Sunday, 28 April 2013

A Hot Hot Kidney Run

At the World Kidney Run & Carnival 2013. With the 12KM run starting at 7.30am in Putrajaya, expect a scorching hot run. I would know. I'm used to running around this area from 8.00am to noon.

Actually, I was supposed to do the Bidor Half Marathon, which clashes with this event. I had registered for the half marathon early on but decided to bail out from doing it and at the last minute, registered myself to doing this Kidney Run instead.A blessing in disguise as I had been plagued with foot injury for the past week and had really low mileage.

Quite a number of runner friends went to Bidor so I wasn't expecting to meet a lot of friendly faces at the run. Though from what I heard, those doing Bidor suffered the heat too!
The World Kidney Run & Carnival 2013 had not only a 12KM run, but also 5KM fun run, 22KM fun ride and a category for transplant patient & organ donors too. 

The once-a-month Kayuhan Ceria organised by Putrajaya Corp was also held today so Presint 3 (in front of Palace of Justice) was abuzz with activities.
A fellow runner with her "chicos" doing the 5KM fun run in Mexican style get-up. Nice, right? :)

The 12KM run started right on time, and at 7.30am off we went under the already sunny, cloudless sky. Instead of starting last as I usually did in previous runs, I started somewhere in the middle this time. Still, the road was congested with runners and I took it easy until I reached the Seri Gemilang bridge.

I wanted to try the breathing rhythm technique which I read about in Runners World (I should totally get the book "Running On Air" and read about it further) so I tried running without peeking at my Timex to check my pace and ran with gut feel instead, focusing on inhale three strides, exhale on two. Focus. Focus. Focus. For a while only lah... I'm like a goldfish. Short term memory loss one. LOL

It was a hot day, and I ditched my earlier plan of only stopping at the third water station. Instead, I stopped at all water stations to prevent dehydration. Did I mention it was a HOT day? Scorching hot! @.@

I promised myself to run up to 8KM and only after that check on my pacing. I guess, on a hindsight, it was a bad idea. I saw that I was running at a faster pace than what I'm used too, and reaching the incline at around 8.5KM (?) I decided to take it easy and walked. Really bad idea because once you stopped and walked, you kinda ruin your momentum and it was harder to start and keep pace after that.
Me approaching the check-point, at KM6. Not only did I not do my usual "start as the last runner", I also did something I've never done and that's wear a running vest from a race. I've never worn an official running vest to a road race before. ^^

My first 3K was done at 19:30 min (6:30 pace), the next 3K was at 20:19min (6:46min) which was OK since I stopped for drink break. 3K approaching KM9 was slower at 23min (7:45 pace) because I walked about 100m on an incline and it went downhill after that with the next 3K at 23:52min (7:56 pace). I was like... oh whatever. It's too darn hot even to think by the time I reached KM10. T___T

I so really need to stop being a wuss. (;一_一)

By KM11, saw some guys distributing flyers. They were for the 10K Gaza Run. The Run is for a good cause, but why are the flyers being distributed to runners who had yet to finish their run???!!!!!  Distribute it after the finish line lah, like the Mizuno Wave Run flyer guy did! We are already exhausted, and these people want us to take the flyers and hold onto it until we finish. Crazy ah?

Finished my 12.2KM (according to my Timex) at 1:27:50, and managed to get hold of one of the limited 250 medals for Women Open category. *wipe sweat* An improvement I guess, compared to my previous run on the same route at Men's Health & Shape Night Run last year.
Me, Gai and Bett after the run, enjoying cups of Milo. Had a few cups of 100-Plus too. I decided to skip the free ice cream queue because it was too darn long. 

Had a "WTF" moment when I was collecting my goodie bag. A volunteer (a guy who looks like he's well over 20s) called me "auntie" and asked for my goodie bag coupon! AUNTIE????? Wei, my bib showed clearly that I'm in Open category la wei!!! It's one thing to be respectful, but it's another to be "too" respectful that you are actually rude! I guess I looked really old lah. Wuuuuwuuuwuu

For a RM35 registration fee, World Kidney Run is sure generous. A Brooks tee plus this nice goodie bag filled with a small bottle of shower gel, an anti-inflammatory cream, a pen, chewing gums, Sabah Tea and Sugus gummy. We had extra packets of Sugus Gummy and Sabah Tea because a Bangladeshi cleaner had a goodie bag coupon and asked my help to redeem it. He then gave a packet of the sweets and tea to Raimie. :P

Also, a BIG THANK YOU to the organiser and all of the volunteers. Thank you for making the event run so smoothly. For those manning the water stations and the ones giving out medals and the girl who helped me take off my bib to put in the lucky draw box - THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for "suffering" under the hot sun for us runners. 

Now, on the next race PLEASE!

Borneo International Marathon next week. A whole night of running! Wow!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Same 'Ol Wednesday

Coming back from work to a home that smelled wonderful. Beef stew slow cooking in the cooker, which is the norm for us on Wednesday lately as most of you probably noticed since I had already posted a few photos of my beef stews here and over at FB. heh heh
Tonight's dinner. Such a treat especially for wet nights like the ones we are having nowadays. ^^

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Fun Stuff Saturday

Nothing special, as always. But that sure won't stop me from doing a blog post about today! LOL

The day started early. Needed to be at Raimie's school. There's a meeting today about some involvement from parents for the kids or stuff like that. I tell you, I can't understand most of the Malay words used in official letters nowadays. What' does "sarana" mean again? o.O
The soft-spoken headmaster giving a speech. Parents' attendance, as usual was dismal. The usual set(s) of parents (or shall we say, mothers) were there. I don't think it was because today was GE nomination day that caused the dismal attendance! 

Anyway, we are supposed to come today to meet with the teachers for the report card too! Well, some parents are busy, I suppose.

Same old story with Raimie's academic performance. Still no. 2 for Std 5. Still a few things that needed to be improved. Overall good but as his class teacher said, a good student is not based only on his/her results but overall performance. In studies. In discipline. In character. Raimie had his name in the discipline book a few times and he doesn't seem to be perturbed about it. Haish. That boy.

Went to collect the t-shirt & bib number for next week's 12K race at World Kidney Run after that.
Limited medals for 250 Women Open runners. I hyperventilated about it a bit (since I do want a medal) and Zaini looked at me and asked "why? You think you can't?" OK OK I'll run and aimed to get one. That means, no late start. No cheesy grins to strangers and saying hi to random people. Just RUN! hahaha(as if I run faster if I stopped clowning around anyway) ekekeke

Makan wise, it's simple homemade meals for Saturday :
This was actually lunch. Part healthy, part unhealthy. Healthy : veges lightly fried with crushed black peppers. Unhealthy : cocktail cheese-filled-sausages.

Dinner. Mommy still on "don't want rice" mode and been craving for some tortilla for days, after seeing this post.
It was an early dinner because Mommy wants a join a running group doing a night LSD in Putrajaya. It was a run organised by Athlete's Circle.
 Hot, hot night to run in. Blergh. Thank you Athlete's Circle for the session and the free iced water + oranges. ^^

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Smoke Gets In My Eyes

Saw the Smokin' BBQ beef promo at McD a week ago and decided to try it.

Got a double smokin' BBQ beef that look like this:
It's a double beef burger and you can't even see the second patty! Smokin'? It was just a very thin dollop of BBQ sauce in the burger.

Rip off! I mean, that's a DOUBLE? Tarak kenyang la!
My sandwich with BBQ sauce in it is way better lah! Today's lunch. Zaini made the filling - potatoes, broccoli and egg sandwich. Cold Storage bought rolls. A generous slather of Hunts' Hickory & Brown Sugar BBQ sauce. Sedap, I tell you!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Counting My Blessings

Life is good for me. I am blessed. I am living. I am living with my loved ones.

The jolt of the bombing of Boston Marathon made me realise it more so.

I'm not going to share gory photos (that I didn't take anyway) of the bombing site here. You can always go read about them at the news site. But what I am going to share is a movement by runners for the tragedy and a show of solidarity and unity amongst runners around the world.
Runners United To Remember. From Apr 16th to May 5th, we are running (or walking) for 4.15.13 Boston. Today, we wore our running tees. For Boston. For Runners. 

On a happier note, talking about running
accidents do happen to runners, especially the klutzy ones. Here, a nice little scar gotten from my first ever fall while running. Good thing the scar is under my chin so it isn't that noticeable.  I have my vanity too, you know.
Life feels especially good when one comes back to a home filled with a nice enticing aroma. Beef stew was slowly cooking (gotta love slow cook function!) to perfection. Yes, this is tonight's dinner. The boys had it with pasta while I had it with some country herb cheese roll. And a cup of a really nice, flown from South Africa then to Japan then to Malaysia Roobois tea with lemon slice.

Yes, my life is good.

Now, if you excuse me, I need to go out for a run. For Boston. For me. For my loved ones. Toodles!

Oh yeah, a post of mine won't be complete without some self-glorification. I was in Jamie's "Runners Profile". Glemer you. wakaka

Sunday, 14 April 2013

At i-City

Going for Malaysian Women Marathon on Apr 7th, made us travel all the way to Shah Alam and to i-City. First time for us visiting the place.

Was expecting a more happening, not to mention a bigger "theme park" than what it is, but well, advertisement can be deceiving.

The fake, lighted trees do look nice at night to some extent, I guess. Sure, the place does seem to have more visitors at night rather than during the day.
 Obligatory cheesy photos at the theme park. HAHAHA
The water park was kinda nice. They had a "Malaysia Women Marathon" promo where they offered free tickets on Apr 7th, provided that you pay RM5 for locker charges, to which I find quite reasonable.

So, after the marathon and a light lunch (donuts for the boys and a powerbar for Mommy), we went in for some water play time.

When Raimie complained about his feet feeling hurt while walking with me during the final KMs of my marathon, I coaxed Raimie with the promise of some relaxing time soaking his feet in the pool at the water park. It worked!

Didn't stay for too long. Mommy just sat in the water park's giant jacuzzi relaxing her feet while Son and his Dad went water sliding and water horsing around. I think we were there for a mere two hours. Enough la, right? Hot weather... stay there for too long, sure sunburnt la... xD

p.s. By the way, be warned. There's a RM10 parking surcharge if you go out after 7pm if you park at i-City. The day of my marathon, we parked at the shop lots and walked a couple of hundred metres instead. Save money. HAHAHA

Saturday, 13 April 2013

I'm Still Meeting The Orang Utan Next Month

Read the whole announcement here
Much respect to the race team for trying to accommodate us runners especially for those outstation/overseas runners. For Malaysian runners, we still can run this marathon and go home to vote in time.

From FB threads yesterday, most will opt to return to KL via MAS on its morning flight (6am). Yes, runners are one passionate lot. We care about running and we care about our country too.  We don't ask for change and expect it done without our participation.

I'll be doing another full marathon at Borneo International Marathon. With the starting time changed to 9.30pm instead of 4.30am, this is going to be a night run. 

I guess it's a blessing in disguise for me. Probably no (not much) horsing around during the marathon and I'll just concentrate on running instead of being distracted by a whole lot of stuff while running. Plus I suck at taking photos at night. I told my support crew that they don't have to wait for me this time. After all, I probably finish at 3 or 4.00am!

To Borneo International Marathon team, you've done your best to accommodate most of us. See you on 4th May!

Anyway, as part of my plan to "con" more ladies running and joining road races (especially the two ladies in Taiping, Ah Yan & Ah Hua), here's another eye-candy.
 Photo credit : Tey. Model runner credit : All Rasid. Sorry dik, I jaja your photo everywhere. ^^

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Gratitude And GE13

The boys were so good to me last Sunday. 
Photo credit : Leong Kwan Weng
They were such a trooper and such a support, not onlyto me but to other fellow runners too. I must say, they were very popular on Sunday with lots of runners taking photos with Raimie! *glemer* Hahaha
Photo credit CP Tan
They let mommy have fun and for that I am extremely grateful. 

After the run, both of them were treated to some play time at i-City's Water World. I spent 6 hours on foot, then gotta soak them at Water World. kekeke
Then, there's the makan also:
Had this at Bangsar Fish Head Corner with them but amazingly, I had no appetite and absolutely no interest to eat rice. Wuuuwuuuwuu
Then, it was Japanese food. Mommy had beef teppanyaki. This, I ate with relish. Om nom nom. Yeah, I only have appetite for protein. Recovery food, you know. ^^
and this for today.

I suppose I should talk about GE13, our general election which falls on May 5th since it is the HOT topic but I've never been political here in my blog so I'll give it a pass.

But GE13 falls on the same date as Borneo International Marathon! What am I to do? Just forfeit the airtickets lah. Booohooohoooo!!!

Monday, 8 April 2013

We Made History At Malaysia Women Marathon

I HAD FUN! Yes, I had fun running 42.195km. It's like running from my home in Seri Kembangan to my office in Bangsar and back but yeah, it was FUN, FUN, FUN. All thanks to all the people involved in the run.
Especially these two, who woke up at weird hours, stayed awake, cheered and at the last 5km, accompanied me all the way to the finish line. Love them, I do. *muaks*
  • Great run, littered with crazy inclines. It's like 30% flat and the rest... The uphill felt looooong and the downhills were too short! *pant pant*
  •  Excellent water stations starting from KM4 and about every 2km after that. I drank and ate too much, I only needed 1 energy gel and a few energy chews to keep me going all through the run.  
  • Very energetic and friendly volunteers. They were all so chirpy even at 5am! Cheers aplenty from MSU students too.
  • Pretty much nice and patient Shah Alam drivers. There were some busy junctions where we had to negotiate ourselves (with MBSA staff just looking on instead of controlling the traffic) but no honking, no (not much) impatient driver. Sure beats Putrajaya drivers. You hear that Putrajaya residents? So, thank you Shah Alam!
  • Absolutely fun, friendly, crazy runners!
I started my run with a group of ladies, at 4.30am sharp, flagged off by Ms Kathrine Switzer; who is the first woman to officially run Boston Marathon. We ran together for 11km then I fall back... as I was taking way too much time taking photos and eating my first (and only) energy gel. Met them again (except the lady in white, who is a FAST runner, she did 4:52! Congrats!!!) at one of the Petronas station later around KM 14. 
 Got quite a bit of entertainment too...
Happy runners and volunteers are kinda entertainment too. You run with a smile when meeting such happy people.

It was around KM13 that I started to experience heel pain and it stayed on till the finish (and until today!) Each step after that was kinda excuriating. And I was praying hard that I won't get too badly injured as I still had 3/4 of the route to finish. *must soldier on* 

Was hoping for a spraying centre but only saw the Perskindol spray at Seksyen 7. Just one spray station. All through 42KM. Boohooohoo. Anyways, stopped there for a while but my pain didn't exactly went away.

It was around this strecth that faster runners started to loop back and I clapped and hooted to all my running friends. Yeah, they all ran faster than me and they all looped me. Spent more time darting to the opposite side of each road to take photos of friends especially the ones doing half marathons. And vice versa.
Andrew who was on volunteer duty cycled by and called out my name there. He was like "First Marathon Woot! Woot!" and I think more than a few runners got a shock at such loud noise. LOL Thank you for the motivation. ^^

Saw plenty of familiar faces at the water station. And FB/Twitter friends too. Plus total strangers who were totally warm and friendly. Getting hi-fives. Getting hi'ed by people by name. Sorry to those I kinda blanked out on your names. Thanks to Khairi for the shout and hi-five.
 This is a familiar face in races here.Me, on super high face.
 Neoh who was helping out at a water station.
Plenty of food here. I ate some deliciously cool grapes here. Plus took a whole lot of photos with runners who were enjoying a munch/a sip there.
2nd Skin team handing out cool watermelon, Hammer Fizz drinks and a water spray. Yup, runner got sprayed here with one HUGE spray bottle and it was invigorating! Thanks TriStupe and team!
and the famous Kak June and Mr Lee. This run sure seems like a run to forage for food! 

No wonder lah I was slow. heh heh *excuses* kakaka

I ran, I chatted with friends, I chatted with random runners, we waved to each other without knowing them, I drank, I ate and I cried. Yes, I cried. Not because I was tired but I got emotional.
As I was approaching the Persiaran Kayangan roundabout at KM32 or so, I saw a bus stop and got weepy. I suddenly thought of my dear, dear late grandfather who used to wait for me arrive from my boarding school at the bus stop. And this, at a time when there were no handphones and I took a bus from Bus Stand Klang to Shah Alam. How long did he wait for me all those times? He'd never say... But he's always there when I returned. *cry buckets*

But I wasn't weepy for long. Too many happy faces around to cheer me up. Can't help but smile to them. 
Love these signs! 

Actually, by KM30 onwards runners probably felt like they are running an LSD instead of a marathon if not for the water stations and these very, very nice people. OK, so the road was not partially closed for runners but then, this is Shah Alam. We can always run on the pavement instead of the road.

Traffic was getting busier after 8am, and at Seksyen 4 or so roundabout - runners have to cross the road themselves after coming down from Seksyen 7 because no marshall was controlling the traffic and drivers weren't exactly keen to stop for us to cross the road. But at most places it was OK so I'm not too annoyed with this.

I mentioned Shah Alam people are nice, right? Got my photos taken by several people - and they actually slowed their cars in order to do so! So funny! And by the lake area, there were a few people urging us to run. *super appreciate*

Because of all this, and the fact that I passed by my hubby & son three times during the run made me so happy. Never once did I fear about hitting the wall. Partly perhaps because I took it easy. I decided to enjoy this. Yes, I had hoped for a decent timing. Who doesn't? But I'm still OK with a 6:36 timing. More so because I didn't suffer too much post run so I consider it a success.

A BIG thank you to all involved in the marathon. The organizer, the volunteers (the ones seen and the ones not seen), the runners and especially this two guys who made it possible for me to run a marathon, with their staunch support.
Raimie wasn't supposed to tag along on Sunday because of the early hours but after meeting Kathrine Switzer, he requested to join his Daddy and support me.
We walked hand-in-hand to the finish line. He was tired and couldn't jog much so I didn't too. Never mind I was slow to finish. I finished with my Son! 
From KM37 to KM41. With Mommy. Just one more KM to go, Son!
Absolutely love this shot. The boy was tired. But thanks to the encouragement of other runners and volunteers, he ran the final 100m with me together with his Daddy. I felt like a CHAMPION that day. Thank you to PACat Adventure Team for the photos!

Training and running this marathon gave me the opportunity to meet a lot of generous people who are ever willing to share their experience and time to help out each other. For that, I am eternally grateful. One of the reason why I want to be a marathoner too. Marathoners are a cool bunch of people.
Don't you just love to be a part of these quirky people?

An oh yeah, this too...

Doubt if it ever get aired or anything since I just gave a lame answer. But still... ;p


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