Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Salmon For The Weekend

Hadn't had much appetite last weekend so rice was off for me...

Luckily, I could enjoy a bit of pasta for dinner on Friday.
Food Junction pasta. Nothing to shout about but bolehlah... 

Then, after my run at IJM Land Half Marathon, I decided to treat Hubby for dinner (with Son too, of course) as he drove me 50km+ to Seremban 2 that morning. To and fro.
It was a cross between sate or Japanese food for me but considering Hubby wasn't feeling well, I thought Japanese food might be a better option.

So we went to Miyagi for dinner and this time, I had Salmon teppanyaki.

The tummy seems to prefer hot food better than cold and raw food lately so no sashimi or sushi for me this time! 

Monday, 14 August 2017

My First Run At IJM Land HM

Four months ago, while I was searching for a half marathon to run in, a friend highlighted to me about IJM Land Half Marathon which was held on Sunday, Aug 13th, 2017.

The event was in its 6th year but I think I've only really known about it last year, but didn't sign-up for it. At that time, truthfully for me, the buzz wasn't that much for me to want to drive to Seremban 2 (or rather ask Hubby to drive me 50km to the race venue) to run in it.

It still felt rather low key this year, in my opinion; as although the event was covered in a few newspapers and they held running clinics prior to the event, I couldn't find much social media shout-outs about it.

I tried to read up on previous year's blogs on the event but 99% of blog posts on it were from lifestyle bloggers but they unfortunately didn't write about running in it at all. Hur hur.

So not knowing what to expect, I hesitantly made my way to Seremban 2 on Sunday morning. Not only was I hesitant because I couldn't find much info, hubby wasn't feeling well and I haven't been training much prior to IJM Land Half Marathon. There was absolutely no mileage last week (as we spent our weekend taking photos at TMMT) and I only managed a 5K on Saturday morning. Talk about last minute cramming session! LOL

Anyway, I sure was glad to made it to IJM Land Half Marathon.

Exiting from the Seremban toll, we almost immediately could see signboards for IJM Half Marathon so getting to Dataran Centrio where the race village was located was very, very easy.

Signages for parking area and surau were big and easy to see too. *thumbs up*

It was drizzling when we arrived at around 5am (got there early as I had no idea what the flag-off time was as it only mentioned on the website that the event will be from 6.00am to 11.00am) but fortunately it stopped later.
Dataran Centrio was already abuzz with activities and with runners milling about, even at 5.00am. We decided to take a nap and I only went and check the area out at 5.40am.

At around 6.00am, the warm-up session was held and it was a good warm-up. The instructor was even heard telling us not to overdo it as we won't want to be tired to run afterwards! LOL

The stage area where instructors were standing was good and well-placed as runners from all angles could see them. 

The starting area for 21km category, boys & girls category and fun run category were separated which was excellent for me. I made my way to the start line 5 minutes before flag-off and there was quite a decent turnout for the category.

We were treated with fireworks display before flag-off and off we went, at around 6.20am.

I have to say, I like IJM Land Half Marathon route.

The roads were wide for runners.

It's peppered with long but (thankfully) gradual climbs so we got a pretty nice rolling route to make it stay interesting.

The volunteers  were cheerful. 

The air felt fresh and it sure was nice to be running outside the city.

I felt great!

I didn't realise a friend was running beside me at around KM2 as he tried to take selfies of us running together. But when I did, we chatted a bit and I realised then, that I was running way too fast for my current fitness level at 7.10 min pace. Adeh.

He later surged ahead by KM3 and I ran alone, just enjoying the scenery and stopping at ALL water stations. As usual, I only drank water and skipped the 100-plus.

It was at around KM4 (if I am not mistaken) that we saw the lead runners already making their u-turn at the other side of the road. Later we saw more runners as we approached Petronas station but still no u-turn in sight for us!

The route even brought us running to the IJM Land office and then, finally the u-turn and downhill section. Wooohooo!

I was pleasantly surprised that I still could run non-stop without walk breaks at KM8 because I had expected that  with my lack of mileage and training, I'd struggle after 5km but I was still feeling good albeit not running that fast lah.

I was careful not to over-exert myself and kept my effort to Zone 3 and it paid off.
Banana and water station at KM11 ish(?) I think. They served pisang mas and plain water here but by the time I got there, paper cups had already run out so we drank out of bottle. 

There was another water station just up ahead (less than 2km apart) and no shortages there and at other subsequent water stations. In fact, KM15 WS still had plenty of drinks for runners.

KM13 water station was the chirpiest and noisest water station of all and I appreciate their spirit. Thank you for the cheers!

By KM12, I could see 10K runners merging with half marathoners on the other side of the road  but I still got a long way to go to get there. And a few more climbs to tackle.

The climb from KM13 to KM15 was particularly long and while at first, I was relieved to see the downhill section from KM15 to KM16, it was short-lived.
Because as we approached KM16 (and the second checkpoint spot - the first one was located at IJM Land ofice), we arrived to the foot of a hill and had to proceed going up that blasted hill. 

Most of us were reduced to walking by now. Hahaha
Halfway up the hill.

Nice view of the housing area but after running for 2-hours, I was just cursing and holding on tight to the railing and move slowly upwards.
The RD sure has a weird sense of humor. Not only we had to climb that steep hill, we had to endure stairs too! Banyak jahat RD ni!

At this point, my heart rate spiked to 170!!! @.@
When I arrived to the peak, I finally appreciate the reason the RD made us go through this particular section.

It's to introduce the well-maintained Hill Park to us out-of-towners. 

Got dinosaur some more there, you know!

I was greeted here by a friend who was a crew, with a big, evil grin! She later told us via instagram that she did received a lot of "curses" from runners. HAHAHA

It was a 1km climb (plus park area), and from KM17 to 18 it was blissfully a downhill so we could run and make up to lost time spent earlier huffing and puffing up those stairs.

And at the last km, we were served yet another climb (just a short one, thankfully) before we made our final dash to the finish line.
It was indeed a very nice run and I was sure glad I decided to run in it despite my earlier indecision.

At the moment, this is my second favourite half marathon route, after Bukit Jalil Half Marathon.

The emcee was good.
The marshalling and traffic control were superb.
Crew and volunteers at the water stations were awesome.
Distance markers were big and placed at 1km apart.
There were those who cheered for us as we were running towards the finish line.
The route was nice and we were served with plenty of climbs (including stairs!)
Race village layout was great and spacious and runners were able to mingle around without feeling cramped.

All in all, a very good Sunday outing for me.
Thank you to IJM Land for this very nice run.

And oh, special mention to Seremban drivers. Very patient and understanding.

I've so far done three races that's related to IJM this year.
First one was the P.S.P. King of Forest at Pantai Sentral Park.
Second one was the Besraya Highway Duo Challenge.
And the third one at the IJM Land Half Marathon.
I'll be doing the NPE Highway Duo Challenge next and with the excellent experience from the three earlier races, I'm setting high hopes for NPE Duo Highway Challenge now!

Photos of some HM finishers can be found over at my FB page @CikArnab
Results of the run is available at www.ijmlandrun.com

But one point if I might add. Instead of giving us timing behind winner which I think 90% of us couldn't give a crap about, why not give us timing splits at the checkpoint in the result?

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Chill Friday

We always spend Friday evenings at a bookstore before we head home and read for a bit (and occasionally, Mommy will accidentally buy a book or magazine or something)...

But it's really been awhile since we enjoyed Starbucks coffee or drinks.

Mommy has kinda stopped enjoying her coffee fix there as she stopped liking too sweet drinks and Starbucks has plenty of too sweet drinks! Hahaha
But we enjoyed two frappucinos on Friday, because it's FREE!

The two boys redeemeed them through uMobile Terer Thursday promotion and we shared it while reading at Borders, Gardens Mall. Chill...

Last week Terer Thursday was macaron from Komugi (heaven!).

Maybe I should jump and change from Maxis to uMobile lah... So much freebies there! LOL

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Race Alerts : November Races

These are the races under my radar for November.

I've got almost all my weekends from Aug - Oct filled already and now it's time to set my sight on the last two months of 2017 and also look for 2018 races. 
First up is Malaysia's premier night marathon, Putrajaya Night Marathon.

I plan to sign up soon and do the full marathon.

I hope the organiser won't be changing their route at the last minute as what had happened to Larian Sukan SEA 2017. I know its probably inevitable but when you signed up because you were interested to run a certain route only to see it changed to your old, normal training route... Sure get disappointed also kan?
The week after PNM will be the MKH Kajang International 12-hour Walk which I already signed up for, months ago. 

But there's also another short run on Nov 11th, which is in the morning (the walk will be held at night on Nov 11) and that's the MQA Run. 
It will be held at Bangunan Mercu MQA, Cyberjaya and has categories of 15km/10km and 5km fun run.

Looks fun! The registration fee is quite reasonable too. 

I'm blocking Nov 19th for a new marathon event (by marathon, I mean 42.195km ya) and that's the KUL Marathon.
I'm still waiting for further details but I heard registration will open in 10 days time.

There will be Penang Bridge International Marathon the week after KUL Marathon but I'll be skipping PBIM as the family will be traveling at the end of November so I don't really want to pack my weekends with races before our travel date.

Then it'll be the start of a new training season to prepare to Route 68 in April 2018 after our trip!

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Dinner At Marmalade

As usual, on Friday we would head to Bangsar Village so that Son could enjoy time at Borders bookstore before we head home after work.

I was hankering for pasta and decided we'd try Marmalade.
Hubby had the Ginger Soy Salmon Bowl. This one is quite nice.
I had Aglio Olio with duck.
And Son had the Classic Bolognese.

Service was OK but it took ages for my Mushroom Soup to arrive.
I think they just forgot to joy down our order for the soup.

I got it well after I had finished my pasta and only after inquiring about it.

But it was good so never mind lah... I was in a good mood also that day. Otherwise, cancel order dy. 

Price wise, OK.
Portion wise, also OK.
Ambience, very OK.
Service? Bagi can la. 

Sunday, 6 August 2017

A Short Trip To Merapoh For TMMT 2017

At the last minute (like at 10pm on Friday night), we decided to travel to Merapoh to attend The Magnificent Merapoh Trail which was held between Aug 4 - 5, 2017.

I had registered for the run but couldn't run in it and had actually had to cancel my leave that Friday, although I had applied it much earlier.

Anyhooo...

We stopped by Raub and "tumpang" my brother's house to sleep before continuing for another 80km from Raub to Merapoh. 

Ya, knock on people's door at midnight to tumpang tidur. Huhuhu
A really, really misty morning enroute to Merapoh. 

We arrived about 1.5 hours after my category flag-off and although Hubby told me I could probably start anyway and catch up with other runners (yeah, sometimes he has this crazy faith about my ability), I didn't. No bib mah! Didn't attend the mandatory briefing the night before also. How to participate? Sure organiser won't give lah! LOL
We arrived, see see whether we could help but with nothing to do, I decided to "be helpful" and help out take finishers photos and give out medals. And I was there in time to see the champion of 100K arrive shortly after our arrival. 

With Abang Puzi, who is a legend in Malaysia Ultra running; we ran back and forth, giving medals to top finishers (much nicer to "kalungkan" the medals for them than asking them to go and collect it themselves at the finisher item counter) and then ran to get them cold drinks and apples as the crews were busy elsewhere.

Hubby was like, why are you tiring yourself out? 

Actually, why are we wasting petrol and toll money also to go there when I wasn't running or volunteering at the race? Hahaha

Partly to support runners in any way that we could. 

One is by taking their photos. I took photos just for 10 hours though. We stopped at 5pm as we wanted to go buy some jeruk before the roadside jeruk stalls closes for the evening.
Jeruk! 

Thankfully, the price was still the same as when we went to Merapoh last year. Belum naik harga. Phew.

Bought some for us and some for my brother. ^^

Then, the family went to a nearby stream to mandi-manda a bit and enjoy the cold water. Syiok wor.
And we stayed for dinner because The Magnificent Merapoh Trail always has roast kambing for dinner!

Thank you organiser for letting us share runners' drinks and food. The tilapia percik for lunch was nice (despite having to navigate through the bones). Kambing bakar for dinner was awesomely sedap!

With nothing much to do in the evening and having no commitment at the race, we left Merapoh after dinner and although we initially thought of stopping by my parents' house for the night, we just made a short stop in Raub before driving back to KL.

Arrived home at midnight safely and soundly.

It was a good day, witnessing the runners hard work and triumphs at the trail race. It did made me realise how I miss "suffering" at these kind of races. wakaka

I hope runners enjoy the photos I took although it wasn't much and certainly wasn't all that good. 

Photo albums can be seen here:

Results of the race can be checked at this link.

Congrats to everybody. Perhaps I'll see you guys there again next year?

Friday, 4 August 2017

Press Release: USAIN BOLT LEGACY SPIKES COMMEMORATE HIS IMPRESSIVE CAREER

Bolt gifted spikes as he prepares for final race
Global sports brand PUMA hosted a press conference in London to celebrate Usain Bolt’s legendary status and long track & field career. Usain was reminded of key moments in his life that contributed to his legacy, and Usain’s parents surprised him by joining him onstage to present him with a special pair of Bolt Legacy Spikes, commemorating his journey as he prepares for his final race.

Wellesley and Jennifer Bolt gifted their son his first pair of spikes back when he began running on the track, so it was only fitting that they were there to hand him the final pair of his professional career as well. These are the Bolt Legacy Spikes made exclusively for London and they have design details from key moments in his journey. The right shoe is labeled “Forever” and has the alpha symbol to represent the beginning of his career. The shoe is in the purple and green from William Knibb High School where he started on the track. The left shoe is labeled “Fastest” and has the omega symbol to represent the finish of his career. The left shoe is gold to represent his successes and the sock liner highlights his major achievements since 2002. The tongue of the spikes have Usain’s signature and a
mark of his classic pose embossed, the Jamaican flag is also incorporated to show the love he has for his home country.
“Usain Bolt has been a transformative figure for track & field and brought a type of energy that the sport has never seen before,” said Bjoern Gulden, CEO of PUMA. “The way he has stayed true to his core messages, family, and fans the whole time has been what’s really resonated with people all around the globe. We are proud to have been working with Usain for so many years now and our partnership will continue long after his race this weekend.”

Usain Bolt will wear his Legacy Spikes on the track in London and limited pairs are available at select retailers.

For more coverage on Usain Bolt’s farewell from the track, please check www.pumalegend.com and use #ForeverFastest

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Last Call For Bangi Wonderland Nature Run 2017

You guys have heard about Bangi Wonderland Theme Park & Resort right?

Bangi Wonderland Theme Park & Resort, a new and fun water theme park located in Bangi Avenue, Kajang.

Bangi Wonderland Theme Park & Resort is the region’s newest water theme park and resort located in Bangi, Selangor, one of Malaysia’s most popular destinations. Bangi Wonderland is the latest tourist attraction for both local and overseas tourists. It is a complete water park experience for everyone - families, kids, teens and thrill seekers alike.
In conjunction with its 1-year anniversary, an inaugural running event will be held on 17 September 2017 at 6am, with the Start N Finish being at Bangi Wonderland Theme Park. It will also the first nature run to be held inside the UKM nature forest reserve for 10km (20% flat road & 80% off road inside UKM forest reserve) / 3km Fun Run.
Off-road section.

Registration will be closing soon on Aug 7th, 2017 and at the moment, the 3K Treasure Fun Run category is already closed and only the 10K category left.


Details of the event
Date 
17th Sept 2017 Sunday
Flag off
7.00am (10K)
7.15am (3K)
Venue 
Bangi Wonderland Theme Park & Resort, Bangi
Distance
10km (2km Road / 8km Off Road) / 3km Fun Run
Entry Fees
RM65 (10km) | RM35 (3km Fun Run)
Runners Entitlements :
- Dri-fit round neck T-shirt
- Personalised bib number
- x 1 50% discount on entry ticket to Bangi Wonderland Theme-Park. Expires on 16 Oct 2017.
- Special discount entry ticket can be purchased ONLY on 16-Sept during REPC at Bangi Wonderland.
- Finisher medal
- Goodie bag
- Light refreshments
It's certainly something new for us to try running around the UKM Nature Forest Reserve as I bet not many of us have done or were able to do it before.

And the starting and also finishing line of the run will be at Bangi Wonderland Theme Park & Resort so we can bring our family to enjoy the run (the run is open for all 7 years and above) and later maybe have some water fun at the theme park!

Syiok woh!
 The medal is kinda cute too.
And I'm really digging their event tee!

For more information and registration, head to:
Checkpoint Spot website
and Facebook page

I'm also doing a giveaway for 1 complimentary slot for the 10K in Bangi Wonderland Nature Run, so head to Cik Arnab & En Kura-Kura Facebook page for more details about it. Giveaway ends on Aug 4th and is open up to the time I announce the winner.

All the best!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Tuesday Is Bento Day

I usually put aside Tuesday evening for gym session and Hubby & Son used the time to "jalan-jalan" around the mall while waiting for me.

I'd finish by 7.30pm and then we'd wait a bit before having a rather late dinner.

Because around 8.00pm, the bento section at Aeon's Food Station will start having discount!
30% discount for the bento. Not a bad deal. The bento also quite sedap. 

And I do like their nikujaga (beef & potato stew) a lot.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

MRT On Sunday

It was after my run in Besraya Duo Highway Challenge which finished at Plaza Tol Loke Yew and later breakfast with a couple of hardcore running kakis and I decided to take the MRT from Taman Maluri station to Pusat Bandar Damansara.

My friend helped me navigate going first to the nearest LRT station as we were coming from Viva Home and then I stopped at Taman Maluri station to transfer to the MRT line.

Pretty easy and the MRT station sure looks nice.
 The train's schedule at the MRT station.
It was after my run and I had thought I'd freshen up before taking the MRT but then, I thought might as well get a proper shower when I reach my destination.

Silly me. Completely forgotten that the MRT would be filled with people especially families trying the line because of the 50% promo discount until August 31.

The train was full and I bet I was stinking up the train. LOL

Sorry!

Anyhoo, my destination was actually to 1 Mon't Kiara as I needed to collect my IJM Land Half Marathon race kit there but of course, mana ada MRT station and 1 Mon't Kiara.

So that's why I stopped at Pusat Damansara Station and then called a Grabcar.
A Grabcar free ride so never mind la... Hahaha
I got a free ride because a Grabcar driver had cancelled on me when I "called" up Grabcar to go to Quill City Mall last Thursday. Ha! If driver cancel my ride, I get a free ride? Good, right? Hihihi

OK la, the free ride was capped at RM8 so ngam-ngam the ride I took to the mall.

So untung me. ^^

Anyhoo, MBB also got promo code for a RM6 discount with MBBMERDEKA code. I'll use that in future.

I finally had my shower as I dropped by the Fitness First Gym at 1 Mon't Kiara. Stayed there for a few hours before later taking another Grabcar to Mid Valley.

Then, after pusing-pusing the packed mall, I head home by KTM Komuter. Alas, no promo by KTM Komuter, so I had to pay the full RM2.60 for the journey.

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