Wednesday, June 30, 2010

MY 1ST FULL MARATHON RACE REPORT : ANAK MAMI STYLE

Please be warned this will be a looonng one because if I break it into chapters it will lose the supposedly "uumph" lol ... if your boss suka menjenguk you buat kerja best read this at home. Feel free to just claim your no # 1,2,3 etc spot and read later .. ehheeh

Cant thank you guys enough for giving me this grand escort to the finishing. Betcha the other bevvies of ladies  sure jealous, all the hunks and one makcik. LOL.


Time  : 20 years from now
Place :  Cottage by the lake/sea, sitting on a rocking chair, surrounded by err, few grandkids
Occasion : Story time and chilling/bonding with Nani (that's my title when I am a gramma, ok u can stop laughing now)

One of my cucus started the whole long story thingie just by asking .. "Nani, macam mana Nani dah tua-tua ni pun (tua? tua??? 67 tua ke??)  dok kuat (minta2lah) lagi, cantik jugak lah lagi?? (ehem ..) 

Oohh, hampa nak tau?? Ok, ok, mai Nani cerita sikit ! Dulu-dulu masa Nani muda2, Nani suka exercise. Hampa tau, baguih. Badan sihat, kuat, awet muda pun buleh. Nani tenguk hampa pun aktif baguih tu. Nani  suka lari. Lari sana-sini, sorang2 ka, ramai-ramai ka .. janji lari. Pagi, petang, tengahari buta panaih dik dik pun lari jugak. Lani pun dok lari jugak, tapi khoranglah .. daq lari pun ..jalan ja .. tapi jalan2 pun 6-7km jugak!! (insyaallah) ..Dapat ramai kawan, muda2 pulak tu hampa tau, masa tu Nani dah  47, depa ada yang dok hinguis lagi! depa semua kuat lari, Nani saja mein-mein nak jaga bodi only. Hampa mesti tau kan pasai marathon? Yang mak ngah hampa dok pi tu lah (hopefully, mana tau ..) Mak hang malaih  sampai la ni tak mau lari.  Haaa.. dulu Nani dok lari exercise tu pasai nak masuk marathonlah! Mola2, lari sikit2 .. 10km, lepaih tu dah seronok mola lah nak pi lebih. Nani pi lari sampai penang, singapore, entah mana2  nun (insyallah) Pasai dok lari tu lah yang Nani dok kuat lagi ni.

"Oooh, seronok ka Nani? Nani ingat lagi?? Mana paling best???"

Haaaa .. yang paling best Nani tak buleh lupa sampai bila2, my first time buat yang jeuh lah. 42.195km hampa tau. Kalau dari rumah Nani dulu tu buleh sampai Kola Lumpuq !  Gila sakan Tok Z hang kata. Dia tu tak larat nak buat dia kata lah kami ni gila sakan!

Ingat lagi, Nani ingat  macam baru dua tiga hari lalu buat (;p) Nani training tak cukup time tu pasai lutut sakit. Bengkak.  Dokto kata jangan lari, kalau pi pun nanti bila start sakit lari pun tak buleh habeh. Tapi, macam mak hampa tu .. Nani ketegak. Nak pi jugak. Jadi dengan tak cukup training, dengan lutut dok sakit tu pi lah ..

Nani pi dengan kawan Nani, Aunty Azza, dia time tu pun buat first time yang jeuh macam Nani. Kami tumpang keta Aunty Haza ... haaa dia ni terror .. lari tak tau sudah! Malam tu dengan badan letih (pi hantaq mak ngah hang masuk university) tidok sat, tau2 dah kena bangkit siap. Pagi2 buta kami dah sampai tempat lari tu. Nani gabra sampai benda jatuh dalam ayaq, kena lompat pi ambik .. tak tau nak pasang tali .. macam2 hai .. nerbes. Jantung Nani dubdabdubdab .. rasa orang dekat tu dengaq kot. Kami kumpui ramai2, dok sembang2 tunggu time start. Ada dapat kawan baru, jumpa kawan lama. Memang best.

Bagi pendik cerita, kami pun jalan lah pi masuk tempat nak start tu. Uncle Syed (dia ni comei hampa tau) mai kat Nani, nak bisik something, apa dia? Pelan2 dia kata YIKES haaha, tu joke kami dulu2, hampa tak payah taulah.  Belum mola dah hujan. Start dalam hujan. Mola2 tu ok Nani lari sama2 dengan Aunty Haza & Azza .. depa start laju sikit Nani pun nak ikut .. alamak lutut rasa urat neik. Hmm baik slow down. Ikut pelan2 kat belakang. Lepaih tu pelan2 depa dua orang makin jeuh nun. Lutut bodoh ni mola nyut-nyut. Alamak baru 3km, ada 39 lagi nak pi? Tak pikiaq buat jugak. Nani slow jog takat yang tak rasa sakit .. jumpa Aunty Haza, dia berhenti semayang.  Tak sampai berapa minit dia hilang balik. Buat lah sorang2, sunyi betoi. Tenguk belakang tak ramai belakang  Nani .. ada harapan last macam ni!

Buleh lari, lari. Tak buleh jog. Tak buleh jog, jalan cepat2. Lama jugak jalan sorang.  Keluaq2 simpang entah kat mana nampak ramai betui orang kat depan .. issh takkan depa semua slow down? Ropa2nya orang lari 21km dah dok tibai kami. Depa lari laju .. Nani jalan2 jumpa orang nie, nama dia Tuan tapi Nani nampak Tuna ..uish nama ikan! , dia pun dok sakit kaki .. kami dua orang sembang2, jalan2 .. kami kata janji kena bagi habih!  Time ni tak sunyi, ramai kata helo lah, tepuk belakanglah, bagi flying kiss la .. ada yang memang Nani kenai, ada yang baru kenai, ada yang rasa-rasa kenai, ada yang tak kenai langsung. Tapi time macam ni semua kawanlah. Nani dapat tau lepaih dua tiga hari, kawan Nani ni buat jalan 42km untuk aruah bapak dia. Tergenang ayaq mata baca cerita dia.

Dia pi toilet Nani continue, takut tunggu lutut Nani buat pasai tak mau start balik jalan baru nak haru. Tapi lepaih tu tak nampak dia dah. Jumpa lagi satu budak. Muda lagi. Ropanya kawan Aunty Fara hampa, Terk. ..kami jalan dua orang lama jugak .. buleh lari kami lari .. tak buleh kami jalan. Nani lutut dah makin sakit, dia kaki dok tertarik.  Macam-macam hai. Kat 27 ka 28km macam tu dia tak buleh jalan laju , Nani jalan soranglah balik. Stoking dah basah kuyup kalau perah dua2 belah buleh dapat dua cawan ayaq kot. Dok ingat nak berhenti tapi takut nanti dah duduk kat tepi jalan tu tak buleh bangkit. Nani pulak pakai stoking baru, tiap2 jari ada sarung .. dok pikiaq, nanti nak masuk dlm sarung tu balik pun mau lebih 5 minit. Toksah pikiaq, jalan basah2.

Kat mana ada ayaq, ambik minum. Ada spunch ambik mandi. Ada ais ambik bubuh dlm sarung kat lutut tu nak bagi lega sikit bengkak. Nyut2 dah makin teruk. Jalan pun kadang2 dah tempang2. Sampai kat 30km tu punyalah sakit lutut .. rasa nak menangih ...macam dok kena cucuk jarum ada, macam kena hirih dengan pisau ada. Ada jugak rasa nak tunggu ambulan aje balik. Sakit sangat. Tapi ingat kawan2 dok tunggu kat depan dengan ayaq, kawan2 kat hujung jalan.  Pi jugak. 33km. 34km. Sakit. Sikit lagi. 35km. Tup tup nampak kawan Nani kat simpang. Nama dia Julie.  Lega. Dia mai cari, nak bawak pi tempat yang depa tunggu kawan2 yang lein .. tapi semua dah lepaih, Nani aja yang tinggai.

36km. Sampai kat situ, Nani dah jerit, lutut sakit. Depa kalut tulong Nani, bagi ayaq, Nani sibuk masuk ais dlm kaki lagi .. Kat sini Uncle Rais dengan bini dia Aunty Kash tunggu .. kawan lein pun ada, Aunty Karen yang suka lari tapi takut gelap siap pegang payung hampa tau. Ada uncle CK, aunty Agnes ka apa nama dia. Tak berani singgah lama takut tak larat nak jalan. Sikit aja lagi. Aunty kash pegang muka Nani, dia cium (minta2 taklah beu busuk sangat) dia kat pi. Sikit lagi. Nanti depa jumpa kat penghujung.

I tell myself. Jalan. Bagi habih. Tup2 aunty Julie dengan uncle CK kata depa jalan dengan Nani sampai habeh. Sat-sat Nani nanti jerit aaahh kaki sakit .. kalau orang tak sabaq, Nani dah kena pelempang kot, macam budak kecik dok kata sakit, sakittt .. Tapi nasib beik depa ada. Kat setengah tempat tu marker dia tak nampak, kalau Nani sorang mesti dah sesat. Satu lagi , satu lagi. Ada bukit pulak kat last. Panjat jugaklah. Kalau tak lalu kot situ, takdaq jalan lein. Apsailah bubuh bukit tang last? Jalan cepat2 nak bagi bukit habeh. Alhamdulillah.

Pusing simpang nampak lah tempat habeh belah kanan. Tak buleh kot situ aunty Julie kata. Kena pusing kot depan sana. Laaa .. dah nampak dekat sangat!!  Jalan lagi .. dah masuk bandaq, uish lalu depan kedai makan punyalah sedap beu .. rasa nak berhenti duduk singgah makan, tak payah bagi habeh lah benda marathon ni. Tapi Nani tau kawan2 dah ramai risau. Telepon dlm pinggang dok masuk message, teet teet, teet teet .. ada orang call. Semua Nani tak tenguk tak berani takut kot2 henti nak baca sms kaki mogok tak mau pi depan lagi! Sorrylah kat depa2 tu bagi risau tak tentu arah. Dok pikiaq, mesti Aunty Azza & Haza tunggu lama tak sampai2.

Jalan cepat2. Dah tak tahan sakit. Nak bagi perabih. Dari jeuh nampak tiang finish tu. Lepaih tu, eh banyak tangan dok lambai. Laaa .. sebak sat. Kawan2 Nani, (uish depa semua hensem2 tau ..) ropa2nya tak balik. Depa tunggu. Uish. Cepat jalan. Nanti sebak jadi nangih buruk betoi. Depa mai ramai2 .. jom2 .. lari, lari. Laa hampa tak tau ka?? lutut dok sakit ni .. ada sorang tu kata .. "pain is in the mind .. pain is temporary" nasib beik lah dia tu terror lari .. kalau orang biasa2 yang tak lari kata lagu tu kat Nani time tu memang dah kena tampaq! Try sikit. Kesian depa tunggu. Tenguk depan. Uish pintu gerbang dah dekat sangat. Pasai depa tunggu .. Nani lari (taklah jeuh) sampai cross pintu gerbang. Punyalah riuh, seronok dengan tepuk tangan, dengan jerit .. Nani rasa macam dapat nomboq satu. (padahal dah dekat2 corot). Beik sungguh depa nie.  Tenguk ataih, tu dia 7jam2minit. Padanlah ramai risau.

Hilang sakit semua sat, lupa semua. Buleh dok gelak, dok cakap thank you.  Unlce Kumar kawan Nani dari tanjung pun tunggu lagi. Laaa, dia lagilah lama pasai dia lari 21k aja.  Yang lein2 pun mai, mesti depa lega tenguk Nani sampai, ok aje pulak tu .. main peluk cium (dengan yang pompuan ajalah) .. lupa lagi skali,  Nani mesti dah beu best punya. Takpalah, depa pun ada yang belum mandi lagi ha ha.

Pi bising2 ambik medal dengan tshirt. Pi ambik bag. Lepaih tu yang tunggu semua balik satu2. Pasai ada hal sikit nak kena tunggu Nani suruh Aunty Haza balik dulu. Kesian dia balik sorang. Mai betiga. pelan2 bukak kasut, tu dia kaki kecut, sampai jadi putih pasai stoking basah. Nasib bawak slipar. Time ni sakit dah mai balik. Tadi seronok2 semua lupa. Dpt kosi duduk. Tak lama Aunty Kash sampai dengan kawan dia. Laaa rupanya yang Nani ingat nama dia Tuna tu. Baguih, dia jalan sampai habeh jugak.  Alhamdulillah walau lambat Nani habeh jugak ke hujung. Nasiblah buleh lari kat hujung tu, aksyen aje sakit tuhan aje yang tau. Paling syukur, tak merangkak balik!

Sembang2 sikit kami pun baliklah.  Time ni Nani dah tak buleh pijak kaki kiri. Lutut dah nyut2 sampai tulang. Jalan tempang2 jugak. Mola ingat nak balik dengan ketapi, suruh Mak hampa ambik kat stesyen .. laa, nak pi naik platform tu nak kena panjat tangga dia nuun .. tinggi. Tak payah. Kami balik neik teksi. Aunty Azza ikut Nani balik sekali.

Balik, rehat, mandi, makan. Seronok memang seronok pasai habeh. Bukan senang, bukan ramai orang yang buat 42km ni. Tapi Nani tak puaih hati. Nani tak letih sangat. Padahal 7 jam ataih jalan, dalam panaih diq diq. Kulit gelap toksah cerita. Berkilat. Kaki sampai ada 3 kaler. Tapi Nani tak letih. Tapi pasai lutut buat pasai Nani tak buleh nak pi lekaih sikit. Kalau tak sakit taklah lama semua orang tunggu. Apa pun, alhamdulillah semua selamat. Haa, tu dia punya panjang cerita Nani no. Nasib hampa tak lena, tapi tersengguk-sengguklah jugak !! Tapi Nani tak leh lupalah, depa buat macam selebriti tu. Lutut 3 hari bengkak tak hilang, jalan terkengkang-kengkang .. sakit tapi memang best. Tshirt tiga hari pakai berturut-turut. Toksah tanya basuh ke tak. Ada orang (yang balik dengan Nani petang tu) tidoq dengan tshirt dia malam esuk tu, hampa jangan tak tau ;p)

Move cursor to 3:45. Sudah start limping hehehe
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Told ya it will be looooooooong.

While I was happy that I finished with no serious damage, I am disappointed. I was not that tired upon reaching the finishing line and had loads energy left. And I didnt face any wall on this walk despite having to go slow. Its the damn knees. I might have finished with Azza and Haza. But then again lots of things could have happened. I didnt get my runner's high. Alhamdulillah I got away with chaffing and blisters. Only my stupid knee swell and and toes. Losing a toenail is cool, I was told. Ha ha.

Going to heal these knees and give this distance another try. Yes , ladies and gentleman, I am doing a full marathon again. Hopefully my knees would behave better and I could finish within the allocated time given and experience the esctasy of a runner's high.

Thank you all for helping me through this. The FMVs, Yim, Syed and Azza especially, congratulations. You guys done a great job. We no longer virgins ! Congratulations to the rest of the gang. Everyone did well this time round. This will be the unforgetabble one. How we all unite and became one. For our passion. Running. Blogging. FB-ing and last but not least, getting that No #1 spot. LOL.

Pictures can be viewed here. Thanks to CK Au, Nik and others that snapped away. 

Psst : woit, bangun .. tertidur eh????




Tuesday, June 29, 2010

PICTURES DULU , OK?

Still FMVs at this moment


The one spot to reach that kept me going


Ice, Ice Baby ..one of the few factors that helped
me finish the run


Kash sending me on my way, a kiss followed this and 
that really got me going 

 
just 6km more .. Rais & Kash rock!


Any agents out there looking for plus size model?

Macam tak betul jer jalan nie?
 but got the marker !!


the guys waited and greeted me 

 
and made me run the last leg 

 
so, even in pain I ran with them ..

See? kalah celebrity .. Julie & CK kept me company
from 36km and prevented me from getting lost, I would have 
gone somewhere else at 40-41km LOL

 
Proud new marathoners with 
the ultramom, Haza

 
   Finally, I get to sit down, Azza, Karen (FMV till PBIM),
 Kash's friend Tuan Senang Besar, Julie and tauke 
kedai runcit, Kash
 
Check out my new tan lines, my legs 
have 4 shades - with Azza and Syuk Yusof


 
the hard earned Tee ..

  1. Race Report, next change. 
  2. Pictures courtesy of CK Au, Nik, Kash, Nad, Terk and SCKLM .

              

Monday, June 28, 2010

FIRST DAY AS A MARATHONER

1. Woke up to whole body aching, and moving the legs seemed impossible

2. Getting up from bed , trying to stand straight required an effort

3. Sitting and getting up from the "throne", from sofa, even dining chair .. aarrgghh

4.  Putting on jeans, had to sit on the bedlah !

5. Walking up 15 steps of stairs, painful

6.  Walking down the same stairs, pure agony

7. Realised shuffling is the way to walk these few days

8.  Getting in and out of car needs special skills

9. Shifting foot from gas pedal to brake pedal, another special skill - thank god for automatic car

10.  Trying to walk as normal as possible in public needs great effort

11.  Going up on a three inch road curb requires pulling jeans from the thighs to get foot up

12.  Imagine all that and add swollen knee, swollen toes  (no shoes for minimum 
        one week, at least)
   
13.  Realised that will lose a toenail or two ..

14.  Body now has multiple tan lines that can put a zebra to shame

15.  So darn lucky managed to avoid getting chaffed, blistered  - sorry for those that had it

17.  Finds pictures in compromising poses on friend's facebook - and the blogs are yet to come !

18.  Gleefully planning when and where to show off wearing the Finisher Tee

19.  Sit down and playing the whole run in mind - nothing but  awesomeness

20.  Reliving the finishing,  of friends (hunks, actually !!) running with you to the finishing line, being escorted grandly like a   celebrity (despite coming in almost last) with all the gungho-ness and shouts - PRICELESS !!!!!!!



p/s : race report soon :)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

FIRST THINGS FIRST ..

Thank you to Julie Wong and CK Au for pacing with me from KM36. Finishing it was was my aim no matter what,  but I would have gotten horribly lost from 40 to the end ..

Kash, Rais, Karen and the gang at 36KM, you were what made me still go and go !!And Kash, that kiss you gave me tambah my semangat !!

And sungguh sungguh terharu, I was almost in tears (tapi control macho, makcik menangis nanti tak leh stop hahhah) when I saw that you guys actually waited for me (lama tunggu tuuu). Shuk, Diket, Ian, Nik, KA, Dett, Ziff, Nizam, (if I missed anyone, sorry but you know who you are) you guys made me feel like I won the marathon .. It was really painful for me to run the last leg but since you guys were there, I ran and ignored it .. and I am glad I did .. mesti people were wondering I ni celebrity mana lah !!! Its so funny collecting the medal and the finisher T, the guy thot ALL of us just arrived, hilarious !!! Err upload gambar edit lah mana yang patut ok? hahaah

And my buddy from Penang,  Kumar, even though doing only Half, still waited for me hours and hours!!

And all the hugs and kisses after the run even though I must have stank ..... will not forget this gesture, ever.

And to the many many people that said hi to me, kisses, taps , encouragement, I cant thank you enough. One point of time the guy pacing with me was like "you are popular" LOL LOL ..

And to those of you that sent good luck messages, worried messages (Ian, Yim, and few more) and calls, so sorry I did not respond, I was afraid if I broke my momentum even a bit I would be forced to DNF, it was go, go and go till the end then stop ! And Azza &Haza who were worried sick that I took sooo long ;o)

I am a  bit disappointed because my stamina berkoyan-koyan ada .. and mentally I was focused and no wall came, but my knee sakit from 3rd km and after 22k I was walking .. but hey I finished, that's what counts !! My knee is now swollen giler and bruising too LOL but its worth it .. I have ice on  skin direct and no feel at all .. that's how bad it is but I proved Dr Chan wrong, even when the pain set in I finished my marathon .. must go and tell him lah ..

Haza, thanks. You are the inspiration that made me do this.

It will be a loooooooooooooooooooog race report , soon .. I can brag kan? ahahahah

Friday, June 25, 2010

Joining?

Friends ,
Well, I am gonna be at Starbucks, Ampcorp Mall from 7pm to pass out the FMV vest to some members. 

If you are free, then come join us. Chill out before d-day :) Gebang jangan tak gebang (diket, pinjam!)

And to add a bit of drama, my water tank pipe burst this evening and water was collecting on the ceiling and an hour ago, it fell off .. luckily no one was upstairs at that time ..


Things were chaotic from morning and the perfect ending was this  :-





I was actually hoping for an early night .. and now due to all the excitement I cant sleep, so here I am !!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

SCKLM Collection



Yup, thats me.  June Malik is my pen name whilst Junaidah Mohd Ishak is my real name (I really, really dont like Junaidah) Ha ha. My dad passed away when I was 11 and we were not close either (long story) and Malik, my late father in law filled in the shoes of a father that I never had.

Pack collection was 1 hour 15 minutes. I got a text from Diket "wah u already in your race shoes?!" haha ! I turned around and saw him. We were exchanging text messages while slowly moving to the counter. Diket sure know how to make jokes .. he was like "if these people handle Boston or NY marathon, race day pun orang beratur lagi" hahaha .. I also met Talib (Kadok), Sharafi and Suhaimi. Its nice to see familiar faces in a crowd like this. 

bad points :- 


1. slow , only 2 counters for FM and at 12:30 only one counter was giving out packs. HM had 4 counters and 10km 9 counters and 2 each for fun run and kids dash.


2. some runners' names were missing from the system ! if they're lucky they get a bib without their name, if not they were asked to go back again after two hours or worst, tomorrow.


3. they didnt even look at the photocopy of IC  that you were told to bring when collecting on behalf of your friend.


good points :-


1. the crowd was quite tolerant. not sure how it will be tomorrow and saturday if this no names and slow moving lane continues.


2. the staff at the counter was friendly and helpful.


3. they were strict this time, they only give out vests according to the size that you ordered, no exchange was allowed.


Imagine my surprise when it was my turn and the girl gleefully acknowledged me, our conversation went 


Her : Wah, I am registering an FMV
Me  : *in my mind, alamak i dont recognise her at all* eh mana tau? you in our group?
Her : heeh, its a small world KAK JUNE
Me : *adoi, she even knew my name* it sure is small hehe .. so sorry but I dont recognise you, may I ask who you are??
Her : haha, you will know soon enough 

She refused to disclose her identity and I still cant place her. One thing for sure she's either a member/reader here or fb buddy or fmv! gonna try and find her hehe .. she took my number lah!

The FMVs vest were delivered there, I decided to kill two birds at one time and Suhaimi was kind enough  to take it off the guy since I was lining up and cant get out! I like it and was posing for Suhaimi LOL, am sure people lining up were wondering who I was or what I was doing .. am waiting for him to post the pictures :) Few FMVs collected their vests and I hope they like it too.


I am much calmer today. No yikes, no fast hearbeat, no cakpong cakpong .. I am just going with the flow. Will enjoy tomorrow and will send off Yana to Melaka on Saturday, come back and rest and wait for Sunday. 


Good luck with your collection!!


Ohh one more thing .. saw this lady lining up , she could only speak chinese and another lady was "interviewing" her .. apparently she runs every year, FULL MARATHON. She walks mostly and she said that she enjoyed every minute of it .. I refrained asking her timing for obvious reasons :) If you see her, holler !!








Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Please ?

May I put this on my blog too ?? Dont know who the real owner is .. so bertanyalah dahulu dengan sopan santun nya :)



Thank you !

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

No Yikes :)

this anak mami
got cita-cita tinggi
nak pergi lari
dari pagi ke tengahari

forgot about her knees
already use many many
now osteo sudah mari 
adoi apa mau jadi?


but this anak mami
the very panas baran
cos doctor tell me
i wont finish the run


so this anak mami 
the very the degil
when itu time itu  hari
will stand there gigil-gigil


nanti ada anak teruna
nanti ada anak dara
hot mama juga ada
ini anak mami group mana?

tinggal lagi 5 hari 
oh no, really?
the gatal very my jari
padan muka sendiri

but u know what?
lots of people give me heart
so i will slow slow buat
even though dah tak larat

and also guess what?
this one i very very like
lots of this and that
I no say my yikes !!






Thanks all for your support and encouragements. See you at Dataran on the 27th. Come and join us the FMVs at the starting line !! 

ITS NOW 4 DAYS TO D-DAY. Err, Yikes?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Runners Connected



While the rest were busy doing their last LSDs, a bunch of us were busy eating :)

Julie suggested we meet to talk about her waiting at the 30km mark for the FMVs (which we never really discussed LOL , finally it was "ok julie, we nak gatorade" haahah) and thus this TT session. (err there were nasi kandar, roti canai and tosai involved too ..) Messages were sent out and final turn out : the ususal suspects Yim, Julie, Azza (missing the 4th musketeer fmv, Syed), myself and this time we had KA, Karen Loh and new friends Farisa and Mustakim.

Runners seem to be connected one way or another. Mustakim met Farisa during training and Farisa ran with my bib during Energizer, Mustakim apparently follows my blog (thank you!!) and happens to be my 2nd cousin's good friend, (whic he recently found out) Farisa & Karen are buddies, confusing eh? .. but yeah there is a connection somehow, somewhere.

I saw Mustakim parking his car and he waved at me. And when he was out walking towards us, I was desperately trying to place him. He seemed to know me, alamak! Yim wasnt sure either lol and he came to us with his opening remarks "ni group sakit lutut?" LOL, definitely one of us lah! he has to be either a fb friend or blogger friend and he turned out to be the latter.

Its always nice to meet new friends. And the best part is that there was no akwardness, no boundaries. Each and everyone of us sat and talked and laughed and teased each other like we've known each other a long time. I'm always marvelling at this while I sit back and see the group interacting and having fun.


It was KA's birthday too. And we had fun teasing him about running without his shirt and his ****** rings and hook and nook heheh, you gotta be there to get it LOL.


Mustakim is a "sakit lutut" member too and has decided to sit out the coming SCKLM, he is a FMV. Well, hopefully he will lose his "virginity" soon.


Farisa and Karen will do their first full during PBIM. Add another two hot moms to the list! Looks like running moms circle are getting bigger. Karen looked really hot in her orange running skirt. I was actually contemplating getting one, but one look at the skirt, definitely not for my "age" group lah LOL. But then again boleh use at home while mopping and vacuuming .. hmmmm ....


We broke out after creating a stir trying to get a group photo and as we were heading out I realised that not only I was the loudest in the group, I was also the oldest and  the most "tanned" in the group LOL. This time even KA had to agree that I am much darker that the first time he met me .. 


Hope you guys will know its me when I reach the end on the 27th. I might just be unrecognisable with a few more shades added. LOL. Sigh, the sacrifices we make for our passion.

Last nite I dreamt that I was alone in a long stretch of road, and didnt know where to turn at the junction. So I decided to sit and wait for other runners to pass by. And I ended up sleeping under the tree!

Wonder what's tonite scene? 


Sweet dreams peeps !




Note : waiting for the group photo, will upload soon.

Pre-Run Jitters - all the Yikes

The d-day is a mere 7 days away. Yikes.

I havent ran in errr one month? Yikes.


Been carboloading but no running for the past two weeks. Yikes.

Cant bring myself to step on the weighing machine. But I know I have easily gained 4kg , at least! Yikes.

Think (actually its reality) my jeans are a tad tight at the waist and tummy. Yikes.

Tried slow jog yesterday morning. The first km felt like setengah mati. Yikes.

Knee still throbbed a bit after the ooh so slow 5km walk. Yikes.

Still gonna be at the starting line. Yikes.


Hope to cross finish line walking and not crawling. Yikes.

See you on the 27th at 4:00 am. Gonna go early and calm pre-run jitters. Yikes.

Good Night. Started to have run nightmare dreams for the past two days. Yikes.


Hope tonite's dream is me finishing the run and not standing in the middle of the road , ALONE and laughing like mad. LOL.


YIKES.



Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ismail Clan Gathering - Redang Island

We had our own tshirt this time, coolness .. 

It was a long bus ride but once we were on the island, all tiredness left us.

Crystal clear waters, colourful fish, corals, and the many different hue of the sea. I love the turqoise sea. Awesomely beautiful.


We had a great time, but less grouping up session since this time we had to share the chalet with hundreds other people unlike Kuala Woh when we had the place to ourselves. Nonetheless the outings to the marine park, open sea snorkelling and eating time sees us having loads of fun together ..

My favourite time was the open sea snorkelling, and then swimming with baby sharks, though I must admit I was looking around in case mommy shark decided to check on her kids , yikes!

We stayed at Redang Holiday Beach Villa, opposite end of Laguna Beach Resort. The place is comfortable, food is so-so but this kind of holidays, its rough out days and you cant expect 5 star hotel treatment ..  


Here is the chalet operator .. he cracked us up with his instructions, the part that's really funny was this :- 


"Balik makan tengahali pukul lua belat sampai pukul lua. Pukul lua sitengah boat mali, pegi snooking, lepas snooking balik ala minum petang boleh makan kalipop"  Snooking and kalipop became the favourite word for the gang heheeh ..

Here are some pictures and you can see more here and here .. Pictures are taken by Izzarul, Norul and Yana.
















                               waiting to go out to the marine park

the adorable Kasih Zarina,



















testing out the waters before venturing deeper in
         
                                                                                                                               anak mami extra tan ..
                                           Azam, my son .. not longer my little boy, but a young man !

Ian : the mamakness and maminess are dissipitating because many of our cousins are marrying the non mamaks he he and their kids are following suit .. yikes, we might be an endangered clan soon LOL
                                        

Friday, June 11, 2010

Ismail Clan Gathering

 Our first gathering that comprised of uncles, aunties, cousins, nephews, nieces and our own kids was last year, and it was sooo much fun that we decided it'd be a yearly affair .. This first outing was organised by our beloved Uncle Yam & his kuncu-kuncu.

This time we are off to Pulau Redang, organised superbly by cousin Epi and his lovely wife Norul. 40 of us in total, I think we practically will "conquer" the chalet area hehehe .. We are missing few cousins that cant make it !

Here's a peek to last year's outing and this year's one will be coming soon .. 

(this is considered my calming down time before SCKLM LOL)


 you can see more pictures here and here  ..

Have a great weekend and holidays all, be safe especially those training for SCKLM and especially  the FMVs  :) Owh also to those driving heheeh ..

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Knee oh Knee

My last decent run was my 30k. Then I had few short runs and I havent ran many many days resting my knee.  The swelling has gone down noticeably!

Good news is the pain is bearable. Its there, niggling but nothing that I cant handle and I love that.

I had two hours of cardio class today, one advance and one intermediate class and I came back, there's some pain but  sans the limping yay .. tomorrow, RICE.

Its 16 days to d-day tomorrow. I was totally freaking out silently lol but somehow after my classes today I am much calmer. And after so many days of doubts, today, I somehow know , even without enough training, without decent mileage, without any real lsds, I think I can do this.


How can I not? with all the RBUs behind me, the FMVs, the FB buddies and friends and strangers -  I am so touched that I have you all with me.  And KA has promised to drag me if need be and Haza will stick with me even if it took more than 6 hours (hope not lah kan.. hahaha) and my loyal partner Azza, and of course Yim and Syed .. 


So, we the ori FMVs are going to be at the starting line. Yay. Yikes. Oh my god. Yikes, again and again!

p/s Nik : I am still trying to come up with the Yikes pantun LOL - not giving up !!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

YOU WONT FINISH THE RUN

They say it happens in three.

One - Yim got his knee busted
Two - Azza fell down while running and hurt her back (recovering)
Three - My knee is busted too !

So, of the 4 original FMVs, Syed is now the remaining hero! 

I went to Dr William Chan, the pain after my 30k persisted and I could feel the difference in the left knee and voila an xray and scan showed that I have swelling all around my knee. Basically I have three problems, the chondro something thing and Yim has explained it, and I have plica syndromme synovitis

plica syndrome; synovial plica syndrome A tightening of the synovial plica (bands or folds of tissue) that may form in the knee joint. Many people have plicae in three or four places in the knee, with no adverse symptoms. However, when the plicae tighten (for example, as a result of an athletically related knee trauma) they can become hard and damage the knee. A tightened mediopatellar plica (the plica most likely to tighten) behaves like a bowstring, eroding the medial facet of the patella and the medial femoral condyle, causing anteromedial knee pain and a clicking noise as the plica snaps over the end of the femur. The symptoms mimic other knee disorders, so that knee plica is notoriously difficult to diagnose. Rest and ice are the most useful forms of treatment, but sometimes localized steroid injections are used. In cases that do not respond to conservative treatment, the plicae may be removed arthroscopically.

And my knee xray shows a lot of spurs, the starting of degenerative knee osteo arthritis, sigh. I guess with my carelessness during my young days of jungle trekking and mountain climbing and the hundreds of times that I fell on my knees (I am a klutz) and not doing anything about, its payback time. Of course , ehem, my age factor too.

Long story short, no running for the next few weeks. Two options, rest these three weeks and go for the run, rest three weeks and one week before the race go for a jab that will help ease the pain and see me through the run.

I was assured that no permanent damage would occur if I chose to still do the yikes run. But warned me that I might be in pain from 30k onwards or earlier and will be limping a few days after (a post pain killer jab could help).


So I am resting the knee. But also training. Change strategy, instead of running I am now going to increase my strength classes for upper body and do lower body exercise  to a level that there is no pain in the knee. And Yoga. And the elliptical bike in my room will now be utilised! to maintain some stamina. Hope this will help. I cant sit and do nothing. Am sure Yim has an alternative plan too. Heheh we are now partners in crime LOL. Some brisk walks. I sure chose the wrong race to do a yikes run. And I have busy days coming up too, holiday in Redang and Yana going off. And my knee is busted.


Icing knee twice a day, medications (I have been on glucosamine for many years and it does help) and using knee guard for gym time. 


KA has told me that he will drag me to the finishing line and today ultramom Haza made my day when she informed me that she will be running with us FMVs. Celebrity alongside us, honoured! And all the support from the RBUs, FB friends, friends  and strangers, I shall give it my best to cross the finishing line.


I am determined to do this. Even if I have to walk all the way. I am willing to have the pain for the few days after. So, anak mami is not quitting. But if its to the point that will cause me bad injury I will stop, I promise. 


You know what Dr. William told me as I was about to leave? "I dont think you will be able to finish the marathon if the pain sets in". Defiantly I looked at him and said, of course I will and walked out. Ohh trust me, I have a high tolerance for pain. I was both distraught with the news and upset with the doctor, I left my xrays on the couch, LOL.


To my young friends, start taking your supplements and do what is necessary to maintain your health especially your knees if you want to run a long time to come. 


Here's to the 27th , err Yikes???