Monthly Archives: November 2009

Sunday Dusk Run: A Very EZ Jog

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

4.00km

31m 00s

07:46 min/km

7.72 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/tampines/198125949808078524

Supplementary Exercises:

Chin up: 1 X 8

Notes:

If you have not noticed, I’ve been using a free software called SportyPal to track my runs and cycling routes. It works on any mobile phones with an internal GPS chip. It really saves time from needing to manually plot the routes in the MapMyRun website.

Unfortunately, this SportyPal software failed me during my EZ run just now. I’m not really sure why but I have forwarded the error details to the Support Team at SportyPal. I suspected it had something to do with the recent upgrade  of my Omnia II OS (Operating System) to Windows Mobile 6.5. Luckily it happened now and not next week during the SCSM 10km run. Hopefully the SportyPal Support Team can conjure some magic and make it running flawlesssly again.

Photos:

Oh no! 😦

There's a bug somewhere

Updated: Problem resolved by the SportyPal Support Team. Has to do with memory leak.

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Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon Race Pack Collection & Saturday Night Long Run

8th Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon Anniversary Special Race Entry Pack Collection

And so I was one of the lucky souls to be selected for this special race entry pack collection. All I did was to take part in their ballotting and 8000 SCSM participants will be randomly from the received ballots.

This special race entry pack collection is held today and tomorrow at the Marina Bay Floating Platform. There was practically no queue when I went there with my friend this afternoon. We breezed through the yellow maze that had been set up.

Then all that we needed to do was to hand in our NRIC and after scanning it, we were given our race pack containing the race bib, an Encouragement bib, a ChampionChip timing device, an SCSM New Balance running singlet, the race day handbook plus the standard paraphernalia. Everything was over in less than 5 minutes.

Other than that, there was a single booth selling the bus tickets that will ferry the runners from the various stadiums around the island. It costs only $5 and the buses will stop near the baggage  deposit area on race day.

Finally, for those collecting their race entry packs next week, I hope you will have minimal inconvenience on the day. Most like I’ll come down to the Singapore Expo to have a look and see if there are any booths selling discounted running items. So if you see me please say hi aight. 😛

Photos:

The ERP Gantry

No queues is good news

I am under this category

What's inside the bag?

Tampines – Pasir Ris MRT Track – Pasir Ris Park – Pasir Ris Town Park

9.71km

1hr 17m 57s

08:01 min/km

7.48 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/singapore/440125941823826361

SportyPal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/99156

Notes:

Went for my last long run before my SCSM 10km run next Sunday. Alhamdulillah since I started slow during the first phase of the run, I did not suffer any cramps and could finish the second phase strongly.

🙂


Run for Hope Singapore ’09 *Updated*

Run for Hope Singapore “09

East Coast Park

4km

28m 36s

07:07 min/km

8.41 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/singapore/421125886385656834

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/95296

Supplementary Exercises:

Chin-up: 1 X 7

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector – Pasir Ris Park *Updated*

6.43km

48m 52s

07:35 min/km

7.90 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/singapore/863125889463951218

SportyPal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/95527

Notes:

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. – Christopher Reeve

While other countries hold the annual Terry Fox Run to commemorate the selfless endeavour of a fine young lad from Canada, here in the sunny island (for today that is) of Singapore, the event has taken over a new name since a few years back.

While the name has changed, the mission is still the same. It is to raise fund for the National Cancer Centre Research Fund under the care of the National Cancer Centre Singapore. The money collected will be used in the research to eventually find a cure for the dreaded cancer one day.

Coming from a family whose paternal grandfather passed away after suffering from intestinal cancer and an auntie who braved all odds to overcome her ovarian cancer, this is but a small contribution that I can give so one day no more will have to agonise the terrible pain that comes with this disease.

I still can’t forget the tortured look on my yayi‘s countenance as the cancer cells wrecked havoc in his body and the only way to numb the pain was by administering him with morphine. His was at the last stage or Stage 4; the cancer cells  have spread out and took control over other part of his body. In other words, he didn’t have much time on this earth. We could see he was in constant agony but he still tried to maintain a calm outlook until it was unbearable anymore. And as much as my heart sank when his soul finally left him, part of me was blissful that he finally could rest in peace.

May Allah bless his soul.

I miss you yayi.

p/s: Planned to run the 10km route but after managing just 2 hrs of sleep the previous night, chose to do the 4km run instead. According to my gps it was 3.3km so I ran another 700m on my own. Will be doing the remaining 6km this afternoon.


Saturday Night EZ Run: Where’s Wally?

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector

3.71km

32m 08s

08:39 min/km

6.93 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/tampines/289125881034124709

SportyPal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/94892

Supplementary Exercises:

Chin-up: 1 X 8

Plank: 1 X 60secs, 1 X 50secs, 1 X 40secs

Notes:

An easy run under the drizzle tonight as I will be running 10km tomorrow as part of the Run for Hope ’09 charity run. Hopefully the sky will be clear or I don’t mind if the heaven opens up but not too large. 😛

Lately, the number of runners along my usual running haunt has dried up in inverse proportion to the amount of rain coming down. Even the number of cyclists has dwindled and that means I’m usually running all alone. On some lucky occasions, there’ll be another lone runner treading along the route.

Hopefully, these runners will come out of their coccoons soon or my run can get pretty boring. Unless I go and find another partner to run wih. A person of another gender will be great.

Hehe!

Any applicants?


Thursday Dusk Run

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector

4.88km

39m 12s

08:00 min/km

7.40 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/run/singapore/-singapore/872235299493

Supplementary Exercises:

Chin-up: 1 X 8

Plank: 1 X 60secs, 1 X 50secs, 1 X 40secs

Notes:

Wowee!

It feels real good to be out running in the rain again. In the days of past, I would surely have chosen to just hibernate at home; letting laziness to take over. Hopefully this positive change will continue in the days, months and years to come.

Like a wise old nenek once said, “It’s not about you doing it. It’s about you wanting it.”

Thanks nenek.

🙂


Tuesday Night Run: Lazy Me

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector – Pasir Ris Park

6.46km

54m 34s

08:26 min/km

7.11 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/singapore/380125846749312125

SportyPal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/92456

Notes:

And as the monsoon starts its annual assault on this tiny island, it never fails to bring along with it the cold wave and the accompanying torrential downpour. The deadly combination of these factors plus the omnipresent lazy bug in my body system, resulted in defaulting two of my regular runs on Saturday and Sunday.

And to make things worse, I was suddenly overcome with a binge fever. I was not too sure why this occur but I think the non-activity days from Friday till Monday caused my body to just shut down and resisted any attempts of participating in any sweat-inducing activities.

In simple Malay terms, my body simply naik lemak.

Well luckily I was not totally tempted to sell my soul to the Dark Side, as I finally had a run just now.

Initially, I had cycled to the Park Connector at around 6.30pm, but a deluge of rain spoiled my plan. I returned home to perform my dusk prayer and voices in my head was insinuating that the rainstorm was an omen for me to just hang up my shoes and lay in bed while enjoying the cold session. There’s always tomorrow morning, afternoon or Thursday even. You get my drift.

Alas, though I had already positioned myself cosily in front of my computer anticipating a few hours of web surfing until my pillows come a-calling, I suddenly had this sudden urge to just put on my shoes and go for a run in the rain. I can’t deny that the blog entries of both Running Mom and Kooky Kash, retelling their adventures of singing running in the rain, had also played a major part in this. If they can do it, so can I.

Yeah!

Thanks!

:mrgreen:

p/s: The park lights snaking into Pasir Ris Park failed to light up, causing the run to be in the dark with the ambient lights from the nearby Downtown East to illuminate the path. A series of cackles from a pair of unseen geese, was clearly audible and if I’m not wrong there is no geese that I know of in Pasir Park and according to the Malay old wives’ tales, their apparent appearance mean there’s the infamous Cik Pon in disguise.

Hmm…


Thursday Dusk Run

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector

4.21km

32m 11s

07:38 min/km

7.84 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/tampines/756125805462413436

SportyPal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/89356

Notes:

Great run just now.

No cramps.