Monday, 30 November 2015

A Grand Sunday In Kuala Kangsar

After spending almost half-day supporting friends running a 100K race (as per my previous post), we head home and got ourselves ready for our trip.

I had a run in Kuala Kangsar on Sunday morning; in the Larian Hari Keputeraan Sultan Nazrin Shah and instead of spending a night there; we opted to board the Express Peninsula and took a sleeping berth seat and traveled to Kuala Kangsar by train.

We took the midnight train from KL Sentral and arrived at Kuala Kangsar station at 6.00am, a bit late than the published time but still ample for me to get ready and change into my running outfit and meet a friend who helped picked up my bib the day before.
Before the flag-off for 10K category. As usual, I started way at the back.

Most of my friends were running in the 15K category which was flagged-off at 6.45am.

Flag-off for 10K was at 7.00am sharp with the presence of DYMM Sultan Perak Darul Ridzuan Sultan Nazrin Muizzudin Shah and DYMM Raja Permaisuri Perak Darul Ridzuan Tuanku Zara Salim.

The crowd in front of me was bigger than I expected so progress was slow, weaving through the crowd. We caught up with the 15K runners by KM2 and by KM3, as we entered the kampung section of the route, it got more congested. 

But the route was nice.The air was fresh. The scenery interesting as we passed kampung houses so I decided to enjoy my run. When I couldn't run or saw no point of running and bumping into other runners, I walked.

At around KM4, a couple pushing a stroller ran past me. It was Doc Julin & her husband! 

At this point too, I passed several friends who were happily taking in the view and running slow, making plenty of selfie and wefie stops.

I think it was at KM5 when the first food station appeared. Yes, you read right. Food station.

There were water stations, of course but along the route, there were several food stations serving steamed buns, curry puffs, banana fritters and a coconut drink station too! One whole coconut for each runners. Heavenly!
Then, immediately after finishing my run, I got my finisher medal and goodies bag and also an ice-cream!

Then it was time to head for refreshments.  Milo was abundant. Mineral water too.
Plus a buffet for everyone!
I absolutely love the tacos served there.
Met friends after the run, which was nice.

And after having my fill of free breakfast, we waited for my friends to finish their run before quickly heading back to Kuala Kangsar station.
We had a train to catch. Instead of the faster ETS train, we opted to board the Express Rakyat which is much cheaper but slower and arrived to Kuala Lumpur at 3.00pm.

What a grand way to spend a Sunday, right? ^^

Saturday, 28 November 2015

A Good Saturday

Started the Saturday quite early with a nice nasi lemak breakfast but not before cooking rice to make onigiri for ourselves and friends who were running in a 100K race today.
It was a special request by a friend and I happily obliged. Happy to note that the people I made them for devoured my onigiri. ^^

I made the rice balls using the rice I received at the Race Pack collection of the Tango Ultramarathon in which I ran 60K in.

The rice balls were individually cling-wrapped so that my friends could tapau them and eat while on the move. And they did, after eating one. They packed one in their hydration bag to eat later. 
Hubby and I enjoyed one each too, while waiting for them at KM34 , midway through a long hot stretch of the 100K route with food and drinks and ICE!
Our mobile support station that we set up to cater to our friends.

We had cincau drinks, chrysanthemum drinks, coke, water - both for drinking and washing up, Yupi, onigiri and ice.

We even had ice cold water spray which Hubby DIYed using empty mineral bottles.
In between taking photos of all the runners that passed byKM34, I read The Star and look! Another article I wrote was published by The Star. Yeay! Here's the link for that article.

Oh by the way, remember last week's article about "Running in Japan" that was published in The Star. Here's the link for that article. 

We'll be travelling to Kuala Kangsar in a few hours' time, by train. I have a race in Kuala Kangsar tomorrow and am looking forward to it! :-)

Friday, 27 November 2015

A Marathon In The Historic City Of Melaka

A run in the historic city of Melaka on Dec 20th, 2015.
 
The International Melaka River Marathon is back for the second time and registration is already open, with less than a month to go for the race day itself. So, hurry and register if you're keen in joining.
Generous prizes on offer for top runners.
 
For more information and registration, head over to LIV3LY page.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

myBuddiesRun School Promo Rates

Great news to those who are still looking for a run on December 20th, 2015 or have yet registered for any races on the date.
 
myBuddiesRun is having a school holiday promotions from Nov 22 to Dec 19, 20015.

myBuddiesRun which will be held on December 20th, 2015 at MMU, Cyberjaya has a few categories on offer and with the school holiday promotions, the registration fee is as low as RM20.00!

Be a participant or just come to enjoy the carnival-like atmosphere with :
  • performances by local artistes
  • car boot sale
  • an array of food galore from various food trucks
Participants also have a chance to win win some prizes - more than RM100,000 worth of prizes to be won! Who knows we might win a Perodua Axia!

Or maybe get lucky and win RM150 cash prize which is allocated for every 100th registration (from 100th to 7000th).

Or win RM150 cash prize as one of the AWESOME runners running in myBuddiesRun.

For more information, check out their website at www.mybuddies.my or my previous post on the run here.

Follow them on Instagram @mybuddies.my to stay updated.
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#cyberjaya
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Come and let's get healthy together.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Gulai Kampung

Remember my post about craving for some steamed fish and ayam masak lemak cili padi? 

Well, I sort of got to satiate my craving. Didn't indulge in either of the said dishes but I got my "gulai kampung" treat!

Son had an outing with his friends on Sunday so it was a date-day for us. 

For lunch, since we were in Bangi; we stopped at Restoran Gulai Kampung which is located a few blocks away from Bangi's McD.

The restaurant has a lot of varieties such as patin masak tempoyak, asam pedas, fried chicken, sup tulang and masak lemak dishes.
 We chose keli salai masak lemak, which cost us RM6.
And daging salai masak lemak for RM10 a bowl (can feed three).
The masak lemak were good and we finished everything, up to the last drop of the gravy, but I do wish they are more generous with the rice serving. It was too little for RM1.50 per plate. Hihihi

The sambal belacan had a powerful kick and I can't even finish it. Hahaha

All in all, a rather good meal.

We were there shortly before 12.00pm on Sunday and it was still quite empty. The restaurant filled up pretty quickly shortly after. 

Monday, 23 November 2015

Frost The Trail Run At FRIM

Frost the Trail KL Corporate Challenge is a yearly Green CSR initiative organized by Frost & Sullivan. 100% proceeds from the entry fees from the run will be given to pre-appointed beneficiaries and this year they are supporting the flood relief through MERCY Malaysia.

I was lucky enough to be able to get two slots for the run through Maxis and duly registered Hubby and myself into the 8K individual category.

It was a rather smallish corporate event, with just a few hundred runners in both the 8K individual and also 5K team category but it was a commendable turn-out and run nonetheless.

As most runners coming from the corporate sponsors, everyone seems to know everyone. Maxis, the platinum donor of the run had a contingent of 200 runners.
Runners mingling about the field area at the starting line. I met with an ex-schoolmate who works with one of the corporate sponsors and also a couple of running buddies. 
A photo station printing photos of runners who posted their photos on IG with the hashtag #FrostTheTrail.
Jazzercise session held before the run.
MMU even had a wheel of fortune thingy for runners to win prizes at their booth.

The 8K category was flagged-off at around 7:20am and we ran through a stretch of road before hitting the trail section.

I started way too fast, at pace 5:48min/km although my initial place was to hit the first 5K at a half-marathon pace (which was what I needed to do as per my training plan). I slowed down significantly to running at 7:30min//km pace after a mere 2.5K and after we started to enter the trail area totally.

The run was a tad uncomfortable for me. Not because of the route or the elevation but for my choice of running pants! I wore a new Mizuno long pants for this race with a side pocket for my handphone. Wrong choice. Because of the weight of my phone, by KM1 I could feel my pants kinda slipping down. So as I was running, I had to keep on adjusting my pants so it would go up. It would probably be better if I just stop and adjust it but the thought never came! Hahaha

And my panties kept on giving me a wedgie and I kept on having to adjust it too, in full view of other runners at my back. Hadoi. 

Imagine having to adjust the pants to go up and stay at my waistline then pulling it slightly so that it wouldn't give me a wedgie too. Huhuhu

But on a positive note, the route was nice and I even saw a waterfall while running! Cool!

I was wary about spraining my ankle so I went slow once I hit the trail. At times, when there were too many stones and uneven surfaces on the trail, I slowed down to a walk.

And it was indeed reduced to just walking as I approached KM6 mark and where runners started to face a long 1K incline.
Although I started going downhill as I approached KM7, I had to still be careful about running for fear of falling flat. I'm still not good at running trails so I had to be extra careful on the trail.

It was supposed to be an 8K run but we were still running in the trail area as I approached the KM8 mark. And from the looks of it, the finish line isn't that near yet!

At 8.5K mark, with 500m more to go and because it already exceeded the supposed 8K trail run, I just walked until I was about 200m away from the finish line. Hah Hah

Extra distance notwithstanding, it was indeed  nice run with a good route to challenge runners.

After the run, we were given a nice Columbia Finisher t-shirt (no medal) which I really like and after Hubby finished his run, we went to collect our goodies bag and snack pack.

A nice breakfast of nasi lemak and fried bihun was served to runners.

We stayed behind for the lucky draw but alas, we weren't so lucky this time.

We made a move a few minutes after 9.00am as Hubby needs to get to work while I decided to continue my training and later did a 90 minutes run. I kinda suck at the hill section at FRIM so during the 90 minutes, I focused on tackling inclines, albeit at an easy pace.

I stopped by at Gardens Mall Fitness First to shower and rest before taking a bus to meet hubby later in the afternoon and head home.

All in all, a good day spent. 

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Just See What's In The Star Today!

I had initially thought of writing a race recap of the trail run, Frost The Trail which was held earlier this morning at FRIM.

But then a friend whatsapp me later in the afternoon to mention that my article about running in Tango Ultramarathon was already published in the Star! Yeay!

And here it is.
^^

Link to read at Star2 here

Friday, 20 November 2015

Let's Illuminate Melaka City With Hatten Neon Run 2015

After an adrenaline-packed kick off in 2014, the Hatten Neon Nite Run is back due to popular demand; this year it’s going to be bigger, bolder and brighter!
Hatten Group is bringing back Melaka’s most exciting year-end event to usher in 2016. Flagging off from Padang Pahlawan, Melaka on 31st December 2015, the route runs through the heart of the city, passing through historical landmarks and circling back to finish at the Padang. Three categories are making a debut this year, the Men’s and Women’s 7km Open and the free and easy 3km Family category which everyone, both young and old, can enjoy.
The main highlight of the event is the vibrant Neon theme. Participants will be given Neon ‘glow-in-the-dark’ race kits which consist of high quality dri-fit neon jerseys, bibs, wristbands and glowsticks.
Several pit stops will be stationed along the route so participants can enjoy Neon activities such as the illuminated tunnel, UV graffiti, 3D photo ops, splash and dance-off.

Hatten Group takes it a step further by teaming up with charity beneficiary, UNICEF. In addition to the fun activities and health benefits, Neon Runners will also be running for a cause as Hatten Group is donating RM5 for each participant. Hatten will also double the sum when participant numbers reach more than 5,000 pax - all proceeds to be directed to children in need across the world via the trusted channels of UNICEF.

“We are proud to be the charity beneficiary of Hatten Neon Nite Run 2015. The event brings people together in a fun-filled atmosphere while spreading awareness of the suffering of children in developing and war-torn countries. Each runner is making a difference in the lives of those in need,” said Mr. Richard Beighton, Chief of Private Sector, Fundraising and Partnerships, UNICEF.

The number of participants topped over 3,000 pax last year. This year is expected to record over 5,000 pax with the nationwide coverage and multi-platform publicity surrounding the event. The objective of this Neon Run is to encourage a healthy, active lifestyle among the local community. It will also draw attention to Melaka’s rich culture and architectural heritage with an aim to boost tourism in the state as Hatten Group collaborates with the authorities at Majlis Bandaraya Melaka Bersejarah (MBMB) and Tourism Promotion Division, Melaka to make this event a success. Adding to the excitement is a deeper and more meaningful element – the tie up with UNICEF.

Ms. Penny Ong, Director of Group Corporate Communications, Hatten Group adds “We had such an overwhelming response last year that we are making it bigger this year! We upgraded the Neon race kit, extended the route, added more pit stop activities, introduced the family category and more importantly, we injected a deeper layer of meaning to the event with the charity component. Hatten Neon Run 2015 will give our community a chance to share fun and memorable moments with loved ones as well as give hope and spread joy to children in need – what better way to usher in year 2016.”
Registration for the Hatten Neon Nite Run is now open! Entry fees are RM55 nett per pax for Individual Men’s and Women’s Open, RM45 nett for Students (photocopy of Student ID is required) and RM105 nett for the Family Category (max. 5 members).

Register online at www.hattenneonrun.com or via manual registration at LG, Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall Information Counter. For more information, please contact the appointed event organiser – Concepteleven at 010 2260227 – May Teh.

See you there! 

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Craving For Fish

and also ayam masak cili padi. Hahaha

I thought I wanna buy siakap and steam it for the weekend lunch, but aiseh... busy on Saturday and Son has his school outing on Sunday. No fun eating (and cooking) without him.
 
Hmmm... maybe just go for a dinner date for this. But man, steamed fish also expensive lah! I buy one siakap cost less than RM10.00. RM5.99 also can get sometimes. *grumble grumble*
 
We'll be pretty busy the next two weekends, so no cooking for me! LOL
 
Next weekend we'll be traveling to Kuala Kangsar for the Larian Hari Keputeraan Sultan Nazrin Shah.
 
Then, on the first weekend of December, we're checking-in at e.City Hotel in Subang which is the official hotel of Amnig Run. Hubby and I will be running in Amnig Run. Plus the Ice Watch Night Run, on Saturday night.
 
Busy but fun!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Training Starts, In Earnest

I'm into Week 3 of Hal Higdon's Half Marathon plan, with a half marathon in January as my target race.

I was only supposed to a 5K today and I did it at the gym on the treadmill but after dinner, with the nice weather outside, I was itching for a run and decided to do a 3K time trial.
Slower than the 5K I did earlier but I was happy nonetheless. OK, so I wasn't following the training plan properly but I felt good so I decided to go for it.

Anyways, tomorrow I'll do a 40min tempo run. And then, I'll have some fun with Hubby on Saturday, running 8K in the Frost the Trail Run. And hopefully, I'll wake up early to do a 90 min run on Sunday. 

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

SCORE Cupid Run 2016: Glass Slipper Trail

A FAIRY GODMOTHER. A PUMPKIN CARRIAGE. CHAUFFEUR MICE.
A MISSING GLASS SLIPPER.
Back for yet another fairytale adventure, SCORE Cupid Run 2016 is a 4 km fun run open to all aged 12 years and above to be held at Kepong Metropolitan Park, KL on 14 February 2016, 7am onwards. 
SCORE Cupid Run aims to encourage more people to take up running – professional runner, running enthusiast, or fun run fans alike. By infusing endearing fairy-tale themes, the run provides an exciting, recreational platform for a convenient and great cardiovascular exercise.

Runners of all ages and backgrounds will enjoy the activities at the 4 pit stops – Cinder, Fairy Godmother, Pumpkin Ride, and The Dance – the Glass Slipper Trail has to offer. They include balloon and tutu giveaways, a “fairy godmother” granting wishes, photo-worthy deco, as well as some dancing activities.
With an expected 5,000 runners encompassing friends, family, running buddies and groups, partners and/or spouses, loved ones, and individuals searching for their perfect fit, male and female participants will each receive a unique for-him and for-her finisher medal upon completing the run.
Run Title: SCORE Cupid Run 2016: Glass Slipper Trail
Venue: Kepong Metropolitan Park KL
Time: 7am – 11am 
Early bird registrants get 15% discount.
Pre-register now at www.score.my
For more details, visit www.score.my or 03-7726 4277.

Remember, HAPPILY EVER AFTER BEGINS WITH A RUN.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Great Deal With La Maison Restaurant, Silka Lunch Savers

After my 10K run in Energy Efficiency Run which was held in Putrajaya on Saturday morning, Hubby and I rushed back home without spending time with friends post-run there.

He had to work that Saturday morning and I decided it would be nice to head over to town for lunch later, with Son in tow of course. ^^

Our lunch "date" that Saturday was at Silka Maytower Hotel located in Jalan Munshi Abdullah. We got there early which allowed us to browse through the stores and stalls around Masjid India before Son & I head for lunch later at 1.00pm. Have to say, it's been ages since I last visited this part of town. 

Silka Maytower Hotel's La Maison Restaurant is having a lunch saver promotion on-going and it sure is a good deal. It's available daily from 12.00pm to 2.30pm and priced at RM21.90 nett per set.
It was nice for us to have lunch there, not only for the good deal but also for the relaxed ambiance of the restaurant.
For the Silka Lunch Savers set, there were 9 tantalising main dishes for selection and it comes with a free flow of beverage of the day (we had ice lemon tea), appetizers, soup and desserts from the buffet line.

But on weekends, we ordered our appetizers, soup and desserts and they were served to our table instead. That sure made the lunch felt much more relaxed and I felt kinda pampered too. All for RM21.90 per set. Hahaha

Dishes ranges from Western and Local favourites so we had a variety of pasta dishes, chicken & fish dishes and Malaysian favourites to choose from.
 We were served mushroom soup as part of the set.
Salad with thousand island dressing for appertizers.

And the main dishes.... *drum roll*
The first main dish that arrived was this Cantonese Fried Noodles with Seafood. We could also choose a ginger and beef gravy instead of seafood.
For those who must have rice, this Malaysian Fried with Satay sure can fill their tummies! Fried rice with a fried egg on top, two satay with acar and sambal belacan on the side. 
 A good mix of protein with this Lemon Chicken and Pasta dish. 
Son's favourite was this Chicken Chop served on a bed of fries. He had the option of mushroom or black pepper sauce. He had it with mushroom sauce.
My favourite was the Seafood Aglio Olio. Really generous portion (the rest of the dishes served had generous portion too) and this sure would be perfect for a carboloading session before a long run or race for me! ^^

Proud to say (heh!) we managed to wipe clean all our plates and still have room for desserts. As the buffet counter wasn't opened during weekends, our desserts were served to our table.
 Some fruits.
And for me and my sweet tooth, Sago with Gula Melaka topped with Yam Ice-cream. It was just perfect for me. Not too sweet. Not too heavy either. 

A perfect close for a nice, leisurely weekend lunch.

I wish we had booked a room there too. It would be nice to have a long lunch, then proceed to relax in a nice comfy hotel room, right? Hehehe

Maybe next time, when I have a race nearby at Dataran Merdeka. Maybe during Standard Chartered KL Marathon? We walked from the hotel toward Central Market after our lunch and it certainly wasn't that far.

Those coming in a group can have a good deal with the Silka Lunch Savers too. Groups of 20 pax and above will receive a complimentary cake. Now, how about a birthday celebration at La Maison Restaurant? However, do book 3-days in advance, OK? ^^

For frequent diners at La Maison Restaurant, there's a Buy 10 Get 1 Free promotion too. Collect 10 stamps on the La Maison Restaurant Rewards card and receive a free Set Lunch. I likeyyyyy.

For bookings and enquiries about La Maison Restaurant Silka Lunch Savers :

Silka Maytower Kuala Lumpur
7, Jalan Munshi Abdullah
50100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 03-26929298 ext 8094
Fax : 03-26929991

p.s. Hubby is actually drooling over their Dinner Indulgence promotion  of Sizzling Lamb Cutlet and Rib Eye Steak set (which come with appetizers, Iced Lemon Tea and Dessert too) for only RM33.00 nett per set. 

We totally should find time for dinner there one day!

Wanna come too? 

Saturday, 14 November 2015

The Energy Efficiency Run, For The Second Time

I joined the sophomore edition Energy Efficiency Run (EE Run) in 2013 when it was held in December 2013. The 2013 edition was a free race that had 2 distances : 7K and 5K.
The third biennial edition of Energy Efficiency Run was held on November 14, 2015 and with new distances. 10K and 6K (although the actual distance as stated officially was 10.3K and 6.3K) which was opened to public and also Closed category for the Energy Commission staff. Also there was a special, by-invitation category for students.

I was a tad late in registering for the race this year, and by the time I did, the Women Veteran category was already closed (i.e. sold out) so I registered under Women Open instead. I paid RM25 for the fees which is still really cheap for a race here, what with getting an event t-shirt, medals and also bibs with timing chip.

An FB friend helped me collect my bib during the weekday and we met on race morning for me to collect it. Thanks Tisha!
It was sure nice to meet with friends whom I haven't seen in months as I don't have any races recently.

Although the EE Run is rather a small affair, compared to other runs held around KL and Selangor, it managed to draw around 1,500 participants this year. A 400 increase in runners compared to 2013. Congrats EE Run!
The 10K category was flagged-off at 7.30am and 6K at 7.40am.

As usual, I started way at the back and made my way slowly through the crowd. Most of the runners were sure running hard and fast in EE Run! 

I haven't been running outdoors for almost 2 months and only started my training proper last week. I was running in this as part of my training plan for a race next year, in Jan 2016 and it was to hold a half-marathon pace. 

Even as I made myself to run at a sensible perceived effort run, I resorted to short walk breaks and made sure I stopped at all three water stations available throughout the route.  Furthermore, with a late start at 7.30am, the sun was already up and it was rather a hot run under the sun.

Becauseeeeee... No training = pancit! Hahaha 
I saw Hubby waiting for me on top of an incline just before runners made a turn towards the finish line. Although by this time I had hit my fastest 10K timing for 2015, all Hubby said as I passed was for me to finish faster. LOL
Upon finishing, I was given my medal and a bottle of mineral water. I then proceeded to collect my goodie bag. Black goodie bag for the 6K runners and red goodies bag for 10K runners.
We then stopped by at a couple of booths opened at the Run with some giveaways for visitors.

We later went back to the finish line to meet with friends before making our way back at 9.00am. Hubby had to go to work and I had an appointment later so rush we must!

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