Monthly Archives: January 2016

Kona, Hawaii – Day 3

Day 3 – 20th January, Wednesday

Ocean Power Rafting + Snorkeling

My day started at 5:45am, such an ungodly hour! I had to set 3 alarms to get my butt outta bed. If I am ever up so early, it is usually for a race (which I usually dread). But today, I was excited. I signed up for the Ocean Power Rafting and Snorkeling excursion.

IMG_2858After packing all the necessary and unnecessary stuff, I went down to the lobby to board the shuttle bus that was scheduled to leave at 7:15am.

IMG_2866The port.

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It was a 45min drive to Honokōhau Bay, where we boarded our rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIB) / Zodiac-type rafts made famous by U.S. Navy SEAL teams. There was a bus load of us and we had to be divided up into 3 different groups.

IMG_2868My group had 12 awesome people under Captain Dave.

IMG_2870Briefing – the Dos and Don’ts.

IMG_2871Off we go!

This excursion would cover 14 miles between Honokōhau and Kealakekua Bay. It was a slow drive out from the dock before the Captain went full speed with the rafts. We were travelling at about 30-35 miles/hour. Sports car of the sea?

IMG_2908Safety rope! As long as you have one foot under it, you’re SAFE!

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IMG_2887Our final destination was Kealakekua Bay for snorkeling. But we had many stops along the way whenever we spotted spinner dolphins and pilot whales!

IMG_2919Can you spot the pilot whale?! It went under our raft!

IMG_2922YES, we came UP CLOSE and PERSONAL with them! It was so amazing. They swam towards us gracefully and showed off their flipping/rolling/splashing skills.

Just look at him playing around on his back!

DCIM102GOPRO The sun was high up in the sky and shining in its full glory. But it was a bit chilly. The speedy and nimble raft went against the wind which countered the heat from the sun.

DCIM102GOPROThe wind was so strong, I felt chills running down my spine and goosebumps started popping out. I actually enjoyed the warmth from the sun whenever we stopped to view interesting marine life.

IMG_2932After cruising the waters along Kona coast for about 1 hour, we were at Kealakekua Bay!

DCIM102GOPRO DCIM102GOPROThis bay is actually a National Marine Park and apparently, one of Hawaii’s finest underwater preserves.

DCIM102GOPROWe were NOT allowed to go on land or to stand up while snorkeling. Standing up would mean that you MIGHT be standing on corals and that would kill them.

DCIM102GOPROAfter gearing up, I jumped in! The waters were so pristine, visibility was far and wide. A bit scary and breathtaking at the same time.

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DCIM102GOPRODecided to switch to my goggles because I wanted to dive a little deeper.

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The waters were nice and warm. I thought it would have been FREEZING COLD!

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DCIM102GOPROWhile we went snorkeling, the Captain prepared our snacks of fresh fruit, cookies, crisps and drinks.

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IMG_2952On the way back, we stopped at coastal lava caves, ocean geysers and sea grotto. The Captain was also sharing a bit about the history and ancient Hawaiian legends.

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IMG_2964Sandwich and Coffee.

After the excursion, we arrived back at the hotel at about 1:30pm. We were given $30 to spend on lunch! I had a sandwich to-go as I wanted to shower and eat in the comfort of the hotel room.


Kahua Ranch – Dinner

We had little time to rest before we had to dress up to go to Kahua ranch for dinner. The ranch was about 45mins-1hour drive away, so we had to be at the lobby by 4:45pm.

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IMG_30349 inches of rain a year(just outside our hotel) and 45 mins later……

IMG_3042120 inches of rain a year! Hawaii has many MICROclimates!

We caught the first bus to Kahua ranch! We were greeted by Big John who was one of the owners of the place. Before dinner, he shared a bit about the history of the place.

IMG_3040Kahua ranch means the beginning or the foundation as it was one of the few places that was established during World War II.

IMG_3041  IMG_3046It was started by 2 families over 8500 acres of land!

They aim to provide: Value, Productivity and Beauty.

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IMG_3050They have over 2000 cows! It was interesting to learn about high intensity rapid grazing (Not HIIT :P), how they keep cows in a smaller closure to sustain the land, rotational grazing and skip grazing. You should hear the logistics of how they ship the cows – Cow-tainers, cruise ships and boarding 747s. Crazy!

IMG_3052IMG_3077He was SUPER friendly. Very good with people.

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He also talked a bit about some of the animals that were brought into Hawaii by accident and how they changed the entire ecosystem.

IMG_3069 IMG_3070The sunset.

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IMG_3090After that, we had a lovely BBQ ranch dinner (with live country music) followed by some cowboy activities – line dancing, hot iron stamping, smores making, horse shoe throwing, a fire place and star gazing.

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Hot iron stamp!

IMG_3092The BEEF was so good!

IMG_3094 IMG_3095The founder of my Mom’s company (DDI), Dr. Bill Byham. We sat at the same table 2 nights in a row. We’ve met before and he is always so nice to my mom. Very interesting man and at his age, he is still VERY sharp! Scary.

IMG_3100The fire place.

The highlight (for me) was STAR gazing! It was pitch black so we could see the glittery sky.

Day 3 was very tiring with back-to-back activities!

Day 4 was a little better……

Wait for it!

xoxo

 

Kona, Hawaii – Day 1 & Day 2

Day 1 – 18th January, Monday

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia –> Narita, Tokyo –> Honolulu, Hawaii –> Kona, Hawaii

Total time (door to door): 24 hours

Total time spent flying: 14 hours

Compared to my other trips to the USA, this was the most bearable one! Despite having ZERO sleep on Sunday night, I was surprisingly okay!

The journey started at 4:15am (when we left for KL Sentral), Monday morning. As the last minute hero, I was up all night packing till 1:30am. On top of that, I had some work to finish before leaving the house which explained why I had no sleep. Also, I was out the WHOLE day.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetGetting ready for the LONG journey!

Took a nap on the train to KLIA. We checked in and headed to Starbucks for coffee! 

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The flight was good and the service was superb. Managed to catch some sleep and watch 1 movie!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWe had breakfast in the plane at around 10am (KL time).

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThe layover was about 3 hours. We decided to have our late lunch at around 4-5pm (KL time). I was FAMISHED! I was glad that this meal didn’t disappoint! It was the ONLY place that had decent food. Very fresh but also very expensive.

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Honolulu, Hawaii

The flight was delayed for about 1 hour, not sure why. The ride was also not as pleasant and it was quite turbulent. But it was all good, quite exciting actually. Managed a little more sleep on this flight. I had so many mini naps in between that I dragged one movie for the entire duration of the journey. Haaaaaa! Didn’t even manage to watch the ending when the plane landed!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAfter going through customs/transit etc, we had breakfast at an All-American diner. Although it was not eating time back home (12am KL time), I was feeling hungry! Okay lah, when am I not hungry? 😛

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThe face of the exhausted.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAnd then had coffee at Starbucks while waiting to board the plane to Kona on BIG Island!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Using my new passport wallet from my special friend. 😉 LOVE it!

Kona, Hawaii

The airport was barely an airport! More like an al-fresco style waiting area. IMG_2359See that “B” sign? That’s the baggage claim area!

When we arrived, our taxi was waiting for us (DDI, my mom’s company). Jim, our driver, drove us straight to Mauna Lani Bay Resort.

IMG_2363Thankfully, our room was ready. It was about 10am and check-in is usually at 3pm. So, we were very fortunate!

IMG_2372A guy at the airport jokingly asked if I was sponsored by Puma. Haaaaa! Was it THAT obvious? 😉 Technically, not anymore.

 

 

 

IMG_2366Panoramic view from our room!

IMG_2381From our balcony.

If you ever visit Kona, Hawaii, here’s some info:

Mauna Lani Bay Resort at Mauna Lani

Deluxe Ocean View room (our room) at $549/night. Other rooms starting from $399.

25-30 mins drive away from Kona International Airport

I couldn’t wait to put my head under nice warm running water. After a hot bath, I was feeling so smashed and so relaxed at the same time. Had a good 1 hour nap before heading out for lunch.

IMG_2385The entrance.

IMG_2387Mauna Lani Bay Resort.

We took a walk to The Shops, a commercial area with food and some shopping. It was about 1 km from our hotel.

IMG_2395The Shops.

 After looking through the food list, I convinced my mom to have lunch at “Under the Bodhi Tree”. You guess it! It is a healthy, vegan and raw food place. My mom nearly flipped when she learned that there was no MEAT!

IMG_2397We had fungus hummungus (Quinoa with loads of mushrooms) and a veggie burger to share.

After lunch, we went to the grocery store (which was VERY well stocked) to get some stuff. As we were stuffed from lunch, we decided to walk back to the hotel (free shuttle service available all day around Mauna Lani).

IMG_2402Free bike rentals!

IMG_2403Took one out for a quick spin.

IMG_2415We took a short walk on the beach before returning to our rooms.

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IMG_2412The chill life.

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IMG_2431 IMG_2432 IMG_2433For dinner, we took the shuttle to The Shops (again!). We didn’t want to venture out from Mauna Lani. The next town was quite a distance away.  We settled for Tommy Bahamas. Fresh seafood and produce, everything was made from scratch!

Thanks to NO SLEEP SUNDAY, I was able to sleep like a pig the minute my head hit the pillow.


 Day 2 – 19th January, Tuesday

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My mom and I lazed around in bed till about 9:30am.

IMG_2438The day started with buffet breakfast at the hotel.

IMG_2440OOZING yolk! I love doing that – poking it and watching it flow!

IMG_2444Made my own bagel and lox. 😀

IMG_2449Loading up on CARBS!

IMG_2450I have a soft spot for cream cheese. Just had to have it with everything! This was all eaten in one seating. 😀 Safe to say that I started the day right – with a HUGE breakfast.

*Beach Shots*

IMG_2483Time seemed to fly by! We spent the whole day exploring the beach around our hotel and just chilling out under the sun! I also got to try SUP! SO FUN!

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IMG_2497My mom is kinda goofy.

IMG_2498Too. Funny.

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IMG_2513  Jump shot!

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IMG_2708Chilling under the cabana. This post was actually written here!

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IMG_2831It was my mom’s Awards Day dinner that night so we had to be ready for cocktails at 5:30pm. I managed to put in a sunny run just before that! It was scorching hot with the wind in your face. It was all good.

IMG_2832Garden dinner by the beach.

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That’s it for Day 1 and Day 2 of the Hawaii trip!

Stay tuned for Day 3Ocean Power Rafting and Snorkeling!

Post-Race Report: Compressport Combo Challenge Trail Run 2016

First race of the year and it was NOT a road race! I wanted to go for the KL New Year Run on the 1st of Jan but as usual, I missed it. Haaaaaaaa!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWent for a semi long run and met up with my running friends after.

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It was so good to see so many of them there on New Years’ Day and up on the podium!


Compressport Combo Challenge Trail Run 2016

Thanks to Gus for the bib, Sabrina for arranging my race kit collection on race day and Teck Wai for letting me know all the race details (I’m usually clueless) and that they had changed the venue from Putrajaya to Mardi Maeps! I would have probably driven all the way to Putrajaya to run my own race.

Jeff kindly offered a ride to the race site. Of course, I had to be polite by accepting his offer. 😉 Thanks Jeff!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWe left for Mardi Maeps at 5:30am sharp along with Tom and Markiko (I hope I got the spelling right!). Traffic was smooth and although we made one wrong turn, we were there by 6:15am!

FullSizeRender_2Collected my race kit and was surprised to see so many road runners at this race! Likewise, they were surprised to see me too.

I actually LOVE off road running! Although I don’t do much training off road, I like the technical side of it with varying terrains. It is more… interesting.

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I’ve never been to Mardi Maeps but I’ve heard many horrible stories about the place. I was quite prepared for the worst!

Did a very light warm up before heading to the start line. Colleen was there too! She was sharing a bit about the route as she had been there many times before. I’m glad we spoke because she had that upbeat, hyper vibe that really calmed the tense pre-race environment.

And then I heard a familiar voice coming from behind – it was Coach Mark! As Mardi Maeps is his usual training ground, he was able to provide a detailed overall layout of the race route. He said that the first 8km would be nothing but hills and climbs after which would be downhill/flat till the end. Thanks for the tips! I was a little more mentally prepared.

Soon after, we were off! 200m in and we came face to face with our first climb…… and MANY climbs thereafter. Climb after climb after climb, and they were steep climbs! I tried to run up but for most of them, I had to slow to a walk nearing the top of the hill. We had to go up a long flight of STAIRS too! With the Forerunner 225, I could see my pace dropping at every climb. I gained back whatever time that was lost by running hard downhill (not a good idea!) and on the flat terrain.

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Thankfully, it was not so much of a trail run, more like dirt/off road running. The ground was soft and the path was wide. It was not as technical as I had imagined it to be. It was a good thing because I didn’t have trail shoes!

Running with the other men around me, I could see where my strengths and weaknesses were. It was a lot of fun pushing (not literally) and overtaking each other.

My legs were BURNING and I was dying for my GPS to beep at km8 because that would signify the end of the treacherous climbs, most of them at least. True enough, at km 8, we were out of the ‘jungle’ and onto dirt road through fields and farmland. I felt strong and decided to push the pace as soon as I hit the road.

IMG_1666The ending was tough when we merged with the 6km category + going through the park which had one final climb that really sucked the life out of my legs! I felt pretty much like the guy behind me!

FullSizeRender(1) IMG_1630 FullSizeRender_1(1)It was a good ending with cheers and support from friends and the people that were around!FullSizeRender_2(1)Look who I found at the finish line!

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Angel! Thanks for coming out to support us and for taking all the photos!

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DCIM102GOPRO FullSizeRender_3Second place for Colleen! She’s so young but already killing it at every race! Look out for this one! 😀

DCIM102GOPROBumped into Isabelle again! 🙂 We seem to be seeing each other very often at races!

DCIM102GOPROHe says I’m crazy but he’s insane! You can find him at every bootcamp/running clinic/training. Keep it up! But don’t get injured ;). Thanks Fahmie for looking after my stuff! 🙂

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All my road running friends! 😀IMG_1592 FullSizeRender

Jason Loh, fellow #garminbuddy !FullSizeRender_1Jess, my physiotherapist! I was surprised to see her there. Thanks for all the pain-free runs!

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DCIM102GOPROGoPro on the way back! Everyone in Jeff’s car made it onto the podium that day! In Jeff’s words: The elite car. 😉

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Phew, what a day! I’ll definitely miss this route when I’m gone! It was a good day, catching up with friends and running!

Till next time!

xoxo

Bye Malaysia!

I left a subtle hint on my last post at the Puma Malaysia HQ.

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It was meant to leave you with some wonder but I didn’t expect to receive a flood of messages. Thank you for your concern! I’m here to clear up and hopefully answer all of your open questions.


If you’re not into reading lengthy wordy stuff, the gist of it is: I am leaving to Australia for 2 years to pursue my Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics.


This was not a sudden decision.

If you want to know the FULL STORY, READ ON!

Some Background Info

I have always wanted to take up nutrition/sports science, or a related field of study for my undergrad. Courses in this field at private institutes were very limited in Malaysia and it was too costly to go overseas (for a basic degree). Because of this, I did Medical Bioscience. It was my gateway to a Masters in the course that I intended to pursue. Plus, I obtained a scholarship from Monash University, so staying back was the best option.

After graduating, I worked for 2 years alongside one of the best plastic surgeons in town. He was intelligent, articulate and above all, extremely passionate about his work. He combined his passion for aesthetics with his skilled hands, a mountain of knowledge and experience, and last but not least, a big heart for his patients.FullSizeRender(1)

A few people thought that I should not have wasted time and that I should have gone straight for my Masters. I had no regrets coming out to work for 3 years. In fact, I would recommend coming out to work after your undergrad before furthering your studies. Working has opened up my eyes and I have gained quite a bit of experience, experience that you can never get from textbooks.

1620520_10153006265161388_8679834674850829399_n*Come to think of it: If I had gone sooner, I would not have had 2 wonderful years of running in Malaysia. No PNRC, no races, no running friends, no Marathon, no Half Marathons……* It all worked out for the best!*

Working also gave me some time to “grow up”, decide where to go (to pursue my Masters) and what to do (my future). I kept my options opened. My parents encouraged me to apply for Ivy League schools in the USA. And that was what I did.

After doing some (extensive) research, I narrowed it down to Columbia University.

They offered exactly what I wanted – Masters in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. The next step was to apply. As it is an Ivy League school, the application process was tedious, not to mention costly.

 If you are wondering, the term “Ivy League” is a group of eight Universities in the US including Harvard, Priceton, Yale, Penn, Dartmouth, Cornell, Columbia and Brown, with a reputation of high scholastic achievements and social prestige.

 


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The application process to Columbia University:

– Sit for the MCAT test (Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Mathematics). I took 2 months (self-study) to prepare for the exams. I had to make sure I passed with flying colours because retaking would have incurred unnecessary cost!

Cost: 500USD

-Write countless essays

Cost: Blood, sweat and tears

-Get 5 recommendation letters

Cost: My face grew a few inches thicker as I was always pestering mentors/lecturers for the letters! It took 2 months to compile everything.

-Send in my resume

Cost: My time

-Show proof of voluntary work

Cost: Not much

-Convert my Australian degree scores to the American equivalent

Cost: 160USD

-Mail/virtually send documents over to Columbia University

Cost: RM 300++

-Application fee: 85USD


 

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The whole process took ONE year from the time I started the application (May 2014) to the time I finally received the offer letter in April 2015.

I would have gone in September 2014 but there was a delay in my MCAT scores.

I would have gone in January 2015 but they did not receive the necessary documents in time and rolled my application to September 2015.

I would have gone in September 2015 but there was a prerequisite that I needed to fulfil.

Prerequisite: Human Nutrition at Monash University Malaysia

Cost: RM 5125++

Deposit to Columbia University to accept my offer

Cost: 200USD

Deposit for accommodation

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With the exchange rate at 4.4 ish now, YOU DO THE MATH!

And I have yet to set ONE foot into Columbia University.


A Blessing in Disguise

As you can see, it was a very draggy process (and it is STILL on-going!).

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I nearly gave up. Who wouldn’t?!

There were SO many road blocks along the way. It was almost as if God had closed that door. But I know that God has mapped out an ultimate plan for me. Everything was part of His master plan, including the road blocks.IMG_1647

When I started to apply for Columbia University, the exchange rate was still sitting at 3.0. By the time I received the offer letter and was scheduled to leave by Sept 2015, the exchange rate had climbed to 4.3.

Indeed, it was a blessing in disguise.

If I had gone, I probably would have to come back! I received a partial scholarship from Columbia, but even then, it was not enough!

You can Google the cost of study there. Try not to fall off your chair. 😉


Plan B

Australia was Plan B. It was a rather rash decision because I had less than a month to prepare all my documents to start an application.

The application process was a lot less tiresome compared to Columbia. It was smooth, too smooth.

I am still holding on to my place at Columbia University.

Cost: Another 200USD

If I somehow manage to secure a scholarship, I’d be off to the USA! But for now, Australia it is.FullSizeRender_1(1)

Although I have spent so much time, effort and money (where do you think all my prize money went?! 😉 ), I thank God for the many roadblocks along the way. It could have been a lot worse!


To New Adventures!

I am leaving Malaysia with a heavy heart. I will miss my family, my friends, church friends, my room, my dog, my kakak to clean up after me (HAHA!), home cooked food, the Tom, Dick and Harry runners, the Puma Night Running Club, Tsquare, my clients…… I will also miss all the fun activities and races here.

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Life is like running a marathon. Bitter sweet. Learn to enjoy the journey, even when the going gets tough!

But at the same time, I am supercalifragilisticexpialidocious excited about what is ahead!

I don’t know what is coming, but I am ready to take on new experiences and challenges.

I’ll still be here, virtually. 😉

Cheers!

*I’ve discontinued my Puma contract.

I am open to new sponsors, anyone? HAHA! #shameless*

 

 

 

 

Reflection – 2015

Once again, another year has come and gone. Where did it go?!

“New Year, New Me”?

I don’t believe you need a new year to start/stop something. But it does give a timeline for a fresh start. A new beginning, a clean slate. It is also a good time to sit down and reflect on the year that has passed – 2015.

Take some time to evaluate what has happened or did not happen. What worked and what didn’t. Then, start writing down your goals. Pen them down in ink on paper.FullSizeRender_1

I like how the new-year sparks new goals, ideas, inspirations and perspectives. Take this opportunity to allow for change and improvement.


2015

2015 was rather different. I was not tied to a rigid 9-5 job. In fact, I quit my job at the plastic surgery clinic (which I enjoyed too) to pursue my heart’s desires – health, nutrition and fitness.

I wasn’t sure where it would take me. I just knew that I wanted to be a part of this community. I signed up for the intensive one month Personal Trainer Development Programme at Fit Malaysia to obtain the necessary certifications. I passed the ACE theory exam, FIT Malaysia theory and practical exam, the CPR exam, managed a total of 4 certifications and the rest was history.

Looking back, I did not put much thought into it. I jumped straight into the unknown. Thankfully, it was without regrets. Yes, I faced many roadblocks, crossroads and other times, I was unsure of what I was doing.FullSizeRender_4

But that’s life. It was not without challenges. I learned to deal with the current situation and take things a step at a time. There were a lot of experimentations, research, readings and self-teaching involved. Having the discipline and determination to press on (on your own) was tough.

Was 2015 THE year for me?

Nah. There were many highs but there were just as many lows. For me, it was a time-out to discover what I really wanted to do in life. And I think I have found it.

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2015 running/fitness related highlights in no particular order:

– Quit my day job

– Studied part time while managing my own “business”

– Pursued/pursuing my passions (Nutrition, health and fitness)IMG_9552

– Recorded mileage stats! Yes, it is a big thing for me (never had any). Clocked 2629.65km

– Competed in 22 races with many DNS-es and my first DNF! (Finished within the prizes for all except my Cambodia run-cation!)

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset– Became a DOTCOM! www.adeleruns.com

– Started blogging/writing which opened up many doors for me (I didn’t think I’d like writing)

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– Featured in health magazines/health websites

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IMG_5299– Conquered my first Climbathon, finishing in 3rd place (Elevation: 1451m)

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– Conquered my first towerthon!IMG_4557

In terms of running and racing, I took a more conservative approach. I felt stronger and better rested. I was definitely more active last year with many back to back races and racing almost every other week.

Take good care of your body! Listen to those red alerts.

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God, Family, Friends

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He has blessed me with everything I need. And MORE.

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“Count it all JOY when you fall into various trials James 1:2”

“……but we also glory in our suffering, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character, and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4″

Sometimes it takes looking back on those situations to see how our faith has grown during trials and doubts.

Patience, Gratitude, Appreciation, REST

A few things that I had to learn the HARD way.

Yep, you guessed it – dengue. It deserves another mention! I was hospitalised and immobilised for 2 weeks! THAT IS 14 DAYS! It was also my first time being hospitalised.

As a physically active person, I cannot do nothing for 2 days. It was a real test of patience on so many levels.IMG_5873

I had to give time for my body to recover and when I did get out of the hospital, I had to give my body time to bounce back! My fitness level was back to when I started running 1.5 years ago! It was HORRIBLE. You can imagine how demotivated I was.

It took my body 6 months to fully recover, during which I suffered from severe hair loss and fungal skin and ear infections.

But I knew that slowly and surely, I would be back. What doesn’t kill you, REALLY MAKES YOU STRONGER!FullSizeRender

At the same time, I realised just how amazing my body is. How it works in harmony just to keep me alive. I now have a new level of appreciation just by being able to run and move. One word – AWESOME!

Solid Relationships and Connections

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I am working on connecting a little more with the people around me. I’ve always been very reserved. I prefer to keep things to myself.

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I tend to shy away from meetings/people and would think that it is a total waste of time. Oh, how things have changed!

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Having connections and a wide network is key in the business world. I learned how to expand my network and create avenues for business opportunities.IMG_7282

In general, I’m not a people person. But in 2015, I learned how to become a people person. Make sense?Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

I truly appreciate all the meaningful and strong connections (not only for business) that I have built along the way. Of course, I lost some but I have gained so much more! So blessed to have so many of you around me.IMG_7046 IMG_7684 FullSizeRender(3)

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Supporters

I feel so blessed and undeserving when I see so many of you supporting me and my journey. It still amazes me and never fails to leave me speechless.

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I know you guys have taken the time to verbally encourage me, leave me with comments, texts, emails, calls and coming up to me at races…… THANK YOU! It is still very hard to swallow when people tell me how much I’ve inspired or changed their lives. WHAT?! It truly means the world to me.IMG_0451

In fact, it works both ways. You guys have motivated, inspired and pushed me to become stronger and better. I would not have done it without you guys. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

My Sponsors

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FullSizeRender(2)-Apple Physiotherapy (My physiotherapist! Thanks Jess for fixing my legs!)

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In 2015, I managed 4 new sponsorships. It may not be much but I am very grateful for all their help.

I can now track my runs, run in style, recover well and run pain free.

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THANK YOU for all the support.

Overall

2015 has pulled me out of my comfort zone. I had many JUST DO IT moments. And I did.IMG_4967

It was bitter sweet with many new experiences, failures, discoveries, appreciations, realisations, pain, tears, gratitude, losses, triumphs and celebrations. Much like running – bitter sweet.FullSizeRender(1)

I have learned to be a little more spontaneous and to take life a little less seriously. Life is filled with spontaneity and natural changes.

Change is good. Go with it and don’t resist it. Let it flow.FullSizeRender_3

2016 will be a BIG year with MANY changes. I can’t wait to share my journey. You’ll know what I mean…… SOON!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetReflect, pray, let God plot your next move and move on! Time to take on new challenges and adventures! LET’S DO THIS!

Stay tuned for more updates!

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*I have SO many things to say. SORRY if I’ve left anything or anyone out. I didn’t mean to!*