Thursday, July 25, 2013


Man In Red with his official mascot aka cheerleader, eh! Brangan je lebey.. =P
Hello there fellow silent readers, ever supportive followers, my brothers and sisters of runninghood. My utmost apologies for being hiatus for quite sometime at the moment. Being occupied with some other work related stuffs and struggled to keep both of my injured knees at ease. Let's recap my last running event before this holy month of Ramadhan Kareem 1434H. It was my 12th Half Marathon to date, Somban HM 2013. =P
Plenty of stuffs in this goodie bag... Jajan Meiji tuh sodap!!! 
At first me and Rashid, my trusted accomplice have already decided to participate NTV7 Feel Good Run 2013 by doing 15km run.  However, after being poisoned by my running buddy, Azim, we were thinking of ditching this run and wanted to run Seremban Half Marathon 2013 (SHM) since we've never run on this event before. Unfortunately there was a Campus Run MOA Sport that was being held on the same date 07 July 2013, where Rashid was appointed as the manager for MARDI Contingent. Therefore he didn't have any other option and need to participate in this event and manage other MARDI runners in all categories. Looks like he managed to grab the Champion title for MARDI and the Best Manager's title too. Many congrats to him! He's now a MOA Champion 2013... WoW! @_@

Congratulation Rashid and fellow MARDI Runners... Kita Juara, Yeahhh! Sorry xdapat join yek!!! 
So, I've decided to "poison" my backup partner in crime, Zen. to accompany me on this new journey. My strategies worked just fine. I went to pick up the racekit in Petaling Jaya. I was surprised to see there were lots of goodies inside the bag. Hmmm, pretty good sign nih, I said to myself, since the quest for the Top 200 limited exclusive pewter finisher medals seemed a bit impossible for me. Thank goodness that there were 8 other running events that were held on the same date, such as PD International Triathlon, Penang Run Series 2, Ipoh International Run, NTV7 Feel Good Run, Peace Run Penang, Salomon S-Lab Jamboree Trail Run, Rise "N" Run 2.0 and Putra Charity Run Johor. It seemed that all the organizers did their best efforts to cram in their respective event before the arrival of the fasting month.

Rantau Most Wanted Yaw... Food glorious food galore...  Bear with me ya... Stay calm and start drooling, eh... =D
Before the D-Day, I went back to my Mom's kampung in Rantau, Negeri Sembilan to attend my beloved late Grandma's tahlil and pre-Ramadhan doa selamat recital. I saw several Tri bikes on the cars at the PD Toll Exit. There were so many vehicles heading towards PD on that day. For me, it was like a carbo-loading session (padahal lari HM jer pon... LOL!). I mean, who could resist the succulent taste of Nogori's delicacies, Daging Salai Masak Lomak Cili Padi, Ayam Masak Merah and Ikan Sembilang Goreng Bolado... Yummeh!

Fast forward to the historic day, Zen and I dashed towards Seremban as early as 5am. Although I was feeling sleepy upon waking up on that morning. I'm so not a morning person, most definitely. Yawned! Luckily there were not many traffic along the way. Parked my car in the State Mosque compound and performed Subuh prayer there. Once everything was ready, we walked down towards Padang MPS

The half marathoners were flagged off on time at 6.30 am by the royal highness,YAM Tunku Dato' Seri Utama Naquiyuddin Ibni Amarhum Tuanku Ja'afar.I was running along the route towards Taman Ming Hoe, Taman Rahang, Taman Seremban and Taman Merdeka Height. Circa KM3, I was surprised to see our favourite Femes Bunny, Kak Lina whizzed past me. Said hi to her too. It seemed that I was struggling to keep up with my pace and breathing at that moment. And then we were greeted by the first lovely incline. Not that mental because it was still dark and cool morning. I was running towards Senawang when I saw the infamous Taman Rashidah Utama on my left side. By that time, I have to run in a straight line after one of the runner advised me to stay on the line because there's no safety cones were being placed at the road side. Luckily the motorists in Seremban were very careful and patient bunch. I reached Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium Paroi around KM8. I took my first energy gel here. My running map could be seen here in my Dailymile.
My running pose after 11km... Must smile happily... Credits to Abg Zaini, Kak Lina's hubby.
Then we were running towards Bandar Baru Ampangan (KM10) and I could even drop by at my Auntie's house in Taman Purba, located just  behind the Plaza Angsana Ampangan. Never thought I could reach Ampangan by foot from Seremban. At 11KM, met two familiar faces and managed to smile happily upon passing these friendly peeps. Abg Zaini was my unofficial photographer that day, while Raimie was waiting patiently for his Mommy dearest. It was great to see some familiar faces here as it was getting brighter and we had to run facing the sun along this stretch. 

I was chasing after Kak Lily from KM7 onwards... She's sooo fast to keep up with @_@
Afterwards, I took the left turn upon entering Taman Kayu Manis. I could see many housing estates along the way towards Taman Sikamat. Took my 2nd energy gel once I reached KM16, if I`m not mistaken. From KM7 - KM16, it was like a "tag and chase" game for me and Kak Lily. I kept on hooking on her from far and managed to overtook her too once in a while. Thus making my HM run felt a bit effortless and not that dull boring one. After KM16, she pushed her turbo speed and I was left eating her dust, eh! =P

It did not get any easier upon reaching the main junction. There was another 2km to the finishing line when I had to brave myself to cross the busy traffic as the policeman was not controlling the traffict give way to us lethargic runners. Instead, he was giving way to those motorists. I could not wait any longer as it was getting hot and sweaty. "Good" job there, Mr Policeman! To make things worse, I had to run the last nastiest hill with a bunch of school kids doing their 10km leisure Sunday walk/jog hogging the lane. Mental I tell ya. Oh, the plot thicken when I almost bumped into a plumpy Chinese school girl who was taking her sweet time crossing the street without looking around. Sigh! 

Upon arriving the finishing line at the MPS Field... Note that I'm not doing the heel strike here ye Rashid...
Finally I crossed the finishing line within 2:25:38. Thank goodness, although it was a wee bit under distance (20.54KM) but I'll take it for now. I thought I had already missed the limited finisher medal at first. But I saw my hard earned medal at the next counter with the certificate. I was ranked 126th out of 157 runners in my category. Ok lah, not bad at all... Hehee... Went to take my lucky draw stuffs aka light snacks, managed to drink some icy MILO and Fitnesse cereal before went for a post race photoshoot with SCKLM Pacer Irwan Anuar, Azim, Zen and Kak Lily. 

Me and Bro Irwan Anuar... He's super fast I tell ya.. 

Me with Kak Lily and Azim.... Tahniah guys!!! 
Overall, there were several pros and cons of SHM 2013. Here are the 

  • Sufficient amount of iced water, isotonic (Gatorade), cold sponges and muscle spray along the route
  • Several marshals were spotted manning the main street
  • Happy volunteers manning the water stations by handing over the polystyrene cup (albeit not environmental friendly obviously)
  • Many official crews were jotting down the runners' bib numbers, good job guys!
  • Super patient Seremban motorists. None of them honked at us and they even gave way to runners crossing the busy junctions. 
  • No road marshalls at certain junctions. Runners have to run at their risk at this point. Safety issues at stake here.
  • The policeman was giving way to the motorist at one busy junction instead of us the runners! I could not wait any longer and risk myself to cross the busy road once it looked safe enough.
  • Merged with the 10km school kids at the last uphill road. They were hogging the narrow lane. I had to squeeze in among them to reach finishing line. Almost bumped into a Chinese school girl on my way going down hill before the State Mosque. Very very dangerous indeed! *Arghhh tarik2 rambut...
  • No mineral water at the finishing line. You have to redeem it at the "lucky draw" counter. what if you won an umbrella and you are dead thirsty? Only diluted Sarsi drinks were served at the refreshment counter. I drank like nobody's business ok! So thirsty woo.
Catch of the day: Shiny limited finisher medal... My 12th HM medal done!!! Pewter some more... =)
Oh, before I end my throwback race report, I would like to express my gratitude to Kak Lina and Abg Zaini for all the pictures of me during SHM and her exclusive giveaway stuffs, so lovely indeed! Can't wait to repay her kind gestures asap. Rasa nak hantar ke opis atau rumah beliau hari ini jugak, eh! Mihmihmih.... Thank you very very very much for all the awesome gifts and lovely pics. I'm flattered... =D

Owh this is my favourite keychain from Taiwan... Love the purple beads inside... Xie Xie Nie!!!
More giveaway from my generous Kak Lina - Great Eastern Live Cap, Athlete Circle Drinking Bottle and Energy Drink.. 
Adios amigos.... Till we meet again, Somban Half Marathon 2014 (harap2 xclash la dengan event lain nanti)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Perodua Crazy Hazy Race For A Cause 2013 - Lemauness No More! =D

Nice running tee, nice lucky number too... =D
Dear followers, silent readers, my beloved running buddies, brothers and sistas of running community. After the worst haze that has been enveloping our country, especially Klang Valley area for about 1 week, now it's about time to share with you guys out there on my not so recent race review. My utmost apologies for this late race review. Felt lemau to write eh? Sigh... T..T

Building Car People First
I immediately registered for this run since I am a proud owner of a Perodua MyVi. Must support that brand name no matter what. Even though there was a MAEPS-MARDI Trail Run that was held on the same day. Perodua tetap dekat di hati, Chewah! After all, i can just run the trail everyday here. Hehee... ayat nak sedapkan hati sangat.. Huhuu.. I received my racekit 2 weeks before the event. Pretty fast too as I was completely forgotten that I opted for  it to be sent via courier. Senile old me... LOL! The running tee's design was nice although some of the little words stickers were easily peeled off after my 1st break-in run in the MARDI Trail. Hence, I've decided to not wearing it during the event. Could not complain much for the cheap RM30 registration fees, right? @.@

POJ Kami Datang 2.0 Runners... Kami redah walaupon jerebu tebal melanda!
Rashid dengan penampilan imej muslimah ayu terbaru dia.. I barely noticed him/her at first glance... Like seriously! LOL
As the haze was getting worse and our legs were getting itchier to run, Rashid and I decided to join a LSD-ish run organized by POJ Runners, called POJ Kami Datang 2.0. It was a night run that was held on Friday, 21 June 2013. There were 17 runners came to support this event, just like le Sabuns Ultra LSD. Despite of my lemau-ness and sore muscles after the Mount Jerai Challenge the week before, I braved myself to finish 13km lemau run, with a long break after 6.5km for the makan2 and group photo session. Managed to break in my SCKLM running vest too.. Comfy just like last year one...  =D

Decided to wear this multipurpose BUFF on my Haze Run... Love the Purple  v much!!! 
Fast forward to the day, I woke up around 4.30 am, got up and had my Nutella sandwiches to stimulate my bowel movement asap. I went to fetch Fadzil, my running buddy in Taman Maluri and realized I forgot to bring along my knee straps. Oh well, let's hope that both of my knees will behave well today, I said to myself. On  the way to Palace of Justice (POJ), we stopped at the RnR MEX Highway for Subuh prayer and did my no.2 business. 
Yours truly, Inah and Eena before the run... Neves dah nih... Lemau please go away.. =I
We reached POJ circa 6.30am. Still got some time to do no.1 business (jittery pee, as usual) and did some light warm up. Although it was hazy, but I did not feel the lemau-ness anymore, unlike Mizuno Wave Run. Met with Razinah and Sis Eena before the race and took some pictures with them. After wishing each other good luck, we were flagged off by 7.15 am, I guessed.
Here I was struggling and huffing my way in the hazy run... Didn't notice the camera at all... Heng was in front of me! 
My hazy pose... Damn it's hard to breath in this harsh condition... @.@ Credits to Zaini, Kak Lina's hubby.
The first 5KM was doable although I was struggling to keep with the pace. Tried to catch up with Padel for a few hundred meters before I slowed my pace. Then I tried to hook up with Aafong blistering pace at Sub 6min/km, but only for the first 5KM. I managed to do 5KM within 30 minutes, thank goodness! Mostly because it was a flat route. Bumped into Nadea Sukarno, my ex-pacee after KM3 but she had to slow down after 6KM, maybe due to the hazy conditions. She seemed to be having a tough time to run in the haze. I was huffing and puffing to maintain my pace after KM7 too. I could smell the smoke from the forest by the highway. Blerghh.. Gulped down GU Energy Gel - Mandarin Orange is my favourite after KM8. We were running along the Men's Health/Kidney Run route. Managed to do 10KM in 1:03, not bad lah, still within my targetted time of 1:40 hehee...

Hey, look at me, I`m floating at last... Nice picture... Me likey!!! Weee... Credits to Zaini once again... =D
The last 5KM was the slight hilly flyover route heading towards POJ via 1Malaysia Futsal Court and the posh neighbourhood of Putrajaya. Still struggling with my pace at this moment although I know we were almost near the finishing line. I tried to pace up with one chinese girl but I could not go any faster, my left knee felt a tad sore after 10KM. I crossed the finishing arch in 1:37:46 (Garmin: 14.87KM), 4 minutes after Aafong. Yayyy... Later it turns out that I was at the 165th placing out of 479 runners in the Men's Category. It's a PB some how... No more lemau feelings... It's all in my mind... Yayyy... =D

After I took the finisher medal, certificate and light snack pack, I went to have the refreshing Dutch Lady chocolate milk drink as my recovery drink. I kept on commuting to the Dutch Lady van for 3times. Minum sampai lebam pun boleh.. LOL! Then it was time for a group and wacky solo photo session as the haze was getting worse.Took lots of pictures with the usual suspects, running maniacs and running bloggers... Hehee... I coughed non-stop when I could not stand the stingy burning smell. So uncomfy... Curse you haze! @..@

Exclusive with Datin Millie, Yours truly and Kak Lina Femes Bunny... =D
Fadzil, Me, Chiew and Heng... Good job guys... Keep on running ok
As expected, Sis Eena got her second no. 4 podium finisher, RM200 you... Congratz Sis! 

Group photo session with my We Are Runners (WARs) was a must! Even without Rashid in the picture... hohoho... I had a sore throat too you know... hiks! Oh by the way, met MatJoe, one of my blogger friend for the first time and a photo shoot was a must then... =D

Goofy W.A.R.s in action.... Wished Rashid was here... It's a great get together session after each run
Overall, it was a job well done. Credits to the organizer for being able to organize such a great event despite the bad haze conditions. Plenty of water stations along the route, 5 of them! All of them were serving us with cold drinking water and isotonic drink (100 Plus). The route was safely marshalled. The traffic was minimal too on that day. Looks like more people chose to stay indoor during this haze, unlike us, runners, the crazy bunch. LOL! I'm looking forward for next year's Perodua Run already... Felt so good!

Catch of the day: Finisher medal and hazy ninja pose.... =)
After the health hazards run, eat lah, what else! It's melantak time... LOL! Had a scrumptious brunch with Fadzil, Chiew and Heng at Zouk, Putrajaya... Yummeh... 

Secret's Recipe Tom Yum Kung... Spicy Yum! 
Until then, toodles!   

Feeling jadi Duta Skechers Sat... LMAO... Dream Big I Must!!!