Wednesday, December 25, 2013

'Twas The Night Before Christmas ...


Twas the night before Christmas, all the shopping was done.
My insides were stirring, I needed a run.
My Skechers were placed by the front door with care,
In hopes that I’d take them out in the night air.

The children were nestled, tucked in for the night,
So I laced up my shoes both the left and the right.
I put on my mittens, and put on my cap,
I settled my brain for a long 10K lap.

I got my foam roller, the stretch felt so good.
I sprang from the door and run as fast as I could.
Away from my house I flew like a flash,
And tore up the street like I was running a dash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Lit up my path showing the way I should go.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a dude with a beard, dressed in red running gear.

He wasn’t too chubby, rather lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles he flew to my side,
And ran right next to me matching my stride!

“I’ll race you! I’ll pace you! But just let me run!
I’m all done with work and it’s time for some fun!
To the top of that hill, until we hit the wall!
We’ll just keep on running and give it our all!”

Without another word we ran through the streets.
The only sounds those of our breath and heart beats.
He had a runner’s build but still a round belly,
That shook when he ran, like a bowlful of jelly!

We finished the loop ending back at in my yard,
I’d never ran so fast. I’d never breathed so hard!
He gave me a wink and a nod of his head,
We were bonded as runners with nothing more said.

From walkers and joggers to runners and racers,
From marathon finishers to age-group placers!
We all know the joy and the pain of a run,
and that wonderful feeling you get when your done!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Thanks for the run, it was indeed a good-night!”

P.S - I didn't write this, I stole it from the internet. Credit goes to the actual author.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Energy Efficiency Run 2013, The Season Ender

The Energy Efficiency Run 2013 this morning officially marks the last race event for me this year. And what better way to end the race season for me than take part in a 'free' running event. You don't see many of these nowadays. In fact you don't see any free events at all.

Signing up for this was a last minute spur of the moment thing. It was in fact with the urging of one of my clients, the FTAAA, that I signed up for this as a show of support to them. I don't really run 5k races, not worth my money if you ask me, what with the exorbitant race fees these days but the Energy Efficiency Run happened to be a totally free event with no sign up fees.

First time ever standing in the front row at the start ....
I was kinda surprised that there actually was someone organizing a race with no race fees. And I was even more surprised to find out that they were giving away a race tee (Brooks), a finisher medal (a little of an overkill for a 7k/5k event, but a very nice touch) and a goody bag.

With the 7k open category all filled up, I was left with only the 5k veteran category to sign up for. I wasn't thrilled to be waking up so early and driving all the way to Putrajaya (the race location) just for a 5k race but heck, it was free anyway.

The wife (my very own personal cheer squad of one) and me headed to Putrajaya kinda late, with only 20 minutes or so to spare for race start. This being a very small scale event (personal estimate of 600 or so runners), I decided to stay under the radar and dress as inconspicuously as I could to remain incognito. It kinda worked cos no one recognized me with my cap on and a plain white regular round neck tee :D

Trying to blend in ... maybe green would have blended better with the surrounding grass ...
I was also expecting not to see many regulars there but to my utter surprise, the who's who in speed running, the likes of Sheela Samivellu, Moey, Murali, Yuan Yu Fang to name a few, were present. In fact, the runners in the veteran category were all the regular fast crowd of people that I knew I was going to be smelling their smoke and probably end up last.

The race started on time with the 7k flag off followed by the 5k category 15 minutes later. I had no plans or strategies. It was just step on it and hope for the best. Ok, I did secretly want to break my best 5k time of 24 minutes and the route look nicely set up for such a feat.

Moey, as speedy as always ... God, I love the color of his Skechers GOrun Speed!
The gun went off and off I went. This was where I screwed things up. I ran off like a jackrabbit on steroids, hitting a pace of 3:30, yes, 3:30 in that first 1k that I was puffing and panting like a beached whale (do whales even puff and pant?). That ruined everything.

Note to self: 'You are not an elite runner, Nick and you never will be, so try not to act like one and start slower in future!'

I had to slow down considerably by the second kilometer and bring my pace down to something more realistic. But by then, I already had the wind taken out of me and suffice to say, no records were broken today. I even walked for a bit at one point (in a 5k race, Nick?!!). Aside from that, the run from that point on was just routine. I crossed the line a little disappointed with a time of 25:20.

Almost there ....
Pic courtesy of Lina
The wife was waiting for me at the finish to greet me with the words, 'what took you so long?' ... LOL! Headed off to pick up the goody bag and tee and then headed back home right away. Didn't stay around to mingle with anyone.

But overall, for a race that had no race fees, it was pretty well organized with a nice, big and heavy finisher medal, a dry-fit (or whatever they call it) Brooks tee and a bag full of goodies that include a RM120 Brooks voucher at that. For a free run, I'd say they're VERY generous. Good job and congrats to Suruhanjaya Tenaga for organizing this and hopefully we'll see a repeat of this next year. A thank you also goes out to the volunteers and the FTAAA for their part in making this a pretty enjoyable run.

My loot ...

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Skechers Warehouse Sale

It's back. Don't miss out on your chance to get a pair of Skechers shoes at the Skechers Warehouse Sale this weekend.