“The trail running races like the Sprint series held by Action Asia Events have always been enjoyable. I always kept coming back to them.”
Shek Kong, a 64-year-old retired PE teacher and a frequent participant of the Bonaqua Action X SPRINT Trail Series, will once again join the race. As a track and field, swimming and canoeing coach, Shek is sharing the tips to runners who are new to trail running.
1. Why would you Bonaqua Action X SPRINT Trail Series again?
I have just participated in a marathon in Japan this past March. I was going to join an aquathlon race, but I haven’t started any swimming training yet. Furthermore, the trail running races like the Sprint series held by Action Asia Events have always been enjoyable. I always kept coming back to them.
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2. Any new goals for the race?
I noticed my muscle strength and endurance slowly weakening while my speed is also decreasing due to my age. My first goal is to complete the race safely, and I would also hope to be in the top 3 in my age group.
3. How would you prepare for this race?
For the past few weeks, I ran about four times per week, with a total mileage being 50K. One of the trainings being on a ramp, and for building muscle endurance.
4. Any suggestions you would like to give it to retired person or middle-aged runners that have just started trail running?
For anyone that first started trail running, they should first start with fast hikes, then slowly get themselves into 8-10km trail running trainings before participating in a 10km races. Also, trail running is a lot more technical than road running. That means if someone were to participate in a 12km trail run, that person should be able to run 15-18k on road.