Sunday, 30 September 2012

Do Your Own Laundry Today!

If you think Zaini wants to help wash my mud splattered clothes that I wore during this morning Salomon X-Trail run, you must've been thinking Zaini is a saint. (He is, but he ain't gonna do my laundry. Not the super smelly ones anyway!) Bwahaha
Super muddy, super dirty and of course, super awesome fun under the sun run at Salomon X-Trail Run; along the trails at Universiti Putra Malaysia and disturbing cows along the way!

Absent-minded me totally forgot to bring the compact camera along although I already put it aside to carry during the run. Heck! I even forgot to bring my handphone along! Not to mention, being late for the run.
We arrived after the men were already flagged-off and walking to the starting line at UPM's stadium, saw Uncle Oliver and stopped to take photo. He's a fixture in road races here and a much respected and loved runner.
 
Starting alone. Old habits die hard. The habit of arrving to race venue late. Ahahah... Despite being late, I still took my time starting and posed for photos for a bit here. I actually turned back after running a few metres and did that running pose in the second photo because Zaini asked me to. wakaka
 
The early part of the route. Wish I was able to take photo during the run especially with the cows but I forgot my camera and handphone, remember? Roling hills abound. You don't enter a run expecting an easy route if the event organizer is Pacesetters Athletic Club. Expect to suffer with them!

The race marshalls and volunteer in this run were absolutely AWESOME! This is a truly fun run because it was superbly organised - distance marker at each KM, marshalls yelling out encouragement, great signs at strategic spot that make you smile like :
1. "Fresh milk anyone?" in front of the cow's pen
2. "The hills are alive" when we are at the foot of a steep hill
3. "Crawl like a baby" at a gate and particularly slippery stretch, etc
Great motivator, them.
Towards the final lap of the run. You call that running, Lina? More like shashaying to the finish line! Muahaha Saw Zaini there and motioned him to join me running towards the finishing line on the track; the final 200m of it and HE DID! I was super happy!
Got my medal, my certs and they gave us a white Salomon cap too! And then off I go to cari makan (find nourishment)
Remember the tau foo fa I didn't get to eat during fasting month's run - the Pacemaker Anniversary Run (PAR8). I got to enjoy tau foo fa this time!!! Plus nasi lemak too. Cups and cups of Nestle cereal. Yakult was there too. Milo van tadak though.
Plus made several visits to this table and eat these super sweet and refreshing watermelons. Yummeh! I tell you, we (Yup, Zaini got to enjoy the food too) were very full by the time we left the venue afterwards! Super generous event.
 
 
 
After makan, the photo session again! Met Fairy, Nannoor, Eezard, Uncle Oliver and a whole bunch of people. What runners love other than running - a camera pointing at them. No need to care whose camera lah, just join saja! Muahaha
 After all that, only remembered better to wash off all these grime before heading home....
 
Wash, wash, wash... wash the shoes properly now and don't waste own water at home to do them! Water bill high already. I have to pay my water bills unlike rich people (like SP and Tan Sri Anay Kim) living in landed property in Selangor. Apartment dwellers kena bayar water bill. hu~
Yeay! I did it! Plus, did it and had fun all the way. Managed not to step on any cow dung along the way too! No smelly cow or their shit inhaled but at one point during the run, got farted at by the guy in front of me. I think he got tummy issue lah, fart so loud and it sounded like he's gonna have a watery type of "berak" soon! Hope he got to find a place to finish his business!
My Salomon X-Trail cert & medal. 10K? My Timex GPS watch read a 11.19K run this morning. It took me 1 hour 30 minutes running/walking happily so I guess not too bad lah. The  most important thing is that I was smiling all the way, even after the run!

Great run! Great event! See you next year Salomon X-Trail!

p.s. You can check out the whole route over at Tristupe's blog. The difference though, we ran in a wetter condition than when he did that recce. heh heh

73 comments:

  1. Loved this post. Chuckled happily as I read it. This is not a road race, lah, this is bundu-bashing! (Bundu = remote wilderness.)

    How old is Uncle Oliver?

    Will those shoes ever be pink again?!

    Why no bunny ears? Didn't want to scare the cows? :D

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    1. Bundu-bashing? Sounds cool! Though this particular route isn't all that bundu. xD

      Uncle Oliver is 70+. ^^ Awesome, right? He runs marathons with a smile, always. I mean those 42.195km ones not what some people call marathon but is actually a mere 5K fun run. ;p He was in Taiping too!

      I' retiring that poor shoes and will take out a same model, same colour shoes out of the box after this. This one going to be donated. :)

      There were people at the run asking me exactly that! Wahahaha

      I don't mind my running shoes getting all muddy but I will not have my bunny ears dirty! ;p

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    2. Bundu-bashing is travelling through any kind of rough terrain ... not because you HAVE to, but because you WANT to. We do weird things for fun in Africa. Clearly in Malaysia, too. :p

      70+?! Sugoi! Never stop, Uncle Oliver, never stop!

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    3. OK, I goddit, you wanted new pink shoes, so you deliberately went bundu-bashing in these old ones. Right? :D

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    4. South African and Malaysian are kindred spirits! Yeay us! :)

      psst... don't tell Zaini but that new pink shoes is hidden somewhere just waiting to come out from storage after this run! I needed an excuse to retire this old pair! ^^!

      p.s. was ogling and totally fell in love with one Asics trail shoes when out buying Zaini's birthday present. I should absolutely find more muddy races to justify getting it soon! LOL

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  2. good run and good weather too..congrats!

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    1. Thanks.

      Though rain while doing the run would be a totally interesting experience too! ;p

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  3. salute you la...running again ah? LOL

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    1. super stinky shoes i also dun wanna wash la....:p

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    2. aiyo so many watermelon ah...dont eat too much...cough

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    3. hehehe three races this month! Went all crazy because its my birthday month! ^^

      Not stinky la wei... just muddy and dirty. I didn't step on any shit (human or animal's) kekeke

      No, eat a few slices only. Give other runners chance to eat also lah... Cannot be greedy and grab grab everything. So not classy. :)

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    4. and meow, I bet you still wash kaldip's smelly clothes, right? :-P

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  4. I'd love to be as fit as you. I guess I would have to exercise to do that!

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    1. I'm not that fit just that I love doing this. ^^

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  5. of course lah, normal clothes sure don't mind lah, but yours are so dirty with mud woh, of course you need to settle that yourself lah..

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    1. mana tau you got "those" mud-like things that you terpijak and stinks?? hahahahaha~~ :D

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    2. That's why I ran sloooowwww... I was careful not to step on anything that will smell bad! Muahaha

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  6. wah, this looks like fun lah.. i love unconventional organizers, haha!! those that are too "official" sometimes are boring, i like those little jokes they make~~

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    1. hehehehe.. and i supposed they have a signboard "PLEASE LEAK HERE" pointing to the ladies?? kekekeke~~

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    2. and for the gents, the signboard must be "PLEASE AIM AT THE BULL, IT'S FURTHER THAN YOU THINK IT IS".. :D

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    3. You and your ideas! LOL

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    4. Muahahaha! SK is very naughty lately, well, at least he isn't growing hamsap like SP, kekeke~

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  7. looks fun lah this run.. and you mean those disturbing cows or the disturbed cows?? and you were wearing RED!!! were you safe?? haha~~

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    1. Cows were behind the fence, fortunately. LOL

      We sure were one excited group of people seeing cows up close. 99% literally stopped and take cows photos while doing the run! (The one that didn't probably were the top contenders and those, like me - forgot to bring gadgets to take photos with) xD

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    2. =_=|| why snap cows' photos? We have a lot of stray cows over here. They cross the road as if they paid the road tax - never bother to look left and right for incoming vehicles.

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    3. KL people susah to see cows woh. Not like in Perak! kakaka

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  8. aiyoh, good lah.. this time you got so many goodies.. medals, certs and cap.. and most importantly the fragrant tau foo fah that you have been kepunan for so long!!!

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    1. YES! YES! YES!

      Happy to eat the fragrant tau foo fa finally. Same person's one as the one in July one summore. ^^

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  9. Not running any trail for a very long time (since secondary school). Must try this one next year :)

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    1. This is "just" 10K run Neoh. *wink wink*

      But it is absolutely a fun one! I'm going again next year!

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  10. so what type of things that zaini wash also? evil laughh .. kakakaka

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  11. I love like this cross country running..
    I remember that I was taking part in the La Salle camp and we need to do cross country and we need to swim in a mud pond .....

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    1. Your Mom must have had a heart attack washing your muddy clothes! LOL

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  12. lol on fresh milk everyone?
    open your mouth big big and the milk will be coming..

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    1. SP mana ada milk, gadis?

      Better watch out when SP wanna pancut, lari jauh-jauh~~ :p

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    2. Ada woh...like lembu, it's located at the lower area and not top. White colour also. Kekeke
      But his one, only fui fui drink la! Muahaha

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  13. Zaini is already close to 100% husband, don't ask him to wash those dirty shoes of you lah! lina.

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    1. I wasn't talking about the dirty shoes lah... dirty baju only. That one also he doesn't want to help. *sob sob*
      wakaka

      You think I let him touch my precious shoes kah? I sayang all my shoes! ;p

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  14. Luckily, at the end, you also washed it yourself. Bagus, lina.

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    1. Treasure Zaini like gold ya!

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    2. I'm also a treasure what! kekeke

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  15. Congrats! Another medal! You macam catwalk in the race, rather than run and yet can get medal. Whhhhat lah! Next time I join you. kekeke....

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    1. Aiyoh! Everyone who finished will get medal that day lah! No biggie. ;p

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  16. Congratz kak Lina n hubby dearest 4 being such a sport yesterday... The route was totally awesome, so wet, wild n muddy indeed... Luv it! hehe...

    All the cows looked so confused n cute also, must be very curious looking at us, trail runners... huhuu... Enjoyed soaked in those lopak n muddy trail... Wud luv to do it again next year... It`s your buzzday @ anniversary Run some more... =D

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    1. Yeah, very muddy route and muddier because I was among the last to pass through.. you all dah trample the place all over by the time I sampai! LOL

      Start lambat lagi len kali. huhuhu

      You know, there's one very noisy bull, if you notice (it's a black & white Frision cow) and Tristupe mentioned that it was in the heat. Tengah gatal nak mengawan! & we all sibuk berhenti depan dia ambik gambar. Sabar je lah! wakaka

      Yes, I'm definitely looking forward to next year. More challenging route next year perhaps, organizer? :)

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    2. Hahaaa, i spotted one horny bull, he was licking is butt when i encountered him while i was running on the hill, i can tell from the noise n balls dangling... @..@ thank godness no free cattle-show that morning.. Hahaaa...

      Oh, I haven`t wash my brutally mud-caked shoes yet, too lazy to wash it perhaps... i hope they will make it even challenging like running thru some logs, perhaps? hehee.. I luv the part when i suddenly felt my shoes were heavy will all the soiled under... EPIC!

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    3. Yeah, stopped many times to rub off all that cakey mud on shoes.

      And will I do this again? Definitely! ;)

      Kesian lembu tu. Hope dpt lah melepaskan perasaan lepas kita balik tu. wakaka

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  17. Why you and my wife have common traits when rushing off for a run or cycling event? She once forgot to bring her shoes to cycle and another incident was her helmet! So the hubby need to be on alert to check before depart the house. No issues after that.

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    1. Hehehe

      I usually only forgot about towels but that day dunno why everything also left behind. xD

      You are very alert & observant hubby, TM. :)

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  18. How many medals are there hanging on your wall now?

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    1. None. I don't hang them.

      I keep them in a lovely mooncake box. ;p

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  19. That type of fabric material on your shoes are tough to wash when stained with mud. I would soak them in soapy water with little clorox for a few hours. After that pijak pijak the kasut and basuh until putih melepak!!! Hmmmmmm! bau harum nya!

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    1. Thanks for the tips TM! *muaks*

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    2. use clorox.. then the brand also cannot be seen..

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    3. Don't use too much OK lah...
      And the busuk mud smell gone. ;)

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  20. Once I took my wife's muddy running shoes to the laundry shop and the lady boss freaked out! I had to take it home.

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    1. You sent a dirty shoes to the laundry! muakaka

      I'm not surprised the lady boss freaked out.

      So you rendam it in soapy water & chlorox after that yourself and make it white again? :) TM very good lah.

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  21. Sounds like super fun. Must take part next year. Congrats on the run in the mud!

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    1. It was! It was!
      One awesomely organised event that made me stay and enjoy the atmosphere afterwards. I'd usually rushed off home after a race but Zaini & I totally enjoyed staying.

      The race itself - fun!

      I'm definitely returning next year. Maybe if they can make it a little bit more difficult, that would be more fun? hehehe

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  22. Congrats!!! I would faint after 50 metres... Sobsss!!!!

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    1. 50m? muehehehehe... I can withstand 100m, yay! Eat my dust, STP!

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  23. Great achievement Lina! and sounds like it was a wonderful atmosphere, that's half the fun :D

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    1. It was so much fun. OK, the washing up of smelly shoes and clothes aren't but I take that for what I got last Sunday. ;)

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  24. I've been missing from blogsphere and I saw you were still in one piece after returning from the cow-race wearing fiery red!

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    1. Do you know that UPM's cows are smart, they sometimes sneak out from their kandang. Maklumlah, lembu lepasan universiti, kekekeke~

      Just kidding, their caretakers were aware of the run that day and shooed all into the barn. Otherwise, you think you can survive the run?

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    2. Hahaha itu semua lembu masuk U! wakaka

      They are all over the side of the fence, don't kacau us and didn't kacau by us also. ;p

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  25. Kelakar tengok you starting alone, no need to push your way out of the crowd hehe. Good job though! Eh since when lah landed property dwellers no need to pay water bill??

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    1. Selangor residents living in landed property memang tak bayar bio air, babe. Since the last election lg.

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  26. somehow the scene of washing shoe + hands reminds me of sports day lmao

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    1. sports day lah juga ni. Only not in school time anymore. ;p

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