Sunday, December 14, 2014

Allianz Pacesetters 4 x 3km 2014 : Race Report

The Allianz Pacesetters 4 x 3km run was not something I initially planned to run. An invite by Wan Yew Leong, the race director, looking for runners to run for a few corporate entries under the Kiwanis Corporate Challenge category saw me signing up for it.

What? No medal this time?
It was after all for charity and Christmas is just around the corner, I'd better do something nice or it'll be coals in my stockings for sure. With Zane, Evelyn and Julie also taking up the offer, team 'No Worries' was formed. The team name wasn't coined up by us, mind you. If it was up to us we would have labeled ourselves team Makanthon, cos all that we had running through our minds prior to race day was nasi lemak!

Team No worries
Before I go any further, I'd like to thank the Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation for graciously letting us run for one of their corporate donors. We were glad to play a little part in helping your organization in what little way we could.

Come race day, we were there bright and early at 6am. Actually I conned the rest of my team members to be there bright and early though. Since I was team captain, I had to be there to pick up the team baton but heck, since I had to be there early, I might as well make everyone else join me ... hahaha!

Where's the finish?
The wife and me arrived at Padang Merbuk to find Julie already there with her two adorable twin bodyguards. Zane and Evelyn came along shortly. The wife decided to tag along and ended up being our personal luggage and storage person cum photographer :D  We were all in good spirits even though it was a short distanced relay race. Our topic mainly centred around nasi lemak, nasi lemak and more nasi lemak.

The crowd was a nice manageable number. I like small events like these cos everyone seemed to know everyone else. Even for a small charitable event like this, there were quite a few elites present. Of course, it was quite clear cut on which team would be the champions. The elites started their warm ups while we looked on in awe. Even for a short distanced run like this, they were so committed whereas we were just hanging around looking sleepy!

Surprised but happy to get this.
Pic courtesy of Evelyn
Soon it was time for race start. Julie took the first leg, followed by Evelyn, Zane and me anchoring the team for the final leg. I wasn't exactly happy that we would be running uphill for the start. It would have to be a fast start and the inline wasn't an ideal way to do it on. But it had to be done, no amount of whining was going to change that.

Having run that route practically every weekend during the MPIB clinic sessions, I was all too familiar with every inch of the route. Everyone did a great job with their respective legs, no doubts about it and soon enough I spotted Zane on the downhill stretch heading to the baton hand off area. Got into position for the exchange and it was time for work.

Even with an initial plan of taking the start slower, the legs decided to rebel on my earlier agreements with it and went into full speed. Speeding up an incline is normally suicidal but heck, this was just 3k so I should be able to recoup some rest at the top. Just as I headed into the turn towards the istana section, I took a 150 metre breather before continuing as quick as my legs would allow. Keeping the pace under 5 minutes, I was soon enough heading back into Padang Merbuk. 

Our claim to fame!
I was bushed from the effort but when the officials put a placing tag over my head I was bloody surprised and all the tiredness disappeared. Damn, we had just made it to 5th place, the final placing for a prize! We ran our hearts out but none of us expected a placing. I was grinning from ear to ear looking for the rest of the team. They had done a great job in their earlier legs for this. Kudos guys!

None of us could actually believe we got 5th place. Even ET Tey could hardly believe it and said 'What? Got only 5 teams taking part, ah?' ... hahaha! In true fact, we couldn't believe it ourselves either. But we were happy and weren't going to let anything dampen our short moment of fame. 


I couldn't join the rest of the team after the prize giving for the nasi lemak session as the wife and me had to head back cos we had a lot of stuff that needed to be done for the day. I hope you guys ate an extra plate or two of nasi lemak for me. With that, it's time to taper before I head off to tackle my final 42km for the year next week.

Once again, thank you Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation for the opportunity to run for you guys. This one's for you and the No Worries corporate team we ran for!

Friday, December 12, 2014

MPIB RUN 2015 30 Days to Race Day


Kuala Lumpur, 9 December 2014 – Multi-Purpose Insurans Bhd (“MPIB”) will be counting down the 30 days to its Race day at Pacific Regency Hotel Suites on 12 December 2014. The cocktail event will also be the launch pad for Project Good Deeds, an initiative that collects pre-loved sports/running shoes and tee shirts for the Orang Asli community.

The Countdown is shelved for a week following the postponement of MPIB Run 2015 in support of the KL City Hall’s “1st Sunday Kuala Lumpur Car Free Morning”. However, it has not dented MPIB’s excitement for its upcoming Race. Project Leader Ms. Jayne Liew shares her thoughts, “The Countdown event allows us to keep building the momentum besides providing members of the media a good platform to find out more about us and our annual community Run.”


On how Project Good Deeds was conceived, Ms. Jayne offers this brief history, “The project came about following the feedback of our Runs’ participants, who replaced their shoes regularly for the maintenance of their performance. Project Good Deeds allows its runners to reduce waste and practise reusing by donating their still wearable shoes and tee shirts to the indigenous minority community.”

Project Good Deeds is preceded by Project Good Deed Shoes, which collected 249 pairs of shoes for 2 Orang Asli settlements. With the doubling of the beneficiaries to 4 settlements in Project Good Deeds, MPIB hopes the number of donors and collected items would increase.

The launch of Project Good Deeds
MPIB Run 2015 will be the 4th Run organised by the general insurer with the support of a host of sponsors and partners including New Balance (Official Apparel), Revive Isotonic (Official Isotonic), Pacific Regency Hotel Group (Official Hotel) and Running Man (Official Media – Magazine).

A token given for your donations 
For further information, please contact: 
Multi-Purpose Insurans Berhad Jayne Liew, Marketing & Corporate Communications
+6018 201 8818 | +603 2034 9859 | jayne_liew@mpib.com.my 

MPIB Run technical information / assistance please contact: 
Wan Yew Leong, Runners Malaysia 
+6019 35609031 | wanyewleong@gmail.com

For more information on the MPIB Run 2015, please refer to: http://www.mpibrun.com.my/ and http://www.facebook.com/MPIBRun.

Four donation dates are available
Note: Donations of shoes and tees can be made at these dates and location:
20th December 2014 - Padang Merbuk Car Park (7am - 10am)
27th - 28th December 2014 - Lot 10 Sports Hub, Lot 10 Shopping Centre (11am - 7pm)
10th January 2015 - Padang Merbuk Car Park (10am - 6pm)
11th January 2015 - Padang Merbuk Car Park (6am - 11am)

About Multi-Purpose Insurans Bhd 
Multi-Purpose Insurans Bhd, a Malaysian general insurance company (“MPIB”), is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Multi-Purpose Capital Holdings Bhd, which in turn is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MPHB Capital Berhad (“MPHB Capital”), a public listed company. MPHB Capital was incorporated in 2012 and listed on the Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad on 28 June 2013. MPIB obtained its licence from Bank Negara Malaysia under the Insurance Act 1996 and provides innovative general insurance products and services customized to individuals and corporate customers. MPIB has a network of 12 branches strategically located in major towns in East and West Malaysia.


About MPIB Run
Back for the 4th year, the MPIB Run 2015 kickstarts the Malaysian running calendar on 11 January 2015. This annual community run will once again take place at the Padang Merbuk, Jalan Parlimen.

MPIB is proud to position itself as the pioneer general insurer in organising a community based public run in Malaysia in 2012. The inaugural event successfully gathered 3,750 runners, and for the 2nd and 3rd years in 2013 and 2014 respectively, 5,000 runners participated – an increase of 33% from 2012 inaugural run. MPIB hopes this is reflective of a growing community adopting a healthy lifestyle and, hence, the event is themed “Healthy Lifestyle – Work Life Balance”, aiming to suit the community from all walks of life.

During the weeks leading up to the Run, MPIB has scheduled 8 “My First Run Clinic” sessions for new and interested runners taking baby steps in the world of running. The sessions also include health and fitness related talks to furnish runners with fitness knowledge and to prepare them for the Run on Sunday, 11 January 2015.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Rise & Shine

There are days when my body simply refuses to get out of bed. It makes up all the excuses it can think of.

'I'll run this evening.' 'It's my rest day.' 'But I've been running every day all week.' 'I need the sleep.' 'Work was tough last night.'

Then I look back at this video and all the excuses in world are simply nothing but just excuses!

RISE & SHINE!



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Press Release: MPIB Run 2015, New Dates


MPIB RUN 2015 has been postponed to 11 January 2015 

Kuala Lumpur, 3 December 2014 – Multi-Purpose Insurans Bhd (“MPIB”) wishes to inform the postponement of its Race to 11 January 2015 from 4 January 2015 as originally scheduled. However, the venue will remain the same at the Padang Merbuk.

Project Leader Ms. Jayne Liew comments, ‘We would very much like to continue to be known as the 1st Sunday Run of the Year but due to its being held on the same morning as the “1st Sunday Kuala Lumpur Car Free Morning” of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (“DBKL”), we have been requested to postpone our Race in support of this environmentally inspired campaign.’

MPIB Run shares DBKL’s aspiration in promoting a greener city, reduce global warming and to add to it a car-free morning to promote community bonding. In the process, it will make Kuala Lumpur a better city with space for walking, running, biking and in general more healthy outdoor activities, at least for the 1st Sunday morning of the month.

MPIB extends its sincere apologies for causing any inconvenience and seeks understanding for the postponement. Should any registered Runner decide to opt out due to other commitments on 11 January 2015, arrangements are in place with My Race Online to make the necessary refunds by contacting info@myraceonline.com or calling +603-7491 0505 (Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.).

Runners running with coupon codes but unable to make it for the new Race date are advised to contact Natalie at natalie_hau@mpib.com.my or +603-2034 9888 Ext: 7807.

The withdrawal period for both registered runners and runners with coupon codes is 5 working days (between 4 December 2014 and 10 December 2014 by 5 p.m.).

The Race Entry Pack Collection details for city folks will take place as planned on 27 and 28 December 2014. However, the collection for outstation runners will only be held on 10 January 2015 instead of 3 January 2015.

Despite this setback, MPIB looks forward to organising another successful community run for all ages, backgrounds and fitness levels. To be held again at the Padang Merbuk, the 4 categories each for the 12KM and 9KM (a new challenge for those who participated in the 8KM distance of the previous Run). There will also be 2 Fun Run categories of 5KM, while runners’ family members and friends who prefer something “lighter” can opt to join the 3KM walk.

The run’s Organising Committee encourages the public to make regular visits to the MPIB Run official website at http://www.mpibrun.com.my/ or its Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MPIBRun for the latest updates.

For further information, please contact: 
Multi-Purpose Insurans Berhad Jayne Liew, Marketing & Corporate Communications
+6018 201 8818 | +603 2034 9859 | jayne_liew@mpib.com.my 

MPIB Run technical information / assistance please contact: 
Wan Yew Leong, Runners Malaysia 
+6019 35609031 | wanyewleong@gmail.com

For more information on the MPIB Run 2014, please refer to: http://www.mpibrun.com.my/ and http://www.facebook.com/MPIBRun.

About Multi-Purpose Insurans Bhd 
Multi-Purpose Insurans Bhd, a Malaysian general insurance company (“MPIB”), is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Multi-Purpose Capital Holdings Bhd, which in turn is a wholly- owned subsidiary of MPHB Capital Berhad (“MPHB Capital”), a public listed company. MPHB Capital was incorporated in 2012 and listed on the Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad on 28 June 2013. MPIB obtained its licence from Bank Negara Malaysia under the Insurance Act 1996 and provides innovative general insurance products and services customized to individuals and corporate customers. MPIB has a network of 12 branches strategically located in major towns in East and West Malaysia.

About MPIB Run 
Back for the 4th year, the MPIB Run 2015 kicks start the Malaysian running calendar on the 1st Sunday of the year and for 2015, it is scheduled to take place on 4 January 2015. This community run will host 5,000 participants at the Padang Merbuk, Jalan Parlimen.

MPIB is proud to position itself as the pioneer general insurer in organising a community based public run in Malaysia in 2012. The inaugural event successfully gathered 3,750 runners and for the 2nd and 3rd year in 2013 and 2014 respectively, 5,000 runners participated; an increase of 33% from 2012 inaugural run. MPIB hopes this is reflective of a growing community adopting a healthy lifestyle and, hence, the event is themed “Healthy Lifestyle – Work Life Balance”, aiming to suit to the community from all walks of life.

During the weeks leading up to the Run on 4 January 2015, MPIB have scheduled 8 “My First Run Clinics” for new and interested runners taking baby steps to the world of running. The clinic also includes health and fitness related talks to furnish runners with fitness knowledge and to prepare them for the Run on Sunday, 11 January 2015.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Skechers GOrun Ride 4: Initial Review

The latest iteration of the Skechers GOrun Ride 4 (GRR4) is basically a new upper riding on the same outsole of the GOrun Ride 3. That said, it doesn't mean that it's the same shoe.


The GRR4 now sports a much simplified looking upper compared to its predecessor. With a lot less overlays on the upper, the GRR4 looks a whole lot less bulkier to me than the GRR3. The Skechers GOrun Ride 4 on the other hand, feels a lot roomier and less restrictive. The newly designed upper has a lot to do with that. 

The men's and women's GRR4
The breathable diamond like mesh side panels offer much needed support for your feet with 3D printed translucent texture details and a gradient tone providing a fiery looking feel, at least for the colorway that I have anyway. Though a lot less bulkier than its predecessor, the upper provides enough lateral and medial support for stability during long or short distanced runs. It also has more give than the previous GRR3 and my toes had ample space to spread out.

The same outsole as the GRR3
The QuickFit Portal (QFP) found on the Skechers GOrun 4 is also found on the Ride. This time though I did find it to be of some use. During one of my runs in them, a huge pebble got into my shoe and I managed to pull off my shoe, clear the pebble, put my finger through the QFP, easily and quickly slip my shoe on again in a matter of seconds. No break in run rhythm. Nice. 

The QuickFit Portal
The GRR4 has a stack height of 13.5mm for the forefoot and 17.5mm for the heel giving it a 4mm drop. Adding the custom 2-in-1 removeable insole would give it an additional 4mm taking it to 8mm in total. The added cushioning will come in handy on those really long slow run days. The GOrun Ride 4 weighs in at 7.7 oz for the men's size 9 without the insoles.  Still a nice and pretty light weight shoe. I'm not going to elaborate much about the outsole, you can always read my review of the GRR3 since they share the same outsole specifications.


The fit for my size 8 was a little loose, which was strange cos the GRR3 size 8's were spot on. I put it down to the revised upper. A half size smaller would have been just right. A slightly thicker socks managed to sort out that issue. 


I've so far only used them for short distanced runs and they've been pretty responsive. A good choice for days when you want to run long and need some cushioning. I've got some long distanced running planned for the weekend and this will be just the perfect shoe to keep me company.

The wife also had a taste of the GRR4 and she found it to be much more of a stable shoe than her previous models, the GRR and GRR2, which weren't her favorites. She found it much firmer than the previous models (she never ran in the GRR3) and it took some getting used too, especially the tongue which she thought was rather 'thick'. She's more used to her all time favourite the GR3 which has a much thinner tongue. She was wary of the QFP holes too but found it to be unfounded after running in them. In her own words, 'I'm not loving it yet but the good news is I'm NOT hating it'.  


The Skechers GOrun Ride 4 would be on shelves in Skechers outlets here in December. Give it a look see if you're the market for a cushioned yet lightweight shoe.  

Note: The pair of Skechers GOrun Ride 4 used for this review were kindly provided by Skechers Malaysia for wear testing purposes. This review is based on my own personal experience with the shoe and is in no way influenced by Skechers Malaysia whatsoever.