Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Skechers GOrun Ultra 2: Initial Review

The original Skechers GOrun Ultra was the 'heavyweight' among all the GOrun Series. It was specifically designed to give the maximum cushioning between all the GOrun series. A shoe that works well for those extremely long runs where you need just that much more cushioning or even for your recovery runs.


I wasn't really expecting to see the Skechers GOrun Ultra 2 (GRU2) in Malaysia so soon, especially so when I just read about it online just a day or two before getting a pair from Skechers Malaysia to review. Now, don't get me wrong, the Ultra model isn't my most favourite of the series, I love the GR4 best, but I was still excited about the chance to put it to the test.


After all, I ran my first 'ultra' so to speak in the original GRU for the TITI 50K way back in February 2014 and it served real well. It was nicely cushioned and spared my feet all that much less agony. So, I was a little excited to see what the new update to the GRU2 would entail.

The new updated GOrun Ultra 2 is as cushy as ever with tons of cushioning. Not much has really changed with the GRU2 save for a new upper that still looks pretty identical to the original GRU with just some slight cosmetic changes.


The new look upper has been changed to be a lot more inline with the current GOseries, a huge S-Logo adorns the sides with a similar looking synthetic mesh fabric upper and synthetic overlays that now starts from the midfoot and goes around the back of the heel to the instep for added stability coupled with a 4 way stretch mesh for added comfort. A soft lining along the insides for a supposedly sock free run though I can 't confirm that cos I never run sockless.

The midsole and outsole remains the exact duplicate of the original GRU with no change whatsoever to it. The same enhanced Resalyte cushioning with its unique combination of the softer Resalyte™ midsole and the more rigid and tougher Resagrip outsole is still present for support and cushioning. The evenly distributed triangular shaped lugs provide a smooth, cushioned and natural feel while running. They aggressively provide good traction and superior control on most terrains, be it road, gravel or trail.


The weight though has gone up slightly making this a slightly heavier version than its predecessor. The original GRU weighed in at 8.7 oz for a men's size 9 while the GRU2 weighs in at 9.3 oz for the same size. I'm guessing the overlays has something to do with the increase in weight though it's still pretty lightweight for a 'bulky' looking shoe.

The GRU2 comes with a removeable insole that you can remove to give it a much lower drop. I normally remove all my insoles for all my Skechers GOseries shoes but I had to keep them on with the GRU2 cos removing them made the shoe really loose and my feet were sliding too much in them. Even thicker socks didn't help. An additional pair of shoelaces were also provided.


I really wouldn't call the GRU2 an update per se, more of a facelift is what I would categorize it as. Aside from its newer look, it handles exactly the same as its older brother. But it's still no doubt a great choice of shoe for one who needs all that much more cushioning and support under them compared to the usual Skechers fare. A good shoe for those really, really long hours out on the roads.


If you liked the original GRU than you'll no doubt like the Skechers GOrun Ultra 2 as well. The GRU2 is also a great alternative, price wise compared to the other brands of the same class out there. While it's not my most favourite of the series, it serves me just nice as a recovery shoe on days after a race or a particularly tough and long training run.


I've already run a couple of times in them so far with each session clocking in at 10km. I really didn't have the time or chance to take them out longer just yet. I've the GOrun 4 for my tempo's, the GOrun Ride for my easy runs, the GOmeb Speed 3 for my interval and speed sessions and the GOrun Ultra 2 fits in nicely as my recovery or really long run shoe.

The Skechers GOrun Ultra 2 is available in stores locally with a price of RM419 for the men's and RM399 for the women's version. If you're looking for a reasonably priced maximum cushioned shoe, then look no further than the Skechers GOrun Ultra 2.


The pair of Skechers GOrun Ultra 2 above was kindly provided by Skechers Malaysia for wear testing. This review is of my own personal experience with the shoe and is in no way influenced by Skechers Malaysia whatsoever.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A New Chapter

With the new year slowly settling in, it's time to start hitting the drawing board and making up a new training programme. With my main race for the year, the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, all paid and accounted for, all that needs to be done now is train for it.

While it's still slightly over 6 months away but some kind of training plan needs to be started now to slowly ease into things. That's where the problem lies though. I don't have a proper training plan, at least not one that makes a semblance of sense. 

The 'training' currently has been get up, lace my shoes and just run. No method to it. There are days when I do easy runs, days when I feel like pushing myself, days when I question my sanity or even days when I just feel like going to the nearby shop, have a nice roti bawang and just screw the run.

It's really been hard to get back to a proper training phase. I had a decent time goal planned for GCAM this year but with the recent unexpected results in Chiangmai, I need to revise those time goals a little and in doing so, a proper training plan matters a lot. 

I'm trying to recreate my training, which was really non-existent, for Chiangmai and tweak it for GCAM. I must have done something right with that plan so in theory, if I keep doing what I did then, that should be enough, right? In theory anyway. 

The only positives are that I have encouragement from the wife who believes in my limited abilities and a group of equally running mad friends that I can count on to help better my goals and push me out of my comfort zone at times.

Where do I go from here?
I don't intend to sign up for many races this year safe for a few key ones that will aid in my marathon preps. I'm still identifying those races. My only spur of the moment race which I'm regretting signing for is the Nuang Ultra Challenge in March, something that I will just have to do with the least possible whining. Serves me right for signing up!

But there is a HUGE possibility I will DNS the event, what with the recent cementing, yes cementing of the trail path leading up. Whose bright idea it was to come up with that hare brained scheme needs a hard knock on the head!

Training will take precedence over all else though. Once I finalize what I'm going to need to do to achieve the time goals I've set for myself, things will shift into a higher gear. At my age though, I've just got to train smart and avoid injuries at all cost. This old body and legs take all that much longer to heal these days.

Emphasis will specifically be placed on honing the speed and building up the endurance but above all else, I'll need to keep the training consistent. With life and work to also be content with, that might be a stretch.

That said, I'll be looking forward to my morning runs that will alternate daily between solo runs and runs with the wife and also the longer weekend group runs with the gang. Here's to a good running year ahead!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Limited Access to Padang Merbuk for MPIB Run 2015

I've always considered the Multi-Purpose Insurance Run (MPIB) as the first race of the year even though it had to be postponed from the 4th of January to the 11th January 2015 with regards to the KL Car Free day. The postponement was a little perplexing though since the actual race location and route hardly goes anywhere near the closed KL car free zones.

Anyways, in conjunction with the race this weekend, certain roads will have limited access to accommodate the event. Please refer the the press release below for more info. To those running the MPIB run this weekend, all the best and have loads of fun. As for me, I'll be giving something back to the running community as a volunteer for the event.

Please also do note that there will be a final collection for Project Good Deeds of your pre-loved sports shoes and tees that will be donated to the Orang Asli community, so dig up your closet and donate generously.


Limited Access to the Padang Merbuk for MPIB Run 2015

Kuala Lumpur, 7 January 2015 – Multi-Purpose Insurans Bhd (“MPIB”) wishes to inform of the limited access to the roads leading to the Padang Merbuk on 11  January 2015 on account of the general insurer’s annual community Run. The roads leading to the venue such as Jalan Parlimen will be less accessible to vehicles from 6.50 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. to ensure a safer and smoother Race for the participants.

Participants will be running within the coned zone and following the directions of traffic police who are entrusted with the road traffic management. Route marshals are also on duty to assist the traffic police on that day and they are available at every junction and turning of the route. Project Leader Ms. Jayne Liew stresses, “We strive to ensure as safe a Race as we can so that the only thing runners need to concentrate on is running.”

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.


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 4 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.

MPIB Run 2015 is made possible through the support of sponsors and partners New Balance, Revive Isotonic, Running Malaysia, Pacific Regency Hotel Group and Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur; as well as Affin Hwang Capital, BP Healthcare Group, Mamee, Magnum, Nestlé Fitnesse, Nestlé Milo, Pilatique, Pinang Medical Supplies, KT Tape, Leong Adjustment Sdn. Bhd., Safeguards G4S, Simply Juice, Massimo and Penyelarasan Angkasa Sdn Bhd.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Skechers GOmeb Speed 3: Initial Review

This review has been long overdue. The GOmeb Speed 3 review unit came into my possession a little late due to the initial wrong sizing and when I finally got my feet on them, I was already in preps for the Chiang Mai marathon. Though I did get the chance to test them during my taper week but never really had the chance to actually put my thoughts to words.


Now with a little time on my hands, here's my take on the Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 (GS3). The GS3 is the very same shoe that my idol, Meb Keflezighi had on when he won the Boston Marathon earlier this year though his was custom made for his feet.


I've run in both the original GOspeed and the GOspeed 2 and the first thing I noticed was that the GS3 has a slightly wider feel that its two predecessors. Both the GS1 and 2 were narrow shoes. This one however feels a lot less restrictive. The GS3 is built on the same basic platform of the GS2. The overall shape remains the same but with a much smaller and newer DuPont Delrin™ stability plate situated in the midsole to enhance midfoot rigidity. The previous versions had a DuPont Hytrel™ Plate.


Weighing in at a still lightweight of 6.9 oz for the men's size 9, the GS3, though increased in weight a little still remains a pretty lightweight shoe. With a new refreshed and bolder Skechers logo coupled with its angular styling of soft overlays and subtle textures fused over the upper, the shoe looks downright fast! The GS3 is a minimal racer and its construction is kept simple and lightweight with no added material or weight.


The upper of the Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 is made of a seamless mesh fabric that is flexible and breathable. The pores allow reasonably good air to flow through from the outside for air circulation though I do personally find it being more cooler in the forefoot than the rest of the shoe. The interior of the shoe consists of a seamless micro-fibre lining with hardly any rough seams or stitching that can be felt to maximize comfort.


The fit of the upper is typical with most road racing shoes out there. A snug form fitting fit though the forefoot is a little wider this time round. Taking the shoe out for a spin on the road gives you superb forefoot lock-down, which will work nicely for those speedwork track sessions. The GS3 feels a lot more snappier with the foot being pinned closer to the midsole, increasing ground contact with an enhanced push off. The GS3 is not a shoe you would consider doing an easy run with.


A much more improved tongue consisting of a thin fabric with a layer of thin foam over a smooth lining and closed using flat lock stitching gives the tongue a slight elastic feel that covers the foot without any bunching up or folds. In all my runs in the shoe, the tongue stayed in place just nicely. The heel has a micro-fibre lining backed with foam and a counter stiffener that gives it shape and rigidity. I found it nice and snug and posed no issues whatsoever as I initially thought it would be a little too stiff.


The midsole uses the same Resalyte™ compound found on the previous two versions that helps with impact absorption. It's as low profile as it would get with a stack height of 14mm at the forefoot and 18mm at the heel making it a 4mm drop shoe. The material feels much softer than the previous version yet retains enough firmness for a fast push off. The outsole look remains more or less the same with the same number of circular rubber pods in almost the same position with the exception of two which has now been pushed much closer to the heel.


The Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 comes with an extra pair of laces, somewhat more rounded than the default stretchy ribbon laces. I personally think the rounded extra laces will probably come loose much easier than the ribbon ones provided. I'm not sure why Skechers just didn't give the same ribbon type of extra laces instead.


I'm still testing it out further but from what I've experienced so far, the Skechers GOmeb Speed is a super upgrade from the GOmeb Speed 2. I like the wider and roomier feel it gives up front yet is snug enough around the mid section, just the way a minimalist racer should be, in my humble opinion. I like the direction Skechers Performance is taking with the new range of all its GOseries.

With the Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 now in my possession, along with the Skechers GOrun 4 and the GOrun Ride 4, I now have a completed set of shoes to fit each of my training sessions. The GOmeb Speed 3 for my speedwork, the GOrun Ride 4 for my long runs and the GOrun 4 for my races. 2015 looks set to already be a good year.

The Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 will be seen on the shelves of Skechers Malaysia outlets here in January 2015.

The GOspeed 1, 2, and 3
Note: The pair of Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 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.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Charming Chiang Mai

** Long post ahead, don't say I didn't warn you!

Thailand was never really on my list of places to visit or even run but there I was on a cool Friday morning with the wife as we got off the plane to get our first taste of Thai hospitality, more specifically Chiang Mai hospitality.

Both the wife and me planned our Chiang Mai trip around the Chiang Mai marathon. Most of our holidays are normally planned around runs, obviously. We try to kill two birds with one stone and get the best of both worlds, running and a holiday at the same time.

Thapae Gate
We signed up for this holiday cum race pretty early, way back in July this year. We managed to get a pretty good flight deal and found a nice and reasonable hotel, the Top North hotel, that was located a mere 100m away from the original race start location, the Thapae Gate. The start location was later changed at the last minute due to the numerous street vendors occupying the open space there or at least I think that was the reason. 

The vendors setting up for business. The size of the durians were as big as jack-fruits!
Since I was due for my much needed Christmas leave anyway, we decided to go two days prior to race day to have some time for sightseeing as well. It was a very early morning flight, all the better to maximize our stay. We reached Chiang Mai around 8.30am, took a cab and made our way into the old city. The cab driver was no different than our cab drivers back here in the sense that he was under the illusion he was a clone of Lewis Hamilton or something.

After a 15 minute or so formula 1 simulation of a ride, we reached our hotel. Seeing as how it was still too early for check in, we stored our luggage at the hotel and opted to check out the surrounding area. We had quite a bit of time to spare and I was feeling hungry as well. 

The bustling streets just outside the gate
To be absolutely truthful, prior to arriving in Chiang Mai, I was pretty skeptical of the place and wasn't really looking forward to it. I looked up Google maps and used their street view to 'walk' around the place just to get a feel of it and wasn't at all impressed. God, it looks just like home, maybe somewhere in Jalan Ipoh. 

The long canals of water separating the old and new city
How sadly mistaken I was! Google street view is not something one should use to judge a place cos Chiang Mai is nothing like back home! From the moment I left the hotel, I was awe struck by the place. I could hardly wait to drag the wife down every nook and cranny. The simplistic and old charm feel of the place was truly amazing.

The amount of details on the walls were simply phenomenal!
With the weather being pleasant, cool, even with the sun, we took our time walking around and enjoying the place. The first place we headed to was the famous Thapae Gate, being one of the four gates surrounding the perimeter of the old city. The street vendors were already in the process of setting up their stalls for business and we made a mental note to come back later at night to check out the fares they had on offer.


One thing about Chiang Mai is that there isn't any shortage of temples. And most of these temples are really works of art. Naturally, we just had to visit all the temples that were in our path. The first temple we visited was just 200 metres away from Thapae Gate, unfortunately I didn't get its name. It was huge and had exquisitely intricate carvings on its walls and surroundings. This was where I had the opportunity to make a donation and paste some gold stickers on the statue of Buddha seeking some divine intervention for my race on Sunday.

Seeking some divine intervention ...
We explored the place in silence enjoying the serenity of the temple and checked out the food stalls in the temple grounds that was in the process of setting up for business. We next made our way towards the Three Kings Monument but not before stopping every 100 metres or so to admire the surroundings which caught our eye. Of cos, being the vain pot that I am, photo ops were aplenty with the wife always saying to me, 'You're not going to post this again, are you?' LOL!

Seeking help to find my way around ... LOL!
After finally making our way to the Three Kings Monument, we took stock of the race venue, familiarizing ourselves with the place, spoke to the race officials to glean some info about the race on Sunday and headed back to the hotel to check in. We decided to first get some stock of tidbits and drinks from 7-11 before checking in and were amazed at how cheap things were. We walked around wide eyed buying stuff before finally checking in.

The view from right outside our hotel room door
Our hotel, a four storey building was more motel like, the kind you see in those b-grade private eye movies. It wasn't one of those 5-star hotels but I liked the ambiance and feel of the place. The rooms were all facing the pool and the place was clean and decent. We requested a ground floor room as I wasn't looking forward to having to hike up the stairs after a 42k run on Sunday. The room was clean but had furniture and fixtures that were from the 80's, literally! Checked out the bathroom immediately to see if there was hot water cos I read some reviews prior to this about no hot water in the rooms. Was glad that there was hot water in our room.

Emulating Simba!
What we didn't have though was a kettle for coffee or tea making. I wasn't too happy with that and went out and checked with the reception and was told that they didn't provide coffee/tea making facilities. Bloody helll! I need my coffee. But I can't really complain, you get what you pay for and truthfully, it wasn't all that bad. Aside from that I liked the place. We decided to rest cos we had plans for a shake down run along the perimeter of the city a little later in the evening.

A different section of the gate
After a short rest, we laced up and headed out for our run cum sightseeing tour. The sun was still out but the cool wind made the weather just right for an evening run. We had to be careful during our run cos we had numerous junctions to cross along the way and the drivers here are really frightening so much so that we witnessed two accidents during our run with one that saw a pick up ram into a motorcyclist that I was amazed that the rider got up and walked away with only a limp!

The roads are simply so clean!
We weren't the only ones running, loads of other runners were out running as well cos seriously it would be a sin not to run here. The city was lined by a 'waterway' (for want of a better word) with rock solid brick walls at the corners dividing the old city from the new. The entire run provided lots of opportunities for photo taking and I took full advantage of it. This is the only time you will see me taking silly photos of myself and fooling around. During a race, it's strictly a no-no for selfies, holding hands and all those kind of stuff. A race is serious business for me.

With Leong at the race venue
After a nice slow and easy run, we headed to the stalls by the main Thapae gate to look around and grab some food before heading back to the hotel. We decided to call it an early night as it had been a long day and we were up since 2am. A new day of exploring beckoned the next day. The night air got so cold that we ended up switching off the air conditioning and just sleeping with the fan on and even then it was still bloody cold. The bed was too firm to my liking and we both found it a little difficult to fall asleep but exhaustion got the better of us eventually.

The new race start venue, The Three Kings Monument
The next day saw us up bright and early. We took up the hotel buffet breakfast at only 100baht a person, which was really cheap for a western styled breakfast before heading out to pick up our race kit and then explore more of the place, especially the back lanes which we soon found to have tons of hidden treasures to see.

It was still early and the race venue wasn't packed yet. I was surprised when someone called my name and saw that it was Leong, a long time volunteer/runner. Didn't think I'd see anyone that I knew over here but was glad for the familiar face. After some chit chat and photo taking, we said our goodbyes for now and headed out to explore the back lanes and wait for Jamie, who would be arriving later in the afternoon. Just as we were heading out, I heard someone calling out 'Bro! Bro!' and looked to see that it was Mohd Fuad. Another familiar face :D A short hello and chit chat and we were off again.

The wife looking in awe at her dream cottage!
Now the back lanes here threw up a host of hidden gems. Unlike the back lanes back home, we found more beautiful temples, cozy dwellings, yummy food shops and much more. The back lanes were really clean and we had a fun time taking pictures of just about everything. My entire initial perspective of Chiang Mai took a 180 degree turn and I was simply loving the place. I was beginning to wish I had planned for an even longer stay. 

Hidden back lane restaurants offering authentic Thai cuisine. 
I have no idea why the wife is looking at banana trees!
After nearly two hours of exploring the back roads, a quick lunch, then back to the hotel for a short rest before meeting up with Jamie to hand him his race kit and making plans to meet up again later for the welcome dinner at the race venue. After mingling around and spotting a lot more Malaysians present, we wanted to grab the free dinner but the long queue discouraged us. We ended up eating elsewhere for something safer since it was race day the next day and we didn't want to end up with stomach issues. Said our goodbyes early and called it a night.

Extremely life like statues of monks in prayer
A short note if you ever put up at the Top North hotel is that the centralized water heating doesn't come on in the wee hours of the morning. I was up at 2.45am to get ready for the race and wanted to take a shower to wash the sleep off my cloudy mind. Turned the faucet and the bloody water was freezing cold. Left it to run for a little while thinking it would heat up but no such luck, the water remained as cold as ice. I have no qualms taking cold showers back home but it was just too chilly to attempt it here. So, it was just a quick splash of cold water on the face to shake the sleep off. We found out later that the hot water supply comes on around 7am or so.

Even more life like statue wannabes  ...
Sunday was our final night in Chiang Mai and even though we were tired, we weren't going to let it go to waste. Right after the race and a short rest later, Jamie and me met up to sample some of the more authentic Thai cuisine. Now that the race was over and done with, we could eat whatever we wanted. The wife wanted to rest for a little more and didn't join us. A short walk looking around for a place to eat, we found a shop offering just what we needed. After a yummy and relaxed meal discussing the race we parted ways.

The wife was awake by the time I got back. She was hungry and I joined her for a quick lunch at the hotel restaurant by the pool. This was where I met more Malaysians who were also putting up in the same hotel. Chit chatted with a few of them for a bit, with one fellow, who ran the 10k asking me if I had won! Hahaha! In my dreams maybe.

A dog meditating in the temple compound, well more like sun bathing!
Later in the evening, Jamie messaged me saying that the Sunday night market was up and running. I knew there was a night market but didn't know it started right at the Thapae Gate. The wife and me made a beeline for it and found the entire road closed to traffic with stalls selling just about anything and everything as far as the eye could see.

The bustling night market
The Sunday night market was sort of like Jonker Street in Melaka but a heck of a lot cleaner and what I really liked about it was that it was a no smoking zone and everyone actually followed the rule. It was bliss walking in clean, fresh air. Anyone walking through Jonker Street or any night market back home would know how bad the air can be with people puffing away. It was also very clean for a night market.


Some of the items at the market
Walking stall by stall, the wife especially was intrigued by everything on offer. We didn't opt for luggage check in and only came with a carry on so buying too many things was a no go. Maybe the next time we visit the place. We had our dinner in one of the temples which had a host of food stuff on offer. We also had a little surprise when suddenly during dinner, everyone stood up at attention and the national anthem (or at least I think it was) blared from the speakers. Of course we and all the foreigners all stood up along with them. Both of us were a little taken aback cos of the abruptness of it all.

A street performer strutting some traditional Thai tunes ...
After the delicious and tasty dinner, we continued exploring the night market, bought some snacks for later, a few mementos for home and finally with tired legs, we headed back to the hotel. It had been a long day and we were both exhausted but satisfied. We called it an early night as we had a morning flight to catch and the taxi we booked was due at 6am. This time though, hard mattress or not, we fell instantly asleep.

A night view of the hotel from outside our room
As I left the airport on the plane back home, I was thinking of how many more places and things we had yet to see but for now, the experience would last a lifetime. Chiang Mai had given us a great time, the people were friendly and warm and I got my personal best marathon time here. How very small of me to initially think that Chiang Mai had nothing to offer and I stand totally humbled by the experience. I will be back, not to race this time but just to enjoy the place, the people, the food and all it has to offer.

Till then, thank you Chiang Mai for the memories!

My race review here