Go go go

10KM Medal from PBIM 2013.
10KM Medal from PBIM 2013.

Pull the trigger slam the door
Pick up the pace, it’s time to go
Penang Bridge just you wait
Half Marathon here I come!

Now if only the bloody thing will open for registration. ;_;

Zombies, Run!

I love Zombies, Run! It’s an app that takes storytelling to another level; you’re Runner 5, and you are part of a team that’s responsible for gathering supplies and completing missions in Abel Township.

I bought both the full version and the 5K training app, (the latter I feel is more torturous compared to the actual app) and the voice acting is superb. How good is it?

I found myself cooing as though to a baby during one of the missions today. While running/walking, I actually went, “There there, darling, shhh it’s going to be ok, awww, shhhhh don’t cry honey” and etc etc in reply to whatever was happening on my phone. And I actually felt a pang of pain when they talked about the baby’s parents.

I think I freaked out a few of the other gym members whoops.

But yes. Awesome app. Get it now. They’re currently having a New Year sale, so it’s much cheaper than normal.

With that, zzzzzzz….

Dietary reminders

Chap Fan Lunch
This was a mere RM3 a month ago. :P

Being a quick and dirty post that I want to sort out when I have the time.

This insulin sensitivity post has described quite a few of the symptoms I’ve noticed about myself over the past few years, especially in the light of my Tanita reading yesterday. For one, my body fat percentage is 35%. For another, my body age is 42.

So despite having a relatively good weight, my body fat percentage is horrendously high. I suspect the machine is not calibrated for Asian sizes, because it suggested my ideal body weight was 52kg. I’ve been there, and do not want to be there again. :P Also I’ve been told that 52kg for my frame is unrealistic (55kg makes more sense).

Will probably start on the chap fan and breakfast diet tomorrow. The chap fan diet is a diet where I eat cheap economy rice without rice. :D There’s a restaurant near my house that has a pretty good variety of economy dishes at affordable prices.

With that, poofing time!

Running Achievements

Besides being a writer, I’m also a gamer at heart. Scores give me an idea of how well I do, and how well I don’t. So in real life, until otherwise proven, running’s one of the easiest games for me to get into. :P

Below are my “high scores” over the past… 17 months?

  • 14 July 2012: Men’s Health Shape Run
    Distance: 12.42 km
    Time: 1hr 55 mins
    Avg pace: 9 mins 19 seconds
  • 30 Sept 2012: PJ Half Marathon
    Distance: 7.45 km
    Time: 1 hr 9 mins
    Avg Pace: 9 mins 17 seconds
  • 13 Oct 2012: Nike We Run KL
    Distance: 10.08km
    Time: 1hr 37 mins
    Avg pace: 9 mins 43 seconds
  • 18 Nov 2012: Penang Bridge International Marathon
    Distance: 10.25km
    Time: 1hr 32 minutes
    Avg Pace: 9 mins 3 seconds
  • 29 Sept 2013: Standard Chartered KL Marathon
    Distance: 11.18km
    Time: 1hr 29 mins
    Avg Pace: 8 mins*
    Oddly enough, my official time is 1hr 30mins.
  • 17 Nov 2013: Penang Bridge International Marathon
    Distance: 10.27km
    Time: 1hr 26 mins
    Avg Pace: 8 mins 28 seconds

Wow, all things considered, PBIM 2013 seems to have been a PB of sorts, though SCKLM comes close. It LIES btw. That 10km felt like it was 12km, and apparently my GPS agrees.

First time I FFK’ed a run

If I sign up for something, I generally want to get my money’s worth (who doesn’t?). But with the weather like this… I think I’d rather go have breakfast and then come home to sleep.

Hazy Putrajaya at 7am.

Yes, that is Putrajaya at 7am. Usually you can see the building in the distance clearly, but today, you can barely see it. And that’s not mist, it’s haze. *cough cough hack*

Body learnings

Things I learnt about my body this past few weeks:

  • If I have a light meal for dinner the night before, waking up and showering causes me to feel really hungry
  • Went for Muay Thai class yesterday. The class started off by being very exhausting (we had to do a bunch of stretches and the like) and ended on a high note. Woke up this morning with pain in my lower right back and both my calves ow ow ow ow. Still want more though.
  • My body is over-sensitive to stimuli when it comes close to the time I want to wake up. The slightest noise/heat/pain will do. Else this is because of the app I’m using
  • My hips have grown wider. :(

Penang Bridge Marathon thoughts


So I went running the other day.

To be specific, I went running on the Penang Bridge.


10 kilometres. 1 hour, 31 minutes. Ranked 1,363 out of 5,209 runners.


To be honest, I was kind of disappointed in myself. I wanted to improve my timing to come in under 1 hour, 15 minutes. When I was thinking about the results, I thought about the reasons I failed, in my mind.

I didn’t really have breakfast before I started running (my stomach DID growl about 10 minutes into the run, whoops!).

I didn’t really get enough sleep the night before (think 6-8 hours for 3 days).

I was just not ready.

Today, after watching this video, I realised just what a whole load of crap that was.

I didn’t fail. Not by a damn long shot.


I ran 10 kilometres in 1 HOUR 31 MINUTES. When earlier this year, it had taken me almost 2 hours to run 12 kilometres. That’s a fantastic improvement for someone who just started running competitively this year. I just started running in July. By November, with little training, I had already cut my time in half (though to be honest, I was going to the gym before this).

There’s also the not-so-tiny fact that I keep forgetting. I don’t run because I want to get a great timing. I’m not running because I want to win (that would be a side, added bonus). I run because I can. I run because there’s nothing but me, the road, and how far I am willing to push my body.


And it is all about how far I’m willing to push my body.

Really. When at the end of the day I get views like this? Oh hell yeah. I’d do it all again. And take more pictures. Enjoy the picspam!

PS: There’s a poem hidden in the photos. Mouseover to read. :3

[Running] Nike We Run KL 2012

I am boycotting all Hivelocity events in the future. This isn’t the first time they’ve made a mess of things (they also organised the PJ Half Marathon, which suffered mainly from messy registration and somewhat messy run) but this one seems to be quite the disaster. Here’s what I posted on G+: Continue reading

Getting life back on track

Too many things to do, too little time to do it. When I do have the time, I don’t have energy or mental faculties required to complete it. I love what I do, but if it’s leaving me drained then something has to change.

Tomorrow might be the first weekend in a long weekend I may not have much to do. So here’s my action plan for tomorrow and the next few days. Maybe if I break it down into these smaller lists, I might not feel so overwhelmed.

  • Hit the post office and send that package off.
  • Have breakfast, come home, nap for a bit
  • Begin Operation Clear Desk! Throw out anything I don’t have a use for. Go through my drawers and throw everything that I have not used or read in the past six months. Throw my documents into said drawers. File receipts properly.
  • I know I won’t finish, but I do have to mop the room (will use lazy way) to do so.
  • Dinner with Sis and Rly.
  • Sleep.
  • Camp Nanowrimo
  • Some work

I think… that’s about all.