星期三, 12月 31, 2008
星期四, 12月 25, 2008
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。
星期二, 12月 23, 2008
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!
星期二, 12月 16, 2008
星期日, 12月 14, 2008
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.
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.
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.
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.
星期六, 12月 13, 2008
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!
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.
Synthetic leather and breathable open mesh for lightweight comfort and breathability. 360 degrees of reflectivity for safety.
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.
Men's size 9 is 12.0oz (340g)
Women's size 7 is 10.0oz (284g)
星期一, 12月 08, 2008
星期一, 12月 01, 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)
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 :)