Category Archives: Jog

Tuesday Afternoon Run: Birdz Flu

Tampines – Pasir Ris Town Park – Pasir Ris Park Connector

5.44km

42m 50s

07:55 min/km

7.57 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/singapore/936126148860294694

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/111825

Supplementary Exercises:

Chin-up: 1 X 8

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

Notes:

Hey2! I’m having the Birdz flu. Not that aviarian flu. No no! The Birdz flu! You getting me?

Okay cut the crap.

Went out on a run, still carrying the remnants of the seasonal flu. Breathing was a tad difficult and the legs felt a bit sluggish. No hot chicks with peeking butt cheeks were to be seen just now. So the run was a little monotonous to say the least. No cramps too. So that’s one good news.

The other good news is that the shades aka sunglasses I sent last Sunday to my neighbourhood optical shop are ready to be collected. If you wonder who in the right mind will send their sunglasses to the optical shop, well for an acute myopia sufferer like me, I need to.

Unlike other normal sunglasses, mine which I bought online comes with an Rx insert. What on earth is that? It’s just an attachment to place the prescription lenses (1000++ degrees high for me) onto the sunglasses. Think of it like a clip-on shades for the normal spectacles but in the opposite sense of the word.

Rx inserts for prescription lenses

As my short-sightedness is very terrible, how terrible? Imagine not being able to see the facial features of the person standing right in front of you. That terrible. I was quite worried that the high-index precription lenses will not be able to fit the Rx inserts. You may want to know why won’t it fit right? Well to answer that, I need a whole other post to explain. Suffice to say people as blind as a bat like me, have lenses that are extra special and cost a bomb and usually they are way thicker than normal ones.

Luckily, after working its magic, my friendly neighbourhood optician is able to deliver the final product. The high-index prescription lenses fit nicely into the Rx inserts which in turn sits well behind my sunglasses. She herself was mightily impressed that she’s now thinking of buying one for her son who has terrible eyesights like me.

Without further ado, presenting my Birdz Feather 2:

Birdz Feather 2

It also comes with two other colour lenses:

Smoked, Yellow, and Clear Lenses

(Source: http://www.birdzeyewear.com/feather2.php)

So yeah. I do have the Birdz flu.

Now I just need a super cool road bike to complete the look.

:mrgreen:

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Sunday Night Run

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector

4.88km

39m 47s

08:07 min/km

7.40 km/hr

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

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/102199

Supplementary Exercises:

Chin-up: 1 X 7

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

Notes:

Wow, it has been exactly a fortnight since I ran. The run just now was kept at a tortoise pace to evaluate my running condition. I’m glad to say that my legs wereup to that slow pace though my kneeswere a bit wobbly. There was nary any signs of cramps so that’s good.

Anyway, there was a teeny-weeny bit of distraction during the run when I passed a lady in red running in her teeny-weeny shorts with her fleshy butt having a peek from underneath.

I am not complaining.

:mrgreen:


Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2009

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2009

10km

Gun time: 1hr 22mins 29secs

Watch time: 1hr 20mins 21secs

Championchip time: 1hr 20mins 09secs

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/esplanade/623464653016

Notes:

Well, it’s a bitter sweet experience as an early cramp before the 1km mark derailed my whole gameplan; not that I have a comprehensive one. As my biggest nemesis since my training runs is the cramp; complained about it all the time that it became as stale as a bad cheese. Therefore, today’s set-play is very easy. Start slow and finish strong. And the I failed at both.

😛

Preparation was as good as it can be. I drank a lot, even consuming the ORS dissolved in cold water, stretched a bit, and tried to sleep early. I even forgo the 2nd half of the football match between the Red Devils and the Hammers. All this in the bid towards preventing the cramp.

But as they always say, kita boleh merancang, tetapi Tuhan yang menentukan (we can come up with the most detailed of plans, but sometimes it will not go our way). After the flag off, I went on an easy pace which was part of the plan. But suddenly a cousin of mine saw me and decided to run beside me. I told him to run ahead as my pace was going to be snail-paced compared to him but he said that it didn’t really matter and stuck to my pace.

The thing with running with a partner is that either one will have to follow the other’s pace. As I don’t really want to slow down his run, I tried to keep up with his pace. As it was just the start, everything felt good. But the foreboding signs started to appear.

The area above my ankles started to tighten up and that is always the first tell-tale sign that my pace is too fast and that the cramp is catching up with me. And I’m not too sure why but once the cramp attacked, it is so hard for me to shake it off. So I quickly dropped my pace tremendously, hoping that it will go away.

However, the cramp loved me so much that it hanged around with me all the way. I have no other choice but to continue running albeit it was so uncomfortable. I couldn’t get into any good rythm or what some people called “The Zone”. All the while I was fearful that the cramp would turn full-blown and reduced me to a walking zombie.

Alhamdullilah.

By the time, the 5km sign loomed ahead, the cramp started to dissipate. I ate some M&Ms that have clumped together to give some extra boost. 😛 Then, the F1 track appeared around the corner. I’m not too sure why, but I hate running along the track. I tried to invoke the spirits of the mean machines that grace the track once a year but it is always at the track that I feel that my energy is totally drained. Maybe my mental needs some tweaking.

In the end, my watch recorded a  time of 1hr 20min. Don’t ask me about the SportyPal caused my GPS went berserk and displayed my route as 13++km. I am pretty sure I hadn’t run that far and the pace it displayed was 5++min per km. If only I can run that fast. Oh well, sometimes technology do has its off days.

Although I did not better my PB, I’m grateful to Him that I completed the run at an average pace of around 8min per km. Insya-Allah this will spur me to continue to do my training runs though basically today marks the end of this year’s running season.

To those I get to know through your blogs, a big THANK YOU goes out to all of you for being the inspiration that fuels my fire to keep up with this great lifestyle. Hopefully, one day, I can meet all of you in person. Have a good break and a well-deserved holiday.

Phuket here I come!!!

:mrgreen:


Thursday Afternoon Run: That’s The Way Aha-Aha

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector

4.88km

39m 02s

07:58 min/km

7.52 km/hr

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

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/102199

Notes:

After the previous dreaded cramps  that attacked during the last run, I specifically keep in mind to keep it slow and steady this time around.

Cool!


Tuesday Afternoon Run, Walk & Run: Back With A Vengeance

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector

4.88km

48m 32s

09:55 min/km

6.12 km/hr

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

Notes:

I have a longing to run at a faster pace just now. But I went out too fast and by the time I reached around the 1.2km mark, the muscles in my lower legs simply cramped up. Not even a slow jog could alleviate the extreme tightness thus I decided to take a break before slowly trotting up the overhead bridge.

Unfortunately, the dreaded cramp refused to go away. So rather than giving up there and then and returning home, I thought I might as well complete the whole distance albeit walking the whole way. So for the next few kilometers, I walked, jogged and walked and finally ran to home base.

As much as today’s performance is really dissapointing, I refuse to delve too much into the negativity. During my walk just now, I realised how I had sometimes ignored the beauty of my surroundings, something Singaporeans take for granted. I just love the greenery forming a canopy that I can run underneath, away from the piercing rays of the Sun. I adore the canal disecting the neighbourhood with the red bricks of the HDB blocks providing a solid background. I’m amazed at how the sky above Tampines is dark with the ominous sign of a storm approaching; in irony to the light blue sky adorned with fluffy puffs of clouds hovering above Pasir Ris.

Thank you God for lending me the ability to run. To soak in your wonderments when I would sometimes just ignore them in my own selfish pursuit.

Thank you God that both my shaky knees did not gave way. I will surely go for the dreaded surgeries once I’ve bought this road bike I’ve been aiming for quite some time and then saving up for my time in the operating theatre.

Thank you.

Syukur alhamdulillah.

🙂


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.


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.

🙂