Thursday, 16 November 2017

Weekend Makan For MKH 12-Hour Walk

This was last weekend's story. ^^

Trying to avoid gastric problem like I experienced when I was about to do UM24, I tried to avoid similar experience the weekend that I was doing the MKH Kajang International 12-Hour Walk by being rather careful of my food intake.
That meant, something unadventurous and tummy friendly like this plate of Nasi Ayam. Hehehe

This is what I had for lunch on Saturday and later for dinner, just filet-of-fish at McDonald's.

This despite us, being in Kajang where there are plenty of food abound and of course satay too!

Satay Kajang just had to wait for later.
The family and I checked-in to Prescott Hotel in Kajang so I can have a relaxing day and take my time before  heading to race site later at night.
It was just across the street from the race venue and we could see the  venue from our hotel room!

Room wise - OK lah. Nothing to shout about. But it's good that I booked the hotel room because during the race, I didn't feel sheepish at having to use the hotel toilet. Hahaha
We had initially planned to go to Miyagi Japanese Restaurant on Sunday to celebrate me finishing the 12-hour walk, getting 13th place in Women Open and also managing to complete 64km but then we decided to eat gulai kampung instead.

So we stopped at Restoran Gulai Kampung in Bangi and enjoyed a really nice (but of course spicy) masak lemak ikan keli and masak lemak daging salai.

It was yummy!
Hubby and Son had enjoyed satay Kajang at Satay Rono while I was doing the 12-hour walk and I finally get my satay later on Sunday night.

And use the prize money I received from my 13th placing to celebrate lah!

Not satay Rono and no satay kambing but Satay King is equally nice and we enjoyed some beef satay.

Maybe w'll go makan sat Satay Rono after I ran in KUL Marathon this weekend lah.

And maybe go find some durians too. ^^

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Press Release: STANDARD CHARTERED KL MARATHON EARNS INDUSTRY ACCOLADES

Malaysia’s Premier Running Event Bags Two Gold SPIA Asia Awards
L-R Rainer Biemans and Gloria Ng, Directors of Dirigo Events with the Gold Awards for Best Mass Participation Event and Best Sports Digital Platform
Bangkok, November 2017: The Standard Chartered KL Marathon (SCKLM) cemented its pre-eminent position as the premier running event in the country by clinching Gold in two categories at the annual SPIA Asia event (Asia’s Sports Industry Awards and Conference) held here recently. Dirigo Events, the owner and organiser of SCKLM, won for the Best Mass Participation Event and SCKLM technology partner MYLAPS earned the Gold in the Best Sports Digital Platform category for the SCKLM App.

“There were some big names vying for the same awards and equally notable personalities within the judging committee, so to be crowned winners is indeed an incredible honour. This industry recognition validates all our efforts thus far and will serve to spur us on to continue to deliver the best event experience for all our SCKLM stakeholders,” said Rainer Biemans, Director of Dirigo Events and Project Director of SCKLM. “We would like to thank all our sponsors, partners and participants without whom this achievement would not have been possible,” he added.

SCKLM2017, which was the ninth edition of the event, recorded the highest turnout for the event to-date with close to 36,000 runners taking part. Of these, over 1,700 were international running tourists contributing towards the country’s tourism revenues and in total more than 70 nationalities were represented, making SCKLM a truly inclusive mass participation event.

The SCKLM App was developed by MYLAPS and launched for SCKLM2016. To date the App has been downloaded a total of 23,096 since its launch and become the most downloaded sports app in the App Store and Google Play on 21 May 2017, the day of the event, with 1,085,782 screens viewed. “The App has proven to be really popular with our runners as it has useful features like a Live tracking page which allows users to track any runner, all Race Day related info, access to the Runners’ Guide and seamless social media connectivity that allows users to instantly post race photos,” said Gloria Ng, Director of Dirigo Events.

SPIA Asia is an annual event which celebrates the brands, agencies, marketers and organizations which positively influence the sporting landscape in Asia. The Awards are a meaningful and credible platform judged by industry experts, while committed to create legacy through raising funds for local development initiatives. The SPIA Asia Sports Business Conference is the only one of its kind, which brings thought leaders of the industry together to discuss the specific topics and themes that are changing the face of sport in Asia. 

For more information and updates on SCKLM, please visit:

Monday, 13 November 2017

Race Walking For 12-Hours in MKH Kajang International 12-Hours

First, an intro to MKH Kajang International 12-Hours Walk 2017:
It’s a RACE WALKING event organised by Persatuan Lumba Jalan Kaki Malaysia and is supported by Ministry of Youth and Sports and Majlis Perbandaran Kajang.

Just like UM24 that I did 3 weeks ago, the format of the race is time-based, loop route. We had to walk around a 1km loop, as far (or as little, up to us) as we could within the 12-hour time limit. Apart from “competing” in the individual category, participants could form teams too, for a chance to compete in the team category; and at no extra charge. So for fast competitors, that meant that they have a chance at winning prize money in both the individual and team category.

However, to be entitled for a finisher medal, individual participants has to complete a minimum of 40 loops for men and 30 loops for women. And for the team ranking, mileage from all members in the team is calculated and the team with accumulated highest mileage wins.

For me, I had no intention of stopping at the minimum 30km. My target was 60km and I planned to hold an average of 11min pace so that I could have buffer time for rest stops during the race.

The flag-off was at 8.00pm and I started the walk with my teammate, Lee. It was an easy “chit-chat” pace at first, at around 10.20-11min/km pace. Then we caught up with another teammate MJ, and I walked with him.

After he broke away from me, I continued with a 9.30min pace from KM7 to KM20, and made one toilet stop. There were portaloos provided along the route and I was glad to find one with squat toilet style.

I didn’t stop to drink during the first two hours because I wanted to avoid doing toilet stops. Hehehe But after two hours, cannot tahan already so I made my first dash to the portaloo.

A few hour into our walk, I saw a friend and his family coming and cheering for us along the route and gave plenty of encouragement. Thank you Chew!
Me, MJ and KZ. Photo credit: Zafuan
Later, two friends dropped by to support me and MJ and even brought me a thermos filled with hot chocolate and for MJ, hot latte. I was ecstatic and relieved to have hot drinks to enjoy. We stopped and chatted for a bit before continuing our race walk.

They stayed on for about an hour or so, before making their way back home as they planned to ride the next morning. Thank you KZ & Zafuan!

Hubby and Son dropped by later to check on me but they didn’t stay long. They understood that if they were there, I’d have trouble focusing on my walk and worry about them instead.
Me and Julie. Photo credit: Chew
Walked for a bit with another teammate Julie, but we separated later when she decided to stop for fueling.

My 9min+ walking pace dropped to a 10min something pace later but I wasn’t too worried. As long as I was below 12min pace, I figured I’d be OK.

And indeed, from KM26 to KM31, I was walking much slower at 11.30min pace.

I made my first long stop when we got to the 6-hour mark. However, there was nothing to eat or hot water available at the refreshments area (because food were served at a fixed time interval and I missed the first session) so I went to the baggage drop area to retrieve some stuff, re-apply Vaseline on my feet, stashed the now empty thermos and started my walk again.

I aimed to reach 30K in less than 6 hours so that I have more time to shoot for the 60K target, knowing that I’d definitely slow down later in the race.

I didn’t look at the scoreboard screen placed at the Start/Finish arch and where one of the timing mats were located (there were two, the other one was placed mid-route as checkpoint) until loop 20. I didn’t want to be too bothered about the loop numbers so early in the race and I only focused on the clock placed there and tried to finish each loop within my target time. And that’s pretty much how I kept myself motivated to push myself. Chasing my own time for each loop. Same thing during UM24 too. I didn’t look at the scoreboard and just focused on the clock. If I was slower than my target, I’d push myself to complete a faster loop afterwards.

Some participants pitched tents at the race venue and some came with support crews and their own support station. I find this good as they did not have to waste time going in the refreshment area and follow the organiser schedule to re-fuel (or makan). I am so gonna pitch my tent by the roadside next year and put my stuff, thermos filled with hot drinks and fruits there for my own comfort!

Anyway, I completed 30K in 5 hour 07 minutes (my Polar time) and did 35km in 6 hours 01 min. I had reached my first target. My next target was to complete 42km within 7 hours. I was on way my to meet that second target but a longer than expected stop at the hotel’s toilet (there were no toilet with running water at the race site so I went back to the hotel that we were staying) meant I wasn’t able to achieve that target. 42K at 7 hours 10 min was still OK lah and I aimed to meet another target.

GET TO 50K WITH AMPLE TIME TO COMPLETE 60K!

From 40km onwards, the detour to the refreshments and baggage area got more frequent as I didn’t want to miss the scheduled “makan” time although all I took were fruits and hot coffee. I totally skipped the fried bihun and whatever cooked food they served. And I was sorely missing the protein shake that my friend, Doc Mimi had brought for me and another friend, Karima during UM24. Doc Mimi completed her first IM70.3 last week, by the way. Congrats Doc Mimi!

Although the food were served at fixed time, isotonic and mineral water (which was served later as walkers kept on asking for water) were served continuously throughout the race. But one can only drink so much cold water lah. hahaha

Lesson learnt from this, bring my own stash of food and placed it somewhere accessible along the route. I put my stuff at the baggage area, and although the crew there were very helpful, I find it a pain to keep returning and retrieving my stuff every hour or so, especially when all I need to do was reapply Vaseline on my feet and underarms to prevent from chafing.

According to my Polar, I reached 50K at 9 hours 06 minutes but official timing shows 9 hours 19 minutes. OK la. My Polar (and also friend’s Garmin) read the loop as about 1.10km instead of 1km anyway.

50K in 9 hours 20 minutes and that meant I had more than 2 hours to meet my 60K target.

My walking pace had now became much slower and there were loops that took more than 12 minutes!
Me and my cappuccino. Photo credit: ChiauWu
Hubby came with breakfast about one hour before the finish time, at 7am. And he seemed to know that I was thinking about having McD porridge as he brought a cup of Cappuccino and porridge for me. Yeay.

I grabbed the Cappucino and enjoyed sipping it while completing my 60th loop. I did my 60K in 11 hours 01 minute (Polar time – official would be around 6 hours 15 kot). And I still have ample time to do more!

I grabbed the hash brown that Hubby brought afterwards and ate them while completing my 61st loop. On my 62nd loop, I noticed that my name didn’t come up in the scoreboard when I passed the timing mat, as did another walker and we waited there to ensure that our bib was indeed captured by the system but we were shooed away by a fella. So what to do, continue sajalah, captured data or otherwise. Anyway, after a slower walk between KM50 to KM60, I was back at doing sub10 min walk pace after KM60.

I completed my second last loop at 11 hours 45 minutes, according to the official clock timing and was ready to stop. But Hubby told me to do another loop because I had more than 14 minutes to do it and I had more than ample time to do it. So, off I went again to complete another loop.

My target then became to cross the finish line and complete the walk in sub 11 hours 55 minutes. But alas, just as we were approaching the finish line, we were stopped by organiser and barred from crossing the timing mat or the finish line. Some walkers insisted in crossing it but were physically stopped by the organiser.

They wanted all walkers to cross the finish line together. So all that push for a 9:30 pace to finish sub 11 hours 55 minutes was for nothing for me! As a friend said when I pass by him during the last loop, “Laju-laju nak ke mana?” and in this case, really la! No point pushing. I should’ve strolled and makan angin during that last loop. Adeh. Hahaha
Me and teammates and fellow walkers
So after a countdown and much pomp and ceremony by the organiser and VIP, we finally crossed the finish line together. It would’ve looked really nice to see in race photos for race organiser and sponsor’s report but what a waste of effort pushing during that last few minutes for us walkers. Ahaha (Don’t complain so much la Lina).
My effort in the MKH Kajang International 12-Hours Walk 2017 gave me a 13th placing in Women Open and 46th overall among almost 400 participants. And also 18th fastest 50K for female category and 55th overall. Not too bad lah, for my first ever endurance race walking event.
Route map plus detours to makan and toilet
The event is pretty hardcore in my opinion; compared to those loop-based ultra-running event that I’ve participated before. In those events, there were toilet facilities (with running water) provided at race venue, along with spaces for Muslims to pray (some will even provide kain pelekat, sejadah and telekung) but only portaloos at this walking event. We either had to resort to going to Prescott Hotel located nearby or go to Mamak shops!

At ultra-running events (I’m talking about the loop based ones, ya), fruits and some snacks were pretty much available throughout the race but it was served at fixed interval at this walk event so we kinda had to adhere to the organiser’s schedule for our fuelling. At UM24 I drank hot milo at all of my drink stops but I couldn’t do it last week. And with the water and isotonic drinks that I drank, it was no surprise that I had stomach problem twice.

But it was a good learning experience and I will certainly come prepared if they decide to hold it again next year.

For only RM100 for registration fee, it was still among one of the most affordable endurance races (running or walking) around. And the organiser is pretty generous with the cash prizes too! Hehehe

I walked home with RM120 being the 13th placing Women Open and that was rather nice. A bonus on top of reaching and exceeding my 60K target!

Some photos taken at MKH Kajang International 12-Hour Walk 2017 can be viewed at Cik Arnab & En Kura-Kura Facebook page.

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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Friday Night Carbo-Loading

It was Friday and I have a race event on Saturday night and it's 12-hours!

So the family decided to do a "carbo-loading" session for dinner and eat spaghetti. Well, we actually carb-load everyday with rice anyway but it's a good excuse for a "makan". Hehehe

Nothing fancy, just food court pasta and it's quite decent.
I had my usual, spaghetti with salmon. The salmon that was served was really nice and the portion is good.
 Hubby had seafood marinara.
And Son had the meatball spaghetti.

We then went to see, see, look, look in the Tastefully Food & Beverage Expo which was held in the exhibition centre just next to the food court. Sample a number of things also but end up not buying anything. Haha
Then it's ice cream time.

The staff at BR in Gardens Mall was friendly and so earnest in promoting the current promo so we ended up buying something on offer. A double scoop with waffle for RM15.50.
Finally, we "lepaked" at Borders Gardens Mall for some free reading and we also redeemed our Starbucks vouchers which we got after our run in Augustman 2017.

We'll be heading to Kajang later as I'll be joining the MKH 12-Hour walk that is held from 8pm, Nov 11 to 8am Nov 12.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Why They Run The Twincity

A few days ago, we asked Cik Arnab & En Kura-Kura followers who had joined the Twincity Marathon edition since its debut in 2014 some questions on why they return to Twincity Marathon and why they will be running in it again in 2018.

And how nice it is to have a couple who's been running together, especially with their trademark tutu if they join a full marathon to spend time answering my questions.
Let's read on what they have to say.

How long have you been running and how long have you been actively participating in races (in and out of Malaysia)?
Jian
I've been actively participating in races for 4 years by now (since 2014).
12km in 2014 (one of my furthest distance during that time), 21km in 2016 and finally the Full Marathon 42km plunge this year 2017, with a sweet PB finish.

Jin
7 years

You have been a loyal participant in the Twincity Marathon (TCM) since its debut in 2014. What are the categories you’ve entered in 2014, 2016 and 2017?
Jian
It used to be a target of increasing my distance. But since I have completed the max distance for now, what's next is more towards enjoying the progress and feeling the experience.

Jin
2016-HM
2017-FM
2018-FM

Do you see yourself participating in TCM as a progress (i.e. increase in distance or breaking your timing) or you prefer to stay in the same category?
Jian
Hitting my Personal Best/PB for Full Marathon , a sweet sub-5 finish.

Jin
For me, increase in distance.

What is the best memory you had for TCM?
Jian
Munching more food (for the record, I missed Nasi Lemak Anak Dara and the coffee stop at KM30 this year), enjoying the route, encouraging more people. It's more of the experience really.

Jin
Nasi Lemak at km30!!

What are the reasons for you to return to TCM 2018?
Jin
Also because of nasi lemak.

What do you hope to see improve in the 2018 edition?
Jian
More Milo trucks, and please let them to stay longer this time!

Jin
Please provide more milo vans at the Finish Line.

Have you registered to Twincity Marathon 2018 and in what category will you be running in?
Jian
Yes I have registered under FM again.

Jin
Yes and FM category.

Lastly, do you have a target for next year’s race?
Jian
No target or further PB needed because I wanted to take it easy, enjoy my run and finish strong.

Jin
Nope. Just enjoy the nasi lemak.

Twincity Marathon 2018 is working with The Running Plan (Mark Williams and Jeffrey Ross) to offer past Twincity Marathon participants a 15% discount on all running training plans! With 10 weeks to go until the race, this is the perfect opportunity to follow a professional and structured running training plan. The programmes are suitable for all levels of runners, and for all race distances.

All you need to do to take advantage of this great offer is:
1 - Go to www.therunningplan.com
2 - Choose your training plan
3 - Enter the promo code TWINCITY17

Promotion valid until 13th November 2017 only.

The registration for Twincity Marathon 2018 (to be held on 21st January 2018) is still open and past participants are entitled for a RM5 discount from the registration fee (exclude administration and GST fees).

Registration can be done at:
https://event.howei.com/event/twincity-marathon-2018

You can also follow their updates at their Facebook page:@TwincityMarathon

NOTE:
For those who had registered earlier, fret not. You didn't miss out on the RM5.00 discount as the system is able to capture our past record and automatically deduct the RM5.00 off our registration fee.

So if you had registered for a full marathon, you might (or might not) notice that your registration fee (before GST and admin charges) is only RM85.00 and not RM90.00 normal rate.

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