Dec 31, 2009

Wrap Up: Running in 2009

21 races in year 2009, 9 half marathon, 7 quarter marathon and 5 under distance races (6km to 10km). Among this 21 races, 9 races at Penang state, 5 in KL/Klang Valley, 3 in Perak, 2 in Kedah, one in Seremban and Singapore.

First half marathon at Bidor Half Marathon, I am lucky, completed my race with timing same as my bib number, 145, but 13 sec over. Completed half marathon with sub 1:45 become my aim for this year.

NB Pacesetters15km, meet up a lot friends during the races, having fun with all of them.

Malakoff 26km Penang let me found another nice running route in Penang.

SCKLM become my next target for sub 1:45, but mission failed with 5 min over...

Completed 3 half marathons within 3 weeks continuosly, from SCKLM, Ipoh International Run and Seremban Half Marathon, but timing become slow and slow....

For the very first time, run under heavy rain for about 10km during Ipoh International Run half marathon.

Shape & Men's Health Night Run 2009 (11.5km), first quarter marathon which I not manage to get finishing medal, the last medal (75th) was given while I still another 500 m to reached finishing line.

Ran 2 half marathon within 3 days, ASJC half marathon on Friday follow by adidas KOTR on Sunday, almost Killed On The Roundabout at Shah Alam area, but still completed the 22km with sub 2 and manage to received Certificate of Achivement with official time. Consider very lucky if compare with last year, 9 sec over the qualify time and just received Certificate of Participant only.

adidas KOTR also mark my 21 time 21, my 21st half marathon.

Two race within two days, Lembah Bujang Jamboree (11km) on Saturday and Kebun Bunga Charity Run (6km) on Sunday, the worst thing is still FOC OT during that weekends after the races.

Mizuno Wave Run 2009, first time change to UPM campus, all the way hilly route up and down, really killing..... but lucky still can ran with 4:49 pace for 10.99km.

Powerman Malaysia 2009, Team 2 Plus 2 in Men's Relay category (11km and 10km), my team-mate (64km cyclist) wish to get better results compare with last year (4th position) and get podium finishing, but end up with drop to 5th position....but at least the RM150 cash prize still belong to us.

PBIM half marathon, mark my 10th anniversary to run on the Longest Bridge. Sub 1:45 still my aim, push very hard until 18km, but my stomach condition after 18km make me failed to achive this target, with 1 min 17 sec over.

SCSM, my first oversea half marathon, also last half marathon for 2009, putting a lot of hope on this race and hope sub 1:45 can achive by 2009. Pia from starting until the end, crossing finishing line with 1'43:26..... dream for sub 1:45 came true during this race.....

Last race in 2009, Larian Valdor (11km) at Sg Bakap, Seberang Perai Selatan, discover another nice place for running....

Total running mileage accumulated (races and training) from 31st March 2009 to 29th Dec 2009: 1510.55km, with 133 hrs 15 min 28 sec.

Dec 20, 2009

Race Report: Larian Valdor 2009

Location: SRJK (C) Valdor, Seberang Perai Selatan, Penang
Date/Time: 20th December 2009 @ 7:00am
Category: B - Men's Open
Bib: B122
Distance: 10.85 km (by Garmin FR405)
Timing: 00:53:15
Average Pace: 4:54 min per km
Position: -

The route

Stop running for 10 days before this race, due to injured after SCSM half marathon two weeks ago. Consider lucky as I managed to completed the race with average sub 5 min pace.
My last race for 2009, awaiting for saucony Pacemakers Network Run on 1st Jan 2010.

Dec 11, 2009

Putrajaya Night Marathon 2010

Date : 6th February 2010
Venue : Perbadanan Putrajaya & Mahkamah Kehakiman
Starting Time: Full Marathon (8:00pm); Half Marathon (8:30pm); 7.7km (9:00pm) & 5km Fun Run (9:15pm)

Full marathon is open to all

Half marthon and under distance (7.7km & 5km) is ONLY open to South East Asian country and expartriates with working permit, which is to be shown upon request.

Closing Date: 25th Jan 2010 or upon reaching 8000 runners; 18th Jan 2010 for Postal Entries

Entry form please click here.

Dec 7, 2009

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2009 Official Results

Official Results for Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2009 is out, click here to view your results.

Get your detailed race analysis from and find out how you fared against the other runners of your age and gender group.

Race Report: Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2009

Location: Esplanade Drive, Singapore
Date/Time: 6th Dec 2009 @ 6.45 am
Category: Half Marathon (Men Open)
Bib: 40971
Distance: 21.32 km (by Garmin FR405)
Timing: 1'43:26 (gun time) *PB*
Average Pace: 4:51 min per km

My first oversea half marathon. Putting a lot of hope in this race after my sub 1:45 target failed during PBIM 2009 two weeks ago.

Flag off at 6:45am, 1 hour 15 min after the Full Marathon flag off, and clear the cloud of runner.

I set my target to completed first 10 km with average 4:45 pace, and I make it with 46 min 58 sec, first target achieve ! I believe that I should able to do 1:45 if I maintain my average sub 5:00 pace for the remianing 11.1 km. Although my 10 to 19 km are slightly over my target, but overall still satisfied, completed first 19 km with 1'32:37. Meet a lot 10 km fast runner after 19 km, make me follow their pace and run with better pace. When reached Esplanade Drive, saw the 10 km Women are waiting at the starting point for flag off for their race. Turn in to Fullerton Road from Esplanade Drive, crossing the bridge, pia and turn right to St. Andrew Road, saw the finishing line in front of me, digital timer shown 1:42:59 when I was about 100 m to reach finishing, I know my sub 1:45 dreams come true for this race ! Crossing the finishing line with 1:43:26, average pace at 4:51 min per km.....

My split time:
0 - 5km - 0'22:40 ---> 0'22:40
5 - 10km - 0'24:19 ---> 0'46:59
10 - 17km - 0'35:22 ---> 1'22:21
17 - 19km - 0'10:16 ---> 1'32:37
19 - 21.32km - 0:10:49 ---> 1'43:26

SCSM 2009 Half Marathon route.

Nov 27, 2009

PBIM 2009 Official Photos

Penang Bridge International Marathon commemorative photos are available now, please click here.

Step on the timing chip mat

My pia face after crossing the finishing line.....

Nov 24, 2009

PBIM 2009 Finishing Photos

Finishing photos snap at Queensbay Mall during Penang Bridge International Marathon 2009.

Camera: Nikon D200 + AF 80 - 200 mm F/2.8D + SB - 800

There are total 3 albums snap from 6:14am to 8:30am are available as following:

Album 1 : 6:14am - 6:59am

Album 2 : 7:00am - 7.49am

Album 3 : 7:50am - 8:30am

Shooting during dawn and overcast sky won't produce nice photos, hope you all don't mind......
Enjoy the photos and sorry for those I missed out.........

The photographer + 21.1 km runner......(pix by run2chuah)

Race Report: Penang Bridge International Marathon 2009

Location: Queensbay Mall, Penang
Date/Time: 22nd Nov 2009 @ 3.30 am
Category: D - Half Marathon (Men Open)
Bib: D18087
Distance: 21.23 km (by Garmin FR405)
Timing: 1'46:17 (gun time) & 1'46:00 (chip time)
Average Pace: 5:00 min per km
Position: 55th

PBIM 2009 is my 10th Half Marathon on the Penang Bridge, since my first Penang Bridge Half Marathon in 1997.

From starting until 18 km, I still manage to maintain my average sub 5 min per km pace, hope can achieve my target of sub 1:45 for this race, but unforturnately that I start slow after 18km, my stomach give me trouble until I not able to spped up my pace.

My split time:

0 - 7km - 0'34:23 ---> 0'34:23
7 - 14km - 0'35:12 ---> 1'09:35
14 - 18km - 0'20:06 ---> 1'29:41
18 - 19km - 0'05:12 ---> 1'34:53
19 - 20km - 0:05:19 ---> 1'40:12
20 - 21.23km - 0'06:15 ---> 1'46:17

The PBIM 2009 Half Marathon route

Pia face at the finishing point, pix by run2chuah

Nov 15, 2009

Race Report: Tanjung 10km Run 2009

Location: Jalan Sepoy Lines (Padang Polo), Penang
Date/Time: 15th November 2009 @ 7:30am
Category: Men Junior Veteran
Bib: 2208
Distance: 10.28 km (by Garmin FR405)
Timing: 00:52:29
Average Pace: 5:06 min per km
Position: -

The route

Pre-race run for today: 6.20 km around Padang Polo to Anson Road and back to Padang Polo with 00:31:12

Total milleage for today: 16.48 km with 1:23:41

Nov 13, 2009

Powerman Malaysia 2009 Official Results

For results, please click here to go to BLUE CHIP timing results.

Nov 11, 2009

Race Report: Powerman Malaysia 2009

Location: Stadium Majlis Perbandaran Manjung, Seri Manjung, Perak
Date: 8th November 2009 @ 7:40am
Category: Men’s Relay
Team Name: Team 2 Plus 2
Bib: 801
Distance: 11km / 64 km bike / 10 km run
Actual Distance: 10.44km run/ --- /10.19km run (by Garmin FR405)

Position: 5th (Among 18 Teams)

1st Run : 00:49:35 @ 4:45 min per km
1st transition : 00:00:53
64 km Bike : 2:07:34
2nd transition : 00:00:46
2nd Run : 00: 54:53 @ 5:23 min per km

Total Time : 3:53:46

Derek and I came back again for Powerman Malaysia 2009, Men’s Relay category. Same as last year, I did the 1st and 2nd run, while Derek did the 64 km bike. We aim for better position but end up with drop one position from 4th to 5th compare with last year. Anyhow finisher medal are given to all finisher.

I did my first run very well, maintain average 4:30 for first 5 km and end up total 10.44 km with average 4:45, my PB pace for 10 km run.

But my second run started about 10:40 am, super hot weather was killing me, did with my PW pace with 5:23.

Pia at the 1st loop of 11 km run, pix by Tey

2nd loop of 11 km run, pix by Tey

After finished 1st run, at transit area, pix by Tey

Some pix with friends at the event:

Andrew and Miow Chin, pix by Tey

Jessica, Champion of Mixed Relay

Meet Iwata-san from Japan

Nov 1, 2009

Race Report: Larian Merdeka 2009

Location: Esplanade (Padang Kota Lama), Penang
Date/Time: 1st November 2009 @ 7:30am
Category: Men Junior Veteran
Bib: 3004
Distance: 6.49 km (by Garmin FR405)
Timing: 00:31:30
Average Pace: 4:51 min per km
Position: -

The route

Pre-race run for today: 5.51 km around Padang Esplanade with 00:27:56
Total milleage for today: 12 km with 00:59:27

Oct 28, 2009

Powerman Malaysia 2009 Participants List

To view the list of participants racing in the Individual, Sprint and Team categories, click here

Please note that this year participants will be issued a WRIST BAND that will need to be worn for ENTRY TO TRANSITION as well as the AWARDS LUNCH. (please see wrist band sample below)

Oct 27, 2009

Race Report: Mizuno Wave Run 2009

Location: Universiti Putra Malaysia
Date/Time: 25th October 2009 @ 7:30am
Category: A-Men Open
Bib: A1539
Distance: 10.99 km (by Garmin FR405)
Timing: 00:53:01
Average Pace: 4:49 min per km
Position: 66th

Start at stadium UPM, all the way hilly route up and down, really killing..... I think I really need to train more on hilly route, else will suffer in future.

The route

At the starting point, photo by CP Tan

Pia face at the last uphill, photo by qqlai

Oct 17, 2009

Terry Fox Run KL 2009

Terry Fox Run KL 2009
Date: Sunday, 1 November 2009
Venue: Taman Tasik Perdana (Lake Gardens)
Time: Flag off @ 9.00 a.m.
Rules & Regulations:
1) All participants must run on the designated route. There are 2 routes- 5km and 3.5km for the family run.
2) For wheelchair bound, and physically challenged participants, please note that there are slopes along the run route.
3) Participants are to be at the assembly area by 8.45 a.m.
4) No registration required. Just turn up during the run day. You can buy the Terry Fox Run official t-shirt, RM25 each.

Limited parking is available on site, and public transport is recommended.

The organisers, their agents, representatives, successors and assigns, are not liable for any injuries suffered, damage and loss of properties by participants at this event

Just get your T-shirt from:
1) Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation (CARIF), 2nd Floor, Outpatient Centre, Sime Darby Medical Centre (From 15th Oct, Mon to Fri, 9.00am to 5.00pm) Phone: 03-56391874
2) Canadian High Commission, Menara Tan & Tan, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur (From 15th Oct, Mon to Thurs, 8.30am to 12.00pm, 2.00pm to 4.00pm, Fridays 8.30am to 12.00pm)
3) Foyer, Menara Citibank, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur (from 26th Oct to 30th Oct 12.00 to 2.00pm)
4) 1 Utama (23rd & 24th October - 10am to 9pm)

The money raised will be for cancer research.

Penang Bridge International Marathon 2009 Vest & T-Shirt

Penang Bridge International Marathon 2009 is giving all Full and half marathon runners a Brooks running vest,

and a Pretty in Pink T-shirt for Quarter Marathon runners...

source: PBIM 2009 Facebook

Oct 4, 2009

Race Report: City Run 2009

Location: Komtar, George Town, Penang
Date/Time: 4th October 2009 @ 7:30am
Category: Men Senior (18+)
Bib: 2528
Distance: 8.59 km (by Garmin FR405)
Timing: 00:39:01
Average Pace: 4:32 min per km (PB Pace)
Position: -

Pia from starting until the end, with my PB pace 4:32 min per km, but sad still can't qualify for top 10.....

The route

Sep 27, 2009

Race Report: Kebun Bunga Charity Run 2009

Location: Youth Park, Penang
Date/Time: 27th September 2009 @ 7:30am
Category: -
Bib: -
Distance: 6.42 km (by Garmin FR405)
Timing: 31:04
Average Pace: 4:50 min per km

Kebun Bunga Charity Run, In Aid of Mount Moriam Cancer Hospital "Needy Cancer Patients Fund"....

The route

Sep 26, 2009

Race Report: Lembah Bujang Jamboree 2009

Location: Merbok, Kedah
Date/Time: 26th September 2009 @ 7:30am
Category: A - Men's Open
Bib: A034
Distance: 11.03 km (by Garmin FR405)
Timing: 54:33.25
Average Pace: 4:56 min per km
Position: Over 10 (No trophy, medal only)

Started infront of Kg Merbok Police Station, run along the village with paddy field and kampung house, fresh air enviroment....

The 11 km running route

After run for 9.3 km, back to the starting point, turn right and heading to the finishing point at Muzium Arkeologi Merbok, which is about 1.7 km away from the starting point. The worst is the last one km route is all the way uphill, from 40 m to 120 m height, really killing.... Reached the finishing point with 54:33.25, suffer like hell.....

The elevation, change from 40 m to about 120 m within one km

Before turning at 2.2 km

Reached finishing with suffer face.....

With my medal.

Sep 22, 2009

Long Holiday Training

The 14+7 km LSD
Date: 19 Sept 2009, Saturday
Time: 5:58 am
Route: 14 km route & 7 km route,
Distance: 21.5 km

Slpit time:
14.00 km - 1:13:17
0.25 km - 0:02:12 (rest and drink)
7.25 km - 0:38:57

21.50 km - 1:54:26

The 12 km run
Date: 21 Sept 2009, Monday
Time: 6:35 am
Route: 12 km route
Distance: 12 km
Timing: 1:03:11

The 17 km run
Date: 22 Sept 2009, Tuesday
Time: 6:12 pm
Route: 14 km route & Taman 2 Taman 3 km route
Distance: 17 km
Timing: 1:31:13


Total milleage during this holiday : 50.5 km


Sep 19, 2009

Race Report: Shah Alam adidas King of The Road 2009

Location: Stadium Shah Alam, Shah Alam, Selangor
Date/Time: 2nd August 2009 @ 6:30am
Category: A - Men's Open
Bib: A846
Distance: 21.81km (by Garmin FR405)
Timing: 1:58:10
Average Pace: 5:25 min per km
Position: -

Started at Stadium Shah Alam, slightly different with last year route, but already know that this will be a tough race for me.

From the starting point, run all the way uphill for about 1.3km, still got energy to pia at that moment, but following by another uphill at 5km to 6 km was really killing me and cause I not manage to complete first 6km within 30 minute, I know I'll suffer at the end. Uphill and down hill for most of the route, I try to speed up my pace whenever during downhill route, completed 11.5km within first hour.

Meet 11km runners at Kayangan roundabout at 19.5km.

The finishing point located inside Stadium Shah Alam track, after turn in to Stadium Shah Alam main entrance from Persiaran Sukan, run thru the underpass entrance and run into the track, crossing the finishing line with 1:58:10, actual distance clock by my Garmin Forerunner 405 show 21.81km........

Completed the race with sub-2, as per expected, dare not aim for personal best, because I just did my Alor Setar half marathon two days before, but end up with Personal Worst pace at 5:25 min per km for this year race, 5 sec slower than ASJC half marathon two days ago....

5 refreshment stations along 3.8km, 9.6km, 13km, 16.5km and 19km, all served water and isotonics drink, great to see that adidas have improve the refreshment station after been complaint by runner on last year event. 2 sponging station at 7km and 14km as well.

Meet Yin just after reached the finishing point

Meet Tey outside the stadium, thanks for snap this photo as a proof that I m in KOTR 2009

The adidas KOTR 2009 22km route, click here for larger view at Garmin Connect

The rolling hill route elevation