Sunday, November 22, 2015

Finally running PBIM2015

Three years I've tried to run PBIM. Year 1 - got a last minute 1 month overseas assignment & hubby ran alone (sob!). Year 2 - confinement with 2nd baby but at least hubby ran with several friends. Year 3 - got foot injury after running BSN Putrajaya and Standard Chartered KL back to back (padan muka...lesson learnt). That year I only chauffered hubby and friends, the least I could do. 3 tahun tak dapat2 lari PBIM, finally I ran it the first time on 22 Nov.
I carpooled with an office mate (also a runner). Hubby could not join, due to overseas assignment. It was a long drive from KL, about 6.5 hrs. Heavy rains and many cars were heading to the north. South bound looked lonely though. Sumer org pergi PBIM ke? Hubby texted while I was in Tapah  R&R for lunch and solat, asking if I could make it collecting the kit in Queensbay Mall. Panic set in when I realized that collection closes at 6pm (tu laa...sapa suruh self collect..sapa suruh tak baca race kit notification betul2). Waze predicted 505pm arrival but kept revising the time..later and later. Luckily, a friend in Penang called me to meet-up tonight and she helped to collect the kit. Sayang ko Yat oiii! We met-up at Subaidah, had an early dinner.
Me, my opis mate & Sarah (hubby's niece).
I was hoping I could nail 3hrs15m or less since I clocked 3hrs17m during the recent 2XU HM. Hmmphhh.. 3hrs33m sudahnya kakakaka. Maybe I was still tired driving from KL. Maybe I did not have a good night rest. Sleep was elusive after the Subaidah dinner (kept waking up). Also, I was due for my period. Supposed to get it on the day of the run but got it today. Or maybe I did not fully recover from 2XU. Whatever...I'm still glad. 3 tahun penantian kutt..
After the run, of course tak sah kalau makcik tak pekena nasik lemuni kat pasar Taman Tun Sardon. Sempat jugak laaa singgah Padang Kota Lama for Hussein pasemboq before our drive back to KL (after tidoq 2-3 jam).

Good thing about this run, I noticed that my knee pain was gone. Core strengthening & yoga helps I guess. My foot arch and plantar issue was also manageable (less) thanks to taping. But I always have this hip pain especially on the left side, where the thigh bone connects to the hip joint. This time it hit me at KM15 and forced me to walk to the end.
My run:walk was out of rhythm, nearing 15KM
Need to figure out ways to manage/ reduce/ eliminate this pain. Kalau ada hajat nak lari FM in future, must resolve this one dulu la kann.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Yoga aha aha

Sedar tak sedar..dah nak dekat 11 bulan I've been taking yoga class. It's all started when I took a long break from any physical activities after Kinabalu. Knee and foot arch pain. I was contemplating swimming but such a hassle to go to the swimming pool..lagipun makcik ni tak tahan sejuk. Memilih sikit pukul berapa nak masuk pool.
Yoga was in the contemplation list and for weeks I browsed the net for any suitable yoga studio. Lo and behold...out of the office mate (Huda, jiran office cubicle) asked whether I would be interested to join a private (!) yoga class. Eeepp..! Ni la orang kata...your prayer came true! Alhamdulillah...
Rupanya her neighbour has this roomy and spacious attic and she doesn't know what to do with it. They had a girl talk I guess and both of them thought of yoga. So the private yoga class project began. Some criterias were being laid down. The attic can fit up to 6 people (or yoga mats) with 4 being the optimum. Since we are all mommies, the preferred time is 7am-8am on Saturday so that (younger) kids belum fully bangun dan mengacau2 or meracau2 cari mak. Done Saturday morning yoga, then we can do anyhting else for the rest of the weekend.
Through network, Huda found a potential teacher, Nabilla. Fees were discussed, schedule/ timing were agreed upon and the class was on! Huda even managed to find another yoga mate. First class was on 7th Feb. But preparation started wayyy before that. Nak pakai baju mat nak beli kat mana..headband cool ke, or ikat je rambut. Or yes, since all are ladies ehehehe...suka hati laa nak sarung apa, seketat mana. Tapi kami orang2 baik je. So memasing pakai baby tee, long tights and headband. Dah mak-mak kut..segan laa nak pakai sports bra & shorts jee.
Maka bermulalah our yoga journey. First day class, baru tahu yg Nabilla is practising Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga ( pun byk jenis rupanya). We were asked about our general physical fitness, any injuries, sapa2 tgh pregnant ke etc. Then...apa the front of the mat :)
Yg ni baru Primary Series
Dah leerr baru tau that we will be practicing Ashtanga vinyasa yoga. Rupa2nya, AVY ni pun ada bersiri2. That first day, we grunted and puffed doing about a quarter of the standing sequence and only about 5 seated poses. We closed off doing the last 5 of the poses in finishing sequence. Pose yg last tu..dead man pose (savasana)...favourite pose. Anybody can do savasana kannn..
Perghhh...I know the poses are going to be challenging. But trying to maintain the pose itself pun termengah2, menggeletar2 sampai peluh menitik2. Tup...tup..tup...haaa bunyi peluh menitik atas yoga mat tu. Our tees were soaking wet. Had to wipe off the sweats with towel in between poses. As warned by Nabilla, all of us had body ache 3-4 days. Soreness kat tempat yang tak pernah2 sore..haishh.
Initially, I was skeptical and worried looking at the diagram, thinking that I could never do some of the poses. I cannot help comparing it to my running experience. For example, once upon a time, running a 5K was so scary but now...full marathon is even possible. Not yet..but maybe in 1-2 years time. Same like yoga. Bit by bit, you'll get there.
I've experienced runner's high...and hahahhaa..dunno what to call it yogi's high? Got that yogi's high last week...when I finally got to do the headstand (sirsana) without the wall support yeahaaaa! After 11 months okayy...2-3 hari la jugak dok high. Rasa sebijik macam runner's high.
No..that was not me..makcik nye belum straight cantik macam tu. Working on it :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Rinjani, Kami Nak Datang

After Kinabalu Dec 2014, semangat membara2 nak menjelajah puncak yang seterusnya. Entah kenapa, rata2 akan target Gunung Rinjani, Lombok. Kitaorg pun terjebak jugak laaaa..Konon2 nya nak pergi Rinjani awal 2015. Tapi tak menjadi pulak plan tu.
Kinabalu takut..Rinjani pun takut...apa ni makcik?!
Thanks to the same travel agency that we engaged in our Kinabalu trip (Danz Travel), the desire to conquer Rinjani was rekindled. We've been keeping in touch with our fellow Kinabalu 2014 hikers, no doubt made possible with Whatsapp.
Naturally when En Dan proposed the Rinjani trip 7-12 April 2016, everybody started to dare each other. Hence a group of 30 peoples or so committed, including me & husband. I would say, out of those 30, 7-8 were from the same Kinabalu 2014 trips. It's really nice to reunite with the same cool company for Rinjani.
Gunung Baru Jari (near Rinjani) erupted recently circa end of October and the airport had to be closed. However the hikers2 otai in the group were cool about it and assured that situation will be ok by the time of our trip. Ok lah..kita pun (try to be) cool lah.
Looking forward...with suspense...

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....FDC style

I am sooo excited about the Star Wars movie this December. Trailers were out but I purposely did not watch it, tak nak spoil the suspense and also I don't want to develop high expectation after watching the trailers.
Anyways, I've been collecting first day covers (FDC) for quite some time (sampul surat hari pertama). On a whim, I checked the net if there's a FDC issuance to commemorate the movie.
Ada!! By UK Royal Mail. Ooooo makcik happy. Hoh...apa lagi. Purchase online made it easy, and received it yesterday.
Ala-ala Star Wars opening crawl
The Force Awakens...May the Force be with you.