before KL Marathon :
I’ve Landed in KL 2 hours late due to the
delay of FIREFLYZ service disruption, It was suppose to be a Friday Night which
I am to land and head out with my kaki’s for supper and some chat session on
running strategy, well no thanks to FIreFlyz, It was a bad first impression
they had on me and I thought they were reliable, I always believed in JETSTAR
as 10/10 times I’ve taken their airline, never had a service disruption till
date, anyway landed late and headed back to sleep, Got to wake up early to pick
up the race pack in Stadium Titiwangsa with Anand and my sis
1 Day before
KL Marathon :
Anand and headed down to Midvalley, cause we didn’t want to drive down to
titiwangsa cause we don’t know where that is, We Googled for it and we still
can’t make it out where it is, Shame on us. So we decided to take a more eco
friendly way by taking the Train and Monorail. We did some shopping in MV
before headed down, got a T-shirt and a dress for girl in this shop called
People, pretty good quality I might say but Anand tried one of it and he said
it made him look “gay” with nipple standing out and oozing chest hair, I
thought girls dig that kinda stuff?
in taking the train, It delayed for over 30min but never mind that, we wanted
to take a cab to Stadium TT, but then cab didn’t even want to send us, want to
pay them good money yet they do not want to. WTF.. that is why I always say
WELCUM to Malaysia, the land of BOLEH’s and GREAT lousy EFFICIENCY. We just gave up and
wanted to walk to the stadium and while walking we saw a sign which says
shuttle to Stan Chart. Who on earth would see the sign if its 100meters away
from the LRT station. Sigh another point to GREAT Efficiency of Malaysia. Met a guy on the shuttle bus and he just got off
the plane from Jakarta, Friendly chap, his name was Prince, we all chatted and
exchange numbers, he was doing the half marathon just like my sis, and Anand
was doing the 10k run, We all parted ways after collecting our goodie bags *I’ve
decided not to post any picture of the goodie bag as there was nothing inside
but a T-shirt and Guide book, really sucks to be receiving a goodie bag with no
goodie in it.
Dad decided to drive us to the start point (was really surprised and Thank them
a million for supporting us, To think of it, it was their first time in
supporting me and my sis for all this kind of events), everyone woke up at 3am
and headed out of the house by 3:30am, the race starts at 5am. We headed to the
field to get changed to race gear and before I head off to the start off point.
It was drizzling and I was hoping that it will stop, Guess not, When I’ve
entered the pen it Begin to pour, Yes pour ! it was the first time I have
entered a race which rained. Feet all got soaked and it was a pain to be
running in the rain, I could feel the blister forming on KM 10, I was following
the 4:30 pacer till the 15k mark and I had to slow down, check my watch and
around the 18k mark I lost the 4:30min pacer, the blister was like a nail in my
foot, but I pressed on till the 21k mark, check my timing it was only 2:10min
so still doing good in conserving my energy, by the 30k mark, I had to stop to
ask for a plaster to close up the two blister, *BAD MOVE AGAIN* after I did
that and ran for a few hundred meters I heard felt something POP, no prize for
guessing, I had to adopt the walk and run technique now, cause it is really
painful. I was mentally preparing myself for the last 6km which is Bukit Tunku,
I don’t know why would they want to put a hill terrain on the last 6km of a
Marathon. The hills was unforgiving and I can tell you many people falter and
walked up the hill and so did I, didn’t want to push as It might just cramp my
legs, rather walk then not able to finish the run. Since it was only 6km to go.
After the 34km you could see the finishing line, Seeing the finish line in a
race is always a Energy Booster, I can tell you from experience that even if
you do not have any energy left or cramps all over, you will find the strength
and energy to run in stride like you just started. LOL cause I can say that
many eyes are watching! as I was running to the Finish line I could see my
family all waiting there for me, just like Girl with the cam. I was So happy
and I couldn’t believe they waited for me, I was ecstatic and gave all of them
HIGH 5 even my mom ! LOL ! it was a great day I tell you. Nothing beats seeing
the familiar faces cheering you on after a grueling 42k run. Thanks everyone !
Next race in 2 weeks time but not a full just a half marathon.
you runners, Keep running and have fun. Never give up the ending is just around
the corner !
*will update the picture later
Well.. I got RD email today saying that they have given me 6 more chance to be in the BIG SWEEPSTAKE ! WOOOOPPEEE AGAIN !!
Hey Readers Digest, If you ever select me as your winner, I am sure to tell the world this is not a scam ! lets see how it goes !
I really don’t have my own time anymore, I hate it.. but whats it to say.. all I am blessed with now is my books.. thank you books.
So I was browsing on their website, I found out about this contest which was giving out a novel "Once a Runner" and I instantly msged them asking if the contest was still going on? I got a reply saying that Its already over, but I still retweeted the contest twit anyway because I was just a fan of their website, so win or no win it wont matter, cause we are all just runners.
I thought today was so just a ordinary day but its was different! How was it different? My Blackberry blinked with a notification from
non other than @runAddicts, it really made my weekend a GREAT Weekend !
it stated "Please send us your contact information. We’re
going to ship you a copy of ‘once a runner" totally coool, Did I say thank you already ? well if I have not THANK YOU AGAIN ! anyway more about the "Once a Runner" , here is a short synopsis about it
Once a Runner is a novel by author John L. Parker Jr.
and was first published in 1978 by Cedarwinds. In Once a Runner, Parker illustrates the hard work
and dedication that is required of an elite runner. Since its
publication, the novel has become a cult classic for competitive runners
of all abilities, but there are critics saying that this novel is only for the hard core runners!
Well @runaddicts is giving me the "Once a Runner" for free, or rather I feel an obligation to give them my review as Zappos had given me theirs to. Will finish the book on "Once a Runner" and do my review on it. I would like to thanks @runaddicts again for this opportunity,, b
I think this is a calling from the man above telling me to START Running again, Thanks and Many Thanks !
So today I called up the hotline and Ms. Chandra picked up my call, Kudos to those who had replied me like Mr Siva also, they have served me well over the phone, don’t get me wrong, I do conduct training for "SERVICES" for my company and even have been a couple of awards and certificates for excellent service from my previous companies. So we should always give compliments to those who provide exemplary service.
So here goes the conversation between me and Ms. Chandra
me : Hi, I need to confirm on delivery timing
Ms.C : Sure no worries
me : What are the timing available after working hours
Ms.C : Oh you work office hours and no one is at home? Can I arrange the delivery to 7-8pm
me : Yeah,sure why not, Can I change it to 6pm onwards (smart me thinking that if I set a 6pm I would be able to receive it faster and go out for my run) BIG mistake
Ms. C : Sure how if I change it to 6 – 8pm (I answered in agreement)
Ms. C : ok do wait for the delivery at home
me : thanking her and hung up the phone
After 5 Pm, I quickly rushed home from work and waited in anticipation. So 6pm came and went, 7pm came and went. So I picked up my phone to start looking @Leonnyan previous post on one of his delivery servicing being screwed up.I just wanted to confirm if he was using UPS as well, and guess what IT WAS !! DAMM ! he was cursing like mad as well and now I understand his feelings! so 7:30 came and some of my friends already Twitted me telling me to call UPS and screw them up, but me coming from the service orientated side understands other people work processes and problems. Maybe Delivery was
stuck in the jam *given the benefit of the doubt*
8pm came and nothing from UPS, took up my blackberry and started emailing the previous CSO who contacted me thru email and advise if I got the date wrong? I was still wondering if It was me who got the date wrong and not UPS… so I called their hotline again and Ms. Hamdi answered my call and was quick to call the operations ppl and guess what ? the operaions was not contactable, LOL ! man It got me thinking that UPS delivery system with a broken down communication. thats BAD !
All the time while waiting from 6pm – 8pm, I couldn’t go out for my daily run, or even my dinner, So I am just going to forgo my dinner and just
hope and pray that I don’t get gastric. Do you think I can sue them if I get gastric ?? any lawyers wanna comment? LOL
8:30 came and so did the delivery guy, well I didnt blow my top off at the delivery guy, I was even nice to ask him if he was stuck in a jam.
Well at least he apologized, but all this could have been better if ……..
I dont know if how many of you guys will know how to answer that? but I guess I do… but hey if you are service oriented you would know how to answer that question