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My Durian Reward

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I promised myself that if I managed to meet my target at Seremban Half Marathom which I did last week; I'd reward myself to some durians. Hubby and son eat them but not really a fan so whenever I have a hankering for durians, it's just me who'd enjoy it. And this, even though is quite nice, is not really a substitute for durian flesh! Hahaha So after patiently waiting for a week (I ate some at my honetown during Raya), I got my wish! I'm thinking of another treat this weekend! ^^

Next Up : Ready For Pink 50

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After a very satisfying and happy run at Seremban Half Marathon, now I have Pink 50 to look forward to this Saturday. It's a loop format run; where the ALL female participants will need to complete a minimum of 50K in 9 hours and will be held at the rather hilly Taman Saujana Hijau in Presint 11, Putrajaya. The run will also serve as my training run and to gauge whether I can complete at least 47K in less than 8 hours. I need to be conservative for this, while trying to meet my target as I have King of Sungai Lembing to run in, the week after. Hohoho Anyways, I hope I can do what I set out to do and enjoy myself together with all the runners, crews and supporters there although it'll be a challenge for me. Hubby works that Saturday and Son has a school activities so for once, I won't have my loyal crew with me.  Absent minded me just realised that there was an option to purchase the event tee... Which I only realised today. Dang!

I kinda like the blue one. ;-)


Seremban Half Marathon - The Third Time Around

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I've never really liked Seremban Half Marathon, truthfully. I mean the route is nice and all, but there is nothing special about the race itself and I usually suffer finishing it. Yet, for the past 3 years; even with my own bad reviews, I keep coming back. Sucker! Hahaha
The route itself is undulating and can be quite a challenge. They aren't steep but you get them one after another. And the last hill at KM19 mark can really sap one's energy and suffer mentally.
Anyway, I entered this year's Seremban Half Marathon edition because I needed a 21K and I need to run it faster than my usual long run pace or my easy run pace. So I decided to rely on how I did during TM Fan Run and put a target average pace of 7:20min/km. 
But bearing in mind that I usually start slow and only pick up my pace after 3K, I only put  target pace of 8:00min/km for the first 3K.
We arrived the race venue a few minutes before 6.00am and the first order of business was search for the toilet. I need…

Leave Planning

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Been really good and had not taken any annual leave of more than 2 days so far this year but I need to apply for a whole lot for Aug and September!  A wedding at the end of August and we'll be heading to Kuantan to attend it.

The week after, Hubby and I will be heading to Merapoh in Pahang for The Magnificent Merapoh Trail run. A 3D2N run plus camping to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Hahaha

And then, a nice week plus vacation from Malaysia day holiday to Hari Raya Haji.

Sure hope my boss won't be making too much noise when I start applying all those leave because they are almost a week apart each!

Dante Lam's To The Fore Movie Premier

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I won two tickets to watch the movie premier screening of Dante Lam's upcoming cycling film, "To The Fore" on Aug 4th at GSC Pavillion courtesy of Cycling Malaysia Magazine. 
Yeay!
Though am a bit worried whether I can actually make it as the screening is at 9.00pm.
I hope I can.
If I can't, I wonder if anyone else can use the tickets instead?

Anyone wants to be my date? hehehe

Back To The Grind

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So Ramadhan month is over. And now we're into the Syawal month.
May Allah accepts our fast, deeds and prayers during the Ramadhan month.
And now, back to the grind.
No more clocking in early to the office so that I can leave earlier in the evening. 
And since I talk incessantly about running, back to training!
I have been rather lazy and managed to slink away from doing my LSD for the past 3 weekends (gasp!) while being completely aware I'm just 2 months away from my big race in September and I have 3 weeks of races lined up from this weekend onwards which will essentially serve as part of training for my September race. Seremban Half Marathon on July 26th, just because I needed to do a 21K that Sunday. Pink 50 which is organised by Pink Runners. An all-women ultra marathon event to be held in hilly Taman Saujana Hijau, Putrajaya on Aug 1st.
I'm using this event to gauge my ability to hit a certain cut-off times of a future race I'm entering so I'll be rather cons…

Aidil Fitri 1436H

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Aidil Fitri (Eid ul Fitri) marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic word meaning festivity, while Fitr means to break the fast.
And for us Malaysians, Hari Raya Aidil Fitri means Day of Celebration to mark the end of fasting.
For me, it's a time for joyous celebration and an excuse to look forward to see family and friends whom might be hard for us to meet at other times.
My family sans one sibling.

I know I have been terrible at getting back or meet-up with my own family members so at least we have the Raya. ^^!
This year, we also need to made a special stop here too.
Selamat Hari Raya.
Maaf Zahir dan Batin.

When Runners Unite. SCKLM Back To Its Original Date

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Well, let's hope it stays that way.
Here's YB Khairy Jamaluddin FB status about Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2015 date which made the whole running community, not only in Malaysia but overseas too; united against such interference in their beloved sport. Statement on the Standard Chartered KL Marathon. I’ve read all your tweets, Facebook messages and emails regarding the date change of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2015. There are a few things I want to clear up. The National Sports Day isn’t about achieving KPIs or hijacking events. There are noble intentions in what we were trying to do. We were trying to get as many Malaysians from different ethnicities, religions, age, location and walks of life out there as one to do as many sporting activities as possible on one day. The power of sports to unite people can not be underestimated. When you’re running, cycling, lifting weights or playing football, they person next to you isn’t defined by what they look like, but rath…

When Politics Enter Sports - Change of Date For Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2015

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I'm highly disappointed with this.

It's one thing to postpone a race date to haze (as per in 2013) or election (BIM 2012), natural disaster (Mount Kinabalu Climbathon 2015) or national security or other more valid reasons for an INTERNATIONAL event but to move Standard Chartered KL Marathon date from Oct 4th to Oct 10th is just an irresponsible move from Ministry of Youth and Sports with nary a care of the costs involved by overseas and outstation participants who had registered for the event.

The impact will not only be towards the 35K runners who registered but also their family members, their work (those who might need to change their work schedule since the run is now on a Saturday) and also traffic in KL on a working Saturday.

Unless of course, we suddenly get Oct 10th declared as a National Holiday.

Plus, Standard Chartered KL Marathon is not a government organised event but it has to conform to whims of others who wants to see grandeur on the so-called National Sports …

Kun Anta (Be Yourself) By Humood Alkhuder.

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A song that I listen and motivates me at the moment. I think you would agree too, if you read the meaning in the clip.
It's a song that's been popular since... Apr this year? Trust me to only notice and enjoy this song late...  I'm slow like that. Hahaha
Parts that I like :
I will be myself Just as I am able to I don't need others to accept me For me to be myself
What I want is For myself Not for others' approval.
The song also reminded us that we may have been influenced to follow others to be accepted and lose our own identity until we finally realise our own self-worth.
Deep.
I think I will use this song as an anthem song when I do my ultra marathons in the future.

The Highlight Of A Buffet Buka Puasa

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to me is not so much as how much I can eat and take at a buffet spread, but to enjoy these
two of favourite fruits but my two boys doesn't really care about them so I don't get the chance to buy a lot to eat at home. So, when a hotel offers them at their buffet spread, I sure am extremely happy. ^^

Dine At Dorsett Grand Subang And Get Complimentary Room Stay

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DINE AT DORSETT GRAND SUBANG THROUGHOUT RAMADHAN AND RECEIVE COMPLIMENTARY ROOM STAYS Cool right? Dine and enjoy a stay too.

But how?

Here's how. ^^

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This Ramadhan month Dorsett Grand Subang treats diners to ‘Selera Bonda’ at Melati – offering a buffet spread of Malaysian delic…

Ultra Running 101 Clinic

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An ultra marathon running clinic which was an initiative by the organisers of Putrajaya 100, Penang 100 and Route 68 Challenge was held on Saturday, July 4th 2015 at Taman Seri Empangan in Putrajaya.
It was held on Saturday night, after Terawih prayers so the clinic started at 10.00pm.
Various topics such as history of ultra marathons, preparation for a race, training tips, race strategy, nutrition and hydration during the race and importance of race gears was covered during the clinic and then participants get to do a short (ehem) 10K run, led by Santai Runners.

The clinic also enables those new to the ultra running scene to get to know familiar faces in the Malaysia ultra running; be it runners, race directors or volunteers. There were a few that I noticed who have absolutely no idea who the people that came as speakers were!
It was also a chance for us to meet our friends and have an excuse to makan! Because a number of generous people brought a whole lot of food to the clinic too…

One Long Run A Month

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This post is about celebrating our effort (hubby and mine) in trying to achieve one long run (50K and above) a month. Gotta celebrate and be proud of ourselves lah... If we are not proud of us, who else will? Right? Hihihi We don't aim to finish fast. We just aim to go a bit far. Just to test ourselves. So here's to that awesome long runs done so far and am sure looking forward to more in future. :-) JANUARY We did a 10-hours session, just the two of us on the second week of January, covering part of the Putrajaya 100 route. Didn't know the actual distance as I didn't wear my watch (because it died on me already) and Hubby's endomondo stopped reading after we reached 21K and we only realised it after we reached Taman Rimba Alam. Huhuhu. Anyways...
Watergate 16-hours. January 1- 11th, 2015. He did 60K. She did 80K. ^^ FEBRUARY I was invited to join the Patriot 200 which was under the Saltfish Series, 200K within 48 hours that was held from February 13 - 15th, 2015. …

15 Days Into Ramadhan

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I'm not going to talk about fasting or any ibadah I do during the fasting month. I've already blogged about fasting and the challenges one may face during this Holy month in previous years and I don't think I want to repeat myself. Truly, for many of us; apart from not eating during the day, the fact that I get to go off from work an hour earlier (and clock in to work an hour earlier too), have busier nights due to terawih prayers or baking raya cookies or whatever, life remains pretty much the same. Right? And it's the same with training. With Standard Chartered KL Marathon and Putrajaya Night Marathon looming in a few months time, many do need to continue with their training. I train. I still run. Most times before buka puasa (iftar) and during weekends, in the wee hour of the morning before sahur. Adjustment. There is no big deal about training in this fasting month, actually. Adjust accordingly. That's all. Granted, my training runs so far isn't all that …