A Running Experiment

In preparation to the free travel coming up in the June 2013, I am thinking can I reduce my transportation expense to the extreme, zero. So, my zero transportation cost plan run like this:

1. Wake up as usual time around 6 to 6.30am
2. Instead of doing my run in the morning, I switch it to early MRT ride. Cost incur: $0
3. Move my running schedule to evening time when I am off from work.
4. Run from office to home in the evening. Cost incur: $0

So, I opened up my internet browser and type in google maps to check the distance from my home to my office. The number came up to 14.2km, not bad but it is a bit out of my usual running distance. My usual running distance is about 3 to 5km and it took me about 25 to 40 minutes to complete that distance. I started to have doubt on this distance….

I started my experiment yesterday when I was going back home from the office. With just wallet, phone and water in my bag, I started my running journey home. The result was not great, I am almost punctured after 30 odd minutes of running. And it is close to impossible to run at Little India area because there is simply too many people there. After Little India, came a smooth journey from Boon Keng to Potong Pasir.

The up and down slope from Potong Pasir all the way till Serangoon slowed me down a lot. I was not out of breadth, my leg were too tired to carry on the journey. Every MRT station suddenly look so tempting and attractive every time I ran pass them. I keep thinking to myself, “what a stupid idea to conduct this kind of experiment, I should just take out my Ez link and take the bus or ride the MRT.” Luckily there is another voice keep reminding me that I should finish this goal since there is no pain or discomfort encountered.

So, step by step I ran through that 14.2km from office to my home, it took me 1 hour and 56 minutes to complete the journey. Surprisingly, I was not very thirsty when I completed the journey, I guessed that 500ml water I brought along with me for the 14.2km was enough to hydrate my body. I drank 2 more glass of plain water last night to make sure the body have enough water.

Another thing I noticed when I woke up this morning is my body and leg was pretty much recovered. There is still a bit tiredness and laziness to get up (who isn’t?) but it was very much manageable. I clocked another 4.27km this evening so I think I am pretty much on my way to complete my 150km ran by the end of the year goal (actually I think I can increase this goal).

While it was manageable for me, I don’t recommend everyone go try this experiment, I for one will reduce the size of the experiment. My future plan for this will be:

1. Wake up as usual time around 6 to 6.30am
2. Instead of doing my run in the morning, I switch it to early MRT ride. Cost incur: $0
3. Move my running schedule to evening time when I am off from work.
4. Run about 5km in the evening, either align earlier or run 5km first. Cost incur: $some

This plan will not reduce the transportation cost to $0, it will cut at least 50% and more so when my fitness level increase. My main concern still with the time spent on this activity, with normal transportation, I spent about 1 hour to get home by bus/MRT. I was thinking if I can get home by leg in 1 hour and 30 minutes, it might worthwhile to do this because I usually spend about half an hour exercise anyway. Hopefully this plan will eventually build up my stamina and strength to improve my timing.

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