Monthly Archives: October 2009

Saturday Morning Run: Fat Pakcik 1 – 0 Lazy Bug

Tampines – Pasir Ris MRT Track – Downtown East – Park Connector

6.15km

50m 19s

08:11 min/km

7.33 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/tampines/173125695444851421

SportyPal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/82287

Notes:

It started to pour since yesterday night and the cool temperature this morning seemed bent on preventing me from having my morning run. Although my running arsenal if you may want to call it, such as my arm-band for my handphone, ID wristband, watch, water-bottle and my running singlet had been laid nicely, I still took like 2 hours before conjuring up the willpower to leave the house and start the run. Luckily the lady lazy bug was defeated or I am sure I will be dozing off until now.

Yahoo!

For today’s run, I went on a longer distance as per scheduled. Remembering about the cramps I’ve been experiencing, my pace today was purposely slow. Until I’ve increased my running base would then I will gradually increase my pace a little bit at a time.

Other than the usual loneliness that followed me, today’s run to Pasir Ris Park allowed me to spot a small dragon in this urban jungle I call home. I’m not really sure if it’s the komodo dragon, but it certainly look like one albeit a little bit smaller. Maybe it’s the mini version. I don’t know. But it’s appearance is certainly a delight.

Other than that, no cramps today.

Woohoo!

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Thursday Night Run: Deja Vu

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector

3.32km

24m 26s

07:21 min/km

8.16 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/tampines/623125681811929198

SportyPal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/81373

Notes:

My lower left leg cramped up again. I have been complaining about this here, time and time again, that I begin to sound just like my mum when she’s nagging me to clean up my sty of a room.

As usual the main culprit is due to my quicker pace at the start of the run. In return, my lower left leg will slowly tighten before cramping up on the way back.

Therefore, from now on, I will make it a point to start slow and hopefully can step on the gas a little bit on the return leg (pun unintended). I also need to be conscientious in massaging my legs to untie all the slipknots in both my legs.

Lastly anybody knows how to stretch the lower front left leg, the shin part to be specific?

Thanks!

I can do this!

Hooya!


Tuesday Night Run

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector

3.64km

27m 57s

07:40 min/km

7.82 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/tampines/901125664797094893

SportyPal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/80076

Notes:

Still can’t maintain a 7 min/km pace.

Cramp in the lower left leg.

Boo!


Monday Night EZ Run

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector

3.87km

31m 53s

08:14 min/km

7.29 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/tampines/434125656267677417

SportyPal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/79414

Notes:

Had an EZ run.

Everything feels good.

No cramp.

What more can I ask for.

πŸ˜›


Nike+ Human Race 2009

Nike+ Human Race 2009

09.85km (Official: 10km)

1hr 15m 08s (1hr 15m 52s: new PB)

07:37 min/km

7.87 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/singapore/745125635433243718

SportyPal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/77801

Notes:

I think I just equaled my personal best timing although this was supposed to be an EZ run.

πŸ™‚

I saw the famous Running Mom from the neighbouring country up north!

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More updates coming soon.

My goal for this run is to treat it as an EZ run.

Take it slow, enjoy the views on display and soak in the atmosphere.

And not forgetting to keep a look-out for Running Mom and ask for her autograph.

πŸ˜›

Although I’ve planned to come early and do sufficient warm-up, it didn’t materialise.

I arrived at the F1 Pit Building at 7.00am while the Start Time was 7.10am for the first wave.

Quickly went to deposit my bag and glad to report that it was fast and efficient.

By the time I walked towards the main F1 track, the first half of the track was already full.

I inched my way forward until I nearly reached the main stage.

The countdown was officiated by the indie band from Malaysia, Estranged and thus my run had officially begun.

The initial first kilometre pace was under 7min and it was too fast for me and I did not want to suffer later on in the run.

As I plodded along the winding road, I noticed a lady with a black headdress which looked suspiciously familiar.

Lo and behold, it was the Running Mom in action.

She was running at quite a fast pace, so all I could do was just to follow her from behind.

Suddenly the Running Mom halted and later I realised she was snapping away the actions on her camera.

So I passed her but a few minutes later, she overtook me.

I wanted to say hi but she was having her earphones on and she looked real focused.

So I chickened out and continued on my run.

The rest of my run was uneventful and tried to keep my pace steady and under 8min/km.

At the finishing line, I was surprised to find a variety of freebies on offer.

Yogurt, ice-cream, Starbucks coffee and a myriad of fruits to be give away.

Due to the tiredness, I only took a banana and was lazy to queue for the rest.

It was really a great and fun experience and to beat my personal best was a bonus given that I was really aiming for it.

Woohoo!

Pictures:

The Finisher Bracelet. I think it looks kind of cool. Different from the normal finisher medal.

The Finisher Bracelet. I think it looks kind of cool. Different from the normal finisher medal.

The backside view.

The backside view.


Friday Afternoon Swim: The Milestone

Geylang East Swimming Complex

Swim

300 metres

3 laps – 50 metres

Notes:

Alhamdulillah!

The moment I was waiting for with bated breath finally came to fruition during my swim just now.

As I have been swimming in my friend’s condominium pool, since I started this foray, I have never tried testing myself to swim a length of a standard-sized Olympic pool.

You may wonder what’s the big deal right?

You see, my friend’s pool like most private condominium pool is of irregular shape.

So the most I can swim without my sinking hippo feet touching the floor is only 30 metres.

And I’m basically at the goodwill of my friend letting me use the pool.

He’s been very generous in this department until I’ve become a common face at the pool.

There was even a time where I used my ninja skills to enter the condo without my friend knowing.

Imagine how surprise he looked when I stood in front of his door.

Sorry back to the main agenda. πŸ™‚

I think now it’s best for me to not inconvenience my friend too much and so I thought it’s best to start training in the public pool.

But the public pool is very deep, 3 metres deep specifically at the centre of the pool.

For strong swimmers like all of you it’s of insignificance concern but for a water-phobic like me, I’m terrified as hell.

However all this change last Wednesday when another of my friend accompanied me to the public pool.

I didn’t manage to complete a length of the pool without stopping.

But today, I finally did it.

For only 1 length of the pool, all 50 metres of it, I managed to complete that distance without stopping.

It was really tough and subsequently I couldn’t replicate my maiden effort.

But it’s ok.

It’s like finally breaking the proverbial wall.

And I really hope, my swim will continue to progress positively.

Give me the strength!


Thursday Dusk Run: The Killing Hills

NTU X-Campus Leisure Run

4.19km

31m 06s

07:24 min/km

8.09 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/singapore/516125622337885961

SportyPal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/76938

Notes:

Oh my!

I know NTU is hilly.

But I didn’t know it’s that hilly after I ran, mostly jog, part of it’s perimeter in the NTU X-Campus Run.

The run fit nicely in my Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 10km Masterplan schedule.

Though I wasn’t really bargaining for the hills.

The only incline training I’ve ever had was running up the slope of the overhead bridge.

That’s all.

So to suffer continuous inclines followed by steep declines spelled trouble for my faulty knees.

Hey I’m a fat pakcik and every fat pakcik has creaking knees.

πŸ˜›

But overall it was a great experience since the surrounding and environment is totally new and refreshing.

If only they have flattened the whole area when NTU was first built, then can I surely achieve the average 7.00 min/km I was hoping for this run.

Oh well.

To top it off, I had to walk all the way back to the Lecture Theater to retrieve my valuables.

Another oh well.

Anyway, the Nike+ 10km Human Race is coming up this Saturday and according to schedule, I will be treating it as an EZ run.

So my pace will be the famous “smell flower pace”.

:mrgreen:

Thank you note:

A small thank you to my petite personal bodyguard security guard for staying back so late and keeping my valuables safe. Next time I’ll treat you to a cuppa wokay?

Photographic Memory:

I run for the goodie bag. Nothing else matter.

I run for the goodie bag. Nothing else matter.

Prim and proper while waiting for the commencement of the race

Prim and proper while waiting for the commencement of the race

A Peeping Tom's view of the NTU's field being renovated for the Singapore Youth Olympic Games

A Peeping Tom's view of the NTU's field being renovated for the Singapore Youth Olympic Games

The mandatory safety and route yada-yada before the run.

The mandatory safety and route yada-yada before the run.

The Fat Pakcik's number tag for the run. (Notice my fat doraemon hand?)

The Fat Pakcik's number tag for the run. (Notice my fat doraemon hand?)

Finally the prove that I did run; my sore legs after the run, and no, I don't have a foot fetish.

Finally the prove that I did run; my sore sexy legs after the run, and no, I don't have a foot fetish.