This year, the Gs have become closer... Like a family :)
And my running friends' circle has expanded as well...
The awesome peeps that I've met this year :)
Also, not to forget my penyeris, oprah ladies and the solos for their unconditional support and love throughout the year...
Thank you guys and girlies for making this year oh-so-much-fun for me! :)
This year also, I would have never thought that I will be losing a very dear friend of mine, Allahyarham Kharis...
From left to right: Back in April at Village Park and After the Men's Health/Shape Night Run in July
We knew each other through Dailymile and we finally met in person at last year's Newton 25km Challenge Run... And became close friends up until his last day here on earth... Even though our friendship lasted for only about 2 years or so, it felt as though we both have known each other for a very long time, with our daily BB conversations and occasional meet-ups or drinks to talk about life, relationships, running and just about everything... Yeap, he was a confidant, but also a genuine-cum-true friend...
And for that, I will always be forever grateful to have known such a beautiful person... Will always remember you cunning advises on life :) Hope you're doing well on the other side of the world, my friend...
The Gs and I still talk about you... We miss you... Al-Fatihah...
Here's to making new friends and treasuring every moment with all of my superfriends from all walks of life in 2012! :)
And managed to PB at all of the marathons... Alhamdulillah for that too! :)
(KA, if you're reading this, I am still waiting for you to wash my car from my Gold Coast achievement! :P)
I don't think I'll be able to 'runaway' like this again, but then again you'll never know ;) Nevertheless, I had so much fun running and traveling at the same time this year, since it was my first time to both Paris and New York City... Such beautiful cities and priceless experiences :)
Definitely a running year to remember :)
Looking forward to what's in store for me in 2012 too!
And yeah yeah... I'll try and complete one marathon here in KL soon ok?
This race was pretty much a finale for most of my running friends (myself included)... And of course, the Gs and I dressed for the occasion since we wanted to complete our running year respectively with a bang ;)
I slept for only 2 hours on Saturday night due to the fact that my tummy was feeling uneasy and my eyes just didn't want to shut! So, I knew that I was going to suffer at this run with its superhilly route... Blimey!
Since it was my last race of the year, I decided to take it easy and paced with my fellow Apprentice G throughout the run... And we bumped into a couple of our running friends during the run, especially during the times when we brisk-walked at the torturous hill at the Beringin (Damansara Heights) loop... Nevertheless, it was a perfect weather yesterday morning for us runners that braved through the hills :)
We both completed the 12km run as per our targeted time - 1 hr 15 mins!!! And we're in the top 50 for our category! Mighty Arrr!!! ;)
Didn't run with the eye-patch of course - if not, I'll probably cause a chaos at the route ;P
And yeah, we did cause a stir at the event, especially AFTER the run... Trust the Gs to inject fun and colour ;)
With Santa's helpers and Christmas Trees ;)
With Pacesetters Club's Mr President...
Thank you for the awesome race! :)
Senorita and I...
From futsal mates to pirate mates ;)
Someone from the media was interested in us ;)
Pic credits to Aiman
With me hearties...
Where's our Jack Sparrows? Hehe
Pic credits to Idola
It was definitely the perfect ending for the Gs... We had so much FUN FUN FUN up dressing up for races this year! :D
Can't wait for what's in store for all of us in twenty.twelve... With more awesome costumes ;)
Life is good. Really? I’m probably going through what feels like the longest marathon run of my life for the past few months. I’m in no hurry to get to the finish line though. I know I’m built for endurance and perseverance. I try to act cool when it calls for me to flip in normal circumstances. I seem to think I have enough options to choose from when in reality, they’re all quite vague. Ok, can I be more vague than this? I’ll try to be specific but not detailed. Whatever that means.
I was intrigued by a friend’s blog post recently. She wrote on the subject of which side of grass is greener. A profound write-up that was gathered by her own experiences and perhaps others whom she know. Honest and real. So let’s put it into perspective then. We all have our own yards, with ‘green grass’ and separated by fences. We then seem to think ‘the grass is always greener on the other side’? So we put in more effort to work our own yards to make the grass greener. Does it work? Of course not! Because the ‘grass is always greener on the other side!’. Precisely my point. Grass is green. There is no two way about it. It’s how you look after it that counts.
On my side of the yard, at least. There seem to be a lot of people who comes to visit. Some of them got invited. Most of them invited themselves. Some thread their steps gently. While some will trample all over the grass. All this contributes to the extra effort to maintain the yard. Sometimes we are willing and duly share the chore to take care of the grass so it always looks nice. Although sometimes we have our idle days and put off the work to another day. It’s still green though. Just not too nice to look at. Sometimes we procrastinate too long which makes tidying up a pain in the ass. There are so many things piling up on top of each other in the yard that it makes it difficult to even see the green grass. In extreme cases, we just don’t want to bother anymore and hope that the mess will clear by itself or move to other yards which we think are greener.
It’s your yard. You either have it for your own or you share it. The mess that was created may come from you and from others but you still have to take care of it. Your yard will become what you shape it to be. You decide how you water and mow the grass. You determine who you invite to come into your yard. You select who stays and who leaves. It’s difficult to see beneath the mess sometimes if you don’t choose to look for it. Sometimes you get invited to the other side of the fence. A short visit into someone else’s yard and you find it better. It looked a lot similar to what you had before. You look back at your own yard from the other side and think how did it get to that condition? You ask yourself, do you still want to work on it? It’s hard work. It’ll be easier to work on the new yard. For now. As it eventually will grow and taking care of it will take more effort. The answer lies within you.
I believe that we all need to take peeks into the other side of the fence every now and then. There’s no competition really. Just a reality check. Your yard needs you as much as you need it. I never left my yard, I think. It may have come across my mind a few times. Thinking what I may have missed or missed on the other side of the fence. It’s actually neither of that. Infact, I have made lovely friends from my short excursions. I would like to thank them for inviting me in so that I’m reminded of my own yard.
My yard needs to be taken care of right now and I’m taking it each day at a time. This could be trying times indeed. I have been through this season but it feels a bit more challenging at the moment. It’s just not me alone in the yard now. It’s about the ones whom I truly love and care for. I’m built for this, definitely. I just need to clear the path to see the finish route. It believe it will come soon. I choose to do so.
So tell me. Do you still think the grass is greener on this side?
A beautifully written post on life and getting a reality check...
One of my faves by arwah... You're in our thoughts everyday, my dear friend... :) Have a good weekend everyone :)