Azleen Ahmad: Never lose your running mojo
You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.
When you spot a cool blonde pixie haircut female runner, it could be one of our Master Of The Streets ambassador, Azleen Ahmad Jais aka Bewomenstrong.
40 year-old Azleen is an awe-inspiring runner who constantly trying to shine a radiant light in everyone's life when they lose their mojo.
This is why Azleen hope to light up others as a Master Of The Streets ambassador. Let's get to know more about Azleen.
Azleen: Training wise, I love to run in Bukit Kiara, because the technical, terrain and road are good for my training. On weekdays, I will run three to four times per week after work. But on a weekend, it is a routine for me to run at Bukit Kiara and I can get to train for a longer period of time.
RS: What drives you to include running in your daily life?
Azleen: I started back in the year of 2014 just for health. Running makes me meet new people and build my social network. I get advice and encouragement to continue running and take it as a competitive sport.
RS: What is your main purpose to run daily?
Azleen: The main purpose is to keep myself fit and healthy as I am taking care of my parents. Secondly, it is the after effect of running which releases the happy hormones. I believe all runners do crave for that good feeling aka runner's high after a good sweat. It makes me feels like I can conquer the world. Thirdly, I have sponsorships from brands so it is a commitment for me to complete a race as they have trust in me regardless if there is a podium finish.
Running makes my bonding stronger each day with my running community.
RS: What do you enjoy the most throughout your running journey?
Azleen: I find it funny as I hated training last time. But now, I enjoy it, because I get to meet people around and get to "suffer" together. The bonding that we have grown stronger each day. The opportunity of networking I discovered in running is not just lace up your shoes and run. Sometimes, what we do, you never know who we might inspire or motivate. That's what I enjoy the most.
RS: How do you motivate yourself when you encounter a challenging race?
Azleen: During my first ultra back in 2017 in Australia, I was not familiar with that place. What motivates me to finish the race was my close friends who waited for me at the finish line. It also drives me to finish the race as I know I have trained and prepare for this.
RS: What is the beauty of trail running that makes you keep going forward?
Azleen: Trail running makes a runner become stronger and better. There is no doubt that the scenery is beautiful at the running trails. However, it's the preparation of the training makes the trail runner become better, stronger and faster. It needs to be a holistic approach as you need to prepare your training and nutrition as well to make sure your body can withstand the race.
RS: What do you learned throughout your trail running journey?
Azleen: Trail running gets myself to immerse in the beauty of the race itself. The training itself is already tough, but the satisfaction after the trail race makes me stronger. It makes me want to challenge myself again.
RS: What does running means to you?
Azleen: In theory, running means to lace up my shoes and hit the road. On the other hand, in my Instagram, there were times in a single post, it is about an inspirational running post which might inspire others during their hard times. That's why I find the joy in running and I hope to inspire others in life too.
Azleen believes that we all go through hard times in life and it’s a part of being alive and it's the reality we all have to deal with. She encourages everyone to use Master Of The Street as a starting point to fall in love with running again.