Hello, I'm Vincent!

My full name is Vincent Khor. I live in beautiful Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, north of Singapore, and south of Thailand.

Running, Fitness and I

Running and fitness was never really my thing.

I learned how to ride a bicycle and play badminton when I was a child in Langkawi, the largest island of an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the main coast of northwestern Malaysia. I was then exposed to strength training in gym as part of my physio therapy sessions after I broke my right arm from arm-wresting during my study in California. And I learned proper swimming only after I joined the work force in Penang, Malaysia.

In 2004, I had slipped disc at lumbar 4 and 5 spine. I was bed ridden for one full week. It took me one and a half year to recover. For a moment, I thought I would never be able to have an active healthy lifestyle again. That was the lowest point of my life.

I'm a late boomer in running. I picked up running at age of 43 in 2010 during running boom in Malaysia. I was very cautious about running because of my slipped disc medical history. But my colleagues dragged me to join them in running after work in preparation for their upcoming race. I only had them to blame in my running. :)
  • 2010 -  I finally had enough courage to run my first every race - a 10 km run at Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur before the year was over. I finished the race walking like a duck, with serious chaffing at my thigh and sore legs. I felt old too because I was under "Junior Veteran" category. 
  • 2011 -  I took another step and completed my first 21 km half marathon. I also participated in my first biathlon (800 m swim and 7 km run) event. I felt unstoppable.
  • 2012 -  I doubled the half marathon distance and lost my 42 km full marathon virginity. I cursed four letter words during the 42 km distance. But I became emotional upon reaching finish line. Something seemed impossible has now become a reality.
  • 2013 -  I experienced my first overseas "run-cation" (running travel vacation) with the full marathon finish in Taiwan. The 42 km cycling at Sun Moon Lake 2 days prior to the race and the 42 km running in the rain didn't kill my running spirit. I was hooked on run-cation every since.
  • 2014 -  I was on fire, completing six full marathons and two half marathons - the most full marathons in a year. The full marathon running passion was at its peak despite suffering from running burnout.
  • 2015 -  I went for my first triathlon (sprint distance: 750 m swim, 20 km bike, 5 km run) on a borrowed mountain bike. I could officially declare myself as a triathlete.
  • 2016 -  I invested in a road bike and took a giant leap of faith to complete my first half Ironman triathlon (2 km swim, 90 km bike, 21 km run). I was not quite a full Ironman yet but happy to be a half Ironman, half human.
  • 2017 -  I finally overcame my fear and went beyond 42 km by completing my first 50 km ultra marathon.
How about 2018 and beyond? I don't know what the future holds, but I will certainly do my best to set a measurable goal for each running year. It's a life long learning journey and quest.
"One run can change your day. Many runs can change your life."
I never thought I could ever run again after my slipped disc. So now, I truly treasure every single step I run. I pay extra attention to running form for an injury-free running.

I couldn't agree more with what Oprah Winfrey said,
"Running is the greatest metaphor for life because you get out of it what you put into it."
Running has changed my life. Running for fitness has become my passion. Out on the roads, there is fitness, self-discovery and the person I was destined to be. 

If you are interested to know more about running and triathlon races I have joined, you can check out my milestone

Sports-Inspired Simple, Healthy, Positive Living

Running has changed my life. 

With this blog that started in September 2015, I would like to share my humble running fitness experiences with you. As an ordinary person who has crossed over half-century in age, I hope my little sharing can help to inspire you to live a sports-inspired simple, healthy, positive life.

I also submit articles to local newspapers to share with readers. Hopefully through my humble sharing, you might be inspired to realise that you are capable of so much more than you ever imagined. You can be the person you are destined to be.

It's time for us to dream morelearn moredo more, and become more together.

You can socialise with me through Facebook and  Instagram .

You can also contact me through vincentkhor.blog@gmail.com.

Thank you very much for reading.

Yours sincerely,


  • Update (12 April 2018): Moving forward, I will also occasionally write about travel, lifestyle, personal, and anything that are close to my heart in addition to fitness and running. 

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