Thursday, December 31, 2015

It's A Wrap!

A new year beckons and a whole lot of new running goals await me in 2016. Whether I'll achieve them or not is a story for another day. I was about to write one of those usual New Year posts and reflect on the year that was but thought otherwise. Instead I'll take the time to reflect a little about the people behind the runners, namely the spouses/partners.

About a week ago, during a Christmas barbecue with the gang, the wife made a statement that had me thinking. She mentioned that all of us in the group were so in tune with each other and were cheerily chatting away about all things running but all of our spouses were sitting quietly in the background away from the 'limelight' by themselves.

Jamie giving tips on the proper way of eating capati :D ...

She had a valid point. One thing in common between all of us in the group, aside from the strong friendship we've formed, is that we all love running. We're practically out running on our own during weekdays and as a group during weekends (and public holidays) while our spouses are left at home waiting for us to get back from whatever crazy mileage or route one of us has cooked up for the week.

My wife has been very patient and supportive of my passion for running but maintains a very discreet presence in the background. Yes, she runs too but is not as 'competitive' as I am and my daily training and leaving the house every weekend to meet up with the gang for our runs can sometimes be pretty hard on her. I'm perpetually tired after my runs and can be a grumpy old chap and a grumpy Nick is not someone easy to deal with.

Yet through it all, she has been there for me, supportive of everything I do when it comes to running. She's the source of my encouragement. She never fails to believe in the things I do and is the one who keeps me grounded from signing up for insane things, though there are time I don't listen to her. She has waited hours on end for me to finish my races, even as long as 8 hours or more while I crawl through a 52k race in the hot blazing sun. She has been there for me as I cross the finish with a personal best/personal worst to share my joy or grief. She has stayed up through the night while I insanely run around the Penang Island. Yet never once has she wanted to be anywhere in the forefront of things.

There must always be some crazy picture anytime the group gets together ...

My wife is an extremely private person. She doesn't like to mix around much. It's not because she's stuck up or anything, that's just her. She doesn't even let me post pictures of us together, so you can imagine how private she can be. It took a long time for her to finally meet up with the group. At least now I can blame them for me being away for long hours on weekends and she'll know who to find ... LOL!

It is because of her that I'm pursuing a few goals within the next two years. It's because of her belief that I can do it is why I don't give up on my dreams. Yeah, I would like her to step up into the front with me at times but then, that would take away everything that she is. When she's ready to be as vain as I am, then I guess she'll finally make an appearance but until that day comes, I am glad that she stands behind me silently urging me on. It means a lot to me knowing she's there with me for the long haul.

And so I dedicate the new year to you babe and to all the other spouses/partners who are contend to let their other halves shine and leave them alone at home almost every weekend running at some godforsaken hour of the morning. You guys are truly awesome!

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Rest In Peace, Super Kew!

Q, SuperKew, Mr. Stark, IronKew, Ironman or simply Kew as he was affectionately known among the group has left us for a better place. I've known Kew for only a short 3 years or so when I first met him at the GCAM training session back in 2013 and a strong friendship was formed.

One of our first group pictures together (Kew is the one squatting in the middle left with the peace sign)
Pic courtesy of Jamie.

Training together week on week as a group and racing together only made that bond stronger. I never knew back then what he had gone through or was going through but always thought of him as a strong runner and a person I looked up to. Now that I know what he had to endure, he really was the strongest and toughest amongst us.

One of the first times we ran together, I was struggling up a hill and he came to me and said firmly 'Come on, Nick, it's only a small incline, you can do this!'. I'll never forget those words of encouragement.

Pic courtesy of Jamie.

I have no words that I can say nor write here that will make the pain of losing a good friend any easier. I'm not an emotional person, but I could not hold back my tears when I got the news of his passing as I was making my way for our training run this morning. Knowing that he will no longer be running by our sides only made the pain worse.

Pic courtesy of Jamie.

I am blessed to have known him and to have ran by his side in the short time I had with him. You have taught me a lot of what it means to not give up and keep on fighting no matter how tough things got. Now it's time for you to finally rest Super Kew. I will sorely miss you and your cheery disposition on life. We will 'run' together again one day. Till then, keep on running in the heavens, my friend!

RIP Kew, and may the Lord grant you eternal peace! #FTT

Pic courtesy of Jamie.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

SCORE Cupid Run: The Glass Slipper Trail 2016


Valentine's Day is synonymous with people showing appreciation for the people they love or adore. Some take their loved ones for romantic dinners while other may choose this day to propose or even get married. Many others may give greeting cards, chocolates, jewelry or even flowers, particularly roses to their partners or admirers on Valentine's Day.

But if you're a runner and would like to do something even more special with your loved ones on Valentine's Day, then you're in luck. The SCORE Cupid Run: The Glass Slipper Trail 2016, a 4km fun run will be held on the 14th of February 2016 at the Kepong Metropolitan Park.


The SCORE Cupid Run infuses an endearing fairy tale theme to encourage more people to take up running - professionals, running enthusiasts or fun runners alike and provides an exciting, recreational platform for a convenient and great cardiovascular exercise.

Runners of all ages and background will get to enjoy and participate at four pit stops - Cinder, Fairy Godmother, Pumpkin Ride and The Dance along a path aptly named the Glass Slipper Trail. You'll find balloon and tutu giveaways along the trail, a 'fairy Godmother' granting you wishes, photo ops with beautiful decorated backdrops and also some dance activities await you as you traverse the Glass Slipper Trail.


The beautifully scenic landscape around the Metropolitan Park with its large lake and shady trees add to the mystical and fairy tale atmosphere of the SCORE Cupid Run. An expected 5,000 number of participants that encompass friends, family, running buddies and groups, partners and/or spouses, loved ones and individuals will find themselves among the fairy tale setting searching for that perfect fit on this enchanting day. Male and Female participants who complete the Glass Slipper Trail will receive a unique 'for-him and for-her' finisher medal.



Hurry and book your spot for you and/or a loved one on this special day and make it a Valentine to remember by running the SCORE Cupid Run: The Glass Slipper Trail 2016 by clicking the registration link.

For more details on the run, you can visit the official SCORE Cupid Run:The Glass Slipper Trail 2016 page. HAPPILY EVER AFTER BEGINS WITH A RUN!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Press Release: 30 Days Countdown to MPI Generali Run 2016

Kuala Lumpur – MPI Generali Insurans Berhad is hosting a cocktail session to count down the 30 days to its fifth community run. The 30 Days Countdown Cocktail will take place at Pacific Regency Hotel on 10 December 2015 from 4:00pm.


Previously known as the Multi-Purpose Insurans Run or MPIB Run, MPI Generali Run 2016 is expected to be bigger, bolder and brighter than the previous Runs by bringing family-sized fun to its participants.

Project Leader Jayne Liew explains: “With four runs under our belt, we have established a base of loyal followers among runners, corporate supporters, sponsors and partners, and our colleagues. Adding the family “flavour” is our way of showing our appreciation of their loyalty. We hope to make our fifth community Run a true communal event where our followers, their friends and loved ones can gather together and have some good, healthy fun.”

The Cocktail also serves as a way for the Run Organiser to show its appreciation of all its sponsors and partners and to name a few: New Balance (Official Apparel), Revive Isotonic (Official Isotonic), Pacific Regency (Hotel Partner), Running Malaysia (Media Partner – Magazine) and Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur (Medical Partner).

Project Good Deeds will continue to be featured for Runners to recycle their still wearable sports shoes and T-shirts for a good cause. Started alongside the 2014 Run, Project Good Deeds collects pre-loved running shoes and sports T-shirts for the Orang Asli community.

Members of the media are invited to join the Countdown. To register attendance or for enquiries kindly get in touch with Natalie Hau at +603 2034 9888 Ext: 7807 or natalie_hau@mpigenerali.com.


MPI GENERALI INSURANS BERHAD

MPI Generali Insurans Berhad (“MPI Generali”), formerly known as Multi-Purpose Insurans Bhd, is a strategic partnership between Multi-Purpose Capital Holdings Berhad, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of MPHB Capital Berhad, a public-listed company, and Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A., one of the largest global insurance providers with a rich heritage going back to 1831. MPI Generali Insurans Berhad’s core business is underwriting of general insurance.

MPI GENERALI RUN 2016

Back for the fifth year, MPI Generali Run 2016 (formerly known as Multi-Purpose Insurans Run or MPIB Run) kickstarts the Malaysian running calendar on 10 January 2016. This annual community run will once again take place at Padang Merbuk, Jalan Parlimen, KL. MPI Generali is proud to position itself as the pioneer general insurer in organising a community-based run in Malaysia in 2012. The inaugural event successfully gathered 3,750 runners, and for the second and third years in 2013 and 2014 respectively, 5,000 runners participated – an increase of 33% from the inaugural run.

MPI Generali Run’s theme of Healthy Lifestyle – Work-Life Balance strikes a timely chord for modern lives. The Run’s objective is to inspire a love for running among members of the community.

Pre-race day running clinic sessions are organised for new and seasoned runners to familiarise themselves with the run routes and to encourage first-time runners to take up running as a sustainable recreational activity.

The sponsors and partners for MPI Generali Run 2016 include New Balance (Official Apparel), Revive Isotonic (Official Isotonic), Pacific Regency (Hotel Partner), Running Malaysia (Media Partner – Magazine), Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur (Medical Partner), Affin Hwang Capital, BP Healthcare Group, Mamee, Sworke, Magnum, NestlĂ© Fitnesse, NestlĂ© Milo, Pilatique, Garmin, KT Tape, Leong Adjustment Sdn. Bhd., Massimo, Penyelarasan Angkasa Sdn Bhd, Simply Juice and Sugar Kid Malaysia.


PROJECT GOOD DEEDS

Project Good Deeds is the corporate social responsibility initiative that has complemented MPI Generali Run since 2014. The project collects pre-loved sports shoes and T-shirts to be donated to the Orang Asli community. The number of beneficiaries has increased from two settlements to four.

The past six beneficiaries of Project Good Deeds are Kampung Orang Asli Bakok, Kampung Orang Asli Bukit Damar, Kampung Orang Asli Bukit Jenuk, Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Lalang, Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Mai and Kampung Orang Asli Ulu Yam.

The present Project Good Deeds will benefit Kampung Orang Ali Air Terentang, Kampung Orang Asli Bukit Baja, Kampung Orang Asli Tanjung Rampai and Kampung Orang Asli Ulu Tual Pos Sinderut.

Collection for Project Good Deeds will be made at the Fellowship Run at Sri Hartamas playground on 12 December 2015, during the Race Entry Pack Collection days and on the Race day itself (before and after the Race).