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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Running Can Be Expensive ...

You know, running can be quite and expensive hobby! I'm practically going broke from buying all kinds of running gear. When wifey and me go shopping, we simply cannot resist visiting sports shops like Adidas, Nike, Brooks, etc and we just cannot leave the darn place with either one of us buying at least one running outfit or something that has to do with running.

You don't even want to know how many running tops wifey has. I think she has every range of sport brand right down from Reebok, Asics, Nike to Adidas! I do have my fair share of stuff too. It's like an addiction. We always say to ourselves before we enter any sports outlet that we'll only browse but somehow, the moment we step in, something will always call out to us and we end up forking out some good money for a new running gear.

Just today, I walked into the Adidas outlet at Empire Shopping Gallery and ended up RM180.00 poorer from buying this gorgeous running outfit. I simply love it and can't wait to try it out this Sunday for one of our long run sessions. Like I said, running can be an expensive hobby!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Year End

The Christmas season is really not good for me. I've been eating and eating and have been missing a few training sessions this entire week. Once the holidays are over, I'm going to be hitting the roads with renewed gusto.

I'm really looking forward to next year and all the races I'm anticipating on taking part in. I've already got myself registered for one run already next year which is the Energizer Night Race that's scheduled for the 16th of April 2011. I got myself signed up for the 21K event and I'm really looking forward to it.

After all, how many people can boast about running on the very same track that those elite F1 drivers race on :D Wifey has got herself registered for the 11K event and she's as eager as I am to run the race. She just happens to love running at nights.

I'm sure I'll be able to get both of us registered for a lot more races before the Energizer Night Race. We're both planning to take part in as many races as we possibly can next year and I plan to do a 42K race by year end (if I'm fit and brave enough, that is). It's something I really want to accomplish, hitting the finish line of an exhilarating 42K race.

I'm also looking forward to next year when the Brooks Ghost 4 hits the shores of this country. I simply adore the Ghost 3, which is my current running shoe (along with an Adidas). I'll bet the Ghost 4 is going to be an even better joy to run in :D But it's going to be along wait cos I heard from the Brooks people here that it'll only be coming in around June ... siggghhh ...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Asia Masters 2010 Road Race

Wifey and me took part in the Asia Masters 2010 Road run this morning and I must say that while the crowd turnout was pretty lacklustre, we both enjoyed the run and even managed to get a finishers medal to boot :D

For wifey it was her first medal since she started running 8 months ago and I am so darned happy and proud of her. Eight months ago she would have balked at the idea of running and here she is now doing a 10K run with ease :D

For those not in the know, just like me, the Asia Master Athletics event is to keep the master athletics, from 24 Asian countries which is affiliated with Asian Master Athletics (AMA), fit and healthy and a reunion of old friends. This year the event was held at Bukit Jalil which started from the 6th of December 2010 until today.

Some of the participants at the finish line ...
In conjunction with the event, a race was held at Dataran Merdeka which comprised of 7km and 10km races. Both wifey and me took part in the 10K event and I must say the route was pretty scenic as well as challenging with some long steep uphill stretches littered along the way.

Good thing we were both familiar with the route as we took a drive a few days earlier to check out the route, which was a good thing mind you cos we knew how to pace ourselves throughout the run.

One heck of a cool running attire :P
The run for me started out with a medium speed dash the moment the starters gun went off cos I knew there would be an incline about a kilometer or so away. I wanted to be ready to attack the incline as my mantra is, the faster you get the hills out of the way, the better the race will be :D Besides, I like attacking hills and resting on the downward stretches. That way, I can run at a faster pace on the flats.

Overall, it was a good race for me. While I may not be as fast as I was in my youth, I still broke my own personal best time crossing the finish line at 57' 14", taking off a full 2' 45" from my last 10K run which was the Nike City 10K run way back in October.

The only sad part about the race was the very few participants that took part. Wifey and me have been to quite a few races this year and they all had loads more participants that it was awkward seeing the very sparse crowd at this event.

The very few people at the event ...
I blame it on the fact that there was a lack of coverage for this event. Wifey only found out about it at the very last minute and being running fanatics, we just had to take part. Anyways, this was our last race for this year and we're already looking forward to a few races next year :D

Oh and I must say that I totally detested this FTAAA official who was blaring away on the microphone thinking that everyone there were total idiots. I don't even want to bother talking about her! She made my blood boil.

My finishers medal :D

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Asian Masters Road Race 2010

I finally managed to find myself a race to run in, well actually it was wifey who found the race :D We're both taking part in the Asian Master 10K this Sunday and we're really looking forward to it. We haven't ran any races since the Mizuno Wave run and that was eons ago.

I know there's the Malakoff run coming up soon but we're not too keen on that race. So finding the Asian Masters race was a blessing :D This will be our last race for the year and next year we intend to take part in as many races as possible.

We've both been training pretty hard all 7 months now and are fired up for next seasons races. I've got a few that I'm already looking forward to and hopefully I'll be fit enough to take part in all my planned races.

So, are you going for the Asian Masters run this Sunday?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Running Happy

The Penang International Bridge Marathon was early this morning and I totally missed it. Actually I knew I was going to miss it cos wifey and me just didn't have enough time to register for it. I'm sure it would have been an experience to remember but there's always next year.

My running has been getting progressively better as the days go by. While I may not be up to my standard or doing speeds that I could do in my youth, I'm glad I'm able to run at respectable speeds and distances without any problems.

The legs feel fine, the shin splints are gone, the lungs have adjusted excellently and I'm really loving my runs more and more these days :D All this training I'm doing will come in handy for the races I plan to take part next year. I've got a couple of them marked on my calendar already :D Even wifey is looking forward to all the races next year.

There is still the Malakoff run on December 19 and I'm still contemplating taking part. I'm a little apprehensive about the route. Apparently you have to do two 6K laps for the 2K run and I don't fancy running a route twice. We'll see how that goes though, I just might take part cos it's been a while since my last race.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Withdrawal Symptoms

I'm getting race withdrawal symptoms. Wifey and me have been looking for some races to take part in for the month of November but can't seem to find any. I know there is the Penang International Bridge run in 20 days or so but we're not taking part in that race cos we didn't sign up fast enough and besides it's a little too far for us. We'd have to arrange babysitting for the two brats at home and we don't have the time to do that.

So for now, wifey is scouring the web to locate some local races in our vicinity and hopefully she'll find something :D In the meantime, we decided to make our own 10K race by running one today, just the two of us ... LOL!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Never Too Old ...

I was at the MPSJ stadium today accompanying wifey for her run. After doing an 8KM session around the track and while waiting for wifey to finish her 8KM session I happened to notice this elderly lady running on the tracks.

There was nothing exceptional about her except that she was dressed in this pair of sneakers, a sarong and a blouse and had this look of gritty determination on her face as she did lap after lap. This got me thinking about all those lazy bums I encountered that had tons of excuses why they don't run (or even want to workout).

'Aiyaaa, where got time to run.'

'Cannot workout la, my legs can't take it.'

'I'm too old to run (or workout).'

Those are just some of the excuses I have heard in my lifetime and to be honest, I've used them myself. But seeing that elderly lady doing lap after lap just goes to show that it all boils down to WANTING to get out there and run.

It really is easy, all you need is just some determination with a lot less excuses and you'll do just fine. Which is why I'm enjoying my runs these days even though I ache each and every day after my runs.

My hats off to that determined auntie today :D

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mizuno Wave Run 2010 Review

The Mizuno Wave Run, what can I say about it except that it was a great run but the hills were something else altogether!

Got a little lost getting to the venue even though I recced the place earlier. Ended up getting to the venue 15 minutes later than our original planned time. Both wifey and me like to get to the race venues early cos of the parking issues so this time we had to park quite far and walk to the start location which was quite a distance, mind you.

The race overall was pretty good but like I said earlier, the hills and inclines littered throughout the route were a challenge, especially for one who doesn't do incline training. But I'm pretty pleased with my performance cos I completed the route without stopping even once!

The race started out with the women running first followed by the men ten minutes or so later. I wasn't at all happy with the route cos it was pretty narrow with everyone being sandwiched together for quite a while before it started spreading out.

The first 4 kilometers were spent just cruising and trying to avoid the slower runners who were beginning to walk and block the faster runners. While I respect each and everyone there for even taking part but please keep to your left if you intend to walk and let the other runners through. It's not easy having to weave in and out when you're trying to conserve as much energy as possible to fight the hills at the later stage.

The downhill stretch of the 'aiyoo' hill ...
I was so focused on my running that I missed the water station at KM4 (I think) and went 'alamak, die la!' but good thing I managed to catch up with wifey who still had her Gatorade with her which I managed to take a few sips, otherwise I would have been in real trouble from a parched throat.

KM5 to KM8 was pretty decent with more flats than inclines. I drove past the route way before the race and knew what was ahead from KM8 to the finish. I wasn't looking forward to it and was dreading it cos there was this mother of all hills to fight through before the final leg towards the finish. Even driving up the hill in my car was daunting let alone running up the darn thing!

The finish line ...
I was surprised to see another water station after KM8 (I think) and this time I made sure I didn't miss the darn thing, grabbed a bottle of water, took a few sips and got focused to take on the final two inclines. Oh, another gripe coming up, when you guys and gals queue to grab that much needed water at the extremely few water stations, please for gods sake, don't stop and drink right there at the water station and block runners from trying to grab some much needed H2O! Take your cups, move on or move aside and let the rest through. The rest of us need our water replenishment's too!

The goodie bag queue ...
As expected, the last incline was a killer. You're all tired, exhausted, your legs ache, your lungs are gasping for air and you have to fight this really steep (wifey said people were calling it the 'aiyoo' hill ... LOL!) just before you finish. And the hill went on like forever. The moment I reached the summit of that hill and saw the final downhill stretch I almost cried in delight!

the tired runners ...
It was 1 hour and 8 minutes (unofficial timing) before I finally crossed the finish line to cap my 5th race for the year. Not really one of my better timing but heck, with the amount of inclines along the way, I thought I did good :D

Watermelons anyone?
On a different note, I'd like to thank that guy who pulled wifey out of the way from an oncoming car and probably saved her some serious injuries. Thank you, whomever you are. For the traffic marshal's though, how the heck could you let cars through while there were still lots of runners on the road. In a race like this, the runners get priority before anything else. In fact some of you even had the cheek to ask me to stop so you could let traffic through. That elicited a nice nasty shout from me. Don't ever ask a runner in the middle of the race to stop and let traffic through. I thought it was ridiculous!

And on a sadder note, I'd like to offer my condolences to the family of a runner who collapsed and passed away during the race. It is never nice to hear of such things after a race. I have no idea as to the reason why but whatever it was, may he rest in peace.

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Mizuno Wave Run 2010

The Mizuno Wave run starts this Sunday and I'm not exactly about it. This is the first time I'm doing this run and while it's an 11km route, I've run numerous 10K's before which shouldn't pose a problem to me but I took a drive to survey the route with wifey and it looks to be pretty challenging what with all the ups and downs.

I for one prefer running a flat terrain but I guess you can't always have flat terrain. Wifey is relishing the challenge and has been doing incline training unlike lazy old me who doesn't bother with incline and concentrate more on speed.

Coupled with my recent bout of the flu and fever, I've missed a few of my regular training runs and I foresee a hard run for myself. But I'm up to the challenge and hopefully can complete the route in decent time.

I hope the weather will cooperate and not be too darn stifling. The current heat wave has me worried about dehydration and I aim to keep myself hydrated as much as I can cos I know I'll sweat off quite a bit of liquid from my body.

This will also be the second time I'm going to use my Brooks Ghost 3 for a race, which served me pretty well for the Nike City 10K run last week. The shoes was surprisingly comfortable and well cushioned that it felt like I was running on sponge. My other shoes, an Adidas, though lighter than the Brooks is not nearly shock proof enough.

Well, with all that said and done, though a little apprehensive I'm looking forward to the run :D

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Brooks RM150.00 Old Shoe Rebate

Three days to the Nike 10K run this weekend and then followed by the Mizuno wave run the following weekend. I must be nuts to attempt two runs in two consecutive weeks!

Anyways, if you're looking for a new pair of running shoes and you happen to have an old worn out pair of old sneakers at home, why don't you take them to any Brooks outlet and you'll be able to get a rebate of RM150.00 when you purchase any shoe in their outlet.

The promotion lasts the entire month of October and I think it's a great promotion. I brought in my really old shoes and got myself a nice new pair of Brooks Ghost 3 running shoes which was a steal at RM150.00 less from it's original price.

I'm still breaking in the shoes and hopefully it will be 'race-worthy' by this weekend :D So, don't wait till all the good shoes are gone, go right now and 'sell' you old pair of sneakers for RM150.00!

P.S. I recommend the Brooks outlet at the Curve. The owner is a nice and knowledgeable gentleman :D

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Nike City 10K Run

For those of you who chanced upon this blog, I bid you a warm welcome. This blog is still pretty new and not fully completed yet so bear with me while I tweak it a whole lot more.

This blog was created as an extension to express my thoughts on my passion for running. Like I said earlier, I'm still working on it but expect to read about my escapades about my runs and the races I take part in.

The next upcoming race that I'm going to be running in will be in 7 days time which is the Nike City 10K Run slated for Sunday the 10th of October 2010. Rushed down to Avenue K first thing Saturday morning to collect my Nike running vest and timing chip.

The vest was a little on the bright side with it being in Florescent like green, though my favourite color is green, this one is a little too bright for my liking. But then, it's an original Nike Vest, so no complaints :D

The Race Kit Collection
Participants lining up early for their race kits
Too commemorate the run, I went out and bought a new Brooks Ghost 3 running shoes which I simply adore though I haven't really tested it out yet. My current Adidas running shoe is perfectly fine and race tested and I didn't really need a new pair of running shoes but I have a reason to buy the Ghost 3 which I will reveal in my next post in a day or two :D

My Brooks Ghost 3
I hope one week is enough to break the Ghost 3 into race conditions :D Right now I'm just looking forward to the Nike City 10K Run this weekend :D

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Start Of A New Run ...

Running is a lot like life. Only 10 percent of it is exciting. 90 percent of it is slog and drudge.