星期三, 12月 31, 2008

告别2008

2008和2009之间,不过相隔了一个日落,和一个日出。听起来好像没什么大不了,不就和天天一样吗?但如果换成‘2008最后一个日落’和‘2009第一个日出’,就意义非凡了。

我不是个喜欢缅怀过去的人,大多不会记住过去的事,除非触景生情,或翻翻部落格才抅起丝丝回忆。

我比较喜欢珍惜现在或当下,更喜欢展望未来。

如果要回顾2008,最开心的日子,就是手持林义杰的三本著作,《林义杰大冒险》、《跑出生命的宽度》、《勇闯撒哈拉》,还一起爬过Rinjani活火山。

在Lake Garden大伙儿一起跑步的日子当然值得回忆,时常都想起在那儿轻轻松松有说有笑的跑。那时跑步变得很enjoy,减压很有效。

三月,背弃了阿松哥,随之却令我在跑步世界掀开了另个转捩点。正所谓‘塞翁失马,焉知非福’。

还有那次傻佬单骑去波德申和两只傻猫骑单车去勿洞。。。都蛮怀念的。真想带白克到台湾环岛去。。。

还有吗?
哎,记不起来了,大概就这么多吧。。。
都说不缅怀过去,就和全世界一起迎接2009吧!

星期四, 12月 25, 2008

蓝色圣诞


圣诞节快乐!

我一向都没有庆祝圣诞节,也许因为这样,我也习惯了宁静的圣诞。但今年却有着加倍的孤独感,像挑夫的担子,一半是满的,另一半是空的,而且圣诞礼物还得在过期以后才能收到。根本不需要拿牌子就已经被安排到最微不足道的位子。幸好我是个‘独角兽’,容易享受独处,常常都能在独处,尤其宁静的时候找到无穷的乐趣。

2008年的平安夜,我睡得特别早,圣诞节这天,我起了个大早。早晨的长跑,是痛苦却又超棒的。往往,凌晨四点多的闹钟响是最令人讨厌的,十分钟赖床后的起床是痛苦的。但是一旦开跑后,感觉真的棒极了!如果因为贪睡而错过了长跑,我肯定会后悔莫及。今天最热闹的时刻,就是早上六点到九点之间与好几个跑友跑了约二十公里路。

跑者是孤独的。
这句话只对了一半,因为每个人的配速与步调都不一样,除非有人愿意做你的Pacer。像村上春树在《关于跑步,我说的其实是。。。》里形容,因为他喜欢独处,才会特别喜欢跑步。像林义杰所形容的,冠军之路,是孤独的。

爱书人,多数都爱咖啡。我对星巴克与Coffee Bean情有独钟,今天的中午,我就奢侈地在星巴克享受一杯Christmas Blend,悠闲地读着村上春树的《关于跑步,我说的其实是。。。》咖啡和跑步好像已经不能从我身体灵魂分割出来。我属于急性子的人,非常注重速度与效率。像十公里的短跑,要求的是速度,少于十公里的是爆发力,半程马拉松是速度与耐力,全程马拉松是意志力。这一年我所参加的路跑多属于短跑,都比较注重在速度方面,如果我要以超级马拉松为目标,我是得慢下来,因为慢下来能走得更远。比如说风约大,火烧得越狂,灰越快尽。因为我没办法像瀑布般雄伟壮观又持久,所以只好像潺潺流水的细水长流比较容易办得到。

现在满脑子已经被超马塞满,许多思绪都因为超马变得复杂,有时又好像被苏格拉底敲醒,从跑步中领悟到什么人生大道理。整个过程,起码现在在开始训练的时刻已经想得很多,跑步与人生,我得好好整理我的思绪,写在本子里,也许有一天,我能够将它写成一本书。但是到现在我还有两道很关键性的问题还没找到答案:(一)为什么喜欢跑步?(二)人生是什么?

星期二, 12月 23, 2008

I’ve Registered!

The most touching moment finally arrived…
After a long time of consideration and thinking it deeply, I was very nervous and decided to sign my name…

Registration of what? Registration of Marriage… Yah, I hope so but it is not. haha

I mean the adidas Sundown Marathon – Ultramarathon 84km!!! Yeah, that’s right… ULTRAMARATHON = 2 x MARATHONS = 84km, but effort spend is simply > 2 x MARATHONS.

Thanks Wern Tien who gave me 101% supports and courage.

No matter how tough the path will be
I’ll keep the faith and the believes
let the lion roar
let the eagle soar
I’ll do it!

星期四, 12月 18, 2008

星期二, 12月 16, 2008

星期日, 12月 14, 2008

Pronation

I have been wondering what the heck is 'pronation'? The sales person in the running shoe outlets never explain well about this. The services of most outlets are desperately disappointing and they just concern about $ that can earn from you and push the stock out, sigh....

This material explains very well on type of pronations, normal/over/under pronation. It is important to observe your running style in order to choose the best shoe that fits you.

From the August 2004 issue of Runner's World

If you have a normal arch, you're likely a normal pronator, meaning you'll do best in a stability shoe that offers moderate pronation control. Runners with flat feet normally overpronate, so they do well in a motion-control shoe that controls pronation. High-arched runners typically underpronate, so they do best in a neutral-cushioned shoe that encourages a more natural foot motion.


Normal Pronation
The outside part of the heel makes initial contact with the ground. The foot "rolls" inward about fifteen percent, comes in complete contact with the ground, and can support your body weight without any problem. The rolling in of the foot optimally distributes the forces of impact. This movement is called "pronation," and it's critical to proper shock absorption. At the end of the gait cycle, you push off evenly from the front of the foot.

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Overpronation
As with the "normal pronation" sequence, the outside of the heel makes the initial ground contact. However, the foot rolls inward more than the ideal fifteen percent, which is called "overpronation." This means the foot and ankle have problems stabilizing the body, and shock isn't absorbed as efficiently. At the end of the gait cycle, the front of the foot pushes off the ground using mainly the big toe and second toe, which then must do all the work.

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Underpronation
Again, the outside of the heel makes initial contact with the ground. But the inward movement of the foot occurs at less than fifteen percent (i.e., there is less rolling in than for those with normal or flat feet). Consequently, forces of impact are concentrated on a smaller area of the foot (the outside part), and are not distributed as efficiently. In the push-off phase, most of the work is done by the smaller toes on the outside of the foot.

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星期六, 12月 13, 2008

Open Toe Box

I wonder what is meant by 'open toe box'.

When I bought this new pair of running shoe and did some research on this series, surprise that the description has this term, open toe box.

With a very cheap price, RM150, I brought home Asics GEL Cumulus VIII from StudioR's clearance. The latest model for this series is 10 in 2008. You should know that I've just bought a brand new high end Brooks Trance 8 with RM347 last month. I wore it not more than 5x or less than 60k, totally disappointed with this pair of shoes, i got blister even it is just a 5.5k casual run. This is really frustrating and sad, paying so much but didn't get the benefits from it, somemore I cannot return and get refund as US do!

Okay, this is enough, I should have to blame myself for not buying the shoe in US but Malaysia instead. The pair of shoe is wasted, the money is wasted. This money taught me to be self-dependent and smart consumer in choosing a pair of running shoe, and now I learnt, unfortunately the cost is a bit too high!

I have owned total of 7 pairs of running shoes since 2005, brands included NB, Adidas, Brooks and Asics. I realized that to buy a good pair of shoe, it should not depend on brand, as long as it fits your feet and needs, it is a good pair of shoe. Sound familiar? 'No matter it is a black cat or white cat, as long as it can catch rat, it is a good cat'... hehe

Honestly, the price you paid always corelated to the lifespan and quality of the shoe. So far, NB901, Adidas Boston, Adidas Oberon and now Asics GEL Cumulus worked very good for me especially Adidas Boston. I was a little suprise when I tried out a few pair of running shoe including the best shoe of Adidas, Adistar CTL, it just creates trouble to my forefoot just as Trance 8. At the same time when I tried on Boston, the problem was invesible! I kept thinking this and trying to find the answer... finally, this word enlighten me, 'open toe box', which mean 'wide' at the forefoot.

I compared my existing Boston and Trance side by side, Boston is not as wide as Trance, but why I've problem with Trance? The key point is at the design at the forefoot. The more design like stripes especially at the bunions side, the more painful I'll get. Even there is a line that link from the first eyelat to the toe, it'd cause pain to my forefoot in long distance... So, the clearer the toe box is, the better it fits my foot because my bunions need an extendable toe box.

I'm like being enlighten now, feeling like flying to the sky, cos I found my true sole mate and I know how to choose the best sole mate :D

Trance 8, I'll give you another chance before considering abandon you forever, I'll try this method, to let go the first pair of eyelat (shoe lace) that exactly on top of my bunion, will see how far I can go with this method.

Asics GEL Cumulus VIII, I love it!


Profile
The Asics GEL Cumulus® VIII is cushioned shoe designed for runners who underpronate or have a neutral footstrike and desire shock attenuation, flexibility and an open toe box.

Upper
Synthetic leather and breathable open mesh for lightweight comfort and breathability. 360 degrees of reflectivity for safety.

Sole
Fore and Rearfoot GEL® Cushioning System provides maximum fore and rearfoot shock attenuation in all planes of motion. The Trusstic System® provides a lightweight link between the rearfoot and forefoot and supports the midfoot. The SpEVA® Cushioning Component provides lightweight cushioning and durability. While SpEVA® 45 last provides enhanced forefoot cushioning for long lasting comfort.

Weight
Men's size 9 is 12.0oz (340g)
Women's size 7 is 10.0oz (284g)


星期一, 12月 08, 2008

休养中

病了在家休息,无聊得发荒,为了避免脑袋长蘑菇,就上网看看林义杰的网站啦、日志啦、短片啦之类的东西。它们和他都是我的激励来源。人生有起落,更何况运动员。这里的‘运动员’我是指我自己,虽然不是专业的,但都业余得很专一(咯咯咯。。。)

休息和养好身体是目前免不了的事,也是训练的一部分。训练耐心,训练心智,没有一个人不受伤,没有一个人不生病,最重要的是,要妥善处理,急不了的焦虑也没帮助。对于一个热爱跑步的人来说,身体连跑都不能的时候是极度沮丧地,但我必须尊重我的身体,他累了、痛了,就歇一歇,趁空荡来填饱心灵吧!看书,哲学的也好、户外杂志也好、跑步杂志也好,就别让负面情绪掀起。

我喜欢这个短片,简单的几句话,却说出了内心深处的感受。。。

超过42公里的路跑叫做超级马拉松
这样的长跑
不是用脚在跑
而是用你的心在冲刺
人生最难跑的道路
往往不在地球表面
而是在每个人的心里
这条路叫做心路
在这条道路上
没有捷径
只有认真的跑
才能跑出属于自己的道路

你没有什么好想的
你只知道说你要跑
你要冠军
很寂静也很寂寞
最后进去终点的那一刹那
我很高兴
因为我真的是
完成了我自己
不可能做到的事情

星期一, 12月 01, 2008

KRI 12.8km


What: 20th KRI 12.8km Road Race 2008
Where: Bandar Seri Botani, Ipoh
When: 30.11.2008, 7am
Category: Women 30-39 (R)
Result: 8th - 1:09'19 (average pace 5'25/km)
Photo: http://miowchin.multiply.com/photos/album/155




6/10 stars for the route (damn runners took short cut, shame on them)
7/10 start for my performance (stitch at 7km, feel no speed)
8/10 stars for the event
9/10 stars for the medal/throphy
10/10 stars for the food at Ipoh


This race ends my road races in 2008. Next up coming race is PM Network Run, 01.01.2009. I need to 'close gate' (闭关) for a month to strengthen my core muscle and train more on speed. Bye Bye Road Races 2008. Looking forward a brand new ameba in 2009 :)