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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

Photo Credits: Ray

I ran the 2nd leg.

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Photo Credits: Ray

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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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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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We both got 3rd place!IMG_0339The team went home with a lot of goodies!


VBS 2015

Processed with VSCOcam with x1 presetI had a lot of fun at the VBS camp. The theme this year was Agency D3 and I was in charge of the games at the Training Ground. Conducting 7 sessions a day was a killer especially when you’re dealing with kids!

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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!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetCelebrated Joanne’s quarter life in between the craziness! Welcome to the dark side!

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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!

Meet the Puma Pacers – Puma Night Run 2015

The Puma Night Run is back!

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If we are blessed with clear blue skies, we will be running the streets of Setia Alam on the 31st of October 2015 (Saturday NIGHT!). It happens to fall on Halloween too, anyone dressing up? I’ll be going as a Puma Pacer ;).

Every year, the Puma Night Running Club Pacers have the pleasure of pacing the runners through their happiest (or maybe not?) run!

Whether this is your first run or you are wanting to smash your previous PB, it is good to plan ahead (and decide which pacer grp to follow!). Here’s a visual introduction of the Puma Night Running Club Pacers and Guest Pacers starting from 50 minutes right through to 90 minutes in intervals of 10 minutes.

5 min/km

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Daniel, Khairul and Chris

6 min/km

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Goh Shu Wei, Hong Zi Shen and Myself

7 min/km

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Michael Wong, Kartini and Lucas

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William, Peng Peng and Felix

9 min/km

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Elaine Tan, Zhaff and Victor

If you can complete the run below 50 minutes, you’re on your own (heehee).

*Please note that the route is roughly 11.3KM (our pacers went for a test run). The organisers have said that they will try to adjust the start/finish line but keep in mind that it will be over distance. The pacers will stick to their paces*

So, WHO do you plan to follow?

All the best and remember to HAVE FUN!


23rd October 2015 – Launch of the new Ignite PwrCool and the Puma Night Run 2015

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Behind the scenes on the right of how I took the picture on the left.

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Reuben, Shah, Myself, Moey, Michelle and Zi Shen.

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Have an AWESOME day ahead!

Free Slots: AMNIG | I AM WARRIOR 10KM Run

Here’s another running event happening in December!

Want to win a free slot? Just LIKE, SHARE and tag 3 friends on the post on my FB page – here!

What? Amnig | I AM WARRIOR 10km Run

When? 6th December 2015, Sunday

Where? West Garden Boulevard @ ONE City, Selangor

Categories? 10KM (Men and Women Open) & 5KM (Men and Women Open)

For more info, please visit www.amnig.com

Press Conference: Compressport Combo Challenge

Compressport (the world’s leading high-quality performance sportswear) along with My Triathlon Shop (MTS) will organise a Combo Challenge of 2 races with 2 distances over 2 different terrains.

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The event was launched yesterday at Xero Gravity Rock Climbing Gym. I felt that it was the best place to host the launch of the event (BECAUSE it is a ROCK CLIMBING GYM, Duhhhhhhh!). It was my first time there and it certainly wouldn’t be my last.

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IMG_8857The atmosphere was very inviting with many passionate runners, triathletes, ultra runners, speed runners, members of the media and of course, all the VIPs behind Compressport and MTS.

If you love ROAD and TRAIL running, this COMBO challenge is for you!

Compressport Trail

Date: 3rd January 2016

Venue: Putrajaya Wetland Park

Distances: 6KM & 12KM

Compressport Road

Date: 24th April 2016

Venue: Cyberjaya City

Distances: 6KM & 12KM

If you’re interested, sign up at www.combochallenge.com TODAY!

For more information about all things Compressport, check out www.compressport.com

Thanks Gus and everyone on the team for having me. I had a great time connecting with the runners and catching up with the usual faces!

Keep Running!