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Tough Mudder Sydney 2016

Pre-Tough Mudder

Flashback to the start of the semester (March/April), Luke and I were talking about taking on the TOUGH MUDDER OCR. Well, it was more of a challenge for me than for Luke. It would have been my first obstacle race and his 3rd. We continued talking about it for a few weeks but then we left it, mostly because of the cost (plus it was close to exams. I do not want to be smashed before my exams).

Fast-forward 2 months out from the race and they had a flash sale! Always keen when there’s a sale (The Asian in me is STRONG)! Luke took the initiative by setting up a FLO team. After more talk/considerations etc, we finally managed to form a committed TEAM of CRAZIES FLOBIES– Adele, Chris, Luke, Ross and Taylor (and Hannah, ish)!

With the buzz of uni/classes/work/life, we managed to schedule 3 training sessions together (big achievement!). I was in charge of turning everyone (and myself) into OCR pros (having no experience whatsoever) in less than 2 months. From what I roughly know about the course, obstacles, the event and the terrain, I came up with a few drills and bootcamp style training sessions.


 

TM Training 1.0

Agility Drills + Partner Bootcamp Style Circuit Workouts:IMG_6095 IMG_6094Sunny day!

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TM Training 2.0

Agility Drills + Partner Name-Game Full Body Workout:

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TM Training 3.0

Full Body Circuit with Weights:

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THE REAL DEAL – TOUGH MUDDER 2016!

8:00am – The plan was to LEAVE at 8am sharp. Obviously, that didn’t happen. Processed with VSCO with f2 preset

8:20am – Left Flo! Not too shabby, just 20 mins behind our scheduled departure time. I had Amy’s Grains for breakfast before we left. FUEL!

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1.5 hours of travel and jamming our way into Glenworth Valley.

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetMaking good use of our time.

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10-ish am – Arrival. Registered. Loaded up on protein bars. Put our bibs on. Toilet break. Sorted out our gear. DCIM102GOPRO

GROUP PHOTO! DCIM102GOPROIT WAS DRIZZLING throughout!

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetPre-race – Nice and clean.

11:15am – Group warm up session by the TM team. It was fun with the music blasting and a lot of jumping! It prepared both our minds and our bodies. Our muscles were warmed up and ready to FIRE!

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Then, we had the motivational speech because they decided that we needed MORE motivation. We made a pledge to help one another AND not race ahead (this was when the guys turned to look at me. HAHAHAHHA! What?). But no, I was not there to race.DCIM102GOPRO

Heading towards the starting line.

11:30am – 2:30pm ish

We started off nice and chill with a slow jog.

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Obstacles:

QUAGMIRE

The first challenge. It wasn’t Tough MUDder for nothing. This obstacle required jumping into a pool of MUD and climbing up mud walls. Nothing too difficult, just VERY muddy, slippery and smelly. The challenge (for me) was to NOT get mud into my eyes or ears.

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BIRTH CANAL

One of my favourite obstacles! I guess this is how “being born” feels like. We basically had to crawl through “canals” filled with water that were just inches off the ground. You’d have to face plant the muddy ground and squeeze your way through the gravel to get to the other side.

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SKIDMARKED

The challenge was getting over the wooden board.

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Ross went up first while Luke stayed behind to haul the rest of us up and over! TEAMWORK!

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Things started to slow down. People were building up and we spent quite a bit of time waiting and queuing up. I was starting to feel COLD. It was drizzling when we started and for most part of the race. To keep warm, I had to sprint between obstacles. Ross and Luke were with me; and Taylor with Chris. We were able to catch our breath at every obstacle, which was good. Super fun!

KISS OF MUD 2.0

Oh yes, MORE MUD! Crawling through mud and mini mud bumps under barbwire.

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DEVILS BEARD

This obstacle was pretty redundant. We had to maneuver under a huge heavy netting. All I had to do was walk through because all the guys were holding it up and I couldn’t even reach to touch the net. HAHAHHAAHAHAH! #shortpeopleproblems

BERLIN WALLS

The typical wall climbs you find at bootcamps.

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CLIFFHANGER

Right before this challenge, Chris jinxed himself into a not-so-glam fall in front of a crowd. TOO FUNNY! He burst out laughing too.

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Cliffhanger was all about hiking and climbing up a steep terrain. What goes up must come down. Being able to run downhill after was the BEST PART!

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Mineshafted was fun and easy. We had to slide through a tube tunnel into a pool of muddy water, walk across and climb up on the other side.

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RIVER ROPES

RIVER CROSSING! We had to swim across the icy cold river. Swimming was not an issue. The problem was that I had contact lenses and I had to keep my head out of the water.

When I saw that 6 footers just had their heads popping out of the water, it only meant one thing – DEEP! I had to tread the whole way through which was quite exhausting. When I reached the end of it, there was a mini queue to get onto the wooden ladder, which meant MORE treading. GAH! But it was all good, managed to keep my head out!

After that, we had a choice of running on dry land or taking the road less travelledmud, mud and MORE MUD! Ross and I went all out, splashing through the mud. We decided that we didn’t come all the way to run on non muddy grounds.

There was a water + fuel station right before the next obstacle. We stopped while waiting for the rest. Luke went missing for a bit. We were deciding between waiting and pressing on, because we weren’t sure if he went ahead without us! Thankfully, we saw his signature sprint from afar. The team was complete once again! WHOOP!

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This was probably the most challenging obstacle! We had to build a human pyramid to reach the top.

We decided that Ross would form the base but he could not get a good grip as the ground was too muddy and slippery. He managed to push Luke all the way up, with the help of other people at the top. Taylor and I had a bit of trouble because we were not tall enough to reach the hands of the people at the top! Just then, a group was forming a pyramid beside us. We gracefully climbed all over them to the top (with permission)! I was stepping on this guy’s arm, shoulder and possibly his head!

I slipped on my first attempt. Crashing all the way down was not glam, IT HURT! Thankfully, I managed on my second attempt, once again stepping all over other people. THANK YOU!

We could not have made it up without the help of other people! We stayed back to help, before moving on.

MUD MILE

The mud mile was basically just that, A MILE OF MUD! More splashing, slipping and sliding our way through the mud.

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After getting all muddy in the mud mile, it was time to clean off at the BLOCKNESS MONSTER! Another favourite, probably the best of all!

Nothing but teamwork and a lil technique needed to get over the blocks. I failed so badly at my first attempt, not turning my body and crashing head first into the water! The first thing I did was CLOSE MY EYES (SAVE THE CONTACT LENSES!). The next thing that came to my mind was EWWW MUDDY WATER! I was doing a good job keeping my head out of the mud and dirty water, until this one!

Taylor and I just cruised over till the end while the boys stuck around to help out. They had a REALLY good time rolling the blocks.

EVEREST 2.014700899_1111330472255861_7817288046232965196_oAh, the famous ramp at most OCRs! It was SO FUN watching other people running up + crashing down. Quite entertaining! Luke and Ross went for the big run while we (Taylor, Chris and I) stuck with the ropes.

14711634_1111427488912826_6417431587161391283_oWe did not realize that Everest was our last challenge! We were pretty bummed when we found out we were running towards the finish line! I guess the adrenaline was still pumping! Oh well!

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IMG_9713We proceeded to enjoy our post race ICE COLD CIDERS! SO GOOD! We didn’t bother taking a shower because the queue was just massive. We hung around for a bit to dry off and to TAKE ALL THE PROTEIN BARS! SO SO SO GOOD!

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*Taylor was the real champ. She had work that night AND the following morning.*

I’ll definitely come back for more. We are already planning for 2017! YESSSSSS!

IMG_9879 There’s the good and then there’s the UGLY! Sustained cuts and bruises.


Stats with the Garmin Fenix 3 HR

Honestly, I did not know how well the Garmin would perform in an OCR. Will it fall apart? Will the mud get into it? It was a risk I was willing to take. And it did not disappoint! It held up throughout the race. IMG_1197

This is what I love about it – being able to track where you’ve been on the map.

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Heart rate zones. Ok, looks like I didn’t push hard enough.


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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!

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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

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IMG_1604 IMG_1590Managed 1st place! Great start to the year 2016!

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

Cambodia Run-cation: Day 2

Day 2 – Race Day (6th Dec)

After the late dinner on Saturday, we went to bed at about 12am. I shared a room with Amanda and we both set multiple alarms to make sure that we GET UP!

Our alarms rang at 4am. I was doing the half marathon so I had to get up a little earlier to have some breakfast. I had a small wholemeal roll and a banana.

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Wearing the #MMT running tee!

Surprisingly, I was feeling okay, after having only 7 hours of sleep over 2 days!

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The 21km warriors!

We met up at the lobby and left at around 5:30am. The flag off for the half marathon and 10km was at 6:00am and 6:20am respectively. The traffic was bad as everyone was in town for the run! It took a little longer to arrive (than what we had planned). We had little time to spare when we got there!

*Eye of the tiger was our jam!*

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The 3 of us (Bruce, Ben and I) were doing the half so we headed to the start line first. It was so crowded, I couldn’t see the start line! Everyone was just standing around, some from the half marathon and some from the 10km and no one knew where the actual start line was. There were some signs here and there but it wasn’t very clear! Good thing we had to wait for the VIP to arrive and during that time, I figured out where the start line was. I made my way through and stood next to the barrier which was about 8-10 meters away.

I didn’t have it in mind to race that day. I decided to run by feel. I ran a little faster during the first few kms to pull away from the crowd. There were a few women ahead but I was unsure of my current position. There was one U-turn at km 3 and that was when I started counting! I was in 7th place and slowly dropped to 10th before the 4th km. There was no one behind and I held on to this pace (and place).

We ran through the Angkor Archaeological Park. It was very picturesque! I took quick glances of my surroundings.

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At km 6.5, we passed the Siem Reap River. It was very refreshing and with the trees lining the entire way, you could barely feel the sun’s rays. I took a moment to soak up everything that was around me. The feeling of running along the river with the wind in your face and your legs feeling fresh and strong – super! I wouldn’t say it was perfect PB weather, but if you’ve been running in KL long enough, it won’t be anything that you cannot handle!

In between km 10-15, we ran passed Sarah Srang, Ta Prohm and Ta Keo. Another thing I loved about this run was the KIDS that were out on the streets supporting us and giving hi-5s! I stretched out my hand whenever I saw them! SO CUTE!

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Before we entered the West Gate into Angkor Thom (km 15), I was feeling the birth of blisters on my biggest and smallest right toe. It was hurting and my paced dropped.

We passed Bayon temple at around km 18. I turned to look behind and I saw a girl catching up. She eventually overtook me between km 18-19. I could have pushed if I wanted to but that would scream torture for my feet! Since I was there for a run-cation, I decided to stop/walk/jog and enjoy the rest of the run.

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If you want to have a run-cation with decent weather and a possible PB, try this in 2016! It was FLAT all the way! Definitely a PB route. This was at km 20 ++.

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The exit from Angkor Thom!

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I was also running back and forth, trying to see if I could spot Jose who was aiming for a sub 2 half marathon!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWe finally met up and we crossed the finish line together! According to his Suunto, it was a PB! It was good to see him pushing the last few meters. Awesome stuff!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetMet up with the rest of the MMT gang who did the 10km!

IMG_1052In Cambodia, the run never ends. There is no finish line. In Bruce’s case, LITERALLY! They were packing up by the time he arrived. This guy right here deserves all the claps and praise for completing the 21km, in STYLE! Good job man! 🙂 Keep it up!

We took the hotel shuttle back and we devoured the entire buffet line. WE WERE FAMISHED! HUNGRY PEOPLE!

After breakfast/brunch, I knocked out for the entire afternoon.

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It was a FULL day for me. Running the half, having a good time with friends and exploring Cambodia city! Definitely a good day. 🙂

Day 3 coming up! 🙂

 

Post-Race Report: MRCA Charity Run 2015

I meant to write about my PBIM experience but I couldn’t find the time to do so last week. Since the MRCA Charity Run 2015 is still rather fresh in my deteriorating mind, I shall blog about it first!

You’re probably sick of me saying this but as usual, I didn’t manage to sign up for this race! I have a terrible track record of leaving registration tabs open till the very last minute and sometimes, missing the chance to sign up. It was the same for this one. Surprise surprise!

Thankfully, Shu Wei managed to get a few sponsored bibs!


 

The race was at One City Mall, Subang, a good 30 minute drive away. I was supposed to pick Wai Ching up on the way. This meant that I had to get up EXTRA early. I set 4 alarms and told Wai Ching to call me up if I didn’t text him by 5:30am.IMG_0348

As I was completely knackered from VBS camp and work, I slept like a dead log and woke up at the sound of the 3rd alarm! I wasn’t feeling excited or pumped for this race. I was so whacked out, I didn’t mind a DNS.

We arrived at around 6:15am and hung out in the car until about 6:30am. I would say that feeling tired was normal, but I was also feeling a bit bloated. I don’t have (still!) the habit of clearing my system before a race (I have yet to make this a habit!). I felt so heavy, bloated, sick and just URGH! I tried to go to the toilet twice but FAILED! Wai Ching offered some Chinese herbs but since I had not taken it before, I didn’t try! I expected to feel better after the light warm up but I felt worse!

Met up with a few familiar faces (Shu Wei, Daniel, Suit Mei, May, Ray, Sharon, Weng Woo etc) before proceeding to the start line. I slipped in through the side and was standing upfront.

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We did the countdown together and we were off at 7:30am sharp. I started running at a rather conservative pace. At least, that was what it felt like. I ran the same race last year (same course) and from what I remember, it was flat throughout!

Running through the course again, I realised I WAS WRONG! It was nothing like the races in KL but it wasn’t flat either. At around 4.5km, I saw Michelle! She was waiting at the end of the U-turn. I think I gave her the why-are-you-not-running look and she answered the question that I had in my mind. She paced me for a bit before leaving me to conquer the hills on my own! SNEAKY twin! She waited at the end of the hill before pacing me for a few more kms. THANKS Twinny!IMG_0351

By the 4th km, I managed to maintain 3rd place. It was rather unexpected because I really felt horrible! SO HAPPY to see the finish line.

Collected the goodie bag and enjoyed THAT post-race high! But the race was not over yet (well, sort of)! I joined the relay team event at the last minute to replace Voon Ying.

The TEAM!

The relay started at about 9:30am. Thankfully, it was just a short 850-900m sprint around the mall. I don’t think my body and the blisters on my feet could handle anything longer than that!IMG_0381

Photo Credits: Ray

Shu Wei was our first leg runner and he secured our 1st placing by pulling a large gap with the other runners.IMG_0353

I sprinted for the first 400-500m before fatigue started to set in. My legs felt like jell-o! But my mind was focused on the team. I love how team events force you to PUSH even when you don’t want to. You have to remember that everyone is depending on each other! We finished in 1st place!IMG_0379

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I ran the 2nd leg.

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The event was very well organised and the MRCA managed to raise 100 thousand for charity! Such a great cause! There were many food stalls around but I was too tired to queue and most of the food/drinks were finished before we got there.

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#MRCA #MRCACharityRun #foragoodcause

It was a very satisfying end to what seemed like a VERY LONG week! I didn’t even have time to run much. The longest mileage was clocked on race day!

I guess sometimes, instead of pushing it, your body performs better with more rest! I need to keep that in mind!IMG_0327

If it was an accurate 10km race, I probably would have PB-ed! 🙂

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VBS 2015

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Modified this game just 10 minutes before show time!

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Joel! Best Agent for his age group!

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God has been awesome (as always)! Everything went smoothly (even with some last minute changes in the games/minor hiccups etc) and He gave me all the mental and physical strength that I needed to go through the week! I overslept (classic!) for one of the days but I arrived JUST as the pre-schoolers were lining up outside the Training Ground! PHEW!

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Work hard and leave the rest to God. So blessed!

Whatever you are doing, KEEP GOING! 🙂

The Puma Night Run 2015 – An Unfortunate Event

A glimpse from a Pacer’s point of view:

We were thrilled and honoured to be given yet another chance to be Pacers at the Puma Night Run 2015.IMG_9646

Our task:

As pacers, we were well aware of our roles in keeping to our respective paces and motivating/helping the runners to complete their run.IMG_9533

We had a jillion things to do before the big day! This included the hype that was created on various social media platforms. You would have noticed if you were involved in ‘liking’ our photos. Thank you! I think you could sense our excitement!

Training:

In light of the upcoming event, we tailored our workouts for our Puma Night Running Club members in hopes of helping them to either complete the run comfortably or finish with a new PB. We did a mixture of intervals, hill sprints, tempo runs and negative splits. Even with the haze, many of our members found alternatives to keep their fitness levels up.

The BIG day:

After the string of disappointing event cancellations, this was going to be the next big thing (finally!)! Everything was going perfectly well – the haze had cleared up and the sky was crystal clear.IMG_9544

The pacers were there by 5pm for a mini briefing session.  We were ready. We had planned our paces and pace groups, made sure the printing on the balloons were correct and tested the route to make sure the distance was accurate.IMG_9539

We grabbed a light bite before heading backstage with our balloons.

We were introduced to the runners on the main stage, so that they could identify which pacer/pace group to follow. After the warm up session, we made our way to the starting line.IMG_9555

Everything went downhill from there.

Dark clouds began to creep in. Just as we were about to be flagged off, we felt the first drops of rain. The MC announced the delay and we went to look for cover.

10 minutes in and the rain subsided to a very light drizzle. At around 7.50pm, we were all ushered back to the starting line. I thought the starting was a bit haphazard. Many of the runners were not aware of the ‘sudden’ flag off. Those who went to the mall/convention centre to seek cover would not have made it in time to the starting line. I had to squeeze my way through the crowd to get to the front.

Shortly after, the count down was on and we were off! By then, the light drizzle was no longer a light drizzle, the drops were heavy and the wind was strong.

By km 2, it was a full blown thunder storm. Running with the balloon tied to your wrist with the wind blowing against you is NO EASY FEAT! It was a tough battle. But I must say, the wind did force me to run at my designated pace (5:50-6:00 mins/km).

Thankfully, Zi Shen’s balloon flew away with the wind. Without hesitating, I handed him my balloon. Even without the balloon, my petite figure was not built for such harsh weather conditions.

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With the resistance from the wind, the weight of our soaked gear and with the rain blurring our vision, every step felt like a burden. I wanted to give up. But when I looked around at the runners who were struggling along, I felt motivated!

I thought they were crazy. Runners are CRAZY people! If I did not have pacer duties to fulfil, I would have stopped. With the positive atmosphere from the crowd, I decided to have a little fun. After all, it is not every day that you get to run under the thunderstorm with 8 thousand people.

We continued to cheer for the runners and notified them of their current pace. The volunteers at the water stations were also happily handing out cups of water…… as if we didn’t already have enough of it (haha!).

At about km 8.5, we saw the 7, 8 and 9 min/km pacers along the side of the road saying that they were not allowed to continue. I was confused for a moment but decided to continue running. As we approached the 9 km marker, I shouted to everyone who wanted to do a sub 1 hour 10KM to follow me, with no knowledge of the non-existent finishing line (and cancellation). Everyone pushed, HARD!

But instead of turning into the finishing area, we were directed towards the convention centre! I thought they had shifted the finishing line, so we continued running, threading through the sea of people……until we were greeted with a metal gate that stopped us in our tracks. It was a nightmare!

We climb through the gate and made our way to the finishing area. We met up with the other runners and only then did we find out that the race was cancelled! I couldn’t believe my ears.


 

Post-race thoughts:

Everything was a mess. From the race to the finisher entitlements to the baggage collection. But only under such conditions, that the true colours of people are revealed(both good and bad). The Puma team, the pacers and some of the runners joined forces to help the technical team/organisers. I was happy to see everyone pulling in to minimise the damage.IMG_9554

I am not writing this post to defend or fight against anybody. I may be a Puma ambassador, but I am also a RUNNER. I KNOW how YOU feel. Believe me, I was just as disappointed! We were not informed by the technical team that the race was cancelled. I ran the whole course, I was wet, cold and shivering, I had a headache, my stomach was not feeling too good (women problems) and I had a race to run the next day!

I was under a lot of stress that day and I could go on complaining. But let’s look on the brighter side of things. Now you can all say that you ran in the storm with strong winds and flashes of lightning with 8 thousand other runners! Definitely an experience that I will remember for life. I also read that many of the runners managed a PB. Say what?!

Jokes aside, there is no excuse for the fact that there was no proper crisis management by the technical team. I totally agree that things could have been handled differently. But before you open your mouth or move your fingers to criticise Puma/the organisers/technical team, please make sure that you are making sense. I am seeing the silliest of comments on social media (honestly, it is quite entertaining. You can head on over to our FB page to check it out!), from phones to parking lots to smashed car windows……


Perfect weather on race day is never guaranteed. Even if the organisers made a wrong decision to flag the runners off in the rain, the ultimate decision is still IN YOUR HANDS. Elite runner Nik Fakaruddin, who would have easily placed top 3 that night, decided to watch the rest of us run from the comfort of his vehicle which was parked right next to the starting line. He made a WISE decision to NOT run even though the organisers carried on with the race.

What am I trying to say?

Take RESPONSIBILITY for YOUR own decisions. And LIVE with the CONSEQUENCES of those decisions. There are risks involved. Making a decision would mean that you would have considered ALL the risks. I think we should all stop pointing fingers unnecessarily and move on with our lives.

All I can say is that we, the pacers, did whatever we could to the best of our abilities. Special thanks to PUMA MALAYSIA for all the love, support and this awesome experience! WE LOVE YOU GUYS TOO!

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We showed up. We ran. We conquered. We were HAPPY!

I hope you guys are having a good day!

Keep Running!