LIV3LY: Let's start off with a simple question - tell us more about yourself!
Amir: Hi! My name is Amir. I am 25 and just an average joe who has a love for running and somehow manages to work at a place where he can share that love for running.
LIV3LY: When did you start running, and why?
Amir: In 2012! I was actually kind of into sports but when I was in polytecnic, I was actually becoming lazy. That was when my mum advised me to start exercising. At that time, my little brother have completed a few 10km races so I decided to do one myself. I thoroughly enjoyed it and then National Service came along to further strengthen that joy for it.
LIV3LY: Who do you usually run with?
Amir: I either run alone or with my friends from Running Department on Wednesday and Saturdays.
LIV3LY: How do you find time to run amidst a busy schedule?
Amir: Since I have flexible working hours, I can easily fit my runs in before work or after work before classes. That often means waking up at 6am and getting a run in while the weather is still good or starting my run around 4 to 5pm and praying for the heat and humidity to be nice.
LIV3LY: What do you find most rewarding about running?
Amir: Eating with old and new friends after a long or hard run! It's always during this 'makan' sessions where you learn and share experiences regarding running or life that you tell yourself: 'Yeah, it feels nice to be in the company of such people'
LIV3LY: What's the most unforgettable moment in your running life?
Amir: In December 2016! Started the month by being a pacer for the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore, and ended the month running my first ultra-marathon in the annual MR25 Ultra-marathon. Being a pacer is a blessing because to be able to give back to the community and help others always leaves that feel good feeling. Running the ultra was a redemption to my ego that I can do long distances, because earlier in the year, I didn't manage to complete the full distance at the Sundown Marathon. But what felt good was the camaraderie shown between runners and the support from the volunteers during races - be it as a pacer or a participant!
LIV3LY: What are your goals for 2017?
Amir: Personal Bests are always nice! Haha. I think I wanna do more trail races and maybe even do an overseas race. Personally, hoping to get a girlfriend so I can jump on that annoying bandwagon called #relationshipgoals HAHA
LIV3LY: Join Amir and Running Department every Wednesdays and Saturdays for their weekly runs!
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