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What Do People Say About Resilient Runner Poon Wei Leng? That She’s Unstoppable!

by On Sep 27, 2019

At age 33, Poon Wei Leng has many years left to make her mark on the world—one race at a time.

What Do People Say About Resilient Runner Poon Wei Leng? That She’s Unstoppable!

Women will be represented in big numbers when Singles' Day and the end of the Solo Run Online Race arrive. But one inspiring Solo Run Online Race Ambassador will be running a brilliant race because she knows a thing or two about getting knocked down by life and getting right back up again! We introduce you to Poon Wei Leng. You’re going to be impressed.

RS: What inspired you to run solo? Why?

Wei Leng: Running solo means I am not required to make plans with others, so I can run anywhere and at any time that happens to be convenient for me.

You can stand up and try again, no matter how big the disappointment.

RS: What are your favourite pre- and post-race meals?

Wei Leng: I do not favour any particular foods for my pre-race meals, but I have been known to eat a Snickers Bar beforehand. After my race, I fill up with carbs, like rice and noodles.

What Do People Say About Resilient Runner Poon Wei Leng? That She’s Unstoppable!

RS: How has running alone impacted your lifestyle?

Wei Leng: Running helps me sharpen my mind, de-stress and I often look upon a solo run as my opportunity to think about and plan for my future.

RS: Solo running sounds challenging. How do you motivate yourself?

Wei Leng: Running is part of my training routine and it helps me achieve certain goals. I say to myself, “Just focus on your objective.” With this in mind, I work hard to achieve 80-percent of the goals I set.

RS: Can you describe what is on your mind when you run solo?

Wei Leng: I think of creative ways to solve work and life issues. When I’m done with my solo run, I promise myself that I will come back stronger every time I run.

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RS: How do you achieve work/fitness balance?

Wei Ling: It is challenging. Sometimes, I work overtime and must put off my training, but I make up for it by running during the weekends.

RS: When you have a disappointing race or workout, how do you motivate yourself to try again?

Wei Leng: While competing in one triathlon, I did not finish my swim because I panicked. Even though I finished the cycling and running portions, I disqualified myself. It was disappointing, but I told myself that I would come back stronger next time and face my fear. So far, that attitude has worked!

What Do People Say About Resilient Runner Poon Wei Leng? That She’s Unstoppable!

RS: Are there tips or advice you give beginning solo runners?

Wei Leng: If you want to feel safe while competing, sign up for races that prioritise hydration and safety. Once you gain confidence, try more challenging events. I tell beginners how I was knocked down and faced disappointing moments. I say, “You can stand up and try again, no matter how big the disappointment. Face your fear; it will make you stronger and more powerful than you can imagine!”

Have you walked in Wei Leng’s shoes—facing down moments and feeling like you can’t go on? Did you know that you can pay tribute to this feisty Solo Run Online Race Ambassador by taking part in this event and using her story as your motivation and inspiration?

Samantha is an editor at RunSociety. A digital expert with a focus on the research and development of thought provoking and resourceful content, Samantha love Yoga and incorporate running in her weekly workout whenever she can.

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