I sadly could not split myself into two, last weekend as there was the Salomon X-trail run and the Run for Hope event going on the same day. I even contemplated to do both in which I run the Salomon X-trail and quickly drive over to Run for Hope, but that is not a wise choice.
A buddy of mine Smith recently shared on his blogsite ( Smithankyou.com ) something which he seldom do which is running and caught my eye (Smith if you are reading this run more ok, run like the Kenyan’s) and me as a running advocate, I would mostly be honored to share his post on my blog in collaboration with the Run for Hope run.
You see, Smith recently lost his brother Will in the fight for cancer and for the Run for Hope event, he made a hashtag #RunWithWill and he is requesting for “donation” not in money sense but in running “Mileage” so please check out his post and donate your mileage to the #RunWithWill , you don’t need much but you can share your runs and hard work in his blog .. To Donate you Distance and Mileage check out #RunWithWill posting here on Smithankyou.com
( Will and her eldest daughter, Natacia running their 1st and only race in 2011. At that point of time, Will was celebrating his 5th year of beating Cancer until bad news strikes again in late 2011.)
Who do you run for ? I Run for those in need, those who have lost their will and determination. I run cause I can, I run cause I know god has given me another chance in life everyday when I wake up. I am blessed and so are you if you are reading this.
Run For Hope 2013: 11,000 participants raise over $465,000 through the run in support for cancer research at NCCS
Partnering National Cancer Centre Singapore since 2008, the hotel organisers Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and Regent Singapore record highest number of run participants on their 21st year of running for cancer research
20 November 2013– This year marks the 21st run that long-time supporters of cancer research, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and Regent Singapore (A Four Seasons Hotel) have organised to show their support and dedication to finding a cancer cure. Run For Hope 2013, a non-competitive charity run, saw more than 11,000 participants take part in the 3.5km and 10km routes at The Promontory @ Marina Bay this morning, making for the largest turnout in the event’s history. All were encouraged to personalise their running bibs to share their reasons for supporting the run. Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower, Mayor, South West District and Deputy Government Whip, showed her support for Run For Hope 2013 by flagging off proceedings as the run’s Guest-Of-Honour. Dr Khor then joined the hundreds of families and supporters at the event to complete the 3.5km route.
Through the Run For Hope 2013, over $465,000 was raised in support for cancer research at the National Cancer Centre Singapore. This accounts for the largest pool of funds raised from a run event organised by the hotels. The total amount includes close to $25,000 that was raised by the two hotels, through separate fundraising activities in the lead-up to the event.
National Cancer Centre Singapore Director Professor Soo Khee Chee said, “NCCS is expanding its depth and expertise on cancer through an array of research projects. The outcomes of many of these research projects have been recognised internationally in contributing to improved diagnosis, treatment and care for our cancer patients. We are pleased to see the NCCS moving closer towards its vision to be a global leading cancer centre with the support of our community”.
On hand to present the amount to Dr Charles Toh, Chairman of NCC Research Fund, at the event was Mr Antoine Chahwan (Regional Vice President &General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore), Mr Martin Sinclair (General Manager, Regent Hotel), Mr Chris Hart, (President of Hotel Operations Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific) and Mr Allen Smith (President & CEO Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts).The proceeds from the run will go toward the NCC Research Fund, which helps to finance a number of crucial research projects conducted at NCCS in the on-going quest to find a cure for cancer.
Mr John Wu, Co-Chair of Run For Hope and Regional Director of Engineering, Four Seasons Hotel, said, “Run For Hope just gets better every year and it’s fantastic to see so many people participating in this morning’s run. Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and Regent Singapore are extremely proud of our partnership with NCCS and the success of today’s Run For Hope is a true testament to that strong relationship. We look forward to further growing the event in years to come. The outstanding response we received for this year’s Run For Hope allows us to keep contributing our small part in one day finding a cure for cancer.”
Amongst the thousands of participants who enjoyed the fantastic Marina Bay and Gardens by the Bay route courtesy of Official Venue Partner Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), was a group of close to 500 men and women from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) led by Commissioner Eric Yap.
Following on from the success of last year’s Executive Challenge, senior management executives were once again invited to show their support in the fight against cancer by signing up run in the corporate challenge and encourage a corporate team to join them on event day. 2013 saw 19 corporate leaders take on this challenge and the 3.5km Marina Bay circuit.
Almost 600 student volunteers from Temasek Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, University of Nevada Las Vegas Singapore, ITE College West, Anglican High School and St Margaret’s Secondary School, contributed to the success of the event, from helping out with packing and distributing run pack collections to marshalling and handing out bananas and water, all while encouraging the participants during the run.
At the close of the event, three lucky Run For Hope 2013 participants walked away with close to $6,000 worth of hotel stays, sponsored by Four Seasons Resort Maldives Kura Huraa, Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok and Four Seasons Hotel Macau.
The public are still encouraged to donate to the Run For Hope cause via www.runforhope.sg.
Salomon X-trail Singapore flagged off at Tampines Mountain Bike Park & Trail this morning with a 1800 strong participants, the 10k runners were flagged off at 7:35am and the 5k at 7:50am,as there was a delay and people was just anxiously waiting at the start line for the flag off, What seems like any regular race day but in-fact its not.. read on
This year medal given to the participant felt like a
itty bitty compact one for easy portability, this can’t be compared to the Malaysia Salomon X-trails medal but to me medal is just a memory and nothing more than that, what more important to me now when I race is the “JOURNEY” to the finish line. All race event will need time, our dedication, our patience and our sweat and sometimes even blood whilst training our every muscle to head to the start line and to finish strong.
This morning weapon of choice was my Salomon Speed Cross3 due to the muddy condition, Skin A400 compression (due to my shin split acting up) and not forgetting my Thorlo socks, you truly are one amazing product.
As my race seems like any regular race day but in-fact its not.. and here is where the problem starts. I have been down with a throat infection since last Thursday, but that does not stop me from training for my events.
I’ve change my training regime to adapt my body to my throat infection by doing LSD run and drills so that I don aggravate my infection. A day before race day I went out to test out race pace on a 5k route (I can’t hardly breath with the infection and I have cold sweat going on) I only managed 2k, this got me worried wondering how will I finish my 10k in good time, been coughing the whole time and I can’t even sleep
Woke up at 2am and even tweeted the below, as I can’t hardly breathe while sleeping and with every cough my throat close up like two fist pounding on each other. Race starts in another 6 hours.
I bought the strongest lozenges I could find and Difflam needs prescription by the pharmacies to soothe my infection and after looking at the package carefully, I’ve found out that I have been eating POISON all this while
I was unsure if I wanted to run or just stay at home and sulk on my infection then I man it up and went for the run, as I mention it was not my best run. into KM4 I could feel that cold sweat was dripping and my heart pound as if its jumping out of my body, KM6 to KM7 I was suffering from dead weight legs I feel that my legs was just ran a marathon. I even stopped to walk and to take time to breathe cause coughing and running all the while was just not comfortable. I dig deep and just finished the race, So would I do Salomon X-trail again? FOR SURE I WILL. the race is a no frill , get muddy and have fun with friends kinda race, so why not.
Isaac’s tips on running this event:
- Head over early on race day and try to stand in the front (so you wont get stuck in the mud)
- Watch your step and do not over stride cause Bike Trails has plenty of sharp broken rocks
- Hydrate yourself, better yet, bring your own hydration cause the water station could have been better equipped (I recommend Fuel Belt Revenge R20) One filled with water and the other with some electrolyte
- Kudos to the organizers for taking away the dreaded waist deep route but the deep ditch was still there, stick to running in the center as I twisted my leg again cause trying to overtake some people (Mistake)
- After the race, do enjoy the Bananas and plenty of hydration after. Take Peekcha and post it up.
- Remember to wash up, walk to the exit point and look to your right, there is 3 taps that you can use to wash yourself up and …
- Train hard so you can finish the race like the winner did in a blazing 35MIN (that’s INSANE)
Warning: Do not try to do what I did this morning, I really think that I should not have ran that event, cause I really felt like fainting at one point, that when I felt my head was spinning and my mouth opening up sucking in air (think vacuum cleaner) So I think I was stupid to have done so but I did listen to my body and I since it was only a short 10k run, I thought I could sweat it out (it didn’t work and I am still coughing and swallowing seems like a chore.
SALOMON X-TRAIL RUN 2013 FULFILLED THE NEED FOR TRAIL
Singapore, 17 November 2013 – More than 1,800 trail enthusiasts satisfied their primal need for movement through nature at the annual Salomon X-Trail Run 2013. The sixth edition of race injected shots after shots of adrenaline; away from smoke, fumes and concrete pavement at the Tampines Mountain Bike Park & Trail.
The highly anticipated trail racing event of the year took seasoned trail seekers on a mud thumping 10km course; while trail novices sped through a less challenging 5km course, designed to immerse them into the world of trail running. Five runners from each category; the men’s open, women’s open, men’s veteran and women’s veteran were honored for their outstanding stamina and grit at the end of the race.
Men’s Open Name Time
Winner Tilak Migar 35:59:00
Winner Vanja Cnops 39:51:26
Winner Tony Seakins 39:34:19
Winner Sem Hui Leng 49:48:23
Imagine if I tell you that one sock can do all this
- Prevent foot pain, that this socks can protect you from Plantar Fasciitis
- Protect you from a Sore foot
- Protect you from Callus
- Protect you from Blister
- Protect against Athlete foot
- and one of the main problem that most runner’s face “BLACK TOE”
And yes, such a sock exist, and I had the chance to try it out, I usually do not run in socks for my training and even runs up to 10km, anything above 10km and trails, I will definitely look for comfort, I think I will be running more in socks after I was given a pair of Thorlos to test out,
Thanks to World Of Sports, They handed me this socks and told me that, you will never wear another brand of socks again once you have tried these, and maybe they were right!! I received a pair of Thorlos Experia picture below in gray for a trial recently.
Opening this socks from its cover and touching it seems like nothing special I tell you, I kept touching the material and I wonder, what would have made them say that this socks would be the only brand on my mind if I were to think of socks. If you look at the pictures I have inserted it seems just like any ordinary socks,oh how wrong I was, look closer at the mid foot, it has a separate from the heel and the ball of your feet and Thorlos specially place padding in all the right place to maximize comfort.
I paired the Thorlos Experia with one of the thinnest shoes I have, the New Balance Minimus Road and I tell you this socks sure made my minimal shoe feels padded. I used it not only for running but I walked the whole day at the office and it felt really comfortable but the Coolmax feature was not working for me cause I felt my legs were pretty warm all the time. (maybe it was drying my feet)
Having tried them out in a few of my runs over 10km, I personally like how it cushions my feet and gives the support to the right place especially the forefoot which helps reduce friction thus preventing blister and the back of the heel as are places that tends to get chaffed from rubbing against the back of the shoe, my running gaits usually falls on mid-foot and this socks makes my mid-foot landing on pavement and tarmac feels so comfortable. its like wearing a padded shoe (This was on m NB Minimus)
Compared to other sports socks in the market the Thorlos Experia is easily one of the most expensive non compression socks I have but it does serve its purpose, and remember you get what you pay for. Thorlos Experia is something everyone should invest on if they are looking to add some extra comfort and support to their run.
I totally recommend this socks for running distance of 5k to Full Marathon.. If you have spare change heck even buy it even for everyday use, I am thinking of buying it as my work socks now. Thorlos Experia is available at all World Of Sports Outlet.
Some tech specs for the geek in me.
The Thorlos Experia consist material of
More about Thorlo
Statesville, North Carolina based THORLO, Inc., the originator of activity specific socks, is committed to providing the ultimate in foot protection and comfort for all consumers. Over 25 years of scientific research stands behind the Thorlosâ ultimate consumer promise of “Your Feet Will Feel Better or Your Money Back.”
All Thorlos sock products are designed to protect the foot from activity-specific demands such as shear, impact, and blistering. Thorlos provides its consumers with superior comfort products, which allows them to enjoy their active lifestyles. Whether running, walking, hiking, or everyday wear, there is a pair of Thorlos for everyone, every shoe, and every activity.
Mother use to tell us “don’t go running in the mud”… BUT HEY THIS IS A SALOMON X-Trail and it’s back, having participated this last year and all I can say is that this is totally fun and most definitely you will be covered in MUD, that’s what I am looking forward to. Think of this as COLOR RUN for the hardcore. I really would appreciate the mud all over me. Check this picture out.
This year I notice that Salomon is providing an extra thing in their Race Pack and I would be delighted to get that as well (read on below to see what that is) World of Sports member gets additional discount, so sign up as a member to enjoy their perks as well, awesome if you ask me.
So what are you waiting for? Join me for a MUD session.
To register your participation click here REGISTER ME
Date: 17 November 2013, Sunday
Flag-off Time: 7.30am
Flag-off Venue: Tampines Mountain Bike Park & Trail
RACE CATEGORIES & FEES
Competitive, 10KM Run (Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Men’s Veteran, Women’s Veteran)
World Of Sports Members $42
Normal Registration $45
Non-Competitive, Est. ≤ 5KM Run (Men’s Open, Women’s Open)
World Of Sports Members $37
Race Pack Collection and Races Entitlement
- Salomon Limited Edition Running Tee (worth $45.90)
- Salomon Limited Edition Waist Pack (worth $42.90)
- Race Bib with Electronic Timing
- Finisher Medal upon completion of the race
- 30% off* on Salomon regular-priced merchandise
- Other goodies
- Salomon Limited Edition Running Tee (worth $45.90)
- Salomon Limited Edition Waist Pack (worth $42.90)
- Race Bib without Electronic Timing
- 30% off* on Salomon regular-priced merchandise
- Other goodies
This is the extra I am looking forward too , yeah a fuel belt by Salomon (hope they it in other colors as well) and I would appreciate it as Lawrence came last week looking for a similar one as his Spibelt failed on him, most belt cost around $19 > so getting this would be worth it, I would say the T-shirt and this would have covered the race fees. So even if you don’t Run you can sign up just for this (WHICH I DONT ADVISE)
Update 7 Oct: The first 500 Full Series(4 events) sign ups will get a personalised Series Finisher Medal upon completion of your events! (This is on top of the extra 10% discount you will receive) so What are you waiting for Register yourself here
Hey all, its been a wonderful weekend with all the exciting happenings, Lawrence came down to SG to finish his last series of the Tri-Factor which happened last 12hours ago and now he is on the plane back home, He sure have come a long way from his days of running.. and certainly I can see him improving over the months.. only thing is he is always complaining on his weight, shoes etc etc.. This was his first 10k (Run only event) and he has his hopes on doing a sub 1hr 10k, well I told him just follow me and I will help pace him throughout the race.
A short Race report for today run with Lawrence, met the usual suspects of the running local scene (Taha, Jacky O, Claudia, Jonathan, Kim Lai, and the Oakley Yellow Fellow team) Lawrence was feeling nervous and was fiddling with all his gadgets, get this he was starting his RCX5, GPS clipped on his race belt, Samsung S2 with Strava turned on, he looks like he is carrying a super computer if you ask me, I bet if you ask him any algebra question all his gadget will be able to churn out an answer for you.
Bang gun went off, the 10k runners totaled not more than 500 runners. Lawrence was not at sight after the flag off, I was wondering if he was being bogged down with all the equipment he was carrying or was it me that ran too fast, I kept pace thinking I was doing a 5:30pace which I wanted.. but upon reaching 5km mark, I glanced at my watch and it hit me, It showed me 22mins, I went “OH NO” this definitely will kill me later in the run, and yup it did, KM7, 8 and 9 hit me the most, I felt as if someone was pinching my butt (I swear to god) it was actually my ITB band acting up. So at the last U-turn running back to the end point I saw Lawrence which was about 30m back. I told him lets pick up the pace with me swirling my fingers in the air, I hope other runners dont mistaken me for pointing a middle finger a them. I picked up my pace to (what I think is 5min) but actual fact is 8min LOL, about 10m nearing to the end point, Someone shouted “HEY SEOW EH” (meaning hey, crazy fella) and then sped past me like Road Runner and Coyote .. I was totally dazed and it was Lawrence seizing the surprise elements and sprinted pass me with a big smile, we both came in at 58Mins for a 10.5k run, It was a good day for a run and the weather was perfect in every way. Well Good luck to Lawrence on his coming Powerman in 2 weeks time.
I really have to say Awesome preparation by the organizers throughout the whole Tri-Factor 2013 series, they have been accommodating (me for forgetting to pick up my race pack), rescheduling the race event after the haze and more importantly the quality of the race. Oakley Singapore is also one of the main sponsors and I am surely glad to see them as a main sponsors cause they really have been helping people understands the importance of good optics by conducting workshops introducing and explaining the features of Oakley against other XXX brands, I for one have been a user of Oakley and no other when it comes to sports (well, ok Rayban for lifestyles)] I see no other brand of optics that come close and mind you I am not sponsored by them. Check out their FB page they sure are doing alot of give away
Facebook: Oakley Singapore
Anyway the results for Tri-Factor Series will be out soon and you can check here for the 2013 results when it is out, at the moment it is still the 2012 (ahem wonder who stands at the 40th place with a 52min timing. (Click if you are interested to know).
If you guys would like to know the Tri-Factor 2014 series will be featuring a very SPECIAL MEDAL for the four series, OK you seen it here first on my blog, Do spread the word around for this and I am sure this is gonna be a sell out event next year.
And when you have done all four events you can combine the medals into this Gigantic medal which you truly deserve.
If you have been following my Instagram, you would have seen this first thing in the morning before the Tri-factor event, and I already have questions asking me how come there is a fifth medal !!?? AHHH … good question that is if you finish the whole series under 7 hours, you get to engrave your name on that as well. … Just kidding, that last medal will be presented to you as a token (instead of the T-shirt series featured on Lawrence on the top picture) for the FULL COMPLETION of all the event, but wait, get this, when you signup as one of the first few hundred (yet to confirm) you will get free engraving up to 15 alphabets on the token. So wait for my posting on the registration dates as I am waiting for more information soon.
Thank you POKKA for being the main sponsors for this event. I am leaning towards drinking Pokka more than 100+ these days, must be the after taste and the feeling of renewed energy after every gulp, it taste good and even Lawrence and Jason is hooked on it, Sponsors for 2014 so I can get unlimited supply for my training? LOL..
Formula for winning performance! Pokka Sports Water’s effective formula helps replenish your body’s lost fluids and electrolytes for long lasting hydration. Specially formulated with Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) and Citric Acid that are essential to the human body; studies show that these ingredients can assist in recovery from muscle fatigue during & after exercise, help to increase athletic endurance & mental clarity, and are needed for maintenance of the muscle tissue.
Pokka Sports Water is more than just a thirst quencher but a drink for all occasions, be it exercise, play, dining or work. Now with Carbonated and Non-Carbonated version, this refreshing isotonic drink provides an effective hydration plan during and after long trainings and races!
(HONG KONG) A campaign against “selfies” is urging runners at the Hong Kong Marathon not to take pictures of themselves with their mobile phones after a pile-up at this year’s event, organisers said Tuesday.
The crush was reportedly triggered after a woman stopped to take a picture of herself at the start of her race.
Organisers ruled out a complete ban on mobile phones as impractical, but said they were using Facebook, television and radio to promote the anti-selfie message in the run-up to the next event on 16 February.
“It is almost impossible to ban competitors from bringing their mobile phones,” William Ko, chairman of the marathon organising committee, told AFP on Tuesday.
“What we’ve been trying to do is to get the message across to take care of yourself and to take care of other runners.
“For the race itself we will have officials to hold some message boards to remind people not to take photos at the start, on the route or at the finish because it is dangerous.”
The annual marathon event, which started 18 years ago and is sponsored by Standard Chartered bank, includes half-marathon and 10-km competitions as well as the full 26.2 mile (42.2 km) marathon distance.
The pile-up in February 2013 happened at the start of the 10km race after a woman competitor dropped her phone as she was trying to take the snap, according to local media.
As she bent to pick it up runners behind her tripped over her, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported at the time, including Hong Kong triathlete Joyce Cheung Ting-yan, who went on to win the women’s 10k despite her fall.
Standard Chartered chief executive Benjamin Hung Pi-cheng has called on organisers to stop competitors taking photos of themselves to avoid carnage at the next event.
“The problem was that a number of runners were trying to take self-portrait pictures using their smartphones. What we are trying to do is to encourage people not to do that,” the SCMP Tuesday quoted Hung as saying.
Arrangements for February’s races were announced Monday, with organisers saying the total enrolment quota would be 73,000 — 1,000 more than in 2013.
Watch this before you go on, feel the energy, feel the vibe. This video practically captures all the runners of Sundown Ultra Marathon 2013.
Its the time of the year and time of the day when all your training come to this, this is not just any marathon, this is not just any walk in the park, this is the Sundown ULTRA marathon, there is a sense of achievement when you tell people you have done an Ultra, previously when you tell people you have done a marathon people go like … WOAH !? marathon? these days I have to admit, you tell people you run Marathon they go like, “oh which one? I have done several myself as well”.. etc… etc.. so the conversation for most people will go like that
But Total Salute to people who run ULTRA(S), the dedication, the mentality and the physical abuse of pounding your foot on the road for a very very long period of time is amazing. I know most of you guys have done a marathon yes? so think of this.. Marathon is 42km , so an Ultra you got to run another 1km more to constitute it as an ultra
Or if your doing the Sundown Ultra Marathon you will be running Marathon X 2 and put in another 16km. that’s how long you guys gotta run, when I mentally visual the distance of me running that I am already feeling tired. Covering events like this has lots of perks as you usually will bump into tons of people you run or see at the running circle. Here are a couple of friends and close buddies that I met in that half hour when I was there walking around.
Few Shout out to a couple of names, Congrats Sumiko for winning the local female category, Told ya you gonna do it again. Mr Resident Speedy Gonzales “Sky” for placing second in his mixed category despite his injured ankle. Gisete Congrats on your awesome run, Royston and Jayve for hanging tough and completing their first Ultra Marathon, not only doing for themselves but more importantly for CHARITY, Each and everyone of you deserve a great big clap and pat on your back for finishing. Now rest well for the next event.
Not forgetting the hard working CROWD Girls working their nights and day off for this event. Thank you for your dedication and passion for the sport. GO NEW BALANCE.
I have to say the runners are all well taken care of, Look at all the goodies provided by sponsors for the runners in the transition area, This place is loaded and is ready to feed all the runners,
The organizers will never forget the supporters who came to support the runners as well as members of the public who was just hanging out at the Barrage was treated to an array of entertainment at the Sundown Race village. Popular local bands, 53A and The Huckleberry Friends kept the runners and supporters entertained with their music, whilst percussionists Batucada amped up the atmosphere with their percussion beats. Participants, and their family and friends enjoyed the night breeze while watching movies screened at both Marina Barrage and the U-turn point at Changi.
This event was not only made possible by HiVelocity Events team and CROWD PR team, This event was made SAFE AND SECURED with the awesome security team, (Pictured below with ROS) ensuring safety measures are taken for all participants as well as supporters. Last not forget the volunteers.
If my legs permit, This is one event I will not want to miss, if they still have it next year. Lets all do this , I am sure it will be pretty fun. See next update for the Press Release and Results
I have been following “All Season Cyclist weblog” for a while now and this Trek loving, Park tool using knowledgeable Bike Guru sure hits the spot for all bikes information. He surprised me even with new stuff that I didn’t know about. Do check out his post on Road ID iphone App, Sorry Android boys I have tried looking for it but its not available.
But please do read his post attached below on his review of the Road ID iPhone App for cyclist and Runners, I believe everyone should download it as its a pretty good safety app.
Road ID iPhone App For Cyclists And Runners
As I was watching the Tour de France last week I saw an interview with Edward Wimmer, one of the co-owners of Road ID (the most essential piece of cycling gear I own). During the interview Wimmer mentioned that Road ID had recently introduced a free iPhone app that would allow your friends or family to track you while you are out on a ride or going for a run. I downloaded the app this past Monday and it has quickly become one of the most important apps on my iPhone!
The Road ID iPhone app is very simple to set up and even easier to use. Once you download the app from the iTunes Store you input your basic information (name, address and email address), then you can select up to five of your contacts who will receive either an email or a text message when you are ready to go ride or run. The contacts you selected with get a brief message telling them that you are going out—and in the message there is a link they can click that will allow them to see exactly where you are at any given moment while you are out (Road ID calls this an eCrumb—an electronic breadcrumb). They can watch you on any smart phone or web browser.
The Road ID iPhone app also allows you to turn on a stationary alert—if you don’t move for five minutes the app will send an email or text message to your selected contacts warning them that you are not moving. The message does not necessarily mean that you are lying face-down in a ditch somewhere—it just means that you have not moved more than 15 feet or so in the past five minutes. However, one minute before the text message or email goes out the app will sound a loud alarm to warn you so you can cancel the message (the alarm reminds me of a klaxon horn from a WWII battleship). At the moment this…… to read the full post please visit his blog at ——> “All Season Cyclist”
Its been a months or so since getting my hands on one of New Balance latest shoe the New Balance HI-REZ and I HATE IT, I hate the fact that its so comfortable and responsive.
Seriously never have I seen a shoe that so minimal and so responsive. I kept staring at that glaring orange thingamajig at the NB concept store at Novena and wonder to myself why would anyone buy this shoe? I touched and I twisted the shoe, yeah so what if its so flexible like in their ad, so what if it has the individual 43 pods stuck under this shoe… Well IT ALL CHANGED when I got my hands on a pair and ran with it. Hear me out..
The shoe undoubtedly offers a unique running experience and I have to say this is one experience I have never felt, I have the a NB Minimus MR-00 and I had trouble adjusting to that shoe in my runs, I never looked eye to eye with minimal shoes all along. and that’s what made me stood in front of this Hi-Rez shoe and analyze for like the longest time.
When the box arrived from the courier, I was wondering what it was as it was light as a feather, you can’t blame me as this shoe only weighs in at 3.7oz, but I knew it was the Hi-Rez cause it says NB, without hesitation I ripped it apart (the box) in great excitement (you can see me doing that in my Unboxing)
Hi Rez performance is no doubt amazing, I went for a couple of run and I am still impressed with it, (I still have my old injury) and when I wore this for my runs, amazingly the pain under my soles did not suffice, well most runs these days are short 5k’s and nothing more than that, the flexibility of this shoe is incredible and its not those that will twist your leg kinda flexibility but of rather a skin like effect, just like a second skin.
The shoe has bounce to it which I can’t explain, those pods are barely there and it feels like a lump of rubber on your hands but I assure you it has the rebound energy of a regular running shoe. I have brought the Hi-Rez to gravel, tarmac, stone (no trails yet) and it performs great on every surface it was on. I even brought it to my recent Tokyo trip and had use it almost everyday. I used it as it was like my slipper on every occasion I get. yes its that comfortable.
New Balance really nailed it with the Hi-rez. Putting these on is like putting on a pair of slippers—the mesh lining is soft and comfortable and the uppers contour to your feet with a process the NB marketers have termed “FantomFit.” I generally prefer sock with shoes, but I am comfortable enough going without in these for shorter runs. The toe box is nice and wide, with plenty of room to wiggle your little piggys and the heel cup is pleasantly snug without feeling too tight. There is no noticeable toe spring and the toe box flexes and widens as your foot lands with each step.
I don’t believe that the pods will last as there is already signs of wears on a couple of them, I can’t imagine if I was really running in them on long runs.
“HI-REZ is unique in appearance, construction and most importantly, feel. The difference is evident in the thoughtfully-constructed sole, which is broken into individual pieces — “zones of sensitivity” as Lead Designer Chris Wawrousek calls them”
Thank you Chris, seriously Thank you.
Isaac’s 2 cents worth
- Amazing Flexibility
- MESH LINING IS SOFT AND COMFORTABLE (think of a thin socks)
- Very Comfortable
- PODS will not last
- SMALL ROCKS and BITS WILL GET STUCK IN BETWEEN
- Needs more Color Schemes for the guys (girls you got it good)
Seriously if you just want to have a cool and comfortable shoe to walk around with please go ahead and buy this, if you want a very speedy 5k run sprint, this is the shoe to go to, if you just broke your flipflops and looking for a new one, try this one (ok its abit expensive using it as a flipflop) but hey if you got the moolah, by all means. Let me know your thoughts if you already own one. Thanks for reading and have a great week! Catch ya later
Disclaimer: I am not being paid for this review and I am not obligated to write a positive review. Furthermore. Every review is based solely on me running in the pair of shoes and my personal thoughts and opinions and are not influenced by any outside factors
The Pink Ribbon Walk is back!
Expect an evening of magic as we come together on the 28th of September at the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade for a cause close to our hearts. The Pink Ribbon Walk organised by Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) aims to raise awareness of breast cancer and support for survivors and patients.
If you have not registered for the ‘Pinkiest’ walk in Singapore, may we ask what you are waiting for? Ladies, gather the men and children, and sign up for the fight against breast cancer today! Kids aged 12 years and below walk for free.
All participants are entitled to a Free T-shirt, goodie bag and 15% off on Skechers Go Walk range*. A host of other grand offers, prizes and products from our partners make the event more exciting.
To promote the cause of early detection, women over 40 can register online for a mammogram at the venue itself (limited to 25 pax) or avail of a $10 discount voucher to be used at any of the NHGD polyclinics after the event.**
Groups of 30 or more will qualify as a contingent and stand to win exciting prizes for the largest, ‘pinkiest’ and most creative contingents. This is one event not to be missed, so get up, get out and join us for an evening of fun-filled activities at Pink Ribbon 2013 on the 28th of September 2013!
* upon presentation of your registration slip at any Skechers outlet
**this offer is only available to the first 500 women eligible for mammogram screening
|Category||Early Bird Period||Normal Period|
|28 Apr 2013 -
15 Aug 2013
|16 Aug 2013 -
8 Sep 2013
|Student (13 to 19 yrs old)||$20||$20|
|Senior Citizen (60 years old and above)||$20||$20|
Register as a Group (min 15 pax) to enjoy 10% discount.
*To enjoy Past Participant’s rate, please use the same email address from your 2011 registration to register. Past participants will not be eligible for the additional 10% discount for Group registration.
^Please enter your NRIC No. as your Coupon Code for BCF Members’ rate. BCF Members will not be eligible for the additional 10% discount for Group registration.
Prices include GST and proceeds will go to Breast Cancer Foundation
Click here for REGISTRATION
Updated: Please check your results from WERUN SG Results 2012 Click Me
20,000 runners pound the streets for Nike We Run SG 2012 last Sunday. This was the Singapore series for Nike We Run 2012.
There will be a total of 32 races compromising a total of 371km for this series.
The event venue was packed when at about 6:30am, Due to the over whelming participant, the start time have been divided in to two waves which 7:15am was for the first wave & Second wave at 7:30am. That still did not help in the cramping of runners around the start pen.
There was no proper signage or rather too small for the cramped up participants to notice the baggage counter area, It was not only hard to locate but was filled with people cramping for space to deposit their bags at the counter.
Went for the second wave instead as unable to squeeze in for the first wave (too many fast runners I believe). The second wave was also packed with runners, maybe next time they should make a third wave instead.
Running route was improvised from the previous runs running through Kallang but this time we run pass Nicoll Highway and made a U-turn back to Republic avenue, F1 put and viola Marina Bay Sands.
Nike created such hype that not only the runners signed up were in the young category, but of all ages. my friends mum, auntie and uncle was running as well.
Along the running route were DJs spinning hard for the perspiring runners motivating them to keep on running, By the 4k marker, many people started to walk plus further more walking on the right side of the route. Inconsiderate.. but better than Nike Goddess where the ladies were all pushing and shoving. ( Must be something about Nike that gets people all riled up)
Anyway as I have mention the finishing point was at the field beside Marina Bay Sands with some nice view rather than the usual Padang finishing point.
So once again, it comes down to the baggage deposit for collection, it was utterly unorganized,everyone was just standing in frustration with the long queue. The hot and sweaty moment just didn’t help as well., Only after when there was volunteer ushers started to inform the participants of the queue and organizing the line to speed.
Anyway it was a Run that many enjoyed for sure
Not bad, addition finisher tee to trade off the usual medal
Overall the event was good, just need some improvements on the baggage part & inform the participants to keep left for slower runners.
- New route was fantastic
- Entertainment along the way was surely a great booster for all runners
- Giving Finisher T as replacement for a Medal was a great Idea.
- Should get some bigger area space for the baggage counter movement.
- Ushers should be around everywhere to help runners
- Luggage deposit area should have proper signage all around.
The North Face 100® wants you to run further than you ever have in 2012!
(Pic courtesy of TheNorthFace100.com.sg)
Promoting the genuine spirit of exploration since its kick-start in 2008, The North Face 100® has become the most well-received and anticipated distance trail running series of seven Asia Pacific countries in its fifth year: Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, China, Australia, Singapore and Japan. Whether you are an aspiring trail running beginner or a seasoned racer looking for new challenges, unparalleled experience is offered in each competition of this region’s largest trail running series.
Break all boundaries and Never Stop ExploringTM.
|Singapore 13 Oct 2012|
|Other Asia-Pacific Country/Area|
|May 19-21||Ultra Trail Mt. Fuji|
|US Endurance Events|
|May 05-06||Bear Mountain, NY – Trail|
|Jun 02-03||Washington DC – Trail|
|Sep 15-16||Madison, WI – Trail|
|Oct 13-14||Atlanta, GA – Trail|
|Nov 17||Kansas City, MO – Road|
|Dec 01-02||San Francisco, CA – Trail|
Race Pack Collection at Novena: Velocity Mall
As usual the race pack collection is held one week before the race, and as usual I will give my low down on the goodies given to participants. After my usual weekend swim I headed down to Novena at about 2pm hoping that there wont be any crowd and true enough there wasn’t any.
If you notice the registration staff is wearing the ultra bright neon green race t. I was asking the guy in the pic, lets swap T when he is done cause I wanted the neon green cause I do run a fair bit in the night and it would be very helpful for me. (the color reminds me of Saucony ViziPro)
This was the first time, the race map was printed full page on the race booklet, if you can see the person holding it. 100k, 50k, 25k and the 15k all clearly indicated in it. Not sure how accurate it would be.
So whats in the Bag you ask ?
- Menshealth Magazine
- Suunto brochures
- Active discount vouchers
- SFI Warehouse brochure
- TNF100 race directory
- TNF100 race course Map
- Gu Chomps
- Active muscle rub
- Jacob “Original” biscuit
- Viartril-S 500 capsules
- 2 Toms Blister prevention
- SingGourmet “Ready Made Rendang Sauce” (not what I expect in a TNF100 race pack)
The only highlight of the race pack and saviour was the Running T and Race Bib, which I deem is pretty much decent.
Its Tuesday, I figured out lets share this while we are heading to our midweek work week, Hang in there guys Running Motivational Posters part 3 by #RunnersWorld #Fitness #Runners
Have you ever felt that you gonna make a big one half way through a Marathon race ? or any race for the matter… would you stop ? I know I wont !
It’s a Gorgeous Friday everyone, and if you were wondering what was that icon posted last week, it’s no road sign but a logo of a company that has “YOU” in mind, yes, you the one reading this, and this company is called RoadID.
Before I go any further let me tell you what RoadID is all about, This Company was founded by a father-and-son team and they are none other than Edward and Mike Wimmer. They have been providing safety gear to help keep you safer since 1999, and I am glad they did so. This so called bracelets are like guardian angels, no kidding. With all the unfortunate recent death of Marathoners like Claire Squires in the recent London Marathon , Jeffrey Lee for the Philadelphia Half Marathon , or even Firefighter William Caviness in the Chicago Marathon.
Those people I have mention are not old or unhealthy, they are young and even triathletes at their peak of their health, just saying that we are not bullet proof even if we are at our pink of health. I am trying to say that those death are at a high profile event, given the scenario that we are training alone running 5 am in the morning (which is a fav of mine) and I fall flat to the ground. I would have this ID tag on me telling anyone that finds me all my vital info.
I have been using RoadID since a couple of years back and it has not faded on me nor smelled on me. Why do I talk about RoadID? Cause I truly believe in a product that is for safety and has athletes in mind, but come to think of it, RoadID are not only for athletes but can also be used for everyone including your family members, This little nifty product is a bracelet that carries all the vital information for anyone in an emergency situation, and not only they have bracelet form they now come in 6 different types of design for you to choose from depending where you want to place your ID from wrist, necklace, ankle to even your shoe.
I have the wrist ID Sport on me and it goes where ever I go, I don’t only use it for sport but I use it as a fashion bracelet as well, who knows I might just drop dead when there is a pretty girl that come asking for my number. LOL See it still looks new to me.
Anyway since it’s a FRIDAY , I am gonna be doing a “GIVE AWAY FRIDAY “ I will be giving away Gift certificate worth $15 each to 2 lucky readers courtesy of RoadID. All you need to do tell me how many types of RoadID design are there. Leave your answer at the comment box below and like the post. Remember Stay SAFE !
The winner will be chosen using Random.org, and the results will be posted on this blog. Winner will be announced by Monday, May 6, 2012 at Noon. A winner has one week from the announcement of the winner to claim the prize or else a new winner will be chosen (May 13 at 12:00 p.m.). All prizes will be awarded. Thus, if the winner does not come forward, a new winner will be chosen. The writer of this blog will not be held liable for any typographical errors or technical failures.
This Giveaway is now closed. Chosen winners please do contact me as soon as possible.
You say Marathon was hard ? what about Ultra Marathon? those that goes beyond 100km, Call em Crazy, but what about UltraMiler? not sure if they are the same but I guess not cause once they call it mile its not in the km anymore you gotta x 1.6 to it and so you call yourself a Ultramiler,
“It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners.
Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit”
- George Sheehan
So who is Anton you say ? he is the
Not sure if you guys know Edison Chen? LOL.. who doesnt, he was the one acted in Batman where he ushered Bruce Wayne into the tower in Hong Kong. He was the one created such big news on his naked photos with all the celebrity and models in HK. So with all that bad rep, he tried to be good.. He signed up for the Hong Kong Marathon that was held on the 5th of February 2012
He successfully managed to (more…)