Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009: Running

Year 2009 are the year my running life just the beginning for my rest of life.
Year 2009 are the year my running are part of my life.
Year 2009 are the year my running become serious.
Year 2009 are the year i know she, my running partner
Year 2009 are the year i achieved my first full marathon 42.195km with sub-5 timing.

My running begins with Year 2009.
Total of 10 medals i earned it through running! although there are few races that im not able to get the medal! sob sob...

Im just select a few medals which have big impact for me, which left me deep impact in my memory! Which im always mentioned to others...

1. Great Eastern Pacesetters 30km - in this case, im only took part 20km as im consider as newbie in running, thus im dare not take part in the 30km! the GE 20km took part in January 2009! my 1st race of the year, which i set my benchmark for rest of the year for my 20km!

i remembered that i completed the hilly 20km in 2hrs 30mins... i would consider a good timing for newbie which i started running in August 2008.

In this race, i know nobody, the only people i know are Mr Lai, Tony and others Runners Malaysia running gang! i remembered both of them as im completed behind them! hehe

Coming 2010, im joining GE, ops, no more GE but NB, New Balance Pacesetters 30km on 17 January 2010.

2. Der Wild Wild run by Pacemakers.
Woots, running in Zoo Negara! Who would thought of it... its a 10km run, 4 loops running around Zoo Negara! Im enjoyed running in Zoo Negara! Hope 2010, there will be another Wild Wild Run!!!

In this run, i got Weird Weird Denial. i thinks i managed to poison him to join! haha... Beside Denial, im also with Cari Runners which i know them in the Chinese Cari Forum! this is my first time running with them and we camwhoring around Zoo Negara after the run!

After this run, in March. I get to know her in the Runners Malaysia beginner running program which held every Saturday 7.30am starting point at Bukit Aman Car park nearby public toilet. Her consistent and persistent plus my full attendance to the running program every Saturday without fail get me know her well through running. March 2009 which un-consciously become one of the important month for me!

Everyone are welcome to join the beginner running. Mr Wan is a very helpful person! i learn a lot from him about running!

Somewhere in April or May, Nike launched their new shoe, and they have testing at Bukit Aman! im just test the new shoe and run for my 1st ever 10km, thank to Chin who running with me, pace with me, and encourage me for the 10km double hill! its really tough!

Since my 1st 10km double hill, i have the courage to run 10km double hill again. Beside my usual Saturday running, im also running on Sunday morning! im moving into another level...

3. Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon 2009 (SCKLM)( June 2009) - In this race, i run 21km half marathon, while she only runs 10km.

In SCKLM, although im trying my best to run it, im only managed to complete in 2hrs 30mins.

Although in this race, im also have Cari Runners and we are getting more people for Camwhoring! im just loving it...

In July, the Standard Chartered Singapore is open for registration and i joined the FULL marathon! 42.195km with SGD 60! grrr... sakit hati, its translate RM130 plus plus!!!

Since then, im running 10km on Saturday and 20km on Sunday... im just addicted to running!

In August & September - There are a lots of race which held back to back in order to beat the Puasa date. Im enjoyed a lots running in all these runs with her and usual running training too.

4. Borneo Marathon - October 2009.
All the planning, discussion, and my running gang are Cari Runners. First, the running forum moderator is from Kota Kinabalu. He shares a lots of information with us in the forum. The main reasons for me to join this run is because i never visited KK and so does others! So we planning to tour KK 2 days before the marathon! im really enjoy visiting KK!

This is my 1st flight taking Air Asia! Woots... i cant believed it. AA been so actives for so many years, and 2009 are my 1st time taking AA, you must be kidding!!! Yes, im!

Beside Cari Runners, my gang, there are also a lots of familiar runners from KL joining this race too! Tey, my favourite race photographer, Terrence and his wife and his gang, my sifu who always shouted my name so LOUD!

5. Penang Bridge International Marathon 2009 (PBIM) - November
Im with Cari Runners travelled to Penang on friday night and we stay over night in Taiping (one of the CariRunners hometown). Lucky his house able to fit all of us 9 people! hehe...

In this run, im been trying hard to motivates myself with her departure in early of the month!
I managed to completed my 21 km half marathon in 2hr 18mins, my personal best in the race, although i managed to clock my personal best in training with 2hr 3mins with her.

My Cari Runners gang are growing! in this PBIM, we Cari Runners from KL meets with Penang Cari Runners! Meets a lots of members!

6. Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) ( 6 December 2009)
Finally the day have arrived! My first ever virgin full marathon in Singapore. Its also my first oversea marathon! In this trip down under, i were with Runners Malaysia gang plus Cari Runners. This is my second time taking Air Asia flight... hehe

i enjoyed their companion yet im trying to keep myself motivated. An SMS received from her on the night before race have boasted my motivation.

i been preparing for my 1st full marathon and im target to complete it sub-5. With advice from Terrence Sifu, 1st 20km run slow but make sure complete it in 2hrs 30 mins, while the next 10km, 30 km mark, try to beat at 3 hrs 30mins and the remaining 12km i have 1hrs 30mins to complete it.

What? you may ask last 12km need 1hrs 30mins to complete it? Yes, it is and its not easy to complete it! After the 30km mark, all the painful symptom are coming out... i can see many people muscle cramp! While for me, my leg muscles are ok, no cramps... just my knee are start to pains! Pain in knee, mind was somewhere thinking of someone which 14 hours far far away!

Terrence was pace with her wife to beat the sub-5 target too, i been following him for but his wife hit the wall at the 35km mark and i have to run alone myself to catch up the time which i was 3 minutes behind sub-5.

With her in mind, with my physical target in-sight which is sub-5 pacer, i keep up my speed and i allocate 1km for 10 minutes for the last 5km... its tough! At 1 point, im almost failed by 1 scene which almost turn me off from running!

Sub-5 Pacers, now i see you, and 1 movement later i can not see you! The pacers are playing hike and seek with me! 1 movement are in my sight, 1 movement are gone! Emotions running high and low with the seek and hide games!

Her, its playing in mind whenever im blank. Her filled the gap when my emotion become low...

at the last 1 km, suddenly the sub-5 pacers slowed down and start to cheers people around them! i took my chance and overtake them and shout SUB-5 to them by showing support back to them! SUB-5! SuB-5!

my last 200m, im still able to turn on my turbo slow! i sprint for the last 100meters! Yeah, i completed my sub-5 target for my first full marathon with 4 hrs 57mins!

The word of 42.195km are so small!!!
7. Malakoff 12km 2009
2 weeks after SCSM, i have rest enough and this run also tested my motivation level. Im still struggle with it.
Lucky i received her SMS just before the run... im back to normal.
The route are so hilly! Lucky im used to run double hills, and its still taxing! im trying to kick start the long cold engin, with easy run...

Managed to completed in 1 hrs 14mins... which im quite behind my Cari Runners gang which most of them completed from 58mins to 1 hrs 10mins... i still long way to catch up with them!

This run also is the last run for year 2009...

In 2010, i going to run more full marathons but its going to be tougher as im running alone in mind...

Im will be waiting her to run with me.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Energizer Night Race 2010 (ENR)

Refering to my previous post on Energizer Night Race (ENR) 2010, i guess Energizer will be giving this kind of headlight for every marathoner, perhaps only limited to FULL marathon?

If they really giving this model, its going to be tough! As this headlight, its consider heavy! Wearing it while running, body shake shake, head shake shake, up, down, up, down... its going to be another running experience by wearing it...

hmmm... i need to wear it for my running training!!!

Comparing the headlight holding by Pacesetter President and the headlight i have above! should be the same model!!! Hopefully its not! Hopefully there is lighter version!
Elastic head strap! hmmm, a good features, which my SPI belt having!
This headlight cost RM39.90, while the entrance fees for this ENR is RM50 for Pacesetter Member and RM60 for Public! Im proud to be a Pacesetter member! Yeah!

With normal light mode on
With Night mode on

camwhoring with the headlight... omg im just like the headlight, hope it wont giving any problems during 42.195km marathon.
With flash on - looks better compared without flash.

im just loving it... ENR, 10th Jan 2010, im going to register on launch day!

Energizer Night Race 2010

Energizer Sponsors Night Race 2010

bannerfront Energizer Sponsors Night Race

Energizer, the world’s leading brand in battery technology, is hosting one of the biggest night races in Malaysia! Runners will don an Energizer headlight (provided in the goodie bag upon registration, along with other Adidas goodies) to run 42 kilometers.

The country’s inaugural night race will actually take place in Cyberjaya on March 27, 2010, and is divided into 4 main categories. These are 42 kilometers, 21 kilometers, 10 kilometers, and the relay race which is (4 pax x 10 km) each. Beginning at 5 pm for the 42 km race, the event is scheduled to end at midnight.

Joshua Leong and Pacesetter president Rustam Affandin Zaihan

Joshua Leong and Pacesetter president Rustam Affandin Zaihan

Joshua Leong, Energizer Malaysia brand manager, said that Energizer has successfully organised night runs all around the world. The Energizer Night Race has been held since 2007 globally, becoming a major event in South Korea, Argentina, and South Africa.

energizer Energizer Sponsors Night Race

The minimum age for entry is 16 years, and there is no upper age limit. Those interested to run are encouraged to practice from the time of this announcement, advises Rustam Affandin Zaihan, the President of Pacesetters, an athletic group which is the event organiser for this race.

The circuit will appear something like the shape of the number eight. Medical assistance will be set up every 5 km, with water stations. Before the race commences, there will be a mini-concert, with local indie bands performing. Sports trainers will also be there to help participants warm up before the night run.

The entry fee is RM 50 for Pacesetter members (an athletic organisation which has been around for 25 years), RM 60 for the public. All registered particvipants receive a limited edition Energizer adidas running vest and many other free merchandise . Among the sponsors are Schick; venue sponsor, Cyberview Sdn Bhd; and Cyberview Lodge Hotel as the official hotel. There are discounts for runners who wish to stay the night.

The official website,, will be launched on January 10, 2010. Registration forms can be downloaded from the website.

Photo credits:


Yeah, another marathon is coming up! this 1 is sound more excited than Putrajaya Night marathon!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Running @ 22 Dec 09

Event: 10km Double Hill running training
Venue: Bukit Aman, KL
Date: 22 December 2009, Tuesday
Time: 5.30am
Distance: 10km
Timing: 1hrs 08 minutes
Shoe: Saucony Triumph 6

my running mood is back! i can like like previously...

today feel so nice!!

the weather is nice, with strong wind since last night and now still can feel the strong wind blowing around KL...

When i was running up the bukit tunku, i can see the sky so clear, with star blinking! its so beautiful! How come last time i never looks up the sky?

i was always imaging running forward to achieve something. its really support my mind to instruct my legs my body to run non-stop!

im enjoyed this morning run!

Happy Dong Zhi aka Winter Solstice Festival

Borrowed the pictures from Choi CC...


i have been thinking for sometime about something to blog about it, yet i do not know how to blog about it...

Suddenly, i thought of it, its my life.
its my life that i wanted to blog about.

its my life that changed recently.
its my life that changed from 0% to 100%.
its my life that changed from 100% to 0%.

so many things happened in my life within 1 year
so many things happened in my life within 6 months
so many things happened in my life within 3 months
so many things happened in my life within 2 months
its even more thing happened in my life within 1 months...

so many things happened:
i find myself facing difficulties time about changes.
i find myself not used to be like optimistic previously.
i find myself become so emotional
i find myself thinks too much unnecessary
i find myself time are hard to past
i find myself trying to occupied my free time as full as possible
i find myself giving fake hopes to myself
i find myself become narrower
i find myself always looking back
i find myself lost motivation direction in running

All i can do is keep telling myself:
im going to face the changes
im going to be stronger than before
im going to be optimistic than before
im going to be more rational
im going to be able plan ahead
im going to be always looking forward
im going to be run stronger than before

But before im able to achieve all above, i need to do the below 1st
But i need to be good to myself
But i need to appreciate people around me
But i need to appreciate support given to me
But i need to appreciate what i have around me now
But i need to spend quality time to myself
But i need to improve myself
But i need to be more confidence

Guess, suddenly all above going to be my motto of life and my 2010 resolution

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Recycle Oldnewspaper

Yesterday, 18 December 2009, was a public holiday for Malaysia! My friend in Singapore is complaining why, how come Msia got so many holidays off!!! WTF,... she said Singapore only have 8 days public holidays for the whole year!!

Since, its public holiday, moreover i failed to buy ticket online for GSC movie, i cleaned my house!!!

Room cleaned, living room cleaned, then left 1 stalk on old newspaper. Wondering when i can get rib of it by selling.

During lunch, i saw this guy who collecting old newspaper, and naturally i approached him to come to my unit to take my old newspaper!

He said 1 feet height will buy back from me at RM2.50 (omg, im forget whether is Rm2.00 or RM2.50) compared with others which using palm to measure.

im really did not listen carefully how much is his offer, but my main intention was to get rib of the newspaper. But when im back at home, i measure how height is my old newspaper... 16 inch.

he offered me Rm3.00! at least have something back! else i would have throw into rubbish.
16 inch height, and i got RM3.00 in return!
The guy was so nice and kind, once he come to my unit, he 1st called me 老板, 老板, 收旧报纸,我也收罐子, 瓶子等等.... (translate, he called me non-stop Boss, Boss, we collecting old newspaper, bottles and tin too)  
the next recycling would be in 3 months time. Hope he still can offer me good price and service.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Night training for Putrajaya Night Marathon

Event: Night training for Putrajaya Night Marathon
Who: running with Ronnie - PM1
Venue: Lake Garden, KL
Date: 17 December 2009, Thursday
Time: 6.30am
Distance: 2.2km per loop = 11.0km (Original 9 loops but cut short)
Timing: 1hrs 16 minutes
Shoe: Saucony Triumph 6

Recently, rain keep falling without fail around 6.40pm.
This was mentioned by 1 of lady runner who with us at the gathering point. She had just done her running, and just hanging with us chit chat...

on 6.30pm we start our runs.
Its been long long time i did not do any running on evening. Now im running back on evening, i can feel im start to suffering on the run in evening.

Worse, for this run, i not really have done my warms up. my starting for 1st 10 minutes was ok. nothing happened and subsequently i feel my muscle pain, breathing problems, leg problems. I told myself, all these will gone once my running hits 20 minutes....

Its also been long long time i did not have kind of situation! Argh... im feel like im back to squareOne...

not long after we start running, its raining! from small rain to heavy rain! i thought Ronnie and others will stop, but im wrong, they continue. i can feel their "pia" spirit, thus i continue to run with them. Somehow im 1st can not adopt the feel of running in the rain, im start to slowed down, my shoe become heavier and water of surface making running tougher.

im still continue to run despite i was being left behind far far away! Running in rain, im enjoyed it.
Things running in my mind...
Things that running for past 12 months
Things that achieved for past 12 months

Recalled Tuesday birthday gathering with my senior, he got review himself every year...
That's why he decided to further his studies master to UK next year!
i shall "review" myself too...

When im come to loop 4, i wanted to stop and rest, as i know running in rain for too long is no good, but when Ronnie and others overtake me, i can feel their "pia" spirit again! i complete my 4th loops and decided to go extra 1 loop before i end my run for the evening...

Finally 5 loops running in the rain! They still running... i shall continue to join them for the Putrajaya Night marathon training.

Running with me were Injinji toe shock and Saucony Triumph 6. They serve me well!
my shock is getting dirty! but its serve me so well! i did not even get any blister for my 1st full marathon 42.195km...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Iron Man 2 [Trailer]

Woots... i get to know this Iron Man 2 Trailer from twitter!!!

im so enjoyed the trailer... Looking forward for Iron Man 2...

"World Peace"

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Thief Shouting

recorded just now from my balcony...

As at now, people were hanging around pool side and others stand at their balcony waiting to spot the thief....

Monday, December 14, 2009

Suddenly Blank

Yesterday my mind have a lots of topic to blog about!!

but then suddenly now mind is blank!


is it her?

is it work?

is it the article?

is it the trade finance term?


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Singapore Toast Box

When im first come to know Toast Box was just recently.
My friend and i were having brunch at the Pavilion and she suggested Toast Box. im totally no idea what is Toast Box all about, perhaps just another Old Town Kopitiam?

That was 9.50am in the morning, and Toast Box is the only Long Q stall... Woots, this must be very good! so many people lining up so early! im really enjoy having brunch with her.

Come to 7th December, after SC Singapore marathon, when we were checked out, we come to this Toast Box at Bugis! Woots, i feel delight! i can have Toast Box in Singapore! now i know, Toast Box shd be Singapore franchise.

Woots... its Chinese Charactor! During my trips to Singapore, im enjoyed the signboard of SG. Its show chinese word!!!

Some contest is running on...

Also quite a lots of people lining up!!!
Hmmm... wondering why Msian franchise never done this...

Half Boil Egg!!! im just loving the Singapore Half Boiled Eggs! its totally looks different from the 1 in Malaysia!!!
Weird...weird.. Singapore only have thick soya souce! Not like in Msia have light soya souce which we called it " tou you"
Coffee, my rechargeable drinks!

Kaya bread!!
Peanut butter france toast!
hmmm...this Otak-otak quite ok!

Im just missing the Toast Box moment with friend although its just simple brunch...

Next May 2010, Singapore im coming again for Adidas Singapore Sundown Marathon!

Runners Malaysia @ 12th December 2009

Im going back to hometown Serdang Kedah after my Runners Malaysia easy short run...

i was not running for 5 days, and i need something to re-start my running engine and Runners Malaysia program is the only thing that i can thinks of.

On that day, wake up around 6.30am. Have light breakfast and went out with all my bags.

Im surprised, me and Loke were greeted with "congratulation" on our 1st Sub-5 marathon.
Now i know why im here today for the easy run.
Sub-5, its going to be my permanent target! my performance benchmark! If im not able to achieve my sub-5 in marathon, must be something go wrong on me!!!

i found my motivator to start my engine! Yeah! Next i need another motivation for keeping my running engine in tip-top condition (still finding the motivator)

Anyways, even this was an easy short run, 4km, i feel my run was terrible. my legs muscle was pain for a while (perhaps im not yet fully warm up), then my lower chest start to feel some pain. Argh... what happened to me! Lucky all the pain just temporary!

A short 4km run, its was a good run, a good sweat run... im really sweat a lot, perhaps due to hot weather.

After run, we went to Yut Kee for breakfast. its was my second time in 1 weeks or in 3 days time!

Had chicken chop and egg!

Chicken chop looks nice and its taste good!
half boil eggs. i found Msia half boil egg is different from Singapore half boil egg!!! Singapore's 1 looks more tasty! haha
Yut Kee, the famous and always packed Chinese Kopitiam!

Photo taken on the mirror!

Running @ Serdang lake

i went back to Kedah on 12th December 2009 for my friend wedding diner.
Congras to my friend, TK and LW.

Reached at hometown Serdang Kedah around 2.00pm. it was a hot day! really hot day!
Around 5.00pm, i have some biskut and go took my roadbike which my mum sent for repair. i have a short cycle and after that back home and im start to running around Serdang lake.

Its was hot, really hot, 6.00pm sun, at least the sun hotness is reduced compared to 2.00pm hot sun.

All the pictures were taken by W610i my beloved orange hp...

my running was terrible! All the beginner symptom come out! Legs muscle pain, lower chest pain, breathing feel very hard... Argh....

Perhaps its the Hot day to blame! haha
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