A few facts about me.
Married, 42-year-old Scientist in Microsystems and Nanotechnology. I know it sounds a bit like Chinese. In simpler words, I work in Research on electronic sensors for dental X-ray, mammography, computer tomography (CT), radiation therapy, and scientific research. Still sounds a bit daunting? Get in touch if you would like to know more. I am totally passionate about my work and would love to share about what I do!
I am British, born in Hong Kong, have lived in Norway since 2006. I also spent some years living in Switzerland during my student years. My life has truly been a fairy tale full of adventures. In which, running has been a major part. 20 years ago, I tied my shoelaces for the first time to start a new hobby. Since then, I have never looked back! Growing up in Hong Kong as a child, water sport was very popular. So, I am a keen swimmer and a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver. After moving to Norway, I have completely fallen in love with the country and am now a true lover of cross-country skiing.
Sound Mind Sound Body
Exercise, especially running has helped me through many bad and good times. It has also brought many great people into my life. I remember thanking my running shoes in my PhD thesis for keeping me sane! Sounds weird, I know! But that is what we, runners are like, right? Since 2016, running has become even more important for me both physically and mentally, helping me through one of the toughest challenges in my life, an on-and-off cancer treatment for over 4 years. Cancer made me feel weak and at times I felt like I was losing my battle. Running really kept me strong mentally but it was also a great supplementary treatment physically. If exercise was a prescription pill, I believe everyone would be asking their doctors for it! Or perhaps it should really be a prescription medicine! :-)
Today, I have been extremely lucky to have come out of it cancer free and as a stronger person than ever before, a true survivor who cannot wait for all the adventures to begin once again. But I could not have done it on my own. To my family, my husband and my amazing healthcare team, I would not be here now without you! The last but not least, I must thank all my friends and colleagues, and pretty much everyone around me. Some don't even know how much it means for doing the most trivial thing like just saying 'Hello' during some of the most difficult times.
This year, my goal is getting back to my former shape. Running 10 km at 4:45 /km and to run a half marathon in under 1:50. A bonus would be to participate in a multi-sport event or at least an open water swim later in the summer. 2020 Bring it on!
I cannot wait to share more of my story, adventures, and my passion for running with you all in this Asics journey! So proud to be part of this team!
Last photo by Tonje Lien Wold
Seniorforsker fra Oslo
The everyday pressure of being a womanby Angela Kok / Mar. 08, 2021
Positive stress is a great motivator. It helps us to be efficient and to achieve our goals. But too much of it can be negative. Sometimes stress can even become part of our lives where we are no longer aware of the negative effects that it has on us. In today's fast-moving world, both men and women are facing more stress than ever. What do you think is the biggest stress factor for women today? Do you work in a male dominated environment that can contribute to further stress?
Make Mornings Matter - Part 2by Angela Kok / Mar. 15, 2021
Everyone needs a good night sleep, Without a restful sleep, there is no way you can start making your mornings matter and better. Do you struggle to sleep well? Is something bothering you? Are you stressed? Is your hormone level affecting you?
Make Mornings Matter - Part 1by Angela Kok / Feb. 28, 2021
How your morning starts affects the rest of your day. If you have a bad morning, you are likely to feel rush and unproductive the entire day. If you have a good morning, you are likely to feel refreshed, happy, and full of energy. The bottom line is let us make them matter. So, we can all have a good day, every day.
Different people. One passion.by Angela Kok / Jan. 24, 2021
Running events are now bringing us together where we can all share one passion, a passion for movement. At every race, I see thousands of smiling faces of all ages, different cultures, and athletic backgrounds. The energy and fulfilment you see in every runner is clear, and every face has a unique story behind.
October - a month that is not pink at allby Angela Kok / Oct. 07, 2020
What is pink about October? Not very much. This October will be the first October that I will not be visiting the hospital or receiving treatment since 2016. A great milestone but still an emotional month for me. So this month, I am simply running for joy. THIS RUN IS FOR ME becuase it always makes me feel better.
Running through lockdown: A mental challengeby Angela Kok / Apr. 04, 2020
Cast your mind back a few weeks and imagine someone telling you the following: within a month, schools will be closed. Almost all public gatherings will be cancelled. Hundreds of millions of people around the world will be out of work. Most of us will be house bound, keeping 2 metre away from each other! Would you believe what you have heard?