It’s been 10 years of using Google Chrome. I still remember my first encounter with Google Chrome, when I was working in Taiwan.
A lot of things happened in these 10 years, new technologies born and die, companies rise and fall, from HTTP to HTTPS, from IE to Google Chrome, from PC to mobile, from blogs to Facebook then Instagram…
I didn’t actively participate in running events in 2015, compared to previous years where I normally joined more than 10 races in a year. Anyway, here is the summary of my 2015 sports activities.
Nike We Run KL 21km
Date: 1 Feb 2015 Distance: 21KM Completion time: 02:02:31
It’s been a long time that I’ve never joined 21km race. Been reluctant to join because of bad incident happened during Nike We Run KL 2012, but I believe that a big company should be repeated the same mistake twice so I’ve decided to give it a chance. Of course, there are still hiccups here and there but generally it still a successful event.
Taiwan U-Lay 42km Marathon
Date: 4 April 2015 Distance: 42KM Completion time: 07:48:37
This is my first running event in Taiwan. It was held in Wulai, a rural district near the border of Taipei. It’s very beautiful place, the route is hilly but we went passed waterfalls, indigenous people’s villages, streams, cable car station… Accompanied my friend Yi Mei to complete her first oversea marathon.
Geddes Estate Run
Date: 26 April 2015 Distance: 10KM Completion time: 00:56:06
A running event organized by friends from Run And Explore. This event took place in a small village called Geddes, near to Bahau town. Running in the estate was a new experience, the weather was cozy and misty.
Penang Ultra 2015
Date: 26 September 2015 Distance: 100KM Completion time: 17:57:00
This is my first road 100km ultra marathon, thanks to Tong Lai who accompanied me to complete this grueling 100km.
AMNIG I Am Warrior
Date: 6 December 2015 Distance: 10KM Completion time: 01:13:51
Didn’t plan to join this event initially, but was offered free slots by Nikki Yeo. (Thank you! :D) Completed 10km barefoot run with Kahwai and I-Yin.
This is my second hike to Mount Kinabalu. Some of us tried barefoot hike from starting point until Laban Rata. I’ve walked too fast on first-day hiking, so I was struck by altitude sickness/Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), I felt sick and exhausted on the second day when we were ready to hike to the peak. However, I managed to overcome AMS and reached the Low’s Peak in a slow pace.
Quick summary of the hiking:
After coming down from Mount Kinabalu, we spent a night in Kundasang before leaving Sabah. Kundasang is a very beautiful and peaceful village, I’d love to go back again! 🙂
Sunrise of Kundasang:
It’s sad that earthquake struck Ranau, Sabah after 2 weeks we completed our hiking. 18 people were dead while some parts in Mount Kinabalu were damaged. 🙁
Multi-purpose Insurance Run (Photographer)
Been official photographer for Multi-Purpose Insurance Run for few years. Big thanks to Mr. Wan and Jamie Pang for trusting Kahwai and me to let us join them again in 2015 edition.
Vibram HK100 (Time keeper)
I was not selected in the ballot process, so I’ve decided to sign up as a volunteer since I’ve already booked my air ticket and accommodation in Hong Kong. Being assigned as a time keeper for the shift 9pm-9am, stay in the cold finishing point to record the runners who passed the finishing line. Met new friend Akio Tada-san who was also time keeper working together with me.
Route 68 Ultra (Water station & medal collection)
After Malaysian Women Marathon 2014, this was my second time be water station volunteer. I am glad that I was appointed as supervisor for water station/check point A6 to serve fellow runners. After the water station duty is finished, I went back to finishing point to help in medal collection.
Working together with volunteers from International Islamic University Malaysia
My Mercy Run (Photographer)
Met Nikki Yeo together with Kahwai in one of the weekend runs in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail park, introduced by Zainudin Kadir. Nikki was helping Mercy Malaysia to promote My Mercy Run to raise awareness of the ever-increasing criticality of circumstances around the world. Zainudin introduced us as event photographers, so both Kahwai and I were invited to become official event photographers, our names were even printed on the main stage backdrop. 😀
Signed up for my 6th full marathon in BSN Putrajaya Night Marathon at Oct 11, 2014, Saturday. Didn’t sign up for Standard Chartered KL Marathon because already joint their Half Marathon and Full Marathon before, so this year I signed up for BSN Night Marathon which I have never joint before.
This is also my first night marathon (excludes Penang Bridge Marathon that starts at 2pm), reached Putrajaya with Lee Jing at evening, met my secondary schoolmate Esther.
Due to lack of training, I set my target finishing time at 5 hours 30 minutes, which I need keep my average pace at 7 min 49 sec per KM. (Get my pace timing here: MarathonGuide) The race didn’t have pacers, so I set my Garmin GPS watch’s virtual pacer to 7 min 40 sec per KM pace, as long as my speed is ahead of the virtual pacer, then I could achieve my sub 5h30m target.
The race started on time at 8pm. I never expected the route was hilly, but I still managed to keep the pace and kept on remind myself that don’t ever run faster than the target pace before I completing 30km. At 13th KM, my right foot stepped on a big stone while passing by a totally dark area, it was pain so I have to run with uneven steps.
The road condition at Putrajaya is rough, after 30KM my soles were getting more sensitive and forced me to run a little faster to minimize the contact time of my soles and the ground. After 35KM my leg muscles getting sore so I started to walk a little bit.
At last 5KM, I tried to picked up my pace until around 7 minutes per KM, to end the suffering as soon as possible. Finally completed the race with 5 hours 20 minutes. Collected my medal and finisher goodies smoothly, it was already Sunday morning 1:20am.
After completing the race, my legs just refused to work, had to push them to walk to baggage counter located at another end of the event venue. After back to home, I wore compression tight and elevated my legs above a pillow and slept. Luckily at next day the pain was not serious and I still managed to walk slowly. 🙂