Friday, September 26, 2014

LARIAN BANDAR DIRAJA OREN SPORT DAY 2014 - FUN RUN THROUGH THE RAIN!

Kami Bersama Baginda Ratoo Klang Bandar Diraja.... Oh terharunya patik =P
Happy Thursday peeps! Have a great day ahead ya you guys....

I would like to share with you guys on my not so recent run, which was Larian Bandar Diraja Oren Sport Day 2014. It was normally held on 16 September every year in Klang City. There were only two categories for this run. 10km and 5.5km. I registered for the 10km as I haven't run any 10km run for this year, since I've DNSed so many short distance run due to some inevitable reasons.

On  the day of the racekit collection, I could not collect it because I had to work on those weekends (SYMP...). Many thanks to k.Romzy Liu for collecting our racekits ( Rashid and I).

Fast forward to the event day, I woke up around 4.30 am and straight away took a shower and wore my running apparel. Rashid and I reached the venue around 5.40 am. It was still dark and the tarmac was already wet due to rain. I need to hurry up because 10km will be flagged off by 6 am sharp. As I entered the Sultan Suleiman Stadium, I was looking for Rashid who was holding my running bib. It chaotic as it was already started to drizzle again. Some of the 5.5km runners were running towards the shelter. Luckily I managed to spot him among the huge crowd and off I go running to catch up with the 10km runners after 2 minutes of flag off.

It was drizzling along the way. From the stadium, I took left and ran along Jalan Istana. Went past Kelab Diraja Kelang. After the roundabout, I was being directed to Jalan Raya Barat and ran towards Lorong Perbandaran. This was the only incline part of the route. Pretty steep too but nothing can beat the steep incline of Bukit Jalil Recreational Park. It was already 3KM and my throat felt dry. Really need some liquid.

Luckily as I ran towards Jalan Jambatan Kota and into Jalan Kapar, there was one WS. The volunteers provided me with a cup of drinking water. Felt alive once again. hehe... I tried to maintain pace 7 throughout the run as my knees were not bugging me at all and I just want to finish it asap because of the cold drizzle. Hehee...

From there I ran into Jalan Sireh and Jalan Limau Gedong. It was still raining ya... Luckily I wore a thick Santai running vest, a Reebok visor and arm warmers. Did not fully drenched because it was just a drizzle. Right before the next roundabout, I was required to make a U-turn towards Jalan Batu Tiga Lama. It was a long stretch along the Persiaran Sultan Ibrahim. It was getting bright but still cloudy though. Circa 8KM, there was the second WS. Grabbed a cup and off I go.

With only 2 km to go, I tried to push on and I ran across Sungai Kelang via Jalan Tengku Kelana and went towards Jalan Tengku Diauddin. It was already 9KM when I ran into Jalan Stesen. I knew the finishing line was so near when I ran towards Jalan Besar where 5.5km runners merged with the 10km. Once I entered Jalan Dato' Hamzah and ran towards the stadium, I clocked 1:13:14 (pace 7:13) for 10.11km. Actually it was around 10.5km but I stopped my Garmin watch once I reached 10km huhu.. Not bad lah for a recovery run after the dreaded Bukit Jalil Park Marathon huhu... =D

Bambam Me sedang cuba memecut mengejar Azni hohoho...




















  Me And The Podium Duo... hohoho... Serap aura Podium sat!































Bumped into Nyun and Azni as I ran towards the stadium. They kept on sprinting towards the FL while I just tried to finish strong in one piece hehee... I really felt good and went to take my goodie bag and finisher medal. There was no isotonic being provided at the venue. Just slices of juicy watermelon and Gardenia buns.
Congrats to all finishers!
Bergambar bersama k.Romz, Lani and da Gang... hoho...
We and Uncle Tan BF... Salute la uncle!
 

 

Later on, took some pictures with some familiar faces after the race. Congratulations to Rashid Mat Rani (RMR) for his first elusive podium finisher (10th placing) for 5.5km and Epito (7th placing) for 10km. You guys were awesomely fast and well deserved it! What a great way to celebrate Malaysia Day this year.
Congrats Rashid Yosh! Podium at last! Hohoho...

Dynamic Duo Podium Finishers! Pawerrr woo korang nih... 
Overall it was a very well organized event. Good traffic control, cheap registration fees, sufficient WS and the running tee looks striking bold and the design was nice too. It's a good platform for any newbie to start taking up running as a hobby. As for me, I`ll definitely will be running this race next year, Insya Allah... I bet RMR will be aiming for Top 10 in 10km next year... hohoho... Elite runner la katakoan... =P


My GARMIN data is HERE =)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

2XU COMPRESSION RUN MALAYSIA 2014 - STUNNING MAYOR HILL REVISITED


Hi there fellow readers and loyal followers... Happy Wednesday to all of you guys out there.... Hopefully no Monday Blues ya at the office today... Me? I started to feel a bit under the weather today. Some sore throat and light headache... It's definitely time for me to rest and recover...

Well, well, well.... Forgive me for my long hiatus... Well you know, the most common reasons were writer's block and laziness finally set in huhu... My bad...

I would love to share with you guys on this recent 2XU Compression Run Malaysia 2014. For the record, it was my 20th Half Marathon so far. I always love to run a HM because of its decent distance. Just nice to enjoy the hilly route along Bukit Tunku, Kuala Lumpur.

Lucky Me, Triple Eight! =)
I went to collect my racekit along with Rashid's and his friend at 2XU Outlet in Gardens, Midvalley last Friday. The collection process was silky smooth, No long queue or whatsoever.

On that night, I went for a Insanity Abs Cardio session. It was conducted by my running buddy, Acid. There were many people took part in this abs shredding session on that very night. I sweated bucket loads during the warming up session. The workout was awesome! I had to make sure that my left knee stay intact with less damage. With all the jumping squats and insane plank... Those workout really leave me breathless... Nampak sangat badan ini tak cukup fit hahaa... Can't wait for next week Insanity Cardio and Balance session... Note to myself: Must bring my own yoga mat and a big bottle of drinking water! Kihkih...
Totisthoners Trio (Without Acid in this picture)
Fast forward to the day of the event. Woke up around 3.20 am.... Hurriedly took a shower and prepped myself up. Left home with my partner in crime, Rashid and managed to reach National Monument car park circa 4.20 am. I was struggling to make sure I did not leave any necessary items behind, especially my energy gels and knee straps. Dashed to the starting line in Lake Garden. Met several familiar faces and took a selfie with them at the starting line. After saying best wishes to them, we were flagged off by 5.05 am. Did not target any PB or decent timing as I want to treat it as my usual long run during the weekend. To finish around 3 hours was good enough for me at that moment.
Any minute from now, off I go! Credits to Mr. ET Tey
Shaky picture of us but still recognizable... huhu... Pic credits to Azril... =D
After 1km of running, I had this sudden urge to honour the nature's calling. So I decided to stop by at National Mosque for my toilet break. After that, it was already almost 5.30 am. So I tried to run a lil bit faster to catch up the last batch... Bumped into the Awesome Trio (Zen, Heng & Chiew) as I ran towards the first loop. Said hi to Sis Lily, Redzuan and Azrie who were manning the road along Jalan Sultan Salahudin... Thanks guys for your support and being the road marshalls... =D

Just look at the elevation profile... Semput baq ang... =P
From there, I ran towards the normal route, Jalan Dato Onn and went past Bank Negara KTM Station and took the right turn towards Jalan Tun Ismail. Here the 10km runners merged with the 21km for a while before I ran straight ahead towards the second loop (10km). After the mild hilly route, the real challenge began once I entered Jalan Tunku. Luckily I bumped into my running buddy, Zen and I asked him to tag along with me. At least I wasn't running alone huhu....

Me & my running buddy, Zen at our final 2 km, I guessed... (Credits to Lokman Keme for this pic)
The tormenting hill along Persiaran Duta near Tun Razak Hockey Stadium felt like forever to run uphill. So we shuffled leisurely there.. After that it's all going through the rolling hills along Persiaran Duta towards Changkat Duta and Jalan Tunku Putra. As we came towards the dreaded jaw dropping Changkat Tunku incline @ Mayor Hill, we tried to slow jog and enjoyed the climb. Some how I had to power walk when the incline was unbearable. Once we reached the top, we stopped for a while after the u-turn to take some mesmerizing photos up there. Unfortunately they were running out of drinking cups. So I had to drink from the large bottle instead and shared it with Zen. That's what slow runners like us had to deal with... Oh well... pasrah saja lah huhu...

Sikit lagik, sikit lagik Pari2 Gebu nak sampai garisan penamat nih (Pic courtesy of Pali Sado)
From there on, it's all down hill and we ran gingerly to catch up with the slow climb hehe... We ran along Persiaran Sultan Salahuddin and went passed Istana Selangor and National Monument. I could see there were a lot of macaques sitting along the power lines along the stretch. The final 2km was so exciting as we ran passed the huge crowd of 5km and 10km runners who were on their way home. Some of them cheered for us. Finally I crossed the Finishing Line in 03h:15m:08s (nett time), ranked 1102 out of 1605. Not bad after all... huhu...=D

My results... =)
After the run, it was time for photo taking ritual with all the runners. I was so excited to take pictures with so many friendly runners. It's a must indeed. Felt like I was in a runners gathering at that moment huhu... No drama, just strike for a pose here and there...

Me & My new running friend, Farhan... Nice meeting you bro... =)
Me, Acid & Rashid
One for the photo with Edan Syah, our Champion for 10km... Well done Edan! 
With Kijang Road Runners (Fifi, Syed Azmi & Friend) and Kak Nor Mah & her friend
Wewowewowewowewwo.... Padat sangat pic nih, credits to Lokman Keme....
Me & The Gorgeous Runners (Aizul Plantar, Ridwan, Am & KZ)
We Are Runners! 
Me, Cikgu Budin, Rashid & Mrs Page Khas (Mak Buyong)
Sempat lagik berwefie tuh... hohoho!
Over all, it was a well organized event. Traffic control was excellent, the weather was on our side, stayed overcast throughout the morning, thanks to the heavy downpour the whole day before. Plenty of water stations along the way with drinking water and Revive isotonic. They gave us a banana each circa KM 10. It was right on time as I felt a bit hungry during my run. Plus the finisher medal is exactly identical to what I've received when I finished 2XU Compression Run in Singapore last March. Oh well...
Silang Kaki Pose Poyo sat... hohoho! 
Let's Jump.... Hurrah!

Till we meet again... Adieu!
P/S: My GARMIN data is HERE.... =D

Thursday, July 3, 2014

2XU COMPRESSION RUN 2014 - FELT SO GOOD RUNNING WITH MY BUDDY!

Singapore Aku Datang Lagik!
Helo ladies n gentlemen, fellow respected runners... How's your day so far? I would love to reminisce my 10th Full Marathon in glorious Lion City, Singapore. It was also my first FM event of 2014. A painful one definitely.

For the record, it was my 2nd year running for 2XU Compression Run. Last year they only offered a HM distance but this year they've upgraded it to a FM. You can read all about my last year 2XU HM experience  HERE.  Because of the cheaper loyalty price, I immediately registered for it. Didn't hesitate to enroll for this game. Plus, I've never run a FM in Singapore before. That's what made me felt so excited back then. So, basically I lost my Singapore FM Virginity on 2nd March 2014. (No wonder lah it was tres painful one... hahahaa!) =P

This year, I've decided to go there a bit earlier on Friday. Me and my friend along with Faiez took the morning flight and went to check in at Sleepy Kiwi backpacker hostel first before we went to Universal Studio Sentosa (USS) in Sentosa Island. It was my 1st time visiting USS. The weather was awesomely hot and humid as usual. We took lots of pics in USS and went back back to the hostel to rest and had our dinner at the nearby Glam Cafe. Yummeh!


Merenung jauh ke sayup pandang... Far far away...
Feeling2 Warrior The Mummy.... Hohoho!


On Saturday, after the breakfast, all three of us decided to go to collect our racekits at SG Expo. The collection process was so smooth even though the queue was quite long too. Bumped into some Malaysian runners like k.Romz, Shamroslee and Divah Gme there. It was so much fun meeting them and gossiping too... (>_<)

Glad to have my lucky numbers 7 & 3 on my running bib! Fuhhh... 
Briyani Kambing Zamzam Ala Kazam... Terembekkk paduu! 
Once everything is done, we took a MRT and went to Arab Street for a scrumptious lamb briyani rice at Zamzam Resto. After that we went to the iconic Merlion and Marina Bay Sands for a photoshoot session. Penat woo jadi model tak berbayar, jumping around like a kangaroo... hohoho! Yang penting konfiden tuh perlu tinggi... hohoh =P


Faiez & I... Posing sakan hahaaa!
Jumping Jelly Bean!
Dah puas bergambar sakan... Moh kita gi tempat lain lak ehh...
As the day was getting dark, we decided to hangout at the Gardens By The Bay, where there will be a light + music performance at around 7pm. The beautiful colourful show was spectacular!  We stayed for the second repeated show. We were joined by Mr. Azim that had just arrived in the evening. We had our Texas Chicken picnic dinner in the garden too. After the show we went back to our hostel and tried to have an early rest.

During the day time...
As the night falls... Totally blew me away... The musical light show was Incredible!

I woke up around 3.15 am, felt so snoozy and sluggish. Kaki pun lenguh2 lagi rasanya... padan muka kuat sangat jalan lagik... Got up and prepared all my running gear. We started walking towards the starting line at 3.40am, and by the time we arrived, the FM had been flagged off. We were 10 minutes late actually huhu...

Immediately I started running without any warming up or stretchings. It was quite humid morning. I was sweating bucket loads and somehow I could feel my right inner thigh started to chaffe so badly. I could not run properly even it was only at KM5. I tried to contain the pain and move on.

The first 10km looked familiar to me. The same Nicol Highway, Kallang River, running through the covered jogging path. No more running through a dark gloomy park like last year.

We were running towards a golf course circa 15km and entered ECP. It was still dark and the park was properly lit. Water stations were aplenty with lots of drinking water and Pocari Sweat at every 3km.

The 2XU FM Route... Tersangatlah best nyer....
The ECP was known for its dreaded neverending route. As I approached 21km, I saw Faiez just came out from the washroom and he wanted to pace me all the way. It was so kind of him to offer himself. He just woke up from his nap and ready to rumble again. We were gossiping while running this mental stretch. It works just fine to ease the boredom. However it felt like an eternity for us to reach the U-turn. As the day was getting brighter and I could see the wonderful scenery along the coastline. Some people were having BBQs at the seaside while others were seen jogging running and cycling along the ECP.



Once we reached the exit or ECP, it was already 32km. The sun was up high in the sky. It was warm but still manageable. My quads and armstring were already felt tight and could cramp anytime. Luckily we ran past a Tiger Balm tent and I quickly applied some muscle rub. Felt a bit relieved. However my left toe started to blister as well (ouch!). Faiez n I kept a steady pace and running slowly towards the Marina Barrage and we ran passed the dome too. Thank goodness, there was no more mental loop in front of Marina Bay Sands this year for FM (hate that mini loop!). We tried to run a bit faster during the final 3.195 km. It was already past 6 hours time by then and I crossed the Finishing Line at 6:17:39 (pace 8:56). 


Almost there, almost Home!
By the time I reached the FL, the place was deserted with rubbish was everywhere on the field. I took my finisher medal and finisher tee and immediately took pictures with Azim, Faiez and Gme. Gme as usual brought along his Jalur Gemilang whenever he ran outside M'sia.
Team Harimau Malaya Aummmm! Taufik, Gme, Yours Truly, Azim & Faiez

FANTASTIC FOUR TEAM Minus One... Wished Rashid Was Here With Us... =P
After the post marathon photo ops, we went back to our hostel and had our late bfast. I felt so tired and the chafing was very painful. I felt like I wanna scream in agony while taking the tormenting shower. To make it worse, walking with a chaffing thigh was not a walk in the park for me.  After that, we had a lovely lunch at Glam Cafe.

Over all it was a great event. No more bottleneck congestion. The weather was nice. It was a 100% flat route, ideal for a PB, given that you r well prepared and enough training. The volunteers were friendly. There were banana n energy gel station along the way. Nice heavy finisher medal n simple finisher tee design too.


Finisher Medal And T-shirt (Pic courtesy of GME)
Love running in SG. Not because of the flat route, but the makanthon was the most unforgettable. Will be back here for more! I really need to step up a little bit and not get carried away with my so-called Ultra tortoise pace... ;P
Au revoir SG! See ya again soon... =)

My GARMIN data is HERE... Ngeee... =)