Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Meeting A Legend And A Heroine

The girl who started it all.
40+ years ago, in 1967 to be exact; a female college runner decided to enter the Boston Marathon. Her scuffle with the race official, Jock Semple was plastered in the news afterwards as women was barred from running the Boston Marathon.

If you want to read more of the fateful day, you can do so :
Runners' World "The Girl Who Started It All" which was the first article I read about Kathrine Switzer.

Kathrine Switzer, a hero(ine) and a potent symbol of equality.

Women and the journey of us running long distance does not come easy. Women such as Kathrine Switzer paved the way and made it possible for us female runners to enjoy joining road races now. More on the road paved by these heroine here.

Kathrine Switzer arrived LCCT this evening at 5.55pm. She's here for the inaugural Malaysia Women Marathon and we are so excited to meet her!
She is such a gracious lady and as you can see, we are all star-strucked and awe-strucked by her. Just look at our grins! LOL

Everyone got a hug (hugs actually), photos and lucky Farah got her book autographed. We talked, we laughed and we listened to e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. she said in earnest. But, of course. Right?
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I was all emo, uncertain and feeling depressed about my marathon training the past weeks (just read this ranting of a post of mine) and nothing like meeting a running legend to make me all raring to go! 
 Yes! I am now excited for Sunday to arrive! 42.195km, HERE I COME!
Here's the guy who made it possible for me to meet my running idol and he'll be waiting for me either at the last 10 or 6KM of the marathon this Sunday to drag me to the finish line. He's also the reason I have 40+ photos of Kathrine Switzer in my collection. ^^

I'm hoping I'll get to meet her again during REPC at i-City.

p.s. If you are running Malaysia Women Marathon and see a runner with bunny ears running...
yeah, like this -  do say hello. That would be me, unless there are other runners in similar ears running. ;)



54 comments:

  1. aiyoh, no wonder all the way to LCCT this evening lah.. got a fans meeting idol session there kot!! hahahaha.. i thought this Mak Rempinator will only do that for Super Junior and 2PM, but nope, this gracious woman is also special to her!!

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    1. I don't care about SuJu or 2PM if they come to Malaysia but I squealed a lot for this woman! ;)

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    2. of course la....I think Kathrine Switzer has the same position in Lina's heart as Sandy Lam in in yours

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    3. Ooooh Anay baru tau why Mak Rempit would go to airport to pick someone!! Adoi! SK tipu me that Mak Rempit can fetch anay from airport!

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  2. 40+ years ago, in 1967 to be exact; a female college runner decided to enter the Boston Marathon.. oh that means she is probably way more than 50 years old?? eih, she looks so young i thought about the same age as Ah Na only~~ huhuhuhu, please don't think otherwise that i hinted you look old wokay?? you look like late 20s only lah~~ :D

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    1. That's why must run lor... To keep looking and feeling young like her. ^^

      She was 19 at that time. :)

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    2. wah she is nearly 60 now? doesnt look like it....

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    3. Sudah almost 65 dy Meow. :-D

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    4. Fuyoh! She looks young. Looking at her, I am motivated to do more running.

      By the way, lina looks very fit and tone too.

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    5. Yan,
      Yes, looking at her I'm also motivated to keep on running.

      p.s. She always put on lipstick when she runs too. :-)

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  3. i am sure Kathrine must be overwhelmed to see her fans at the airport with banners welcoming her somemore!! little fans making noise and make everyone mistaken Angelina Jolie is coming to Malaysia?? hahaha~~

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    1. Got people making puzzled look at us. HAHAHA

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    2. Ya lo! Look at the picture, reminded me of my picture with YB Nga Kor Ming. Muahahahhaa!

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  4. another example of how a sweet husband Zaini is!! needless to say much, just look at how he put everything in action and walk the talk.. thumbs up!! now you must be the most lucky woman in the world, probably the best husband and the best son are all yours!!

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    1. Well, you know that the good husband didn't come easy to me. He didn't exactly landed in my lap, last time. Remember?

      Glad I fight for him. kekeke

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    2. lina has very good eyesight, can spot good men out there.

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    3. But this man not rich like Anay la. HAHAHA

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  5. I will be busy at one of the water station. See you around and don't forget to enjoy the 42.195km :)

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    1. Hope to see you at the WS!

      Must take photos together!

      p.s. thanks for volunteering for this. :)

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  6. We are in diff category this time! Not sure will see u or not to say hi! Maybe after u enter fin line kot baru jmp bunny ears runner! Hihihii...

    RAjin btl u n ur hubby today!

    ANyway.. all the best for this sunday...

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    1. All the best to you too! PB this Sunday! ;)

      BTW, you sure jumpa Zaini dulu nanti kan? Wave and say hi to him! ;)

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    1. Awesome for meeting a legend is an understatement. :)

      But yes, AWESOME!

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  8. so great to have all the support from Zaini. All the best to you!

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  9. All the best utk Ahad ni!! has support online from Penang :)

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  10. I can see your star struck face la....

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    1. Right? All grinning silly in front of the legend. :-D

      Talk also tweak beryl already that time. Wakaka

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  11. eh bunny ears only ka....what happen to the tail?

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    1. Pakai also la... And lipstick also mau pakai. :-)

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  12. You're going to wear your bunny ears? :D Cool.

    GOOD LUCK, JUNGLE WOMAN!!!

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    1. I wasn't sure at first because of the distance this time, bit after meeting Kathrine Switzer I feel like, oh WTH.. Run and be outstanding for this marathon. ^_~

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  13. Oh? So she's 65...and still running, going strong. That's great!

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    1. And running makes her look so young too. :-)

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  14. Looking your face and Zaini's face, I can tell how happy you two were last night.

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    1. Really happy. After meeting her, I got extra motivation to run more.

      Zaini was too. :-)

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  15. Kathrine must be very happy with all your warmest welcome...
    Yokoso!!!

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  16. Lina, this Sunday you going to take part again? Good Luck and have more fun ya...

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    1. This Sunday is the big one! I've been training for this for the past 18 weeks! :)

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  17. Remember to wear that bunny ears band ok? bring good lucks to you. hehehe

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    1. Definitely will.

      Though can't say it will bring me good luck. But the bunny ears has so far made me runs more FUN! Slow but fun. ;)

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  18. Wowww had a meet n greet with the Legend herself.... My goodness, I was blown away too... OMG, she did look younger than her age... She really defied the biological clock... My goodness... Wish I was there too... So looking forward to meet her in person too during the Racekit Collection...

    Lucky U, Kak Lina... So now U r all fired up and turbo to do your inaugural FMV? Good for ya... Go go go Momma Bunny... I`ll b waiting for you to finish under Sub7... Caiyukkkk2... U can do this!!! =D

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    1. Hope you'll get to meet her.

      Pegi today or tomorrow?

      Well, of course kena sub7. After all, takmo lah habis after cut-off time. 7hours, you can actually power walk at 10min pace all the way! I've checked. I can power walk at that pace. kekeke

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  19. Come to think of it...I should have arranged for my part-time staff to come for two days...yesterday & today, so boleh gak I pegi airport semalam kan..?? Hehe. Saje je :P

    I am still partially lemau. I did feel jittery, excited etc last week...tapi masuk minggu ni, flat je. Hopefully I get whatever mojo I can during REPC today. I pun takut terlebih belanja la kat expo nanti hahaha

    You sub 7? I don't think so. More of a sub 5:30, yes. :)

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    1. Eh Kathrine Switzer dtg Rabu, bukan Khamis. Hehe silap tengok.

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    2. Millie,
      Awwww.... 5:30? Adeslah
      But... jom jom 5:40 target kita. Bulih ka? hewhewhew
      Kam sure no hal punyer kan? ;)

      K Switzer came on Wed. Tu lah, kalau you nwere there, you definitely felt high and all raring to go. Takpe takpe hari ni kita stalk her at i-City eh? Jomzzzz!

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    3. p.s. itulah... takut banyak duit habis kat Expo ni. huhuhu

      I siap jual share semalam. wakaka

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  20. The article about her is fantastic news. I like to read about people who made changes to the world. Great lady!

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    1. In her Boston Marathon article, the word Syracuse caught my eyes as many people thought Manhattan is the capital of New York. It is actually Syracuse!

      The next thing that enlightened me is that Boston is a mecca for runners! This is news to me.

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    2. Boston Marathon is the world's oldest marathon, Anay.

      Plus, to enter Boston, you must run fast enough as it has a qualifying time for you. It has very high standard and every marathoner dreams to BQ (Boston qualify) time. Run under three hours for 42.195km and you can dream of entering Boston Marathon. ^^

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