Soh Rui Yong
Road: 15km, 20km, Half Marathon, Marathon
Soh Rui Yong is Singapore’s national long-distance runner. With countless medals including two SEA Games gold medals under his belt, Rui Yong made history in March 2019 when he broke the national marathon record after finishing Seoul Marathon in 2:23:42. Earlier in January, Rui Yong also set a new half marathon national record of 66:46 at the 2019 Aramco Houston Half Marathon. He now holds the national records in the 10,000m, 15km, 20km, half marathon and full marathon!
Besides a demanding training schedule, Rui Yong works full time at a lifestyle portal called The Smart Local. Prior to this, he worked at Sports Singapore helping to develop the nation’s national coaching staff.
"I was introduced to Beet It Sport through my friend Eliud Kipchoge at the momentous Berlin Marathon in 2018. Beet It Sport makes the level of effort feel less while tackling the same pace. Hence, it's useful for both my hard workouts and endurance races. I took it for 4 days prior to the Seoul Marathon and set the national record there - 2:23:42!"
Q&A With Soh Rui Yong
1. How did you get involved in running?
I’ve always been active as a kid growing up, be it playing a pick-up game of soccer or basketball, playing “catching”, or other playground games.
2. Who is your all time inspirational athlete and why?
Yuki Kawauchi, for his courage to undertake an unconventional approach to distance running, preservance through pain, and resilience through the toughest conditions to win the 2018 Boston Marathon. And he did it with a full-time job!
3. What has been your greatest achievement in running?
I’d say it’s a 3-way tie between the 2 SEA Games gold medal performances (2015, 2017) and my 2:23:42 national record.
4. What is your biggest motivation to keep pushing your limits of performance?
To explore the limits of my human body and find out the best way to bring out my greatest performances.
5. What are your aspirations in running for 2019 and beyond?
To keep training hard and enjoying the sport in a sustainable and enjoyable manner. The best performances come in the long term, and when you are having fun in what you do.
6. What advice do you have for someone who is considering taking up running seriously?
Find a coach who can help show you the ropes and guide you. It’s easy to do too much, too soon as a newcomer to the sport.
7. What are your top three nutrition tips?
- Lots of isotonic drinks to keep hydrated
- Lots of protein, carbs and fruits to rebuild after hard training sessions and keep the body healthy.
- Load up on Beet It Sport! Beetroot juice prior to hard training sessions or competition in order to bring out your very best!
8. What are your top three training tips?
- Train hard
- Train smart
- Train with a group of motivated friends to keep the sessions fun.
9. How did you hear about Beet It Sport?
Through my friend Eliud Kipchoge.
10. Is there a specific event where you feel Beet It Sport helps your performance the most?
It makes the level of effort feel less while tackling the same pace. Hence, it’s useful for both hard workouts and endurance races.
11. Anything additional you would you like to say about Beet It Sport?
I took it for 4 days prior to the Seoul Marathon and set the national record there – 2:23:42. Can’t hurt I guess!