Tuesday, June 29, 2010

June13 - MPSJ-NST Carnival & 10km run

KS kept stating that MPSJ was a sprinting race. The route was just around USJ housing area. A totally flat course. Problem was we didn't know wat time the event starts. Some press stated it was at 7am, some said 730am. Better safe than sorry, KS & I were at MPSJ at 6.30am.

We parked opposite MPSJ, at the housing area. Sucky thing about the race, there wasn't a luggage tent. With alot of car theft going around, we didn't wanna leave our valuables in the car.

Like usual, "pia" too hard in the start to get out of the pack. Started feeling a terrible stitch for the first few KMs. Had to slow down to compose myself. Engine still having trouble starting. Water provided was from bottles. Such a waste since runners tend to just take a few gulps before throwing it away. At the 5km mark, I felt good. My feet felt like floating on the hot tar road. Even at the slight incline back up to MPSJ.

Once we got back to the traffic junction, to the final few meters, we were instructed to go straight until a u-turn. That kinda demotivated me. Never quite liked u-turn when you can just cross to the finish line. As I was passing MPSJ, I could see Lynn entering the stadium while Shih Ming & San was close behind.

No placing for me as expected. Timed a 58mins run. Slower by 3mins compared to Setia Alam, which had consist of flyover inclines. The sun was up at 830am when we queued up for our goodie bags. We stuck around to catch up with friends. Mich did great in placing 2nd place.

As for me, I explored the expo then home to bed.

queuing for our goodie bags : Shih Ming, KS, me & Frank

The ladies are in the house
Power runners

Trying to smile with the sun shinning at my eyes

Blek...hot 58mins

Monday, June 28, 2010

June5 - Setia Alam Eco Run 2010

A 2nd thought run coz it was a week after Sundown Marathon. But I use to have lucks in Klang so I decided, WTH!! Let's give it a try. In the 10km distance..ahhaha...hey, I didn't want to take the risk.

the guys

the girls

Since it was supposingly a fun run, the blue wig made its appearance. Met up with the others at around 5.30am for the 21km to start at 630am and my 10km at 7am.

I could see the thunder in the sky as the runners gather in the "kandang". I quickly ran out in search of a plastic to wrap around my mp3.

Dunno why I tend to push too hard in the first 5km. After that I started to slow down. Water station was like at 2.5km, 5km & 9km. Dehydration like usual. Then it started to rain. Darn, should have worn my visor. Rain water dripping down my eyes.

Timed a pretty ok 55mins, after a week of 42km. I think I might have gotten Top10 if it was separated into Open & Vetaran category.


Oh well, lots of up & coming runners out there. So I rather take my running as fun & easy. That way I don't stress myself too much for the podium. I rather treat that was a bonus.

the blue wig appeared in The Star Newspaper - Metro

May29 - Sundown Marathon Singapore

Previously for Singapore Marathon in 2008 (I think), we went via Aeroline since it was the only bus service they had. Sleptin the KTM before. Time passed really quick when u are snoozing away at nite but KS couldn't take the noice from the tracks.

This was my first time travelling to Singapore via First Coach. Due to tickets highly in demand, Frank was only able to get 3 seats back & 1 seat in front. Of course, I took the easy way out. I didn't wanna suffer unable to put my seat down for this long journey.

To my surprise, the bus was really spacious. Including the backseat. I had a seat to myself. Even a power socket if I wish to plug in my mini. Best of all, free entertainment. 5hrs passed like a breeze.

We got off at Novena Square where we had my favourite Moz Burger for lunch (blame Bee was the infactuation).

Singapore sale was on too. So the guys were drooling at Running Lab. In the end, it was I who spent money there.

Then we split up. KS & I went to Siok Leng's place to rest & later that night we all met up for dinner in the city.

Saturday, KS & I took a taxi to Changi Village hotel (the closest hotel to the starting point). Closest but still not walking distance. Somehow I think if we had stayed at Chinatown, it would have been cheaper coz we still needed to take the taxi to the starting point.

The Ultramarathon starts at 6pm whilst the full marathon at 11.59pm. Man, I was a total pig that day. Even when KS went down to see off the ultramarathoners, I was still zzz away in the room. I was all freshen up when I woke up at 6pm. Like usual, KS's day-before-race ritual was to just stay in with maggi mee, but I still needed dinner. Met up with Poong at the nearest food court for a spot of noodles.

At about 9.30pm, a bunch of us were at lobby waiting to catch a cab to Changi Exhibition Centre. Bee, Leng & Emma was there to see us off. *hearts* Seems like a jam was forming to venue so not many cab drivers were willing to face it. Thankfully, Bee was up for it. Wonderful to have support.

Like usual, a huge turnout. This year there were also 10km & 21km compared to last 2 years where only 42km & 84km distances. The organisers had coordinated to make sure that all distances does not clash together in route & time.

84km - 6pm
10km - 7pm
21km - 9.30pm
42km - 11.59pm

I was pretty omphed up at my first 21km. Poong kept with me for nearly 18km till he fell back. Passed the ultra runners, Richard, Frank (returning from u-turn) & Victor doing their 2nd loop. The route there was pretty straight forward. Passing Changi Airport on my right, then running towards the East Coast Park. This is where most of the supporters were located. Walking is not encourage with the amount of cheering given.

Lynette called out to me if I needed anything. I wasn't sleepy so no coffee required. The worst kicked in at 30km. My left leg ITB started to hurt. I tried to stretch it abit. Hobble, walk. jog. Watever to keep going.

Another 12km more to go was when we hit the long stretch along Changi Airport. OMG!!! I keep hearing planes landing & taking off but I just couldn't get to the end. The runners whom I passed in the first half, started passing me. Lawrence too came from the back & gave encouragement. Once I came to the final stretch, passing the bridge to the Changi Expo Centre, I sighed with relief. Sigh too soon. 2km around the expo was crazy. Can't we just run across...pretty please!!!

Timed a measly 5hrs 1mins worth of limping towards the finish line. Guess wearing my tri top cooled me down well with the current humidity but the lack of ice for my ITB was dissappointing. Lots of Deepheat cream but I was wearing my long Skins. The cold Perskindol spray would have been nice.


Vest, Finisher Medal & shirt

I beat the sunrise


5hrs 1min

Question is : would I redeem myself again next year? The answer is, I would prefer use the money for other international races. SGP is actually not that cheap.

Friday, June 4, 2010

May22 - Mypolestars

Let me try to remember how I actually got myself into pole dancing. Oh yeah, I think it was in 2008 when I went for a Nike event, Viva vertical was having a session (Nike This is Love). Definitely felt the friction & the hurt on the legs & arms.

Then in April this year, I went for a ladies day out where Viva Vertical was there as well (Tongue in Chic - Shower Fresh with Rexona).

And that totally got me hooked. I was introduced by Ban Eu (ex-collegemate) about the Outcast Dance Studio.I started my first pole class in May, and after a month later (4 classes) I feel more confident. No upside-down stunts yet. My greatest achievement is my upper body strength is stronger. I'm able to carry my body only with my arms. Hey, i couldn't even get up an inch at the start.

Anyway, I got to know about Viva vertical's MyPoleStars pole dancing competition thru an aquintance. So I decided to check it out. RM20 per entry (w/o drink) was pretty steep at The Opera, Sunway.

3 Categories : -
Exotic Pole - like how it says, Exxxooottiicc...not erotic ah...different meaning
Fit Pole - see how fit u are with the stunts
Professional - pau-ka-liau

I didn't take many pics coz was standing a distance away. Any floorwork done by dancers were not seen. Only when they were high up.
Exotic Pole Category - Mr Zain

Professional Category - Isaac Wong

Professional category - Michelle "Jasmine" Quah

Professional Category - Michelle "Kylie" Chuah

Suddenly got side performance. Burlesque Showgirl

Pole cleaner..kekekek

Professional category - Samantha "Miko" Yee

Took more pics of Miko coz she wowed us all

Seriously lah...we not international, but to see this locally, it's great

What happens if her leg accidentally slipped...scary

Beautiful ending where she just slowly glide down the pole in poise

Our MC, Jeremy doing his tang

Anyway, winners for Exotic Pole & Fit pole receive trophy & hamper (up to RM4k in value)
But the big kahuna, the Ultimate Pole Stars Winner wins a trip to Tokyo Japan for IPDFA Championships (up to RM6k in value).

Best Costume - Isaac Wong
Lady Gaga fan

Fabulous Smile - Michelle "Jasmine" Quah
Those bright red lippie helped

Exotic Pole Runner-up - Mr Zain

Exotic Pole Winner - Bernade "Belita" Pui

Viva Vertical Pioneer - V Lea

Fit Pole Runner-up - Jeaney "Mona Cosmina" Wong
What's up with the name?
Fit Pole Winner - Lim Xiu "Yen"

Ultimate Pole Stars Winner - Samantha "Miko" Yee
This is without a doubt decision

Group picture

Tomato & Mich

Mic Dolan & Dloris

We're finally out clubbing after so long

Ladies are in the house

Fine fine...the guys too

I would say that by the end of the day, everyone was in awe & being athletes, we all left before midnite. hahahaha...tomorrow got early morning training lah.. :D