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Surreal. One word that I would best use to describe my experience at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon 2014. Remember that word cos you'll hear it more than once throughout this post. A word of warning for those one or two readers that I still have, make yourself a strong mug of coffee or a bowl of instant noodles cos this might be a long one.
The Gold Coast Airport Marathon (GCAM) marks my first ever marathon away from home, a long way from home at that. I really didn't know what to expect once I signed up for it many months ago. From the planning stages, down to the flight, the culture and finally running the event was really foreign to me. Most of my marathon (well, what little of them anyway) were all done at home. This would be the first time I stepped on foreign soil to run and I must say I came away with an experience that will last a lifetime.
After months of training, the day finally came for both the wife and me to board the plane for that long flight to the Gold Coast of Australia. The flight bit was my least favourite part of Read more...
I never thought that running could change one’s lifestyle and the way of thinking until I faced it myself. So, my story starts at the age of 30, being a father of two kids. Weighing at 110kg with a height of 167cm, I was considered fat and nearing obesity. To me, life after marriage means everything’s already good and that I wouldn't have the need to exercise nor practice a daily healthy diet, until one day I had to go through hours of excruciating pain on my left toe and sole. I was diagnosed with Gout. Doctor advised me to control the way I eat and drink plenty of warm water to reduce the uric acid levels in my body which was pretty high at that very moment.
At first, I took it lightly. I continued to eat whatever and whenever as I wish, especially during late nights, up to a point where I couldn’t consume any unhealthy food due to very high levels of uric acid in my body. I couldn’t bare the pain anymore. It turned from bad to worst. That’s when it hit me. I have to change. So, I decided to make a drastic change in my Read more...
NEVER GIVE UP!!! Run & Run! Don't Stop when you're Tired, Stop when you're Done!!
My name is Dylan Teo, 27 years old. I been running for 3 years since 2011 and my first Run was in the Energizer Night Race 2011.
Reebok One Challenge was my first obstacle run, normally I just participate in 10km runs just to build up my stamina while burning some calories =D. After I saw the video shared by ReebokOne Challenge's Facebook page, I signed up for it. It wasn't as easy as i thought, especially the Monkey bar challenge.
I was late for the event. I was the last runner to start the race right after the women category. That time I was thinking of skipping the obstacles if I can't make it but when I passed the first and second obstacles, I started to change my mind and keep pushing myself to do it because it will be no meaning at all if I skip all of them. When I reached the third obstacle which is the Monkey bar challenge, I fell down for 7 times if not mistaken. My hands were in pain and my fingers were already bleeding. I took a rest for about 3 Read more...
Event: Penang International Bridge Marathon 2014 (PBIM 2014)
Venue: Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzham Shah (a.k.a Penang Second Bridge)
Date: 16 November 2014
My first ever Full Marathon
First time PBIM to be held on the new bridge.
Photo credit to www.mauhorng.com
My First Running Event: It was a 10km run at Desa Park City in November 2011. I still remember how proud I was at the finish line as I collected my first medal. Looking back, I could say that the resulting euphoric feeling of self-satisfaction derived from completing this most physical challenge ignited something within me to run more often.
Keeping Fit & Healthy: Running is an effective way for me to exercise because I like to be outdoors & it gives me a good cardio workout. Most weekends, I will run in the park for one hour each time, and occasionally, I would participate in running events on Sundays. As my stamina improved, I would register for longer races with distances of 12km, 15km, 21km, and even up to 25km. My goal for each race is to finish it, regardless how much time it will take me. I find that I enjoy my runs more when I don't have to stress myself over time-keeping. After all, the Read more...
My mom used to tell me that I left my left arm inside her belly during the birth and this joke cheers me up all the time since small. I was born to be unique person in a supportive family; they pampered me with a lot of love and cares. When I was still a small kid, I did not have to worry about any challenges and difficulties in life as most of the time they would provide me solutions when I face with them. For example, my mom custom made a steel ruler that enables me to use my chin as support holder to the ruler when drawing lines.
When I turned 7, I started to realize that the life out there is not as easy as I thought. I had to wear prosthetic arm all the time and hid myself from the crowd. Can you imagine someone carrying 3 to 4 kg of prosthetic arm and wearing long sleeve shirt under the hot sun every day? Yes that was what I had been through last time. Furthermore, the prosthetic arm did not have any robotic functions and it cost approximately RM10,000 one, a big financial burden for my parents. Read more...
Different people run for different reasons. Some run for fun, others run to keep fit and to be in good health while yet others run for charity. All athletes belong to at least one of these groups. Given a chance to choose, to which group would you choose to belong?
When Seng Jian, a nine year old boy, was encouraged to run for charity, he may have thought his mother was crazy. Yet his mother's explanation for it made a lot of sense: Many children are suffering out there; many people are in trouble and need help. So he took the cue from his mother and gave it a try, guess what? He finished the first ever 5km running of his life!
The excitement of finishing his first ever Larian Hari Malaysia Maksak 2014 running was great, but not as great as the joy of knowing that his running contributed to somebody's well-being. Sook Yee, Seng Jian's mother, was overjoyed and excited that his son had taken the challenge for a worthy course. She could not hide her joy.
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When asked what she thought about running, Sook Yee said it was a very healthy sport. She Read more...