Sunday, 28 June 2015

Iftar With MYNIC Berhad For Larian Sehati Sejiwa

I was lucky to be extended a generous invitation to attend a buka puasa/iftar event with MYNIC Berhad at Premiera Hotel Kuala Lumpur together with my family on Sunday.
The iftar event was held as a get together and sharing of info for the upcoming Larian Sehati Sejiwa, which will be held on Aug 23, 2015 at Padang Merbuk.

The run, held in conjuction of our Merdeka Day celebration, will see 5,000 runners running in either the 10K category or the 5K Fun Run category or the Kids' 3K Fun Run.

Registration fees starts at RM20 for Kids Fun Run (Age 7-12), RM30 for RM5K Fun Run (all ages) and RM45 for 10K categories.

For registration and information on the run, click here.
The CEO of MYNIC, Encik Hasnul Fadhly Hasan giving a short speech before the breaking of fast.
Fellow runners seated with the CEO, Encik Hasnul and MYNIC's COO, Puan Norsuzana Harun and MYNIC staff.
 Great spread for buka puasa/iftar at Premiera Hotel.
 The highlight for me and also other fellow runners who attended the event. 
Thank you again MYNIC for the invitation and am surely looking forward to the Larian Sehati Sejiwan on Aug 23, 2015!

Registration for the run is already open, so what are you waiting for?

Apart from getting our event tee, finisher medal, goodie bags, participants will get to register two domain names which is free for one (1) year.

There will also be lucky draw with 5 motorcycles to be won and also other prizes such as bicycles and sports accessories. 

Jom ramai-ramai! ^^

Monday, 22 June 2015

Saturday Buka Puasa By The Lake

A picnic style buka puasa, just like what we used to do during the Ramadhan weekend a few years ago.
and for the same reason.

Mommy needs to do her 10K run so Daddy suggested we all go to Putrajaya, get our Buka Puasa chow at the Pasar Ramadhan and later Daddy and Son enjoyed the lakeside view near Masjid Besi (Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin  mosque) while waiting for Mommy to finish her run.

The lakeside from the mosque all the way to the Monumen Alaf Baru is lined with people opting to buka puasa picnic style, with friends or family.
We are always rather simple in our choice for buka puasa.

Nasi ayam, nasi tomato and nasi ayam berempah was our choice.
But can't linger too long after our meal. ^^

It's a good choice to picnic at Presint 2 & 3. There is the Pasar Ramadhan. Two mosques are nearby. And for sweaty people like me, there are an abundance of toilets that I can use to shower and freshen up.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Chillin' With Acham

I have to make sure I do my workout in the early evening now (or at the moment, before buka puasa/breaking of fast) just so I can spend time hanging out with this little fella at night. ^^
Mommy allows Acham to spend an hour on her lap everyday, and while Acham relaxes on her lap, she just wastes time watching TV, check on Facebook, read Whatsapp messages and occasionally, just occasionally reads her books.

When Acham takes a nap on her lap, it feels just so cruel to move and disturbs Acham's sleep.

Yeah, Mommy is such a pushover for Acham. 

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Retro Fashion Is BACK!

This was what I thought when I learnt about the Retro Run held near Publika last month in May. Seeing quite a number of my running friends sportingly donning wigs and retro style sure made me think about looking for some nice urban retro fashion look to rock myself. Hahaha
 
Trust me to somehow notice a running event and then think about fashion. Haha

Either bold geometric prints from the 60s to the high-waisted bikini bottoms made popular back in the 40s and 50s, there are many ways to inject a little bit of retro touch into our wardrobe.

Time to raid our Mums old clothes, you ask? No need lah. Furthermore, getting the look on a low budget is not a problem at all. The key to nailing it is by getting the right fit.

Clothing style of retro consists of wearing clothes that are commonly used in the past. This way of clothing often includes clothes and accessories that have characteristics of such times. Many fashionistas around the world use them in an exaggerated way with the combination of modern clothing style.

Plus, we don't need to go all Stepford Wives to rock this style.

Pretty designs like tropical motives and floral can be unique and easy to find without burning a hole in our wallet.

I like pretty dresses like this. A LOT. ^^
And styling them like this would totally rock my work outfit, with vivid prints and denim patchwork. And I am so bringing my inner 70s chic out by pairing lust-worthy knee-high gladiator sandals with my fave outfit.

Err... shall we go shopping now, please?

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

MEDIA RELEASE : GET FASTER, BETTER, AND STRONGER WITH STANDARD CHARTERED KL MARATHON RUNNING CLINICS


Kuala Lumpur, 15 June 2015 – With registrations secured and calendars cleared for the 4th of October, all focus will now be on achieving personal goals when running the race.


For runners upgrading their distances, preparation is crucial as one needs to get physically and mentally ready for the challenge, while those looking to achieve a new personal best will need to build up their physical and mental endurance as well as their muscles for the task.


To help runners prepare for the road ahead, Race Owner and Organiser, Dirigo Events will be conducting a series of running clinics at various locations in the Klang Valley.


The running clinics are serialised into 14 sessions (8 general sessions and 6 specialised sessions) organised on selected Sunday mornings across 4 months under the supervision of Mark Williams, the official coach for Standard Chartered KL Marathon. Each session is differentiated -- designed to get beginner, intermediate and advanced runners prepared for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon.
Mark Williams, the official coach of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2015, demonstrating a plank exercise as he shares warm up techniques, stretching and strength exercises in the running clinic.
As Mark William advises all runners planning to participate in the clinics, “Whether this is your first ever race or you’re already a veteran of many Marathons, the structure and topics of these clinics have been designed to give relevant information, training tips and guidelines for every participant to get the most out of their efforts. We urge them to come along, listen, learn, and share the knowledge with their friends and family!”

Director of Dirigo Events Sdn. Bhd. and Standard Chartered KL Marathon owner and organiser, Rainer Biemans sees it as part and parcel of a great race experience, “Our role as race organisers goes beyond planning the routes and delivering the logistics. It is also our responsibility in getting runners trained properly and safely. The training journey can be challenging and long, but we will be helping runners along every step of the way. The running clinics are more than just a platform for training; they are platforms to form new friendships, discover new ideas, and find encouragement to go further. This is also in line with our title sponsor, Standard Chartered Bank’s brand values.”

Dirigo Events Sdn. Bhd. together with adidas will also be using the running clinics to spot and nurture talented potential runners. The running clinics are part of SCKLM organisers’ commitment to grow the sport as well as a platform for community building.   
Following the warm up session, the Marathon’s runners gear up to race against the clock to complete their loops around Bukit Jalil Park.

The schedule for the running clinics are as follows:

Running Clinics (General)
DATE
DAY
TIME
VENUE
TOPIC
7 June
SUNDAY
6.30 AM
TAMAN BUKIT JALIL
PREPARING YOURSELF AND THE BENEFITS OF RUNNING
13 June
SATURDAY
6.30 AM
TAMAN BUKIT JALIL
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING FOR RUNNERS
5 July
SUNDAY
6.30 AM
TAMAN BUKIT JALIL
RUNNING TECHNIQUE
12 July
SUNDAY
6.30 AM
TAMAN BUKIT JALIL
HOW TO TRAIN PROPERLY
2 Aug
SUNDAY
6.30 AM
TAMAN BUKIT JALIL
RUNNING EQUIPMENT
16 Aug
SUNDAY
6.30 AM
TAMAN BUKIT JALIL
AVOIDING INJURY  AND KNOWING YOUR INJURIES
30 Aug
SUNDAY
6.30 AM
TAMAN BOTANI PERDANA
NUTITION AND HYDRATION
13 Sep
SUNDAY
6.30 AM
TAMAN BOTANI PERDANA
SPORT PSYCHOLOGY
Running Clinics (Specialised)
DATE
DAY
TIME
VENUE
TOPIC
11 June
THURSDAY
6.00 pm
TAMAN BOTANI PERDANA
HILL TRAINING
25 June
THURSDAY
6.00 pm
TBC
FARTLEK TRAINING
30 July
THURSDAY
6.00 pm
TBC
INTERVAL TRAINING
20 Aug
THURSDAY
6.00 pm
TBC
CRUISE INTERVALS
27 Aug
THURSDAY
6.00 pm
TBC
ACCELERATION RUN
3 Sept
THURSDAY
6.00 pm
TBC
TEMPO RUN

The running clinics are just one part of Dirigo Events’ and Standard Chartered’s commitments to give back to the community; other initiatives include the Corporate Challenge in collaboration with Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia and the “Run For A Cause” programme.
Corporations who are interested to partake in the Standard Chartered KL Marathon are encouraged to join the Corporate Challenge, a competitive and fun platform for organisations to register and compete as a corporate team and raise money for the beneficiaries. It is not only a great way to foster camaraderie and team spirit in the office, but also acts as an initiative to encourage healthy lifestyles amongst the workforce.

Further to the initiatives, the “Run For A Cause” programme aims to raise funds and awareness for the beneficiaries in the Standard Chartered KL Marathon. This year, the four participating beneficiaries are Standard Chartered Foundation, Hospis Malaysia, National Cancer Society Malaysia and EcoKnights.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Back to Back 2 Endurance For The 2nd Time

I was back for the 12-hour Back 2 Endurance last Sunday at Lake Garden (Taman Botani Perdana) and it’s my second time joining this endurance run.

The format of the run is simple. Just do as many loops of 2.3K around Lake Garden as you can within 12 hours.

I did pretty OK last year, had lots of fun and managed to put in 62.2K.

My dream distance for this year was 80K. I've done 80K before, but at the Watergate 16-hour and yes, it took me 16-hours to complete it. So, to be able to achieve the same distance within 12 hours, I have to somehow shave off 4-hours. The thing is, I just walked when I did Watergate 16-hour. I planned to run more than I walk for Back 2 Endurance.

I knew it would be a tall order but nothing wrong in dreaming and trying to achieve our dream, right?

Anyways, after doing a test run of 10 loops around Lake Garden a week before the event, it’s back to the drawing board for me to re-asses what I want to achieve and what I’d be able to achieve, realistically.

After breaking my timing for each loop for guidance and segmenting it further to 5 loops with a target time to finish at every 5 loops; I decided that it was more realistic to aim to do 33 loops or 75.9K.

The day before race day, my period came. It’s one of those thing we female runners experience that is unique to us compared to being a male runner.

So now, not only do I have to think about cramp management, I have to think about chafing. Plus, I have to allow myself a few stops to change my pad to avoid leakage. Female runners would understand what I’m talking about. And we better be prepared for this at any races we signed up for, right?

Race morning.
It was still raining when we started and remained raining for another 3 hours.
Photo credit : Run & Explore
I had prepared for the eventually of rain, so I brought along with me, not only 3 sets of change of clothing and shoes; I also brought along my windbreaker.

I wore it more to keep warm than to avoid getting wet because we don’t want to be shivering under the rain and suffer for many hours!

Because of the rain, the sun came out a little later and it took me about two loops to finally see the sunlight. It affected my running pace somewhat as I was more conscious in running on the pavement. That and the fact that it took ages for my legs longer to properly warmed-up.

I had targeted to complete the first 5 loops by 8.00am but with the slower than planned pace, I finished it almost 10 minutes later than target. The next 5 loops was near target, which I targeted to do by 9.35am; and I was still only on 1 loop deficit.

I stopped after the 8th loop as there was a tell-tale sign of blistering because of wet shoes and socks. Put some Vaseline on both of my feet and I told hubby I may need to change shoes after my 9th loop.

A friend, Evelyn and her buddy came and ran with me after her morning run as I started my 12th loop. She accompanied me until I finished my 15th loop. *muaks*

The breakdown of my first 3 5-loops was at this time :
1st 5 loops (11.5K) : Actual - 1 hour 39min. Target time - 1 hour 30min
2nd 5 loops (23K) : Actual – 1 hour 40min. Target time – 1 hour 35min
3rd 5 loops (34.5K) : Actual – 1 hour 46min. Target time – 1 hour 40min

I managed to keep running until KM30 before a sharp pain just above my kneecap made me reduce my pace and walked instead. It was particularly painful when I hit the incline near the man-made waterfall/field at Lake Garden.

There was also signs of my legs cramping up. Combined with my tummy cramping, it sure ain’t pretty. Evelyn passed some salt tablets to hubby later for me to take and I took them later. I’m not sure why I cramped up this time as I don’t normally experience leg cramps while I’m out for a long run.

There and then I decided, instead of trying to push it and risk further injury, I’d just walk off the pain and when I felt better, I ran. Until pain hit again.
Photo credit : Chan WK
The remaining distance was pretty much that way. I’d run until I felt discomfort on my left knee and then I’d walk. But I’d run without fail the last 200m towards the Start/Finish line for each loop.

I did the 4th 5 loops (46K) in 1 hour 59min. My target time for this 5 loops was 1 hour 45min. So by now I was almost 30min slower than my target. I wasn’t too worried though as I still want to keep focused and it did help me to just think of getting through 5 loops at a time.
At 52.9K mark
I had aimed to get 50K (22 loops) before I stop for lunch and the plan was to hit that distance within 7 hours but by this time I was off by 33minutes from my target.

From this point, I decided to cut short my rest stops and instead of spending 30 minutes stopping to enjoy lunch, I stopped for 15 minutes. To eat and re-tape my feet to avoid blisters.

I still managed to chat with friends at the rest area but this year, with the help of hubby to feed me and also remind when to get moving, I didn’t linger for too long.

To avoid hunger, I decided to eat on the go. I took a banana and enjoy it while walking part of the route. Later, I enjoyed a nice aiskrim potong bought by a photographer/runner which he had nicely shared with everybody.

Since my knee was still bugging me and I was unable to run more than 2 minutes at a time, it was an alternate between a 1.30minute run and a 1minute walk. I had aimed to reach 60K mark (26 loops) in 9hours but I only managed to do so in 9hours 41minutes. 41 minutes is worth 2 loops!

I discussed my plan with hubby and the race director and made a new target for 31 loops or 71.3K instead.

The final 5 loops was done in 2 hours 03minutes, with the final total timing for 71.3K in 11hours 52minutes with 8 minutes to spare. If I had another 20minutes, I certainly would die-die try to get another loop but even though I was coaxed to so and push hard for the final 3 loops to get in an extra loop, I decided not to. Not with a knee injury at stake and the fact that I need to resume normal training by this Wednesday.
While Back2 Endurance was something I look forward to do and excel in, this wasn’t the race I am training for. So instead of jeopardising a future race that I really need to do well in, I decided 31 loops is good for me this time. I’ll train better and smarter to be a much stronger runner for next year’s Back 2 Endurance edition and maybe aim for GOLD medal! (That’s 36 loops minimum).

The looping around for 12 hours was made bearable because:
1. There were a lot of stuff to see around Lake Garden. A family, day, a yoga gathering, few groups picnicking, cosplayers and bride & grooms photoshoots.
2. Free entry to the public toilets for participants. Yeay! Hahaha… But seriously, when you need to go to the toilet and change every 4-hours, free toilet entry is a bonus. Try having a period to understand this.
3. Chatting while running or walking around the lake with fellow runners.
4. Encouragement by other runners and it certainly boosted my morale to have respected runners like Ben Swee and Frank encouraging me.
5. Cheerful fellow runners.
6. Photographers going around the lake. Nothing better to make a tired runner run than having a photographer aiming their lens at the runners! Hahaha
7. Family and friends who dropped by to support, or in my case stayed the whole 12-hours to support me. Both hubby and son kept me company for a few loops, at different times.
8. Friendly and cheerful volunteers.
While I didn’t meet my target, I was still happy of what I achieved last Sunday, considering all the factors that I had to face.
And this result made me happy too. Ahahah

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Little Lost Kitten

It's easy not to be too attached with the random adult stray cats that we feed.

But when one day, a little kitten got abandoned and had nowhere to turn to, how can we look away? Or be bowled over by the little one?
Meet Acham. ^^

Monday, 8 June 2015

Back To Taman Saujana Hijau For Pink 50

It's been quite awhile since we last been to Taman Saujana Hijau located in Presint 11, Putrajaya.

It's a great park with great view, but it is kinda hilly to do serious mileage around it. Well, for me at least!

I had been trying to re-visit this park a few times, before I make my decision to enter a running event which will be held there in Aug.

It's a special running event, called Pink50; billed as the first all-women ultra-marathon event in Malaysia.

I have a confession.

Instead of jumping immediately to join this event, I hesitated. For a long time. Even receiving a kind invitation from the Pink 50 organising committee, with a lot of whatsapping and private messaging, it took me ages to want to do this.
  • One - I know it won't be easy. The cut-off is 9-hours instead of the one that I'm used to which are 12-hours and 16-hours.
  • Two - Taman Saujana Hijau isn't exactly the flattest route around if one compare it to Watergate 16-hour or Back 2 Endurance. It's errrmmm... undulating. 
  • Three - I'm not sure I needed another 50K LSD for the month of August, after having set my mind to do a 50K at King of Sungai Lembing the week after Pink50.
  • I needed reassurance that this all-women ultra-marathon isn't going to turn into a circus with men somehow taking the limelight away from the female runners.
After much deliberating, I signed-up for Pink 50 last week even before I made the visit back to Taman Saujana Hijau. I opined that I need to come out of my comfort zone and be brave enough to face a tougher challenge this time. 

And because of that, I wanted to try do a few loops there before the event date on Aug 2, 2015. 
Instead of entering and parking via the alternative entrance located near the water tank, we parked at the official entrance this time and pass through the Security Guard's post.
At first, we just took a stroll around the park.

Plenty of wedding and graduation photoshoots to dodge if one walk/stroll around the park.
But after a loop, I took off for a run while Son and Daddy continued with their more leisurely stroll.
Great thing about running in this park. Very visible and accurately marked distance markers, at 25m intervals. Yup, it's marked at every 25m. 

After the 400m decline from the starting point, I faced an incline of 300m, then a decline of 150m before facing a longish incline of 500m before going down on a decline and a couple of hundred metres of flat stretch.
Nothing too scary for those who trains around hilly areas like the double or triple hill or those who whizzed easily to finish Route 68 but I'm foreseeing a "gonna suffer a bit" come even day. But never say never! Hahaha
There are plenty of these gazebos dotted along the route should one's supporter want to put a support station away from the official water station. It's a nice place for a picnic too. Very picturesque to boot. 

This is at KM1.9 mark and the start of another incline.
This incline.
The same incline, from the other side of the jogging path.

Don't let it scare you though.

This final incline to complete the loop is only 150m and then it's all flat until we get back to the starting point.
I'm just happy that we don't need to run up all the way to the peak (and up this route) during Pink 50!
The path is lined with pine trees and pretty flowers.
With the path wide and clear to run in.

And those who might think Pink 50, with a minimum of 17 loops to do before one can get the Finisher title will be boring, think of this :
There will be plenty to look at.
  • The lovely elevated view.
  • Lovely, well-maintained park.
  • Families out to enjoy the outdoors.
  • Photoshoots to avoid or gawk at whether it's a wedding or graduation photoshoot. I've seen high-fashion photoshoot done here, at 2.00pm! Under the hot sun!
I only did 2 loops and I purposely didn't look at my watch for my pacing during my run but instead compare the distance marker with my Polar's distance.

I was at first worried at how I was feeling as I thought I had done a slow easy pace as I concentrated more in running and tackling all the inclines instead of being lazy and walk up and it felt hard.
Turned out I was running way faster than I wanted to and that's why I was panting so much.

Hubby told me to continue with another loop but I refused. I probably could've done it, adjusting the pace to a much slower effort but instead I chose to do a cool-down walk.
And take selfie. Hahaha
I know. I know. Some of you laugh at this elevation map.

111m max altitude. Pfft. Right?
Maybe it's easy for some.
For me, it's gonna be a challenge. A 9-hours worth of challenge so I need to train for this because while I can finish a 50K in less than 9-hours before; at an out and back run, looping poses a different set of challenge. 

But again, BRING IT ON!

See you ladies there soon!

Saturday, 6 June 2015

The Saturday Of The First Week Of School Holiday

What a mouthful of a title. Hehehe

I wanted to do a race simulation for next week's 12-hour Back 2 Endurance at Lake Garden to gauge timing, rest stops, blister management, heat and stuff that I'll experience during the run; you know better be prepared if you aim high, so that's what I did today. ^^

Hubby and Son tagged along to Lake Garden too but instead of doing the 10 x 2.3K loops like I did, they took their time and stroll and just enjoying the outdoors.

There was a "Mat Salleh" Daddy who was training around the loops too at the same time as me and he had his family tagging along and I noticed, what he did was run solo and mixing it up with play-time with his son.

Yes, we Mommies and Daddies do that. Instead of being selfish of following our training plan alone, we mixed our training with time with our family too. Although I guess we are a bit selfish for expecting our families to understand what we want to do. It does need the compromise from both sides, plenty of give and take and a whole lot of understanding when one starts to be serious about training especially for a marathon and above distances. 

We bumped into quite a number of running friends when we got to Lake Garden around 9:15am and most were done with their run. Pity I didn't take any photo with them.

I had at first thought of starting the first lap with a stroll with Hubby and Son but they literally pushed me to start running instead of dilly-dallying. Hahaha

But I did stop whenever I bumped into them during my run. I have a reason to do so.

They had cincau drinks to share. ^^
Lap splits.

I only needed to do 19K today but Hubby told me that I might as well round it up and do 10 loops = 23K. And I did! Hahaha

The aim today was for me to gauge my timing for each splits. 

So I split it into "Run Only", "Walk Only", "Speed Walk" and "Walk and Run" laps so that I could check on the timing and pacing for each laps that I did differently.

Why do I do this? 

Because 12-hours is long. I certainly cannot run the whole of 12-hours and as a respected, international ultra-marathoner once advised me, walking is running in ultra-marathons. The most important thing to remember is to keep moving. 

By knowing how fast or how slow I run, walk or walk & run, I could assess my ability and set an aim on the mileage that I want to achieve next week and plan on my pace accordingly. I do not want to start full steam ahead and then lose all the steam barely halfway through the race. Nope. I intend to keep moving until the 12th hour. 
24K in almost 4 hours, with all the stops and even chit-chatting with the "Bihun Sup" pakcik who told me it's way harder to go to Sogo than run around Lake Garden! Hahaha

As I finished my run at 1:00pm, it was a great time to have our lunch at the cafeteria nearby the playground area at Lake Garden.
And enjoy two of our favourite food there.

Bihun sup tulang and nasi ambeng. We even tapau'ed the nasi ambeng to bring home. ^^

The bihun sup tulang was awesome. The tulang (bone) had plenty of meat on it and they literally fall off the bone, it was so tender! Great, great recovery food and it doesn't really cost me a bomb!
Yumm yumm.

We got home at around 3pm and had already promised Son we'd go to the apartment's pool as soon as we got home but we got delayed.

Son, who absolutely adores cat heard a cat meowing and we investigated. Turned out a kitten was meowing for its mom (who was nowhere around) and was definitely terrified.
Worried that it would climb up into our neighbour's car engine, we tried to coax it to come out. It was jittery, wary of us humans and jumped every time a car/motorbike passed by. Oh dear.

We put some cat food to entice it to come out and it did but it would run away when we tried to come near.

After about 40 minutes, we decided that we'd leave the cat for the time being, left some food and water and put it away from the car so that the kitten would come out from under the car and we headed home.

When we returned from the pool 30 minutes later, we saw the kitten was drinking the water we had left. Hopefully, when we try again later this evening, the kitten would be less terrified of us. *cross fingers*

Let's hope the kitten likes us, yeah?

Thursday, 4 June 2015

No Words Needed

To express the bond between a parent(s) and their child(ren).

There's no need for the use of superlative words to convey our love sometimes, no need to be showy. Our little actions does speak a thousand words.



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