Monday, 30 June 2014

Saturday's Excursion - Day Trip Before Ramadhan

While a slew of people seemed to be heading to Gunung Nuang on Saturday for training or hiking or picnicking or ALL of the above; before the start of fasting month, we decided to head to Putrajaya and tackle a much easier route instead.
We arrived at Taman Canseri in Presint Diplomatik at around 8.30am to start our walk. Yup, just planned to do a bit of walking. 4hours walk. Nothing to strenuous. Muahaha
Before long, we ventured into Taman Rimba Alam. Putrajaya is planted with a lot of local trees and it's certainly quite nice to see and learn about them here in Taman Rimba Alam. 

The trees planted in Taman Rimba Alam are all labelled! 

But this durian tree wasn't. LOL

Not a durian fruit in sight. Hmph.
Checking out the scenery at one of the hills "conquered".
and then we stopped by at a section of Taman Rimba Alam that's planted with local fruit trees.

Kuinin were in abundance. We didn't pick any. Pity, right?
Rambai fruit were in abundace too but they are all unripe and not fit to be eaten yet.

After like an hour of checking out the fruit trees there, off we went to check and walk on more hills.
Rolling hills. Some shady. Some shadeless.
Feeling like I'm top of the world! On a bukit.  Hahaha

Another hill conquered.
Finished our walk after 4hours and 30minutes. But first, let me take a selfie. Hehehe

Next excursion like this (late morning, long hours walk/run) will have to wait until after Ramadhan. Daytime runs will be short and end shortly before buka puasa.

Long runs will have to be limited to night runs. A running group that I followed will be doing a 15K run on Friday night. Maybe I'll join them.

In the meantime, how's everyone's second day of Ramadhan? 

Sunday, 29 June 2014

1st Day of Ramadhan

source :

Selamat berpuasa and berbuka puasa. ^^

p.s. normal transmission will start next week for this blog, I think.

and yes, life does go on as usual during fasting month for us. Fasting doesn't mean we're to stop doing activities. Rather, this is a time for most who observe fasting to be more prudent about time management.

Let's try, yeah? :-)

And also...
Sorry if I had unknowingly (and sometimes knowingly but chose to do it anyway) for all the things that I've done that may have been hurtful to you.

I will strive to be a better person.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Heralding The Holy Month of Ramadhan

Surah Al-Baqarah 2:185
It was) the month of Ramadhan in which was revealed the Qur’aan, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month, he must observe fast that month and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and (wants) for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that (to) which He has guided you, and perhaps you will be grateful".
Tomorrow, we puasa. ^^

Friday Was

when it was announced officially that First of Ramadhan will fall on Sunday, June 29th 2014. Ramadhan Mubarak! Selamat menyambut bulan Ramadhan. Don't forget "terawih" prayers starts tonight. And don't forget to wake up for Sahur tomorrow! ^^

Started Friday with another pair of shoes. The new one I bought a few days earlier.
A nice, light 4 inch wedges. I'm taller than hubby when I wear this baby. LOL

Wanted to eat salad... a big heap of them so where else to go? Went to our favourite brunch place - Plan B at Bangsar Village II. 

The place wasn't a full house last night. Quite weird since it's always full when we were there.
Wild mushroom soup and garlic bread for Mommy! Son nicked a piece of garlic bread and soup too. Daddy enjoyed the mushroom too. 
Mommy's choice of salad for the night - Plan B salad. Yummmz
Son's carbonara pasta. He donated the basil leaves to Mommy. 
and also an ice chocolate drink. That boy sure knows how to enjoy "makan" LOL
Happy boy. Didn't finish his pasta and Mommy ended up eating his leftovers.
Daddy had cheeseburger. Big beef patty. Mommy refused to have a taste. Not because Mommy was full but Mommy didn't want to spoil the nice veges taste she just eaten and "contaminate" it with meat taste! LOL
Finished dinner with a cup of cappuccino. Nice. Even after drinking this, Mommy was still able to sleep soundly at midnight. Hahaha
 Happy faces.

Happy that the weekend is HERE!

Friday, 27 June 2014

Training For A Marathon - Tips From SCKLM

Training will still go on for me albeit at a lesser intensity if I run before breaking fast.  Probably lesser distance if I run late nights. 

My Thursday Was

My My My

How time flies. We're almost to the weekend already!
My current favourite breakfast.

And snacks.

Mixed nuts for me. I buy them individually and mix them. No added salt, sugar or whatever. Just as is. Love them this way. I eat this much for breakfast before doing my looooong morning runs too. ^^

I like crisps or potato chips and junk food plus cookies but I rarely take them. Some people skip meals and eat biscuits, erroneously thinking that it'll help them lose weight but really, if one wants to lose weight, please avoid too much processed food. Plain biscuits aren't that plain if you read the ingredients! Better eat fruits lah...
Thursday shoes was a conservative black pumps. Simple and understated. ^^
Dinner was Korean food. Bulgogi this time. Yummy!

Friday will be the last series of simple, no-brainer, random posts. Then I'll probably start the daily Ramadhan posts like I did last year. 

Thursday, 26 June 2014

My Wednesday Was

Donning my new yellow wedges to work. Happy. ^^

Dinner was at McD and what great way to quench my thirst to drink this World Cup 2014 inspired drink :
Time to chill. 

Because I need to train for an October Marathon, the training on Wednesday was tempo run. 
So on for Thursday!!!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

My Tuesday Is

If you haven't notice, I've somehow started a daily post on my mundane life starting from Sunday. I'll continue for a week before the start of Ramadhan. ^^
A packed lunch bought from a Supermarket.

Despite the generous chicken portion, I guess I still need rice. No fun having lunch without rice. I have very Asian/Melayu tummy. LOL

Then, for pre-dinner drink, something juicy and refreshing from Juiceworks. ^^
One Lychee Cooler and one Water Works using a buy one free one voucher that I got in one of my race kits.

The haze is back. Don't forget to hydrate! hydrate! hydrate!

Instead of sharing a K-Pop youtube video today, let's enjoy a local act's song :

This was the one song that kept playing in my head and pushed me along to run happy during last month's Cyberjaya Night Half Marathon.

I might not have an MP3 player with me or have earphone stuck into my ears but there are always song in my head when I run. Depending on my mood, it can be a happy, upbeat song or sometimes a melancholic song if I wasn't feeling good that day. 

Enjoy! ^^

Tuesday, 24 June 2014


Marathon wins Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s Tourism Award 2014 Platinum Award for Events category 

Kuala Lumpur, 24 June 2014 – The Standard Chartered KL Marathon is a proud winner of the Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s Tourism Award (KLMTA) 2014. The Marathon received a Platinum Award under the Events category, sealing its status as Kuala Lumpur’s most iconic running event. The award ceremony which was held in Shangri La Kuala Lumpur was graced by the presence of Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah and Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, YBhg Datuk Haji Ahmad Phesal Bin Haji Talib.  

“It is a proud moment for the organisers of the event. The recognition is truly a testament to the impact the Standard Chartered KL Marathon has on the city of Kuala Lumpur, alongside the growing number of runners both from Malaysia as well as our international following,” said Rainer Biemans, Director of Dirigo Events, event owner and organiser of Standard Chartered KL Marathon. He continued, “This year, we return, bigger and better, with a new tagline, ‘Committed. Confident. Courageous.’ whereby we aim to encourage commitment to a healthy lifestyle, enhance confidence and most importantly, celebrate the courage of marathon runners.”

The Standard Chartered KL Marathon nabbed the award based on criteria such as the participation of more than 33,800 local and international runners, holistic marketing and promotion campaign that attained impactful print media, social media, broadcast and outdoor campaigns. Besides being endorsed by authorities such as the Ministry of Youth & Sports Malaysia and the Malaysia Athletics Federation and sanctioned by international organisations including the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), the event has also been delivered successfully in terms of safety to the public and environment.

Biemans also commented, “We have been the organisers for six years in a row and it is truly an honour to be able to work with the wide network which has made this event grow and continue to command its following.  We would like to thank our sponsors, especially our title sponsor, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia, organisations that are involved in the process of bringing the marathon to life and most importantly, our loyal participants.”

Osman Morad, Managing Director and CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia commented Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia is proud to be the main sponsor of this iconic running event. We are delighted to promote healthy living and to bring together communities. It’s rewarding to see the marathon attain such a prestigious stature.”

The KLMTA 2014 is the second edition of the awards organised by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall. The triennial award is designed to recognise levels of excellence and contributions to making KL an international tourist destination of choice.

For more information on the Standard Chartered KL Marathon, please visit or call +603 7886 1717.

My Monday Is

Shasaying in my red shoes. But a different red shoes. 

I can't and don't always don the red Adidas all the time, you know. 

This week is also a time to pamper my precious legs.
An hour of reflexology massage during lunch hour, done at the MAB (Malaysia Association of the Blind) Shop.

A great start for the week! :-)

Monday, 23 June 2014

Weekend Is...

Enjoying home cooked food, and relishing every bite no matter how simple it is. ^^
How was your weekend? 

In the meantime, enjoy this song from my favourite all-female idol band : 

2NE1's Happy.

It's not actually a happy song, lyrics wise; but the beats do lift me up. I've always love that about 2NE1. ^^

I'll probably share a clip from Bing Bang or G Dragon later just to even things out. You know, boy-band pulak? HAHAHA

Friday, 20 June 2014

“You Must Be Mad”: Me Talking About Preparing For An Ultra Marathon

Disclaimer : this is a rambling post by a (slow) noob for fellow noobs. I won’t pretend to know it all, this is just a post comparing and sharing what I’ve read, tried and experienced.

So I run. First I ran and completed a 10K. Then I move on to half-marathons. Then I ran marathons. I like adding the distance but I don’t find joy in getting PB (personal best) after PB at races (hubby call it laziness to run fast). SO WHAT NEXT?

Know exactly why on earth you want to do an Ultra marathon. Like really. WHY?
photo credit : Chan WK
WHY do our eyes light up and we grin maniacally when we talk about Ultra running?

My humble opinion is that you should want to do it for the joy of running, the need to be better and push oneself; if not faster then farther. Run for the challenge. Nice to be able to do both though. Fast and far. Very very far.^^

Finishing a 50K run is less stressful than trying to complete a sub-6 hour marathon for me. Heh heh

Plenty of articles about Ultra marathons advice runners to find the flattest course they can find for the initial ultra training and events.

Reason? Simple.

Running 42.195km is hard enough. To delve into more than that ain’t gonna be a walk in the park (well, Back 2 Endurance is one event where you can actually walk around a park for 12 hours, but you get my meaning la…)

Some scoff at doing loops and flat course and would rather challenge themselves to a more challenging course with equally challenging cut-off time like Titi50 / Titi100 for their first Ultra but that’s their prerogative. Just don’t cry foul if you can’t finish within the cut-off time, scold organizer for not bestowing the finisher title to you and then stop wanting to do an Ultra altogether. Pfffttt…

Again, know your objective.

I just want to run long hours without worrying too much during this initial stage so I was content with Watergate 16-hour and Back 2 Endurance. Both have similar format. They were done in loops and with generous time limit. You just run as far as you can within that time frame. No minimum distance imposed and no maximum distance limit either.

For me who want to build up mileage slowly and steadily, these are two great events to enter to build up my mileage and get me used to long hours on my feet.

There’s Nuang Ultra for those who wants to do/try trail with elevation. It’s another race with loop format and with 12-hour time-limit. I’ll join that next year. ^^

We are now very lucky that we have plenty of ultra events to choose from in Malaysia without needing to travel overseas. Watergate 16-hour, Titi50 & Titi100, Nuang Ultra, Starlight Ultra, Penang Ultra, The Most Beautiful Thing (TMBT) in Sabah, Putrajaya 100, to name a few.


After deciding that we’re going to do an ultra and registering for an ultra, then it’s time to seriously look at our training plan.

If you plan to “just” finish a 50K road Ultra, I guess whatever training you’re doing for a marathon is good. I’ve read a few articles that state that one does not need to run a marathon before doing an Ultra BUT one does need solid mileage base. At the very least, one need to enjoy spending a whole lot of time on one’s feet. And when one train for an Ultra, do note that one don’t and shouldn’t view a 10K run as a long run anymore. By no means it is an LSD. Weekday run, yes. Long run = 30K. #gelakjahat
Reading is good. Far too often I had to listen to runners who “bragged” about not reading up and just following what others do. For me, listen to experienced runners’ advice and battle stories. Soak them in. But DO DO DO read up. On ultra stories, on other runners experience, on training programs, on their philosophy. Do make a point to gather as much knowledge as you can. After all, it will get us motivated and inspired plus you need your brains while running you know.

I admit I didn’t train specifically for either Watergate 16-hour or the 12-hour Back 2 Endurance but I did make sure I have a few long runs prior to each event. Anyway, both are road ultra events. If one registered for a trail ultra, then please by all means train by running trails.

I entered Watergate 16-hour in a rather foolhardy way. I had just recovered from an injury in September last year and it took me ages to actually want to bother to train or run so I aimed to finish in a very conservative way.

I did Putrajaya Night Marathon in October last year without doing much running and I tell you, I can feel the effect from lack of training after KM25. It was just a matter of gritting my teeth and getting it over and done with. Padan muka lah… but fortunately somehow PBed jugalah, thanks to my hubby who can actually finish a marathon faster by walking than me running one!

My target for Watergate 16-hour was to just do 50K and I did. I ran half of it at a slow 8-9min/km pace and speed-walked the balance. Finished it happily and in one piece, in 10hours 26minutes and didn’t need to take a day off or MC on Monday. Bwahaha

Plus, I can still run a half marathon the week after that in Melaka, doing the Skyhawk Nature Run. A 2:44 half-marathon, which is for my own standard not bad at all. So, I consider it a success.

By the way, for the record, I do take offense at people who expect me to suffer doing this. I don’t need to chafe, blister, get injured, cry, or whatever simply because it was my first 50K. Just because you did, doesn’t mean I have to. Sekian. #flipshair

My target for Back 2 Endurance was to stay on my feet for 12-hours. I did. I ran 62km that day (though I probably could’ve added another loop if I just ran a bit more that day… but no point of crying over split milk. Next time try harder and stop giving excuses. Huhuhu)

I didn’t do much running during the weekdays (I keep on skipping tempo run days) and training for Back 2 Endurance was by doing:
1. a 3-hour run around Lake Garden in the morning and continuing with another 2-hour run later that night, four weeks before the event
2. Cyberjaya Night Half Marathon, three weeks before and
3. two weeks of doing 4.5-5hours long run/walk with hubby. It was race specific training to handle the heat so we started at 8.00am and finish by 1.00pm and purposely chose to run in shadeless route in Putrajaya.

Here’s my take. You can’t run from 4.00am – 9.00am during training thinking that it’ll be good enough for you to run through the whole day at an Ultra event.
muka merah lari pukul 11 pagi
Actually you can, but don’t complain about not being able to stand the heat. Just like you shouldn’t complain about a brutal hilly route knowing fully well what you signed up for but neglect hill trainings (ini kena batang hidung sendiri. Ouch!)

Ultra events are not for whiners. Not for divas either. Period.

An Ultra is also not where you’d throw temper tantrums because the organizer didn’t place water stations at every 2km mark for you. Gittew.

Be prepared.

Race organizer will put a list of advised items to bring. Follow it. Prepare for any eventualities. Ask around for advice. Test your gears. ALL of them before the race. Prepare a drop bag. Double check that drop bag.

For ladies, be prepared for any event that might coincide with “that time of the month”. I was “lucky” enough to experience them during two of my HMs and one FM so when I had my period the day before Back 2 Endurance, I kinda know what to expect and prepare for the run the next morning.

Prepare for chafing ladies, if you wear a sanitary pad. But anyway, I wear both tampon and sanitary pads during races, just for peace of mind.

Had the niggling feeling of an impending chafing after just an hour of running at Back 2 Endurance despite already slathering chafing-prone areas with Vaseline so I stopped to put on some more. Make sure you have your own Vaseline/Body Glide or whatever because the medics may not have them.

Oh yeah, if you’re the type that tape their feet to prevent blister like I do, bring a roll of tape along too. Remember, if you stop for solat, you need to take them off and put some back on before starting your run again.

If you tend to cramp on heavy days like me, run at a comfortable pace. Either that or if you can’t handle it, just don’t start that day.

To tell you the truth, I took painkiller on the first day of my period to help alleviate the pain last Saturday. It wasn’t something I normally take as I had stopped taking painkillers many moons ago but I did last week and thankfully, it didn’t come with any side effect during my run.

The rule of thumb about taking anything before a race is: don’t try anything new. But sometimes we had to. Sometimes we’re lucky. Other times, we may suffer because of it.


All that running you do prior to an Ultra should be your guide to gauge your hydration need. Do read up on this and experiment. There’s no hard and fast rule about it. I myself don’t take gels. Chomps makes me thirsty so I avoid them too. I don’t like them and I haven’t tried those honey sticks many rave about just yet. *mengada*

Start a race hydrated (and empty-bladdered).

Loops are the best for those who are still unsure and learning about gear and hydration because with loops (2.5km checkpoint/waterstation for Watergate, 2.3km for Back 2 Endurance and 5km for Nuang Ultra), the distance between each checkpoint/waterstation aren’t that far. Any mistake can be much more easily rectified if one do loops.

Imagine forgetting about something or not having enough fuelling and the next waterstation/check point is 10km apart. Ain’t gonna be pretty, I tell you.

Test what you can take before an Ultra marathon. I finished a plate of pasta for dinner before the start of Watergate 16-hour at 8.00pm. I ate a handful of nuts (my bird food, as hubby calls it) with a cup of cocoa drink for Back 2 Endurance.

I’m pretty bad with loading prior to a race. I just eat normal during the week/days leading to both events but I do try to replenish fluid and food intake properly after a run.

I usually take a piece of Hammer Perpeteum Solid to chew on at the start of a run (HM, FM, Ultra) but I pretty much survived on solid food provided by race organiser and friends thereafter. There’s a runner I know who only needed raisins for Back 2 Endurance on top of solid food (nasi lemak, pizza) for lunch.

I popped in grapes that were so kindly provided by PACat group during the first 40K of Back 2 Endurance. Had a packet of nasi lemak at 1.00pm and survived the rest by drinking copious amount of isotonic and coke and eating watermelons (gotta be careful of over-hydrating though). Had a slice of orange but felt orange and me running don’t work well. I don’t eat bananas during my runs jugak… Choosy choosy. Hahaha

Some runners take salt-capsules. Some take anti-fatigue capsules. Some put ORS in their drinks to replace the sodium they lost while running and sweating. If you think it’ll help you, try them. I myself dunno how to use them. I used to put ORS in my drinks but too lazy to bother now. I also used to take Hammer Endurolytes before but didn’t see much point since I don’t really cramp up or anything.

Apart from taking Glucosamine and Fish Oil daily, I don’t take other supplements and I do not take recovery supplements after my long runs.

Food consumption is important when it comes to Ultra marathon (now you understand why I always have this craving for lamb and red meat after my long runs, yeah?) because it is the main tool for repairing and muscle fibre re-growth. Milk is good for some. Chocolate milk is even better people say. I can’t take them. Lactose intolerant lah… Soy milk, that I can & enjoy. Taufufah even better. ^^

But I do take malt drinks and enjoy maybe two half-boiled eggs. Both are easy to consume even while still fatigued from a run. Telan saja…

The Ultra Marathon
After all the preparation, the one most important thing to me is the ability to go out there and enjoy my run (and my walks in between) and feeling accomplished doing it because of my hard work that had paid off.
photo credit : Chan WK
I do not call myself a marathoner before. I will not go out and call myself an ultra runner now either. But I will proudly say that I am a runner and I will hopefully continue to run more and more in the future. Sometimes a bit fast. Sometimes a bit slow. One thing for sure, I will try to always run with a BIG smile on my face.


p.s. all the best to those running this weekend. Wish I had a race too. *itchy feet mode*

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Shoe Shopping

Something for my hardworking feet. ^^

A few pairs of wedges. I had wanted to shop for them on Tuesday but when I was window shopping for it earlier, I couldn't find anything that is high enough. Anything that's less than 2 inches are so boring! Hahaha

I sure am happy to get these. The black one is RM109. The yellow one is RM79.00 and the one I wore in the photo was RM109.00. Quite a bargain for me. :-)
My favourite shoes for running. The one still with the tag is my current one (the older one is waiting to be donated somewhere...) and I need a replacement for it soon. When the tapak is too haus, one can be injury prone wearing such shoes. Not good. Especially not good if one plans to run long distance, A LOT!

Another shoe shopping session needs to be done!

A girl can never and should never have enough shoes. *grins*

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Press Release : It’s Official! Energizer Night Race 2014 is Malaysia’s Largest Night Race

Full registration achieved in just three weeks, all eyes now on race day.
Kuala Lumpur, 16 June 2014 – The Energizer Night Race 2014 achieved full registration on 11th June and is now officially The Largest Night Race in Malaysia! The fourth installment of the Energizer Night Race is set to be the most spectacular night run with each and every runner sporting the signature Energizer 3-LED Headlight to create a ‘River of Light’ at Kuala Lumpur’s iconic Dataran Merdeka on 9th August.

“We’re thrilled that The Energizer Night Race 2014 reached full registration within 21 days of opening. It will be the first large scale night race at Dataran Merdeka and it’s all about Positivenergy. We’re all highly motivated by the response from the running community and can’t wait to greet everyone at the starting line in two months’ time,” said Mike Foong, Managing Director of Energizer Malaysia and Singapore.

Together with race organizer Twenty First Century Sports Sdn Bhd, collaboration partner Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), and sanctioning body Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur Athletic Association (FTKLAA); the race registration was launched on the 22nd May. Its initial closing date was set for 8th July.

“It’s all made possible by our consumers and the running community, they’re such great, enthusiastic fans with lots of Positivenergy. In that spirit, I’m calling on all Energizer Night Race supporters to join in the fun at Dataran Merdeka where we’ll have activities by Energizer and its sponsors to engage not only the runners but also the public. So even if you’re not running, be prepared for high-energy fun and interactive activities on that evening,” added Foong. 

The signature global race series first had its beginnings in South Africa in 2007. To date, it has been held in Peru, Philippines, Mexico, and Spain with more than 220,000 runners lacing up their running shoes to help make a positive impact through the Energizer Night Race for a Brighter World.

Supported by Banana Boat, Schick, Brooks, Evian, Jake’s Charbroil Steaks, GNC Live Well, 100Plus, HooHA! Asia, Milo, Nestle Fitness, PowerBar, Nikon, and Soleus Running Watches, the upcoming race is a key component of Energizer’s That’s Positivenergy implementation in Malaysia, and highlights its legacy of category leadership in bringing responsible portable power to the marketplace.

For more information, race details, and route maps, kindly visit the Energizer Malaysia website and official Facebook page

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Double Dosage Of Wendy's

We had a movie date last Saturday at TGV, 1Utama courtesy of The Butterfly Project community. It was a morning show; at 10.45am and as we were there by 9.00am, traffic was smooth and parking was a breeze.

We didn't want to get caught in mid-day traffic jam there after the movie (there was a huge "Riuh di Brazil" campaign by at the compound/carpark of 1Utama) and we wanted to avoid getting stuck, so off we went after the movie ended. Didn't go jalan-jalan at 1Utama. Maybe one day lah. Already promised to Son we will. ^^

Next stop was Jaya One. 
Had a light lunch and shared a bowl of Chilli at Wendy's. Still a bit full as we already ate and finished a regular-sized popcorn at the movie earlier but still wanted to eat something. (Plus gotta find excuse to lepak and enjoy free wi-fi at Wendy's too)! LOL

Then, around 3pm; about 2 hours after our light lunch we went back to Wendy's for a late lunch. 

Daddy had mushroom melt burger (his favourite at Wendy's), Son only wanted a frosty cone while Mommy had these ALL to herself!
Another bowl of Chilli (seriously, love love love Wendy's chilli) and baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese.

Mommy needed to run 12hours the next day so need to make sure she eat up! 

It was such a hot day (everyday is) and sorely wishing for this now :
Shall we get one, soon? ^^

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Slow, Yes. Farther, Definitely

that's my Back 2 Endurance adventure this week.

I somehow had full confidence that I can do 50K and had hoped to do more than that this time around and had hoped that the last minute training I did the past couple of weeks would help carry me for the whole of 12 hours, running and walking. Yes, I definitely planned for a lot of walking. No crawling, please. We do not need to much drama this time! LOL

I've kinda fallen in love with these types of runs.The ones that set time limits instead of a set distance. I am slow, yes. I don't really aim to run that far either. Just as far as what I perceive my fitness level and how I'm feeling allows me to. Call me unadventurous. I don't mind. 

Long runs like this allows me to get into my own head. I do a lot of soul searching and sometimes even "arguing" with myself during my long runs. I don't listen to any music anymore and my source of entertainment usually are the runners and supporters around me (love them, I do!) and the voice in my head. 

I missed out on last year's inaugural event because it wasn't something I want to do just yet in 2013. This year, YES!

Interestingly, I had way too much fun this time to even have any drama in my head - thanks to my family and also running friends who were there.

Am happy to say I managed to finished in one piece and according to the planned time and distance. Yeay me!
62km in 12 hours. I also managed to cover 50K much faster this time than during Watergate 16-hour by almost an hour! Double yeay!

The format for Back 2 Endurance is easy. Just cover as many 2.3km loops as one can in 12-hours.

If one runs between 2.3km-48.3km, one will get a bronze trophy.
If one runs between 50.6km-82.8, one will get a silver trophy.
More than that, one will receive a gold trophy!

One just need to run from 6.30am - 6.30pm? Easy, right? Righhhhhhttttttttt... HAHAHA

I tried to stick to my plan for the run. I aimed to finish the first 41.40km by 1.00pm and take a lunch/toilet/shower break.
Official waterstation
I finish later than planned for it though because I had way too much fun at the checkpoint/waterstation provided by both the organiser and also the PACat Team/Le Sabun Group.
Independent water station/care area ^^
Thank you so much!!!

Can't beat this kind of hospitality. ^^

While I was behind schedule for the first 41km, I managed to somehow made up for lost time after my nasi lemak lunch. I had thought that I might need to finish a loop at around 30min after lunch but turned out that I consistently managed to walk (yup, malas to run already so walk lor) at around 22-24min per loop. Compare this to the time I did when I was running, which is at around 18-19min per loop; my walking pace isn't all that bad. :-)

Hubby paced me for a few loops to keep me company and son walked with me during my final loop. Love them, I do. *muaks*

Friends made the continuous looping bearable and the loops went by painlessly for me when I ran a few loops with some of them. Thank you for keeping me company!
Us ladies made it for the silver trophy. Congrats to Gai and Niza too! We rock! ^^

Again thank you to everyone for a great Sunday out. Race organiser, race volunteers and crew, friends (running or supporting) and especially my family. ESPECIALLY to dear hubby who spent Father's Day being my support crew.

I'll see you all next year. Running/walking faster and aiming to do better. ^^

Now, if you excuse me; gotta go sleep. Tomorrow need to go to work.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Saturday Movie Date : How To Train Your Dragon 2

Thanks to the awesome people of The Butterfly Project - Beauty Bloggers, we (me, hubby, son and even one of my sis) managed to set a weekend movie date and watch "How To Train Your Dragon 2". All for free! With drinks and popcorn too! Thank youuuu!!! *muaks*
The movie screening was at 10.45am on Saturday but we got there bright and early at 9.00 something. Mommy decided she wants to keipoh keipoh at the Butterflies' registration/ticket collection table too. 
Mommy and her new friends at the ticket collection table. ^^

While Mommy was busy keipoh'ing, the rest got busy too - taking photos! Hahaha
With Daddy, who came but left early because he needed to rush elsewhere afterwards.
Son with his aunty. Arms laden with free soft drinks and popcorns. ^^

Mommy got in the movie hall a bit late so the rest went in first to enjoy the movie. Mommy missed out the first 15 minute of the movie so guess we just have to watch it another time to know the start of the movie, yeah? LOL

The movie was really enjoyable. There were numerous light moments that drew out laughter from the audience, there were poignant moments that made eyes misty, there were moments filled with suspense yet nothing too heavy or dramatic. A good movie for someone who just wants to enjoy a movie and escape, while being served with beautiful and visually astounding movie.

By the way, the paragraph above are all mine and not copied for any movie review anywhere (I never bother reading movie review anyway). OKAY?

This one is however copied :
The song that Hiccup's Dad sang to his Mom. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww x 1000 times

I’ll swim and sail on savage seas
With ne’er a fear of drowning,
And gladly ride the waves of life
If you will marry me.

No scorching sun,
Nor freezing cold,
Will stop me on my journey,
If you will promise me your heart
And love me for eternity.

My Dearest One, My Darling Dear,
Your mighty words astound me;
But I’ve no need of mighty deeds,
When I feel your arms around me.

But I will bring you rings of gold,
And even sing you poetry,
And I would keep you from all harm
If you would stay beside me.

I have no use for rings of gold,
I care not for your poetry,
I only want your hand to hold,
I only want you near me.

To love and kiss, to sweetly hold,
For the dancing and the dreaming.
Through all my sorrows and all nights,
I’ll keep your love inside me.

I’ll swim and sail on savage seas
With ne’er a fear of drowning,
And gladly ride the waves of life
If you will marry me! I’ll swim and sail on savage seas
With ne’er a fear of drowning,
And gladly ride the waves of life
If you will marry me.

It's enough for one for fall in love with Stoick! Bwahaha (Falling in love with Gerard Butler works too *wink wink*)

Go watch them already... ^^


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