Meet The Coaches: Stan Ong

My earliest memories were always with my father on the soccer pitch. I was always chasing down balls that sailed past the keeper’s box. Or learning to trap them between my size 10 feet. Or doing sprints down the sidelines with instructions from him to lift my knees, stand tall, point my toes, and increase my cadence.

I grew up playing the sport in which my father excelled. According to all the newspaper and journal clippings that we have, he was considered (arguably) as the finest soccer player in South East Asia in the 50s.

I’ve been involved in sports all my life. It’s something that has been ingrained in me for over 40 years now. It’s an essential part of who I am as a person. I’ve learned, studied, played, taught, and coached at almost every level.

Stan AdaptiveAs for distance running, I guess you could say it found me. You see, I never used to consider running for hours without dribbling a ball or scoring a goal any fun. What’s the point? It wasn’t until I overheard a conservation between my colleagues some 5 years ago that got me hooked. They challenged each other to a half-marathon and being absolutely nosy, I stuck my head in and asked to join. The rest, as they say, is history.

Since my first exposure to the half-marathon, I never stopped running.

Over the years, I worked hard to increase my speed, distance, and, with each attempt, try to reach my genetic limit. I understand that I’ll never be an elite runner but, to me, running isn’t about that. Yes it would be nice to win a race or two if the opportunity presents itself but what I like love about it is the challenge to be better than my previous self.

Having attended many years of education in the fields of Physiotherapy and Nursing, I’ve always been very keen to learn about the human body and its processes. The science behind running falls very neatly into this space so I try to soak up as much information as I can whether it’s from journals, research studies, books, or the coaches that I encounter.

I feel that the jump to coaching is my next logical step. Over the years, a number of runners have come up to me for advice and earlier this year, I accepted the responsibility of training two runners from my social running club. This was met with excellent results and they were a big part in encouraging me to take up this venture.

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At the 2015 Chicago Marathon

So here I am. Still running, still enjoying what it brings to me, and ready to take on new challenges. It gives me great pleasure whenever I get a chance to impart some of the things I know to eager learners and to see them improve and succeed.

I teamed up with some really great people to form the Adaptive Running Academy and we hope to see and help them reach new PBs and scale new heights in the pursuit of their own excellence.

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