Sunday, 30 August 2015

The Weekend Runs

What's fun to do during this long Merdeka weekend?

For me, running of course!

And because we visited Kuantan for my youngest brother's wedding, I got to run in Kuantan too! Plus enjoy a nice vacation with the family. ^^

But first, my runs. I'll do some posts about our Kuantan visit later. Hihihi

I needed to do two 24K runs during the weekend but knowing that it'll be hard to fit in two long runs with travelling and a wedding (plus visiting relatives' houses); I decided to put in the 24K on Friday and postpone the second 24K when we get back to KL. 

I didn't run early in the morning on Friday (for obvious reason that it is hard to do so during a weekday morning for me) so I opted to hit the gym's treadmill later instead.
I had initially thought of breaking the 24K run into 3 sessions where I'd stop after 8K for a drink but decided since I was feeling good, to continue until 10K.

Ran 10K at easy pace, stop, go downstairs for a drink then go up again and continue with another 10K, stop, drink and run again.

Gotta give the treadmill a break also lah. Hahaha

Good thing when I was at the gym, there wasn't too many treadmill users so I didn't need to feel guilty hogging one treadmill for almost 3 hours!

Got to cut short the final 4K into 2K only as hubby called to pick me up in 30 minutes time. Gotta shower and all before I get into the car, right? 

We were already in Kuantan on Saturday for my brother's wedding. Since it was the bride side's kenduri, we didn't have too much to do.
So we had some free time and made a stop at Teluk Chempedak. Son went for a swim with Daddy watching over while Mommy did a run.
With soft and loose sandy beach at Teluk Chempedak, I decided to run barefoot. To tell you the truth, it wasn't easy to run on such soft surface where I had to really take care of my footing but I love the experience! I even fell at one time as the sand I stepped on just kinda sinked and I got sucked into the sand. Right on front of a lot of beach goers! Hahaha
Ran on sand, climb on some stones (Teluk Chempedak has lotsa big stones by the beach) and ran past Hyatt Regency Kuantan. :-)

Later, we joined the rest of the family for a playtime at Pantai Batu Hitam.
The sand is much firmer here and I figured it'd be nicer to run here. Instead of white sand, the beach side is a mixture of white and blackish sand and as the name implied; black coloured rocks dotted the beach.

One has to be careful of the rocks when one bathes here!
The next morning, we went out to Pantai Batu Hitam. Mommy got to run while Son went for a swim with Daddy.

It was great that the homestay my family was staying at was just a few hundred metres from the beach so we could just walked to the beach.
I got to do double the mileage from the day before. Happy. 

I didn't want to run too much as I planned to pay back the 24K I owe for Sunday on Monday. During the Merdeka Day.

After the run, I joined Hubby and Son for a dip to cool down and later head home for breakfast.

Hungry lah! :)

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Hokkaido, Tokyo Or Kyushu Ramen

I know this product has been in the market for a few years but I only saw them at Village Grocer a few weeks back.

For RM12.90 for a pack of 5, not bad lah kot...

Maggi and Mamee Chef also now expensive already and this one is brought from Singapore. That's why the Halal mark is not from JAKIM, OK?

I guess pretty soon it'll get much much more expensive now that RM is sliding down. Waaaaaaaay down.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Six Hours At UTC Pudu Sentral

We needed to renew Son's passport as it's expiring soon and figured we'd head to UTC (Urban Transformation Centre) Pudu Sentral on Sunday, after my 10K run in Larian Sehati Sejiwa.

The initial plan was for me to finish, shower at the shower facilities in Lake Garden and head straight to UTC but the lure of the generous lucky draw offered at Larian Sehati Sejiwa made us stayed back until 11.00am! Nah, wasn't lucky to win anything from the lucky draw.

We arrived UTC Pudu Sentral at noon and was given no. 1356. A few hundred numbers in front of us. To be expected lah, right?

As Son was under 18, we were told that we needed to bring his birth certificate, apart from his IC.

Alamak! We thought his IC would suffice.
The Immigration staff manning the number counter advised us to head to JPN (Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara) and "pull out" his birth cert there as it would be a bigger hassle for us to come another day or to head home just to pick up the birth cert.

It was a better option for us and after all, we were advised that our number would be called around 4.30pm.

Got Son's birth cert after waiting for about an hour. Excellent service at JPN there. Friendly staff and one in particular loves to make jokes.
With about 3-hours to go, I had my lunch at the food court located on Level 4 (the two boys already had their fill at Larian Sehati SEJIWA "buffet") and then we went around exploring the centre.

After checking out the three floors, I really appreciate the convenience of having all the government departments under one roof. Just like how convenient it was for us to head to JPN while waiting for our number to be called at the Immigration office.
It was ages since I last visited this area, of what used to be called Puduraya. Roaming around, I found how different it was here than 25 years ago when I was a student, taking a bus here to get to Melaka.

Finally at around 5.00pm, our number was called and Son got his passport processed.
We figured we had time for dinner while we wait to pick up the passport after making our payment and headed off to Marrybrown.

Forty minutes later, we returned to the Immigration office and realised that our number had been called so Hubby just queued up at counter 11 for the passport pickup.

It took us 6 hours, yes. But that's understandable. There were many others who were applying and renewing their passports that day too. We are taking advantage of the weekend to get it done.

And it was good that we didn't need to queue early in the morning just to get our numbers and hope it doesn't run out.

The government staff we encountered at JPN, Immigration Office and even JPJ were accommodating and friendly. So thumbs up to them.

So now, all three of us have valid passports. So, we can go off for a holiday any time now! Woot! Woot!

Monday, 24 August 2015

Press Release : Taylor’s College’s Jog For Hope 2015 Raises RM 60,000 for Charity

Annual fundraiser by students of Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas benefits senior citizens, orphans and underprivileged children this year
Making a dash for charity – 2000 enthusiastic runners raise funds for the underprivileged
Subang Jaya, 16 August 2015 – It was a Sunday morning filled with enthusiasm and excitement as 2,000 runners from all walks of life gathered and dashed off from the starting line at the annual fundraising Jog For Hope run organised by Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas.

This is the 7th series of the annual ‘jog-for-a-cause’ fundraising event, fully organised by students, and the beneficiaries for this year are Siddharthan Care Centre, a home for underprivileged children and senior citizens, and the Sinthamani Divine Life Ashram orphanage.

Assisted by 120 volunteers, including students and staff from Taylor's College Sri Hartamas and Taylor's College Subang Jaya, Jog For Hope 2015 successfully raised a total of RM60,000 that was presented to the Siddharthan Care Centre and Sinthamani Divine Life Ashram orphanage at the end of the event. Last year RM 57,000 was raised, and the amount has steadily increased since the run first began in 2009. Cumulatively since 2009, Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas Jog For Hope has raised an astounding RM 234,000 in the bid to help the underprivileged.

“On behalf of the organising committee, I thank the participants and supporters of Jog For Hope for their positive feedback and their encouragement for our charitable initiatives. We wouldn’t have been able to raise the funds without their generous contributions and enthusiastic participation and their personal effort to spread the word on this event. I would also like to thank the organising committee and the volunteers for all their hard work, even forgoing their rest and leisure time on a Sunday morning to make sure everything runs smoothly. I am touched by your passion and dedication for helping the less fortunate,” said Sze Kah Seng, Organising Chairman of Jog For Hope 2015.

“I have learnt a lot in my role as Organising Chairman, both in terms of managing and coordinating my team members and making the best of their abilities, and also in managing all the details that go into organising an event of this scale. I am glad that Taylor’s College makes sure that students have the opportunity to become productive members of society by encouraging us to initiate and run activities that benefit the less fortunate. I know this is good for my future – that the college is spurring us to be thoughtful and well-rounded members of society with leadership skills to make a difference. It’s not just about academics for us college students.”

Jog For Hope featured three categories – the 3km Fun Run, 6km Turbo Run and 10km Resilience Run. Participation fees were RM30 for school children, RM40 for tertiary students and RM50 for all other participants, while children below 6 could participate for free. The first 500 registrants were eligible for a RM5 early bird discount in all 3 paid categories. This year, participants were pleasantly surprised as the trademark Jog for Hope cotton T-shirt was able to be upgraded to Dry-Fit material due to the generosity of sponsors.
Yap Kwan Ken fueled by passion to run for charity
Jog For Hope participant, Edmund Tang, who finished the 10km Resilience Run shared: “It is my first time participating in Jog For Hope. I heard about it from my friend and decided to join. It was a good run and I hope I will be able to participate again next year. It would be nice to get a finishing medal as well. Maybe next year!”

Amirah Afiqah, a student at Taylor’s College, was excited to participate in her first ever run. “I just finished my first 3 km! I am excited and energised to be a part of this good cause and I would definitely recommend my friends to join Jog For Hope next year.”
Winners stand together for a cause! (left to right) : Josh Cybulskie, Yamada, Sivan A/L Bailathurevan, Daniel Gooch and Naresh Kumar
For further information, please log on to http://jogforhope.wix.com/home

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Larian Sehati Sejiwa For Merdeka Celebration

So I entered another 10K run this week, after doing a 10K run last week at Jog For Hope organised by Taylor's College Hartamas.

Another 10K despite needing to do a long pace 19K run on both Saturday and Sunday. No biggie, I figured. I just add the extra 9K before the run itself. After all, I wasn't planning to run at race pace.  And I wanted to utilise the hilly 10K route of Larian Sehati Sejiwa into my training run so it's a win-win situation. Hihihi

Larian Sehati Sejiwa is held in conjuction of our Merdeka Day celebration and as a part of KL Lake Garden festival.
A whole lot of activities at the Run and festival site in Padang Merbuk during the weekend.

We walked around the field checking out the stalls that would be open later that morning, met up with friends and I even met my ex-schoolmate!
The starting and finish line of Larian Sehati Sejiwa was at Padang Merbuk and where runners would immediately face an incline as they start their run.

The flag-off was rather quiet (very) and we were let off with just a blast of horn at 7.34am (my watch).

The 5K category was flagged off 30 minutes later at 8.00am and the 3K fun run kids category at 8.30am.

Despite the late start for all the categories, I don't think most runners would complain as the weather was really kind to us on Sunday.

It was still cool when I finished my run!
Much to Hubby's chagrin and despite Son's insistence that I joined the runners and start in front at the starting line; I started way at the back. Waaaaaay at the back.

I din't want to run too fast today and I actually wanted to do a slower pace than my half-marathon runs so I thought I'd be better off starting at the back.

The start was slow as there were so many runners in front of me but although I wanted to start slow, the start was too slow to my liking. Too many slow runners in front of me. Pulak...

I just followed the crowd and picked up pace whenever I could but I didn't really bother weaving through the 10K crowd that was running in front of me.

I was surprised to see a water station soon after, at 1mile mark. Although I didn't really need to drink in that early stage of my run, I decided to stop. Took a sip and thank the volunteers.

Saw a distance marker at KM2 mark which was nice to see.

There were distance markers located at every KM if I'm not mistaken, but I think the KM3 to KM6 markers were located 1KM in deficit. KM3 marker should have read KM2 and so on. But it was corrected when we got to Tugu Negara. 8K done and 2K to go.

I saw another water station at KM2.3 which again surprised me. I have to say, for a 10K run; the organiser was really generous with the water stations. And of course, since I wasn't that much in a hurry to finish, I stopped at every single water station.

Always am compelled to stop and thank volunteers, me. Hahaha

By the time I reached KM6, 10K runners merged with the 5K runners and the road was congested with the runners either running or walking, many were pushing strollers, making it hard to weave through them or even to run. At certain stretches, I just walked until I got a clear path to run.

I wasn't stressed out too much about this. Actually, I have respect to the parents who were out with their kids on Sunday.

There was a lady who not only pushed her daughter seated in a stroller, she was also carrying her baby in a baby carrier! RESPECT!

But I do appreciate the effort of a fellow runner, Irwan who was shouting from behind and asking walkers to keep left and let runners to run on the right side of the road.

When he overtook me and other runners, he became like an ambulance and us, the motorbikes following the clear path the ambulance made on the road. Hahaha

Thanks Irwan!

Saw a few friends doing the 5K run here too and teased them to keep left. Hihihi

We reached KM8 by the time we got to Tugu Negara and it was downhill from there until we reached Padang Merbok again. Said hi to a couple of runners and shot straight ahead.

But instead of turning left for the field like the Multi Purpose Run would, we continued straight towards Bank Negara.

And faced another incline. Damn.
Halfway up the incline, I was walking again as the crowd had pretty much slowed down at this stretch and I figured I do the same too.

Until I heard a loud voice somewhere up the slope telling runners to run and not walk.

It was a familiar voice so I started running just so I can whack the fella! LOL

Thanks Ken for the motivation.
After the incline, it was blissfully a downhill for a few hundred metres as runners approached the finish line. Instead of going full speed ahead, I slowed down to say hi to a friend who was running with not only her kids but also her friends' kids. Respect you, Gai!

Then saw a fellow runner helping to distribute the Jalur Gemilang and I stopped to get one for myself. Yup, that one I was holding in the above photo.

Saw Hubby and Son waiting for me so I waved hi to them before running towards the finish line.
Got to the finish line, excitedly greet friends who were there waiting to support and then made my way to get my water, bananas and medal.
And later, indulge in Nasi Lemak provided by the race organiser. They provided a buffet for everyone! Nasi lemak and teh tarik. Om nom nom...

We were supposed to go to UTC later that morning but we stayed back until 11.00am for the generous lucky draw. Well, didn't win the motorbike or the bicycle or the shoes. Hahaha

And only got to UTC Pudu Sentral at noon after I had my shower at the shower/toilet at Lake Garden.
All in all, it was a good run. A fun run with friends. And seeing that I somehow bettered last week's 10K timing was an icing on the cake.
As Hubby mentioned, I probably could've finished much faster if I started early and not get caught up  in a congestion with the 5K runners later. Or stopping at every single water station. Or slowing down to disturb friends.

But that's my joy running in a race.

But yes, if I indeed need to do a fast pace run, I might need to forgo fun and be more focused in my run.

Still, I was happy with my run on Sunday. ^^

Friday, 21 August 2015

Ready For The Weekend (And Run In Larian Sehati Sejiwa)

My training plan for the upcoming weekends.

Gonna be a bit of challenge to fit in two long runs over the Merdeka weekend as we'll be travelling to Kuantan for my brother's wedding.

I've moved a 24K run on Saturday to Monday instead and hope I can fit the run in.
While I actually need to run 19K this Sunday, I registered myself to a 10K run at Larian Sehati Sejiwa. My second 10K race for 2015.
 
I figured I can either put in a 9K before running in Larian Sehati Sejiwa and then continued running in the race or do the balance 9K after the race. Anyway, I need to run at a hilly route this Sunday so that's why I choose to enter this race. (Cannot find or afford any nearby half-marathon this week also lah...)
 
I'm leaning more towards the before, though. Gonna be hard to be disciplined to run after the race, especially if I meet up with friends there. Hahaha
For those running in Larian Sehati Sejiwa, do take note of the day's program OK?

The start of the run, for all categories is a bit late for my liking but let's make the best of it and enjoy our run. ^^
And hopefully win some awesome lucky draw prizes!
Maybe I should take this yellow shoes for its second race outing this Sunday, eh? ^^


Thursday, 20 August 2015

A Hearty Breakfast After A Sunday Run

So we did something rather out of norm last Sunday.
 
We went out early on Sunday morning for me to run in a 10K race.
 
Even Son remarked about it because as it was only a 10K run, I didn't have a whole lot of stuff brought along - my special needs bag or drop bag, my "treatment" bag, my food stash, extra shoes and clothes, etc. Hahaha
 
Yeah, it did feel weird just going out for a race without all those extra baggage that I'd bring for long hours races.
 
Anyway, as a treat for both Hubby and Son for being up so early on Sunday; I treated them with breakfast at Plan B.
 
They had their usual :
Smoked salmon and salsa for Son.
BIG Breakfast for Hubby.
 
I nicked his cappuccino though. As always. ^^
And I thought I'd try their Japanese Breakfast box.
 
Well, I didn't like my choice.
 
One, I don't like the fact that the salmon has the skin side up.
 
The brown rice wasn't too exciting.
 
But other than that, it was OK. Just passable for a Japanese breakfast fare. I've had better ones.
 
It was nice to enjoy a leisurely breakfast with the family once in a while, especially as we (Hubby and I) aren't out for our long training runs.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Razif's Quest - Road To TdG

Helping to get the word out for a respected runner, Razif who also blogs at RaYzeef@malaya :

Continuing his effort with PEKA Malaysia running UTMF race last year, Razif will once again run for a cause, in support of PEKA’s movement “Save Our Rainforest”.

After 2nd straight year balloting his name, he finally made it into the prestigious Tor des Geants (TDG) race in Italy. Only 700 runners are allowed to race this annual 330km (200 miles) race every year.

Officially collaborating with PEKA Malaysia, Razif is offering a chance of owning the Limited Edition RQ (Razif's Quest) PEKA TDG Cotton T.Shirt to fund part of his expenses to run in his dream race – the 330km Tor des Geants (TDG) in Italy this coming September.

The cost is RM50/pc. If you are interested in purchasing them, please contact PEKA or direct email to Razif for your order. PEKA Malaysia. Email: hello@pekamalaysia or rayzeef@gmail.com

All the best Ray!

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Jog 4 Hope, Taylor's College

I hadn't planned to run in any races this weekend despite my training plan requiring me to run a 5K park race with a 20-25min cool down on Saturday and a 3:30 long run on Sunday.

I figured I'd just wing both runs around my neighbourhood. Around my apartment's carpark, to be exact.

But at the last minute (Thursday, as a matter of fact) I confirmed my registration for a 10K run in Jog 4 Hope which was organised by Taylor's College Sri Hartamas. Just move the 3:30 to Saturday and run the shorter distance training on Sunday.
Registration was still open on race morning, I think. But I only needed to collect my bib and t-shirt a few minutes before the run.

Despite the last minute registration, there was no issue of t-shirt availability and I got my choice of size.
Despite many runners going to Kuching Marathon, Run with Us in Putrajaya or AK Balloon Run, there was a respectable crowd for this run; not only of the college students but for the Open Category too. 

Even strong runners from certain running groups were running in this Jog 4 Hope. 

The name is Jog 4 Hope but a number of runners sure wasn't just jogging today! They pushed hard!

There were also pacers with pace balloons in this run. Hubby saw a 47min pace balloon and remarked, this was no jogging pace. Saw two 65 min balloons and a 75 min balloons too.

But it was quite weird to see the 75 min pacer running faster than the 65 min pacers later! @.@

As I needed to do a 5K race pace, I started fast. Way too fast I think, especially as we faced an incline immediately as we start.

The first checkpoint and water station was located at KM1.6 (1 mile) mark and despite my intention of not stopping to drink (only 10K mah... So sombong. Hahaha); I stopped and took a sip of water. The volunteers were too nice for me to ignore them. Hah Hah

Actually, yes. A big pat on the back for all the crew and the volunteers of Jog 4 Hope. Helpful, organised, cheerful and friendly. Thank you.

We passed the starting line again as we reached the 3K mark and by this time I was wondering why the heck I didn't sign up for the 3K category instead. When I saw the 6K runners making a u-turn later, I wondered again why on earth I didn't sign up for 6K! Muahaha

The route was littered with hills and actually quite popular with runners for their training runs. But I myself have not run or train using this route before. So by 5K I was actually cursing at each incline I faced. 

This was truthfully for me a really uncomfortable run. Both my knees had some pain issues and my left foot too. I had iced them the night before hoping that the pain will subside. I not only Rocktape my knees and my left foot for support, I opted to wear my compression pants for this run.

Wrong move, wearing that compression pants. My calves felt tight and it was really uncomfortable to run fast in them. I hadn't had any issues using them for my 50K runs though...

At around KM6, a runner said hi and asked me about my Sungai Lembing run. The same guy who said "Welcome to Seremban" when I did the Seremban Half Marathon in July. ^^

There was plenty of u-turns for the 10K runners and plenty of looping and the final u-turn was at KM7 mark. Then it's uphill again.

After the 5K, I chose to run only part of the incline and walk the rest. I ran the downhill and flat sections. After all, I got my 5K race pace already and I didn't really want to push all out. Not with a wonky knee and a problematic foot.
A pretty erratic pacing. 

This is my first 10K for the year and well, I'm adjusting and learning to pace myself for shorter runs now.

Anyway, for a small race; there were distance markers available along the route. And the volunteers themselves were placed along the route with signs to go "Straight Ahead" or "Turn Left", "Turn Right" and even two who held a "Caution" sign at two uneven stretch of the road.

They were also very helpful at the water stations and all hollered words of encouragements to runners who passed by. Taylor's College volunteers, you ROCK!

Just as I was approaching 8K, I saw a boy swaying as he was running in front of me. When he stopped, I stopped to ask whether he was OK and I continued my run when I saw him flashing a smile. I guess he just need a rest before continuing.

Saw the 9K distance marker as we run uphill and by now I know I have about 1.4K to go. I knew the 10K route was overdistanced because I read a friend's race recap when she ran in Jog 4 Hope in 2013.

It was a downhill after KM9.5 which was nice but the last 200m was an uphill to the finish line.
As I ran towards the finish line, a crew looked at my bib, shouted something to another crew and directed me towards the crew.
Oh, I got a placing. No 8 only lah... 

It was funny because before the run, Hubby had asked whether I intended to wait until the end of the program before heading back.

I told him we might need to, at least for the prize winning and cheque presentation ceremony to the beneficiaries of this run; Siddarthan Care Centre and Sinthamani Divine Life Centre Ashram. His answer was simply "look at the Women Open runners. Gonna be tough for you to get top 10". Hur hur

But anyway, only the top 5 runners get prizes. ^^

Following my training plan for a 5K race pace run (I still dunno what my 5K race pace is) and with the rest being a slower paced run; I'm happy with my effort. I probably could've run faster but I didn't. 

And I realised that I need to do more hill training. 
The elevation of Jog 4 Hope 10K route.

I envy those who train using this route. Sure power lah, hitting all those hills!
And the route itself. A total of 10.51km for me today.

Overall, a very nice route and organisation of the run was good despite being handled by students.

I am certainly looking forward to run in the 8th edition of Jog 4 Hope next year!

Friday, 14 August 2015

The Weekend In Sungai Lembing

So I registered and ran in the King of Sungai Lembing last Sunday.

We thought we'd make a weekend vacation trip out of it, and decided to head to Sungai Lembing on Friday evening to ensure we had more leisurely time before our run on Sunday.

Hubby who was a volunteer/crew in the King of Sungai Lembing had assured me that he only needed to report to duty on Sunday and we'd have time on Saturday for sightseeing and have a relaxing Saturday. 

Or so we thought! Hah hah

Damn kepoh people like us ended up being busybodies at the race venue instead of going sightseeing. Even our son got roped in to help. Poor boy. Good thing he didn't mind. ^^

We arrived Sungai Lembing at around 4pm, having started our journey after the Friday prayers and immediately after picking up Son from school. 
Still in his school uniform when we got to Pahang! From Bangsar! 
While hubby went out to help the organiser with the setting up of race bunting along the main street of Sungai Lembing (and play time riding bicycles. So jealous of him lah), I stayed behind and kepoh-kepoh with the ladies, tying up race checkpoint ribbons and later making hampers.

Friday night was spent separately before our BBQ dinner. Mom here. Son there. Father over there. Huhuhu

Hubby went with the menfolk to check out the race course after it got dark. He knew I wanted to join too but it wouldn't be nice so I stayed behind, helping out with the filling in of goodies into the race pack. It was done quickly and pretty soon it was time for the men to return (sound so primeval, eh? Hahaha) and time for dinner at the organisers' place. 

Yeah, we were kinda shameless enough to join them for dinner. Hohoho
And I even feasted on a lot of durians! Yummssss! 
The next morning started late for hubby and I. Son had spent the night with his friends so Mommy and Daddy had the room all to themselves. 

We decided to go out for a short walk, checking out the place.
 Nothing too far. I still have yet eaten breakfast, after all!
The road leading into Sungai Lembing.

Friendly folks around. The uncle whose shop we went into to buy some shop wished us best of luck for our run. ^^
We had wanted to visit the Sungai Lembing Museum and the mining tunnel but somehow never had the time to do so. Ah well...
As early as 10am, runners started coming for the race pack collection on Saturday. I somehow got myself behind the collection counter. At first, just taking photos of the runners who came by and later, kepoh again by helping in getting their event t-shirts sorted.

Yeah, that was me, looking over to see what t-shirt sizes needed to be passed to the people manning the collection counter. Manyak kepoh. Lucky never got chased out. Hahaha
While I was busy at the race pack collection site, hubby went with the menfolk (again) to the race course for route marking.
But it did seem like he was having way more fun than I did!

He even got to play in the river! No fair!
Son was pretty busy helping out too.

But he did have some play time with his friends.

And even got to be a part-time baby-sitter. LOL

After spending the whole day on my feet, and finally had everything sorted by 7pm, I had an early night and went to bed by 9pm. Alas, the sleep I had hoped for was interrupted by noises from other rooms and later the heavy rain.

In the end, the grand tour for me of Sungai Lembing was done on feet. With me running part of the 50K route of King of Sungai Lembing.
But hey! I got to ride this "roller-coaster" jeep for free, along with 15 other runners.

The ride was so FUN!

Arriving the Start/Finish line, I rested and caught up with friends who were already there. 

I had my Son brought my camera to the finish tent so I could snap photos of friends who were already there and also of those finishing.

I was still waiting for friends who have yet finish their run but missed a few as I was called to take photos of the winners during the prize giving ceremony for the 50K category.
Hubby arrived after 4.00pm after being told not to continue with the rest of the route (about 4K to go) and the runners with him was instructed to stay off the race course.

We lepaked a bit and then head back to our room. The homestay owner of the room we had booked was nice enough to let us still use our room to shower and freshen up after our run. 
We headed for dinner at a nearby place later and was greeted by our friends who were there, just finishing their dinner.
And they recommended this.

Nasi lemak with freshly fried, piping hot chicken. Yummy!

We made our way back to KL at 6.30pm and luckily the road was rather clear and arrived home at 10.00pm. We were worried that Son might be too tired for school the next day but he was adamant not to miss school and true enough, everyone was up as usual by 5.45am the next morning. Son for school. Mommy and Daddy later head to work. 

Sure, we didn't really get to explore the small town of Sungai Lembing as a family so I think we need to return for a proper visit. As a tourist though. Not as a runner. ^^

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