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Member Since:

Feb 13, 2017



Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

I have just recently started running.  I ran my first race on April 29, 2017  It was a 5K race in Singapore.  My time was 18:37.4.  I hope to continue running for enjoyment for a long time, and run in races occasionally.

Since my first race I have lowered my 5K time to 17:47.58 (June 30, 2017, Singapore)

And then again in August 2017 (while staying with my grandparents in Champaign, Ill.) I lowered my 5K time again to 17:19 (non-certified course, could have been longer or shorter, but probably fairly close).

I have also run 61 sec for  400m, and 2:13 for 800m.

Short-Term Running Goals:

I want to increase my training and become faster.  I would eventually like to become the fastest in my age group.

Long-Term Running Goals:

I would love to continue running as long as I can.


I am Vietnamese-American and I am 15 years old.  I am home schooled so do not run on a team. 

I started running in the Fall of 2016 when my mom and I were living in Salt Lake City.

 I love running everyday.

My favorite subjects are History and Math.

I would love to be a history teacher or math teacher someday.

I am currently (since Oct 2017) living in Japan because my step-father, who is an architect, is working here for 3 years on a large project.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 130.00 Year: 1210.12
Race: 5K Time Trial (3.1 Miles) 00:18:07, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Total Distance

This morning I ran a 5K time trial.  It was an average morning here in Singapore.  The temperature was about 80 F and the humidity was 82%.  Luckily for me, the sun stayed hidden behind the clouds during the time trial.

Ian and Ming from the college came for support, and my cousin came to help with the timing.

This was the first time for me to run a 5K on the track.  I can't think of a more boring place to run 5K, except for maybe the treadmill.  But at least I know the distance is accurate.

I got to the track and did some warm-up running.  I felt good and relaxed.  I have had a couple of easy days so I was fresh.

My goal for today was to run somewhere between 18:30 to 18:35.

I was running this time trial by myself, so I was a little worried about it.

When Ming said go, I took off.  I felt relaxed but I came around the first lap too slow, the same for the second lap.  I don't know why but I always start slow.  Maybe I am afraid of how it is going to hurt if I go faster.

Ian and Ming saw I was going too slow, so they jumped in and paced me for a couple of laps to get me on pace.  (I guess that is a little cheating, but I am thankful to them for doing that.)

After a couple more laps, Ming yelled out that I had some seconds stored in the "Piggy Bank" (meaning I was faster than my goal pace for 18:30).  When I heard him say that, it reminded me of a radio commercial I heard somewhere about "Feeding the Pig", so I kept thinking in my mind I have to "Feed the Pig" and store more seconds in the bank each lap.  That gave me motivation to keep pushing it.  Each lap I was putting more seconds in the bank.  I could tell I was going to be under my goal and I was getting excited.

Lap 9 and 10 hurt, my legs were getting heavy, and for a split second I felt I wasn't going to make it, but I was able to put those thoughts out of my mind and go back to trying to "feed the pig".

The last couple of laps I found some extra strength from somewhere and really finished strong. 

I finished with a time of 18:07.28.  I was shocked when I first heard the time, then was upset at myself for not pushing it a little harder and going under 18:00.

I want to especially thank Ian and Ming for getting me on pace after a couple of disastrous first couple of laps.  If I can go out faster may I can get under 18.  (However, if I went out faster, maybe I wouldn't have as much at the end.)

I also want to thank my "boy-crazy" cousin for refraining from chasing Ming long enough to help with the timing.  (Poor Ming!)

There was also one more funny thing that happened during the time trial.  A stupid crow flew over me and did its business right on top of me.  While I was running I felt it hit the top of my head, but there was nothing I could do about it.  I just had to continue running with it running down my hair.  Stupid Bird!!!

I finished off by running to complete about 8 miles.

All in all, I was very satisfied with today, and it built my confidence.  I know I can go under 18 minutes now.

I need to learn to go out faster, but not really sure how to go about it.

From gan on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 19:54:11 from

woah eva! this is amazing!!! and by no means would i say you were cheating, normally you have competitors by your side that help push you and keep you on pace, but you only had a couple people by your side for a small part of it. running it mostly by yourself is a huge accomplishment! keep setting your goals high cause i know you will accomplish them!!

From brynbryn on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 20:28:30 from

YOU ARE SO AMAZING!! keep this confidence because that will help you continue to be so successful! that's so awesome that you did that on your own, i can't imagine running a race by myself! great job eva :) also, did you get my email back to you from a few days ago?

From Zack on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 23:52:20 from

Dang Eva! Way to exceed your goal! That's also super cool you ran a lot by yourself! I am going for a 5k PR next week but I'm planning on having pacers but doing it alone is so cool! Congrats!

From Eva Splaine on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 08:57:52 from

Gan- Thanks. You guys at Skyridge are all such special people. It would be great to meet you guys someday in person.

Bryn-Thank you. Yes, I did get your e-mail. It really meant a lot to me. I will try to write you back soon.

Zack- Good luck in your 5K next week. You are going to do great.

From fiddy on Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 11:01:21 from

That's a very good times in what sounds like tough conditions. Doing a 5k time trial on the track is pretty tough.

Don't worry that you started too slowly. Learning to expend your energy properly over the course of the race takes experience.

One more thing, don't get too hung up on one race distance. It may become boring. You should see how fast you can do one mile!

From Eva Splaine on Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 16:30:06 from

Fiddy- Thank you for the advice. I would love to run a 1 mile time trial or race to see how I can do.

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