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

Dream, Believe, Become

Yesterday I learned something surprising about running in Malaysia – according to Karen Loh, Race Director, for the Malaysia Women Marathon, only 12% of marathon runners in this country are women*. The numbers are around 23% and 45% for the 21km and 10 km distances respectively. These figures go a long way in explaining why a women-only event such as the Malaysia Women Marathon (MWM) is needed to inspire and encourage women to take up this life-affirming activity. As someone who didn’t take up running until the wrong side of 40, and then only did so with encouragement (cajoling more … Continue reading Dream, Believe, Become

MPIB Run 2014 – Running Clinics

The MPIB Run is a well-run 8km and 12km event, on a very hilly course, which in 2013 gave out some great prizes including New Balance vouchers, Sworke sunglasses, cases of isotonic drinks and very shiny trophies. Trophies and New Balance vouchers will once again be awarded to next year’s Top-10 finishers in each category. The countdown – only 79 days! – has already begun for the 2014 event on January 5 and the organisers are providing Saturday morning running clinics aimed specifically at people who are new to running. Here’s the info: For details: MPIB Run 2014 I really … Continue reading MPIB Run 2014 – Running Clinics

Speed

The holy grail of running for me right now is speed. And optimum fuelling of course. But today I’ll stick to the topic of speed, as the whole what to eat and drink and at what points in a run or race to consume fuel is a minefield across which I have yet to cross without experiencing nausea, hunger or empty legs. So speed. I’ve done a few races – two 21km, one 16km, one 15.5km, two 12km and a 10km – in the past 17 months and other than the 10km that I ran with a chest infection that … Continue reading Speed