Friday, August 12, 2011

Run Like You've Never Run Before

The weekend is almost here!!! :D

Well, I'm going to share with you an ad campaign done by Nike in 2007... The 'Addicted' campaign  was done to promote the newly launched Nike+ with iPod nano back then to motivate athletes through the software...

And the TVCs was awesomely executed because it was all about the inside the head of a runner... And I'm pretty sure all of us runners can relate to the thoughts narrated in the TVCs below:

Another TVC done by the current world's marathon record holder for women, the superfast Paula Radcliffe (2:15:25):

Have a good weekend everyone! :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Running during the Ramadhan month...

It has been a week since I've embraced the holy month... So far everything is doing alhamdulillah well...

The challenge during this month is trying to fit in my running schedule... But I'm sure that when there's a will, anything is possible right... :)

With NYC just 12 weeks away, I know that I do have to train this month... So right now, these are what I've been practicing for the past week and hopefully will continue to do so for the remaining 3 weeks...

1) Sahur
a. I usually drink about 3 glasses of water and eat 3 pieces of dates..
b. Or a glass of water would be enough for me...
c. If not, I usually have my superearly sahur immediately after my running session at night...

2) Iftar (Break fast)
a. I eat in moderation and try not to gobble all of the yummy food that my mom have prepared... Hehe.. More protein and less carbohydrates for me during weekdays...
b. I hydrate myself with at least 3-4 glasses of water...
c. I eat whatever I want on Sunday... ;)

3) Running
a. I usually run after my terawikh prayers, which is between 10 - 1030pm, and I always make sure that I've a friend to run with...
b) I drink a half bottle of Gatorade and have a snack (nuts or fruits) before running...
c)  Running Spots:
 i. Desa Park City is the favourite spot due to the visible street lights and the presence of the security guards at night around the area... One loop is about 2.1km...
ii. Last week, the Gs and I ran at Mont Kiara... It was a nice hilly route but there were traffic so the air wasn't so nice to breathe in... There are other areas that I've yet to try, such as Damansara Heights and Taman Tun... Maybe I'll check it out this week... Not that easy to find a place to run here at night though... When running along the roads, make sure that you've a running guy friend to accompany you yeah?

I hope that it'll be useful to some of you out there...  :)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Life Lessons #5

Just to coincide with the holy month... :) 

Tumblr (what's that gonna help? that's the part where you lay down,play dead until they forget about you,and bite their ankles >:))
Taken from imgfave on Tumblr

Monday, August 1, 2011

Ramadhan Mubarak





A Tribute to MJ @ Men's Health/Shape Night Run :)

For my Muslim running friends and I, this run was going to be our last race before the holy Ramadhan month begins...

So my girls and I, the Gs, decided to play dress-up again for the 2nd time... And this time around, I coined the idea of dressing up as our late and legendary King of Pop, Michael Jackson... His birthday was supposed to be next month on the 29th of August... So, we wanted to pay a tribute to him at the run... :) 

It was my 2nd time running at this event... The first time, which was 3 years ago and also the first one by these magazines, I was recovering from my back pain and ran for the first time after almost a year of recovering and resting... The medals were given out to the top 75 finishers if I'm not mistaken at that time... So, the target was to just finish the race... This time around, I thought I might as well try my luck and get one since this is the only event that I haven't gotten myself one... This year, they were giving out 100 medals for my category... *Kiasu me* :P 

The race was flagged off at 820pm by none other than the President of Perbadanan Putrajaya, Tan Sri Samsudin Osman who's also my favourite uncle... :) I managed to run up to him and quickly say hi before dashing off... ;) I started running with Apprentice G aka Azu at the first 2km of the route and somehow we kind of lost each other along the way... I was contemplating with myself during the run whether or not to chase for the medal and finish within the qualifying time... At one point, I didn't even bother because I couldn't stand the heat and forgot to bring my GU gel... But then, I decided to just run happy and give it a shot... With a lil' help from Ribena pastilles that I was carrying in my pocket... ;)

Before the finish line.. Had to hold to the hat during the run and only wore it to pose for the paparazzi ;) 
Pic credits to Tey

Almost puked at the finish line...But, I was happy when they gave me a placing card...

#80 in the Women's Open category in 1 hour 16 mins babyyyy!!!  :D :D :D

Superhappy that I've finally conquered this race... Of course with our outfits, we wasted no time to do our fave thing after running... Enjoy... ;)

With Izuan and Azu... This pic was taken before the run actually ;)
Izuan finished in 1 hour 7 mins... My idol always! ;)
Azu finished in 1 hour 24 mins... Don't worry my apprentice, you'll conquer more races and have nicer medals after this insyaAllah... :) 
Pic credits to Tey

Shanaz and I...
She finished in 1 hour 9 mins (#38)!!! Oooowww!!! :D
Pic credits to Shanaz

With another skirter, KA... I'm still waiting for you to wash my car... ;)
Marlin, another MJ girl, finished in 1 hour 10 mins (#40)!!! Hee-hee!!! :D
Pic credits to Shanaz

With Nik... Good to see you again! 
He was pacing with Shanaz... You're so going to be my pacer after this! ;P

Did one of MJ's famous poses ;P

With part of my running family here... :)
Karen (in pink running skirt) is one of the 'champions' for the Running for Orang Asli cause... A noble cause that is dear to her heart... A superfast and hot running mama she is too! :D
Pic credits to Shanaz

It was a superhot night at Putrajaya for the runners... The distance was accurate according to my toy, the Forerunner 610... ;) The emcees were entertaining throughout the night... Although, there were a couple of let-downs at this event... Firstly, the water stations didn't have enough volunteers, the runners had to wait for the cups to be filled with water... Second, they didn't provide any isotonic drinks or sponges at the water stations... For a big-scale event like this, the organisers should know that isotonic drinks are essential when running in KL due to the extreme hot weather that we've been experiencing lately... And the fact that the runners had to push each other to grab small cups of Gatorade after crossing the finish line, it was an ugly sight... Must buck-up next year dear organisers!!! ;)

But at the end of the night, my friends and I had lots of fun at this race... And to look 'different' among the 6000 runners, we definitely did rock the night away... ;)

It has been 2 years since you've left us... Rest in peace...This one's for you... 
The Gs :)