Showing posts from August, 2016

My Epic August In Running

August month for 2016 has been an awesome month for me, running wise.
A recap. First weekend of August - the most happening run in Malaysia: Standard Chartered KL Marathon where I did a half marathon. Wasn't a PB but I dipped the 2:30 mark (again!) so I was still quite happy about it. But no PB, so no reward makan-makan! Bwahaha A pleasant surprise at a 10K run in Jog For Hope the week after SCKLM and getting a placing. It was a bonus as I did a better timing at the route from last year's run. A full 3 minutes!
Yeay, treat myself and hubby to a nice makan at Plan B for brunch after that. It was PUMA Night Run the week after Jog For Hope and the whole family went to Shah Alam and participated in the 10K run. ^^
Tummy ache that day so no makan. My final run for August was at CICM Responsible Care Run and I did a half-marathon and finishing with a placing too!
Simple makan for dinner but it was my favourite steamed siakap with asam boi. Yums!  The icing on the cake - these placi…

My Second Half Marathon In August - CICM Responsible Care Run

I dunno what got into me when I registered for the CICM Responsible Care Run held on Aug 28th, 2016. I've done the run in 2012 when it was held in Setia Alam (race recap here) and registered for the 2013 edition  in Putrajaya (but I later DNS because it got postponed or venue changed).
Anyway, I registered to do a 21K back in June when I was looking at my training plan and saw that I needed to do 16K. Very pandai, upgrade the 16K to a 21K race. And at a super crazy hilly route some more. For training konon. Train with hills. Konon. Hahaha
The 21K field was small, what with several running events held on the same day not only in Klang Valley but around Malaysia.
As this was my first week back into training after a two weeks rest - post SCKLM; I thought I'd just go easy - 7.10min pace for the first 10K and 7.30min for the balance. Showed how ignorant I was about the route elevation.
Yup, I was totally clueless about this route other than what friends shared - that it's hill…

Bursa Bull Charge 2016 Route Review Session

On Saturday, Aug 27th I joined a group of Bursa Malaysia runners and also a few blogger friends and did the Bursa Bull Charge Route Review. Bursa runners and also us bloggers, before the start of the run.
I had thought perhaps it'll be an easy session and just look-see look-see, happy run along the route (some of us did the 5K route and some did the 2.5K route) but everyone seemed to be speeding off that morning. Hahaha
Ariff, who was the RD for BDB Triple Challenge (which I did the route review in Langkawi for their BDB Climb & Run Langkawi in June); ran and chatted with me and another blogger Max of Runwitme fame as we started running.
Ariff sped off after the first incline at around 1K mark and I ran with Max until about the 2K mark. I then followed a group of 3 guys and kept following this one guy until we reached St. John school.
I decided to follow the guy as I wasn't familiar with the route and wanted someone as a guide. Truthfully, it was quite nice to have someon…

Press Release : ALMOST RM70,000 RAISED IN JOG FOR HOPE 2016

Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas students raise funds for three children’s homes in 8th edition of annual charity run >SUBANG JAYA, 25 August 2016 – There is no better way to encourage members of the public to give back to society than to get everyone to contribute in a fun way.
Jog For Hope 2016 was testament to that. The annual run organised by Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas, which took place on 14 August 2016, saw 1,786 participants - from fun-loving strollers to elite runners, engaging in a morning of fitness and fun.
Along a route cutting through the hilly roads of Hartamas, runners ran for the right reasons – to contribute towards a charitable cause.
First organised in 2009, Jog For Hope is fully organised by students of Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas. This year, the organising committee comprised 42 students, supported by staff members of the college. Jog For Hope 2016 – the 8 th edition of the event, featured three distances – the 3km Fun Run, 6km Turbo Run and 10km Resilience R…

Breezy Process For Passport Renewal In Putrajaya

I've been reading news with much worry about the passport shortage across Malaysia especially in the city areas due to the new biometric chip passport glitch by the company that handled its printing. 
It's also worrying to read about friends who went to renew passports and had to queue a few times as number had ran out for the day because only a very limited numbers were allocated each day due to the shortage. 
Hubby and I needed to renew our passport too but we decided not to join the panicky and long queue in July and we waited and bidded our time. There were news abound that a passport application process might take as long as six months and that probably contributed to the passport renewing and applying frenzy.
A friend went to Kuala Kubu branch a couple of weeks ago and got hers after about a 4-hour wait. She was quite worried about not getting hers done as she needed her passport urgently. Quite OK lah, I suppose and she didn't have to queue at 4am just to get her n…

Ignite The Runner In You PUMA Night Run, Shah Alam

Touted to be the biggest PUMA Night Run event todate, anywhere; ten thousand runners (including me and my family) made our way to Dataran Kemerdekaan Shah Alam on Saturday evening to participate in PUMA Night Run.
It's the first time PUMA Night Run was held at Dataran Kemerdekaan Shah Alam as their first two editions were held at Setia Alam. Unfortunately, my personal opinion is: Shah Alam is not exactly the best route to accommodate 10K runners; especially not during a busy Saturday evening. In a residential area. Full stop. There were two waves for the 10K category: 10K Competitive (Men & Women) with A1 & B1 bib numbers10K Recreational (Men & Women) with A2 & B2 bib numbers Despite the many reminders by the emcees that only runners with bibs starting with numbers A1 & B1 to enter the pen for the 8.00pm flag-off, I saw quite a number of runners with A2 & B2 doing so too. There were RELA members (two of them) manning the entrance of the pen area and underst…

The Tale Of Twincity Marathon

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, wrote Charles Dickens in the Tale of Two Cities.

For most runners who did the Cyberjaya Twincity Marathon which was held on January 24th, 2016; that was perhaps exactly how they felt as they completed their respective categories. All the hard work they put in during months of training leading to race day, battling fatigue running in the hot and humid course and finally the elation and a sense of accomplishment as they crossed the finish line and handed their hard earned medals.

Cyberjaya Twincity Marathon offered 4 distance categories:
• Full marathon (42km)
• Half marathon (21km)
• 12K
• and 5K fun run.

The generous 8-hours cut-off time for the full marathon category and 4-hours for the half marathon made this event appealing for runners especially those who wanted to do their first full marathon. The route gave runners a chance to explore Cyberjaya and Putrajaya on foot. It was also great that the organisers provided a number o…

Another "Win" In The Bag

After the nice run at Jog For Hope 2016 last Sunday; in which I finished fifth, I had another nice surprise.

It was for a run I did two Sundays ago, at Standard Chartered KL Marathon (SCKLM) 2016.

The race organiser had an SCKLM Media Challenge and runners from different media houses "competed" to vie to become the winner in their respective categories.

The winners are determined by the fastest time in their respective categories during SCKLM 2016 on Aug 7th.

There are only be one winner selected in the following categories: Full Marathon (Men’s and Women’s)Full Marathon (Men’s and Women’s Veteran)  Half Marathon (Men’s and Women’s) Half Marathon (Men’s and Women’s Veteran) 10 km (Men’s and Women’s) 10 km (Men’s and Women’s Veteran) Look who won her category!
I was informed about the win on Monday and of course I couldn't miss the media appreciation hi-tea and prize presentation that they held.  I totally love this medal!
With the other Media Challenge winners during…

Jog For Hope 2016 By Taylor's College Sri Hartamas Pre-U Students

Jog For Hope is an annual jogathon organized by the pre-university students of Taylor's College Sri Hartamas. The main objective is to raise funds for charitable organizations and societies so that they are able to continue carrying out their purpose and help the community. This year, funds obtained will be donated to Kirtarsh Handicapped and Disabled Children's Home, Special Children Society of Ampang and Sweet Care Welfare Society.

This is my second year joining Jog For Hope, after doing it for the first time last year. (Race recap here)

I hadn't planned for anything strenuous for this week and next week as I want to relax and be an absolute couch potato for two weeks after doing the SCKLM 2016 HM so the plan was just to enjoy the run.

It was good that I had put aside a rest week because I somehow injured my left calf and was hobbling along from Monday to Thursday so I didn't feeling guilty for not running at all. Then I kinda gotten back pain on Thursday and I stil…

Press Release: Stand By Me - Charity Orchestra by JCI and UMMC

Junior Chamber International Petaling Jaya (JCI PJ) Stands By University Malaya Medical Centre Childhood Cancer Trust Fund with “Stand By Me”Concert by Kuen Cheng High School’s Wind Orchestra Shah Alam, 6 August 2016 – The Junior Chamber International Petaling Jaya (JCI PJ), in collaboration with University Malaya, UM Medical Centre, and Kuen Cheng High School, is pleased to present "Stand by Me", a charity concert performed by Kuen Cheng High School’s Wind Orchestra. This year, the young musicians will perform to raise funds for the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) Childhood Cancer Trust Fund. The orchestra was led by the illustrious Dato’ Wong Chee Hwa (D.K.S.D) (A.D.P).

JCI PJ Organising Chairman K.C. Har said, “The Stand By Me concert aims to help and support families with children that suffers from cancer. Every bit of assistance means a lot to these families. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all our partners and supporters for your kind effort, s…

Press Release : MPI Generali Run Launches New Logo To Fit Theme

Run logo re-energised with new look2017 Run categories: 10km (competitive) and 5km (fun) categoriesRegistration starts from 15 August 2016 Kuala Lumpur – MPI Generali Run today launched its new logo to better reflect its communal focus and a pride in the local popular landmarks.

The old logo has colour blocks with adult runner silhouettes, one colour block representing each of the five years. The new logo shows runner silhouettes from a range of ages and genders reinforced by a background that features the iconic KL Tower and PETRONAS Twin Towers.

It is a refreshing take on a community run that aims at presenting the best locally infused run experience to participants from all walks of life.

The distances have been simplified to two: 10km Competitive Run for solo runners and 5km Fun Run for teams of four, three or two, though solo Runners are welcome too. Taking place on 8 January 2017, the sixth MPI Generali Run has lined up exciting new concepts and attractions for families and fri…

PUMA Night Running Clinic In Desa ParkCity

Last week, Hubby and I braved the after office hour traffic jam to attend the PUMA Night Running Club Clinic which is held once a week at Desa Parkcity. A huge turnout of runners eager to train at the running clinic but I was told that the crowd was a tad smaller than what they'd usually see. As most were preparing and tapering for the weekend's Standard Chartered KL Marathon, the menu that day was a tempo run (if I recall and hear correctly lah). The session started with a some dynamic warm ups led by the pacers(?) of the upcoming PUMA Night Run and then we followed the group run. They are all wearing the new PUMA Ignite Dual model, by the way. ^^ Warming up session at the car park. Groups were separated into pace and I joined the 7min pace group as I was only planning to do an easy run after all. Met a number of familiar faces and I ended up running together with a running/blogger buddy and chatting the whole way! LOL I had on my new PUMA Ignite Dual shoes, courtesy of PU…