Sunday, March 11, 2012

Fat Ass Runner

Running Kakis which have gave me so many tips on how to run - LYN runners - Run Inspired

Running? What the fuck is this? I never liked running from young, in fact hated it and have been avoiding it all the time at all cost. Troubled by asthma from young, my running have always been teased. Worse when the side effect of asthma medication would make you goes extremely lean or big. Falling on the later category makes running even harder.

How did I start running then? Long long time ago, which is not really long like 3 years back where I passed by New Balance retailer and grabbed a running shoe, MR1043, a top end model shoe during that time. Dedicated to shred of more body weight I thought running would be the perfect sport as it's one of the most intensive cardio activities easily available. As expected, the first run turn out to be miserable, I barely manage to run for the first 200m in my house's 800m loop, have to walk the 600m back. Over the month I slowly improve that I am able to walk-run for the entire 800m loops up to 3 or 4 loops. After that no more sign of improvement.

It started again in 2011 May or June where bunch of my colleagues ask me to sign up for Putrajaya Night Marathon. Seeing how everyone is anticipating it, I dive into it too but on the same day where i have made my race registration confirmation, I have regretted it. I rushed back from work to home that day and try to run a 5k and see what I can do. It took me around 40 minutes for the first 4.8k (800m loops x 6) and I would miss out the 80 minutes cut off for sure. Things doesn't improve from here as my MR1043 is actually slightly too big for my feet causing many chaffing on my feet base. I did 82 minutes for my first 10k race in my life, missing the cut off by 2 minutes but the organiser are generous enough that they actually gave medals and finishing certificate to every single runners who completed the event.

PNM 2011 is where I really started running, the same night I completed my first 10k, I bought a new running shoe - Brooks Glycerin 9. I race again in Penang Bridge International Marathon 2011 for 10k and the new shoe strangely have prompt me to do heel strike for the entire run. I improved by 12 minutes margin compared to PNM 2011 10k race and have been very happy with it. When I got back to hotel, I realised that my knee and Achilles tendon is ruined. During Nike We run KL 10k which falls on the following week of PBIM, I couldn't really run well and only managed to clock a 71 minutes course time which is one minute behind my PBIM 10k race.

After that I have join a few more races such as the Multipurpose Insurance Run 2012, UTAR Torch Run (it's walking not run..), Yam Tuan Climbathon 2012 (if that counts), and 1 Vision Run 2012.

The big day came where I have to pop my cherries on Half Marathon distance. Did once 20k LSD in February definitely boosted my confidence to complete the race. But things can go really wrong even you are fully prepared, also hearing stories that how bad is the inclination of the entire race course, also organising committees saying that this will be a over distance event because of detour from Traffic Police advice. I have made the worst possible assumption that I might have to complete my first Half Marathon in 4 hours - A really generous cut off time the organiser have gave us.

Reality turns out the hills is not as bad as double hill, just that mentally sucks when you know that you are suppose to end here for Half Marathon Distance of 21.1km but instead you have to run extra 600m into the stadium. I completed my Half Marathon as my planned pace, almost 7 mins KM pace which I am quite glad about. Thank god again no cramp no incidents, injuries would be the runners worst possible nightmares

So why am I doing things like this lately? I am actually doing things which people said I could not do. People used to say you cant sing, you can run, you cant this and that. Stand up and prove it to them that you can, give it a big slap on their face and I believe will power alone can drive so many dreams into realities.

Brooks HM 2012 Course

How I did? not good not bad.

This is what it takes to run 21k
You need to treat yourself well too after the run - Ice bath with Curry Pork Mee!

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