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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.

 

Canyon Float

Tuesday (11th March 2014):

We had a list of tours to choose from and we settled for the Canyon Float and the Hoover Dam tour.

First up: The Canyon Float!

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Mini Ketchup and Tabasco.

After a hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs, BACON, pork sausages, croissants, muffins, pastries and the like, we rushed to the meeting point where the tour bus was at.

The drive to the Hoover Dam, where we will be hopping on to the raft at the foot of the dam, took roughly 30 minutes. Along the way, we passed Bolder Dam City which is the only town in the state of Nevada where gambling is not allowed. The town was developed back in the 1930s for the workers who were building the dam.

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The area where we boarded the raft was within a restricted area assigned by the government since 9/11. We had to pass through strict security checks before we could enter. The tour guide said that we were lucky enough to be able to go on this tour because we wouldn’t have been able to if we were on our own. Only one company is allowed to bring visitors into this restricted area.

It was a long and winding road down to the foot of the dam.

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Two rafts, each with a capacity of 60 people, were waiting for us.

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Our tour guide and driver of the motorised raft that day was Jerry. He looked like a typical ol’ grandpa with a good sense of humour. After briefing us on some safety raft rules which were nothing more than making sure that we didn’t fall off the raft, we were off to cruise down the Colorado River.

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Before that, Jerry steered nearer towards the dam so that we could take our DAM pictures (HAAAAA!). He also explained the many different parts of the dam and how the water flowed to generate electricity.

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The Colorado River within the Black canyon is located at the state line between Nevada and Arizona. From the picture, the right side would be the state of Nevada and the left would be the state of Arizona. Black volcanic rocks are found throughout the area, hence the name Black Canyon.

 

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As we cruised along the Colorado River, Jerry shared many interesting facts about the Black Canyon and pointed out some wildlife/livestock that were unique to the canyon. We were asked to spot the Bighorn sheep which is the state animal of Nevada. They are usually seen hopping up the slopes and edges of the canyon and grazing on the scarce vegetation. They are so good at what they do that they can even out run mountain lions and coyotes. Sadly, we didn’t manage to spot any of them.

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There are several hot springs along the Nevada side of the canyon. He brought us to one of them where the hot spring water was flowing out from a rock (above picture). He explained that the water from the hot spring flows through magma beneath the surface of the Earth, causing temperatures to reach about 120 degrees F whereas the rest of the Colorado River is constantly at 52 degrees F.

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We stopped at one of the popular rest stops within the canyon to savour our lunch that was packed in cooler bags.

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We hiked to a spot where we had the best view (almost) of the canyon.

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Wrap, crisps, cookies, apple and a bottle of ice cold water!

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We settled down, making sure we were not near any holes or burrows for they may house poisonous snakes or lizards.

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Honestly, with a view like that, it was one of the best lunches I’ve had……EVER!

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That rock sitting on the edge is known as the “Dangerous Rock”, not knowing when it will eventually roll down to hit something or someone. 1794515_10152337484311388_985546358_nAfter lunch, we continued on for about 1 mile. We passed through the last rapids of the canyon known as the Ring Bull Rapids before the Canyon ride came to an end.

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Came back to the hotel and rested for a bit before deciding to put in an evening run along The Strip! All the way from Mandalay Bay to the Stratosphere tower! It was pretty tough maneuvering through the crowd. Still, it was an awesome experience!

Your turn to move, move, MOVE IT!