For the month of October (or whatever that’s left of it), we have Hui Xin!
Sorry for the delay this month. I got caught up with my research project and NEARLY missed this month’s feature.
Anyway! Back to Hui Xin – you might know her as the girl behind Run89. Indeed, she is one of the co-founders of the running group. Her fire and enthusiasm for running and just her overall outlook on living an active life continues to inspire me. Read on to find out more about her!
1. How long have you been running?
I started running since 2013.
2. How did you get into it?
Initially, I ran to lose weight.
When I heard that my favourite sports brand was organising a road race event, I registered! After signing up, I started to train for it. Since then, I’ve fallen in love with running! It’s like a drug!
3. You’re the co-founder of the Run89 crew. Tell us more about that!
Sure! Ru89 is more than just running and working out as a group, we are like a family with strong bonds! Besides running together, we travel together too and we will try our best to host a trip at least once a year! It is really fun to be with them.
We are also very grateful for all the support from Nike. We had a chance to attend many interesting events and meet other runners from different parts of the world! These are some of the best memories for the crew!
Our slogan is “Stronger with every stride” – which means in everything we do, every step that we take, will make us better and stronger!
4. Your profession/work:
Store Design & Construction Executive
5. How do you juggle work and running?
When I started my new job, it was a bit difficult to juggle both. But after a while, I managed to adapt. I will try to run at least 5km if there wasn’t any special activities going on that day.
6. Do you have a training schedule? What is it like?
My training schedule in a week looks something like this:
3 days of speed work
2 days of easy running/light workout/cross training/badminton
Race or LSD on weekends
7. Who do you usually train/run with?
My running buddies! This running community is huge and there will always be a familiar face whenever I go running! It’s great!
If we have similar running menu for that day, we will train together. Otherwise, we will catch up after training!
8. You also host weekly group core training on Tuesdays. Could you tell us more about that?
R89 Blastfit is hosted by Sabbie (Sabrina Lim) and myself. We both LOVE to workout! At first, we wanted to gather just a few of our BFFs for a group workout. We recognised that girls are quite shy to step out and we wanted to create a safe space to do just that.
We took this oppotunity to initiate the concept of “GIRL POWER”, where we can just be as strong as the boys. We are so blessed that the group has somehow grown into a big family!
9. Which was your most memorable race event and why!
Definitely the Osaka Marathon! For now, it is my favourite running event! Everything is beautiful in Japan! The Osaka Marathon uses the rainbow as their theme color every year. Each color has a different meaning. The medals are also always beautifully designed. One of the main highlights that I really love is that there’s a whole row of Japanese food stalls at around the 30km mark.
The route is also always filled with passionate supporters, cheering for the runners and providing aids. You can also find cosplayers, which are fun to look out for!
Last but not least, the Osaka marathon’s route is totally flat with only one flyover incline at around the 37th km mark which makes it a totally perfect route to hit your PB!
10. Favourite distance:
10km / 21km
12. Other than running, what do you like to do?
I love working out in general and also Muay Thai!
13. Is there anything else that you would like to share with us?
I would like to share how running has changed me to be a better person. Before running, I was shy and someone who didn’t like to share and talk to people.
But through running, I got to know people from different stages of life and got to learn a lot from them. Besides being able to help you destress and have a more positive outlook of your life, running does make you think and realise that there are better things that exist in this world.
Thank you so much for sharing Hui Xin! Running (especially in a group) CAN be SO FUN! If you’re interested to join them for running or for a workout on Tuesdays (for the ladies only!), check out their FB page and Instagram.