This month we have ultra marathoner – Kartini!
I got to know Kartini personally through the Puma Running Club. It has been great watching her running journey! I truly admire her determination, discipline and passion for running!
Read on to find out more about this girl and how she gives back to the running community!
My 1st Ultra at Pink50 2015 – 60km in 8:06
- What’s your fav sport/event?
Running because I don’t know how to cycle or swim (Phobia from a childhood incident)!
How long have you been running?
Exactly 5 years this month!
How did you start?
Actually, I hated running. It all started back in 2012 when I managed to register for 10KM We Run KL (I was on my comp and iPad for over 2 hrs to secure a slot!).
Do you join any groups/community? If yes, which group?
I am a MURA member (Malaysian Ultra Running Assosiation) and I do join a few other running clubs for their weekly training sessions (eg. SARC, KyserunKrew, Puma Night Running Club, Run89Crew)
Malaysian participants at The 16th International Jeju Ultramarathon Race 2017
Administrative and accounts manager.
How do you juggle work and running?
Well, there is a saying that when you do what you love and love what you do, you will find a way to make it work. Work is my priority but I’ll try to follow my schedule, and rest when my body needs to. After my injury, I learned how to listen to my body!
My very 1st solo #runcation trip at Laguna Phuket International Marathon 2015 – 4:32
Do you have a training schedule? What is it like?
Yes I do. It looks something like this:
Weekdays (afterwork): Easy/Tempo/Speedwork/Cross training
Weekend: LSD/Hill training/Running Events
Rest: 2-3 days a week
Who do you usually train with?
I usually train with my running buddies (running crew) and sometimes just myself.
Have you ever had injuries? How did you cope?
Yes, I suffered a major one last year. It was a week before SCKLM 2016. This event was meant to be my sub 4 mission and I was working really hard for it. At first, I couldn’t accept it. I kept running, hoping it will get better. I was wrong. Things got worse and I was more frustrated. I decided to take a break from running until I recovered.
Bali Marathon 2015 – 4:16
Making a comeback is a whole different story. It is tough but I will never give up!
Which was the most memorable event and why!
To be honest, I love all of them (even the ones where I got injured, DNS or DNF…hahaha). Every event has its own story regardless of the distance. But Borneo International Marathon would always be my fav event since 2014 (I skipped this year due to my injury). This event was where I completed my first full marathon (in 2014) and my parents were there to witness. Last year, I also managed to smash my full marathon PB (Personal Best), securing 3rd place in the Women’s Open category.
My fav moment at Borneo International Marathon 2016 with my loyal supporters #myfamily – 4:06
You have done quite a few ultramathons. Tell us, what do you think about when you are running an ultra?
The rewards (FOOD!) after I cross the finish line (the BIGGEST motivation) and the lil voice in my head – “What did I get myself into? Is this going to be the last one? I will never register for an ultra marathon ever again! #insaf”.
Of course, that’s a lie (haha!). I’ve already signed up for 2 ultra marathons – one in 2 weeks and the other in December 2017.
Favourite distance: 42.195km (26 full marathons since May 2014 and 9 ultra marathons).
- My take on volunteering as a crew member and pacer for running events, and giving back to the running community:
Being selected to be an official pacer is another dream come true. It’s fun but it’s not as easy as you think. As much as I want to see some improvement in my running journey, helping fellow runners to achieve their goal by pacing them and sharing some experience or tips about running is another satisfaction. A fellow pacer said this in his blog – “Nothing more rewarding than a handshake or a thank you from the runners after crossing the finishing line, knowing that you played a role in bringing them home, whether it is the entire course or partially.”#givingbacktorunningcommunity – Official PacerVolunteering or being part of the crew for running events is fun too… in a different way. HAHA! I remember when I was assigned to be at one of the water stations 2km before the finish line. We came in early in the morning to set up the station, cheer for the runners and leaving the race village only after the job was done. It is tiring but the experience was priceless. I encourage you guys to give it a try! GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN!
Kartini is not only someone who RUNS but she also gives back to the running community! Definitely a fine example for us all. This is a COMMUNITY. We are STRONGER TOGETHER.
Let’s continue to support each other in our own special way! Thank you, Kartini, for sharing!
All the best in your running journey! KEEP IT UP GIRL!