“I started to learn that athlete development is a long term project, not something to be rushed just for the sake of getting into race shape quickly…training according to zones is strategic and saves me plenty of training time to get good results, compared to doing junk miles.” Jiong How (Morph Performance Coached Athlete, Singapore)
I am Jiong How, 23, a NUS Geography Undergrad. I spend a bit too much time studying, dreaming and procrastinating, and tend to get very obsessed about my pursuits.
How long have you been training with Morph Performance?
1 year 4 months. (Since 2016)
What are your race or athletics goals?
ITRA 600 (International Trail Running Association), sub 3:20 marathon at some point. MDS Sahara is a long time dream too.
I wish to do an IRONMAN at some point but that can wait for now.
What were your training challenges and pain points before training with Morph?
I had a lack of an understanding on how to build a strong base without getting injured over heavy volume. Used to suffer from ITBS and some other overuse injuries.
My structure of training was really poor and I lacked discipline, motivation and belief that I could do it.
It still currently suffers from my obsessive work ethic and poor time management, but things have certainly gotten much better.
Best athletic/race or fitness achievements to date.
HMDS 2017 Finish (Half Marathon des sables Fuerteventura)
Ultra Trail Nan 50 (9th)
How did training with Morph change your approach and mindset to training?
I started to learn that athlete development is a long term project, not something to be rushed just for the sake of getting into race shape quickly.
It is a matter of sustainability, less about trying to finish and cope with each and every workout assigned given that we all have a whole range of life stresses to deal with.
To think long term is to embrace the difficulty of training, and knowing and believing that it will all work out in the end, even if sometimes things do not go to plan.
Following the plan and training according to zones is strategic and saves me plenty of training time to get good results, compared to doing junk miles.
What’s next for you in training or racing?
Singapore Standard Chartered Marathon and Ultra Trail Australia 100.