ridge Park, Pasir Panjang and West Coast areas. This still continued throughout my early working days though lazyness and hectic work commitments gradually resulted in me becoming a weekend road warrior. Nevertheless, I never gave up on this, and always looked forward to whatever opportunities I have to hit the road.

Now at close to 36 years of age I realised that regular exercise can be a potion of youth, vitality and energy. Instead of running in the evenings like I used to do, I now do it in the mornings. This I find is an ideal arrangement as it allows me to clock my miles in the cool morning air, sweat like a hog, and flex my muscles before commencing on the rigours of the workday. I have also started to get some cool new togs so that I can look more "professional" (or heow lah) as you call it while pounding the asphalt.

The icing on the cake was when I recently got GOLD for my annual IPPT test. Yes, that's $400 in the bag. It is my first time ever and I feel exuberant that I can achieve this with less than 3 months of training.

As Forrest Gump himself would have put it, I just felt like doing it.