Thursday, August 30, 2012

Run Write

I'm in a dilemma
I'm supposed to run on alternate days, and I ran yesterday but tomorrow my oncall starts and running during that period can be so unpredictable.
Once you get that groove going, and your feet starts to pound rhythmically, then conveniently the hospital calls.

So I thought of running this evening. Then I gawked at my emails too long and got caught on watching twin babies dancing on youtube trends, last-last sedor-sedor it was time to cook dinner.
And then the tummy started to ache from  what I suspect too much watermelon and kuih from an office party.

So I'll take a gamble on it tomorrow. If they happen to call while I'm working out, I'll stop, go do what I have to do at the hospital, come back home and try to continue.
In the mean time, come, doa-doakanlah everyone is fine and safe at home during these 3 days holiday.
Or at the very least, try to be okay from 6-9 am tomorrow ( for my run) because I'll be doing my ward rounds at 9:30 am.
Yes, I'm still a dentist. And yes, the scope of my job is confusing.

A colleague of mine ( who I found out reads my blog and I'm pretty embarrassed about it) commented that I write too much on running.
I guess someone's missing a point.

Anyway, I would just like to state that I like to write. And I'd like to write about things that revolve around me
But most of those things, I can't write too much of.
For instance, I love my family. But you're not supposed to expose too much about your family on the Internet. Especially things related to your kids.
I'd like to bitch about my job. Oh I love my job but sometimes, once in a while somebody or something gets on my nerves and I'd like to bitch about it.
But I can't too much because it''ll seem so unprofessional.
I'd like to write about food. But I seldom remember to snap pictures of my food before inhaling them just as soon as they arrive on the table. Plus , there are too many food-blogger wannabes on the internet anyway. (KOG still rocks)

So, I'll just stick to writing on what I'm comfortable with.
Sometimes, I'll throw in that random book review and gambar-gambar makanan yang menarik.
Sometimes, I will tell you anecdotes of my husband and kids, and the weird and wonderful things my parents and siblings do.
Rarely ( hopefully), when all else fails, I will bitch about my job.

Till then, you're just stuck with running, baby.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Lost Mojo

I need to find my mojo.
I've lost it unfortunately in these last 3 weeks.
Betul cakap.
My Ramadhan running plans went down the drain.
First week went well, 2nd week I faced extreme fatigue and cut down on my mileage, 3rd week my runs deteriorated to 3 times a week, and 4th week?
Only once dengan alasan cuti awal nak balik beraya.

A week after raya and I'm still starting slow.  Yesterday's 3 miles run pun macam bercinta.
And to think my next race is 2-3 weeks away.
If this goes on, I'll just run at my easy pace taim Taiping Run nanti.
Huh, macam lama la pulak nak habis.

And I wonder where the 10K route will take me.
(Yes, all that drama for a 10K race) .
Taiping has changed a bit this month. Some roads are closed down and new detours are forming due to some recent construction. My 3 minute journey to the mall has extended to more than 10 minutes, 15 to 20 if you count getting lost.
Last year's 21K route was ok but they could improve more on road marshals and water stations. Tapi last year, only a handful of us were in the race. The girls pun tak sampai 20 orang in the half marathon category  and the women category in the full marathon had to be canceled because only 1 girl signed up for it.
This year I expect more runners participating due to the absence of Bidor Half Marathon and Taiping Heritage Run.
Katanya almost all major hotels here are fully booked on the 15-16th of September.
So I really hope the organizers improve on what needs to be improved.
If you're taking part in the FM or HM, try to bring your own water, you know, just in case.

But that is, like I said 2-3 weeks away. And like I said before, in the mean time :
Mari mencari semangat yang hilang ( suara sengau Mael XPDC in the background)

Mungkin perut berat sangat kot?
Mungkin cuti lama sangat kot?
Mungkin I've been refraining myself from the Internet for too long kot?
(Kurang motivasi dari dailymile orang lain kot?) mojoooooo.
Hang pi mana?

Monday, August 6, 2012

Nothing In Particular

Last week was a total whirlwind of emotions.  A close friend of mine of 7 years had some setback in life and trough Allah's grace got that transfer letter back to her home town to be with her family. She has been waiting for that transfer for 2 years and it so happen, it came when she was really in a bad state
She's a confidant, a mentor and I couldn't have asked for more.
It makes me sad when I hugged her goodbye, because deep in my heart somehow I felt we wouldn't see each other much anymore because she'll live so far away and the chances of her coming back here is close to nil.
I thanked her, wished her well and prayed that she'll lead a happier life ahead.

That aside, how's your Ramadhan so far?
I remember 2 years back in Ramadhan, when I was actively training for my marathon that I weighed my lowest of 46Kgs!
I must have looked so anorexic then. Mana taknya, bersahur pun dengan cereals resembling bird feed. I seldom ate rice for berbuka and was obsessed with the scale.

2 years on, I guess I'm more balanced now, with a healthier BMI and a higher energy level. I'm just hoping I can keep my exercise regime this month and don't let what life throws ( or blesses) me be a set back.

On another nore, did you guys catch the 10000 meter men finals? I loved the race and I loved that Mo Farah hugged his training partner and silver medalist Galen Rupp at the end. And Galen Rupp looked  as happy as he was for his win. That's true camaraderie. You can't get it any better than that.

But the race can't beat this video of Chris Solinsky who broke the American record in 10,000 meters in 2010 in his debut 10,000 m race. In this race, all eyes were on Galen Rupp and nobody expected anything from him. Solinsky was the true underdog.
So sayang that Solinsky couldn't get himself to the Olympics due to injury. He's some major talent.

This is so inspirational.( and you gotta love the enthusiastic commentator)

 And no, I'm not turning into some track geek. It's the Olympic season so give me a break :)