Monday, 23 July 2012

Run Like I'm Training

From the few road races that I entered in the past (a mere 11 so far), I noticed that I didn't really do well as I hoped to on race day compared to the training runs I did to prepare for them.

Challenging race routes compared to training route notwithstanding, I do need to rectify this problem. I pushed hard when the training plan calls for it (tackling inclines and hills head on) but I tend to chicken-out from doing the same during races. Because of that, I feel that I'm not getting any better at this running road races thingy.

I guess it all boils down to mental strength and determination and wanting to get the best out of myself. I guess I didn't want it badly enough... yet.

All I think most time during these races was to not suffer the run and spoil my mood. I really want to push my limit but at the same time enjoy the road races I join! At the moment, I guess I am enjoying myself... too much.

Must find a way to enjoy both - good timing (and be better at it) and at the same time, enjoy running with a few thousand like-minded fellow runners.

60 comments:

  1. wow...you reall serious about running ya? I though its like just for usual exercise only

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    1. Usual exercise la tu... but structured... I like structure otherwise become lazy. ;p

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    2. that is usual HARDCORE exercise lah.. hahaha!! Meow goes to badminton stadium also, but only for the food!! :D

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    3. Meow nice wor... after lompat2 at badminton court can wallop rojak and cendol! kakaka

      SK! Wei! You should have seen what other runners are clocking up with their daily mileage. Mine is beginner level only. ;p

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    4. no lah, i don't care those professional runners lah, this is already hardcore for me~~

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    5. this meow know how to eat aje. if exercise pun hangat hangat tahi ayam

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  2. see the schedule above and the timimng..very impresiive la.

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  3. it;s same like one of my friend. She and her husband also very keen in running. but am not sure they have training schedule like yours.

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    1. Maybe they do?

      It's good to keep track of progress. :)

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    2. that's the financial controller style lah, everything must keep track and trace and control~~ :p

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    3. need to be accountable mah! kekeke

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  4. You are still running even in bulan Puase. Bravo to you, lina.

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    1. Ya, I salute you, gadis! Still runs during ramadhan month~ I cheer for you (in my dreamland) :D

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    2. Thank you gals. Your cheer (while concious or sub-concious) is greatly appreciated. ;)

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    3. It is really great...
      So run during the morning time?

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    4. mix. depending on mood. ;p

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    5. yeah, run lina run!! imagine SK in cheerleader costumes and that makes lina run faster (away).. wakakakaka

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    6. I buy one for you, you cheer for me?

      Got lots of costumes I can get in Tokyo. kekeke

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    7. Another kinky remarks~~ :p

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  5. Good to know you enjoy your runs so far.

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  6. A little improvement in timing in your next run will be good enough. Every time just aim for a little improvement. You sure can do it with the passion that you have in run. Gambateh!

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    1. So far it's been really erratic. No consistency one. kakaka

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    2. maybe you will run faster in your petai costume!! :D

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    3. LOL

      or others run faster to avoid running next to me! kakaka

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  7. Timing is just part of the race. I think the most important still to enjoy in the running. If you only focused on timing alone, you may over-trained and it will take away the "fun" from the running itself.

    Some tricks you may use if you keen to get good timing during race,
    1. Start at the front. There will be lots of others blocking your way if you start at the back especially on the short race. Anyway, HM and FM races in Malaysia still ok.
    2. Had enough warm up before flag off. We felt excited before the race and the Hearth rate went up, but that is difference compare to muscle warm up. You will able to settle to your target pace faster if you warmed up your muscle.

    See you on Sunday @ PAR8.

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    1. I'm hoping to find a balance between the two.

      I should have the confidence to start at the front, maybe should practise going up to the front more in future races. ;p

      Need to warm-up properly for PAR8! My engine (and legs) warm up real slow! See you guys Sunday! :)

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  8. You remind me of my wife before she started cycling. She was running like you too. I think she ran for years until she got fed up! She found more challenge in cycling which is gila to me!
    The cyclists had to cycle up to Cameron Highlands and even round Penang Island till Perak - 180km!

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    1. Your wife so terer!

      Can berguru with her tak? :)

      I sit on the bike for more than one hour, buttock will cramp up real bad. huhuhu

      She didn't join the tri circuit kah?

      p.s. she so active, how about you? ^^

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    2. When I went to Italy I saw a lot ppl cycling but my Italian friend doesn't like it..... I ask him why and he told me that he loves his buttock... Lol

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    3. I don't cycle or run anymore cos got injuries here and there. SP your friend sound like gay! LOL

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    4. I won't allow wife go to tri circuit. I will have to call ambulance!
      Someday we can meet up and berguru. Maybe SP will invite us to his home for burger party!

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    5. Yalor, SP. Guy who loves his butt. *chortle*

      TM,
      Why cannot do tri? ;p
      You did too much before izit? So now retire already?

      Can can... I tunggu the SP opening day, then I come and meet up the gurus! ;)

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    6. yeah, Ahem Burger party!! that sounds great!! and Anay TM can bake his cupcakes for us which he has promised to do that N-years ago~~

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    7. Potluck party!! I bring my scone, yeah!

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  9. You new generation pompuan are really into tough sports and health freaks. Hubby all dare not bully wives anymore!

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    1. We all strong, then can have good performance during ahem ahem you know! kakaka!!!!

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    2. Yup girls are strong these days ahem ahem ahem....
      Pity those guys....... Where r my blue pills... Damn.... Lol

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    3. Blue pills? Ask SK's Mak Yan for it... Kakakakakakaka

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    4. Adoi... cannot tahan you guys la... kakaka

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    5. hehehe, like that i trust what SP has said, because he ahem ahem so much sure very experienced~~

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    6. LOL!! This TM makes Mak Yan sounds like Mama-san Yan, everything related to ahem ahem ahem sure must refer to her, wakakakak!

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    7. SP, no need blue pills, 2 raw ostrich eggs can make your stamina better than Forest Gump. Try tonight ahem ahem ahem and let me know.

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  10. In your chart when there is competition, you were faster lah. Very natural process!

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    1. Not really lah... up and down. No consistency one. All depend on mood (and state of mind). I am very much a wuss. ;p

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    2. I agree that mind power plays important role!

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    3. as long as can get the finisher medal then it's ok lah.. you are not running in olympics wat~~

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  11. Er... you are still running during puasa month, right? I see your latest status is on 22/07.

    But don't push yourself over the limit, ya~~

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    1. Don't worry. I won't. Would want to get injury that will put me out of running. ;)

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    2. yalor, running during puasa month, double the umph to lose weight..

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  12. Why are there 'Untitled' ones? Apa sudah terjadi, gadis?

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    1. Untitled ones are runs done round and round the carpark area of my apartment. ;)

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    2. like that give a nice name to that lah, eg: Run with Aci, nice kan??

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    3. Run with Aci? Run around bushes? Run circulate coconut tree?

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  13. Lina I agree.. must get good timing and also enjoy the run...

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  14. It good to schedule out your training..it's more systematic. keep it up!

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  16. Aiye I still have start on my running yet...
    Keep on postpone n postpone.... Sigh...

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    1. Jom jom... lari at Lake Garden this weekend. ;)

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    2. SP, make more burgers before you run lah, hahaha~~ :D

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