My 2015 running/hiking summary

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.

Running events

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.

Nike We Run KL 2015 (Photo by Victor Chong)
Nike We Run KL 2015 (photo by Victor Chong)

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Nike We Run KL 2015 - the medal
Nike We Run KL 2015 – the medal

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.

Race kit collection.
Race kit collection.
U-Lay 42 in Wulai, Taiwan (Photo by 林文平)
U-Lay 42 in Wulai, Taiwan (Photo by 林文平)
The indigenous Taiwanese statue
The indigenous Taiwanese statue
Unique U-lay 42 Marathon medal.
Unique U-lay 42 Marathon medal.

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.

After helping the setup (photo by Kahwai)
After helping the setup (Photo by Kahwai)
Photo by Run And Explore
Photo by Run And Explore
After the race
After the race
The medal by Medal Depot.
The medal by Medal Depot.

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.

Penang Ultra 2015
After collecting race kit.
Penang Ultra 2015 - Met new friend Man Shin
Met new friend Man Shin from Johor 🙂
Penang Ultra 2015 - Struggling to climb up the gruelling Penang Hill
Struggling to climb up the gruelling Penang Hill.
Penang Ultra 2015 - finally completed with Tong Lai
Finally completed with Tong Lai (Photo by Tey Eng Tiong)
First 100KM road ultra marathon medal.
First 100KM road ultra marathon medal.
The route & elevation of Penang Ultra 100KM
The route of Penang Ultra 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.

Barefoot runners (photo by Kahwai)
Barefoot runners (Photo by Kahwai)
On the way (photo by Kahwai)
On the way (Photo by Kahwai)

Medal

Hiking

Mount Kinabalu

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.

On the way up (photo by Kahwai)
On the way up (Photo by Kahwai)
Acting... :P (photo by Kahwai)
Acting… 😛 (Photo by Kahwai)
Conquered Mount Kinabalu for second time
Conquered Mount Kinabalu for second time

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. 🙁

As Volunteer

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.

Multi-Purpose Insurance Run 2015 (photo by Kahwai)
Multi-Purpose Insurance Run 2015 (Photo by Kahwai)

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.

With Aiko-San (Photo by Michael Wong)
With Aiko-San (Photo by Michael Wong)
Vibram HK100 organizers
Vibram HK100 organizers
Vibram HK100 2015 (Photo by Michael Wong)
Vibram HK100 2015 (Photo by Michael Wong)

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.

Water station under my supervision (photo by Cheah CC)
Water station under my supervision (Photo by Cheah CC)

Working together with volunteers from International Islamic University Malaysia

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. 😀

The day we met Nikki :)
The day we met Nikki 🙂 (Photo by Kahwai)
We had our names on the backdrop! (Photo by Kahwai)
We had our names on the backdrop! (Photo by Kahwai)
Happy ending :)
Happy ending 🙂

TRI-AMateur Aquathlon Putrajaya 2015 (Photographer)

Being invited by Ms. Maria Bowden to serve as photographer together with Kahwai. Captured pictures of future tri-athletes/dual-athletes, I am really happy to see them enjoy what they doing.

Kahwai - my partner in crime (photo by Rany Tan)
Kahwai – my partner in crime (Photo by Rany Tan)

BSN Putrajaya Night Marathon 2014 Race Report

Bib
Bib

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.

With Kahwai and Lee Jing

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.

Meet secondary school mate 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.

My right leg stepped on big stone at 13th KM

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.

Pit stop (Photo captured by event official photographer)
Pit stop (Photo captured by event official photographer)

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.

Approaching finishing line (Photo captured by Victor Chong)
Approaching finishing line (Photo captured by Victor Chong)

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. 🙂

The finisher medal of BSN Putrajaya Night Marathon 2014

Garmin Connect Entry

River Jungle Marathon 2012: Race Report

During Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2012, I was impressed by the determination of the last batch runners on not giving up the race even with injury and hot weather, also the supporters & photographers who stayed back to cheer the last runners. So at the River Jungle Marathon, I decided to support the last batch runners as sweeper runner, by accompany and encourage them to complete the race. At the same time, this would be a good patience, endurance and determination training for myself.

To accomplish this, I got myself a hydration pack (it’s for future ultramarathon too), a Salonpas muscle spray, some sweets and raisins to support the last runners. Too bad I’ve missed out sun block and cap for myself.

The River Jungle Marathon 2012

At the race day morning, I arrived the race venue at Hulu Langat Batu 18 on time, managed to meet up running friends and took some photos.

Good morning! (by Tey Eng Tiong)
Barefoot buddies (by Tey Eng Tiong)
Running buddies (by Yimei)
Soon Chung (by Boon Yeong)

After race briefing by race director James, the race started on time at 5am. I jogged slowly to wait the last batch runners group to form. At first I was running and chatting with Mr Oliver Ker, although he was just speed walking, but he is not slow at all, very soon he already walked ahead of others. Along the way I bumped with Hola and Fadhlizil, 2 runners from Shah Alam. Fadhlizil was on medical condition so his pace was slower, and slowly Fadhlizil was far behind Hola and me.

Fadhlizil and me (by KF Chong)

Around 8-9KM we met Cheng Zhee Long, he was struggling walking at road side, after few hundred meters we went along with him, he decided to pull off himself because his toes were seriously in pain. So Hola and I continued running until Pekan Batu 14 to wait for Fadhlizil. After around 15 minutes of waiting, Fadhlizil appeared together with the sweeper car, and he told us he is not gonna make it and decided to give up, and going back with the sweeper car.

Hola and me, by Fadhlizil before he leaving us.

So Hola and I went into Jalan Sungai Tekali, passed by a small town. Here I taught her how to deal with dogs during running. We started to run up hill at 17KM. The scenery here was nice with the mist in jungle.

Jalan Sungai Tekali
Going uphill followed by sweeper car

The hill was 3KM long until 20KM. We walked passed a young man who struggling walking up hill, I’ve asked him whether he was hurt, he replied that he just out of breath and need to walk slowly. However later we’ve found out he had given up too. At the 20KM water station we met 3 other runners – Anthony, “Gombak” (with Gombak jersey) and “Ed Hardy” (with Ed Hardy’s tattoo style arm sleeves), so we continue the down hill journey together after short rest at water station. We spent time chit-chatting, taking photos and sharing experiences.

20KM water station
“Gombak”, Anthony and “Ed Hardy”

After 3KM downhill, we had short rest at 23KM water station, with some bananas, then walked pass Semenyih Lake to make a U-turn and come back again to reach 25KM.

Hola enjoying the scenery and the banana
Semenyih Lake
Anthony chilled himself with ice cold water at 23KM water station

Now the sun has highly rose, so did the temperature. At that moment “Ed Hardy” already continued his journey faster than us. “Gombak”‘s knee was giving him problem, after walking slowly and patiently, he finally gave up around 28KM.

Long way to go

3 of us slowly walking and jogging until 29KM water station, here we got big surprise, cold coconuts sponsored by Brooks! It’s really god-sent especially under hot weather.

Cold coconuts sponsored by Brooks!
Big surprise!

After great treat from 29KM water station, we continued walking under the hot sun. The temperature is getting higher, we’re getting tired and our speed getting slower. At this moment, my soles also getting weaker and more sensitive, it’s been 7 hours of walking barefoot, which is over the time that I’ve been trained for. Looking at the Vibram FiveFingers that hanging at my hydration pack, I was trying not to put them on, while Hola and Anthony fighting not to give up the race.

30KM!

Later we were told by the sweeper car driver Issac that the water stations ahead were closing down, and he would be our mobile water station. Really appreciate his patient and kindness. Luckily water station at 35KM still not yet completely shut down, and extra cold coconuts at 29KM have been sent here so we could have second coconuts here 😀

Second cold coconut
Chill down

At 38KM, the water station has shut down, but the water station crew was still standing there waiting for us under the hot sun, with cold isotonic drink. (Sorry didn’t manage to capture his photo >.<)

We continued moving under the hot sun, it’s already around 1pm. The lorry that carrying event crews from water stations passed by us for few times, the crews still giving us thumbs up and smiles, lovely 🙂 (although we were feeling a little bit dizzy). Now my soles were hot and pain, I tried to walked on the grass and paint mostly.

Under the hot sun

At around 41KM, Anthony was far behind of Hola and me, so we waited him besides Sungai Lui and hoped to cross the finishing line with him. After 10 minutes he finally arrived and we continued. However Hola’s legs condition was severe and will feel pain after slowing down, so no choice we had to move on first and went into finishing first. Clocked my time, 9 hours 23 minutes. The last 200m, the road temperature seems higher than before, felt my soles being burnt.

Hola (by Soon Chung)

After getting my medal, I washed my soles and put on my Vibram Five Fingers, and ran out to get Anthony. He was around 600m from the finishing line. So I accompanied him to run the remaining race, and James blew the finishing horn to mark the end of the race. 🙂

Anthony finishing (by Soon Chung)
Race director James blew the finishing horn (by Soon Chung)
Well done! (by Soon Chung)

This is my longest run, physically not too tired but mind tired. Got a bad sun burn especially on my neck. This is indeed a very good experience for me.

Nice finisher medal

Thank you everyone in the race, the organizer, the crews, road marshalls, the photographers, runners, volunteers and the sponsors that made this event a successful and wonderful one. Everywhere you can see warm smiles from runners and the crews. If you asked me, I highly recommend this race to all runners, including FMV (full marathon virgins).

Race organizer: The Marathon Shop

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