While most of us have to make do with running in virtual events, 41-year old army Major Noorsyahidda Wati Bt Abdullah Sani, affectionately known as “Nell”, had the unique experience of running in the Beirut Marathon.
Trigger happy (pun intended) Nell loves to snap photos while running in races. Currently based in Lebanon for the United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL) mission, Nell continues to pursue her love for running. Married for 4 years now, Nell also feels fortunate for the support that her husband provides in her passion for sports.

ToughASIA: How did you get involved in running?

Nell: I started running a few years ago to improve my fitness level, recover from my knee injury, become more productive and improve my self confidence. I have been training regularly since 2018. As an army officer, fitness is important to me and it is part of our responsibilities to maintain an optimum level, especially of our body weight.

ToughASIA: What keeps you motivated to train these days?

Nell: I  love sports and do various activities including Strong Nation HIIT workouts, swimming, zumba and trampoline Jumping.
I am also medal collector! Due to this, I love to join running events to collect different medals with various designs.

ToughASIA: Where are your favourite running locations?

Nell: When I am in Kuala Lumpur, I always run around lakes near to me such as Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, Taman Metropolitan Kepong, Taman Tasik Ampang Hilir and Taman Botani KL.

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ToughASIA: What is the most memorable running race you have competed in?

Nell: My most memorable achievement was at an international event in Lebanon. I ran the half-marathon category of the Beirut Marathon on 14th November. It was my first time running in a real event after the lockdown in Malaysia.

ToughASIA: What is your best moment in running?

Nell: I just want to finish any race within the cut-off time! Best moment in any running event is to hang the medal around the neck and snap pictures with it.

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ToughASIA: What is the most difficult part about running and how do you overcome it?

Nell: The most difficult part for me is that first step to get outdoors. Once out, all work will work out well and I will be fine in my normal routine.