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Almost Ready To Roll!

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In a week's time, I'll be heading out to i-City Shah Alam to embark on my first full marathon adventure there.
I am ready as I'll ever be for this. Jitters has set in. Cold feet. The feeling of not enough training. Scared shitless of the distance. The list of excuses for not wanting to do this is loooooong. The list of the reason I want to do this is equally as long too. Huhuhu
Piffles Inc has a great post up to handle the days leading to race day. Go over and read it. Trust me (and her). After all, she's a speed demon and a podium finisher to boot! :-) Preparation for this marathon started early for me. Training, of course. Months beforehand.
I started taking supplements when I started training for my half-marathon last year. My GP was the one recommending me to take the glucosamine supplement as I was having problems with my knee before.

I've read about the benefits of taking glucosamine (& chondroitin) for runners beforehand but it was only after my GP (the …

A Boy And His Stuffed Tiger

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Love this comic strip, I do. Ever since I was in secondary school and still do. Son.
With his stuffed tiger, which we got for him when he was three. I think. 
He's going to kill me when he see this post but hey! That's what Mommies are for. To embarass their children at times! LOL

More Of School Holiday

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Raimie has a few projects on for this short school holiday. We got him this for him to "excavate", pretend to be an archaeologist and assemble it too.
This boy used to love dinosaurs and stuff and we've got lots of books on them since he was one! All sorts of pre-historic animals for him to learn about. He's got lots of interests now, other than dinosaurs. Luckily, girls is not one of them yet. wakaka He also wanted to buy the Young Samurai books, but Mommy and Daddy made a deal with him. Finish this book over the weekend (trust Mommy to thrust one of Enid Blyton's book to him. heh heh), summarise it and we'll talk about buying those books. 
One book now cost RM19.90! When Mommy was his age,a Secret Seven book only cost RM6.90! huk huk huk. Those Young Samurai books that Raimie wanted, they cost RM35.00! Mommy is so gonna be bankrupt. Muahaha We had a picnic at Lake Garden on Thursday, after Mommy's run. Mommy needed to do some hill repeats so she sugges…

Right At Our Backyard

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Well, sort off.
There used to be a nice patch of green on a hill just behind the apartment we live in. The area has now been halved, after another development (a gated housing area) was built.
There are still lots of joggers/walkers/exercisers going up daily either early in the morning or in the evening. The road leading to the hill is quite crowded and we'd have to be careful of the traffic, plus neighbours from my apartment blocks parked by the roadside making it a squeeze for both pedestrians and vehicles to share the road.
Zaini went up the hill a few times, and I haven't, in a loooooong while. Raimie went up with his Daddy earlier and played around the trail. He was excited and wanted Mommy to come to and we went together this evening.

It's rather nice, but I guess since I am only able to run at night on weekdays and commit to doing long runs elsewhere, I kinda neglected this area right under my nose. But, that's always the case, right? We take for granted what …

First School Holiday Of 2013

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A week off (the first break for the year, discounting the Chinese New Year break). After a week of tests. The first test for 2013. Two weeks ago, Raimie sat for the 1st Monthly Test for his Sekolah Kebangsaan and last week it was a week of tests at his Sekolah Agama. A total of 8 papers for the Sekolah Agama and 14 papers for Sekolah Kebangsaan. *wipe sweat* Not that the boy looked anything stressed though.
He was allowed to have a free weekend last week, which means that he didn't do any revisions at home so he was spared from this scenario for a while, at least.
After all, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy...
So this boy had fun too. He's into chess now. We got him a dinky chess set some months ago, and the boy is still happy playing with them. He is so easily satisfed, unlike his Mommy. heh heh Trust his Mommy and Daddy to make him enjoy some fresh air and get moving too. He needs to go for a jog too. ;)
He went walking in KL with Daddy today.
Mommy is on leave t…

Reducing Cost

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I am not our esteemed PM who can somehow stretch a budget of RM500 for a year's worth of groceries (you know he mentioned that a research was done that a household can survive with RM41.60 per month).
My household earns more than RM3,000 than the ones our esteemed PM is talking about but I am still finding ways to cut cost. Though any savings would probably just go towards my running gears like the ASICS shoes I bought. *cough cough* Talk about getting my priorities straight. HAHAHA Anyway, I rarely buy bananas at retail price now. I eat them daily, more so on weekends before and after a long run and I always try to get these "reduce to clear" ones. As you can see, the bananas are still good.
By the way, do eat bananas with dark patches on them. There is nothing wrong with them, and according to research, a full ripe banana with dark patches on yellow skin produces a substance called TNF (tumor necrosis factor) which has the ability to combat abnormal cells. The riper t…

Too Much Trash

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Come to think of it, we do create too much trash among us.

This is just a few week's worth and it's just some empty bottles and empty cartons. What about other trash?
We just sent almost a car boot full of bottles and newspaper to the recycling center before this stash started to accumulate.
We should try to reduce this. For a start, I've stopped buying bottled isotonics and use the ones that I mix on my own now. Using my own bottle instead of relying on bottled water.
Packed lunch to be put in my own container instead of the styrofoam pack.
My family still have a lot of changes to do but little things and effort for a start can go a long way.
We can do it!
Oh, by the way...
Saturday, 8.30pm
EARTH HOUR
Unite to protect our planet. ^^

Chunky Legs

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of mine.

hewhewhew

Just a few weeks ago, while walking behind me up on a slope, Zaini remarked to me that he can see my calf muscles bulging.
I like muscles. But lean muscles la...  like this femes leng chai la... (illegally nicked the photo from his FB page like a stalker. kekeke Photo credit to Chan WK) pssttt... you can stalk him if you come to Padang Merbok on Mar 30th. He'll be there for GCAM Group Run. I think he doesn't mind signing autographs too! HAHAHA
I kept telling hubby that I like runners' physique and he keeps on telling me he doesn't. But... he's running regularly now (not as anal about the distance as I am but still running) and losing weight to boot. HAPPY ^^
My calves and thighs are distinctly two-toned colour after last Sunday's run under the scorchingly hot sun. If you were at the Purple Walk thingy in Putrajaya last Sunday and saw one crazy woman wearing a "backpack with a water hose" running around 10am-11am, that would be me. …

Meaty Saturday

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Simply grilled lamb steak with homemade lemony BBQ sauce and some green with balsamic dressing and sinful fruit salad with mayo for last Saturday's dinner. Mbbbbkkkk mbbbkkkkk LOL Beef for this Saturday. Another simple dinner with just some blanched broccoli for the sides. Don't want the main event (itu beef steak lah) to be upstaged! Furthermore, the sauce was heavy. There's Kewpie mayonaisse in that sauce! ;p Mooo mooo
Sunday will see us cooking/eating chicken briyani. I have this really pungent briyani spice I need to use ASAP. For the special occassion, we splurged on those Moghul Basmathi Rice instead of using cheapo Cap Rambutan rice. kekeke

Preparing For The Run Of My Life

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Oooo so dramatic. Sound so “life or death” one. Wakaka
Anyhoo, it’s nothing serious lah. Drama only. Just that in three weeks’ time, I’ll be doing my FIRST EVER 42.195km (a FULL marathon, folks!). Hopefully I’ll finish in one piece and within the cut-off time of 7 hours and still able to walk straight the next day. Miahaha
By the way, a marathon IS a distance of 42.195km. Half of it is called a half-marathon. A 3km run is not a marathon. A 10K run is not either.
I have to say that I’m having a panic attack now. Panic attacks means panicky training. In a bout of panic, I took a day off yesterday just so I could do a semblance of a hilly tempo run at Lake Garden. I call it a semblance because I did an 8:00min+ pace (when I was supposed to do a 7:20) for a “mere” 14km run! I’m seriously thinking of taking another day off at the end of March to slot in a bit more hill trainings.
3 loops around the lake and up the deer park on Wednesday and I was ready to throw in the towel. That was jus…

Mom!

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Mommy! I'm busy! Stop taking my photos and leave me in peace! Heh heh
But seriously, as annoyed as he might seems, this boy usually will just indulge his Mommy taking his photos incessantly. Can you blame his Mommy, though? :P
But son, no games playing while eating. OK? None while walking about too.  Definitely only play when either Mommy or Daddy says yes.

The Disclosure

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OK... since you guys all so kay-poh want to know what I received from Rurousha...

Here it is:
 A really, really cute card with whales, seals, seagull (just one), penguin (one too) and a whole lot of whale watchers. 
In the parcel was a t-shirt, a tiger-eye bracelet, a pack of Roobois tea that I absolutely love and chocolates from Japan! 
Jealous already? heh heh
Then, I also received another mail from Japan. This time from Minoru-san. A set of picture postcards from Hokkaido and a set of ukiyo-e prints. Love them! :)

Sorry for not commenting much lately. I will. I will and will do it with a vengeance, PROMISE! :)

Something From The South And East

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Two packets in the mailbox. Well, technically one mail and one letter from the post office asking me to collect a parcel from them.
What's inside?
A really lovely and cute card of the Southern Right Whale sent on Valentine's day in one and in the other, a whole lot of totally nice pressies from South Africa and Japan! Baie dankie Rurousha!

Couple Shot

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Nothing much.

Just want to share a favourite photo of mine, taken by Calvin Toh.
A very rare shot of both of us running together. Love, love it! 
p.s. Zaini wasn't running officially in the race. He ran and paced me at the last 6K, bugging me to keep on running instead of wimping out and took lots of photos while doing so too.
Love that guy, I do. ^^

So Much For A Sub 2:30

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What that means is running within or faster than 2 hours 30 minutes for a 21km distance.
I realised what a folly that was this week. Maybe I can try a sub 2:30 at SCKLM 2013 but definitely not at Brooks Half Marathon which was littered with crazy inclines.
Anyhoo, totally feeling unfit this week. I only had one other run prior to Brooks Half Marathon and that was on Friday! Cycled a bit on the other days as I was resting my legs (shin splint strikes again! *sob sob*) but not really helping. *wuuuuwuuuuwuuu*  Prepping for the run. Tape, tape, tape everywhere. Somehow the KT Tape didn't hold up and one rolled down barely into KM10.  Saw Neoh just before flagged off. He asked my plan for the run, and I happily told him that I had none. I decided to ditch that sub2:30 plan and just do a whatever run. I didn't want to push it as I've been experiencing a rather tight chest these past two days. @.@ (Zaini said it's my excuse to do a slow run. Yes, he is totally right). 5 min…