JustRunLah!: How would you introduce yourself to Asia running and fitness community?
Serene – My name is Serene Cheong. I’ve been running for the past 9 years. I fractured my right leg 2 years ago. I was on wheelchair for 3 mths and crutches for 2 mths. I relearned walking in May 2016, picked up swimming as alternative sports. Started racing again in July 2016 and completed my first race (Shape Run 5km).
JustRunLah!: How did you meet each other?
Together – We were running with a group of friends, after the morning run we usually head for breakfast. We get to know each other during the sessions, after breakfast Jeremy would send me home as we both staying nearby. As he started to pick me up for runs and breakfast, we got closer then. He began dating me for meals and outings. He is a nice guy, quite cheerful and responsible person. He motivates me in every aspects of my life. We just got married in May 2017, life was great and we look forward to loving each other more each day.
JustRunLah!: When did you first pick up running (what age) and what inspired you to do so?
Jeremy – l picked up running in 2014. I used to be obese, 89kg, frequently on medication for high blood pressure. Decided to pick up running mainly to loose weight. Now l’m 63kg, l changed my whole wardrobe from XL to XS.
Serene – l picked up running in 2008. It was my ex-colleague who brought me into running, seeing his medals and trophies collection, which really motivates me to get started.
JustRunLah!: Your greatest reward from your sporting journey so far?
Together – Our greatest reward is knowing each other, running brought us together!
JustRunLah!: What is your mantra for when the going gets tough in a race?
Jeremy – When the going gets tough, grim your teeth and keep going. Finishing line is just right ahead!
Serene – When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. Always stay positive.
JustRunLah!: One advice for aspiring runners?
Together – Difficult roads always lead to a beautiful destination. Tell yourself “I can and l will.”
JustRunLah!: Finish this sentence: Fitness is…
Jeremy – Sweat, smile and repeat.
Serene – Train like a beast, look like a beauty.