Tuesday, June 28, 2011

SCKLM REVISITED - 2011 EDITION

Its dejavu all over again.

The wake up call at 2:15 am, the 3:00 am drive. Was thinking of last year's trip with Haza. Wondered if she was thinking of SCKLM and all of us. I remembered that this was her most favourite event. And thought fondly of TSB and Syuk, the two guys that jogged,  walked and hobbled with me part of the long journey :)

Its the 1st anniversary of my completion of my 1st marathon. Feels like just yesterday that I crossed the finishing line with the guys in tow. I can still tear up thinking of that special time .. the grand finishing, I am pretty certain, I hold the award for the best finishing ever!

Managed to secure official permission to set up kedai runcit at km35 but decided on km36 after going for a look see at the route. I came back from JB on Friday setting a new pb in my toyota wish ferrari lol. Rested had lunch with a friend and then home and off to Ampcorp Mall for the fmv carbo loading/birthday dinner. About 40 members turned up, some first timers to the group, and mostly old friends. New acquaintances were made and old acquaintances were affirmed. It was a fun night with friends.

Parked my car at the spot  around 3:30am and hopped into Azza's car to Dataran. Its then meeting up with friends and camwhoring time heeh .. we couldnt get a proper group photo cos the runners came in groups and disappeared before another came .. I guess everyone was excited and nervous. Many "virgins" were with us that morning and I definitely relate to how they were feeling :) I was sad for not being able to be at the starting line but I was happy to be around so many friends again especially those real close to me. And knowing that I'd be meeting them at the most important point, made me happy again!

Sent off the full marathon runners and had a wonderful surprise in the presence of Allen Lai. He, somehow, managed to see me in the throngs of people. We've been in contact since the HUKM project but I have yet to meet him personally and it was a truly pleasant surprise!!. After the FM runners were flagged off, I stayed with Ms M to see the HM runners go off. Its too early for us to go to our spot yet.

Both me and Ms M took a slow morning stroll from Dataran to KM36 spot,  a 3km walk. The kenyan runners passed us at KM39 , they were fast! And then there was the red car! We started to set the place up, placards, tables, arranging the runner's stuff and making all ready for the runners. The fast runners hardly even glanced at us, not wanting to break their stride and momentum. They made it look so easy. We sat and chatted and then Steve Yap came with his camera. He drove all the way from Seremban, volunteering to be at KM36. And suddenly this runner came along, he looked familiar and suddenly it hit me. By the time I realised who it was, he was already laughing and taking off his glasses and coming to join us. Another wonderful surprise for me in the form of our very own Nik Fahusnaza aka Enaikay ! Cheeky of him, no hint at all that he'd be joining us :)

And slowly the runners started to come in groups, alone, or tagging along. And we were "selling" our stuff, buns, chocolates,  drinks, spray .. was our mantra .. I would cheekily add "me" very softly when they wouldnt stop hahaha not they any of them heard it LOL, it made my gang laughed. Some thought they had to pay so we changed strategy, started offering them FREE BREAKFAST ..  .. free breakfast sir, madam .. buns, french croissant (yep it was there), chocolates (mars, sneakers, kitkat) and gatorade drinks (orange, lemon, grape), COKE and sprays, counter pain , power gels .. I was worried cos no one seem to want to stop but experience from PBIM told us to be patient. We clapped and urged them on, telling them that they were doing well. Nik did few escort runs with some of his buddies :)

And there we were offering buns, pouring drinks, spraying legs, and chit chatting with the runners that dropped by. We had all kinds, cheerful ones , painful ones, no indication of how they felt ones, and many others. One boy practically stop and had full breakfast. He was gulping down the buns, drinking, eating chocolates that I was worried he might puke. When he was leaving I cautioned him not to run too fast for fear it will all come out again LOL. One guy said he had never tasted bun that is so yummy and one girl stood and drank the cold gatorade and went aaahhhh heaven, the best drink in the world hehe .. We had many people dropping by from 930 onwards and I look forward to see familiar faces .. all were greeted with hollers, and hugs and kisses for some that's close to me :) (I am a very affectionate person lah!) All in all this was a better looking group compared to PBIM. They were a much fitter bunch. Friends and new comers dropped by. Some even stayed to chat and camwhore LOL. Many new members or those who knew about FMV greeted me or came to introduce themself. Rasa macam celebrity kejap you hehhe ..

But there were a few that went hobbling, tore my heart for I know how hard it was to do the last 6km in that situation. But gave up they did not. One guy passed us and didnt stop but he was crying .. I wondered if he was in pain, or was happy that he had only 6km left? But he was running pretty fast. We sent off the runners with encouraging words and told them not to give up. I was happy to see many first timers made it to KM36 and not in trouble. They were simply awesome. I felt like a proud mom !

Three runners caught my attention. A young girl who was clearly dead tired, a chinese lady in the same situation, and a couple .. the guy was ok but the lady was tired and in pain. The young girl stopped and had a bit of drink and food and I told her not to quit and she said she wont. Sent of the chinese lady with same words and she promised to finish the run. The couple didnt stop, it was clear that if they had stopped she might not pick up pace again. Sent them off with well wishes. While waiting for the last runners to come in, I was thinking of these three people.  The steel determination in them reminded me of my struggle last year and I really hoped that they would cross the finishing line.

Few policeman dropped by for some food and drinks. We started to pack up at 11:00 am since we were told that the last of the runners had passed and the remaining took the sweeper bus.  I wondered if they were forced to take the bus or they had willingly stopped their run. We drove out at 11:30am, slow drive and honking at the runners reminding them not to give up. Passed by my three runners and they were doing well :) Saw Ian and his client stretching at KM39 I think .. cheekily honked and told him "not gonna give u a lift" hehe .

Went back to dataran and grouped up with friends but my eyes were at the finishing line. And then I saw one of the guys that was ahead the three .. so I excused myself and waited at the finishing line. The young girl came, she was so happy to see me and we hugged and hugged .. and off she went to get her medal and finisher tee.  And then the couple came, oh I was really happy and there we were, strangers hugging each other. She was clearly happy to finish and got a kiss from her guy, aww .. soo sweet. Off they went and finally the chinese lady came too. Turns out she was Yum Kim Kok's friend. My mistake was I didnt get the other two ladies' name. Nita wrote to thank me and I think she was the young girl.

All in all , we had a great time. My heartfelt thanks to Ms M, Steve and Nik for being there. I enjoyed the day thoroughly especial feasting my eyes on the hunks that passed by. I tell you , male runners , some of them are really hot. and  the female too .. but my eyes were on the guys, sorry ladies hahaah .. UPNM groups .. hubba hubba hubba .. most of them were fit and toned and good looking .. Ms M was tickled when I cheekily shouted to one of them , "dik you handsome lah" .. well he was,  and god gave us eyes to see and appreciate LOL. Heard him laughing as he ran off hihi. One of the runners made me laugh when he came and shook hand with me with "ahh finally I get to meet the gorgeous June Malik" hahaah well I am far from gorgeous but hey, it made my day. LOL. Vain, I know :)

After some photo sessions, headed for lunch with KA, Julie, Azza and Deo. Left Dataran at 1:30pm or so, reached Klang home, was too hyper to sleep so I fb-ed and showered, had coffee and rested. Slow drive home at 6pm. Definitely a pw hahah ..

It was a long day but I definitely had a great time and enjoyed being at KM36. I hope come SCKLM 2012,  I will be running at least the half marathon event. If not you know where to find me :)

Here are some pictures , more can be viewed here, here, here, here, here,
and here.  Thanks to Steve Yap, Mawar, Irwan, Azhar, KD, and others for sharing.

Makan time :)

Steve, me and Ms M at our station, me and Tey goofing around, with karen and the bride and groom, my first surprise Allen Lai and with the virgins !!

The guys in skirt (look at KA closely LOL), Azhar still over energetic at KM36 and queen bumble bee , the lovely Karen Loh

Ijam and his runaway bride, kudos to them finishing the run with their attire, pretty ladies in skirt with err hmm "pretty" sir? hehe, Team G girls .. the young and sexy (ijam sure pening tenguk) and me and Boon Yeong, a runner from JB yay!

To all marathoners,  congratulations. You did it in style. I am proud that I could share this moment with you. Apologies for any shortcomings or mistakes.

One thing for sure, in the running circle and community,  its definitely a WORLD WITHOUT STRANGERS!

Run well, Run Safe. See you when I see you !

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Happy 1st Anniversary


The original FMV quartet



Come Sunday 26th of June, it would have been a year since we were ex-FMVs (or virgin forever in Yim's case heheh)


Yim is definitely the hero of this gang, in the span of a year he has done more than 10 FMs, Ultras and many other countless runs. He just cant seem to stop :)


Azza has two FM bagged and improved her timing superbly on her 2nd attempt.


Me? you know my whine and all LOL. I have one official 42.195km and one unofficial 44.2 km  which I will take proudly. I hope I will be able to do at least one official 42.195 added to my collection before I, ehem, retire LOL.


Syed has two to his bag and holds the fastest FMV record for the first FMV batch 2010 :)


And on this 1st anniversary Yim will be crossing over to Singapore to do his Sundown 100km challenge, aiming to finish within the original 16 hours limit and not the revised 18 hours. Its too bad that Yim wont be around for his favourite/pet event but hey, there is always the 2nd anniversary :) Yim, you will be missed *hugs*


Both Azza and Syed will celebrate the anniversary by running down memory lane again. 


And I will be in SCKLM too, celebrating our anniversary by giving back to the runners. Brings back memories of Kash, Rais & Gang being there for us. This time I will be there for Azza, Syed and the rest of the 42.195 runners. Parking my hot red TWF at km 35/36 and giving them the last boost they need to be on their way of claiming the Marathoner title be it for the first time or the umpteenth time :)


Happy 1st Anniversary !







Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Especially for my FMVs

About this time last year, I was freaking out thinking of D-day that I would be at the starting line for the 42.195 marathon. "Yikes" was a favourite word for many months LOL.

And I know there are many freaking out souls out there today, waiting for this memorable yet frightening Sunday, the 26th of June where you and thousand others will be at the starting line, with your hearts in your throat and your legs wishing they were elsewhere.

But you know what? If you had trained for this moment, its normal for you to still be scared, afraid, terrified, but deep inside you, you know that you are ready for this. Come what may, your goal would be to cross the finishing line! And I kid you not, you will.

But please, dont repeat my mistake. I ran despite an already nagging injury,  but I had put my heart and sweat and soul in this, nothing was going to stop me. I wish I had been wiser. I wish someone had sat me down and told me, do not do this, there is always the next event. Always. I finished. I ran, jogged,  walked, and hobbled to the finishing line and today, instead of freaking out of doing another full marathon, I have to miss my anniversary run.  I kept running here and there and  my injury did not heal properly and now,  I am paying dearly for it. My last long run was last September and the furthest I have ran this year is 10km. 

So please, be smart. If  you are passionate about running like I do, and if you are already nursing an injury, I am sitting you down and tell you. DO NOT DO THIS. There is always the next event. ALWAYS. And you know yourself better than anyone else. If with a clarity you know that you are not ready even if you had somewhat trained for this, no matter what your friends tell you, no matter how much THEY have faith that you can do this, listen to YOUR heart and YOUR body.  DO NOT DO THIS. There is always the next event. ALWAYS. Remember that.

But if you are ready, then I wish you all the best. And come what may, I will be parked at KM35/36 waiting for you to reach me. Waiting to urge you on the last few kilometers that would propel you into a marathoner. And I will be there, and will try to help each and everyone of you that drop by in any way that I can. Some other friends will be there too. 

Promise me one thing. If at all, during any part of the run, you incur injury , you have severe cramps, you have any kind of trouble, do not go on. Not finishing is not defeat. Not finishing is knowing that you had given it your best but today is not the day. You will go home proud and do it again another time. Not finishing in that situation would be the smartest move in your running life. No one will ever look down on you because you did not finish. Even the best runners in the world have had their DNF days. 

Just remember one thing. Just by being there at the starting line on that morning, you are already a hero in my eyes and in all other runners. The hardest and biggest hurdle in running the full marathon is to be present at the starting line. What happens after that is merely a bonus.

Good luck to all FMVs, especially for those running their maiden 42.195. Run well, run safe and most of all, enjoy this day. And I will be waiting for you. If you are tired and want to give up but you are not injured or will not be compromised in any way .. make it a goal to reach me. Once you see me, you know you are already almost a marathoner and we will give you the last push !







Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Clotting, Ligaments and More - old and used knee of Anak Mami

Yeah I know, me not a spring chicken anymore. Dah dekat separuh abad LOL.

Anyway as you guys are aware, I hadnt been running events for a long time even the short ones, didnt stop me from registering and hoping that I can run but alas I've had few people running on my behalf and to them, thank you for doing justice to my timing hehehe

As you all know too well too, I have been having knee problems for the longest time (actually before scklm10) and due to my stubborness of still running after that I am now paying dearly for it. So the advise here is, if you are injured, heal FULLY before you run again, and I mean it,  FULLY.

I thought I was recovering well, able to run short distances without any pain but I still get the ebbing pain after 6 or 7km .. and then I do walks and swim more. I had to take a painkiller jab a month ago since the pain was really nagging. The pain did not go away and the swelling came back. And the pain simply intensified two days ago and thus my appointment this morning. (actually I was due for the "grease jab" quite awhile back)
 
I have "severed" ligament on the side of my knee, from before and it has not healed,  hence what is causing the swell and pain and a small blood clot where the doctor jab me last. Hit a nerve and medicine did not go through, that was taken care of with a swipe of small cut (ouch) to release the clot.

The ligament will take a long time to heal, absolutely no long runs for me till year end, for now I am allowed to swim and brisk walk (no longer than an hour or stop if at all pain sets in) Slow jog of not more than 10k after I finish my course of jabs, in 5 weeks time. :( Jabs are for the cartilage and ligament, one a week for next 5 weeks. After that, new checks to see if I can start running long distance again. I also have physio twice a week for two hours at a time. Looks like the hospital staff will get to know me well haha.

I promise I will not do anything rash this time even if I truly really need a run to let off. Will keep to this swim/walk and on to slow jog and then if all is okay will start all over again. Hopefully by end of the year, I can start to train from square one, and even if I cant join events (another issue altogether) I can do long runs on my own here in jaybee :)



My medial and lateral collateral ligament has "lacerations" and my meniscus is not doing too well either. Sigh. For wanting to run again and run more, for once, I wish I am younger LOL.

Take care peeps. You dont want to end up having to go through temporary retirement like me !




Thursday, June 02, 2011

Jaybee oh Jaybee ........

153 days. That's how long I've been a "johorian" .. 5 full months !!

I still cant say its home here, yet,  or home back in Port Klang for that matter. Here I havent found the niche and comfort and belonging and in Port Klang I've lost the niche, comfort and belonging !

I have made some friends (I can rattle their names and will not use up my 10 fingers yo!!) but mostly they are hi and bye friends, exchanging of polite pleasantries (how are you? had lunch? ok??) but thanks to Julie Wong, things might be looking up :) She's been "advertising" me to runners that she meets and resides in JB to contact me .. we might just have a small group to run together though I will be the aunty in charge ha ha.

I know my way around where necessary .. banks, telco companies, markets, been to all FOUR Juscos available, and few places for me to hang out namely cinema and starbucks Jusco Tebrau, McD for coffee and wifi at Giant Plentong and car wash at a discount at Tesco Plentong. Ha ha , so pathetic but yeah .. that's life for someone who has too many free hours on her hands. Found several good eating stalls near and far .. you all MUST try the Mee Udang Spesial Tg Langsat .. worth the trip!

I am still looking for a suitable aerobics class. I quit the aerobics class that I found .. its too slow, unchallenging for me. I need a hype  up class, with tough strength workout, steps that requires your full attention and stamina and have you sweating buckets by the end of an hour and that has dance steps , with dumbells and fit balls incorporated (banyak soen kan anak mami??)

I am also looking for some place that I can do some volunteer work.

Its not as bad as the first month I arrived. I am ok with doing things alone and not having the friend to call up for a quick coffee, movie or just chats. I believe things will be better somewhat. I was just being a spoil brat and self pity mode aje heehe but I still miss friends and somedays it hit me bad. Especially when there's a run and seems like everyone joined except me!!

I havent ran much, still nursing injury. Hopefully I can do some kind of running soon before I lost the passion for it , YIKESSSS! But I am replacing that with swimming and can now comfortably swim 20 laps (500m) non stop .. timing still sucks but hey there's improvement :)

Hopefully I will sound more enthusiastic, more upbeat the next time I write about JayBee heheeh and if any of you comes to JB, please .. do call me up .. we can have coffee, lunch or dinner or just chat .. whichever the situation calls for. And if you need a place to crash (transit to sg?) we have spare rooms :)

Have a great week ahead guys!