Thursday, April 14, 2011

Pacesetters' 20 Km LSD April run

At the 10 Km water point

I ran my second Pacesetters’ 20 KM LSD held monthly in the Bukit Aman Carpark on Sunday 10 April 2011. I had decided to use these monthly runs to prepare for my next half marathon in the Standard Chartered KL Marathon in June 2011.
I woke up early as usual to have my ‘proper’ breakfast before the run. I arrived at the car park just before 6.30 am and had met Arief ready to take off. A quick hello and see you Arief and I started exactly on time at 6.30 am, not waiting for anybody. I walked 50 meters and broke into a slow jog down hill to Bank Negara. I had planned to do the run within 3.5 hours. I should be able to do it as this was my second run in this route.
The morning was cool and I was able to reach half distance, which had the first water point under one hour. After a quick drink I crossed Jalan Duta over to the Hartamas sector. The second leg was also quite smooth. A km later I met May Senn, Mac and two others strolling casually towards me. Ha ha I had said that they were on cheat mode. I never saw them overtaking me at all. Apparently they decided to start from the other end at Sri Hartamas.
I arrived at the Petronas Station in Sri Hatamas in 1 hour 35 minutes.  Not bad, but how do I get back to achieve my target time of 3.5 hours? Took a quick photo (see above) and quickly downed several cups of mineral and plain water and I was bravely off.
It was no more than 200 meters away from the water point when I felt a slight pull in my right calf. Bad feeling and I know I get cramps pretty soon. I applied cramp management drill. Go soft on the right leg to release the pressure before the cramp takes hold. I had to do this until my left leg starts to stress out and showed signs of cramps as well. A long quick walk and half limping was the next mode. I had to alternate pressure release from one leg a time. I managed to avert cramps and arrived safely back to the finishing line in 3 hours 18 minutes.
Yes, I met my target, despite imminent cramps in both legs. I was very pleased with this run and will run again in the next LSD scheduled on 01 May 2011. Join me, it is fun believe me.

Take care.
Allen Lai

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Relay for Life 2011

Celebrate Life

 I am back. I mean we are back. The National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) will be back with their annual Relay for Life(RFL) event. This year will see Melaka and Penang having their own relays as well. Keep our dates free.

RFL Kuala Lumpur is scheduled for 16-17 July 2011, Melaka on 4-5 June 2011 and Penang on 1 and 2 October 2011. All venues will be announced shortly. Get your teams ready and celebrate life with us. See you all wearing our delightful Ts.

Light a luminance for your love ones or a friend lost.

Take care

Allen Lai