Friday, June 29, 2012

Post (super belated) SCKLM ramblings

SCKLM came and went, and it was, as always a great day !

My SCKLM involvement this year, again, not as a runner but the anak mami jaga kedai runcit hehe .. I might just do this at the SCKLM's that I can attend and run my runs (if i run again laa) at other places, what say you??

 A big thank you to my team that day at KM36, Miss M (she's been with me on all the times that I ran kedai runcit, this is our 3rd together!) Serena, Miss Bunny aka Siti Balkis, Amsyah, and KD. Also to Swee Chuan Khoo and his two adorable girls holding some quirky placards!! And Azza, who's always there for me, for the gang .. (takde gambar dengan azza :( )

                                           Here's the who and who !!

From Left Ms Bunny, Serena, Miss M, KD, Anak Mami, LengLui Running (pic taken by her hubby, TriStupe and our very own Avatar hunk, Syah Sully ..
                                             and not forgetting

SCK and his adorable girls :)

My "mission" started with the bus ride from  JB to BTS on Friday .. a long 6 hour journey .. by the time I reached Ampcorp Mall my back was complaining .. I told it to shut up! Meeting up with friends were so much fun. I havent seen most for a whole year, since last year's gathering! Uhhs and aahhs and gossips .. many were being nice by telling me that I dont seem to be "fat" like I claimed to be .. I was feeling a bit better only to be thrown to deep end of sea when the cashier at the restaurant honestly commented "kakak! you sudah gumuk lah" there goes my day mwahhahaah ..

                                       the gang that was there that nite

Some new faces and some that never made it to other gatherings, made it that day .. and the "juicy" gossip of the day was this romantic pic lol

a tender moment hehe .. Oliver was asking about my fall and this is quite first time we actually had time to really talk :) 

Saturday, Azza and me went kedai runcit shopping .. gatorades, coke, buns, chocolates, muscle sprays, plasters, garbage bags, and I decided to try and do some asam boi ice cream .. turned out quite well but alas, being in the sun and not a real freezer, my offer of icecream asam boi soon turned to air asam boi hehe ... but the runners loved it from their post comments .. Arman said made his "mata terbeliak" hahahah .. My sincere apology to a runner that got the icecream that had 6 asam boi instead of 2 haha .. it was the last one and I decided to have a super duper masam for myself .. giving them out I totally forgot about that one .. that one mata lebih dari terbeliak for sure lol.

ini belum masuk freezer
 A big set back was that my husband had totally forgotten that he was to drive my toyota ferrari home and not his mazda. Imagine my horror when he arrived on saturday in the grey car instead of the red car. I truly panicked cos we had an extra cooler this year .. luckily we could stuff it all in Azza's sister's Honda City, phewww ... next year this will not happen again, I assure you. Serena, who had gamely volunteered to jaga kedai, was crushed in the back seat with a table and cooler and stuff. Sorry and thank you my friend!!

Well Sunday I was up early, just like I am running, and headed to Dataran with Azza and Serena. Parked our car at the school and walked a bit to meet up with friends. Of course camwhoring was in session! It was awesome to meet more friends .. hilang rindu setahun and I hope it wont be another year before we get to meet again! Usual suspects, Yim, Ray, Aini, Ruby, Azri, Lily, Ida, and many more were there .. Met Arman personally finally after a year of fb/blog. He sure was looking fit! it was a fun morning. Then it was time for the FM runners to start so I went to the gantry to see the crowd off. There were soooo many runners and all were looking so happy and enthusiastic! The horn blasted and off they went. I got a double sweet surprise .. Luvis doubled back and came to hug and kiss me and ran off and then after a few seconds Deo came did the same .. He was smiling ear to ear. I havent seen him in a long time and that was really sweet of him.

It drizzled a bit and Serena insisted that we head to our car (takut hujan rupanya dia ni haha) and we left Azza at Dataran, she was supporting her nephew running the kids dash .. piled up the car again and this time Serena and Miss Bunny were quashed at the back seat. Ms M and me were quite comfortable up front. Sorry girls!

We arrived and set up our place, making sure the drinks would be cold by the time the runners pass by. It was a waiting game and we had fun chit chatting and making jokes. Choi set up to support the LYN runners but he was generous with his offer .. gave us snickers and extra coke when we needed it! And my other wonderful surprise for the day was in the form on tall hunk Amsyah .. the one and only syah sully. He came to help us with the kedai runcit. Got a great big hug from him. Thanks Syah :)

Then the time came, the runners that mattered. Yim and Deo were the first familiar faces that came through .. Yim had a few sips of gatorade whilst Deo breezed through with a smile and a wave. And slowly more dropped by. It was nice to be able to help friends at this juncture. Its always extra noisy and fun and cameras clicking when friends drop by.

We were able to offer drinks to all that dropped by. Its so touching for me when some runners made it a point to stop and say hello to me, to introduce themselves (the new ones that I have only met in fb) sparing the precious few minutes. Thank you.

We had Ms Bunny entertaining the runners with her jumping jacks hahah .. that sure perked up the male runners. We or well, I, had fun teasing and flirting with the runners too .. shouting "ehem hot runner coming", "alamak adik you handsome lah", " looking hot sister" etc to help them ease their journey haha .. it was fun. You should try it one day. This year kita orang tak kena tackle lah pulak haha .. Its not because we are not "hot", they are a lot more serious .. ngee ...

Honestly, compared to last year, this time around, runners that passed us by, some even though tired and in pain were not in serious "torture" like we witnessed last year. Many could still joke with us, giving us high 5's, thanking us .. sure made our day!

Packed up and  back to Dataran by 11ish.. Been a long day but it was worth it. Met up with many more friends. Was reunited back with Azza. Then we headed for the much needed lunch (tak makan tau dari pagi hehehe) Ray, Azu and Izuan joined me, Azza and Serena. It was fun catching up and I must say Azu and Izuan make a great couple. You should see them bickering and teasing each other. Ehem, cepatlah kenduri nasi minyak eh!

And my most sweet surprise for the day was when Ray looped his medal over me during lunch. Its for you kak june. I was touched and honoured. Its his maiden run in KL and he gave the medal to me. Thank you Ray. Its a precious gift. Cerita ni anak cucu will hear :) (Honestly, it would be so hard for me to give up my medal. LOL.)

I survived the bus trip, the standing, the drive home. My back of course complained here and there but nothing that I cant handle. It was awesome to be back and be amongst friends again. I do miss those that didnt make it to SCKLM this time around and those running HM and didnt get to see them especially Ms Marlina aka Lina the sweet blogger and now a full fledged HM runner ! Next time insyaallah.

Some pictures to share. I am sure you all would have been going around fb looking at the thousands of pictures of that day!

pre run, at the pit stop and after

                                                    One of my favourites :)

Bunny cheering the runners !!
The JB gang

the saviour car this year !!

To all that completed your run that day, be it a 5k, 10k, 21k or the full 42.195k, congratulations. Be proud that you are out running whilst millions were still in bed!

Did I wish I was running? No really. Not this time. I am at peace with my cant run, cant do much condition for the moment. I was glad to be at KM36 :)

To my FMVs, not so FMVs and forever FMVs .. you guys rock my world !
Till 2013?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I (barely) made it

Alhamdulillah. My road to recovery is progressing well. Managed a horrendously slow 7k yesterday, when 5k was my max for many many weeks. Some could have done a 12k for my 7k lol. But then again, who cares about timing kan???

Due to the delay in diagnosing my slip disc, it is a slow process of healing. Not that it will truly heal, ever. Unfortunately in slip disc once you have it, you have it for life. Its a matter of being very careful not to aggravate it. I have very few pain free days .. mostly its a nagging feel like muscle pull, a throb, a something I cant explain. Its always there, a reminder that I shouldn't overdo things. I now know when exactly to stop as not to render me lying down. I can drive long distance too. Nagging pain mostly, and I need to stop to stretch and rest but at least if there's an emergency I can drive. My pain tolerance is high so a wee bit pains like this is just at the back of my mind :) Stretching is good. I will be lying on my fitball all stretched to ease the discomfort. My friend commented that I am now like a cat, having to stretch frequently lol.

Well, I am happy to report that my pact with aruah TSB is now completed. Both of them actually. I was supposed to "walk" with him the full 42.195 scklm12, not leaving him even when he have to stop and pee and he was supposed to be my swimming buddy in the sea for the PD tri and will stay with me through out the event. Yeah that was in the plans for me/us this year but I guess God has other plans! TSB left us, way too soon and I had my fall.

Dedicating today to him, I completed the last 5km of 42.195 to him this morning, and hoping that someday I can do it at one go instead of breaking it into many short runs.

And today, unofficially I am a TRY-athlete hehe. This was my special mission. To complete the second pact and also my way of celebrating my getting better. I actually swam (in the pool) 800m, biked (pinjam from one of the guards. he used his mountain bike for his rounds) for 20k and walked the 5k! Took me many hours and I started early because I knew it would take time and I didnt want to be in the sun too long. Nonetheless I am 2 shades darker. And my whole body aches and after this I am going to lie down and watch a dvd marathon of criminal mind, season 7! (and I smell of perskindol lol)

I had to get special permission to use the pool EARLY. You should have seen the confused face of the Head Security when I explained to him why I need to swim at that hour haha .. I got the permission with "they would not be responsible for any mishaps". None whatsoever I agreed, even if I'm found floating in the pool I said ..mwahhhaa he nearly had a heart attack I swear! So I swam slow and easy. Had pebbles to help me get my laps correct lol. The swim was ok. My back held up. Slow swim I tell you.

Got my bike last nite from the guard. Bless him for lending it to me. Braved the traffic for 2km and then I was off in some kampong road, flat route all the way.  I got stared at of course, I guess its quite a first for them to see a lady cyclist in their midst lol. My back was a bit sore from the bending, and I had to stop a few times to stretch. It was a good morning ride. Stopped for gatorade and bun at a Petronas on my way back. Left the bike at the guard post as promised and continued on. (Note to self : bring bike over to JB)

And I had to walk the last 5k. Cant even do a slow jog, for it would kill my back. A slow walk. Lenggang kangkung Cik Kiah pun laju lagi kot haha. By the time I am done, it was so hot for me because I had a tee and 3/4 shorts over my one piece shorts version swim suit.Takkan nak jalan in swim suit, boleh kena tangkap for public indecent exposure lol.

But hey I did it. Took me ages but I am all kooky and happy. My back is throbbing but a painkiller and full rest for the next 2 days would do it. Why not attempt it in PD you ask since it was the sprint distance I completed? For one, I still have deep phobia of "swimming in the sea kaki tak cecah tanah", two .. a hilly bike ride I cant handle and three, I might just faint of excessive sunburn by the time I am done with the supposedly running leg lol.And I pity the team that would have to stay back and wait for me. I would be last, for sure, wayy after cut off time lol. Another time for that insyaallah. This, I had promised myself, to stop the minute "real" pain sets in. At the event I know, I would be stubborn and trudge on.

What does my husband say? he doesnt know yet lol. He's away in KK for work since Monday and will only be back this evening. Maybe he doesnt have to know about the special mission lol ..sssshhhh .. (must bribe azam to keep it a secret hahaha)

Malam Jumaat next week, bayar niat for doa selamat untuk TSB and my recovery, the mesjid in my kampong in Port Klang will be doing the honours.

TSB, my friend, wherever you are, we did it. You were with me all the way. May you rest in peace and Allah bless your soul. You will always be amongst us.

Do join me in remembering him.