Run Like A Rabbit

that didn't happen last Saturday during the Men's Health & Shape Night Run. I just could not channel my inner bunny to make a decent timed run but after bonking ENR 2012, I made a concious decision to run happy and not push or be totally anal about keeping pace.
Making stupid rabbit face to innocent bystanders. LOL. 

I entered the pen about 15 minutes before the flag off and stayed somewhere in the middle. A lot of runners were pushing through to get to the front, which I don't usually mind unless I get elbowed. You elbow me or you step on my foot, you better run faster than me ALL through the run, you hear?

With plenty of time before the start, I could hear people talking smack about their running escapades. Two things that I have a bit of pet-peeve at : those who can barely run but insisted to start way up front and clog up the route & people talking smack loudly so everybody can hear them.  I run, you run. What's the big deal?

Anyways, the start was slow. I walked the first few meters and crossed the starting line 1 minute and 58seconds after flagoff. The first 2KM was too slow because of slower runners (I am a slow runner, but there were a whole lot of slower runners in front of me!) and walkers. Don't start at the front if you know you need to walk in the first KM. We are not going to get that podium finish lah.... let faster runners go first. We can take our time and not hog space. Do you think your PB is going to be affected that much by starting at a more appropriate starting point i.e. not in front? I avoided to do much dodging so I was running with the crowd but had to be careful about runners who like to make sudden stops. That's another peeve : people making abrupt stop. Kacau my pace only. (That and sometimes, people can run into you. Dangerous!)

I know I was going to suffer a bit doing this run. I initially wasn't planning to do this run at all. I didn't even register for it. I ran that night wearing somebody else's bib which I got at the last minute. 

I managed to coax my legs to continue plodding along the route despite them screaming that they were tired and didn't stop at all until the 8th km. Then, I happened to look up and saw an inclince. Crap! Here's a tip. When you are running and you have mental strength like a soft cheesecake (like I do), do not look too far ahead. Just focus to a few meters ahead of you. It helps. I managed to do that for 8K, but focus waned when I saw that dratted incline and also a runner lying by the roadside, being assisted by a few other runners and a traffic cop.
Bunny was tired but its ears perked up when it saw DSLRs with huge lens pointing at it. Thanks Tey for the photo!

I felt funny after the 10th km, alternating between feeling cold and warm (seram sejuk, as Malay would say) and a bit woozy in the head too (running on an empty stomach can do that to you) so I decided to chicken-out a bit and walked. The problem with walking is, you tend to walk more than you should. And I did that. I'm such a wuss!
Wave Wave. Wave here. Wave there. Haha. Always happy to get to the finish line.
1. because the run is almost over.
2. There are lots of photographers there.
Nothing like seeing photographers to change your walking to running! LOL
A borrowed bib but the medal is MINE! I got no. 254! Terrible! Wakaka... Barely managed to get that medal because they only gave out 300 medals for Women Open category.

That said, despite needing 1 hour and 30 minutes to finish a 12.3K run (the organizer tipu! They advertised the run as 11.8K. Where got!), I was happy running this. Also, met a gentleman while queueing for my snacks. He allowed me to queue in front of him even though I was patiently waiting to join the queue- actually it was more like looking blur & lost and not sure where the queue end; and later pass me his bun (that sounded so wrong. hahah) because I wasn't given one yet. Thank you for your chivalry and your warm smile, man in black t-shirt! ^^

Gave the Milo van, the Yoplait booth, the Gatorade booth, the juice booth, etc a miss because the two boys were too tired and can't wait to get home.

Anyways, I'm noticing that if Gatorade is the isotonic drink sponsor, you won't get Gatorade at the water stations... only at the finish line. Happened during my previous run where Gatorade was the main drink sponsor. Is my observation correct? So "kiam siap". kakaka But then agan, like Zaini said, Gatorade more expensive than 100-Plus so cannot give out indiscriminately. True also lah...

Raimie's Sport Day in the morning that Saturday and then Momm'y "sports day" at night. We sure had an active day last Saturday!

p.s. Bunny is thinking about morphing into a cow for her September Salomon X-Trail run. After all, we will "kacau" the cow's area for the run at UPM, right? All the cow at the field would sure be shaking their head in disbelief at the few thousand silly humans there, come Sep 30th! LOL

Now... where can I find a pair of cute, floppy cow's ears?

Comments

  1. LOL! What will happen to the person who elbowed you or stepped on your toes? : D

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    1. Nothing than the pleasure of leaving them in the dust during the run. ;p

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    2. Lina you're a hoot! Cakap gah je, tapi bila nak action... alahai. :D I was expecting you to whoop ppl up if they elbowed you.

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    3. I'm trying to have a zen approach towards running. Chill man chill. kakaka

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  2. You don't like people to talk loudly about their running escapades? What if they are talking about sexual escapades instead? Hahaha!

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    1. Aiyoh! No lah!

      It's just that, if you want to brag also... brag only to those willing to hear. I dun wan to hear. Pftttt...

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  3. Oh no! You have rabbit ears but you just walked? Haha!!

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  4. What? It's advertised as a 11.8km run but it's actually 12.3km?

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  5. LOL @ pass me his bun!!! : D

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  6. Oh no!! You are going to dressed as a cow next?!!! : D

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    1. Not dressed lah... maybe cow's ears only. ;p

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    2. I object, Lina!

      I want to see gadis in petai suit!

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    3. With entry titled "Pengsan-ed runner with petai odour"

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    4. I rather make other runners pengsan with petai odour... kakaka

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    5. Er... yaya, that's what I mean :p

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  7. Yay for rabbit eat! XD But yeah, slow runners, if you're doing way slow like walking during the starting line, please di belakang bah. It's so like the time when I did the 7k charity run, mind you me and my friends were lining up in front, under that starting line, more I mean more ppl were standing way front before the line. We were puzzled and baffled by it, and guess what? they walk for few mins, me maneuvering took about god I don't know, lets just say that I was running like I've been chased by dogs lol.

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    1. Right?

      If you know you don't have the ability to speed or run steady even for the first KM, move back. Let faster runners go first.

      And these people some more, really can be annoying pushing their way through to get to the front. Like, hello? You run like Susan Khoo, kah?

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  8. wow wow wow, finally Gadis Petai the Rabbit is there running and spotted by hundreds of audience!! :D

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    1. i wonder if there were some gossipy aunties who saw you with that bunny ears then giggling all the way?? or perhaps some who took photos of you and then post them to facebook and wrote some "compliments"?? :D

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    2. Maybe there are. Who cares?

      Main things is, I am happy. ME. :)

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    3. The aunties have yet to seen the worst.... bunny ears is quite decent lor~

      Imagine bikini runner *drool* - this type of runners sure kena banned because will cause traffic distraction.

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    4. How about bikini runner... with a lot of flab, jiggling about?

      Sure everyone sakit mata! LOL

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    5. Will the runners all jatuh upon seeing this sight? Then, it's supposed a good thing, right? The bikini runner would be to champion :p

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    6. hahaha

      SHould I try. Before starting, go in front at the starting line arch and jiggle-jiggle a bit to make front runners puke! LOL

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  9. hahaha, so what will happen to those who elbowed you and stepped on your feet?? i am really curious to know how you'd revenge..

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    1. you will be following them closely, and then at the back, you secretly kick their legs and make the fall and you quickly overtake them?? :D

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    2. That thought cropped up! LOL

      Nawww... but I get the pleasure of passing them. heh heh

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    3. Next time, use your petai BOMB, nyek nyek~ let them feel the horror!

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    4. OK OK

      Next time I eat lots, start at the front and kentut to everyone! Bwahaha!!!

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  10. ok lah, as long as can get a medal, who cares how well you've done?? and who cares it's actually 12.3km instead of 11.8km??

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    1. but where does that extra 500m come from?? maybe some part of the starting point you've counted in but not officially included??

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    2. because if longer, say longer lah! Ran 12K but on medal put 11.8K... timing for a PB lari tau! kakaka

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    3. Everyone's distance all over that 11.8K, averaging 12.3 - 12.4K.

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  11. hahaha, you sure have lots of ideas for your "cosplay" huh??

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    1. make sure when you put on your cow ears or cow horns, you are not chased by the bull then!! wakakakaka~~ :D

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    2. One thing, I better not wear red there! LOL

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    3. But you are always in red, high spirit, bersemangat dengan api membara!

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    4. but nanti kena kejar lembu lah!

      Or maybe I should? Got chased by bull then can run faster! LOL

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  12. kak lina, i want a pair of cow's ears too for solomon xtrail run!!

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    1. kakaka... bayangkan kita semua jadi lembu kat sana nnt. ;p

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  13. haha it seems that you are the only one weraing that unique rabbit ears huh haha

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    1. there are others with their own unique outfit but most of them ran faster than me, that's why you can't see them! LOL

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  14. oh good thing you managed to get one of their medals... it definitely serves as a great remembrance for this event

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    1. I would be totally bummed if I didn't get it. ;p

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  15. i really want to be as active as you... next time I'll join a marathon too haha

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    1. Blue,
      I have yet done any marathon. The longest distance so far was a half-marathon, a 21K.

      I would love to do a marathon some day but before that, need to train. All these run are part of that "training". ^^

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  16. lol .. girl you really serious huh ..
    wearing the rabbit ear lol....
    but why don't hang some petai on your neck.. kakakakaka

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    1. x sempat cari petai! kakaka

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    2. You can string the petai biji and make necklace! Can munch and spit out along the way!! Everyone will run and overtake you!!! Kakakaka

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    3. Anay,
      But that beats the point. I dun wan people to beat me and run away from me! I want them to stay far behind me! LOL

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  17. ur rabbit ear got lights or not?
    so what next? petai girl?

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    1. I wanted to get a rabbit ears with sparkles... but not enough time to scout for it.

      p.s. I was also contemplating wearing a pink wig during a run... Maybe for Adidas King of the Road in Sep? kikiki

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    2. Yeah I got a big wig! Next time I run with that wig and look like mad woman!

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    3. I'll cheer you on! :)

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  18. later Hugh Hefner get you as his playmates.. kekekeke...
    then you will live in PB mansion .... then life will be good and happy.
    no need to work and enojoy enjoy... kakakaka

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    1. I dun have big boobs! kakaka

      sure enjoy stay at the PB mansion kah?

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    2. That Hugh Hefner is old and Chee Cheong Fun already! Better go for Simple Prince!

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  19. The route is actually quite tough for these 12km race especially the last 4km. Good job on completed another race :)

    About the Gatorade, usually it will be served at the water stations too (from my previous experience, but lots of those races are sponsored by 100Plus this year), may be the organizer didn't negotiate properly with them. We had Gatorade even at the 1st water station in Seremban HM (and I drunk with too much of Gatorade after the 21km).

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    1. The last 4km was sure tough and I'm afraid I gave up easily. I walked and run the whole 4km instead of trying to just jog slowly. :(

      Gatorade at water stations at Seremban HM. How nice. So, you stopped and drink at all the water stations? And still do good timing? ;)

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    2. Yes, I stopped at all water stations. I didn't run the whole 21km, walked some of them especially towards the end. Not running very fast in this race, and almost matched my first HM timing @ SCKLM 2011.

      But lucky got another runner friend caught me at the last 4k, and we chatting along the way towards the finish line hence got new energy to run on that last stretch.

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    3. I say, pretty good considering you did a back-to-back run, Neoh. :)

      And at a relaxed pace. ^^

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  20. lina, i never join a run before. Your post really gave me a lot of information about the run. Thanks for all the tips.

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    1. I learn lots reading runners blog too. :)

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  21. Rabbit is so cute, until MIB couldn't resist and to pass you his bun.

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  22. You look sooooooooooo cute!

    Next one, get a helmet and fix 2 tanduks! You will look like Miss Thor with a hammer too! LOL

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    1. I did? ;p

      Helmet panas worr... But I will take it into consideration. If I do wear one, I dedicate the run to you, Anay! ;p

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    2. Thor got 2 tanduk meh? I thought Thor's step brother got 2 tanduk on his helmet?

      Wear helmet panas wei! Can faint one!

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    3. Put fan cooler a bit? ;p

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    4. So heavy.... wear bikini and apply sun block lotion a LOT!

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  23. I have only ran there once at Putrajaya. I love their environment for a change. The bridge looks majestic and nice at night!

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    1. It's a nice place to run. Too hot if you run there at late morning though.

      So when are you running there again.

      Come lah...we run together geder.

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  24. Gatorade is from US, so very mahal la. I think 100Plus is more refreshing.

    In HKG, they call Gatorade as 'Nga To Lat'.... Kakakakaka

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  25. Eh wanna pitam ah? My friend pengsan on his way home from the Stand Chart run. Hit agianst the door knob. Habis kena jahit 6 stitches :(

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    1. Aiyoh! Poor lah your friend. OK already I hope?

      That's why I didn;t push too hard lor.. Later pengsan, how? If fall, will fall on the road. Sure sakit woh. @.@

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    2. I remember I over-aerobic-ed once and almost pitam! Stopped my step and took a deep breath and never push over my limit afterward :p

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    3. pushing too much for me makes a run no fun.

      I need and want all my run to be fun even of that meant slow run. ;p

      Yvonne... why you so ahrdworking ber aerobic one that time? Lucky nothing serious like really pengsan. o.O

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  26. so you ate his bun la ? wakakakakaka oppssss

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  27. gigit gigit the bun and enjoyed it a lot! whooops! LOL

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  28. I love the rabbit ears! You're going to have to turn this into a regular Lina identity! They even persuade strange men to hand you their buns! :p Though ... don't they cause extra wind resistance or some such thing? (The ears, not the buns.)

    Cow ears?! Lina, you crack me up! I hope you find a pair somewhere. Can't wait to see the end result! :D

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    1. Should I? You guys are really good at "poisoning" me and encouraging me doing silly stuff. LOL

      I need more cute stuff so that men drop their buns to me, left right centre. Wakaka!!!!

      Cow's ears and a big bell dangling to make noise at each stride I make? Moooo!!!!

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  29. Bunny supposed to be fast, and it seems that this bunny has been overtaken by tortoises....

    Go as cow next? Can go as sheep? Wear the fluffy fur somemore, must be super cute!

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    1. Yalor... like the Hikayat Sang Kancil dan Kura-Kura lor....

      Fluffy fur kah? Die overheated! kakaka

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  30. Congrats on finishing, it was a really tough route, even for me.

    There was a time when I used to think the same way as you about the slower runners then one day it hit me that I was once a slow runner too (am still slow even now).

    These days though I tend look at anyone and everyone at the start pen be it walkers, slow runners, sprinters, crawlers, the young ones and the old ones in awe for having the guts to be there in the first place.

    I guess they're all just excited about wanting to run a race, hence the pushing their way to the front. It doesn't bug me anymore cos I just start at the front and avoid all the pushing and shoving ... LOL!

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    1. huhuhu I suppose you are right. They are excited that they overlooked the fact that they may annoy people (by elbowing, pusing and stepping on people's toes) in their excitement. I guess the remedy for me is to start at the front too! LOL

      You SLOW? If you are slow, what does that make me?????

      BTW, don't you think I'll be slowing down team Dailymilers in PAR8? You guys are so fast and you have a tortoise for a teammate. ;p

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    2. Don't worry about fast or slow, the main thing is to go out and have fun. Besides, how about we dedicate this run to Kah Yen?

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    3. Great idea. You the ad guy. I agree with whatever you propose. ^^

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    4. No worry about the team performance in PAR8, like Nick said we should be there for fun, not for the race :)

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  31. Hey Lina, great job on finishing strong. I think I was not too far from you, could've sworn I passed you during the course too! Baju merah kan?

    I agree about not looking too far ahead - I totally focused on the few meters ahead of me and blocked the front view. Truly helps me mentally.

    I've got my race recap up also, if you have time:
    http://fairym.com/run/index.php/2012/07/shape-sweltering-but-sweet/

    Also, for kicks, here's a video of the 11.8k flag off from my camera, can you spot yourself?
    http://youtu.be/0Rs1YUP0g10

    See you at Salomon? :)

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    1. Congratsssss You on your run! Very the nice. :)

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    2. BTW, KOTR tak masuk ke?

      Yeah, see you at Salomon. ^^

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