WAIT A MIN … HOW IN THE WORLD THIS HAPPENED ??? Why do I look like a drunken homeless person covered in colors
How in the world did I end up dressed like that? well, There was clearly no alcohol involved, no drugs.. I blame it on this run called illumi Run and It definitely lived up to its name “PARTY ON THE RUN”
This is definitely one of the best run ever, I dont think any other fun run would be able to top this one. I have to say this is a Raver’s, Techno, House whatever music you hear in the club, you gonna be dancing to the beat for the whole route. WAIT.. before I go any further. Check this video out.. you tell me if you see a RAVE party or a Run Party … (Please do not turn your volume up to high, your speakers will burst)
So what do you see, A Rave Party or A Running Event?? I SEE BOTH
That’s why the organizers call it “PARTY ON THE RUN” and I kid you not, I was
Running dancing to all the DJ stations. The people were all hyped up with all the awesome DJ’s pumping out all music all night. What more can one ask for.
As I am posting this the amount of Instagram pictures with the hashtag #illumiRun is increasing, I believe it has already reached 5000 pics and growing as I am typing this, and not forgetting that is the official Hashtag, I’ve even seen hashtag such as #illumi, #illumination, #illumirin2013 and many more, If you have an Instagram account go checkout the hashtag #illumiRun, you will see all the awesome pics and all the fun everyone had that night,
I have to say this is one Party..er… RUN you will not want to miss.
Isaac’s 10 Tips on how to Enjoy this event when it lands on your shore
- Register yourself quick once registration opens. It will sell out quick
- Get all your buddies to sign up (its gonna be a BLAST)
- Get yourself a water proof casing for your phone (see no 8.)
- Get some Funky light sticks or anything that will illuminate
- Make sure you are ready to get soaked in COLOR and don’t shy away from it
- Don’t .. I repeat.. Dont Run (I know its a Run..) but there is no medal, go for a slow..SLOW JOG, what I did was I danced the whole way.
- Make Friends Along the way ( I GAVE FREE HUGS too all who needed one) Yes even volunteers ran away from me.
- Take Picture along the route (Because you will be changing Colors like a Chameleon in every different Zone)
- Do no throw away your T-shirt cause its one of a kind and it is Limited Edition
- Stay for the After Party and Pyrotechnics, YOU WILL NOT REGRET !!
I kinda took No. 5 too seriously and I had to drive back in a poncho as I did not bring an extra t-shirt, so bring extra clothes to change after the event and bring a towel (to wipe off the excess Neon Goo) , at the end point there will be volunteers handing out mineral water and sport wipes but that will not be sufficient, use the towel that you have brought and soak your towel with the bottle of water and wipe clean.
Isaac’s 2 cents worth on this event:
I felt kinda sad when I crossed the finish line to be honest, I didn’t want the night to end to be honest cause I was just having so much fun. I wish all run would be like this.. after the run I told the organizers that they should have this in a 42km category (now that would really be rawking)
anyway some tips to better further improve this already awesome event.
- Please have a slider zone at the end of the run (so people can slide and soak themselves in more colors)
- I suggest installing more of the UV lights all along the way so that way, why ? cause firstly the whole running path will be runners glowing and illuminating with the paint, how cool is that, and all runners do not have to crowd at one place just to take picture.
- Hope the volunteers do not stop people from dancing at the DJ zone, people are just having too much fun
- Please let me sign up on all your illumi Runs in other countries. I SO WANNA DO THIS AGAIN
Check out all my pics that we took last Saturday. Do wait for next year if you did not manage to sign up for this one.
ILLUMI RUN is conceptualised and organised by event company Infinitus Productions Private Limited. Jeffrey Foo, Director, said, “We are combining two of Singaporeans’ biggest loves – running and partying, to offer an unforgettable event that commemorates the year with a fun, cool and healthy twist. Bring along your friends and join us as we celebrate 2013 with a bang!”
and boy did Infinitus made this the event of the YEAR ! all 10000 participants would agree. KUDOS to you guys and thank you for such a memorable event. Catch ya later.
Event : Newton Challenge Malaysia 2013
Date : 29 December 2013 (Sunday)
Start & End Point : Jalan BK5A/2, Bandar Kinrara, Puchong, Selangor
Start Time : 5.30am (25km) 6.30am (15km)
Registration Open : 22 September 2013
Closing Date : 22 November 2013
- Exclusive Newton Running Singlet (see size chart below)
- Original Newton Running Socks
- Race Number Bib
- Disposable Timing Device
- Newton Challenge Finisher Medal for ALL finishers
Newton Challenge Run Singlet Size Chart
Race Categories & Fees
|15KM – MEN / WOMEN (OPEN / VETERAN)||RM 50.00|
|25KM – MEN / WOMEN (OPEN / VETERAN)||RM 60.00|
Race Pack Collection Details
Date : To be confirmed
Time : To be confirmed
Venue : To be confirmed
CLOSING DATE : 22 November 2013, 11.59pm
So what are you waiting for Register here at .. REGISTER ME UP
Things to note
1. Online registration – login at the login panel and select the event desired. Key in all details and make payment accordingly, by credit card or bank-in.
2. For those who select bank-in payment, please bank-in cash/cheque or online transfer (via Online Banking) to the following bank account:
Account Name : TriSportz Event Management Sdn. Bhd.
Company Registration No. : 622198-K
Bank : CIMB Bank Berhad
A/C No. : 14590000666-05-7
Swift Code : CIBBMYKL
3. Please email bank-in slip or online transfer receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to +603-89442892 with the following information:
Contact no. :
Event : NEWTON CHALLENGE 2013
*the above information is important for us to trace your record accurately. Failure to do so may result in delaying your confirmation.
4. Once payment is made (by credit card or bank-in), your registration status will remain as Processing. Please allow us to process your entry and we will send you a race confirmation by email within 2-3 working days (or earlier). To check your registration status, please login and go to Registered Event.
Successful registration is not transferable or refundable.
A very good article from Runner’s World which they posted a while ago on Weight management, Please read on
Trying to shed pounds on the way to the starting line? Follow these rules.
It’s doubtful that anyone ever said that they started training for a marathon so that they could eat more fruits and vegetables. In fact, most people joke that the sole reason to run long distances is to burn off a double-cheese pizza or earn the right to spend quality time with Ben & Jerry.
But every runner learns it one way or another: When you’re prepping for a marathon or half-marathon, you can’t run to eat, you gotta eat to run.
When you’re in training, food becomes fuel. It will energize your run and help repair muscle tissue after a hard workout so that you can bounce back quickly for your next run.
Try to fuel up on Krispy Kreme or down a five-course meal before you go out and you could hit the wall halfway through or end up spending most of your run crouching in the bushes. Have a big meal the night before a long run and you could wake up with a food hangover: You still feel full and have the aftertaste of last night’s meal, yet you’re slightly hungry at the same time.
You can do all the training you want, but if you don’t eat and drink the right things and get to know your own gut, it doesn’t matter if you’ve got the leg and lung power of an Olympian: Your stomach will take you down every time.
Here are some principles to keep in mind.
1. Drop pounds early. If you’re going to slash calories, do it before you start training or during the first 4 weeks of training, when the mileage and intensity are low. The closer you get to race day, the more you want to focus on adequately fueling and recovering from those speed sessions and long runs.
2. Take it slow. Aim to lose 1-2 pound per week, which means cutting about 250 calories per day–the equivalent of an energy bar or soda. Over the course of the week, that’s 1,750 calories, which is 1/2 pound. By slowly tweaking your diet, you’ll avoid severe feelings of deprivation. You’ll give your body time to adjust to the reduced calorie load, and you’ll have a better chance of sustaining it for the long term.
3. Stay in balance. In order to stay energized for your runs, and therefore perform well and burn the most calories, you’re going to need the same balance of calories that all runners do: Roughly 55 percent of your calories should come from carbs, 25 percent from protein, and 20 percent from fats. Take out one of those nutrients, and you’ll find your workouts will feel harder, you won’t recover as well, and you’ll feel drained all the time. Just make sure to include high-quality foods from each group.
4. Get the timing right. You’re going to need food most before and right after a run. Before a run you’ll need carbs to get fast energy; right after a run you’ll need carbs to restock your glycogen stores and protein to help repair muscle tissue. Eat your highest carb meal of the day a few hours before your workout. If you need a daily indulgence, have that sweet shortly after a run–during that 20-minute window when your muscles can quickly soak up the sugar to replace spent energy stores.
5. Eat real food. Many diet foods are too low in carbs, fiber, or protein to give you the nutrients you need to train, feel satisfied, and keep your body in peak condition. There’s also the potential to go overboard on diet foods, figuring that if the Oreos are low-fat, that’s license to eat the whole package.
6. Become a food-label detective. Just because a food package says “healthy” or ”organic” or “natural” doesn’t mean that what’s in it is good for you.
7. Write it down. A 2008 study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that among 1,700 overweight runners, those who kept a food diary more than 5 days a week lost almost twice as much weight as those who didn’t, and they kept the weight off. Even if you aren’t looking to shed pounds, a food diary can provide valuable insight into what best fuels your running life and which unhealthy habits might be tripping up your training.
8. Catch some zzzs. Research has linked sleep loss to obesity and suggests that people who don’t get enough sleep may weigh more. Without enough sleep, your energy levels, immune system, and mood drop–the only thing up (besides you) will be your appetite. Research has shown thatpeople who get less sleep eat more snacks, especially high-carb ones.
9. Watch the rewards. Most runners vastly overestimate the amount of calories they burn, and underestimate the amount of calories they consume. It’s very easy to eat back the calories you incinerated in a post-run kitchen raid. Want to reward yourself for getting through a long run or a tough week? Make it a non-food treat, like a massage, new running duds, or some new tunes or books to listen to for your next long run.
10. Watch the “sports” foods. There is a dizzying array of drinks, gels, and bars that advertise their benefits for recovery and energy, but many of those products are laden with calories and fats that most runners don’t need for most of their runs. You’ll want to have sports drinks and energy gels with you during long runs and on hot days, but beyond that, it’s best to stick to whole foods. “People feel like they need to have all of these products because they’re in training,” says Kennedy. ”And it takes a while to figure out that they don’t need them.”
Original Article from : Runner’s World
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”
I have to say I was proud to be one of the first few in Singapore to slip my feet into the Energy NR, about a week ago I was invited to test out the latest offering by Newton Running,
This being officially my first pair from Newton Running, the Energy NR really impressed me from the first run with the Team Newton Singapore. They feel like no other shoe I have ever run in, which is refreshing to say. I have completed comfortable easy runs in these shoes and also attempted some short tempos on em. The Energy NR promotes an efficient gait cycle which translates to more efficient stride.
These shoes are responsive off the road and they made me want to run fast. with a 6mm heel-to-toe drop this shoe engages us in every step and landing on midfoot, the Energy NR are a comfortable mid-point between traditional training shoes and the zero-drop models of the barefoot movement.
Newtons promote a midfoot strike which is optimal for efficient and quick turnover as you can see the explanation by Eddie Chang, in the video below. Eddie Chang is who is the only Newton Certified Trainer in Singapore.
The Newton EnergyNR features lower-profile forefoot lugs to ease the transition from more traditional footwear. It is also priced lower than other Newton models, making it more affordable to give the brand a try.
Designed to meet the needs of runners who want to experience the unique technology platform and ride found only in Newton running shoes, the EnergyNR facilitates a seamless transition from more conventional running shoe brands into the Newton line. This will help expand the Newton experience to a broader group of runner – similar features and ride but in a more conventional package.
My pair of Newton EnergyNR (US Men’s 9.5) weighs in at 9 ounces and has a measured stack height of 30mm. The heel-to-toe differential or drop is 6mm. Obviously I preferred something closer to zero drop but the Newton EnergyNR running shoe is for those moving over from traditional running shoes or owning their first pair of Newton which is why this was perfect for me.
As a triathlete, the seams or liners in the inner shoes are very important to me as I always run sock-less for comfort as well as time saving when it comes to transitioning in races, The upper of this shoe is flexible yet not too stiff, but it feels a bit too plush for me, but this is good as it allow the foot to expand and move naturally with lots of cushioning. The toe-box also provides plenty of room for people who likes a bit more space in that department.
If you have never tried on a pair of Newton shoes, This model is a great start for you to transition to their brand. If you had problems with previous Newton models because of the pronounced forefoot lugs (Performance), the lower profile of the Newton EnergyNR forefoot will ease you in without much difficulty. The EnergyNR is definitely a bridging or transitioning shoe for those getting into natural form and the barefoot-style of running in minimal shoes.
If you can see the above picture the lugs has been toned down from the previous Performance series, This is a good thing. Newton has added one additional lugs to this shoe instead of the previous 4 aggressive and higher lugs also from the performance series.
Me having fun with Team Newton Singapore and the other media runners, Wheee….
Isaac’s 2 cents worth
- Great for people to try out Newton Running
- Ideal transition for runners trying out Mid Foot Strike
- Heel upper of shoe feels plush and very padded
- lightweight for this category
- 6mm of drop
- Too plush and well padded for me
- Some may not get use to the lugs
- Needs more Color Schemes for the guys (girls you got it good gain)
I would like to thank Key Power International for providing this trial Pair of Newton Energy NR
Key Power International Pte Ltd
14 Arumugam Road, #01-01 Lion Industrial Building C
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
Pocari Sweat Run is the next upcoming run that you can still sign up. Please see below for more event details
The event detail is as below
Date: 16 June 2013
Venue: The Promontory @ Marina Bay
Closing Date: 31 May 2013
• adidas Event Singlet worth $39.00
• Pocari Sweat Visor
• Exclusive Pocari Sweat Finisher Medal
Race Categories & Fees
|Race Categories||Early Bird Rate
25 Feb – 30 Apr
1 May – 31 May
|5km Men’s & Women’s Competitive||$32.00||$42.00|
|10km Men’s & Women’s Competitive||$42.00||$52.00|
It is still not too late to register. If you are interested please do click on the following link: Registration for POCARI SWEAT RUN
The race route has not been announced yet.
Its the time of the year again for the Real Run event happening on the 25th of May 2013, there will be a twist of event where this time the event will be held in Sentosa instead of the regular Changi.
There will be 3 event distance this year mainly 500m Kids Dash, 3km (only for Home Team Divisions) and 10km (public). Please see details below for more information and registration details
Each runner will be entitled to the following items
- Brooks event tee
- Yogood muesli bar
- ZERO Energy Tablets
- LAB Series Pro LS sachet
- Complimentary Beverage Coupon from Costa Coffee
- Discount vouchers from sponsors
- An exclusive finisher medal (for 10km runners only)
- Nature’s Plus Animal Parade Vitamins (for kids only)
- Organic Valley Organic Milk (for kids only)
- RUN magazine (limited to first 500 collection during REPC)
Categories & Fees
|CATEGORIES||AGE LIMIT (ON RACE DAY)|
|Men’s Open||No age limit|
|Men’s Junior||19 years old and below|
|Men’s Veteran||40 years old and above|
|HomeTeamNS Individual||No age limit|
|HomeTeamNS Corporate Race*|
| 3km Fun Walk (Only applicable to Home Team NSmen & family members)
|Open||No age limit|
|500m Kids’ Beach Dash|
|Kids’ Open (Boys’ Junior)||7 to 9 years old|
|Kids’ Open (Girls’ Junior)|
|Kids’ Open (Boys’ Senior)||10 to 12 years old|
|Kids’ Open (Girls’ Senior)|
|If you are interested in joining do click in this link attached Registration Page|
There are different kinds of athletic footwear, which adjust to different individuals with different operating objectives. There are different kinds of actions to be conducted, taken on by different individuals with different legs and preferences; the choices are unlimited when it comes to shoe-wear design. We can consider footwear as being wheels for our feet; they can be developed for sidewalk areas and others similar with little problems, they can be very light and versatile and provide support and assistance to be able to bring in more balance for the base.
Furthermore, footwear can be developed for off-road tracks, which might go through the hills and can lead the sprinter to excellent and picturesque opinions. There are also footwear that come with an improved and much more competitive outsole, which is suitable for a better hold and hold or even prepared and strengthened framework to be able to offer higher balance, underfoot security and assistance for the runner’s legs. Remember to always fall carefully on you as you progressively allow the high heel to come down and create street contact.
Race Event News
Running a marathon is never easy. Completing a marathon at targeted race timing is even harder.
We are in search for 40 committed individuals to lead and motivate fellow runners when the going gets tough. Pace timings includes:
Half Marathon: 2:00hrs, 2:15hrs, 2:30hrs
Full Marathon: 4:00hrs, 4:30hrs, 5:00hrs, 5:30hrs, 6:00hrs
If you are a seasoned and experienced marathon runner who can maintain a targeted race-pace and want to inspire fellow runners in achieving their goals, we want you to join us as race pacers!
Requirement of a Sundown Ambassador
All potential Ambassadors must:
- Be experienced in running full or half marathons.
- Be able to maintain a specific pace throughout the race.
- Be able to offer motivation to fellow runners during the course of the race.
- Be willing to train and run for the pace time and not for your personal timing.
- Wear the training gear, shoes and additional equipment provided by event sponsors during the race.
- Be able to commit to a 15-week Pacer Training Programme (Feb – May 2013) with Team FatBird. Dates and details of programme will be forwarded to shortlisted candidates.
- Be able to participate in Sundown lead-up runs, clinics, activities
- Be agreeable to photo shoots and profiling for the event.
Support for All Sundown Ambassadors
- A Sundown Marathon Registration Slot
- New Balance running apparel and shoes
- New Balance Kit-Up Discount & Special Promotions on partner products
- Race Night Hospitality
- eCertificates of achievement
*All Sundown Ambassadors have to complete the training program and fulfil race commitments to enjoy the support and entitlements.
Registration deadline: 8 February 2013
Shortlisted potential Ambassadors will be notified by 12 February 2013 for selection trials.
Do visit the official Sundown Marathon 2013 Webpage for more info http://www.sundownmarathon.com/
This is so so so so not fair.. how come someone brought in the Zombie run franchise to Msia and not the little red dot! I have been looking forward to doing this run so much as it looks damm fun seriously. So I am writing in
protest no wait .. Anger … delight for you people staying up north that this event is happening! YOU GUYS BETTER SIGN UP or not the zombie will come eat your heart out ..
This so called Zombie Run 2013 will be held on 2nd February 2013.
This event is a new type of event for Malaysia. Introducing the storyline based event, where what happens in the event ultimately affects the storyline and continuity of this event. The ultimate winners of this Zombie Run will be able to choose the outcome of the storyline and see where that leads the next Zombie Run to. Read the story to know why Bukit Utama has been overrun by zombies!
You will be placed in a jungle like setting (both zombies and participants) that stretches almost 45 hectares with broken walls, abandoned huts, destroyed cars and a lot more. This is NOT a normal marathon. Check out some location of the run event
the ticket price for the Zombie Run Malaysia is RM75 per person. I am not sure if you can sign up as a single person , cause for a team of 5 that means RM375 per team. Each person gets a medal, a really cool kick ass limited edition t-shirt (more on this very very soon), an awesome goodiebag and the warm feeling in your heart knowing that you have contributed to our fundraising cause
visit their FB page at https://www.facebook.com/ZombieRunMalaysia
Running in Ultra Marathon is definitely not easy, running a marathon itself is not easy, as people say respect the distance and I surely believe in that phrase. Here are 5 lies that you will hear from runners wanting to do Ultra
1. I can’t run an ultra yet—I’m not in my best shape.
I’ve seen some epic love handles and beer bellies cross the finish line at several ultras. And although not all runners are visibly out of shape, many do have a target area that is far from perfect—flabby bits or underdeveloped muscles. If you’re waiting to be in the best shape of your life, you will never run an ultra. (Remember there is always Fat Fit)
Running with extra weight is far from easy, whether it is bulky muscle weight or fat. But weight has almost no effect on your potential to cross the finish line. This finish line is about mental strength and raw determination. Don’t worry about achieving perfect fitness. The more you run ultras, the more your body will adapt to running ultras. Then before you know it, your body will be perfect for…running ultras
I myself is far from having those chiseled abs or a body close to model or godlike, I am just any regular Joe on the street.
2. If I’m running in the back of the pack, I’m in the wrong training group.
Many runners are embarrassed or ashamed to bring up the rear, to the point that they will switch training groups. But I’m not here to impress anyone—I’m here to get better, and I want to do it as fast as possible within my own time limits, In a race or any given race I am my own challenge.
Struggling to keep up with a strong group is how I’ve grown. Fast. I’ve picked up tips and invaluable knowledge that might have taken me years to learn otherwise, and it also keeps me extremely humble. I have ran with people faster and also I have run with people who are just picking up running.
Obviously there’s a limit—you don’t want people waiting forever for you to catch up. But your own common sense and/or pride will prevent you from hitting any extremes. I’m referring to runners who are only a few minutes behind the second-last person, assume the group is too fast for them, and leave.
I want people in front of me, driving me forward. I want to be friends with people who can kick my ass any day of the week, who are better trained, and have more experience. The rewards are far better in last place than in first. There is tremendous opportunity to advance. The day I’m the best runner is the day that I didn’t learn anything.
3. I’m too old to start running ultras.
Age in ultra running means grace, wisdom, and respect. You are admired and consulted for advice. If you watch an older ultra runner, there is a calm and carefree aura around them. It’s like they know every step of every trails, what’s underneath every rock, and the location of every bug.
Their sense of direction is inhumanly sharp, and you get the feeling that if you were to ditch them in the middle of nowhere on the other side of the world, they would run back and ring your doorbell in about a week. Other sports cut you off after a certain age. In this sport, you become a legend.
4. After I finish an ultra, everyone will admire and praise me.
The runners who give off a vibe of “Hey, look at me!” generally don’t stick with ultras. This is because if your goal is social acceptance and praise, there are much easier ways to get it.
When you run a marathon, all your non-running family and friends think you’re a superstar. They might meet you at the finish line, talk about you with pride, and tell you how awesome you are. Come on for crying out loud, why do people want social acceptance when running ultra, like I said in point 2.. we are our own challenge. I race myself to better my time and nothing more.
To me running an Ultra is more like a spiritual journey and pushing my mental ability, I tell my tri group buddies that running ultra is nothing but a few more clicks down the road, and yes they have all signed up for the TMBT 2013. All five of us will be running it and I am so glad.
5. It doesn’t appear that anyone else is struggling as much as I am. I must not belong.
The ultra distance is hard to get your mind around. That’s why people give ultra runners puzzled looks. But once you break down that wall, run your first ultra, run your second ultra, and then realize you’re hooked—all those lies you believed about yourself are exposed. And it’s easier to see yourself as you really are—strong, courageous, and able.
Well anyway Happy New Year again, This weekend bike and run for the first week of the year ! hope you are all having a blast
Train Hard, Race Harder
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.
90% Mental 100% Real… oh it was REAL alright, 21st Oct marks the date for the Home Team NS RealRun.
The weather was forgiving and there was a slight drizzle and cloudy overcast for a couple of hours
The road closure starts at 6am from Changi road and if you didnt know it was a 3km walk from the nearest carpark , or from from where I have parked, even with a media vehicle pass, I was barred from going in (I didnt see a problem as I am not the masses and it was only going to be one vehicle going in and it does not disrupt the race) So walk I did.. rules are rules
The long walk in …if you notice the lamp post in the pic it was the long stretch in to the Start point.
While I was walking in , 21k top leading runner was on the run on the opposite side.
While walking in also I saw Shan running his 21k with a very good pace …
and after 20mins, I was still walking .. if you notice the amount of runners heading to the start matches the amount of runners coming out, It was due to the organisers stopped the shuttle bus service from 6.15am already.. BAD BAD BAD Organizing .. I was hoping to catch the shuttle bus while walking in but really no luck. (There is a reason why Sundown organizers moved out from this place) cause runners who come after road closure have to walked all the way in. .. and then OUT !
While walking in, I could hear all the boo-boos of the organisers this year, what is happening guys ? Last year was alright .. but you sure did SCREWD UP your system this time.
Heard something about extension of the race pack collection (people not being notified) that is why they have extension for those that have not collected their racepack. (Get your act together guys)
Let’s Make Excellent Happen (New Balance) There was a small expo going on where New Balance showcase their shoes and even have a photo competition all you have to do is go into Instagram and tag your photo #NewBalanceSG (my submission is the one below)
The Race started on time for both category (very prompt I have to say) . The mood created by the DJ and the emcee was very good as music was blasting and pumping the atmosphere this morning. Runners was all PSYched up with GANGNAM style playing as well.
Pretty much a strong crowd as always for Real Run as there are many runners that would love to transition to trail but still wondering if they should. I say DO IT !!
Anyway check out the below video if today winning runner.
Video of the Winning Runner crossing the Line
Winner of 21k
Check out the winner of the 21k for this year, He did the run in only 1hr, truly that is an insane speed.. if you notice the video below, the clocked changed to 7mins, something sure did went crazy.. I also heard many problems with the 10k timing.
The following video is the previous year winner, which won the event at a time of 1hr 08min, This new winner BLEW him by 8 mins
Saw a couple of friends along the way.
Anica and Mag (hubbie was running his first 10k)
Zu and Jun (A couple runs together stays together)
J aka GrannyFartB0X and gang
Ed and Gis (Another lovely couple team)
As for me I have me and myself to run with.. #Foreveralone
Oh not forgetting the REAL RUN MEDAL
So before I head off, here is my 2cent worth of Home TeamNS New Balance Real Run 2012
- The water point was adequate ( Despite no cheering squad the water boys was high spirited, THANK YOU GUYS)
- The new route was great
- Medal was pretty impressive (Keep up the good work guys)
- Water ponding along the route (can’t be help as there was heavy rain the day before)
- Medal and finisher T collection was brought out of the hall and into open.
- Shuttle Bus system was not adequate and timing should be fix to later
- Heard from J, that there was a time keeping problem (I can’t confirm on this) but I am sure the time clock screwed up, just check my video till the end.
Till then … enjoy your races everyone. See you at the next race
As I always say “Train Hard, Race Harder”
Singapore Runners will know that this weekend on the 21st, there will be three running event held concurrently Real Run by HomeTeamNS, Nike Run and the Passion North Run.
Guess which one I will be attending… DUH !!
Last year I also have attended this run as the organisers invited me over. It was a blast and I have done Real Run for 4 years in row, for me running Real Run is like a transition from Road to Trail minus the hard core tree roots and stuff.
Real Run has gravel and sand and road all thrown into the course. So I can tell you that if you are running a 50min 10k don’t expect it to be the same.
Here is my review on the Race Pack as usual
Stuff that is (erm) Recyclable
- Soleus 15% discount voucher
- New Balance 25% voucher
- Something that looked like a CONDOM BOX (YOSH !!!!) but then looking at it carefully it was a deck of cards on being a good Dad by DADS4Life.
- Some Citibank card form
- 100plus promotion , advert .. etc..etc..
Stuff That We can Use
- Jacob Biscuit
- some Muscular Balm (really
- Rollerball pen that has a scroll like message in the centre
- whats a Pen to write on but a NOTEPAD , so thoughtful of them.
Well there you have it whats inside my REAL RUN goodie bag. (OH WAIT)
I was given a NB Shirt which I will adorn on that day, am not showing it now cause its not the official RealRun Tshirt.
Good luck all you runners and gimme a pat when you see me.
I am only running 10k cause of my injury.
Last weekend was crazy,It was the week for Ironman World championship and the TNF100 race which was held on the 13th of October, surely I did not participated for Kona but I sure did run for the TNF100.
My blog post held a poll a week before to see if my readers would run if they were injured. So I was waiting for the result to see if I were to run for this race and the results were as below, Thank you all for voting
I was surprise that the “No” result jumped 20% in the last two days, but luckily it did not deter me from running, but if it was the majority, I would just be the official photographer on that day watching my training buddies run their trail run. So here I am at the starting line with the 25k runners
The amount of trail runners sure have increased over the years
Benny New Kicks (he got it only 3 days before) but hey its a Saucony TR Kinvara
We before the run, looking fresh and carrying the required water weight. 1.5l for 25km run. Just so you know I did not train at all or even run for over a month for this 25km so please do not laugh at my finishing timing.
I love the trails as it gives challenges and not just a straight monotonous road, trails enables us to concentrate on what is below our feet, if you switch off for 10 sec you surely gonna trip and fall. My injury was cause I was running at speed and a root was protruding from the ground and my feet his 90degrees and I heard a loud crack and it have not recovered ever since.
the 25k route was a little different from last year but it still had the same elements of torturing us through the hot sun with the open field every year pictured here, I call it the Energy Lab of Macritchie, If you do watch Ironman World Championship, you would know about the infamous Energy Lab where there is no cover from the sun and just plain open road but in this case open field.
(THE ENERGY LAB OF MACRITCHIE)
Well I notice that I was trying to catch up at KM12 if you look at the endomondo map carefully, It was the fastest lap of the day, I told my self if only I could just do a negative split, but it never happened.
Nevertheless we all finished in good time (except for me) but I do not feel disheartened cause it was just 30min slower than last year.
No doubt my 100km races have all been shelved, I will still press on and start my clocking my mileage once my foot is healed. So far its 80% healed. Can’t wait to pound the street again (trails included)
Special shout out to Jayve for winning 3rd Place in her category.of the TNF15k Awesome much … see ya in the trails.
(Pic of J. taken from her FB page)
Till next year again. I have rounded the boys to participate the 50km and I hope they will do it.
If you want to know your results please visit http://www.digitalracesolutions.com.sg/results/northface100_2012/index.html
or just wanting to browse for hot bods and hot babes in trail gears do check out the TNF Facebook page
This post came about cause I saw @runfairyrun recent blog post on her Salomon X-trail run. One of her picture shows her running with headphones on.
There is even a certain rule amongst serious runner saying that music and running doesn’t mix, it is what separates the runners and the joggers, and it’s why some Marathon races ban music devices
I would say that using music in my training helps but come race day, the headphones stays in the car cause I still need it to calm my nerves, not that I am going to be doing a 2:20 Marathon but it helps.
An athlete or exerciser whose goal during warm-up is elevating the heart rate to 120 beats per minute should select accompanying music that has a tempo in the range of 80–130 beats per minute. Successive tracks should create a gradual rise in music tempo to match the intended gradual increase in heart rate. Moreover, segments of music can be tailored to various components of training, so that, for example, work time and recovery time are punctuated by music that is alternately fast and loud or slow and soft
One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. – Bob Marley
I have tracks for slow runs, speedworks, tempo runs, LSD and emotional runs (don’t ask what that means) . I have a whole arsenal of Mp3 players but today I usually run with my Blackberry cause I have this EndoMondo app install where it tracks my position, speed and timing average. I have to say its pretty cool cause its bundle in with a player in that app. Will do another review on that software some time soon.
The Columbus Marathon site came out with this running track list which I think is pretty cool, they did a poll on Twitter and Facebook and the below music list was top favorites for most participants.
• Aerosmith – “Walk This Way”
• Bruce Springsteen – “Born To Run”
• Jay-Z – “Run This Town”
• Dixie Chicks – “Ready To Run”
• Flock of Seagulls – “I Ran”
• Katrina and the Waves – “Walking On Sunshine”
• The Proclaimers – “(I Would Walk) 500 Miles”
• Bruno Mars – “Runaway Baby”
• Van Halen – “Running With The Devil”
• Iron Maiden – “Run To The Hills”
• The Ventures – “Walk, Don’t Run”
• Martha Reeves and the Vandellas – “Nowhere to Run”
• The Bangles – “Walk Like An Egyptian”
Did you know that rocking out to music while you run/walk can increase your endurance by 15 % – Tip #9 of the Columbus Marathon
Wanna wish Good luck to all the participant of the Columbus Marathon happening this 21 October 2012
I wanna know your favourite track that you listen to before you go for your run, that is if you do your training with music.
Mines “Stronger by Kanye West”
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.
Your decision will help me decide if I were to run the TNF50k next week. Please help me make a decision and I know you guys will do so. What would you do if you were in my position? Would you continue training / running whilst having injury?
If you didn’t know what happened, about 4 weeks ago I sprained my foot while training for this event, the injury still has not subsided but the pain is gone. I would still feel the sensation when I wake up in the morning.
Your votes is much appreciated
I ran and ran and ran every day, and I acquired this sense of determination, this sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what else happened. – Wilma Rudolph
It is the New Balance Real Run 2012 and its back again. The HomeTeamNS-New Balance REAL Run 2012 will be held on 21 October 2012, at Changi Exhibition Centre, Aviation Park Road. If you have not participated in this event before, do let me explain why this event is call the REAL RUN.
This is not just a run on the road kinda event, this run has complexity and with a bit of fun, how fun is running on the road on and on for 42k ? well yeah its pretty fun but not as fun if there is a mix of trails and gravel and sand. That’s how this Real Run came about.
21km runners will be running on 2km trail + 1.5km Sand + 17.5km taxiway and road.
10km runners will be running on 2km trail + 1.5km Sand + 6.5km of taxiway and road
Last year winner came in a blazing 1hr 08min and I dont think you can even see him blaze by, check out the video and judge for yourself. “Insane Speed seriously”
So if you think you can beat last years winner, This is the Last call for registrations for the HomeTeamNS New Balance Real Run, the ultimate x-terrain challenge.
Those interested can sign up at the HomeTeamNS Real Run Prelude at Novena Square Atrium from 28 – 30 September 2012.
So what you waiting for ? for more information you can click here NEW BALANCE REAL RUN 2012 Registration
Registration Fees :
Distance 10km 21km
2011 Participants $40 $50
Public Rates $45 $55
This is the route map
A little sneak peak of what the runners are entitle to, looking forward to the bag
Please take note of the flag off timing
21km at 6:30am and 10km at 7am
It’s been a crazy month for me with my training for all my runs especially the upcoming TNF50, If you guys didn’t know I sprained the sole of my foot on my regular weekend training three weeks ago. I feel terrible and I feel depressed to be honest.
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Its the weekend, I know lots of you are doing training, and if you are one like me who trains long and hard for the weekend then think of this…
Seriously I think of a large steak when I am running my 26.2 aka 42k marathon, Don’t that happen just to about everyone ? Ice cold coke, fat juicy burger, pizzas etc..etc.. any fattening food that you just can think of. I have thought of it all when running half way through my races.
This items are usually my motivation when I run my races, everytime I tell myself I am gonna go get myself a big fat steak for my post race, but I never do it, why? cause I am fat enough and I dont think I can afford a fat juicy steak, yes the intensity of my workout maybe be as high as burning 3500cal a day but that does not mean I can just gorge myself silly with fatty food. #Eat Clean and reward yourself with some nice grilled salmon.
Speaking of motivational posters , here is this weeks RW motivational poster which is inline with my post today. I know you think of food as I do while running your races yes? no ? don’t deny.. :P (muffin? soda? McDonald?)
This girl wants pancakes, I wont mind making her some after..
Ok seriously I would make her pancakes..
All you runners out there, we are all not bullet proof, we are all not made of special Adamantiun like Wolverine.. and you bet your arse that we will be injured one day. I have been lucky to date as the only running injury that I had was shin splits cause of my over training, Stupid me.. cramping runs after runs everyday just for an upcoming race.
I know people take supplement when they have problems, but aren’t you suppose to take supplements EVEN before you have injuries? I recommend glucosamine for your joints, well I do take them to prevent injuries (not taking chance)
So far there are (more…)