Monthly Archives: March 2016

Review: Garmin Forerunner 235 (MY PANDA)

For the past 2 months ++, I’ve been using the Forerunner 235 thanks to Garmin Malaysia!

*For the rest of the review, the Forerunner 235 will be referred to as MY PANDA (you’ll see why)*Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetMy panda has been my go-to watch since.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI have trained and even completed several races with it. I am still relatively new to Garmin. I have not tested many of the other models.

I’ll just highlight the interesting/useful/useless/fun features that my panda has (which may very well be common features in other models)!

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Internal Features:

  • The WATCH FACE: Yes, you can change the watch face. It is much more interactive compared to the FR225. I chose the cutest, most non-professional looking watch face – My PANDA! People get intrigued by it and I have random people coming up to me asking about my watch! Conversation starter, maybe?

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Just a few of the MANY different watch faces.

  • Wrist-based Heart Rate sensor: My Panda is the first product from Garmin featuring its own heart rate technology (FR225 was using Mio’s HR technology). So far so good. My heart rate has been quite consistent across all wrist-based heart rate sensors. As with all technology, you cannot expect 100% accuracy. Try not to rely too much on it and ALWAYS trust your efforts. You will know how hard/easy you are running. πŸ˜‰FullSizeRender_1 2

Resting Heart Rate at 37!

  • The GPS system: The Panda allows you to select between GPS or GPS + GLONASS. Without hesitating, I went for the GPS + GLONASS even though I had NO CLUE what it was! Having a ‘+’ is always a good thing, right? Anyway, I Googled it and GLONASS aka Global Navigation Satellite System is the Russian version of the GPS. This feature increases the accuracy of position and distance (because we all want our paces and distances to be accurate to the T, right?)IMG_6541
  • Β Different modes of activity: You can select between run, run indoor, bike, bike indoor or others. IMG_6540I’m a sucker for maps and I LOVE looking at maps. I like to see where I’ve been. Very pleased to have a GPS watch that can track my other activities: hiking/walking etc JUST so that I can review them later!IMG_4407These were from my hike/walk in Hawaii. You can SEE the AKAKA Falls! HOW COOL IS THAT!

IMG_4461Walking through the CRATER! You can see how big it is. Excuse me for being overly excited!

IMG_4759Journey to Green Sand Beach!

  • Satellite capture was a zillion times faster compared to the FR225

 

  • Bluetooth sync with Garmin Connect (smartphone) seemed faster and more sensitive compared to the FR225

IMG_6542A lot of info for this watch face.

  • Other fun/miscellaneous/smart watch-ish functions:
  • Activity trackerIMG_6539
  • Step counter and calorie counterIMG_6544
  • CalendarIMG_6545
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  • Smart Notifications from your phone when you turn on your bluetoothFullSizeRender_1Receiving whatsapp messages!

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  • Set several time zones. This came in handy when I went to Hawaii. I wanted to keep track of the Malaysian time.IMG_6548

External Features:

  • Light Weight: This is an EXTREMELY important feature because as runners, any extra weight would mean slower run times, right?! ;P
  • Big/wide watch face: Also an important feature because we want to be able to see the details presented AT A GLANCE and not squinting or trying too hard.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset
  • Interchangeable straps: Because we MUST change our watch straps to match our running outfits/shoes. My Panda strap comes in two colours: grey or black. It also comes in red and orange.
  • Easy to put on: As runners, we are always rushing out the door because WE CANNOT WAIT TO RUN. So we need to be able to put on our watches as fast as possible. The FR 225 was a little more difficult to slip on. Plus point for the Panda!IMG_2769
  • Clip on charger: I know there are many different types of charger heads across the different models. For the Panda, it was a lot easier to toggle compared to the FR 225. No problems with clipping it on!

Β What do I think?

My Panda is definitely one up from the FR225. I am utterly pleased with all the special features and upgrades that has been added to the Panda.

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Okay, I seem to be a little harsh on the FR225. Don’t get me wrong. There is absolutely nothing bad/wrong about the FR225.

But by comparison, I personally prefer the Panda. IF you are just starting out and looking for a BASIC GPS watch, then the FR225 is for you. If you have a little more to spend and want a little more fun features, GET THE FR235! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!

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Running and tracking has never been easier.

You can get it from most of the Gamin stores in Malaysia at RM1550. πŸ™‚

*Psssst, if you are nice to me, I MIGHT be able to give you a little discount. πŸ˜‰ T&C apply*

Let me know if you have ANY other questions!

xoxo

Personal Thoughts: Gratitude & Embracing Your Current Situation

Hey guys!

Hope everyone is keeping well.

Sorry for the lack of “fitness/running/health” related posts lately. I have a few posts under “draft” that never seem to pass the “publish” stage. Procrastination at its best.

I know my blog is “adeleruns” but I don’t always want to talk about running. I like to share my personal thoughts (and life) and what I think/feel on certain matters in life.

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Living a healthy lifestyle is having a healthy mind, body, soul, balance and so much more. Running/fitness/health is just ONE small part of it! I want my blog to be a little more dynamic and interactive.

I am someone who likes to think…… A LOT! My head is always bursting with thoughts that sometimes I wish I could download it onto a hard disc.


Today’s thought:

“You need to not have a reading light in your room to appreciate it”

HAHAH. Yes. Today’s thought came from something as simple as that. I did not have a reading light in my room for the past one week because we didn’t realise that the lamp was not included in the box.

Tip: If you buy anything from IKEA, CHECK the box to see what’s included and what’s not!

“You need to have bad coffee to know what GOOD coffee is”

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What I’m trying to say is that you wouldn’t know how good/blessed/happy/grateful/lucky you are until you lose something/not have it. This also applies to tough/shitty/difficult situations in life. You need to be in a really unpleasant, dreadful and horrible situation to know how pleasurable your normal day-to-day life is.


Blessed

I’ve always been told that I’ve got the best and most supportive parents. Because I always had that, I don’t appreciate it as much as I should! Also, I’d think that everyone has awesome parents.

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You need to actually BE in the situation and SEE it for yourself to FEEL what other people go through. In this case, my eyes have opened. And I know JUST HOW BLESSED I am! I thank God everyday for awesome parents.

What are YOU thankful for?


Tough Situations

Embracing the bad

I’m not exactly in a tough/shitty condition. But I’m definitely not living the life I am used to. The kind of life where you have everything provided for and where things are easily accessible.

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But I’m learning to love these situations. Because instead of dreading them and complaining, I’m tackling the situation.

I am constantly learning, growing and adapting. And that is what life is all about!

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Experiences, doing new things, learning, falling and getting back up!

I am actually quite happy about the dengue experience last year. In terms of my fitness, I didn’t think that I would ever crawl back up. BUT I DID! And I have gained SO MUCH confidence in that. I know that whatever happens, I will have the strength and capability to do it all over again. And that is very reassuring. Of course, with GOD behind my back. πŸ˜‰


So the next time you are in a tough situation, THINK about how you can use it to shape your character or add experience and a pinch of “fun” to your life.

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What’s life if you’ve always had it easy? There’s nothing juicy or interesting about an easy life. πŸ˜‰

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Time for an adventure.

Happy Monday!

xoxo

The Bitter Sweet Departure – Sweet Bit

In the midst of settling into postgrad uni life, moving from one place to another, getting my life together, God, family and running, I’ve been pressured by A FEW (you know who you are πŸ˜‰ ) people (including my cousin!) to get this SWEET post out!


Basically, my SWEET post is about meeting up with all my loved ones! I managed to meet up/bump into most of them which brings peace and joy to my heart!

You know, life is short. Nobody knows what is going to happen next. You may never see someone again so even a short goodbye or a quick meet up is precious!

I’m just going to bombard this post with pictures! Because we’re all visually driven these days.

*Pictures are in no particular order in terms time/rank/priority :P*


Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetTres Amigas Buenas. Forever. πŸ™‚

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She got the running mag! I know that I’ll always have full support from her. <3 Someone who keeps me grounded and reminds me that life does not have to be PERFECT and that I’ve got to learn to chill. You need someone like that in your life! Thanks for always having my back, always! And of course, I’ve got yours too. πŸ˜‰

IMG_2027Track Tuesday buddies.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetBumped into this gym nut! The guy who is going to take care of my dental health. πŸ˜‰ HAHA!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetMy ROCK in Monash! Wouldn’t have survived 3 years without this girl! She’s the most random, kiddy, crazy person… EVER! She works hard and plays hard too. Thanks for always kicking my butt and pushing me to finish my work and assignments. Oh, and we love stressing out together. FullSizeRender 11

No matter where we’re at in life, we’re always there for each other… 100% of the time! I don’t know what I’d do without you in my life! πŸ™‚ So blessed to have someone like you around. She’s got a BIG heart for people and I’m constantly inspired by that. And of course, her new crib is my new hang out spot. πŸ˜‰

 

FullSizeRenderMy ex-colleagues (and my soul sister). All the best with work drama. ;P We had A LOT of good times! I trust my life and my secrets with this one. We’ve got a really good connection and we somehow just CLICK! We go WAY back and our friendship has gone through blizzards to get to where it is now. It is scary how well we both understand each other. This is solid stuff. Can’t wait for our next gossip session. IMG_2063Zukeri has taught me everything I need to know/do during surgery. Super talented and knowledgeable! All the best kawan! πŸ™‚

IMG_2079MCKL friends. Although we’ve been all over the place, we keep in touch and stay up to date with our personal lives. So blessed to have these bunch of God fearing mates. πŸ™‚


My girls planned a super sweet farewell with BALLOONS! FullSizeRender_1A balloon with my initial. πŸ˜‰

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IMG_2162The dessert at Thirdwave. Looks TOO GOOD TO EAT!

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The girls.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetOf course, we took polaroid shots!

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Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetMy Tuesday Running Group – The Mou Man Tai Runners! So thankful that they have found ME and have given me the opportunity to exercise/fine-tune my coaching skills and to be able to share and learn just about anything and EVERYTHING under the sun. These guys are SO fun and I’ve never felt more at home. I found my place with them. I’ll definitely miss you guys! Thank you for having me!IMG_5688

IMG_43485 seconds of fame.

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Thanks to Colin and Bruce from Tom, Dick and Harry for organising this mini BBQ farewell with LOADS of delish food! You guys know how to feed us!


IMG_4491Track Tuesday team. We’re missing the German Tank here – Karsten! This team was formed because we all happen to be at the track on Tuesday! Horrible speed sessions can be fun with these guys!

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetOur Ola Bola outing to support Coach Mark Williams. πŸ˜‰ It is a really good Malaysian film filled with Malaysian slangs/languages and characters. It truly does represent Malaysia! If you haven’t seen it, well, YOU HAVE TO! Let’s just say some of us were a bit teary at the end (NOT ME!).


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The last time with Swan. We bumped into each other at BV2. Great minds really DO THINK ALIKE. πŸ˜‰


Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetMy running twin! We’re both born on the SAME day – March 14 and we have a LOT in common. SO scary. We used to sit in the gym and talk for 3 hours after our swim sesh. GOOD TIMES! MISS YOU!

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWe even wore the same shoes out.

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Β Random Noms. I SHOULD be eating more Asian food but OH WELL! Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetMorning cuppa. Daily boost.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetInside scoop!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetHealthy food during CNY. It is all about BALANCE! Making space for big family dinners.

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I seem to be eating A LOT of eggs. IMG_5710And more eggs.

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IMG_4855Churchy friends who are always there for me! πŸ™‚

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetSomethings still remain the same. πŸ˜€ So blessed to have you in my life! Thank you. <3

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetStrange creatures.


Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetLast Tuesday session with the MMT runners! It was a super chill-sexy-pace run! SO much fun!

IMG_5012These guys are dedicated solid runners. I admire their hard work and determination! They’ve put in the work and reaped the benefits. More to come. Keep it up fellas!

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For more of these, please join them every Tuesday 8pm at Tom, Dick and Harry, TTDI for a wicked run sesh! Sessions are now led by Sue Teoh and occasionally by Jessen and Agnes. Trust me, running will never be the same again.


IMG_5024Asian food with not so Asian friends. Thanks for the meal, Jeff! Glad to have met these 2 fine lads. They are first class when it comes to running and lame jokes. And they never let a moment slip by without teasing each other! There’s never a dull moment!


FullSizeRender 7Last session with the Puma Night Running Club members! So happy to see how big this group has grown! They are a bunch of dedicated runners that never fail to inspire, motivate, encourage, teach, experience, grow, laugh and have LOADS of fun together! We are a pretty tight group and I’m glad that I have made some lifelong friends!

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IMG_5078Number 1s!

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IMG_5080Obviously I wasn’t paying attention.

IMG_5084They made me give an impromtu speech! I might have messed it up but all I want to say is that: THIS group was where it all started for me. I was just a lone runner who knew nothing about running. They brought me in, groomed and helped me bloom to who I am today.

From running competitively, seriously and a little harder, I’ve come to love the sport. Thank you for sharing and spreading the passion for a healthy competitive lifestyle. I could not have done it without the support, love and care from these guys! Cheers!

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IMG_5088Forever faster! <3 Special thanks to Vic and Elaine for all their hardwork (a lot of background work involved). Truly the rock and pillar of the Puma Night Running Club!

IMG_5076Urgh. I still hate the hills. Last hill challenge with Angel! Congrats on becoming a Puma Pacer! I know that you’ll grow along with this group too. All the best and PLEASE take care of your KNEES!

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FullSizeRender 8Love you guys! Keep it up okay! Come to me if you need ANYTHING!FullSizeRender_1 3With the MESTI ADA GAYA guy. We’re always at the wrong place at the wrong time but glad that we managed to catch up that night. Thanks for all your help!


Β IMG_5063Surprise farewell with the churchy friends! There’s nothing like support from your brothers and sisters in Christ.

IMG_5068Evil twinny.

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IMG_5071The evil friend!

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IMG_5073With this annoying guy. Knowledgeable, witty but with super thick and impenetrable face skin. I know Sylvia will agree on this one. πŸ˜‰

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetJuicy gossip sesh with this uncle. Bumped into him at THE perfect place and time. TOO FUNNY! Take care of that shin!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetHad my last physio session with Jess the day before I boarded the plane. Managed to release all my tight muscles! Felt like tin man! THANKS JESS! It was good, as always!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetSo Mike decided to try Apple Physio. Hope everything goes well with your never-ending injuries! Cheers to stronger, pain-free and injury free running days ahead!

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IMG_5060MONASH Med Bio MATES!

IMG_5058Uni life would have been SUCH A BORE without them. We ALWAYS have something or SOMEONE to talk about. πŸ˜‰ It never ends. Thanks for all the AWESOME MEMORIES.


That’s it! These were some of the BEST last weeks in Malaysia. Of course, there were many others that were not documented. If you didn’t appear, that DOES NOT mean that you were not significant.


These are the people with SUBSTANCE. People who look beyond the superficial aspects of you. People you can spend a lifetime with talking about your deepest darkest fears or your wildest dreams without fear of being judged. People who will support you with prayer, love, compassion and who will shake you up if you go astray. People who truly want to see you grow and succeed in life.QUOTE

REAL PEOPLE

I hope you have these people. And when you do find them, keep them close. Cling onto them, let them know how much they mean to you and never let them go.

If you don’t, I hope you will come to find these people!


I am not an expressive person. And you might think that I don’t care. But I do. Trust me.

I DO!

XOXO