Listen up athletic enthusiasts! 😃
Ten years ago (next month) I ran my first marathon in Chicago. I invited my friend Ryan out to celebrate after. The next year I ran Chicago again. I invited my friend Ryan out to watch. The following year when I returned to Chicago, Ryan was at the starting line with me. Fast forward through a few more years and races around the globe to today, we have each built a lot of memories on the pavement, racked up accomplishments, and stacked up medals. But what does one do with a decade’s worth of race medals? How do you keep the experiences alive?
Turn your hardware into coasters! So excited and proud of my friend Ryan for launching his new venture Kudos. Kudos is the coaster that safely and securely turns medals into an every day function as coasters. Rather than sitting in a drawer (like mine) or hanging on a display rack (fading into the backdrop of a room) your hard earned race rewards can be visible and utilized on a daily basis. They can serve as a reminder of your bad ass self, motivation for the next training routine, a self-promoting conversation starter (points for honesty here), mementos of friendships, and so on. And most importantly, they can serve your drinks!
Pre-orders available now. Be the first to own Kudos and receive 20% off. Orders ship in October. Just in time to celebrate the Chicago (and many others) marathon!
See @akudos2u for link to purchase. And of course, follow! 👏🏻
Kisah running vest dan medal. It all happened sometime in 1995, I can’t remember the exact month. After being crowned the long distance king of Kuala Kangsar (KK), 😜 I was selected to represent KK in Perak Athletics School Meet at the Perak Stadium Ipoh. For unknown reasons, I didn’t travel with the teacher in-charge, but I still vividly remember taking the red bus from KK bus station to Medan Kidd, and took a taxi to Perak Stadium for 2 consecutive days. Because it was examination season, I brought along few revision books for me to read in between events (memang baca wei). Even in athletics event, I was seeing myself more as a footballer, not as a runner, so being a typical footballer, I ran with Diadora football shorts while the other runners donned the usual skimpy running shorts. Apparently, I was the only Malay in the 5000m and 3000m steeplechase finals (what do you expect?). There were only few thing that I remembered from both events, firstly I didn’t remove the spikes from the shoes during the 3000m steeplechase (luckily I didn’t slipped) and my strong finishing lap was the determining factor that led to my 2 bronze medals. My timing as I remember it - 17:28 in 5000m and 10 minute something in the 3000m steeplechase. The silver came from the 4x400m event (our quartet was pretty strong with a Perak runner). I continued my running career at university level with some great moments - broke the 10000 meter PPP/ITM record in 1997 by 5 minutes (I clocked 39 minutes plus), and dominated UKM long distance scene from 1998-2000. When MASUM decided to organise athletics in Sukan MASUM (athletics and football were held concurrently), I decided not to represent UKM in athletics and chose football instead (of course). Sadly, I ended my love affair with track running after graduation but this running vest and these 3 medals will always have a special place in my heart. #trackrunning#mckk#runningmemories#kualakangsar#olahraga
What a day! 1:14:15 for 5th overall at the @nafhalf with some humid conditions all around. But results are just numbers, what changed from June when I ran 35:25 for 10k to today where I basically ran faster than that x 2? Well coach @addiedoesstuff has gotten me to employ the #SWAPTeam secrets, smile and not obsess over what the clock says when you cross an arbitrary line. Have fun, enjoy this stuff it’s all just memories. And that’s what I did today! I smiled the entire race, big smiles! I thanked every volunteer and cheered every runner! With humid conditions I even for once in my life went out slower(negative split what’s that?). I was around 11th place at 5k and then I just started getting in a comfortable pace and rolling. The crowds were great, @districtrunningcollective was on fire and got me real pumped up twice! I crossed the line knowing I ran a smart race and I couldn’t be happier. I also got to see so many DC friends, my boy @itwillallbok was out there doing work and I got to race a bunch of tough @grc_running guys! And best of all @kellster07 and Chloe were there to watch! I couldn’t have asked for a better day, thanks to all the volunteers and people who made this race happen. As for me it was a great start to my Fall season! Next up @armytenmiler !
#tbt to last weekend’s 100km. My longest distance and lots I have learnt. My top 5 below 🏃♂️ 🏃♂️ 🏃♂️🏃♂️🏃♂️. 1. Focus on the next rest stop not the end goal. Seems simple but this is the first run where I executed this properly. 100km is scary and intimidating, running 15km and getting to a rest stop isn’t.
2. Forget the watch. First marathon I haven’t worn a watch and it helped. Let’s face it when you are running for nearly 13hrs you don’t need to be reminded ever 15mins of the time or pace.
3. Refuelling is everything. Stomach issues remain the hardest challenge, I learnt pot noodles were an awesome 400 calorie hit vs trying to consumer another 4 energy gels.
4. Pro Plus - god bless it!
5. Don’t drop your work phone in the chemical toilet 😂. Thanks for all the support, I’ve raised over $2.3k in fundraising! Next stop #nycmarathon. #thamespathchallenge#runningdiary#instarunners#runninglessons#ultramarathon#runningmemories
TBT. Since I am taking a few days off from running, I thought I would share a running related story. It was almost 6 years ago that I had the opportunity to meet running legend Joan Benoit Samuelson and spend some time talking with her about running. At the time, I was training for my first marathon- the Bermuda Marathon which was only two months away. In talking with her, she told me that the first marathon she ever ran was also the Bermuda Marathon in 1979. #runner#running#runningmarathons#runningmemories#joanbenoitsamuelson
It’s new shoes Monday and welcoming the solar 25’s to my @asicsaustralia kayano collection 💗 I love all these shoes and can’t bear to throw them away as they have all shared special moments in my running journey with me.
To my left and going clockwise we have:
👟 Kayano 19 - I ran my first marathon in these at @melbmara in 2013 💙
👟 Kayano 20 - my first bright colour and my favourite colour pink 💗 I surprised myself with 1:56 for the 23km at @greatoceanroadrunfest in 2013 in these
👟 Kayano 20 in purple 💜half mara pb of 1:45 at @melbmara in 2014
👟 Kayano 21 lite show 💗💛 and my long term favourites! Lots of memories and lots of km’s. I ran over 1,500km in these before finally retiring them. Including my mara PB of 4:02 and smashing out a 1:48 hm at @officialbsrf just 12 days later in 2015
👟 Kayano 21 blue and pink 💙💗 and another HM at @melbmara in 2015
👟 Kayano 22 in pink 💗 and an O’Keefe HM podium finish in 2016 🥈
👟 Kayano 23 NYC Marathon Edition. Not my favourite model but happy to say they have made some me changes since then.
👟 Kayano 24 in mint and grey. No events in these but lots of training with @theathletesfootballarat Run Club and my @evolution.runners family in these.
👟 Kayano 25 in black! 🖤 Loving them and currently training in them for @melbmara HM pacing duties next month.
👟 Kayano 25 solar 💗💜🖤 These are so pretty! Had my second run in these today and hoping to be racing in them soon.
What do you do with your old running shoes?
Last week, I got to meet @jeffgallowayolympian who was on tour in Florida giving talks about his Run Walk Run training program that has helped thousands of people to start or continue to stay active and run injury-free no matter their age. In Gainesville, he also helped found the @floridatrackclub many years ago so it was so cool hearing his story and it has made my participation in this historic club more meaningful 🍊.
One interesting thing I learned is that defizzed coke 🥤 was once used as running fuel 😄.
Hope your weekend is going well!
In honor of the 10 year anniversary of running my first half marathon, I’m wearing my shirt from the Disneyland Half Marathon 4 years ago. I didn’t save my shirt from 10 years ago. Back then #rundisney race shirts weren’t really that great. I kind of think it was probably even cotton. Needless to say, it’s long been discarded in one of my many closet purges. Maybe I should have kept it for sentimental value? Nah - I’m not much for that kind of stuff!
This t-shirt is like a weird lime green - it’s not really a good color for me. Honestly, I’m not sure if it’s a good color for anyone. And while I have been wearing it all day, the diva in me is not comfortable immortalizing a pic of me wearing it here on IG ;) Hey - I own my flaws!
I do miss the races @disneyland & I sure hope they return soon! I would love to be running there this weekend to celebrate 10 years of running. Perhaps to celebrate 20 years!