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New Year, New Resolutions?

We’re into our first week of 2015, the first Monday, Hump Day, TGIF and the weekend!

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So, what’s up for this week?

Everyone is usually HIGH and MIGHTY during the first week of the New Year and then when the flame burns off, it goes downhill from there (I hope not!).

I started my Monday with a BANG! Woke up early in the morning to put in a tough core workout session followed by 20 minutes of stretching. I ate clean and healthy for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner. In the evening, I took my brother to the park to run his first 5KM. Now, I’m feeling SORE all over! I hope I can keep this up, no downhill from here *fingers crossed*.

Oh, if you haven’t already noticed, I’m a DOTCOM now! WHOOP!

As we step into the new year, did you manage to make a list of your New Year’s Resolutions? Did you achieve any of your 2014 resolutions? I don’t know about you but I’m still struggling to figure out my 2015 resolutions!

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Resolutions are just dreams and goals that you set for yourself. They mean nothing if you’re not willing to commit to them. In order to achieve them, you have to go into it with the right mind set, you need a plan. If you’re jotting them down for the sake of it (because the whole world is getting in on it) then you’re going to be in for some disappointment at the end of 2015.

If you haven’t written down anything, let me help you out! I’ll make it simple, PROMISE!

But before you start,2Let go of the past. Let go of anything that is/was holding you back. Learn from your failures and start the year without carrying any excess baggage.

Roll your shoulders back, take 10 deep breaths and READ ON!

  1. Stay Healthy, Get Fit

Have you been putting off your 2014 fitness goals? If there was ever a time to get rid of your bad habits and excuses, the time is now. And no, I don’t expect you to go cold turkey. Go for gradual change. Start with baby steps. Make a simple change in your everyday routine. Throw in a healthy snack, take the stairs and start working out at least 30 minutes a day (3-4 times a week).

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I WISH!

Sign up for that bootcamp session, dance class, group training, road race etc, that you’ve always wanted to explore. If you want to start somewhere, join the Puma Running Club for our weekly training sessions every Wednesday, 7.15pm at Desa Park City. A group of us will help you achieve your goals!

Soon, moving your body and eating healthily will come naturally. Your body will thank you for it!

My goal: Focus on strengthening my CORE, resting when needed and cutting out the sweet stuff.

  1. Family Time

Spend more time with your family. They are the ones who will be by your side through thick and thin. As the years pass, I noticed how much my parents have aged. And when you’re busy making a life for yourself, you tend to forget to spend time with them.

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My goal: Spend more time with them and attend all of our family gatherings!

  1. Get Organised and Get to it

Your life can be a big ball of mess when you’re not clear about your goals. Write them down! I got myself a physical diary (the good ol’ paper and pen!) to jot down my plans for 2015. It is easier to achieve them when you can SEE them. Try not to keep a digital record. Do away with the technology (we don’t need more of that!).11

I have a bad habit of putting things off for a “later time” which usually never happens. And I have suffered many missed opportunities because of it.

My goal: JUST GET IT DONE!

  1. Save Up

Save some money and spend wisely. Most importantly, spend within your means. With the GST rolling in, everyone will be feeling the pinch.

Set up a budget list and stick to it.

You can start by:

-Eating in, preparing your own meals (you will realise how much you can save in a month!)

-Switching off the lights etc and reduce air con usage (Save the earth! GO GREEN!)

-Walk instead of drive (If it is near)

-Recycle whatever that can be recycled (Paper, glass)

-Cut out unnecessary spending (bags, clothes, shoes, unhealthy snacks etc)

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I have come to realise that material stuff brings no value to life. Spend the money on somebody who needs it or use it to travel to a new place, a new country! The adventures and experiences gained are always PRICELESS! Life instantly becomes more meaningful.

  1. Be Kind

Be kind to others. Regardless of how others treat you, a speck of kindness and courtesy is the minimum that everyone deserves. Compliment rather than criticize, you can never give too many. A kind word can change someone’s life.13

Be kind to yourself. Be grateful for what you have. Accept your flaws and work to improve on them (if you can). Accept you, for who you are. Once you set that straight, no one can use it against you. Don’t always try to please other people, you can never satisfy everyone. There will always be people discriminating, criticizing, disagreeing and judging. Just BE YOU! Keep an open heart and mind.

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Remember to appreciate the little things. The beauty of life and its simplicity is right before our eyes. You just have to SEE it!

To me, a new year is only a new day. However, you can take this opportunity to start over, a clean slate and use this as a tool for motivation. Just keep striving for your own taste of greatness. Keep pursuing your dreams! And surprise the world with what you have!

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I hope this helps! What have you got on your list?

Post-race Report: Larian Muzium 2014

How I got myself into this race is a story for another day. I’ll sum it up in two words: Surprised and Unprepared.

It was only 4 days after the Run 4 Peace race on Sunday. My right calf muscle and glutes were still screaming in pain. I gave my muscles a good stretch on Monday by doing 20 minutes of yoga.

On Tuesday, I put in a recovery run which turned out to be the worst recovery run ever. My muscles were so tight and so sore I could barely move. And because I was desperate to get my muscles up and running by Thursday (Larian Muzium), I applied the deep heat that I was allergic to (yes, I was THAT desperate) that afternoon and it BURNED my skin throughout the run.

My butt was still aching, it hurt to even sit. It was really the worst “easy recovery” run.

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The Puma Running Club was cancelled at the very last minute on Wednesday. Just as well, another rest day!

The night before, I was so exhausted and tired (from work) that I fell asleep the minute my head hit the pillow. It didn’t feel like I had to race the next day. No sleepless night and no pre-race jitters.

I slept so well, I nearly missed my alarm when it rang at 5am. I was feeling lethargic and my head was so heavy, all I wanted to do was to go back to sleep. I had no mood to run at all. I was even tempted to take 2 pain killers before leaving the house. The plus side was that my muscles were feeling strong and ready to run! All I needed was a huge dose of adrenaline.

My dad agreed to drive me all the way to Shah Alam even though it was his birthday! Best Dad in the world. We arrived at about 5.45am and I went to collect my race kit. Spotted a familiar face, Shu Wei (Fellow Puma Pacer)! Had a pretty meaningful conversation over our “free” time (we had nearly 2 hours to kill) and did a mini (probably only 3 minutes) pre-race warm up run. He also pointed out who my competitors were. Sometimes, ignorance is bliss. Haaaaa! I wasn’t sure if I wanted to know who I was up against. It was an open category which meant that I had to compete with the veterans too.

The race was supposed to start at 7am, but obviously it didn’t. I was feeling tired and hungry (I had breakfast!) and very impatient. The reality of being there probably hadn’t kicked in yet. At 7.25am, we gathered at the starting line. I told myself: “It is now or never. Nothing in between”.

When the starting gun sound was heard, the crowd was off. It was 7.31am. I think I started off a bit too adventurous. I was the first girl for the first 500m before the 3 elites overtook me with ease. I had my eye on Shu Wei but totally lost sight of him after 3/4KM (Haaaaaaaa!). Around the 5th KM, a phantom runner matched my pace and ran beside me. He looked at me and said that I was going too fast and that we should take it easy. I gave him a polite smile but I was thinking “Don’t mess with my pace, no way I’m slowing down!”. He was really friendly and I’m sure that he was just looking out for me (I hope).

After 6/7KM, another woman ran pass. You know, THAT feeling, I was pretty demotivated. I had to keep my mind together to press on for the last few KMs. I was so relieved when the finishing line was finally in sight. I saw my dad standing at the side, holding up his camera! I came in 5th. My watch – 8.16am. According to Shu Wei’s GPS, the total distance was about 9.7KM. 45 minutes, probably another personal best!

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There was a whole box of one of my favourite cereal in the goodie bag. And, there was a MILO truck!

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I guess my watch was pretty accurate!

I hung around the area and had my post-run snacks while waiting to collect my prize. Many seasoned runners came up to shake my hand to congratulate me and we exchanged a few words. It was pretty awkward because I didn’t know what to say. Managed to socialise quite a bit, something I don’t normally do.

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Trusty ol’ Puma Faas 300V2. Pretty satisfied with it. No blisters, no cuts.

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Post-run noms! Gotta’ eat what you’ve lost.

When I came home, I did 20 minutes of stretching to minimize/prevent post-race aches. Managed to put in a recovery run (a very good one) and a core session the next day. Post-race stretching really does wonders for you body!

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We all have to take good care of our muscles. Active prevention is always better than treatment. Make sure that you refuel, stretch and rest after a hard workout/race. Protein is essential for repairing those worn out muscles. Drink or eat them, just get some protein in you!

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Ahhhhhhhhhh! I didn’t know KT tape gives off heat! Has anybody else experienced this? My muscles felt so relaxed and oh so good! Oh, thanks to Zi-Shen (Fellow Puma Pacer and PARX teammate) for the KT tape! My muscles are loving it.

Well, it was definitely the best way to kick start Labour Day, doing what I love!

Every breath, every stride, all the pain and every moment you refuse to give up, you finish strong.

 

For the LOVE of Running!

Today was one of the best running days, as far as I can remember! Not because I ran my fastest or the furthest, but because I had FUN, lots of it. I made it a point to enjoy it and I told myself that I would.

I ditched my watch. Some runners depend solely on their gadgets to tell them their distance, time, speed etc. They tend to pay less attention to themselves and over time, they lose their sense of pace. At least once a week, leave your watch at home and FEEL your run. Although I don’t usually time myself down to the very second, I left my watch behind. I didn’t want a sense of time, I didn’t want to know how long I was running for. It was simply just me, some tunes and the road.

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Faas 300 V2! I love these.

The weather was almost perfect. Not too sunny (definitely not hazy) with a cool breeze brushing against my face as I zoomed by. As soon as I eased into that relaxed, flying rhythm, I remembered why I started running. It felt like the first time I set out on my first run. You know, when you get into that soft flow, it really does feel like your legs can go on for days.

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Throughout my run, I greeted all my neighbours and played with their four legged friends. I was running around with a huge smile plastered on my face, tapping along to the music that I was listening to. Sounds more like a lunatic on the loose eh?

I also managed to do some reflection, thanking God for the life that I have right now. It was one of the most productive “me-times” ever! I ran until exhaustion started to set in and when the night sky finally took over.

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Snoopy was trying to get into the picture.

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Such a poser. I meant Snoopy.

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Sometimes, we set too many running goals for ourselves that we lose sight of the whole point of running in the first place.

LOVE RUNNING

Amidst the grueling hours of training, sweat, pain, tears, exhaustion…… you must find that joy, that love for running. That’s the only way to keep going. You must love what you’re doing.

Take some time off your training and truly enjoy your run. After all, isn’t that what running is all about?

Happy Feet! *Tap Tap*