Anyway this coming KRI run is very meaningful to me, it is my first race in my life that fall in age group of 30's, hahaha...
If every run must have a reason, this one will be:
From the November 2008 issue of Runner's World
Chicken-noodle soup helps hydration
Science: Scientists in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, gave runners two cups of either chicken-noodle soup or water before a 90-minute run in the heat. Compared to those who had water prerun, runners who ate the soup had better hydration and electrolyte levels postworkout. Researchers think the soup's sodium made subjects thirstier, which encouraged them to drink more.Action: Before a hot run, have some soup with about 800 milligrams of sodium per cup to promote drinking midrun.
Tea can reduce muscle soreness
Science: Exercise physiologists from Rutgers University gave participants a black-tea extract or placebo for nine days and put them through a strenuous workout. Compared to the placebo group, participants who received black-tea supplements had significantly lower amounts of muscle soreness and damage. Researchers believe catechins, the antioxidants in black and green tea, were responsible for reducing inflammation.Action: Drink one or two cups of black or green tea a day to increase the amount of catechins in your diet and perhaps stave off muscle soreness.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away
Science: Researchers at the University of South Carolina gave lab animals a supplement of quercetin, a compound found in apples, for several days. They ran the animals on a treadmill until exhaustion and inoculated them with the influenza virus. Animals that received the quercetin supplement were less likely to get sick than those that did not receive the supplement.Action: Make foods high in quercetin (apples, onions, garlic, and broccoli) part of your diet, especially after an intense or long run, when your immune system is fragile.
Caffeine can help you set PRs...
Science: Scientists at two universities in Minnesota gave runners a drink with or without caffeine (equal to two cups of coffee) one hour before a VO2 max test. Participants who had caffeine experienced a four percent increase in VO2 max and a three percent increase in lactate threshold. This performance boost can translate into a 30-second improvement in 10-K time.Action: Have one or two cups of coffee or tea an hour before a hard workout or race for a potential drop in times.
...And helps speed recovery, too
Science: Researchers in Melbourne, Australia, put participants through two bouts of exhaustive exercise to drain glycogen stores. Researchers then gave the athletes a large dose of carbs either with or without caffeine. Within four hours, caffeine boosted glycogen rebuilding by 66 percent compared to carbohydrate alone.Action: After a hard run, refuel with a carb-rich meal along with coffee, tea, or a caffeinated energy drink to boost recovery.
Model: Brooks Trance 8 (Women)
Release: Fall 2008
Size: USA 7 (UK 5 or 24CM)
Color: Slv/Whtprl/Shado/Morange/Pltgr (exactly as the image)
Category: Support (cushioning)
Platform: Universal (neutral)
More info from official site: Brooks Trance 8 1200341B
Date of Purchase: 1st Nov 2008
Blog Post on First Purchase: New Sole Mate
Mileage so far: 12.5km
Usage History: 4.11.08 4km at TPM, 6.11.08 8.5km at Bukit Jalil Park
Reason of selling: Not suit my feet
Selling Price: RM290 (original price RM579)
Contact Person: Ameba 016-6113168 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wind & Fire in action...
Crossing the line
RM200 Genting Holiday Card
Kei Ming, Simon, Wern Tien, Stanley, Suet Fong, Saiful
Believe me or not, this race is a soft killer!
Before the race, it was a nice and comfortable stay at Deluxe room in Awana Genting;
During the race, you won’t feel the tough of the route and course until….
The day after the race, all parts of your body also pain like hell, shoulders, neck, arms, chest, thighs, calves, etc… it would take few days to a week to recover, head also spinning, sigh…
My partner, Wern Tien and I were well prepared for the gears and spirits. We didn’t have any trail running practices except during PIC. We learned lots of strategies from PIC’s trail running and we met couples of teams who took part in PIC too. We were just lack of luck in PIC, but we’re very confident in Trailblazer especially when WT got his new pair of Columbia’s All Terrain shoe :D
I dressed up like a Black Widow and WT like a Quick Silver on the race day. We all very disappointed cause it rained since last nite, mud would stick to us closely then. Race flagged off by category, we’re the 3rd and flagged off at about 8.45am. First few km were running on the tarmac beside golf field, mostly uphill. As expected, the trail was muddy and slippery after raining. Many runners slowed down but we pushed harder instead. Like running in Amazon, ran up the hill, slide down the mud and crossed the streams, then repeat. We didn’t have chance to ran non-stop, some ways were blocked by slow runners due to narrow or slippery path; some path were just too steep. We just made sure we’re continue running, be hydrated, and stick to each other.
While exiting from jungle, it was like escaped from the dark, there is another 1.7km logging trail and 15 obstacle before crossing the finishing line. Well, the obstacles looked easy, but can be exhausting and tiring especially after a hard run. We overcame the obstacles without major problems except the last one. I was stuck at the bank, perhaps my legs are too short and found very difficult to out from the mud lake. Thanks to the hand from the other runner and WT, otherwise I gotto soak in the mud for another couple of minutes.
We crossed the finishing line with hands up and smiling. We did it! We’re 8th! Yeah, satisfied. We walked away with RM200 Genting Holiday Card and utilized portion of the value in Buffet Dinner at Café Terrace.
After the race until today, full body ache and tired… hopefully can recover by this Sunday to gain the racing mode in IOI run.