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

Saturday, 29 September 2012

My First Run Clinic

First! 

After training alone for a year and entering road races, this morning's Multi Purpose Insurans My First Run Clinic was the first running clinic we (that's me, Zaini and Raimie) attended! High time, I say.

The clinic is free and open to anybody who shows up at Bukit Aman car park and starts at 7.30am on Saturday, with the first session being this week. There'll be more session in the upcoming Saturdays! The running clinic is held for the upcoming Multi Purpose Insurance Bhd Run on Jan 2013.
The best part for us attending the clinic - not only do we get tips from speakers, we got free running vests too! Who doesn't like free suff, ah? ^^

Despite getting only 4 hours sleep (Zaini less as he was still awake when I went to sleep at around 2am), we were up early and arrived Bukit Aman Carpark to join the queue to register and getting our running vests.

For the session, we can choose between running with a 4K group or 6K group. I decided to run with Zaini and Raimie; but for this first session - the 4K distance was cut to 3K instead. First session mah! We'll do 4K next week. 

Geared towards those still new to running, it adopted a run-walk approach. Run to 5 lamp posts and walk three. Raimie ran/walked for the first 2K but got rather grumpy after that. Boy got tired not to mention annoyed by Mommy's constant chatter "motivating" him to run. Hahaha

After the running session, we listened to the speakers talking about basic fitness while helping ourselves to bananas and drinks available.
 Mr Wan and Jamie giving talks and we all listened attentively to what they were saying! Really! Promise! xD

It was a fun, relaxing morning. Raimie who complained about getting tired while he was running earlier, later told us that it was FUN. See. Mommy knows best. I told him that even if he is tired, he'll finish the run feeling good and wanting to do more but he didn't believe me at first. 

I hope we can make time to join the session next week (as motivation for daddy and son to run) but we'll see how it goes. Furthermore, Raimie has a school activity next Saturday too.

We'll should have more fun tomorrow as I'll be running in the Salomon X-Trail run in UPM tomorrow.

The Salomon X-Trail is another first for me. My first trail run! *wipe sweat* Let's hope I won't do too badly. No plan, no timing, no whatever for this particular run. I'll just "hantam saja" and have fun tomorrow, inhaling the smell of cow dung! wakakaka

Thursday, 27 September 2012

A Pit Stop In Kuala Kangsar

From Taiping, we made our way back to KL on Monday, Sep 17th after spending 3 days 2 nights in the Heritage Town. Instead of entering the highway and journey on uninterrupted; we took a road that saw us passing through Kuala Kangsar town. 

We weren't in a hurry to reach home so we decided to spend a bit of time sight-seeing in the Royal Town of Perak.
A giant "labu sayong" at a junction to the district of Sayong in Perak. Wished I bought some back home as souvenirs but the day being a public holiday, a lot of the places that sell them in Sayong were closed.
The Perak river, as seen from the Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah bridge. We made an illegal stop on the bridge to take photos! ^^!
At the Dataran Kuala Kangsar.
A small cannon - in front of the Ubudiah Mosque.
The majestic Ubudiah Mosque. It is a Royal mosque and considered to be one of the most beautiful mosque in Malaysia. It was commissioned by the Sultan Idris Murshidul Adzam Shah, the 28th ruler of Perak in 1917 after he recovered from an illness that plaqued him.

After visiting the mosque (the time coincide with Zuhur prayer); we headed off to the nearby Perak Royal Museum. We only managed to get a glimpse of it as the museum was (and still is) closed for renovation.
This striking building was built in 1926, was a residence of the Sultan of Perak - Sultan Iskandar from 1931 to 1933 and is known as the "Istana Kenangan". The Sultan then moved to "Istana Iskandariah" and this temporary palace continued to be used for royal occasions.

It was officially opened as a museum in 1986.

We didn't go further and continued with our journey back to KL after the visit to the Perak Royal Museum. Let's hope we can return someday and complete our Kuala Kangsar sightseeing! ^^

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

A Bit More Of Taiping

We went for a bit of sight-seeing around Taiping town on Saturday, the day before Taiping International Marathon. We enjoyed some nice food there too.
Sunday, Sep 16th on the Malaysia Day holiday - I spent the morning part running 21.56km around Taiping Town and also spent a few hours at the field, supporting full marathoners finishing their race and got totally "berbelang"" after that. You should see my tan line! @.@
p.s. distance marker above are in miles not KMs. ^^ Covered 13miles around Taiping
An hour after our return from the field, I met two generous Taiping bloggers and they took me out for lunch. The two ladies fed me so well and I was so full, I took a three-hour nap when I returned to our hotel room! @.@

There goes the plan to hike up Bukit Larut that evening. So, we just went and enjoyed an outing to Taiping Night Safari instead. I got a few 50% off discount vouchers in my Taiping International Marathon goodie bag so might as well use it. ;p
It was super fun trying to locate each of the nocturnal animals in their respective pens. Much nicer than Zoo Negara!

The next day, Zaini and I decided to hike up Bukit Larut. Not through the road or riding the 4WD but we opted to use the trail.
It was a steep hike up Bukit Larut and we got back totally drenched in sweat despite the cool hill temperature but it was worth it! Plus, am happy to say no muscle soreness experienced after all that running and hiking! xD

Pretty soon it was time to leave Taiping and face the South bound traffic to KL and anyhwere else the drivers from North were heading to. Traffic jam! @.@

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Taiping At A Glance

We arrived Taiping town on Saturday, Sep 15th 2012. Went to the MPT field first, the very bombastically named Esplanade or something to collect my race kit before checking-it at Legend Inn. 

Then, we went walking around the town under the scorching heat, checking-out Taiping town, a small quaint town with lots of interestingly old buildings - pre-war, post war and modern buildings too. Me likey.
Taiping town at a glance

Taiping is a town with a laidback atmosphere. Nobody really seems to be in a hurry not even those driving. Me likey some more.

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