Monday, 30 April 2012

Three Times A Day

So healthy!

Eat bread for breakfast, lunch and dinner over the weekend! LOL

2 pieces of toast and 2 half-boiled eggs for breakfast after our Saturday morning run.
Had this for lunch. Between that two slices of wheatgerm bread was 3(!) fried eggs, two slices of cheese, huge dollop of mayonnaise and generous doses of BBQ sauce. And yes, I like my yolks runny.
Then, utilising the buy 1 free 1 coupon at Subway; we had them for dinner. Roast beef for me and Raimie while Zaini had its club sandwich. 4 6-inch sandwiches for the price of two. But well, as Zaini mentioned, their breakfast set is a better value. 6-inch sandwich + coffee for RM6.30. I likey...

The day has been so hot lately. What is nice during a hot day? Well... we shared a tub of ice-cream on Saturday night.
and this on Sunday. Before lunch and dinner. So refreshing. Pity it wasn't that sweet but I rectified that by sprinkling sugar on the watermelon. I like my sweet stuff.

p.s. Zaini asked me whether I've run out of idea when I was posting this. I'm afraid I was. Ahahah

Life has been rather quiet and mundane lately. Nothing much to talk about.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

How Many Bridges?

Zaini and I woke bright and early on Saturday to do a couple of loops around the core island of Putrajaya. Actually Zaini woke really early at 4.40am. I woke-up only at 5.00am after being poked by Zaini. heh heh In my defense, he slept at 11.00pm. I slept around 12.30am! I can't sleep early on Friday night!

It was Zaini first time to try and do a long distance running, instead of cycling along with me. I was prepared to just enjoy an slow, easy run, so I brought along our compact camera so I can take photos along the route.
Starting our run at 6.30am, a few hundred metres away from the Masjid Putra. We saw plenty of photographers waiting seemingly for the sunrise to photograph.

Would love to try get a more decent photos, but can't do much with the dinky compact camera of mine or with my photography skills at that. heh

Anyways, Zaini went ahead in front of me while I maintained a slow pace for my run. I later decided I should try and photograph all the bridges I come across. After all, Putrajaya bridges are a source of pride for Putrajaya.
The Seri Bestari Bridge. Part of the protocol route. I have a daylight photo of the same bridge taken during the second loop around the island but I like this better.
Can you see the butterfly-arch bridge in the distance? It's a pedestrian bridge for pedestrian/footbridge (obviously) and cyclist. Tha't what is mention on the website. Last time we checked, the bridge is closed-off for public. Should I go and check again or is it never really for public to use? Located nearby Presint 5 & PICC.
The Seri Gemilang Bridge, which is a ceremonial bridge (whatever that means). Sure looks nice, right? Looks nice (though felt a bit neglected) under the bridge too. That building in the background is the Putrajaya International Convention Centre. My uphill training if I'm doing my runs in Putrajaya will see me going up the Taman Puncak Selatan (which is where the PICC is located).
 The Seri Saujana Bridge.
The most mind bogling of all bridges in Putrajaya - this Monorail suspension bridge. Why? It's an uncompleted monorail link that links to nowhere. They just decided to build the bridge first and then halt the monorail construction. Did anyone care at all how much we wasted on this useless bridge? @.@
The Seri Wawasan Bridge. It was inspired by a Bugis schooner. Another cable-stayed bridge, apart from The Seri Saujana Bridge. Tour buses disgorging tourists love to stop near this bridge as it is quite near the Masjid Putra, which is also a tour groups favourite stop in Putrajaya.
The Putra Bridge. The design for this bridge was inspired by the famous Khaju Bridge in Iran. There are a number of observation decks on this bridge but whenever I passed by this bridge, most decks are locked shut. Maybe they opened it later during the day? Dunno.
OK. I'm confused with this two bridges. There are two bridges left to pinpoint but I can't for the love of me remember which is which. Putrajaya residents, help me please!

So, I managed to do my 21K run doing two loops, just running by the lakeside. For the first time, Zaini ran almost the same distance (run & walk for him) on Saturday morning. We didn't run together, he decided to blast off early while I did a slow steady run.
Sorry. Just can't resist posting this. My first 21K run peeps! Bangga siot! kakaka

Maybe next time we do 3 loops? Can't wait! Woohoo!!!!

Friday, 27 April 2012

This Machine Accepts Two Currency?

Seriously, though... this is how we operate. We got our hands on some second-hand machines and we can't even be bothered to properly change the price tag to our own currency (just cut & paste properly, use the Gam Gajah lah!) or even somehow make an effort to change to sold out sign to a more readable sign i.e. in roman letters. Is it so hard to do?
Found at Memorial Tun Abdul Razak. The late Tun Abdul Razak was Malaysia's second prime minister and also known as "Bapa Pembangunan" or Father of Development(?).

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Enough With The Self Pity!

So... you guys who ran the Energizer Night Race 2012 on Apr 21st checked your results yet? Check it out over at Hooha. I'm still stung over my "I wish it could be better" run but enough about me and me wallowing in self-pity.

A quick post to congratulate my fellow online runner friends who also enjoyed the night run last week.

Woohoo to Nick for his awesome run. 1 hour 26minutes and with 26th placing. He is in the top 2%! How awesome is that? Pebbles must be so proud to wear your medal, Nick! ^^

Big shout-out to Kah Yen too, at the top 25%. Respect! :)

For Neoh - congrats for another sub6 hour full marathon. Furthermore in VFF! SCKLM will be a breeze for you, I bet! :)

And for me? heh heh. Here's how I fared:
Can see or not? There... No. 132. 132!!! Big numbers. Woo! Bwahaha

Better do better and get something less than 120 if I want to get any medal during the Larian Bomba on May 6th! Oh, the pressure. I think I do better when I just run and just happen to arrive the finish line instead of being all serious and technical about it. Life's too short to worry much.

Monday, 23 April 2012

I Bonked!

I did an abysmal run on Saturday night. It took me 2hours and 5minutes to finish a 15.5K race!

I had planned to just bum around on Saturday so as to “conserve” energy for the night race. But it was not to be. On Thursday, we received a note from Raimie’s school stating that there is Saturday replacement class that he needs to attend.

Zaini and I will usually wait around (“lepak”ing at Bangsar actually) until Raimie finishes Saturday classes instead of returning home and going out again to fetch him. That Saturday was no different. After sending Raimie to school, we drove over to Lake Garden. No running, but we walked around and Zaini accompanied me to recce a route I was interested in, but not sure where it leads to. So we walked the “Bird Park” loop together.

I figured that a walk would be nice since my head felt heavy since Thursday and was hoping a walk around the park would clear it. What I got was a case of hay fever though. Started sneezing and nose turned into a faucet, dripping everytime I looked down. Nice…

Wasn’t worried much about it though. I figured I just pop in a couple of aspirins and with a quick nap, I’d feel better. I usually do anyway, so I did just that upon reaching home. Nap, woke up, made some sandwiches for the boys and the showered before getting all prepped-up for the night race.

The day was bright and sunny when we made our move to Sepang International Circuit at around 6.00pm. Such a hot evening, after overcast & cooling morning.

Getting to Sepang International Circuit was a breeze. Ample parking. Support crews were very helpful navigating cars. Actually everything was efficiently smooth at Energizer Night race. Non-existent queue to collect the headlamps because it was done really quick. I have to say, awesome job by the organizer for this race! Everyone helping out in it deserves a big pat on the back! Great job guys! Smooth sailing from start till finish. I wish I could say the same about my running.
Starting the race, it took me 30secs to pass the starting line. I can’t stand the heat running with the packs so I guess I wasted a bit more energy running on the outside track (read: more distance) to feel the breeze. Then, we headed outside the circuit. I did the 5.5K loop around the circuit on pace, did it 30sec faster than target as a matter of fact and was feeling OK.

I had this game plan. Run conservative on flat ground, try even-effort pace (read: shuffle along) the hilly parts and let loose on the downhills. It worked on the track but things went haywire after that.

The cheering crew was awesome especially at the “mist arch”. It was really nice to run through the cooling mist and fun to high-five’ing and giving thumbs-up (and waste lots of energy… kakaka) with the volunteers there. Happy lah, got people shouted, “looking good leng-loi”; even if it wasn’t meant for me specifically! LOL

Managed to do my run according to plan for the first two inclines (the steep one kinda reminded me of PICC hill) but then I got stomach cramp. At first I thought it was just side-stitches so I decided to run through the pain. But the whole middle abdomen started to pain. Oh yes! I forgot to mention, I was purging a bit and had to visit the loo twice before the start of the race. Almost had an accident pooping in my pants, actually. Eewww! Zaini said so when I told him about it before running to find the nearest toilet. Kakaka

No biggie, I thought. I always needed to visit the loo often before a race anyways.

Back to the race - after the tummy cramp hit me, the run wasn’t fun anymore. I tried to run it off, but it never went away. It cramped even until I finished my run. It cramped up while I was sitting in the car. No good. Ugh.

I don’t know how many inclines we had to face that night but it felt like all we did was going uphill and downhill for eternity! @.@

My slow, steady run turned into a shuffle and then turned into a walk. At first I took comfort that I was still passing others while I speed-walked but the comfort wasn’t for long, because speed-walking turned into “it’s hard to even walk” kinda walk. I forced myself to shuffle along when we reach flat areas and to push it a bit going downhill but then, it was rather dangerous to breeze through the downhills because of all the human traffic that were slowing down.

I was too busy cramping up anyway, to even want to bother weaving in and out of the people in front of me so I just followed the rest and walked here and there, while shuffling when I felt like it. The good thing about the run at the time was, I stopped coughing and sneezing altogether. Ah well… you win some, you lose some. Hu~

By this time, I didn’t even bother to check my timing, my splits or my pacing. All I wanted to do was to get to the finish line in one piece!

I didn’t stop at the water stations that littered the course (they had it every 2K which was very generous) until the last two because I brought along my own bottle. At the last two stations, I relished the cool sponge and literally took a shower with it! LOL Yup, I made myself soaking wet top to bottom with the cold, wet sponge distributed. I wasn’t the only one doing it! The sponges – instead of throwing them aside, I stashed them between my shoulder straps (both of them) because I thought of Raimie and his arts & crafts projects. He needs sponges. Why waste when I can recycle these sponges? Right?

I think I reached the 12K mark in 1hour 40min+. We were already entering the circuit again so I figured I should try and shuffle faster to the finish line as I can see it from where I was at. But horror! Despite looking like it was near (because of the looping), the finish line was still 3K away and I wasn’t feeling like I could continue running for 3K. It was shuffle, walk, shuffle until I reached the grandstand area at the last K.
Tried to push a bit and did a semblance of a run for that final kilometre. Zaini, my ever dependable hubby took some shots of me pushing towards the finish line. It did look nice on photos finishing off “strong” but I wish I was strong throughout the run.

Gone through the finish line 2hours 5minutes after I started (which was 20minutes off my “ambitious” target time), was handed a bottle of mineral water & my certificates of participation along with words of congratulations. Then walked off to get my goodie bag which contained not only my finisher medal but also a cool black Energizer t-shirt and snack pack. Zaini likes the t-shirt it seems. ^^

While plenty of the runners still lingered around the pit-stop area, I made my way out of the circuit. Saw a few runners crab-walked up the stairs going out from the tunnel. Ahahah…
The first thing Zaini said when he saw me was “I thought you said you should be finished in 90minutes? You took way too long. It was more than 2 hours!” What a welcome greeting!

I usually felt pretty happy after a race, regardless of the timing I did but I was feeling really down after this race. Zaini opined that it was due to the fact that this time I cared too much about my timing and pacing. I guess so.

But then, I wasn’t happy that I was unable to run (slowly or otherwise) for the whole distance. I guess I would’ve felt better if I can just shuffle along instead of having to resort to walking. Uphill or otherwise.

Lesson learnt: more hill repeats for me. Lots of it. What I’m doing now is simply isn’t enough. But of course, I have to start running and training again.

At the moment, I am not feeling like I want to run anymore. I just want to sulk in a corner and be miserable for days.
Actually, I spent the whole Sunday sleeping and clearing the headache & flu away. Am I feeling much better? Not really.

Do I want to go out and run? Not really.

I bonked. I need some time I guess before I return to running again. Boo!

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Lame Saturday Post

Just a post on what I did and going to do on this fine Saturday day... overcast in the morning but the sun is blazing now at 4pm! Hope the weather will be nice and cool come night time!

Raimie had class today, so we were up bright and early. Afer sending him, we spent time at Lake Garden. No, no runs today. Instead, we recced a route I'm always curious about since I've read about a few runners doing it and it's called the Bird Park loop.
Road sign nearby Masjid Negara, new name : Jalan Perdana. Old colonial name is that small white sign below : Jalan Venning.
Had breakfast at Subway and still feeling hungry after finishing that 6 inch sandwich. Hu~
 For the walk I did today with Zaini, I decided to use the newly bought Adidas ClimaCool. Need to break-in the shoes more before I start putting on more mileage to it. At the moment, my legs still felt sore after using it for my runs.

Stopped by at Skechers store at Bangsar Village II and tried on the GoRun shoes. Zaini marvelled that I didn't decided to buy the pair. Well, if the store assistants talked about the shoes at length, explaining the feautres or suggesting a few more running shoes to me, I would have bought it. The staff just stood, smiling and looked at me trying the shoes. I don't buy stuff from mannequins.
A thousand paper cranes at Bangsar Village. They were an initiative made after the Tsunami in Japan last year to collect funds for the victims. 
Then, we spent a couple of hours at MPH to kill time. I speed read through the book in beige and Zaini passed the red book for me to read. Somehow the beige book was more interesting.  I didn't buy either of the book, but bagged a back-issue of Runners' World magazine at a magazine shop elsewhere.

By the time Raimie finished his class, it's time for lunch! Time to carbo load! Heh Heh
 Zaini's lunch
Raimie had this salmon steak and he cleaned up everything! All of the salmon and potato that is. Veges were eaten by Mommy.
 Mommy had this
Raimie enjoying his lunch. Who cares about Mommy taking photos? Just ignore her! LOL
and in a few hours' time, we'll head to Sepang International Circuit because Mommy wanted to do some loops there with 5,000 other runners. 500 runner will do 42K. 3,500 will do 15.5K (Mommy included) and the rest will do a fun run at 5.5K. Wish us luck!

Friday, 20 April 2012

What I think About When I’m Running

I’m taking a leaf out Haruki Murakami’s book title “What I talk about when I talk about running” for this post. For those totally uninterested in me going on and on about running, my sincerest apologies to you. Feel free to skip this post and spam me with comments anyway. Heh heh

“Oops! Tummy don’t feel so good. Maybe I’ll just do a loop slowly and see how it goes”
That’s how I always start my run. Then it’ll change to

“I can’t just do a loop! That’s embarrassing”
The good thing about having an ego and knowing that there are neighbours/security guards looking interestedly at this crazy woman who sometimes will go round and round the apartment blocks for two hours(!) and occassionally in the rain. Ahahah

I’d finish another loop then
“Oooo… that’s a good timing. Faster than my target pace. Maybe I can push it a bit more?”

So off I go trying to get better timing for my run and wheezed (and panted) through the final lap.

They do say, the hardest thing about doing anything is to actually start. I totally agree. I still whine and winced starting my runs. To avoid making excuses especially on weekday night runs, I’d change to my running gear immediately upon arriving home. I used to rest for an hour before starting my run, but now that Zaini works late, I’m usually out of the front door within 15 minutes of returning home. Otherwise, it’d be too late to finish my run! I need my sleep too! All 5 and a half-hours of it!

When I’m starting a race, negative thoughts crop up early.

“Gawd! Why am I doing this? I never learn my lesson, do I?”
at the first 3K

“Why do I ever think this is enjoyable? I feel like dying. Ugh. Die.”
by 5K

“Walk. Maybe I should stop and walk a little? Just a little bit more and I’ll walk. No shame in walking, right?”
when faced with a challenging incline but usually I managed to do a semblance of a run and not wimp out.

“I can’t be slower than that lady!” or “If that chubby girl can run fast, why can’t I?” or “That makcik runs faster lah! Not malu meh?”
Competitiveness usually rears its head after the 5K, when muscles are all warmed-up and awake.

“Don’t be such a wuss”
When I started to feel a stitch in my sides, feeling tired, having blister(s) and wanted to stop. This is the motivating thought to counter all the negative thoughts when I first started the run.

Having a blank mind helps sometimes because by then the legs and the arms just move robotically & automatically, moving/lurching forward. My mind needs to be blank tackling hills so that my whole body won't realise the incline I'm facing and just lurch forward till the top.
If you ever run alongside or pass me by during a race and see/hear me muttering – don’t be alarmed. I’m just “motivating” myself.

By motivating, it’s usually me muttering, either “oh crap! oh crap!” or “die. die” over and over again! That, and count how many roadkills I’d encountered during my run. I counted more than 10 during my 1 Vision Run! @.@ (Saved a kitty that wandered into the main road and put it back to safety during the KLIUC run last year).

p.s. that Haruki Murakami’s book on running that I mentioned above is rather a rambling book but somehow I’m sensing that when one talks about running, one does ramble quite a bit. See how easy it was for me to type this 500+ words post? It took me less than 20 minutes to do so!

I wonder what I'll think about if I ever do a 42k? ;p An epic novel, perhaps.

For those who read through this post, thank you for your time. I'm sorry but I do tend to ramble (A LOT) when it comes to running. In case you haven't notice.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

"What Do You Want Me To Be

when I grow up?"
Raimie asked us this question just the other day. After I wrote the previous post. How apt.

To that, his Daddy told him that it is up to him to decide himself. Daddy added that Raimie is in a position to strive to be what he wants to be, with full support from his parents. An enviable position to be in.

For Raimie - we will support him anway we can. We just want his full commitment in all the things that he does, always.

But for him to learn the value of hard work, us as parents need to set good example to him too! Kids learn from the people around them. Lead by example. I need to remind myself this over and over again.

Of course, having a straight A, athletic, good-mannered boy with artistic talent wouldn't hurt either. ahahah

Anyway, Raimie has a few years still to decide the path he wants to choose. The only path I will object vehemently will be the "lazy bum, unemployed" path. I will not feed or support deadwood! Period.

I end this post with IF

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!
Rudyard Kipling – 1895

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

A Budding Manhwa Artist?

That's Korean. In Japanese it would be a manga artist. We call them simply cartoonist. I like being pretentious and putting the odd foreign word here and there. xD
It's one of Raimie's hobbies. He loves spinning out stories and he loves to draw. He resorted to drawing stick people cartoons because Mommy and Daddy can't cope listening to all his stories. We asked him to put it on paper instead. And he does! He may not be the boy genius cartoonist, but we are happy that he enjoys doing it.

(He gets unlimited supply of paper, but he uses them sparingly. Thank goodness for that!)

Once upon a time, Mommy wanted to be a cartoonist. But of course, Mommy has sensible parents who worry about their children so Mommy now holds a "boring" 9-5 job.

For Raimie, Mommy doesn't mind what path he choses in future. Mommy and Daddy just want Raimie to be a good human being. Be responsible. Takes pride in what he does. And most importantly, be happy. But before that, Raimie! Go study some more! Aim for Todai! (Talk about contradiction here. heh heh)

p.s. It's actually Mommy's secret wish that Raimie become a rock star! That's why Mommy keeps on badgering Daddy to enroll Raimie into guitar classes. LOL

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Fun-Filled Saturday

How's the weekend so far, peeps? Having fun so far? ^^

I had a great Saturday. Quite a productive day too. Started the day later than intended despite setting the alarm at 5.30am. I rolled out of bed only after Zaini kicked me out of it at 6.58am and told me off for not waking up earlier and do my morning run.

Being late, decided to skip breakfast (of 1 huge banana usually & a glass of water + ORS) and after changing to running gears & a bit of time in the loo; I just went straight to run. My usual routine would take me an hour of mooching around before I stepped out of the house on weekend mornings. As usual, when I wake up, Raimie would wake up too. Because I woke up late, he woke up later than he would on weekends. Mommy gotta let son sleep more, right? ;)

Did the run following the Runner's World training plan to the tee. A mix of half-marathon pace, 10K pace and speed intervals. Didn't think I'd have the energy to do the speed intervals after doing what felt like a hard 7K but was sure glad that I didn't wimp out on the speed intervals! 
After brunch, we head out to Wisma OCM to collect my Energizer Night Race kit. Smooth collection with the help of the staff there.

It was my first time going to Wisma OCM and even if I didn't know the way to the hall where the collection is set-up, the number of people wearing an assortment of running tees (saw quite a number sporting Nike 2011 Run t-shirts, Newton's, Bareno, a lot of Full Marathon finisher tees...) clued me in on where to head to. ^^

Which makes me want to ask to runners out there -  where and when do you wear your race t-shirts and vests? At home? When doing groceries? At other races? Or you just collect them?
Saw these two fellas and simply had to stop. How can we resist "forcing"our son to pose with Energizer's mascot. hehe
and posing everywhere else we find interesting. After collecting my race kit and checking the timing chip, we walked around and checked the booths that were set up there. Got Powerbar energy gel for free, looked at Garmin watches, stayed away (very far away) from Brooks booths and looked at some batteries and torchlights (this is after all an Energizer race).
Then, it was off to next door and to FTAA office to register myself to the upcoming race in May; the Larian Bersama Bomba. Just 20bucks for registration fees and I got to pick between a white/yellow/blue t-shirt.
Two race kits collected that day. Energizer Night Race with orange running vest (category G : Women Open 15.5K) and Larian Bersama Bomba (Category B : Women Open 10K).

Anyways, I also registered myself to Standard Chartered Fun Run to be held on 26 May. Just 8K for Women Open (decided that 5K Women Veteran is hard for me. heh heh) but it's a free run! Am having second thoughts about running it though.  It'll start at 8.00am and by experience, running at 8am in Putrajaya I will definitely get roasted! But if I'm gonna do it, I'm gonna treat it as my tempo run day. :)
To thank Zaini and Raimie for having to tag along, they got a treat at Starbucks. We went to Alamanda, walked around the mall for a bit before heading home. Half a day spent out of the house is a good day for me! Love my two fellas for supporting me! Muaks!

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Not Another One?

That's what my long suffering hubby said when he saw me toting an Adidas paperbag. To tell you truth, I wasn't planning on getting this pair. It's just that, I happened to read about Adidas King of the Road (KOTR) race launched on Apr 10 and scheduled to be held on Sep 9. Since I happened to see the new Adidas ClimaCool Seduction shoes featured on the KOTR registration page, I decided to check it out at the store. Just look-see, I told myself.

Somehow, accidentally bought a pair and accidentally registered myself for the 16.8K distance.  It wasn't the ad campaign, it wasn't because Katy Perry and David Beckham hawking the shoes but it's the colour that got me. That and the fact that the staff at Adidas Gardens Mall are friendly. I am always a sucker for good customer service.

My most expensive shoes todate, setting me back RM449 and I bought it just for the "gaya"/style. Heh Girls can be so vain.
Shoes in current rotation. Nike Lunarglide+2 (for short distance only - nothing more than 7K or I'll start blistering), Brooks Glycerin 9 (currently for long runs), Brook PureConnect & Adidas ClimaCool Seduction. Should I add Skechers GoRun into the mix too? I am so bankrupting myself on shoes.
Remember the 1 Vision Run I did on Mar 4th? That blur run I did, finished, went back home only to realise that I got a placing? Yup, that one.
After more than a month, I finally got my hands on the placing medal and the cash prize. Better late than never, I say!

A week to go for Energizer Night Race and running around the Sepang International Circuit. Let's hope I can do good timing next Saturday and not keel over with exhaustion doing a 15.5K run! Good luck me!

Friday, 13 April 2012

Two Machines

Vending machines.
A whole array of vending machines in perfect working condition. Multiple options to pay for your drinks too. Card or cash?
A vending machine found at a public park in Kuala Lumpur. If the vending works, the drinks sold are usually more expensive than buying them at a store. More often than not, they just suck in your money, malfunction and you don't get your drinks.

You know, one thing I'll miss after our trip(s) to Japan is the availability of these readily accessible vending machines. One do not need to go find a shop when one is thirsty. It is much easier buying them at the machine.And these vending machines are everywhere. I mean, everywhere!

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Daddy's Treat

Daddy said he has yet treat us after getting his bonus last month (he did actually, but who am I to argue when someone is feeling generous. hihi) and wanted to take us out for dinner.

Can't decide where to go so in the end we just head to TGIF for our dinner. I don't mind. ^^
  Raimie and his fish & fries
Daddy had a steak. A huge Tennessee steak. Yumm!
Mommy decided to have ribs. Tennesee ribs, they are called. Mommy's verdict? Better go to Tony Roma's if Mommy wants to eat good ribs, especially now that they are having their RM99.90 ribs promotion again.
For dessert, we all shared these.

Another treat from Daddy on Sunday and this one for Mommy. He accompanied Mommy on her long run. We took a drive to Putrajaya and instead the usual straight route from Masjid Putra up to PICC hill and back, Mommy ran by the lakeside and Daddy cycled.

With such great company and running at really gossip pace (Mommy had fun talking an d laughing during the run), it would've been great if Mommy can cover more distance but the sun was way too hot on Sunday morning and Mommy had to concede defeat after just making 3/4 of a loop. A mere 13K and then, we walked for another 4K back to our car.

Thanks to Daddy, we had a great weekend. Looking forward to the next! :)

Monday, 9 April 2012

Road To Standard Chartered KL Marathon

Well, just a half for me actually not a full marathon.

"Poyo" title and "poyo" post coming up. Brace yourself!

Standard Chartered KL Marathon (SCKLM) is where I'll be doing my first half-marathon. Just a little bit more than two months to go and I've been enjoying training for the big day.

Finished the first training plan; Runner's World 9-weeks half marathon training plan for beginners (it took about 11 weeks actually since I don't count the weeks I raced).
I'd like to think that I've somewhat improved my running with the plan. Those who are friends with me on the, I did improve right? ^^

(pssst... so pretentious of me putting that up, right?) hu~

Now, I've decided to give the intermediate half marathon plan a try and am now in my second week. If all goes well, with weeks for races and recovery; I'll finish and taper a week or two before the SCKLM.

The new training plan needs more focus than the beginner's plan. I don't train with other runners and I sure don't have a coach barking instructions at me. The only easy way for me to remember the target pace & target distance + whether it's supposed to be a pace-interval run, strides or speed intervals is to have it where I can easily see them.
And that's by writing the sequence on the top of my hand. What does all that numbers meant? Easy - After 2K warm up, run at half-marathon goal pace (which I ambitiously set at 6:30/km) for 1.2K, do a recovery jog for 400m then pick up pace and run 2 sets of 800m at 10K pace with 200m recovery jog before doing 4 sets of 200m speed intervals with 200m recovery jog and finish with 2K cool down run. Do you think I'd remember these if I don't scribble them on my hand? If I let my mind wander (which happened quite a bit) I will forget how many loops or sets I've done! This plan does not only exercise the legs (and body) but my brains too. Gotta keep the brain working and working sharp!

Anyway, that's my Tuesday run for Week 1 & 2. Monday will see me do a 6K and Thursday is 6K + 4x100m strides. Saturday is another day of pace intervals while Sunday is reserved for long runs.

While waiting for June to arrive, the road races I've entered/planning to enter so far :
Jan : Multi-Purpose Insurans Run (12K)
Feb : none as I cannot find any 10K races nearby
Mar : 1 Vision Run (10K)
Apr : Energizer Night Race (15.5K)
May : Larian Bersama Bomba (I'm torn on which category to enter. Women Veteran "only" covers 7K and it's the Women Open that has a 10K run. The run offers limited medal and what if I can't get the limited medal if I run the 10K? Getting a medal; limited or otherwise is one of the fun part of entering a road race for me!) I have to decide by next week as I'll go and register for the run the day I'm collecting Energizer Night Race's race kit. Whaddya reckon? 10K or 7K? Zaini told me to go ahead with 10K. After all, I sure ain't gunning to the top 10 place!

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Mom! Don't Throw Them Away!

My artsy-craftsy boy absolutely forbids me from throwing away empty bottles and eggs cartons. He has plenty of projects to do with these two items. 
Well, Mommy doesn't mind putting a bottle or two and an egg carton or two aside instead of sending it to the recycling bin because Mommy wants to encourage him to do what he loves to do, but sometimes this boy's project get on Mommy's nerves. It's the mess afterwards!


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