Meet Jenny Huang, Mother of 2, Physiotherapist and Winner of the 2013 Sundown Ultra Marathon Singapore 100km race.
Jenny Huang, 40 is an amazing woman of all sorts. She is a mother of two, divorcee, physiotherapist and one of the fastest marathoner in Singapore. In September, she was the first woman to cross the finish line in one of the world’s most challenging races, the Sundown Ultra Marathon Singapore 100km. The SportSanity team had the privilege of speaking to her to find out more about her and how she manages to balance it all.
Could you share with us some of your goals as a marathon runner?
As a runner, my goal has always been to improve my timings and run harder races. That is what kept me going through all the years.
The Sundown Marathon is considered one of the world’s most challenging races, what triggered you to give it a go.
Like many other long distance marathon runners, my goal was to run in the Boston Marathon. I managed to achieve this target of mine in 2012 when I met the qualifying time by 15 minutes. Once I achieved this, I wanted to try something more challenging and so I signed on for the Singapore 100km Sundown 2013 alongside my fiancee that had signed up earlier.
Once you decide to commit to participate, how was your training like in the build up to the event?
Training for such a race was not easy. I had to balance between my work, kids, training 6 times a week and trying to avoid injuries. Taking part in such a grueling race, I had to ensure that I logged in as much miles as possible so I ran whenever possible. I also took part in multiple shorter races to help rev up speed. I am thankful for having a great support system in my family, my fiancé, two kids and my colleagues at The Moving Body Group through my training.
Being a physiotherapist, do you think that it has given you an edge over your competitors?
Coming into the running scene with a physiotherapy background definitely has given me an advantage as a competitive long distance runner. Injuries often cropped up among runners when they train for marathons. My knowledge in the field of sports injuries allows me to continue with my training even when I had injuries and this helped me reduce my down time from training. I am a true believer that the body should keep moving even when one is injured. The only difference in my training when I am injured is that I avoid the motions and terrains that would flare up my injuries.
You are truly an inspiration for all! So after all that intense training and mileage logged in, could you take us through the 100km race?
The race was on Sept 14, 2013 and with all the things I do, I do it with all my mind and heart. For the first 80 km the body’s orchestrated practice over the few months played its best symphony; but the last 20 km that symphony got tired! What makes each runner’s experience for each race spectacular isn’t the outcome, but the actual source of their strength during the race – it is where the mind goes when that last push is needed. For me, the 100km brought me back to my dad who passed away last year and also my kids who inspire me everyday. On top of this, the logistical mind was using what I normally advise patients on efficient running – run light, extend the hips, and reciprocal arm drive. At the end of it all, I placed first for my first 100km race at 10 hours and 38 minutes.
SportSanity would like to thank Jenny for granting us the opportunity to get up close with her. We would like to wish her continued success as she looks to continue her domination in marathons.
For physiotherapy, Kinesio Taping and Running Analysis with Jenny,
please visit: http://www.physioinmotion.com.sg "