Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Running Fashion?

heh heh

My very first time wearing my new shoes and to get familiar with it, I just ran around the carpark of my home. Put on my purple MPIB run t-shirt to match my purple shoes.

If it's just a short run (anything less than an hour and a half), I'd do a few loops around the apartment's carpark instead of having Zaini send me somewhere. Save petrol.

Weekday nights see me doing loops here too. Much safer than running out of the gates of the apartment. My neighbours and the security guards are all used to me already. Plus, there are actually more residents doing their run around the carpark nowadays too! :)

Anyway, doing loops here is easy. I can just stash my drinks somewhere and not need to carry it around with me. Plus, toilet is near!
New shoes. New running vest. First time wearing a S sized vest. Jamie, I didn't know I can wear an S! I was a bit worried when Jamie passed me the S-sized vest after the first session of GCAM training run at Lake Garden last Saturday, but the red vest fits perfectly! *super like*

FYI, I always go for size "L". o.O

Wore this get-up for a late morning, under-the-hot-sun run on Monday. The compression top-to-bottom wear is to prevent muscle fatigue while I'm doing my long-distance runs. It helps keep my body feeling dry too, as it wicks sweat away from my body and also, as I usually run during late mornings, it does get hot and this outfit help prevent too much "sun-tan" hahaha

One problem with wearing this though - people might actually think I'm a "proper" athlete. wakaka

p.s. you will not see me in this during road races. I usually just wear a comfy tights with my red/orange/pink vest. Normal. Harmless looking. ;p

Monday, 28 January 2013

Makan Post On Monday

Long weekend.

Extra $$$ in the bank.

Enjoyed makan, makan and makan some more.
Breakfast. Nasi Ambeng is always a good choice. Sure full. Guaranteed.
Love Nasi lemak.

But especially with sambal kerang. Had that on Sunday morning. ^^
 Lunch
 Lunch lagi...
and more lunch.
Dinner were nice too. This one - oxtail soup. Grrrr grrrr
Makan dinner lagi...

This week must work hard to burn all those extra calories. Ugh.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

A Good Saturday

Saturday morning. Alarm set at 5.30am. Woke-up, dunno do what and only stepped out of the house at 6.40am, to get to the Lake Garden. There's a training group doing their runs every Saturday starting from this week in preparation for Gold Coast Airport Marathon... and I thought, what the heck. Join saja la.Join first, think about going for the marathon later.

Of course, late again la. Haish. We are normally VERY punctual people but when it comes to me running, we tend to run late every s.i.n.g.l.e time! I've stopped stressing about being on time and let things just slide nowadays. All the added stress from worrying is not good.
Despite being late and missing out on the group run, Jamie kept a free running vest for me! Thanks Jamie! Yeah, we stayed around and kaypoh with the group after they finished their run today. Nick was there. Yvonne too. Good to see Nick running and recovered from his injuries. Compared running shoes notes with them as I wanted to get a better pair of running shoes for myself.

We walked two loops around the lake so as a reward afterwards, had this for breakfast:
A hazelnut hot chocolate from Starbucks and a cornish pasties bought from a nearby bakeryin Bangsar Village - Hiestand (I adore this bakery!). Raimie and his Daddy had green tea frappucino. Pasties for the dad and two big donuts for Raimie!

After lepaking at Bangsar Village and walking around the shops area, off we went to Tropicana Mall. Mommy, who initially wanted to buy a discounted (60% off) Mizuno Wave Creation shoes at World of Sports somehow got attracted to another shoes.
Of course, it has to be a "New Arrival".  No discount. Because I'm worth it... katanya. Bwahaha

I tell you, I'm always a sucker for good service. Spent an hour there with "uncle" checking my gait and stuff & me trying a whole lot of shoes.
Registered us three for the "Pisang Relay" there at the Running Lab too. Yes, Raimie will be running in a 2 loops of 2.72km with Mommy and Daddy in May! It's a week after Borneo International Marathon.

Yeay us!

Tomorrow is Sunday and I can't wait to try out my new shoes!

Plus, Monday is a public holiday! Woot! Woot!

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

My Young Man

No teeth, all drool little boy, barely a year old. Ever smiley. Ever sweet-tempered baby.
and the young man, in his cool pose. Big boy already!

Mommy will have a hard time letting go this young man when the time comes. Sigh...

p.s. I didn't copy either SK or Anay for this post ah... It's already scheduled to be posted tomorrow but I figured what the heck. Publish it now and buck to the trend. xD

Monday, 21 January 2013

I'll Have My Eggs Runny, Please

Another no idea post! wakaka

Oh gawd... Hungry man. But cannot go out to Mamak and eat Nasi Lemak or their absolutely awesome fried chicken late at night? Want to get fat ah? xD

Have to find a night that I'm not running and go there to wallop their fried chicken one of these days.

Anyway, I haven't mention anything about any eggs? kekeke

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Saturday LSD

LSD : Long slow distance. A staple and a must for those training to enter half-marathons and full marathons. For us weekend warriors, we usually do it over the weekends. It's normal to wake up at ungodly hours on either a Saturday or Sunday (or any public holiday that falls on a weekday) so that a morning long run can be done and finished before it gets way too hot.

For me though, I'm too darn lazy to wake up at 4am nowadays. I was crazy enough to do it in 2012 but now? I go out a crazier hours. Imagine starting a long run at 8am and get completely fried by 10.00am! Hu~
Today's run. We started our run at 8.34am (yes, I can be precise) and I ended my run at 11.45am. Thank goodness it was cool and overcast the whole morning. Otherwise, I don't think I'd be able to complete this. I'm such a wuss. Heeee~
The route. I started at the foot of Taman Wawasan's hill with Zaini running alongside me, and we ran together all the way to Presint 4. He left me to continue on to Presint 3 while I do a few hill repeats before running up the Jambatan Seri Gemilang and then made a toilet stop at Taman Seri Empangan. A drama was being filmed there by the way. Dunno what since I rarely watched Malay drama.

From Taman Seri Empangan, I continued on to Pullman then up PICC and then back to Jambatan Seri Gemilang and ran on a straight path all the way to Masjid Putra. Double back and ran to Umai Cafe for a water refill break before finishing my run where Zaini was waiting for me - under Jambatan Putra. Saw another shooting near Umai Cafe. Putrajaya is sure buzzing with shoots today. ^^

Had initially thought of doing more than this 22km but then, it was almost lunch hour. Pity Son & Hubby also lah...
Lunch was these. Ikan bakar and for me, to replenish the sodium lost due to all the sweating : cencaluk! Salty. Very salty. hur hur
My reward for any run done that exceeds 1 and half hour : a malta drink. Nyummzz

Now : laundry time!

How's your weekend so far? :-)

And oh! Before I forgot. There's an interesting event in May. A relay event called Pisang Relay. Instead of holding a baton, you run holding bananas. And no, you cannot eat the pisang while you run. You'll be disqualified. Who's joining?

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Random Wednesday "Makan" Post

People put "makan" post, I also want to put lah... Especially since I don't have any other stories also. kekeke
Started the morning with this nice "beehoon sup" with lots beef in it. With "tulang". Very nice. Sluuurrrrppppp...

Skipped lunch and only drank a bottle of Malta as I was still too full at noon. But of course that only made me got hungry early so had dinner early.
Raimie always stay back at school on Wednesdays and skipped his Sekolah Agama. Decided to eat banana leaf rice for dinner today. ^^
Then, because Mommy wore pink today, we decided for a treat. Baskin Robbins treat! 2 Jr scoops for the price of one. *happy*

Monday, 14 January 2013

You've Got A Secret Admirer?

That's what my office mates are beginning to think when there are people who kept dropping off stuff to me at the office! LOL

Anyhoo, look what I got from "leng chai" Ah boy SK. ;p
A set of postcards and a photo of myself with "cute" caption for spamming him more than others in the month of December.
I also got a cute pirate bear with a bronze medal to boot! *wahey!*
and a CD with some songs of my choice and some of SK's choice. Nice song selection you gave me, SK! Thanks! :)

And these are for all my hardwork spamming him for the whole of year 2012.

Meow, who got her silver medal for being the runner-up has her prize being held hostage by me. Pay ransom Meow and I'll release your prize to you! Bwahaha!

What lovely gifts from SK, right? Especially as they're his handiwork!

You want one too? Go and spam SK lah! xD

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Whatcha Talking There?

My lovely, patient and extremely understanding boys, relaxing on a bench while waiting for Mommy to finish her run.

Mommy got curious and asked what they were so happily discussing - and the boys were actually talking about games! BOYS!

LOL

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Ladies, Join Us

and run in the first ever Malaysia Women Marathon this April 7th at i-City, Shah Alam.
What's its all about, you ask?

About

The Malaysia Women Marathon will focus on the celebration of women in the world of running. It is timely to take a bigger share of limelight for women do well in marathons. The world record for women's marathon is only 10 minutes behind the men's.
Description
The first Malaysia Women Marathon (MWM) will be held in the city of Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.

The objective of this marathon is to celebrate the strength and quiet resolute of women in developing their family, nation and the world.

We will have an interesting guest speaker....a running legend. so stay tuned for the surprise. The pre-event program will also consist of a dialogue with this running legend and other women race directors in the region. We can talk about how far we have come and how far we can go .....:) . A fashion show will bring out some eye-catching fashionable apparels and change your style when running. 


Categories will consist of full marathon, half marathon and 8km run. male entry on condition : husbands, sons, fathers, brothers, coach, pacer, trainer, and Abercombie & Fitch's 6 packs torso-ed guys :)

All in all, its an event for us women to come together and inspire one another to go get that marathon done. who says women cant run the marathon!!


Lets go out there and show em!

I posted earlier about doing my first full marathon at Borneo International Marathon; which is just a month after this event. But how can I pass up a chance to support a movement like this? Women, UNITE! 

Furthermore, we will have a chance to meet with Kathrine Switzer! A legend who made running in marathons for women allowable. Click on the link on her name to read all about her experience being manhandled while running Boston.

And men, your support is very much appreciated. Don't grouch about why this is a women's marathon but celebrate the fact that you can join the run too; together with and encouraging your partner, significant other, family members or female friends to run and lead a healthy lifestyle. Also, if you plan to join - reflect why you want to do this. Is it for you and JUST you or for the woman you are running with?

Topless men with 6-packs abs - you are most welcomed to run alongside me. I promise I won't bite! I'll be happy with drooling. LOL

Monday, 7 January 2013

I'm In Standard Five Not Five

said the boy just the other day.

Daddy wanted to help scrap the crusted rice in the claypot chicken rice he was having, but he refused Daddy's help. He's not 5!
Oh my. My independent, not-yet 11 years old boy.

p.s. He ironed all his uniform on Sunday (under Daddy's supervision). ^^

Sunday, 6 January 2013

The First Run Of The Year

and I did it at Multi Purpose Insurans Run 2013. On Jan 6th. First week of January. What an awesome start to the new year, right? ^^
Male runners waiting to be flagged-off. Female runners had already been flagged off earlier. Women started at 7.00am and Men started at 7.10am.
Then you see this female runner pushing her way through the male runners and started alone. I could hear male runners muttering how come there are still female runners that had yet to start. Because I'm tardy lah! I started 6min after flag-off last year. I think I did better this year, and was "only" 5 minutes late! Bwahaha
I have no problem with starting late or last but with this route, it can be a challenge. One - you know male runners will soon pass you. Two -  you immediately face inclines within the first 3km! Up, flat, Up the first 3K. Imagine facing a climb without proper warm-up. *dies*

I didn't switched on my Timex watch and GPS. I also didn't check the time I started running so I was just second guessing my time while running this time. By the time I reached the third kilometer distance marker (the race organiser was awesome. They put distance markers at every km! Not all race organiser in Malaysia do this), it was 7.22am. By my calculation, I probably did 17min for the first 3K. Way too fast. No wonder my right calf was cramping up. Decided to slow down significantly and the cramp went away although then, I felt like I needed to "pangsai" pulak! huhuhu

Another thumbs up to race organiser - they had portable toilets stationed at every water station! *two thumbs up*

It was at the first 3K that Erma, a runner and reader of this blog said hi to me. Hi Erma! Thanks for saying hi. *super like super happy* Got a few random female runners and race volunteers cheering me on with "go Bunny go" Sorry if I didn't acknowledge you... But thank you!  ^^

Then another hi from a familiar face, from Bet. A couple of guys from the 24Running "kaki" also said hi, at around KM8. Nick passed me around there too.

Water stations were placed at every 3km and no unnecessary time wastage there as the volunteers were awesome and the three-tier water system worked great! I was greedy and made sure I stopped at every single water station and drank at least a cup of plain water and "chase" it down with a cup of isotonic. 

We merged with the 8K runners near Bank Negara/Bank Rakyat and the road got more congested there. So congested that I saw no point of running and walked instead until we passed the KM9 water station. The last couple of KM was easy as we were pretty much going downhill. I can run with no brakes on downhill but then, gotta curb my speed (however slow that is) because there were too many runners in front of me. Never mind lah, run saja and take the opportunity to smile, wave and V-signed at every single photographer that I saw! Hahaha
Happy lah. Here at this spot, "manyak" photographer. Zaini was there too, of course. ^^ Run straight for all 12K runners and 8K runners, turn left.
Maintain "happiness" cos more photograpers around. This is about 200m to finish line? Got a bit annoyed with some 8K runners who simply cut in front of 12K runners a few metres before the finish line, to get to their allocated finish line. Haiz. Earlier didn't see kah? Finish line sign so BIG! Don't simply cut in front of people. We might collide into each other.
After finished, then queue pulak. For snack pack, banana and drinks. Queue moved fast due to super duper efficient volunteers. So efficient, the auntie who gave me the snack pack shoved me forward as I was moving too slowly! Hahaha

The isotonic sponsor - Yeo's was giving out their isotonic drinks; H-Two-O generously (by 500ml bottles) and I was greedy and got 4! Got two cups of cereal to eat too and ice-cream!
Anyone (even non-runners i.e. supporters) also can join in and makan free! *super like*

Then, camwhore time.
To all race volunteers, abang traffic, race marshalls, race organiser and Jamie : Awesome job! Thank you for a great morning. I had fun. See you next year!

Saturday, 5 January 2013

First Week Of School

is over. Just 3 days of school for the first week. Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.
Easy week? Classes started already. Students got their textbooks at the end of school-term last year and Raimie received his timetable on the first day of school. By the second day, there're homeworks that needed to be done and with warning of "dire consequences" for unfinished ones from the teachers! 

Not that Raimie is anything but stressed-out yet. This boy always takes thing easy, just like his "lazy" mommy. Life needs to be enjoyed too.

Yup, he still have access to computer, TV and games. As long as homeworks are done. We'll "force" him to go out and breathe in fresh air on weekends, don't worry.

Let's see how we fare next week. ^^

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Thank You Photographers!

More nonsense about last Sunday's Newton Challenge Run.This is as much about me being narcississtic as it is as a show of appreciation for all the awesome photographers that were there, snapping our photos.
So happy looking, despite being one of the last runner out. I started four minutes after flag-off but there were other runners that started way later, like Ivan. Better start late than not starting at all, I say. ^^

Thank you Lim Soon Chung for this shot.
Almost halfway done... still happy looking.

Thank you Jason Lim for this shot. This guy is an inspiration for anyone who wants to start running but haven't done so.
I actually walked the incline until I saw the photog and quickly "pretended" to run. Somehow in the "kelam kabut" covered my face pulak. But I do love this photo, covered face and all. No, nobody farted. heh heh

Thank you Ee Kok Jin for this shot. ^^
Saw the photog sitting on top on the incline right in front of me but decided tapping Eezard's shoulder was more fun to do.
Hello. Still got energy to say hello and stuff but not much for running. Hahaha

Thank you Aaron Soo for both photos. :)
Run on an incline. This is one of the easier ones so still can shuffle shuffle and pretend I was running.
Thank you CH Leong for these two photos.
Last but not least,another shot by Jason. Thank you!!!!

Plus a BIG THANK YOU for dear hubby for waking up early, waiting for 3 hours and snapping my photos and whomever he felt he'd like to. *muaks*

OK.. no more running photos..... until this Sunday that is! Hahaha!!!

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