The thorn amongst the roses in our Run 6 Miles Ambassador family is Mohd Syaiful Fadli. A relative newbie to running having started running less than 5 years ago, Syaiful or known as Epoi to his friends has definitely racked up the mileage! Let’s hear what he has to say!
Welcome to the Run 6 Miles family, Syaiful! What made you apply for the ambassadorial role and how do you feel after finding out you made it?
I just tried my luck to be an ambassador and surprisingly I’ve been selected even I’m not a podium runner and I’m very thankful for this opportunity.
We have been following your Instagram account for quite a while, and we must say you are definitely inspiring to others. Tell us a little bit about Family Running Crew (FRC).
Actually FRC is a running group and it’s just running for fun. Besides that, we are always sharing the knowledge and experience among the members and keep it as an inspiration in running world. We are not a family but we trained as a family to tighten our friendship.
Do you mind sharing with us some information about your background? Where are you from and what do you do for a living?
I’m from Ipoh, Perak and working in KL as a banker. I’m married and have two daughters. I’m the youngest of 5 siblings.
We know that you started running in 2013. What was your first race, and what made you pick up running as an activity / sport?
My first race was RHB 10km run and on that day my weight was more than 70kg. This weight make me not comfortable, lazy, quite tired and low on confidence. Because I was worried with my health, I decided to do something and running is the way to lose weight and until now it become my favorite sport / activity.
Were you the athletic type in school? Did you do any sports then?
When I was in school I’m wasn’t athletic but I was active in hockey sport since in primary school.
Well, you gotta be fit to play hockey, that’s for sure. Do you still play, or follow the game? Besides running, what other sports do you do now?
I just stop playing hockey after I went to university but I still follow the game though. Other than running, this year I started cycling as my cross training to maintain my fitness.
So multisports is on the cards. Duathlon or triathlon, what do you think you’ll venture into next?
Duathlon, because I’ve never participated in one but I think it would be fun and challenging. For triathlon, I need to learn to swim first because I’m not a good swimmer.
We’re backing you all the way! In terms of running, what’s the longest race you have done so far, and how did that go?
The longest race that I have done is TMMT 2017 (70km). This event is one of the UTMB qualifying race. During this race, it was challenging, especially mentally and quite tough with the crossing of rivers, caves and running in the hot weather. At the same time, the beautiful view in Merapoh, Pahang gave me much enjoyment and I finished the race within COT.
You’re a banker, a family man, you run, you bike and you’re active on social media. How do you find the time to balance it all?
During the weekday, start from 10pm I just take 1 hour for 5km running on the treadmill and little bit of workout. On the weekend (either Saturday or Sunday) I start running 5km to 10km or cycling around 7am with minimum 50km and after that I’ll spend time with my lovely family (quality time).
What would your advice be to someone who wants to pick up running?
Never be afraid to try something new and we are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. Every pro was once an amateur, every expert was once a beginner. So dream big and start running now!!!
If you could do any one race in 2018, which one would it be… and why?
In 2018, Powerman will be my wish list duathlon event. It is because I like to learn and try new things. Life is all about facing new challenges. If you don’t challenge yourself, you will never realize what you can become.
That’s a good one, mate! Let’s wrap this up. Tell us your favourite motivational quote, and why is that special to you?
“Fitness is not about being better than someone else, It’s about being better than you used to be.” It is special for me because if you continuously compete with others, you become bitter. But if you continuously compete with yourself, you become better.
Thanks so much for your time Syaiful!! Have a great week ahead!
Thanks to you too!!!
Follow Run 6 Miles Ambassador Syaiful on his Instagram account @epoi_frc