Monday, 25 November 2013

Dream Believe Become

Earlier this year, on April 7th to be exact; a group of women (and some lucky male pacers) ran in the first women marathon in Malaysia. In this region. You could say, we ran in a historic event. We were a part of history. The first group to run in the first Malaysia Women Marathon in 2013! Don't play play!
Photo credit to CP Tan.
Ladies, remember this? ^^
Registration is now open for the sophomore effort of the Malaysia Women Marathon (MWM) and can be made through myraceonline.com; details can be gotten from MWM website or its FB page too. Mark the date for MWM 2014, ladies. It's March 16th, 2014. In Shah Alam.

You have 16 weeks to train for it. Heee...

The first running clinic for MWM2014 was held last Sunday at Kedai Kopi in Dataran Kemerdekaan, Shah Alam and there were some very special guests at the clinic.
The training venue was a bit secluded so some participants (and even guest!) had a bit of trouble finding the place. But we know the place to go now, for the second training clinic, right? ^^
Krazirunners "reps" were there to lend a hand, along with other fellow runners. Sole sisters unite!
Avon had their reps too. They even offered free makeover that day. What? No takers?

I actually signed up to be Avon member yesterday. Hihihi
First runner to register for the clinic!
Participants started coming in as early as 3.45pm and continued to flow even after 4.30pm.

Every registered participants get a lipstick sample from Avon. Yeah, even the male registrants. 
Power ladies in da house! And one abang, from Tourism Selangor. hihi ^^

Lini Kazim who is one of the mentor for MWM 2014,GM of Tourism Selangor Pn Noorul Ashikin, YB Elizabeth Wong, Race Director Kareh Loh and Avon Malaysia Senior Marketing Communications Manager Elaine Aisyah in the photos.
While waiting for a very special guest, participants to the running clinic enjoyed some refreshments. Generous. Kenyang. If not careful, tak larat to run afterwards. hur hur hur
Ms Kathrine Switzer, The Marathon Woman IS HERE!

She actually ran around the lake to get to the Kedai Kopi!
Ms Kathrine Switzer sharing her experience.

She was the first woman to officially run in a marathon at a time when women weren't allowed to do so. In her speech, she mentioned that the acceptance of women in marathon running to her, is akin to women being able to vote. Voting means the acceptance of women culturally and sociologically; the acceptance of women in marathon running is acceptance in the physical sense. Women can do what men do. And we women has shown it over and over again! Running 42.195km is looooong. And women can do it and do it FAST too! (Me excluded. hah hah)

Simply said, Ms Switzer is AWE INSPIRING. She's so friendly too.
YB Elizabeth Wong will be running in MWM 2014 and she mentioned that she will get KJ (YB Khairy Jamaluddin, the current Youth & Sports minister) to run in MWM 2014. Plus get this... she will BEAT KJ! Woot! Spunky lady!
The mentors for MWM 2014 for those running FM & HM. These ladies are champions and podium winning runners. Stay tuned for updates on MWM FB page!

Then, after the introductions; time for our run!
Warm up, run, cool down; around the lake.

There were 16-weeks training plans being handed out for those training for FM and HM too. Did you ladies get it? I forgot to get mine. Huhuhu
After the running session, it was back indoors for Q&A session with Ms Kathrine Switzer. She also graciously signed autographs and posed for photos with us.

Some of the questions asked during the Q&A were about injuries, handling the run mentally and even running while being pregnant.

And yes, if you don't have any complications and are already active (running or doing whatever exercise) prior to your pregnancy; there is no reason why you should stop doing it. Yup, pregnant women can run. Keep fit, stay fit and maybe when your baby is already a few months old - then its time for your PB! Why not, eh?

Then it's time for group photos!
All in all, it was a great event. Good turnout. Great company. We met powerful ladies. We met a legend.

Can't wait for more that's in store from MWM 2014!
As Ms Switzer signed, BE FEARLESS!

Lets' Dream. Believe. Become. :-)

Oh yeah... a little bit more photos at FB here.

32 comments:

  1. Nice recap Lina! Thanks for the gorgeous photos, too. So we can expect to see you go door-to-door with Avon products lah ni? ;)

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    1. I wanita alaf baru.Online bisner jerk. Muahaha

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  2. i was looking high and low for Mak Glam but she didn't even appear in the photos.. of course except the first photo which was taken way back ago and not during this running clinic.. and after 20 minutes scrutinizing the photos, baru i though i saw somebody familiar in the ladies group photo.. hur hur hur~~

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    1. Aiyoh, I no need gila glamour in my own blog post la.

      Anyway, so you found my photos ah? Or just the other two punya photo? :P

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    2. I agree that she won't do it as she is soooo humble and not trying to be a track diva! LOL.

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    3. To be a Diva must have talent. I don't have that talent. LOL

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  3. that's indeed a very nice event.. got superstars, got sponsors, got refreshments, got door gifts, got beautiful ladies and handsome men.. so Mak Glam ate too much and couldn't run that evening?? :p

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    1. I busy with plates but I busy passing food to those who manned the registration table. Pity them. Work hard, takde orang tolong serve them drinks or food.

      Then I went kaypoh take photos. Cannot run la! Hahaha *excuses*

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  4. I was very relieved not to be the only person lost/late! You took some great photos - mine were dreadful. I've blogged about the event too over at www.expatrunner.wordpress.com

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    1. I'm visiting yours! NOW! :)

      Yup, & even Kathrine got lost!

      Thanks but I took some dreadful ones too. I totally forgot to adjust the ISO exposure once we were indoors. :(

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    1. Nice right?

      If you are in KL on those date, come join us. But gotta register early. :-)

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  6. Wah! Our Mak Lina Lari will look pretty and stunning like a real Mak Glam after signing up with AVON. Who knows AVON will sign you up as their celebrity someday!!! ~AKAN DATANG~

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  7. It is because of your interesting blog posts that taught me about Boston Marathon and Ms Kathrine Switzer otherwise I would still be bawah tempurung. Much of my coffee table chats came from priceless knowledge read from many blogs including yours. That's the way a human should be and not cakap hamsaps tak henti-henti in watsaps. Adoi.

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    1. Vice versa. Kochira Koso.

      I learn stuff from your posts too. :)

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  8. Wow! This is indeed historical. I must tell my female friends who are avid runners to join the next one.

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    1. Please do.

      The event is on 16.03.14. Registration opens now.

      The training clinic will be held once a month and free for those who had registered to MWM 2014. Others will need to pay a nominal sum to join it.

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  9. You all must be so strong and fit to run in the Malaysian heat!

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  10. Women can do what men do, just better. Go, sisters, go! Yeeeha!

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    1. Yes, we can!

      Join usss.... *spooky voice* ;)

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    1. To go, we have to start. Let's start together. Come Hayley :)

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  12. Be Fearless is her standard tag line, hehehehe

    never heard of this place until this clinic happened!

    was it a hot evening? i couldn't tell from the pics.

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    1. It wasn't that hot... Thank goodness. And the park is quite shady. No breeze though, so some of us still sweated like nobody's business :-P

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  13. Never know this place is so wonderful for a running clinic although I used to run around Shah Alam Lake Garden several times and passed by this Kedai Kopi... Next time I must stop by and chillax around then hehee... Mak Glam still being very helpful during the clinic... Rajin too... *clap2....

    So u will be manning the pisang duty during the MWM 2014, Sis? Love to see you running n glowing too ;)

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    1. You compliment like a school teacher je bunyinyer... :-D

      Running & glowing? That utk nno bagusla...;-)

      P.s. Congrats on another HM under your belt

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    2. Haha... skema kan bunyi ayat saya di atas tadi... =)

      I meant your face is glowing with joy lah running happily during your FMV in MWM last April... enjoy je =D

      Thanks, Sis... Need to piak2 my ears for the slow updates LOL

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    3. I thought I'm always joyful in races? Not only MWM? HIHIHI

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