Verna Goh: I won't let anyone dull my sparkle

I've always been into running, easily clocking 5km on the treadmill during my gym sessions, but I only started getting serious about it in April 2015 when I experienced my first heartbreak and possibly one of the hardest experiences in my life.

It was not a healthy, perhaps even toxic relationship, and I emerged from it feeling unhappy and sad. I felt that I had lost myself in the midst of the relationship. Somehow, by a stroke of luck, I had signed up for my first run in Singapore at the Sundown Marathon event and started channelling all my efforts into training for that instead. I found running to be my coping mechanism, my safe haven, when my mind started to wander back. Running was not just a great distraction, but it also started to make me feel good about myself again.

I went to Europe for an exchange programme after that and told myself that I would keep running, so I signed up for three half-marathons while I was there – in Budapest, Lisbon and Amsterdam. After training for and completing them, I felt that I have become a stronger runner, and also a stronger person in the process. Somehow, I found myself back in the relationship halfway through my exchange, perhaps out of a yearning for comfort and familiarity, but broke it off for good this year.

I still am fixing my heart, but with running it feels like a less daunting journey, and I am surer of what I want for myself and what I will not stand for. I understand now the importance of self-love and self-respect, and not letting anyone else dull your sparkle. This year, I have signed up for both the Sundown Half-Marathon and also the 2XU Compression Run half-marathon, and am hoping to hit a personal best, while recovering emotionally and mentally.

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To put things into context, my brother and I lived with our grandparents since we were babies, while my other two siblings stayed with my parents in the opposite block. Thus, this piece of news hit me really hard and I was very affected.
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Although I managed to pick myself up from this, nothing was the same anymore. The relationship between my grandfather and parents started to drift apart. Being stuck in the middle, the kids weren’t having it any easier as well."
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Keanen went through even more trials and tribulations in his life but he eventually overcame them. He added, "Without you my ROCKfam, I would never have expected myself to step out of my comfort zone and share my story with everyone. To everyone else who is reading this, I do not know of the battles you are fighting in your life, but I hope that you press on and in the process, remember to love yourself and those around you a little more. Everyone fights, no one quits."
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10 years apart and 10 kilos heavier. 
I'm not here to say I look better now than I did when I was 21; there's nothing wrong with my body in either photo. I'm just here to say that the weighing scale is just one of many factors that a play a part in your journey to getting fit, so an increased number does not equate to an increased size in your physical body. 
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Someone said to me the other day, "When I saw you, you don't look like the type who exercises... but actually you're decent on the bike." It was an honest comment not meant to wound, but it also reflects how people still hold the stereotype that athletes should be of a certain body type. •
I wouldn't call myself an athlete; this is a lifestyle to me rather but I DO exercise... quite a bit... I know I don't have toned arms or slim legs, I don't have abs etc; but do we need those before we can exercise? We shouldn't be exercising to get those either! I just like working out!! •
I wasn't offended, but it reminded me of how people are so quick to judge. Life isn't about how we look; it's about how we choose to live it. And I'm damn proud of my body, curves and jiggles and all, for taking me through the pain on this crazy tri journey! #cheryltayworksout #rockthenakedtruth #loveyourselfeveryday #loveyourself #youarebeautiful #iambeautiful #bodyconfidence #beingyou #selfconfidence #motivation #inspiration #rockfam