|Me and Dr Amin, a half marathoner/blogger/doctor from Kedah... Finally it's nice to meet you, Doc!|
Happy Wednesday folks! Before all this running bug bit me in the... ermm let's just say my curvaceous bottom, I've once joined an Adventure Club activities during my matriculation year, circa 2000/2001. We went hiking up the majestic Gunung Angsi in Hulu Bendul, Negeri Sembilan. The feeling was awesome. I would never thought I would be bitten by a trail bug after the recent hiking Mount Nuang. Therefore I was determined to take this challenge, especially after reading Deo's review on the first two events in Mount Datuk and Mount Berembun. Pretty much intrigued to experience it out myself and tried to push my limit as well. Looks like I paid such a high price for joining this insane super tough route.. T..T
Before the race, I did some homework and studied the map and elevation of the route. First thing that crossed on my mind, oh it's not as high as Mount Nuang, so should be doable then. Later on, I bought my 2nd trail shoes after my 1st one failed to support my feet efficiently after my Nuang maiden hike. I've chosen Skechers GoTrail after reading all the positive and promising reviews from the reigning Kings and Queen of Skechers, i.e. Nick Arthur, Yvonne aka Piffles, Jamie Pang and Stupe. Along with the shoes came this fancy foldable Skechers' water bottle, once I signed up for the membership. Ideal for my Jerai Challenge, I said.
My precious GoAzul and GoHydrate! Love them...
Still in the super excited mode, I went out for the break in of my new GoTrail aka GoAzul right away after work. I ran at MARDI Jungle Trail on Tuesday, 11 June. Completed 7.27km and felt great. I fell in love instantly for these shoes. The grip was awesome possum, light weight yet was very supportive indeed. Further reviews on GoAzul later okay. My 2nd trail was done on Thursday, 13 June. I did 9km on the MARDI Trail and found the super insane steep incline I've never seen before in MARDI. My right quad felt slightly sore after the run. Gosh! So, overall, I managed to clock in 16KM of mileage for this new shoes before the event. And I thought that would suffice. Apparently I was dead wrong... T..T
|This is one of the steep decline in MARDI Trail. Wait until you see another Mother of All Incline!|
|My 1st break in MARDI Trail Run.. Completed 7KM run and felt great!|
|Arrived at the destination, so tired and hungry like hell... @..@|
|The COTTON Event Tee (I was expecting a DRIFIT one like in Mt Datuk n Mt Berembun, Urghh!), Unlucky Bib Number..|
|Ready or not, here comes Momma!|
|Dayat, Roy, Idot, Me, Izman and his friend before the run... Smiley faces!!!|
|One last smiley face before the flag off.. Fat Boy Can Run Trail too... LOL!|
|Me leading the crowd? Only in my dreams... Hahaa... The first obstacle, running stream!|
|Bekas sengatan lebah.... Throbbing pain on and off.. T..T|
|Still smiling despite the super nasty inclines and being stung by a bee on the way up... Enchanted Forest is alive!!!|
|Muka mintak nyawa sangat ini... Humidity issues and sweat like a Oink2 too!!!|
|Catch of the day, my precious finisher medal, not so good finishing time and smeared mudcakes on my GoAzul....|
|One last group photo of us trail huggers before going back... Congratz Idot for the lucky Salomon trail shoes!|
Eh, I almost forgot that I went for the most anticipated monthly event, the le Sabuns Ultra LSD. It was held on the same day as Kedah Mt Jerai Challenge. Luckily it was held on 9 pm. I drove back just in time for the group photo session and warmed up for the training. Running along the famous KraziRunners was my privilege that night. These ladies were strong determined bunch I tell ya. At first I wanted to do 10k run to topup my previous 17KM mileage in Jerai to make it 27KM, but my legs muscles were super sore and
I had to satisfy with doing 8KM only to get that 25KM mileage of the day =D.
|We are one BIG Happy Family that night, too bad Rashid was not in the picture... Sapa suruh datang lambat, hohoho!|
P/S: Here's my Garmin data for further reference... =D
Till then, sayonara!