This is a video snippet of my recent trip to Cambodia where I covered the capital Phnom Penh and the historical site of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap.
No one challenges or points a gun at me to do this. With turning twenty-nine just weeks away, I am challenging myself this time around, to test my physical strength and endurance. Somehow I feel super pumped up for this running cum obstacle challenge, I guess it must be the left over adrenaline rush after the half-marathon.
From the little information I managed to gather, the terrain at Putrajaya is a combination of ascending and descending on tarmac road/ off road/ trail. I have not device any tactic yet, but I am sure I won’t be running at full force as it’s going to be very taxing as there are obstacles ahead to overcome.
The 9 obstacles involved would be:
1) Sand bag challenge 20kg (approx 60m)
2) Monkey bar <– I’m scared of this one
3) Limbo challenge
4) Ant hills challenge (7)
5) Gradient challenge
6) Trail run
7) Speed shift
8) The wall 10 ft <– I have acrophobia
9) The last hurdle x 3
Reebok ONE Challenge 18.95k 2013 comprises of running and at the same time completing 9 challenges along the running route. Each participant must complete all the challenges. Any participant that couldn’t complete any challenge must proceed to the back of the queue and start again. Each participant is allowed 3 attempts to clear the challenge. If the participant fails to clear the challenge in all the 3 attempts then the participants need to do the penalty of 20 burpees to continue with the challenge under the guidance of the drill sergeant. Any participant who is not able to clear a challenge in 3 attempts and the penalty, must remove the number bib and hand it over to the drill sergeant. The decision of the drill sergeant is final.
When and Where?
Date : Sunday 22nd September 2013
Venue : Dataran Putrajaya, Presint 3, Putrajaya.
More details at Hooha Asia
“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s a day you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it.”
― Margaret Thatcher
Ahah! It sure came as a surprise for me to complete a 21km run without any proper training prior to the run. Ok, I lied, the longest run I did was a few 3-4 km short runs for just mere two weeks before race day, nothing more than that. Well, that’s almost equivalent to no training at all right?
Mind plays the trick. All these while I have mistaken the date for October, ever since I registered for the run sometime in March or April. I thought I could start running after the haze has subsided and I’m done enjoying lemang and rendang during the Raya season. I was wrong. I was like what the heck when the organiser send reminders to the participants to collect their run kit.
The thought of not taking part in the run grew, I was contemplating to just collect the run kit (since I’ve paid for it) and tuck myself in my warm cosy king size bed. Words of encouragement flew in, that made a whole lot of difference.
I woke up early this morning, told myself that I’m not after anything. I set a target for myself though, that is to complete the run in 3 hours time, the requirement to qualify for the finishing medal. To complete the run within three hours I’d need to run at a constant pace of 8’34″. I came to terms with myself that this isn’t that bad considering that I completed my first 21km at a pace of 7’50″. My usual timing for short runs is between 5’30″ to 6’30″.
So I set out with that goal and motivation. As the gun was fired and fireworks lit up the dark skies, I kept pounding the pavement slowly and steadily, ignoring those who sped at the starting line. The first 5km was rather easy. The second 5km, I started to think of the my loved ones especially my parents and their hardship in raising me up. The 3rd 5km, I started praying the Our Father, Hail Mary and Gloria to keep my mind occupied. The final 5km was torturing, I was running and walking interchangeably. My legs are getting heavier and heavier with every stride. The final 1km was almost gruesome, my legs almost gave in, but I continued running knowing that I’ve come this far and there’s no reason to stop.
2 hours and 30 minutes later, I found myself at the finishing line, cameramen snapping victory moments of the runners who cross the finish line. Unexpectedly, I did better than my first Standard Chartered half marathon last year, 15 minutes faster.
It was worth it I must say. Received a finisher medal and a tee, oh and the sore legs and nipples too!
This is Azril who completed his first 21km. Kudos!
This is Ah Leng, tackling his 10km.
My personal testimonial for this run? Even though you don’t think you are ready to accomplish one task, take a leap of faith and just do it, pray and think of your loved ones while you are doing it, for they are the source you draw energy from.
Official timing – 02:28:08
Rank – 398/759 (Overall Men Open)
Fresh, salty air with a sense of adventure. Iconic landscapes loom where nature’s drama unfolds at every turn. This is The Great Ocean Road! Continuing from my previous post where we stopped at Geelong for a brief rest, this is a showcase of the best coastal view I’ve seen so far.
Off to Great Ocean Road!
Our first stop was at Torquay, dubbed the entry point to the great ocean road. It’s one of the many small towns along the coastal region, famous for its surfing beaches and war memorial during the ANZAC days services.
The westward view of Torquay and the coast from Point Danger and activities on the beach on a late summer morning.
Somewhere along the rugged coast perched a lighthouse on the cliffs 70 metres above sea level. The Split Point Lighthouse was constructed in 1891 and is situated in the small town of Aireys Inlet.
Not far from the lighthouse is a small house where folks enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with fine bread in the open.
We spotted a seal happily rolling on the rock, enjoying the summer sun. Or perhaps it was trapped there?
It was really a fine day for outing. The blue sky, rolling waves hitting the shore and the terrain is a picturesque I don’t get to see in my home country.
Three months have passed since my trip to the Pearl of the Orient (Penang). I’m going to write about my little time spent at Pantai Kerachut. Penang National Park, is lesser known compared to the other national parks in Malaysia, such as the Taman Negara which span across three states (Pahang – Kelantan – Terengganu). Covering an area of 1213 ha of land and sea, it is of importance for researchers and nature lovers.
I went there with a group of colleagues. We arrived on the Penang Island in the afternoon upon which we got clearance from the national park administrative before taking a boat cruise to our destination – Pantai Kerachut. The boat fare is RM80. Another option is to take the trail hike, it was just that I wasn’t feeling very adventurous on that day.
The boat ride took about 15-20 minutes. I was mesmerised by the rock formation along the shore of the island. Nature work wonders, just like an artist, ‘carving’ the rocks into the shape of rabbit, turtle and crocodile head. The national park is also famous for its green turtle and Olive Ridley turtle conservation by the Fisheries Department.
Pristine, undisturbed and tranquility is what best to describe Pantai Kerachut. Far away from the hustle and bustle of Georgetown.