Lessons Learned While Running

For the past two days I’ve been more Angry Runner than Expat Runner, thought technically I guess I’ve been an Angry Expat Runner. I think I gained some insight into how my seven-year-old son feels when he doesn’t get to play on the iPad and he is frustrated that he has no control over a situation. So I’ve been a Childish Angry Expat Runner then. The source of my frustration? I had a lousy race on Sunday, the kind of race that renders all your training redundant, the sort of race that make you actually hate running (a first for me), the sort of race … Continue reading Lessons Learned While Running

Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya Trophies

Thank you to Ironman for these wonderful trophies, two of which will be proudly displayed wherever we set up home and will always remind us of our fabulous time in Malaysia. My husband is already talking about registering to do Ironman 70.3 in Western Australia. It looks like I’ll have to find new team mates though as he wants to do the whole event himself. That’s the thanks I get 😉     Continue reading Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya Trophies

Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya

One of the best ways to cheer yourself up, besides going for a run, is to convince yourself that it could always be worse. All ten of your toenails could have fallen off, instead of only one, for instance. Or, you could have broken your wrist when you fell face-first on the pavement instead of only your pride and a few inches of skin. I found this ‘could be worse’ philosophy very useful on Sunday during the Putrajaya 70.3 Ironman triathlon competition. It could have been a LOT worse. I could have been a triathlete and not a mere runner. A triathlete is a … Continue reading Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya

Malaysia Women Marathon 2014

Have you ever got dressed up and gone out with friends then, faced with the option of going on to a smoky nightclub to have fun or heading home at a sensible hour, you throw caution and the certainty that you will regret your decision in the morning to the wind, and choose to dance in bad air until the small hours of the morning? Well that’s what the decision to run the Malaysia Women Half Marathon (MWM) was like yesterday morning. Except I didn’t get a hangover. There I was, at 5 AM, having jogged to the start line, … Continue reading Malaysia Women Marathon 2014

NM Galaxy Race 12km- Secret Results & Phantom Prizes

If you ran the race, you’re very much aware of the NM Galaxy 12km run’s deficiencies – lighting, toilets, loudspeaker, legible distance markers, inaccurate route distance, not to mention the endurance event that was race bib collection! Plenty of people have been voicing complaints and suggestions on these issues, an others, on the NM Galaxy Facebook page so if you didn’t run, but are considering joining the next NM Galaxy race in May – there is a planned series of four races with interconnecting medals – or you’re just curious with some time on your hands, pop over there and … Continue reading NM Galaxy Race 12km- Secret Results & Phantom Prizes

Race Photographers

When I recently asked a friend why he thought the number of women signing up for marathons in Malaysia was so low compared to men, he joked that it was because women didn’t want to mess up their hair and makeup. I’m sure the true reason is far more complex, but he was alluding to a very valid point. In running, certainly in this hot and humid climate, there is little place for vanity. Here there is really only one look irrespective of the season and that’s the wet (and sweaty look). Every day is a bad hair day! How … Continue reading Race Photographers

When Self-Doubt Takes Hold

Last week I blithely, yet proudly, mentioned to a friend that I had done a PB on the hilly 7km loop from my house through Desa Sri Hartamas/Mont Kiara. My father-in-law had just died suddenly and unexpectedly in Denmark, and my husband had flown home for the funeral, so I guess I was using my legs to blow out some mental cobwebs. ‘Oh I never run PBs in training,’ my friend replied matter-of-factly. A-ha! Of course she doesn’t. Just this past weekend she stood on the podium of a 15km race and received a well-earned trophy for third place. My … Continue reading When Self-Doubt Takes Hold

MWM Training Session 2

As an introvert (who does a good impression of an extrovert), the solitary nature of running appeals to me. But even introverts, and solitary runners, can benefit from company and sometimes they even enjoy it. Such was the case yesterday at the Malaysia Women Marathon training session, the second in a series of running clinics organised by MWM Race Director Karen Loh in the lead-up to the 10km, 21km, and 42km MWM races on March 16th in Shah Alam. The meeting point yesterday was Padang Merbok. This is the start and finish location of a number of popular races including … Continue reading MWM Training Session 2

Kathrine Switzer is coming back to KL

This year I was bummed to miss the inaugural Malaysia Women Marathon as it clashed with a trip to Vietnam. This event, created to inspire and encourage women in Malaysia to run, was supported by the iconic presence of Kathrine Switzer. If you haven’t heard of her, here is more information on Kathrine Switzer. In a nutshell, Ms Switzer was a trailblazer for women’s running even before I was born (and I’m 42). In 1967, she was the first ever woman to officially register for and run in the Boston Marathon. She went on to win the NYC Marathon in … Continue reading Kathrine Switzer is coming back to KL

2XU Compression Run Results

I wasn’t even racing, just training, so I’m astounded to discover that I ranked 14th by gun time out of 928 women in Sunday’s race. What a great morale boost! My net time was 1:25:44. You can see that it took me almost 2 mins to reach the start line after the gun went off. Here are the results which can be searched by surname or bib number: 2XU Compression Run Results Continue reading 2XU Compression Run Results