By Miss Rajendran
Picture 1 - Lucky Running vest of Lim Thow Wee
Lim Thow Wee, in the past, ran 3hr 49min 52sec in year 2007. Then, by getting coaching guidance from Coach Rameshon, he ran in a time of 3hr 10min in 2008 Singapore Standard Chartered Marathon. In 2009, he did 3hr 09min. Subsequently, in 2010, he did 3hr 02min.
Between year 2011 and 2012, he was fluctuating with his timing as he was not able to go below 3hrs.
With resilience, he came back to Flexifitness Group training last year, a month before the Seoul Marathon 2013 and he did a personal best time of 2hr 55min.
Coach Rameshon strongly recommended him to do the Gold Coast Marathon 2013 in July as the former was also going there to race. Thow Wee followed the direction and did a 2hr 53min there.
In the recently held Paris Marathon 2014, Lim Thow Wee did an impressive time of 2hr 48min 49sec. It was the first time that he was doing a sub- 2hr 50min. It was a long wait for him to do this time and eventually he has done it.
Coach Rameshon feels that Thow Wee is capable of going under 2hr 40min if everything goes well in training and racing for the latter.
Let us know from his interview on how he ran the race and his future plans in marathon. I believe that this he has been a motivational figure for me as he is also our training group member and it would inspire many to persevere in running.
Picture 2 - (From left to right) Kenneth Lai, Lim thow Wee, Jennifer Quek and Coach Rameshon
An Interview With Lim Thow Wee.
Why did you choose this marathon?
I wanted to choose a race with the following criteria:
1. 1st half of 2014
2. A country I have not been to (as I would usually spend some time to travel after a marathon)
3. A gold label race.
London n Paris marathon fit the criteria. But it was tough getting a slot for London marathon's balloting system, thus I chose Paris marathon.
Any problems that you faced before running this marathon?
After a confidence-crushing knee injury in Sep 2013 (when I put on 8kg the next 3 months!), I didn't train seriously with some easy runs 3-4 times a week. I started proper training on 31 Dec 2013 when Saranniya invited me to attend Mr Rameshon's surprise birthday celebration, with a pre-condition of a 3k steady-state run before food! Imagine doing steady-state on New Year's Eve! Haha. That was a start of the build-up to last Sun's marathon.
How do you find the route?
The 1st half of the race was flat. The 2nd half consists of many short rolling slopes as we had to go through a few tunnels. The route was scenic as we ran past Eiffel Tower, many palaces and museums, and ended with Arch De Triumph. Some parts of the ground were made of clobbered stones, thus I had to keep looking on the ground in case of tripping.
What was your targeted time that you aimed months before the race?
As I was injured from Sep to Dec 2013, I did not any expectation or target for the race till March when I realized that my 10k (37m56s) and 15k (56m39s) timings were faster than 2013. Thus I began to target a sub 2h50m or at least a PB.
What was your time in this race?
My time was 2h48m49s.
Are you happy with the time?
Yes, I was happy as I broke the mental barrier of sub 2 hours 50 minutes. Also, I did 4:00 min per K which was another mental barrier for me. I struggled to imagine doing 4:00m per kilometres in marathon previously.
How long did it take to do this time?
I was trying for sub 2hr 50min for the 1st time last July in Gold Coast Marathon but did 2h53m.
How was the weather as you ran the route?
The weather was hovering between 15-20 deg. The sun was a bit glaring in the beginning and during parts of the race but I didn't feel very warm.
How was the organisation of the race?
The distance markers were accurate, the start pen was easy to get in (though I heard Jennifer's pen was flagged off later which resulted in her being stuck behind slower runners) and the field was quality (enough runners to pace/follow regardless of our targeted time). The negative was that they served high-class mineral water throughout the race instead of isotonic drink!
What is your next goal in running a marathon?
Like what Mr Rameshon says, "Aim higher, reach high". I'll go for sub-2h40m in the 2nd half of the year, which will definitely be a stretch but hope I'll reach near there! Like everyone in our group, be it a race, weight or fitness goal, our targets are all so much bigger than ourselves. But it is through this striving that makes us come together and work hard together.