Dec 31, 2010

Wrap up: Running in 2010

Completed 21 runs in 2010, same as last year. Among this 21 races, 13 are half marathon.

Celebrated 2010 New Year with Saucony Pacemakers Network Run at Lake Garden. First time join the race organized by der Pacemakers Network. A well organized event, I enjoy the race.

Running up the staircase is the most torturing during this race

New Balance Pacesetters 30km, decided not to run 30km and go for 20km just because of injured after SCSM 2009, and also Penny's concert at Genting on the night before. Although with lack of sleep, and the rolling hills route, still manage to completed with 4:59 per km pace, but very amkan that my timing chip not working, no official time and no certificate.

Putrajaya Night Marathon, first night half marathon, not easy to run at night, even though all my weekday training run were at evening. take is as an experience and prepare for Sundown 21km.

Bareno Run at Bulit Jalil area, nice route with some hilly route, the most difficult part is after 10 km, up and down for about 3 km inside Taman Rekreasi Bukit Jalil.

Energizer Night Race at Cyberjaya, 2nd night half marathon. Bad experience with stomach ache for last 7km, endure till the end and direct run to toilet after crossing finishing line.

Bidor half marathon, my 3rd run in Bibor since 2008. Can't perform well compare with last year, weather started hot after 17km downhill route, torturing for the last 4km.

Nice finishing medal from Bidor.

New Balance Pacesetters 15km, another rolling hills route at Double hills area, meet up many friends during this race.

adidas Sundown marathon, my first oversea night race, first time join adidas Sundown Marathon after the 21km half marathon event have been introduced this year. Finished with PB (Bad) in half marathon. Conclucled that night run is really tough.

nice and unique finishing medal.....

Setia Eco Half Marathon, heavy rain half way but manage to run faster, 4:56 pace during this race gain back confidence for my next half marathon, SCKLM.

SCKLM 2010, an important race for me, after get my first sub 1:45 in AIMS certified half marathon during SCSM 2009, SCKLM become my next target. Pushing by some other runners, raining before the race and good weather, my target achieved with 1'44:14 (net time)

Seremban Half Marathon, another my must go event. Drove 140km, run 21km, drove 140km again, within 8 hours. Completed with sub 1:45 but slightly under distance.

Taiping Herritage Run, first race in Taiping, thanks to the organizer Kevin Otk from Taiping Road Runner for giving me my favourite bib number.

LLC Runners jumping at Taiping heritage area

1 Malaysia National Charity Run, my first ever race in the town/state (Muar, Johor) where I born and grown...

Photo after the race, with clock tower at Dataran Tanjung Emas as background.

Hatyai Nature Run, first race in Thailand. As the name "Nature Run", we really run in the nature enviroment from 6 km to 15 km, surrounding by rubber estate and the killing hilly road.

Newton 25km Challenge Kuala Lumpur, survived from 25.84km rolling hills route at Bukit Kinrara and received a nice finishing Tee...

LLC runners during Newton 25km

Tanjung 10km Run, first race in Penang this year, take it as a training for coming race.

Mizuno Wave Run at UPM, Suprising that I can run better compare with 2009, with lack of training, 4:46 per km pace.

Powerman 2010, Team 2 Plus 2 came back for 3rd season in Powerman Malaysia 2010, Men’s Relay category.

Aim for podium finishing failed again and also out of top 5, no cash prize at all.

PBIM 2010, heavy rain since 14km till the end, crossing finishing line with 1'47:00, mission for my 3rd sub 1:45 in AIMS certified Half Marathon failed.

Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2010. Ahead 1:45 pacer from starting till the end, crossing finishing line with 18 sec faster than last year, chip time 1'42:48 become my new PB timing. Glad to completed my 36th half marathon when I am 36 years old, with my Personal Best timing.

Spritzer - KRI Scenic Run 2010, sign up last day before the closing date, simply because I haven't do any race in Ipoh this year. Rolling hills route, 12km is tougher than SCMS 21km for me, run until going to vomit out my heart.

Anyhow finisher T is given to top 600 finisher.

Achievement for this year:

1. Completed monthly half marathon race, with one more as bonus.

2. Completed two (2) sub 1:45 in AIMS certified half marathon.

Dec 12, 2010

Race Report: Spritzer - KRI Scenic Run 2010

Location: Bukit Kinding Resort, Tg. Rambutan, Ipoh, Perak
Date/Time: 12th December 2010 @ 7:30am
Category: B-Men Open (18-39)
Bib: B171
Distance: 11.85 km (by Garmin FR405)
Timing: 1'04:56
Average Pace: 5:28 per km
Rank: -

Rolling hills route, 12km is tougher than SCMS 21km for me. Nice scenery and cold weather along the route.

The route.

Multiple hills

Finisher T is given to top 600 finisher only....

Dec 6, 2010

Race Report: Standard Chatered Marathon Singapore 2010

Start Point: Sentosa
Finish Point: St. Andrews Road, The Padang
Date/Time: 5th Dec 2010 @ 6.30 am
Category: Half Marathon (Men Open)
Bib: 22747
Distance: 21.23 km (by Garmin FR405)
Timing: 1'43:10 (gun time) & 1'42:48 (chip time)
Average Pace: 4:51 min per km
67th (Overall Half Marathon) ;
64th (Overall Men Category);
21st (M30-39)

Started at Sentosa Island, run around the Island for first 9km before return to Singapore Island. A bit hilly compare with previous year's route.

Completed my first 10km with 48 min++, I am worried that sub 1:45 might not abe to achieve, compare with last year's 47 min for 10km.

I try to ahead the 1:45 Pacer group from starting, when reached the u-turn at about 11km on Telok Blangah Road, they were about 200 meter behind of me. Keep my pace and run along Ayer Rajah Expressway, East Coast Expressway, only few runners within my vision and most of us run with smillar pace, hard to overtook each other.

Start to overtook few runners when reached the flyover at 17.8km, across Marina Bay, and run downhill to Republic Blvd towards Singapore Flyer side and turn right to Raffles Ave, 2 km to go, Saw a lot of 10km runners in reverse direction, they all just stsrted 20 min ago. Pass by Esplanade and turn left into Esplanade Drive, many photographer there but can't see Tey yet.

Turn in to Fullerton Road, High Street and St. Andrews Road, a timing mat is place about 100 m away from the finishing arc, saw Tey on the right.

he manage snap my first pix when I reached last 75 m

wave with him

and continue my run, saw digital timer show 1;42:50, turn on turbo for last 75 m and crossed finishing line with 1'43:10....... 17 sec faster than lasy year timing.

SCMS 2010 half marathon route

Glad to completed my 36th half marathon when I am 36 years old, with my Personal Best timing.

Many thanks to Mr Tey Eng Tiong for all the nice photos !

Nov 22, 2010

Race Report: Penang Bridge International Marathon 2010

Location: Queensbay Mall, Penang
Date/Time: 21st Nov 2010 @ 3.00 am
Category: D - Half Marathon (Men Open)
Bib: D15026
Distance: 21.17 km (by Garmin FR405)
Timing: 1'47:00 (gun time)
Average Pace: 5:03 min per km

Good weather before the race, no rain on Saturday night, a bit humid at starting. Strong wind when I reached 12km mark, felt cold. But the wind was blowing reverse direction with me, make me feel hard to move when I run downhill. Heavy rain started when I reached 14km, run the remaining 7km under heavy downpour.

When reached the Queensbay roundabout and running towards finishing line, saw Jia Wei was wearing rain coat, holding umberlla to snap my photo, deeply appreciated him. Can't see other official photograher along the last few hundred meter, and also no timer displays on the finishing arc.

The only piaing photo, pix by run2chuah

Crossing finishing line with 1'47:00, mission for my 3rd sub 1:45 in AIMS certified Half Marathon failed.

My split time:

0 - 10 km : 00'48:22 ---> 00'48:22
10-18 km : 00'42:20 ---> 01'30:00
18-21.17 km : 00'16:18 ---> 1'47:00

PBIM 2010 half marathon route

Nov 21, 2010

PBIM 2010 Finishing Photos

Finishing photos snap at Queensbay Mall during Penang Bridge International Marathon 2010.

Camera: Nikon D200 + AF 80 - 200 mm F/2.8D + AF-S 17 - 55 mm F/2.8G + SB-800

There are total 3 albums snap from 5:48am to 9:20 am are available as following:

Album 1 : 5:48am - 6:40am

Album 2 : 6:41am - 7.24am

Album 3 : 8:13am - 9:20am

Enjoy the photos, sorry for those I missed out.........

Nov 15, 2010

Race Report: Powerman Malaysia 2010

Location: Stadium Majlis Perbandaran Manjung, Seri Manjung, Perak
Date: 14th November 2010 @ 7:40am
Category: Men’s Relay
Team Name: Team 2 Plus 2
Bib: 4006
Distance: 11km / 64 km bike / 10 km run
Actual Distance: 10.44km run/ --- /10.17km run (by Garmin FR405)
Rank: 6th

1st Run : 00'50:24 @ 4:50 min per km
1st transition : 00'00:51
64 km Bike : 2'07:28
2nd transition : 00'00:43
2nd Run : 00'53:34 @ 5:16 min per km

Official Time : 3'53:00
Net Time: 3'52:57

Team 2 Plus 2 came back for 3rd season in Powerman Malaysia 2010, Men’s Relay category. As usual, I did the 1st and 2nd run, while Derek did the 64 km bike.

Rainy day at the early morning, waiting.......

Time to warm up at the stadium.....

Waiting for flag off

Flag off for Team Relay category at 7:40am

Rainy day in the early morning, first run is easy, however thery are a lot fast runner this year, I totally can't cat up with the fast pack runners, feel lonely while run alone at the first 3 km, untill catch up with some Long Distance runner. Pia back with 50:24, 50 sec slower than last year.

2nd lap of 1st run

going to finishing of 1st run

Sun start to wake up at 9:30am, learn from last year lesson, I plan not to run with running vest, but running Tee instead, to avoid become BBQ ......

Derek is back, get the timing chip from him...

Started my second run started about 10:40 am, weather getting hot but still better than last year, but my weakness of running in hot weather make me run with slow pace for the 10km lap. Crossing finishing with 53:34, slightly better than 2009.

Burnt face after 2nd run....

Official finishing time 3'53:00, 45 sec faster than last year, but ranking drop again from 5th (2009) to 6th this year, no more cash prize.....

Running route at garmin Connect: 1st run (10.44km) & 2nd Run (10.17km)

photos by: Lee Li Lian, Chooi Wan & Richard Lee

Oct 17, 2010

Race Report: Mizuno Wave Run 2010

Location: Universiti Putra Malaysia
Date/Time: 17th October 2010 @ 7:25am
Category: A-Men Open
Bib: A0045
Distance: 10.99 km (by Garmin FR405)
Timing: 52:26 (Gun Time)
Average Pace: 4:46 min per km
Rank: -

Start at stadium UPM, slightly different with last year's route, hilly route up and down.

Suprising that I can run better compare with 2009, with lack of training recently.

Pia to finishing line, pix by run2chuah

Oct 3, 2010

Race Report: Tanjung 10km Run 2010

Location: Jalan Sepoy Lines (Padang Polo), Penang
Date/Time: 3rd October 2010 @ 7:30am
Category: Men Junior Veteran
Bib: 2158
Distance: 10.30 km (by Garmin FR405)
Timing: 00:54:29
Average Pace: 5:17 min per km
Rank: -

Pre-race run for today: Run 10 km with Ewe Cheong to top up weekly mileage.

Sep 27, 2010

Race Report: Newton 25km Challenge Kuala Lumpur 2010

Location: Bandar Kinrara, Puchong
Date/Time: 26th Sept 2010 @ 6:30am
Category: Men Open 25km
Bib: 1028
Distance: 25.84 km (by Garmin FR405)
Timing: 2'16:30 (Gun Time) /2'15:24.98 (Chip Time)
Average Pace: 5:16 min per km
Rank: 60th

No proper training before this race, aim for sub 2:30 is good enough for me. Nice rolling hills route, lucky I am survived under the hot sun.

Newton 25km route.

How many rolling hills, see the elevation chart below.

Piaing face at the junction, about 11km, pix by Tey.

LLC Runners at the finishing line, pix by Malaysia Runner Networks.

Aug 9, 2010

Race Report: Hat Yai Nature Run 2010

Location: Prince of Songkla University , Hat Yai, Thailand
Date/Time: 8th August 2010
Category: Half Marathon (M35-39)
Bib: 35 024
Distance: 20.72 km (by Garmin FR405)
Timing: 1'47:08
Average Pace: 5:10 min per km
Rank: Over 10 in M35-39, about 105 overall

My first race in Thailand. As the name "Nature Run", we really run in the nature enviroment from 6 km to 15 km, surrounding by rubber estate and the killing hilly road.

Started run up to the hill from 6 km at 35 m above sea level to 7.8 km at 115 m above sea level, then all the way down hill to the U-turn point at at 10.35 km with 25 m above sea level, run reverse route back again, the second uphill was really killing, run with almost 8:00 ++ min pace, and almost give up.

Drink stations every 2 km, served water, without isotonic drink, traffic control very well, Thai driver are very patient while waiting for runners across the road, not like what happend during SCKLM, many local driver always horn while we run across the road.

After U-turn from 10.35 km and run up to the hill, I estimate I shall able to finished the race with 1:48, after turn out from the "nature route" and run all the way back, overtook some 10km runners, turn in to the Prince of Songkla University, run a bit uphill until the roundabout, turn left and towards finishing line, as my estimation, finished with 1'47:08.

Many food and drink at the finishing, got porridge, koay teow goreng, bihun goreng, soya bean, leong fun, Thailand style 油条, watermelon. Eat a lot as recovery meal. Hat Yai Nature Run, really a good event, I'll run again in 2011.....

The 21 km route

The hilly route elevation

LLC runners at the finishing...

Aug 2, 2010

Race Report: 1 Malaysia National Charity Run

Location: Dataran Tanjung Emas, Muar, Johor
Date/Time: 1st August 2010 @ 6:30 am
Category: A - Men's 21km
Bib: A 21071
Distance: 20.34 km (by Garmin FR405)
Timing: 1'40:11
Average Pace: 4:55 min per km
Rank: 26th

My first ever race in the town/state (Muar, Johor) where I born and grown...

Don't know why the organizer change the starting time from 5:30am Malaysia time to 5:30am Thailand time, don't know and also don't want to know.

Rain before and during strating of the race but not heavy, nice and cool weather, fresh air after rain in the early morning.

From Tanjung Emas run across Sg Muar towards Melaka direction and U-turn back to Tanjung Emas again, totally a new route for me, and also for all Muar runners, I think.

All the way flat, except crossing Sultan Ismail bridge across Sg Muar. Organizer try to created some "man made" hilly route for runners, that is crossing two pedestrian bridge at about 8.8km and 13.7km.

Few drink staions along the 21km route, organizer just prepare plan water for runners, but lucky Camel Marathon Club provided 100 Plus isotnics drink for runners, thanks a lot to Mr Yew and his gang (Camel Marathon Club), you all really Pro Runners, know what runners need during race ....

Thanks to Terrence to pace with me from 7km onwards, and force me run faster, else I think I'll not able to completed with sub-5 min pace....

No pia photo during this race, only this photo with finishing medal snap by Ben Swee.

and nice to meet you, Ben...

with runners from Camel Marathon Club, Muar.

Jul 25, 2010

Race Report: Taiping Heritage Run 2010

Location: Padang Esplanade, Taiping
Date/Time: 25th July 2010 @ 7:30 am (late start)
Category: A - Men's Open
Bib: A 074
Distance: 14.22 km (by Garmin FR405)
Timing: 1'12:04
Average Pace: 5:04 min per km
Rank: 59th

Nice route, nice weather, and beautiful scenery around Taiping Lake Garden route for the first 3 to 4 km......

Slightly hilly from 4.6km to 5.3km route, 2 drink station, at about 5.7km and 13km, second drink station is a bit far from first drink station, prefer 5km one drink station. Distance marker are clear along the route.

The bad experience during this event is started late, just because of waiting for some VVIP to flag off the race.

Taiping Heritage Run 15km route

LLC Runners at the starting point.

Exhausted piaing face....

Jump, jump jump.....