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Review: Garmin Forerunner 235 (MY PANDA)

For the past 2 months ++, I’ve been using the Forerunner 235 thanks to Garmin Malaysia!

*For the rest of the review, the Forerunner 235 will be referred to as MY PANDA (you’ll see why)*Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetMy panda has been my go-to watch since.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI have trained and even completed several races with it. I am still relatively new to Garmin. I have not tested many of the other models.

I’ll just highlight the interesting/useful/useless/fun features that my panda has (which may very well be common features in other models)!

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Internal Features:

  • The WATCH FACE: Yes, you can change the watch face. It is much more interactive compared to the FR225. I chose the cutest, most non-professional looking watch face – My PANDA! People get intrigued by it and I have random people coming up to me asking about my watch! Conversation starter, maybe?

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Just a few of the MANY different watch faces.

  • Wrist-based Heart Rate sensor: My Panda is the first product from Garmin featuring its own heart rate technology (FR225 was using Mio’s HR technology). So far so good. My heart rate has been quite consistent across all wrist-based heart rate sensors. As with all technology, you cannot expect 100% accuracy. Try not to rely too much on it and ALWAYS trust your efforts. You will know how hard/easy you are running. 😉FullSizeRender_1 2

Resting Heart Rate at 37!

  • The GPS system: The Panda allows you to select between GPS or GPS + GLONASS. Without hesitating, I went for the GPS + GLONASS even though I had NO CLUE what it was! Having a ‘+’ is always a good thing, right? Anyway, I Googled it and GLONASS aka Global Navigation Satellite System is the Russian version of the GPS. This feature increases the accuracy of position and distance (because we all want our paces and distances to be accurate to the T, right?)IMG_6541
  •  Different modes of activity: You can select between run, run indoor, bike, bike indoor or others. IMG_6540I’m a sucker for maps and I LOVE looking at maps. I like to see where I’ve been. Very pleased to have a GPS watch that can track my other activities: hiking/walking etc JUST so that I can review them later!IMG_4407These were from my hike/walk in Hawaii. You can SEE the AKAKA Falls! HOW COOL IS THAT!

IMG_4461Walking through the CRATER! You can see how big it is. Excuse me for being overly excited!

IMG_4759Journey to Green Sand Beach!

  • Satellite capture was a zillion times faster compared to the FR225

 

  • Bluetooth sync with Garmin Connect (smartphone) seemed faster and more sensitive compared to the FR225

IMG_6542A lot of info for this watch face.

  • Other fun/miscellaneous/smart watch-ish functions:
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  • Step counter and calorie counterIMG_6544
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  • Smart Notifications from your phone when you turn on your bluetoothFullSizeRender_1Receiving whatsapp messages!

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  • Set several time zones. This came in handy when I went to Hawaii. I wanted to keep track of the Malaysian time.IMG_6548

External Features:

  • Light Weight: This is an EXTREMELY important feature because as runners, any extra weight would mean slower run times, right?! ;P
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  • Interchangeable straps: Because we MUST change our watch straps to match our running outfits/shoes. My Panda strap comes in two colours: grey or black. It also comes in red and orange.
  • Easy to put on: As runners, we are always rushing out the door because WE CANNOT WAIT TO RUN. So we need to be able to put on our watches as fast as possible. The FR 225 was a little more difficult to slip on. Plus point for the Panda!IMG_2769
  • Clip on charger: I know there are many different types of charger heads across the different models. For the Panda, it was a lot easier to toggle compared to the FR 225. No problems with clipping it on!

 What do I think?

My Panda is definitely one up from the FR225. I am utterly pleased with all the special features and upgrades that has been added to the Panda.

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Okay, I seem to be a little harsh on the FR225. Don’t get me wrong. There is absolutely nothing bad/wrong about the FR225.

But by comparison, I personally prefer the Panda. IF you are just starting out and looking for a BASIC GPS watch, then the FR225 is for you. If you have a little more to spend and want a little more fun features, GET THE FR235! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!

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Running and tracking has never been easier.

You can get it from most of the Gamin stores in Malaysia at RM1550. 🙂

*Psssst, if you are nice to me, I MIGHT be able to give you a little discount. 😉 T&C apply*

Let me know if you have ANY other questions!

xoxo

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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#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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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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Guess what’s in the bag! The last session! Phew.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

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! 🙂

Preparing For Your First 10KM – The Dos and Don’ts

These are some of the questions that I answered for Puma Malaysia.

If you’re preparing to run your first 10KM, I hope you find this useful!IMG_9210


 

1. The running programs are divided into two categories, the pacers, and the runners. Who are these pacers and what are their roles? 

The Puma Night Running Club is run by 11 dedicated and capable pacers. We come from all ends of the spectrum in terms of experience, speed and knowledge. Every week, the pacers are tasked to help the members reach their respective running goals. The pacers will pace the members according to their pace groups, guide, motivate, support and bring an element of fun to the running club. The pacers are basically a bunch of very passionate runners and we aim to create a space where we can share what we love – RUNNING!IMG_5423

#throwback: Puma Night Run Pacers 2014!

2. What are the types of training done to help all running enthusiast improve or complete their first 10KM?

Anybody can complete their first 10KM just by dedicating 3-4 days of running per week. But if you aim to improve your time, you need targeted workouts. Throwing in intervals, tempo runs, hill training and some mileage will help you run that much faster!

3. Is there a specific training programme that the pacers have set?

We just completed our 10KM training programme in July. In the weeks left before the Puma Night Run, we will be doing a lot of speed work and tempo runs to prepare the runners.

4. What are the importance of training before a 10KM run? 

Training prepares both the body and the mind. It ensures that you are able to complete the run smoothly and injury free. Running 10KM without training puts your body in a state of shock as it is not adapted to the distance and the speed. You are likely to finish the race in pain (if you push) and you are not likely to sign up for the next one!

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5. What are the dos and don’ts during the preparation of a 10KM run?  

What To Do:

  • Test your running gear/attire

 

What you wear on race day should have already gone through a period of “testing” during your training runs. The GOLDEN RULE is to not try anything new on race day, from what you wear to what you eat. Make sure you have proper running shoes and Dri-Fit clothing that wicks sweat away from your skin.

  • Eat Well and Drink Up!

 

It is important that you eat well-balanced meals with a good mix of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. You need these nutrients to recover from tough workouts during training. Remember to drink plenty of water too!

  • Listen to Your Body

We like to do and listen to what other people say. We tend to disregard how WE feel. Listen to your body! Nobody knows you better than you. Try not to do more than what your body can cope with. Push when you can and rest when you should. You don’t want to overtrain and burn out before race day!

  • Keep a log

 

It is a good habit to keep a training log. That way, you can see your progress through the weeks and make the necessary adjustments to your training. Also, you can keep a record of what you eat to make sure that you are refuelling after your workouts.

  • Set a goal

 

The best thing about running your first 10K is that there wouldn’t be a past record for comparison. Whatever time you complete it in will be your Personal Best. You can still set some goals based on your training. It can be as simple as simply completing the race or maybe you have a set time to complete it. Whatever the goal, make sure that it is realistic and achievable. If you have done it before, aim to beat your best time!

What Not To Do:

  • Don’t Over Train

 

If this is your first 10KM, take it slow and easy. Build up a good base and keep it consistent. We know how excited you are to start training! The last thing you want is to be pushing the pace (beyond your capability) only to end up getting side lined by injury!

  • Don’t Do Anything New On Race Day

 

Practice what you will do on race day. Eat the same breakfast, wear the same clothes and shoes and go with what you have tested during your training. When you feel prepared, you will be more confident!

  • Don’t Carbo Load

 

You often hear people carbo loading before a race. Contrary to what you might have read or heard, you don’t need to carbo load for a 10KM race! We are not running a marathon. Stick to your normal routine on the days leading up to race day. Just make sure you are not under eating!

All the best for the run! Remember, HAVE FUN!

Keep Running! 🙂

 

 

Post-Race Report: Mount Stong International Climbathon

Pre-race

Remember how my foot was hurting before the Kiara Trail Run? It got worse after that. But that was due to stupidity on my end. I had mixed symptoms of an ankle injury and plantar fasciitis. Every runner’s worst nightmare!

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. The cause of it can be a combination of foot mechanics, overtraining (sudden increases in mileage or speed work), overpronation, running on hard surfaces and wearing worn out shoes.

I’ve heard about the much dreaded plantar fasciitis, but I didn’t think that I’d be suffering from one! It came along after I did a mixture of hard sessions and introducing new strength based training (currently working on a little project!). I pushed it a bit further by taking part in the Kiara Trail Run. I felt ok after the trail run so I didn’t think that it was serious. What caused it to go over the hill was not enough rest coupled with continued running.

Keyword: REST!

By Tuesday evening, I was hobbling around. I couldn’t take a step without feeling a stabbing sensation under my foot. I could only survive 1KM with the Puma Running Club on Wednesday. In view of my Stong Climbathon coming up on Saturday, I stopped running for 3 days. I crossed train with swimming and some upper body strength work.

By Thursday, I wasn’t feeling any better. I thought of giving the race a miss because Kelantan is not exactly very near. I was disappointed in myself because there was a huge possibility that I would not make it for my FIRST CLIMBATHON. I prayed hard that I’d be ok by Friday.

The Day Before Race Day – Friday

By Friday, my foot was feeling a lot better! THANK GOD! I finally decided that I should go for it! Super excited to be attempting my FIRST CLIMBATHON! I’ve always enjoyed climbing (rock climbing). It was what I did before I started running.

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After finishing some work, Kevin and I set off on our journey to Gunung Stong at about 4pm. We took it slow because the roads were narrow and dark. We also made a few stops along the way.

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There were parts where we drove through total darkness with fog in the atmosphere. It was like a scene from a horror movie!

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We finally arrived at the Gunung Stong base camp at 11pm! I had a bit of supper and went straight to bed! We “camped” out in the car because it was too late to book a place. The camp site was free but it was raining so Kevin failed to set up his hammock! The rain certainly cooled the air but that would mean muddy trails the next day!

Race Day

Got up at 6am and took an icy cold shower! Refreshing! I had my breakfast of bread, eggs and banana. The good stuff!

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God answered my prayers! My foot had no sign of pain and my legs were feeling pretty fresh! The crowd was small but competitive! I saw a few familiar faces. Most of them had either done a climbathon before or had a lot of trail running experience. And there I was, the city road running girl, standing in the midst of the pros. I felt so out of place!

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We were off at 7.50am. There was only about 50 meters of road before we entered the never ending upward climb nightmare. The first grass climb was so challenging! I was out of breath by the first 150 meters! It got worse after that, of course.

I was in 4th place at that time, running closely behind Hani. I stayed as close as possible. I lost her at a point when I was struggling to haul myself up. My shoes, Puma Mobium, were NOT meant for the muddy trails. I kept moving my feet but my body was going nowhere. I slipped many times and the uncle behind me had to catch me with his knees! THANK YOU! There were many parts where I had to pull myself up using only my arms because I was wasting too much energy trying to gain traction.

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By then, I could not see any of the girls in front of me. I didn’t have it in mind to chase any of them. I just continued to climb UP, UP and UP!

The route was challenging. It was harder than climbing up Mount Kinabalu! I kid you not! I didn’t have to use my hands for Kinabalu but for Stong, I had to get my hands dirty! We had to jump over huge logs (that were too big for my physique), cross rivers and climb up rocky terrain.

After 1 hour and 40 minutes, I made my way to 3rd place (finally)! Thinking that it was “only” 14.5-15KM, I didn’t think of taking my gel. Instead, I had my Kopi candy. It worked! I had my caffeine and sugar kick! After a few more climbs, I saw the girl in 2nd place! She was shocked to see me and she went a little faster.

Before reaching the peak, I managed to climb my way to 2nd place. As I was heading towards the peak, Liana (the girl in first place) ran pass me. She was just under a minute away from me!

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I got the last coloured band and started my journey back down.

Sliding My Way Down

Going down was SO MUCH harder than going up! I didn’t want to slip or hurt my foot/ankle any further so I went REALLY slow! I had a huge lead because I bought a lot of time on my way up. After about 10 minutes, the girl in 3rd place appeared RIGHT BEHIND ME! I was shocked! So, I changed from my slow careful hike down to a running/jumping pace. I still had a lot of energy in my legs but I just didn’t know how to hike down the tricky terrain. Wearing the wrong shoes made it WORSE!

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To make things worse, my shoelaces came undone and I had to stop to tie it. And as I did, the girl overtook me. I stayed really close behind her. I could see that she was slowing down. The funny thing was that she had to tie her shoelaces too! So I took the opportunity and made my way back to 2nd place! This time, I went as fast as I could. Whenever there was a straight flat trail, I ran.

Things got uglier after that. The second part down was mainly mud. The first part was more of rocks and branches which were easier to go through. I was falling and sliding my way down. I suffered several blows to both my knees and the palms of my hands (from trying to break the fall). I was counting how many times I fell but I lost count.

IMG_5381The cut on my right knee took 2 days to dry up!

Both my knees were bleeding by the time I made it to the river crossing. The bomba men stationed there kept asking if I wanted to stop. NO WAY was I going to give up! I said that I was ok and pressed on.

Meeting The Kind Soul

During my falling saga, a guy caught up with me. He told me that the 3rd girl was very close behind. True enough, Hani zoomed passed me. She literally flew/hopped her way down! Crazy fast! Looking at the terrain, I wasn’t going to risk injury by catching up with her. It was not worth it.

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He saw how much pain I was in and he was kind enough to stay with me for the rest of the way down. Thank God he was there because I don’t think I could have made it without him! He supported me all the way and helped me up whenever I fell. THANK YOU!

IMG_5387The Kind Soul! 😀

The Final Blow

The last fall really pushed me over my limits. I fell (for the thousandth time) and my right thigh jabbed and scraped the side of a rock. It was a huge blow to both my leg and my mind.

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Everything came crashing down. The pain from previous falls, fatigue, jelly legs, the frustration from having enough energy to run but just couldn’t and the thought of losing a huge lead, it was an explosion of emotions. Everything that I was holding in from the journey just hit me and I burst into tears. I really wanted to give up. It was both a physical and a mental test.

I wasn’t prepared to give up and I knew if I continued, I could still secure my position. But it was so hard. During the last downhill part of the trail, a lady in another category caught up with me. She was at least 10 minutes behind me when we were going up!

By then, my hands and feet were getting numb. It was about 3 hours in and I haven’t had anything to eat except for the Kopi candy! I kept that lady behind me and started running as soon as we hit the flat bamboo trail. It was an open area and we were running under the scorching sun. It was there that I had my second Kopi candy.

Just When I Thought That I Could Cruise To The Finish Line……

Before crossing the last river back to the road, I looked back. To my horror, I saw another lady in MY CATEGORY! I was thinking to myself, THIS IS UNREAL! Adele, you suck!

Thankfully, that was the end of the trail so I started running. When we turned up to the road, we were greeted with a STEEP hill. I walked the first part up and jogged the middle part before continuing to walk up the last part. I turned around and she was still within my sight! I harnessed whatever energy I had left and started running. The road was long, VERY LONG! It seemed like the longest stretch of road in my life!IMG_5401

You can see how much I slowed down during the downward phase of the race!

I ran for a bit and stopped to walk. And then started running again. This went on until the last 200 meters of the way. I lost sight of her, phew!

At the junction, there was nobody behind or in front and I thought I went the wrong way! I stopped to ask the police men who were having their morning cuppa at a pondok. They said that I had 100 meters left! So, I RAN! But it was NOT 100 meters. I stopped to walk again. When I looked back, she was back within my sight. I hobbled my way through until I lost sight of her. I was just 50 meters away from the finishing line. But I had exhausted everything I had. Plus, it was ANOTHER HILL!

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So, for the first time ever, I walked straight up to the stage to the finishing line.

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FINALLY, THE END!

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I went straight for the medic tent and they gave me a big bag of ice. I was in so much pain but at the same time, I was so relieved! The ATM (Angkatan Tentera Malaysia) guys came over to keep me company. Everyone was so nice! We all had a good catch up sesh.

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Kevin came in after that and he managed to place 30th! He went home with a prize too! WIN!

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I must say that it was VERY well organised! Despite the tricky terrain, marshals/bomba men were stationed at all the major checkpoints. There were more than enough water stations too!

Plus point to the MC of the day who spoke perfect Bahasa and English AND SHE PRONOUNCED MY NAME CORRECTLY! WHOOP! She was a lot better than many of the MCs in other races.

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The Minister spoke to me in Hokkien! This was me laughing because I don’t speak Hokkien (HAHA!)!

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Congratulations to all the winners of Mount Stong International Climbathon 2015!

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1, 2, 3, 4 !


Thoughts About The Climbathon

Mount Stong certainly lived up to standards! I chose to do this particular event because I thought that 14.5KM sounded like a reasonable distance for my first climbathon. I was wrong on so many levels.

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14.5KM with an elevation of 1443m is not an easy feat! It was a lot tougher that I had imagined it to be. It was NEXT LEVEL! It blew me away and clearly, I was not well prepared (in terms of pre-race and in-race fuelling and proper attire). I only had 2 Kopi candies throughout the whole journey! I didn’t know that this route would take me 3:19 hours (according to my Mio Alpha 2). It was almost as if I ran a full marathon!

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Definitely an experience to remember!

And I learned a few things too:

1. Never underestimate a CLIMBATHON

2. Get proper trail shoes

3. Carbo-load!

4. Get a waste belt with drink bottle. I was holding either 1 or 2 bottles all the way.

5. Never settle/cruise/take it easy EVEN when you have a big lead (applies to anything in life too!)

6. The body is capable, you just have to convince your mind!

Some things cannot be read or seen, it has to be FELT WITH THE BODY AND THE HEART (and blood, sweat, tears. Hah!)!


 

Up For A Challenge?

This route definitely challenged my physical and mental capacity. It was tough. But I am glad that I can finally add Climbathon (and everything else that happened) to my experience bucket!

Sometimes, you learn a lot about yourself when you are pushed beyond your limits. It is a true test of perseverance, endurance and strength. This applies to anything that you encounter in life.IMG_9612

When was the last time you tried something new? Something that would make you feel uncomfortable, scared, awkward, excited or nervous? Stay within your comfort zone and you risk not realising your full potential.

Have fun with life and let the experience shape you!

Keep Running!

... And let us run with perseverance

the race marked out for us,

fixing our eyes on Jesus…

Hebrews 12:1-2

Post-Race Report: Kiara Trail Run 2015

Pre-Race

Took a break from racing for the last 2 weeks before the Kiara Trail run.

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Spent one of the weekends at Penang with my girls. It was one of the most fulfilling trips with loads of good food, deep and meaningful conversations, time-out from the world and just pure relaxation.

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I love how I can be my crazy self whenever I am with them.

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Raw. Straight up. No judgements.

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Although it was an awesome weekend, there was a twist to what was supposed to be a happy ending. 3 hours after arriving home from Penang, I suffered a sharp pain to my stomach.

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I thought it was just the case of indigestion because we had a lot of food throughout our trip. I had diarrhoea and vomited a few times. I went to bed thinking I could sleep it off. It was 12 am at that time. I was wrong. The pain did not go away. I spent the next 3 hours rolling on the bed and enduring every random wave of stabbing pain. I finally gave in to pain and had to call my dad on his phone because I could not walk.

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I was wheeled into the emergency room, curled up into a ball, shivering and shaking. I had a very high fever and the doctors were concerned that it was more than just food poisoning. I remember having my blood tested, a few jabs and 2 packs of IV drip. Thank God the pain went away and it was nothing more than severe food poisoning!

I took a few days off from running to fully recover. I had a lot of rest (adding up the rest days in Penang and when I fell sick)! The first day back on the road was tough. It felt like I was running for the first time! It was mentally tough too. Everything was BLAH and it just felt like I could not do it anymore, it was a real stab to my confidence level.

I took it slow. Did a bit more of strength training and stretching to work on my flexibility. I was feeling tight all over!


Race Day

The Kiara park was closed a few days before the race because apparently 6 armed men ran off into the trails. Michelle and I wondered if the race would go on. Thankfully, the park reopened just 2 days before race day. But we were still concerned over the thought of 6 armed men being somewhere in there.

I woke up that morning feeling like I had been hit by a truck. I was feeling very tired and sore all over. That was because I was doing all sorts of running and strength training throughout the week. My left foot was hurting too. It had been hurting since last Wednesday. It hurt whenever I walked but seemed ok when I ran.

The race flag off was at 8am, so I had a bit more time to sleep. Dragged my 2 feet to the race venue.

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Source: ET Tey

It seemed as though Coach Mark photobomed a rather decent picture of us.

Put in a mini warm up before heading to the start line.The flag off was odd! We had 3 different “flag offs” because the runners didn’t know if they should start running! It was a mess! We were finally off after the 3rd sound of the horn.

I was told that the entrance to the trail was very narrow. Coach Mark said that we had about 700m of road before heading into the trails. To avoid being jammed up at the start of the trail, it was important to get a good lead during the first 700m.

I was following Michelle and Danielle during the first part of the race. We were just behind the lead pack and we entered the trail head with ease. After about 1KM, the crowd started to space out and there were only a few guys behind and in front of me.

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The guys were really supportive! They let me pass whenever I came near, cheered me on whenever I slowed down and asked if I was ok whenever I slipped. THANK YOU! I slipped and tripped quite a bit but thank God I did not fall or twist/break anything! My foot was already feeling a bit weak and the last thing I wanted was to twist it!

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The body is able but the mind says no. Strengthen the mind and harness your will to succeed. Running sucks, giving up sucks too. PICK ONE!

I love trail running because it is both very challenging and technical. The techniques you use to steer your way through, up, down, shuffle from side to side, crawl, avoiding the mud and jumping over branches/rocks are all very different and not what you would encounter during road running. This was a pretty tough course with a good mix of uphill and downhill. The regular strength sessions and drills that I do certainly helped a lot!

Trail running is a lot harder to navigate because the route is not always clear. We got lost twice. Danielle was ahead of me and at one point a group of them were on the road shouting for the right way to go. Luckily the marshal saw us and pointed us in the right direction. I waited for her to come back up from the road and back onto the trail.

I saw all the route markers – 6, 8, 10 and 11. It felt like I had completed 10KM when I saw the 6KM marker. My legs were dead! There was definitely some crawling involved. I slowed down to a jog quite a bit and surged up the hills whenever I had regained my strength.

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The second half of the route had white picture markers all over the trail so I knew I was headed in the right direction.

There was another major turning where there were no marshals and I caught up with Danielle again (because she was lost). I think many people got lost here. During the first part of the race, Jessica was running quite closely behind me. I lost her somewhere after the 6/7KM marker. She appeared in front of me during the last stretch of the race. I was shocked and she was shocked too. She had the courtesy to let me pass :). It was not her fault if she took a wrong turn because it was not clearly marked! She was looking really good and strong at that point. Whoop!

After the end of the trail, there were a few meters of road to the finish line! Thankfully, that was the end of it and nothing more because my limbs were jelly-fied. I waited for Jessica at the finish line. We gave each other a pat on the back for surviving this race!

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Michelle conquered her first full-fledged trail run! Happy for you, twinny! But I think she won’t be joining another trail run anytime soon. She probably cursed her way through!

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Managed to catch up with a few other runners. Bumped into some of the people from OBC too!

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Yes, Michelle carried pepper spray throughout the run to errrr, spray the 6 armed men in the eyes? Right…… (bahhaha!)

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After the adrenaline rush, my whole body felt like it was about to crash. Michelle and I just wanted to lie flat on the ground! Thank God the prizes were given out soon after. Overall, it was a good run. Relatively well organised and I enjoyed the tough route!

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BURN!

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Time for a good stretch and foam rolling sesh! AND SLEEP!

Hope you guys had fun at the trails! If you haven’t tried it before, GO!

Keep Running!