27 December 2010

Ending 2010

The greatest distance to cover in any race is the distance between your ears.

Melaka Coastal Charity Run was our (Carrie & me) last official run event for the year 2010. While most of our running buddy (like Pui San, Yim, Wendy) decided to end their 2010 with a "bang" at MR25 (S'pore), me and Carrie decided to take it slow, fun (and cheap) at Melaka. A week before this, we were just at Penang doing the Penang Relay Run with the Pacemaker Fun Team and with YKK as our team captain, we got 8th position !!! Roll back two week before this; it was 12hours Melaka Walk which is just a week after S'pore Marathon. So in total, 4 weekends in December we were away from home, and I was just mentioning to Carrie how I miss sleeping on my own bed over the weekend...

Looking ahead I do not know what 2011 will be in store for me. My running activity have surely increase much this year and it have brought me much joy, travelling to new places and getting to know many new wonderful friends. In term of personal development, I do felt improvement in many areas of my life except on the career part. Working life in 2010 has been very routine and monotonous for me. Somehow the "challenge" in work seems to have left me and there are times I find this very frightening. I used to enjoy and so looking forward going to work everyday but not so recently. Not too sure leaving my current comfort zone will help but it is one of the very serious items in my agenda which I plan to review when doing my 2011 resolution...

To friends who know me, I wish you & your family a Blessed Christmas and a very Healthy New Year. To people whom I might have offended, I wish to say I'm sorry. Life is too short to make enemies and thus' if I did or say stuff which could have offended you, please do let me know so that I can apologize to you personally. To friends who are reading this blog, alright I'll try to blog more often and thanks for supporting & reading it. To friends who have supported Good Samaritan Home along side with me, helping me to raise funds, baking cake for charity sale and spending time with the children, kamsiah manyak-manyak !!! To my KEC buddy, namely Yeong, Lee, Sofia, Sandra, Christine, Leng, Lim & Mellisa, thanks for the many hours of exciting bodyCombat together and all the delicious dinner after the class every week. And lastly to my chopstick baby Carrie Teong, thanks for loving me unconditionally and taking care of me when I'm sick, I LOVE YOU dearly...

As of now, my confirm participation for next year (2011) outstation run are the following ;

and with a via ferrata Mount Kinabalu trip in April being planned, I'm very sure it will keep me busy on all the weekends again. Still considering whether to skip Penang Marathon next year for Bangkok Marathon, and Singapore Marathon for Angkor Wat Marathon. Depending on time and finance, will have to decide on this later...

29 November 2010

CICM Run 2010

CICM Responsible Care Run 2010
Bukit Jalil @ 28 November

15 November 2010

Maiden half-Marathoner Friends

Since Penang Marathon, S'pore Marathon, Macau Marathon and Hong Kong Marathon is just around the corner or about weeks away, thought I should share these few incredible stories with you guys. Maybe you have read some of the story here before, then again no harm reading it again lah. If you think running a FOOL Marathon, ooopsss, I meant a FULL Marathon (42km) is tough, just look at what these guys can do and have achieved...

Dean Karnaze ran 350 miles non-stop. "The Relay" is a 200-mile, 12 person relay race. Not only did Dean Karnaze run this race by himself, he ran an extra 150 miles from his home to the starting point. Karnaze ran 80 hours straight and burned an estimated 40,000 Calories to cover the 350 miles. I couldn't even stay away that long, yet he kept a good pace the whole way. Karnaze has also has finished the Western 100 ten times, the Badwater four times, and most recently he ran 50 marathons in 50 consecutive days in all 50 United States. (eerrr... 350 miles is about 563 km !!!, this guy is like a robot running under solar power lor)

Three men ran 4,000 miles across the Sahara desert in 111 days. Charlie Engle, Ray Zahab, and Kevin Lin ran the equivalent of two marathons a day for 100 days to become the first modern runners to cross the Sahara Desert's grueling 4,000 miles. They were stricken with tendonitis, severe diarrhea, and knee injuries all while running through the intense heat and wind, often without a paved road in sight. Temperatures varied from over 100°F during the day to below freezing at night. Typical day: up at 4:00am, run until lunch, eat, and run until 9:30pm. Then get up and do it again... for 111 days. (that's 6438km in 111 days !!!)

Ranulph Fiennes and Dr. Michael Stroud went seven for seven during a grueling week of marathon running and transcontinental travel. The pair ran seven marathons in seven days on seven continents from October 26 - November 2, 2003. The men ran in Chile, the Falkland Islands, Sydney, Singapore, London, and Cairo before completing their marathon of marathons by running the New York City Marathon. Besides battling the exhaustion that any marathon runner faces, Fiennes and Stround also had to battle jet lag and dramatic changes in temperature and humidity during each race. The feat was especially impressive for Fiennes, who suffered a heart attack just four months earlier. (eerrr..., Mr. Fiennes was 59 years old while Mr. Stroud was 48 years old when they did this)

Mark Covert has run at least one mile every day since July 23, 1968. In the decades since he started the streak, Covert has covered more than 136,000 miles. At his competitive peak, he ran more than 150 miles a week and was one of the top road racers in the country, finishing seventh in the 1972 Olympic trials marathon. He still averages eight miles a day. Sure, on some days his running may only consist of 9 or 10 minutes, but did you read how long? Since 1968. Covert has said:

"I've trained through illness and injury, run plenty of times when I shouldn't have. I ran on the days my parents passed away and I've run when every one of my four kids was born. I still look forward to running every day, although the trees go by more slowly now."

Covert is now the Cross Country Coach for Antelope Valley College (he knows a little about running). I guarantee his runners have trouble finding excuses to miss practice. (eerrr.., this one is a bit extreme lah)

Terrance Stanley "Terry" Fox, (July 28, 1958 – June 28, 1981) was a Canadian humanitarian, athlete, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 kilometers (3,339 mi), and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy. The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research; over C$500 million has been raised in his name.

Sure, we can always come up with many excuses on why we can't do it, and they can do it. (I read somewhere before that IMPOSSIBLE is just a word used for an excuse not to try). Why not... instead of coming up with excuses not doing it, we try to find ONE reason which we may or can do it, and work towards it ???

When I first started "running" back in year 2008, I too never imagine I will run a Full Marathon one day. I kept telling myself then, if only I can do and finish 1 FOOL MARATHON in my lifetime, I'll be a very happy FOOL !!! Today, I have done more than 7 officials Full Marathon and have no intention of stopping (being a FOOL) yet. Come next year (2011), I intend to challenge myself to do an ULTRA Marathon (which is 84km) at Singapore Sundown, and will also use said event as a charity platform to raise educational money fund for a orphanage home. I will share more on this next time...

Alright, some of you might say that these story I posted here are mostly "gwei lo" and you won't find Asian doing it. Adoooiii, if this have cross your mind as an excuse, please do read my above paragraph on IMPOSSIBLE again. We do have few "outstanding" Asian marathoners too if you've run long enough to know them, and I'm fortunate to know at least two of such person and meet them in person too !!! :)

First one was a Malaysian named Ng Seow Kong. (YES, he's a MALAYSIAN, I didn't type wrongly). He's the first Malaysian (and also probably the only Asian) to complete the 220km Amazon Jungle Run. His story was feature in the past two season of Pacesetters' magazine. Beside this, he also did the 100km Antarctic Ice Marathon, North Pole Marathon, Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon in Nepal, Great Wall Marathon and many more amazing Marathon challenge. Google it if you want to know more of those Marathon details.

Second one is a Singaporean. As for this guy, if you have run more than 3 FOOL Marathon and still don't know him, you must be running the wrong Marathon !!! I don't really know much of his running history, all I knew is that he manages to complete 100 FULL Marathon before reaching his 50th birthday, and are still running till today. My deepest impression about this guy is that he's always jovial and very encouraging to any newbie he finds on the marathon route. He is none other than Mohan the Marathon Maniac. No matter how slow you ran in a Marathon, you'll be very happy if you find him running beside you.

Come the next few weeks, I'll be so looking forward to these few individual friends of mine whom [directly or indirectly under my influence] will be turning into a half-FOOL runners too ! :) A stepping stone to Full Marathon one day I hope. They are, my lovely god-sis Sofia Chen. My bodyCombat instructor Yeong, and my very good friend Shereen Tan. These 3 will be running together with me and Carrie at Penang Bridge Half Marathon. And not forgetting, my first and only apprentice (yes, I had a running student too ! cool yeah ?!), Reen Ong who will be running her first maiden Half-Marathon at S'pore StanChart in Dec !!! woohooo...

Lastly, do you know how long did Forrest Gump run across the US ? 3 years, 2 months, 14 days and 16 hours !!! (Alright this is just from the movie, not true but I'm very sure one fine day some FOOL is going to do it). Then again, in UK it was reported that a grandmother actually did run 20,000 miles (32,187km) across Europe in 5 years ! Don't believes me huh ? read this – HERE

Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1)

We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves... by Sir Roger Bannister

01 November 2010

Genting Trailblazer 2010

Me & Carrie, we finish at 79th position in our MIX Category. Our timing was 2hrs 45mins.
our first mud-pool bath together !!! hehehe...

Carrie, Alexis, Pui San and Lydia.
Carrie, Raymond, Michelle, Pui San and Alexis
It was Br.Gary Chin birthday the day before Trailblazer and we celebrate with him at Euro Deli, Damansara Kim.
Maybel, Trixie and Winnie with the giant burger !

18 October 2010

Mizuno 11KM @ UPM, Bangi

My timing for said run was 1hr 00min 32sec while Carrie was 1hr 22min 02sec. I think I could have achieved sub 1hr if not for the photo taking and walking at the last hill !!! Anyway, was glad that Carrie and me manage to obtain the limited medal...

11 October 2010

2 Runs, 1 Wedding & 1 B'day Celebration

Woke up 4.45am on said morning (10.10.10). Rush to KLCC for the NIKE run, then rush to Lot 10 for the hooHa run, then rush to Brickfields for my good friends (Choon Lai & Carolyn) ROM, then rush to Kelab Darul Ehsan at Ampang for Nik birthday celebration. Back home almost 4pm. Thus' 10.10.10 was a rush rush day for me, but it was all good... many more picture can be view at my Facebook...

27 September 2010

The Heat & Hills that almost kill me !!! :)

that's James WONG (1793), we pace together at the last 1km.

Newton 25km Run @ Puchong, Kinara
more pictures @ my MukaBuku

19 July 2010

Ipoh International Marathon

had a wonderful time there with them. check my facebook for rest of the silly pictures !

08 May 2010

How I started Running

"If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run" – this was written by John Bingham at one of monthly column in Runner’s World magazine years back.

My love for running started when my love of eating beginning to get out of control. Due to the nature of my work which requires lots of entertainment, I have been eating more than I should most of time, taking it for granted that after all, the bills are paid by the company.

Consequences of it, I trust everyone know that the result will be very recognizable through your waistline which improve prominently, and securing the job as a Santa Claus by year end at any local mall is already half achievable liow.

On the more serious side, when a person abuse his body with the pleasure of gluttony, the additional weight gain overtime will not be able to be supported by the current bone structure, and this beside inviting multiple type of chronic disease which only a surgeon can pronounce it correctly, I felt I’m beginning to look much more older than my actual age too. Recover time after a minor cough or fever also take much longer than it should be.

Being in that situation during the peak of your life is not something desirable. As such, it was then that I decided I have to help myself otherwise all my hard-earned money will be for the doctors at Glen Eagle pleasure rather than for me to use.
While deciding on which type of sports I should pick up again, an invitation to run was offered to me. Still remember very clearly that it was the Kota Kemuning Shoe String Run. Years back, it was not a family event like now as they do offered individual category participation. I gladly pick up said challenge to run my first 10km with less than 2 months of training and preparation.

Running within the company of the so called pro and seasonal runners did initially grip me with fears, angst, nervousness, tension and anxiety. Looking around, everyone seems to look so fit, well equip and ready for it, while the only thought that keep lingering around my big head was, can I finish the race ?

In moment like that, GOD suddenly becomes my besttest of friends as I have never talked to HIM so much as I have before previously. I did come back and complete my first 10km without being the last person and that’s more than enough to motivate me to run again in the future. Alas that’s the beginning of my many runs.

Slightly a year after that, I also did my first full 42km marathon by accident. I’ve signed up and was only preparing to run 21km for said event (Standard Chartered KL 2009) but somehow I got “push” into the full category, running under another person registration whom till date I didn’t know who is he. My training schedule two months prior said big event was only twice a week running around Taman Tun Dr.Ismail. And the person that I pace running with on said day was not even the same person that I have been training with for the past two months. Thus in a way, it was really a “messy” picture if you would to ask me on my first full marathon which I humbly complete in just few minutes before the 6 hours tab. More elaborate story on this another time, maybe.

Runnings have also open me to another world which I not aware of. Not until recently that I realise that the running community is really a huge one. Beside slowly gaining back my health and fitness, running have also lead me to know many good friends and not to mentioned my current sweetheart Carrie Teong.
Despite my vigorous running schedule recently, I would like to declare that I’m still very much a novice comparing to all my other friends who have been running much longer than me. Thus’ my participation into Der PaceMakers community hopefully will assist me to learn better running skill from the senior there. (Yup, I'm now officially PaceMaker member # 62)

It is also my hope that that as much as running have impacted my life, I can in return encourage many others who have yet to find running beneficial into it. Though the running scene in Malaysia is still not as popular as other local sporting events, we must admit that it is slowly making its pace into the community.

We might not have the like of Haile Gebrselassie or Usian Bolt yet, but we do have our own local heroes like Mr.Ng Seow Kong whom is the first Malaysian (and also the only Asian) to complete the recent 200km Amazon Jungle Run. Listening to Ng Seow Kong’s running story recently when I meet him at Hong Kong StanChart Marathon was indeed a priceless moment, which inspired & also humble me further knowing that such a simple event like running can do to a person.

Not forgetting also from our neighboring country, Mr. Mohan of Singapore that stay to run slow with any newbie every weekend, encouraging them as he run at any Marathon event all over the regions is just amazing. Hopefully in years to come, we will have more heroes like them, and I hope I’m one of them too.
Ending my story, I want to share a quote from Ms Courtney Pasron here with all of you which clearly summarize all I have written above - When people ask me why I run, I tell them, there's not really a reason, it's just the adrenalin when you start, and the feeling when you cross that finish line, and know that you are a winner no matter what place you got.

03 March 2010

I Ran with a Shark !!!

Completed the recent Hong Kong Standard Chartered Full Marathon recently (28 Feb) @ 5 hrs 16 mins. More picture can be view at http://se7enty2.multiply.com

10 February 2010

2010 - Year of Running

we fall in love again & again during runs

my 2010 running schedule ;

10 Jan - 15km Klang Shooting Club @ Meru
17 Jan - Pacesetter 30km Run @ Padang Merbok
24 Jan - Pacesetter Breakfast Run @ TTDI
31 Jan - KLAVA City Day Relay Run @ Bukit Jalil
06 Feb - 21km Night Marathon Run @ Putrajaya
21 Feb - 7km KL City Day Run @ Dataran Merdeka
28 Feb - 42km Standard Chartered Marathon @ Hong Kong
07 Mar - 5km Tesco Walk for School @ Dataran Merdeka
13 Mar - "Ball Breaker" 8th Malaysia Nash Hash Run @ Klang
14 Mar - 15km Bareno Run @ Bukit Jalil
21 Mar - KL Towerthon Forest Challenge
27 Mar - 42km Energizer Night Run
18 Apr - Chap Ayam 10km Family Run @ Lake Garden
25 Apr - 21km Bidor Run @ Bidor
02 May - 10km Larian Bomba @ Dataran Merdeka
16 May - 15km Pacesetter Run @ Lake Garden
23 May - Kenny Roger Charity Run @ Sunway Lagoon
06 June - Setia Eco Half Marathon @ Setia Alam
13 June - 42km Laguna Run @ Phuket, Thailand
27 June - 42km Standard Chartered Marathon @ Dataran Merdeka
11 July - 12km Centro Klang Run
18 July - Ipoh International Run @ Stadium Indra Mulia Perak
25 July - Jacob Walk of Life @ FRIM
31 July - Shape + Men's Health Night Run @ Putrajaya
08 Aug - Hat Yai Nature Run
15 Aug- Jungle Marathon Run (organise by TheMarathonShop)
29 Aug - Pacemaker/Newton Anniversary Run @ Metropolitan Park
16 Sept - Admiral Methodist Charity Run, Klang
26 Sept - Newton 25km Challenge @ Bandar Kinara,Puchong
10 Oct - Nike 10km Run @ KLCC, then to Lot 10 for 5.5km hooHa Run
17 Oct - 11km Mizuno Wave Run @ UPM
24 Oct - Pacesettet Family Day @ Padang Merbok
31 Oct - 14km Awana Trailblazer Run @ Awana
21 Nov - Penang Bridge Marathon (21km) @ Penang
28 Nov - CICM Responsible 10km Care Run, Bukit Jalil ??
- or Hard Rock, Penang Charity Run ??
05 Dec - 42km Standard Chartered Marathon @ Padang, Sinagpore
12 Dec - 1st Malacca 12hours Walkathon
19 Dec - Round-the-Island Relay, Penang
26 Dec - Malacca 6km Coastal Charity Run