Sunday, May 27, 2012

Standard Chartered 8 KM Fun Run

Beating your own time is priceless! Yesterday was my first ever running marathon. It was organized by Standard Chartered primarily for their employees and they opened it to the public.

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With two weeks of training, after my last time on the treadmill finishing 53 minutes on a 0% gradient, I finished the 8km in 49 minutes! Not to mention that the sun was already shining by the time the gun started and the roads were somewhat not flat.

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With my age, My maximum heart rate theoretically is 193 - let us bump that to 195. According to my heart rate monitor, I reached my maximum. Haha. I think this was the time when I was maintaining my pace at less than 5'50" and the track is going up. I shall blame my playlist! I have set my training zone from 125 to 185 and within the 49 minutes of run, I was on the safe zone for 5 minutes only. The rest, I was overtraining my heart!

Well, given that I have a heart condition and my valves do not close well when the contract, with all the years I have been doing Group X classes, I think this has helped me survived the run even my heart rate was above the limit already.

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See!!! That is more than 8 kilometers! My next target is to maintain my pace. I was brisk walking for sometime when I saw my heart rate stepped at 190 bpm. I was maintaining 185 bpm and this I think, is very crucial because it helped me sustain the road without pausing sporadically.

On a lighter note, this is very uplifiting. Achieving your goal is a mini-self fulfillment. :D

Next marathon, I have to drag Ron to do more than 8km :D

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A 2-Week Preparation for My First Marathon

It has been a while since I last updated my blog. I have been away in two beaches in a month and recently, I have been very busy with photo retouching landscapes from those vacations and of course, I changed my exercise routine because of the upcoming Fun Run by Standard Chartered.

Sad because I missed the Standard Chartered KL Marathon. I was supposed to get a free registration from a gym friend who works there. But since there were a lot of registrants, they closed it almost two months before the scheduled date. Good thing that another shorter marathon is set to be held at Putrajaya this Saturday. And yes! I am going!

Supposedly, I should be training for 4-6 weeks for this because this will be my first time joining a running marathon. I have never been active in my adolescent years except when I used to play child street games when I was younger. I thought my endurance from the months and attending Group X classes at the gym - but I was wrong!

The first time I tried running 5 kilometers on a 0% gradient on the treadmill, I finished it in 35 minutes with two instances of 1-minute rests. The next three days, my Achilles tendons and Soleus were sore all those times. I tried running 6 kilometers after the soreness subsided - finished in 35 minutes and it still hit me with DOMS that I had to recoup for a few days.

Today, I tried running outdoors. I signed up for a free GPS tracking system using my phone and I think it is worth downloading for. With RunKeeper, I do not need to buy a computer training device that will track my distance, speed, pace and such, whenever I run outdoors but I still need to buy a separate band to measure my heart rate. This time, I'll get Polar so I can still use it at the gym for cross-training. By the way, the GPS works well on a sunny day with thin clouds above, but the calorie burned counter sucks. :P

I was astounded when I saw the terrain I was running. Haha. The first 4-km was hard because the streets within the neighborhood is about 5% gradient and I only had cereals, honeydew and milk for breakfast! The second 3-km to the gym was a breeze.

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This was my first outdoor run, ever! As you can see, I had a good pace at the beginning, but I was not really expecting the the roads are very steep, and to my instinct, I tried maintaining my speed, at the end, I had to pause for a bit. Hahaha

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This was a breeze because I was running on an almost flat road. Although I had some troubles continuing faster because the road pavements were not straight. Safety first.

I got the chance to refresh myself at Fitness First Damansara Uptown even without my membership ID. With all that jazz, a Holland Artist who has been doing research on Melacca history approached me and gave me his name card. And guess what,  he thought I was Thai - thanks to the tanline, it is working so well LOL.

I think, Ill be doing this very often. I didn't know that outdoor workout could be so much fun! If you want to be part of my street team, join me!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Lunar Exquisite


I know I have been failing to update this blog because I work was so dragging. Besides, I was away from vacation - to Phuket. When I have the chance, I will post the pictures and say my heart out on the things I have thought about in life.

Last night and tonight, the moon is extraordinarily big and bright. According to the news, this is one of the nights where the moon is close to the earth. How I wish it could be closer so I can take a picture of its magnificent craters! Too bad I do not have my 300mm lens here in Malaysia and to those who have 500mm, I bet you can take a full frame of the luna's craters. I should have taken shots of the moon when the night was still young. Anyway, these shots, for me, are amazing.

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