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The Berlin Marathon 2014 Journey

First and foremost, I want to WISH ALL IRONMAN LANGKAWI participants GOOD LUCK and RACE HARD this coming weekend, I wish to join my tri and ironman buddies in the coming future, anyway by the time you are reading this, I would be on the plane to Germany for my 2nd Marathon Major this year, this will be happening exactly 3 day time from today. Imagine running in the same road as Wilson Kipsang (The world record holder for fastest Marathoner) and with thousands of other runners, no fan boy but truly respect for someone able to run that kind of speed. Amazing mind boggling.

I really have no idea what is in stored as I do not have much information from people running the Berlin Marathon , but I know I have train my best with my busy schedule squeezing every ounce of time I had, and even sometimes running at midnight or mostly at my lunch hour, I shall not use that as an excuse but I will give my best to run my targeted Sub4. Pray to God to give me the legs of speeds.

Check out the awesome 26.2m or 42km of road  that I will be running through and most importantly the view of Berlin, I have to say I am looking forward to this run, but to be honest, I don’t know what is the temperature like as for the Tokyo I had lots of heads-up knowing that it will be cold from many other runners telling me about it.

Unsure why I don’t hear from many other runners that have run the Berlin Marathon except for Gisete and Sumiko. I will just be bringing my running thermals just in-case it gets too cold, since I will be there 3 days earlier I will be running around the area in the morning to get what’s a good feel

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Runners at the Victory Column

I am using their official checklist to tick off all the necessities item that ensure all participants that they do not forget anything and I find it really useful, If you want, please click on the picture and print it out for your own use.

My tips before running a race or any event is to lay down your items on the floor and take a good look at what you will be needing and what you do not, Race bibs and nutrition are usually pinned already and nutrition are usually zipped locked and kept in a visible area. (I will even sometimes plan my breakfast in advance)

Berlin ChecklistActually I hope to run my own pace and I have put my running pace and plan set into my head hoping to run my PB. I still have doubt over my running speed and nutrition every time I am at the start line. Always nervous as hell and worried sick about cramps and hydration. We will know once I finish the race.

Well, if you are running the Berlin marathon and reading this, I wish you all the best in your run and good luck.

Oakley Golf Day Singapore 2014 is Back

Oakley Golf Day

Download your registration form here —-> Oakley-2014-Registration-Form

illumiRun Registration Specially for IsaacLoo Readers

Hey all, If you are thinking of signing up for the  illumi Run event this coming 28 and 29 November, wait no more as I am giving all my readers a special discount for this awesome run.

Just so you know I knocked on the organizers office, I slept at their doorsteps, begged,clawed and some punches included to get all you wonderful people some awesome PARTY ON THE RUN discount, last year I had so much fun at the after party I just had to do this again and I know those who went for it knows that too. Just think of it as going for a healthier Zouk Out minus the booze.. wait there was booze and much hunks and babes as well.

I was asking the organizers, how are you able to top last year party as it was already crazily awesome, you know what they replied me? oh you have not seen anything yet just wait and see. ( So I have registered and I can’t wait to see how they gonna be bigger than last year) Check out the awesome sold out event last year and it’s after party. (pics from illumiRun Website)

As this is the  first of its kind in Asia, illumi run is the ultimate party run. Light up the night as you run pass illumi glow paint and experience electrifying energy of our music in the illumi run zones! The fun continues after the run with an ultimate party filled with music, glow lightings and DJs that will rev up your night! For runners, dancers and party-lovers, don’t miss out on being a part of the wildest party run!

This event is exclusive to only Singapore and if you are down here in Singapore on those dates for holidays, Do come party with us.  So as I mentioned, to register with my readers special discount: key in ISAACLOOPARTYONTHERUN, This code entitles my followers to $10 off the current early bird rate, which means it’ll be only $68. Please be reminded that this offer will expire on the 17th of October (when early bird finishes).

So remember to enter ISAACLOOPARTYONTHERUN this code when prompted to enter the LIV3LY code during registration. See you guys there.
To Register Your interest click on —> REGISTER ME <—-

NIKE ELASTICO SUPERFLY

Nike ElasticoSINGAPORE – 19 September 2014 – 2014 saw a genuine milestone in football boot design as Nike revealed its fastest and most advanced football boot to date, the Mercurial Superfly. But while 11-a-side on grass dominates at pro level, players around the world are playing small-sided games on different surfaces –concrete, wooden courts, artificial surfaces.

To cater for these players, Nike introduces the Holiday 2014 Elastico Superfly – a shoe that brings all the innovation and technological benefits of the Mercurial Superfly to the court, turf or street.

“This past summer everyone was focused on the 11-a-side game. But, players want innovation for every kind of football they play,” said Denis Dekovic Design Director, Nike Football. “We took the design insights developed with Cristiano Ronaldo for the Mercurial Superfly and brought them into the small-sided game with the Elastico Superfly.”

Dekovic worked with Nike’s Product Manager for Small-Sided Football Marian Dougherty, who played for the Portland Thorns in the US professional league and for the US Women’s National Team, to take the performance benefits of the cleated Mercurial Superfly and add important details for the small-sided player.

“The upper is almost identical to the Mercurial Superfly, but with some key details that small-sided players have highlighted and that we see from playing as well as watching the game,” said Dougherty, Nike Product Manager

The Elastico Superfly is distinctly low profile, placing the foot much closer to the ground than previous small-sided footwear. This helps improve traction and speed and allows players to better manipulate the ball. The unrivaled traction also benefits from a new rubber compound that’s produced specially for the outsole.

The low-profile, flexible outsole allows for improved grip for multi-directional quickness. Two updated traction patterns are offered; the Elastico Superfly IC features an outsole specifically designed for harder surfaces including concrete, and The Elastico Superfly TF built for turf and artificial grass surfaces. “We worked to add flexibility and to decrease the distance between the foot and ground,” added Dekovic. “This helps the player get closer to the sensation of playing barefoot and enhances underfoot ball control.”

The shoe also features an extra layer of NIKESKIN in areas where small-sided footballers experience additional abrasion on their footwear for increased durability, while the micro-textured Nike Flyknit upper allows for a barefoot like touch ad enhanced ball feel and control.

“The small-sided game is incredible to design for,” added Dougherty. “It’s beautiful in that the style of play is more free with a focus on individual skill and being an artist with the ball. It’s less about a coach or rules and is so much more accessible to any player, anywhere.”

The Elastico Superfly will be available at nike.com for pre-order from September 17 and on nike.com for purchase from October 9.

Casio G-Shock GPW-1000 series upholds precise time keeping anywhere in the world

Casio G-SHOCK GPW-1000: World’s First with GPS and Radio Wave Time-Calibration Hybrid Technology

Singapore,17 September 2014: Casio Singapore presents a new G-SHOCK GPW-1000 series with the world’s first1 hybrid time keeping system. Inspired by the speed and accuracy of modern aviators soaring through the skies, the pioneering hybrid technology uses both Global Positioning System (GPS) and radio wave time-calibration signals to ensure utmost precision and reliability for aviation adventures.

“The first G-SHOCK was born out of an engineer’s dream of creating an unbreakable watch. Since 1983, our designs have continued to evolve to capture new trends and challenge the limits with advanced technology so that we always surpass the imagination of our customers. With the debut of Casio’s new hybrid timekeeping system, the GPW-1000 is probably one of the most spectacular series in our premium range of G-SHOCK timepieces,” said Mr Koyu Kotani, Assistant General Manager, Timepiece Division, Casio Singapore.

World’s First Hybrid Timekeeping System
Casio’s innovative timekeeping system enables the GPW-1000 to simultaneously receive both GPS and radio wave time calibration signals from six stations worldwide. Wearers can travel anywhere in the world and rely on the watch to accurately adjust the time display, reflecting changes in time zones and daylight savings.
The watch frame is also reinforced with fine resin to protect built-in GPS antennas while still allowing the sensitivity to receive precise time and location signals regardless of terrain or weather condition.
Toughness and Durability

World’s First Hybrid Timekeeping System
Casio’s innovative timekeeping system enables the GPW-1000 to simultaneously receive both GPS and radio wave time calibration signals from six stations worldwide. Wearers can travel anywhere in the world and rely on the watch to accurately adjust the time display, reflecting changes in time zones and daylight savings.
The watch frame is also reinforced with fine resin to protect built-in GPS antennas while still allowing the sensitivity to receive precise time and location signals regardless of terrain or weather condition.
Toughness and Durability

The GPW-1000 comes in Blue (GPW-1000-1A), Black (GPW-1000-1B) and Orange (GPW-1000-4A) and is available now at all G-FACTORY and G-FACTORY Premium stores in Singapore at a Suggested Retail Price of SGD$999.00.

Picture from http://www.G-Shockzone.com

Yellow Ribbon Prison Run 2014 Review and Results

Yesterday was the sixth annual Yellow Ribbon Prison Run held at Changi, and I have to say great organizing by the organizers. Every little detail has been looked into, such as start point, baggage storage, water point, shuttle bus and even to the morning warm up. Well they should have gotten it right cause it is their 6th time holding it in the same place. The first Yellow Ribbon Prison Run back in 2009 was already well organized and not it is even better.

This year was even more special as the MP Ms Grace Fu graced the event and all of us did a #wefie for the YRP (Spot Me) but I have to salute her for running the event and even running the full 6k, last year it was Minister Teo Chee Hean

What the organisers did really well was to have those school kids/volunteers cheer by the side of the road, they cheer with their hearts and no matter how tired or even if they were just alone, they will cheer for you, and I have to say THANK YOU GUYS, THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS! You make a difference for all runners our there.

Running the route has never changed  since day one and this year we saw a total of 9000 participants hitting the pavement, back in 09 less than a thousand or so participants was running this event, it is great to see how YRP is growing and many runners taking a interest in unlocking the second prison. I also saw last year women 6k first place finisher Ms Pigtail Wendy,  Looks like she will be a familiar face in Yellow Ribbon for many years to come.

This year tagline is “The Road to Acceptance” and I love their promotional posters garnering support for the Yellow Ribbon Project

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Will just be doing a short review on my run yesterday, as my Berlin Marathon is coming up in two weeks time, I decided to take it easy and not really push hard as it is just a 6k run that was my plan. But you know.. plans don’t always go as planned.

I wanted to start running a easy 5:30pace but when horns were blaring I felt that I was in turbo mood, totally not good as my legs sense that I wanted to get it over as soon as possible, I know I can’t be running 3min pace yes as one of the Japanese guys ran past me with ease and it felt like I was walking, at the 1km mark, I glanced upon my watch and it was 4min (too fast for me cause I did not even warm up).

After slowing down not to burn my engine another guy passed me, a young lad came from behind and told me that it was his first YRP run, I did not catch his name but he encouraged me to go on (Nice lad, wish I could talk to him more) he is a cross country runner for his school, with his stride and enthusiasm I am sure he will be someone soon in the running scene.

2km mark glanced at my watch it was 8min40sec, I am still pushing 4min pace, by the 3km it was only 15min. (At least I know I am doing easy pace now of 5min) the last 3km I was only passing people and finally ended the run with someone sprinting pass me to the end line where I finished with my results below, PBed my 6km with a average pace of 4min50sec which I got that going for me.

The medal get’s better every year

Thanks for reading guys and If you like to know your results for the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run 2014 do click on MY RESULTS to find out how you did.

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Yellow Ribbon Project

Yellow Ribbon Prison

It is only one day away for the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run and I am so excited to be participating in this run where by we support and give the ex-offender a chance, the YRP was first adopted from the 1973 Tony Orlando and Dawn hit song “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree”, which aptly describes a released prisoner’s desire for forgiveness and acceptance.

The second ‘prison’ that many ex-offenders step into after their release is a social and psychological one. The key to unlocking this second ‘prison’ is in the hands of family, friends, neighbours, employers and the community. In other words, Singaporeans like you and me are empowered to help these ex-offenders rebuild their lives.

The Yellow Ribbon Project was launched in 2004 by the CARE Network, a group of eight member agencies that encourage the acceptance of ex-offenders in Singapore. Over the past 10 years, thousands of Singaporeans have demonstrated their support via several platforms, including public events such as the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run.

The #YRSelfie Project

Have you taken #YRSelfie for a cause? For the first time ever, you can now take #YRSelfie at a Clear Channel full-screen interactive selfie booths at a bus stop near you. Personalise them by adding a motivational message or icons and look out for them on the Yellow Ribbon Project Facebook page. For location list, see the YRP Facebook page for more details.

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So sleep early tonight everyone. We’ve got a race to run tomorrow! and see you there !

Running for Clean Water

This week I am featuring a very special person on my blog-post who is raising funds for clean water, Her name is Sarah Pierce and I gotten to know her through her dad Barto, many of you may know Barto as Bart, but most of you will know him as OldGuyRunning in Instagram,  Frank has grew a large following when he started Challengeville, Challenge ville is basically a Instagram challenge where by you choose the distance you run in a month and post it up. It is more motivation for all runners. Good Luck to all the runners out there running the Challengeville challenge. (If you think you are man / woman enough to do the challenge please login to your instagram account search for @OldGuyRunning) oh mind you the numbers are in Miles if you live in this part of Asia.

And so like her dad, Sarah is also a person of motivation and determination, She is currently fundraising for clean water and is making a difference to date she has collected over $590 for clean water charity and is not stopping there. I manage to get hold of her and did a quick interview before she heads off for her Budapest Marathon, Good Luck to you Sarah and keep on rocking the miles !

Sarah Pierce

Check out my Ten Question in getting better to know Ms Sarah Peirce

1. Who is Sarah Pierce?

I am many people, all rolled into one. I am a dreamer. I am a writer. I am a traveler. I am a military veteran. I am a daughter, a sister, a friend. But most of all, I am a doer. I am someone who sees life’s roadblocks as challenges through which strength is gained and lessons are learned rather than a barrier. I strive for success in area of my life, as well as leading a life that is inspirational to others and beneficial to the world around me.
2. Is Tri for Charity your foundation? If not who are they? 
Tri For Charity was founded by Tobias Remes, a friend of mine whom I came to know through Instagram. Together with his family members Daniel and Ellen, the dream of a charity to help those in remote areas without clean water became a reality. I was chosen to be taken on as part of the team in July 2014 after an interview via FaceTime when the four of us connected as if we had known each other for years.

3. Is this your first fund raiser ?

Aside from little fundraisers for school when I was a kid, yes! I have never taken on a full-scale fundraiser for charity (always opting to donate my own money to causes instead) because I always felt intimidated by the prospect of being told “no.” This time was different, as I got a firsthand look at the issue and the actions being taken by Tri For Charity to help combat it.

4. Why Clean Water for the World? 

First and foremost, it’s a basic human need. Without water, depending on the climate, a person will only last 3-5 days. In a tragic twist of fate, it’s people in warmer climates who need safe water for drinking the most, meaning that these people are at the highest risk when it comes to fatalities regarding dehydration. The global water crisis is something that isn’t widely recognized, as in developed parts of the world, turning a handle on a faucet is totally normal. We don’t think about the issue because we don’t have to; it’s never been relevant to us. And yet, on the same planet, there are people living a life of struggle, getting sick, and inevitably dying due to the lack of something that we so often take for granted.
The water crisis in itself is a huge enough issue, but there are problems within the problem as well, including but not limited to: women having to walk all day, every day to collect water for their families—a journey that spans many kilometers and is dangerous because of the wildlife along the walk as well as sexual harassment and assault—water which is unsanitary and would disgust someone who is accustomed to just turning on a faucet and having fresh water stream out. As a woman, this speaks volumes to me. I put myself in the mind of a woman whose entire life revolves around such a task, and it’s heartbreaking to think that it could have been me. These women live this way and are made to feel worthless day in and day out simply because of the luck of the draw, and as someone who strives for equality in every facet of life, the way that women in remote areas are treated—as nothing more than objects in society rather than people, then at the end of the day only having dirty water to show for it—is deplorable and needs to be addressed.
Additionally, the mortality rate among children in these vulnerable areas is all too high. An average of about 1400 children die every day, about one every minute. One child every sixty seconds perishing because they lack something that other parts of the world have in such vast abundance, and with a simple turn of a faucet, is unacceptable to me. This problem is so simple to solve, and so beneficial: what if the cure for cancer is locked inside of one of those minds? I think very often about the actual people themselves that are dying unnecessarily rather than just the statistics, which for me, has been the difference in just feeling compelled and actually taking an initiative in the global water shortage.

5. Why running for water and now swimming ? kayaking ? Bouldering ? Go-Kart Racing? 

Tri For Charity was founded on a passion for triathlon, but stresses that you absolutely do not have to be a triathlete to participate or to raise funds. The organization is set up to be an outlet for those competing in athletic events to raise funds for a cause that is important and a charity whose actions are transparent. I chose running for my Athlete Campaign because I, personally, run marathons. However, any athlete participating in any sort of event can create their own campaign to raise funds for the cause.

6. What is your targeted funds to be raised for this fund raiser? 

My goal amount was $500, which I was able to exceed within two weeks of fundraising. However, it doesn’t stop there! You can’t put a price on saving lives.

7. If someone nominated you for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge will you do it? 

I would opt to instead donate funds to the ALS Association.

8. What do you think of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?

To me, dumping a bucket of water–chilled by ice, meaning more water—on your head and filming it in order to lightly simulate the effects of an incredibly painful and debilitating disease is, frankly, a waste of water…which is counterproductive to my mission. I’m giving clean water to those getting sick from waterborne bacteria in the only water they can access, to those dying of disease and dehydration, whereas people other parts of the world are dumping fresh water and ice on their heads and laughing. The Ice Bucket Challenge did raise 108 million USD, which is wonderful, but to my cause, it’s totally irrelevant and just a little bit insulting when you think of the facts I have stated about the water crisis we are facing.

9. Any Shout-out to anyone out there ?

I’ve got to thank my friends Tobias Remes, the founder of Tri for Charity, and his amazing family/partners Daniel Remes and Ellen Bergström in this endeavor. Without their tireless work in forming this organization and heading up their first mission to deliver filtration systems in Tanzania earlier this year, two villages full of people would still be drinking dirty water, still getting sick, and still dying.

10. If there is one race where you can participate, where would it be and why ? 

I’ve always had my eye on the stunning Big Sur Marathon in California, but I would also love to go back to where it all began with the Athens Marathon.

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Please do support Sarah in her efforts to raise funds for clean water and I would like to personally Thank Sarah for her efforts in the Clean Water program and trying to creating a sustainable future for the people with no clean water. God Bless you and to everyone out there, $20 does not seem alot to us but It definitely will go a long way for others.

To Donate Please click on the following link http://triforcharity.causevox.com/sarah-pierce

Sarah Pierce

“I Believe I am here for a Reason and My Purpose is Greater than My Challenge”

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