RunSohFast – I Beat The National Marathon Record in Seoul!
(music) – Hey guys. I’m Rui Yong.
– I’m Rainier. And here we are in Seoul! Basically, we are here to take on the 2019 Seoul Marathon, where I’ll be trying to run the fastest time ever recorded in Singapore history for 42.195 KM. Wow. The record is 2 hours, 24 minutes and 22 seconds. which was 1995, which makes it 24 years old! Alright, just follow us on this journey as we take you around Seoul, and challenge the Singapore Marathon National Record. Let’s go, bro. We are here at the World Cup National Stadium,
where Seoul hosted the World Cup in 2002, together with Japan. It was so fun watching an Asian team performing so well at the World Cup, and Korea made it all the way to the semi-finals before being knocked out by Germany. It’s surreal being here personally today. Looking at the legendary stadium where history was made. I’m going for a familiarization run today, where it’s going to be 30 min of running, to let my body get used to the surroundings so that I can perform on Sunday. We’ve got friends from Singapore and Indonesia around us, and our colleagues from Pocari supporting us with drinks. It’s going to be a fun morning.
Alright, I’m late. Gonna go for a run. It’s our first day here in Seoul and we are having lunch at a traditional Korean restaurant. When we were in the hotel, I asked this staff/volunteer of the marathon what we can eat for lunch.
She recommended this place directly opposite our hotel. I actually really like this kind of food before a marathon.
It’s light and pretty healthy, I think. Rainier’s got some good pork ribs and I’ve got some bibimbap (mixed rice) and we’re gonna dig in now.
Catch you guys later. It’s the day before the marathon and I’m here on the river path… I’m going to run for 20 minutes and do some drills and strides. I’m just going for a shakeout run to loosen up the body and invigorate the mind and soul. Take this chance to wake the body up and hopefully have a good race tomorrow. This is day 2 in Seoul and I’ve just finished my morning run. We are going to go for the Seoul Marathon Technical Meeting now and we are also going to meet the volunteers and elite athletes from all over the world. Let’s go, man. We are done with the meeting and I’m going to submit my bottles. As an elite athlete, we get the privilege of getting our own refreshments every 5K. This time, the Seoul Marathon gave us these. Usually, I take the bottles and use it for the next race. I take from Berlin, I use in Seoul.
I take from Seoul, I’ll use in the next one. Marathon hacks. This is my bib number – number 43 for tomorrow. Um… 43… A marathon has 42 km, so I’ll go the extra kilometre. I don’t know. That’s the smartest thing we have to say about this. This is cute. Soya sauce bottle. Looks like mayo bottle. Alright. Do you have any pre-race rituals to ensure your head is in the game? I’m not so much of a ritualistic person. What you saw just now is more for functionality. Take a hot shower, which I did… Foam roll…
Have a good breakfast and get ready to go. Sometimes I’ll read through my phone messages. Just to pass time. Look who sent a good luck message. Venus Williams! “Go get them”.
Thanks everyone for sending me messages. I usually don’t get time to reply to every single one before the race, because your head is in so many different places. Everyone who supports you emotionally definitely plays a part in your success. Best not to forget that. Good to go, man. I’m also eating breakfast, because Rui Yong is not the only one running. I’m going to run from station to station to catch some footage for you guys. Hopefully it’s going to be cinematic af. We are going to try to find Rui Yong at the 5 KM mark… If not, we are going to the 8 KM mark and hopefully we get some footage there. There was a train fault just now and I was stuck for about 15 minutes. Everything is going wrong… Positive thinking. Let’s go and do it. Wait ah. He confirm finish already. I was waiting for you guys! You’re the record holder for 3 big events already, right? 10,000m on the track, the half marathon, and now the marathon… Oh my gosh. (Yelling) This is cold! (Rainier) I’ll leave you to enjoy the cold water. We are back in Singapore!
It was a quick trip but there was a whirlwind of events. When you reach, there were (so many things happening).
You have to rest, go for training… I am feeling tired. I felt like the whole thing was a race.
The training… Me running after you most of the time… I’m so high on adrenaline. Even though
I’ve been damn tired since the marathon, I haven’t really slept. I mean, it’s a record-breaking thing. Confirm damn happy. Thanks for being there with me. It was fun. – This guy was there together with Josh. A little bit too late…
– A little bit late. Train broke down – not really their fault.
Sometimes these things happen. This was a fulfilling trip. We managed to get the job done and achieved what we set out to do. We set out to break the national record – managed to do that, Broke it by 40 seconds, but hopefully we can improve on this. Getting ahead of myself now. For now, recover and enjoy the moment. Thank you very much for following us on this tremendously difficult journey to break the national record in the marathon. It stood for 24 years, but we finally managed to take it down in Seoul. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my buddy Rainier, my coach, my company The Smart Local, and my sponsors like Asics and Pocari Sweat, for making this journey possible. If you like this video, don’t forget to Like, Share and Subscribe,
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