Friday, April 3, 2015
I think I'll start with the first race of the year.
As usual we arrived pretty early, there was a bit of a confusion initially because of the last minute location change for the Start line (from the Stadium to somewhere near Petaling St).
Come to think of it, there were several glitches moving towards the race day with the collection of the race pack, lack of updates and whatnot. However, the race day itself went pretty smoothly IMO.
Met several good friends I did not expect to meet, good quality race tee and training tee, did my HM PB as well.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
1st Feb: Nike 21K
1st March: Nuang Ultra
28th March: PEKA 10K Trail
16th Aug: Kuching Marathon FM
Yes, this (points at self Blake Shelton-style) crazy woman is attempting her first ultra-trail marathon before a full marathon.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
I first learned about this inspirational 18 year old last year. Every one of us have a pair of legs, and we're told to walk a minimum of 10 000 steps each day.
Terry was diagnosed with bone cancer and had to amputate his right leg as a result of it. What did he do after that? He did an equivalent of a full marathon per day for 143 days to raise awareness and give people with cancer hope that anything is possible when you put your mind to it. I can't begin to imagine the amount of pain he was in and the courage he had in him to even begin his mission.
My cousin, who stayed with us awhile back in July commented one day,"You have that shirt with the dude in front in like, different designs huh?"
I was pretty stoked that she noticed 'cause then I can explain why I've been wearing it. (At that point, I had three different shirts: 2011-2013)
My wardrobe has been expanding exponentially with dry-fits finisher tees and running vests so I've been really selective in actually buying tops.
For this year's Terry Fox Run, I deliberately went out to SJMC on Day 1 of shirt sale to purchase it.
I've no idea who designed the shirt but wow.
The Pacific Gets Closer Every Day.
That statement completely, wholesomely epitomises Terry's determination when he started his journey by dipping his artificial leg into the Atlantic Ocean.
The Bottle contains Atlantic seawater which he aimed to pour into the Pacific Ocean upon reaching.
Even the direction that Terry is facing upfront on the shirt shows that he is running westward Pacific bound.
Last but not the least, if you're wondering what are the writing on the side of the shirt, they're from his journal on the day he started his Marathon of Hope. "Today is the day it all begins..." - April 12th, 1980.
So yeah, the Terry Fox Run is a cause that I'll support year after year because awareness counts and wearing the shirt reminds me of how much of an inspiration anyone can be and that we can all make a difference in our own ways.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
This is an odd but interesting documentary. I can't help but wonder what response Malaysian runners would give. Someone should do a local version and send me the link :D
I love the veteran runner from the moment he said "Everybody is born to move." I so agree with what he said after that as well.
Funniest and most unexpected response would be the one given by The Wife.
Most heartbreaking one is The Man Running For Dementia. All the best mate.
The background of some places reminds me fondly of Glasgow. Wish I made more use of the park and club there.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
You could say you're dirty, tired, and in pain or you could be euphoric, awesome and proudly show off your battle scars after crossing the finish line with glory!
This year's Viper Challenge was my first, joining hands with 3 veterans (since they participated last year) to complete Asia's biggest obstacle event.
I thought upon completing Reebok One Challenge, this will be similarly doable. Oh how wrong was I. .
My team agreed wholeheartedly that this year was tougher and more challenging. We did manage to complete it in 5 hours though.
The event was pretty well organised. Emcee in the morning hyped everyone up before flagging us off. We thought booking the earliest slot on the first day would guarantee us fresh mud and clean obstacles but we clearly didn't think it through.. Lol. At 6am, we couldn't see a single thing while running trail. It was more of a slow jog and hoping that we don't step on any snakes or misbegotten holes.
I'm not gonna spoil the surprise for those running next year by talking about every single obstacle. I'm just gonna list my top favourites and not-so favourite.
(BTW, you can expect many many walls. Like .. A lot. Seriously. )
1. The Ramp Of Triumph
First of all, I'm starting with the last obstacle because it'll freak the heck out of you when you see it. It is ironically the first obstacle you will see because it is riiiight at the finish line.
I managed to get over it with the help of a rope and many strong arms.
Saw a guy who just did it by himself.. Pecut all the way up then hoisted himself over the ledge. Jaw drop with awe.
Things got slippery after a while because of the rain. Fun stuff.
Love the name.
2. Define Gravity aka the Subaru wall.
I think they maybe mean defying gravity?
Anyway this wall is IMPOSSIBLE to climb by yourself. It is a gigantic reclining wall. I was basically pushed all the way up then yanked over the rest of the way. Lol not much work for a girl. Sorry :P
Thank goodness I'm relatively light.
3. The Ring Swing
This is one of the challenges I did not make it through. It requires momentum and upper body strength, and maybe arms like an orangutan.
4. The Mountain Dew wall (forgot its real name)
This was one of the first few challenges (2nd one I think) where two planks are nailed to the wall - one for your fingers to grip and the other for you to toe across. In the middle they seem to have forgotten the plank for your feet so you'll have to just use your arm to inch bit by bit across with your legs dangling over the crocodile infested waters (ha) until you can toe the wood again. I was a bit skeptical at first but I made it across woohoo! The cheering helped a lot.
5. Mini Walls
When I saw the sign, I had the urge to add "cornettos" at the bottom. Haha
Note that "walls" was written. Plural. Because they are legion. You'd think that "okay this is the last one.".. Only to find out there's yet another one in front. Grrr.
6. The Rappelling wall.
This is one super challenging task for me. It is about upper body strength and determination. When we reached the obstacle, it was cloudy and starting to drizzle. When I made it to the top, I had to overcome my fear of heights that I didn't know I had to swing my legs across.
The very helpful volunteer shouted up at me, " Don't look down! Just slowly move one leg over.. Look up! See how blue the sky is!"
And I went, "No it's not!!" - in a voice full of despair.
I'm so proud of myself for making it through. Getting the sniffles right now.
Things I learned:
1. Height is an advantage
2. Upper body strength is a must. There's only so much people can do to help you out.
3. You won't know how far you can go until you try. At some of the obstacles, my body was like, "Heck no! Nuh-uh. you ain't makin' me do that sista. Not on yo life!" (Don't know why my body sounds black but that's the way we roll.)
And my mind was all like, "Do it! Doooo eeeeeet naooo!"
And when I did it, mind and body did a high five.
4. Pre-viper training helps
5. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes but not your favourite pair.
6. Sand has no taste, they're just crunchy.
7. Work together as a team, you'll enjoy it so much more.
8. Laughing at others is okay, as long as they get to laugh at you too.
9. Cheering for fellow participants helps. Trust me.
10. You'll get hungry halfway through.
11. It's not about finishing the fastest. It's about helping one another through and cheering them on if you can't.
Good luck to those attempting the 2015 Viper Challenge!
Thanks to my team of the Four Fei Geis especially the one and only guy of the team who boosted us all across many of the obstacles. Couldn't have done it without every one of you.
A big hurrah to all volunteers as well. You guys rock!
Sunday, October 26, 2014
This is actually my first time at Setia City Mall. Actually it's my first time in this area ..so I was jakunly going phwoaaarrr when the mall and a large Puma balloon floated into sight. There's a wide open space in front of the mall/convention centre where puma set up the event. The family mall was a great place to while away some time before the run. Best of all, no need to queue for the porta-toilets! Bwahahaha
Honestly, this is arguably one of the best race pack of the year. Not only did it come with the requisite top and bib, Puma was generous enough to throw in a race pouch (gels & keys storage hurrah!), pouch with a towel in it, and a shoe voucher all in a drawstring bag.
Sorry puma, your shoes don't fit me:(
Anybody wants my 20% voucher just msg me yo.
The Emcee of the event was Phat Fabes. It's been awhile since I've heard or seen him, thanks for entertaining us before the run! There was also a lineup of DJs, bands, a beatboxer and some pretty cool performance. I only heard Koji while walking to the starting line.
Ooh there was this station where a guy was making helium bubble cougars and letting them float in the sky. If you look up at the sky after the run, you'll be able to see pumas frolicking in the night air.
7.30pm was the flag off and it started on time (we runners are a punctual bunch. A minute late and youll get a riot on your hands). One great thing about this run is they have their very own pacers from the run club (this is the impression I got, correct me if I'm wrong).
I was following the 60mins pacers (initially) who were chatting the entire way. Seriously it's like they're not out of breath at all. At least they took my mind off the fatigue. They were also really good in keeping the runners in line. We don't always follow the Cone Rule so every few minutes you will hear "Keep left, keep left! Car behind!!"
Sadly for those way behind the 70 minute pacers, there were no sheepdogs to guide them so poor cars were creeping behind the runners who were all over the road. Sorry cars!
The 60 minute pacers were also real polite in thanking all the volunteers as they pass them. I was too out of breath to even grunt but I did manage what I hoped was a tiny nod occasionally.
I kinda lost them towards the last few km because I'm pretty sure they were faster than 60 mins! Harumpphh. It's okay, give chance to improve la k..go slower.
Roads were wide enough to accommodate everyone and there were appropriately placed electronic mats for our timed chips.
Now the following are all all my personal viewpoints only
2. Straight roads are really not fun. But since this is my first time running in Setia Alam, there's still some new sights to take in. A friend actually spotted a baby snake slither pass during the run. omgee such a shock. thank goodness she didn't step on it.
3. At the finish line, we were given our medal and a banana.
4. There was a little lack of communication/information before the run. Usually organisers will post up the map, medal design, extra pertinent information building up to the race day. In this case, not much info were given apart from the pdf on the reg website and an extra post to inform re. change of race pack collection venue.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
I don't know if it is the amazing skills of this particular restaurant's chef or it's that I finally have the time to taste every bite unencumbered by my family's fast and furious food gobbling. Ahem ahem. I swear my dad just telans everything without chewing. It's pretty scary.
In hindsight, another weird habit by this kid. I hope the waitresses did not notice.
The already slow eater was even slower today. No rush ma..
Cantonese style wat tan ho.
Now that i think of it, the dish Most certainly lived up to its name.