星期二, 12月 07, 2010

度假

像度假般
回来怀念的地方
看一看收藏过的记忆
曾经的喜怒哀乐、风花雪月
如今像微风飘过
传来阵阵花香

微微一笑
又把记忆置之
挥一挥手
就走了

星期六, 9月 04, 2010

隐形的翅膀

无意从电台中听到了这首歌,叫〈隐形的翅膀〉。这是一首好动听、且好感动的歌曲。久久以后再重听,心情会忽然沉住了,回想到当时最初被感动的时刻。


隐形的翅膀-张韶涵

每一次都在徘徊孤单中坚强
每一次就算很受伤也不闪泪光
我知道我一直有双隐形的翅膀
带我飞,飞过绝望
不去想他们拥有美丽的太阳
我看见每天的夕阳也会有变化
我知道我一直有双隐形的翅膀
带我飞,给我希望
我终于看到所有梦想都开花
追逐的年轻歌声多嘹亮
我终于翱翔用心凝望不害怕
哪里会有风就飞多远吧
不去想他们拥有美丽的太阳
我看见每天的夕阳也会有变化
我知道我一直有双隐形的翅膀
带我飞给我希望
我终于看到所有梦想都开花
追逐的年轻歌声多嘹亮
我终于翱翔用心凝望不害怕
哪里会有风就飞多远吧
隐形的翅膀让梦恒久比天长
留一个愿望让自己想象

星期二, 6月 29, 2010

Go Further, Be Stronger

With only total of 330km training mileage in past 3 months, I managed to finish strong in Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2010 with Personal Best 4:31:xx. Thank God for giving me strength and being with me.

I was feeling good during the whole 42km, some tiredness and pain were bearable. I just love pacing myself.

HAVE FAITH… When I go further, I’ll get stronger. I was like hearing the song ‘The Waving Flag’ all the time. Whenever my pace drops, I just kept telling myself, ‘just maintain if cannot go faster, but not drop. I’m going to finish strong.’

I could not feel much different for being a charity runner. I was still hoping for my PB and concern about my performance but not how could I change the life of the people in MAB? May be I’m expecting more, something truly useful to the needy. I feel bad that I used so many sponges, which all have been throwing into bins; so many paper cups were disposed without recycling… and a runner just lost his life in the run due to sudden death.

However, my passion for running is increasing over time; and the love towards running is more than numbers can describe.

星期二, 5月 25, 2010

如果跑步不是一种运动,也不是比赛。。。

那可能是一种艺术
或哲学
或纯粹是生活

那么,
跑者就不在乎速度
也不在乎谁比谁快
也不在乎奖金有多丰厚

就只是不停地跑
无意识地跑
见路就跑
绕着地球跑
累了、痛了就停
身体恢复能量再继续跑
就这样的跑着跑着。。。

直到身体与精神说:
够了,就是这里

就在这里
换个方式
重新开始跑

星期六, 5月 01, 2010

Supporting Malaysian Association for the Blind

I thought the payment method from SCKLM website has some issues since my payment was delayed for 2 days. After losing track for a week and so, I'm suprise that the donation has reached RM430 as at 30/4/2010. Thank you for those who donated, it is very much appreciated.

I was having my regular weekend run starting at Bukit Aman this morning. The sunrise was rather beautiful, the sky was painted orange-red. The mountain is standing still at the far east. If I were in the mountain, perhaps I cannot see the beautiful sky, but I can hear the beautiful birds' singing.

I'm so thankful that I have no physical impairment, and I can easily support my live with basic needs, or even more than the basic needs. But for a blind person, it may not only affected him/herself, but may also affected the whole family.

Imagine if the father who is the source of income to the family become blind, the result of it may be, the kids have to stop schooling and go to work to support the family. The life of the family become difficult. We wouldn't want to see a kid lose the education opportunity. I'm not sure how many cases like this have in our country, but I'm sure, there are many cases in poor countries like Africa, Cambodia, etc.

RM30 is not too much for us, it may be only 0.01% of your monthly income, or may be is your hourly rate. But for a blind in Malaysia to earn this RM30, it may be take him/her 1 or 2 days effort in selling pocket tissues.

Do not think it may be too less, because your 'less' may be 'huge' for somebody else.

Play a part in creating a loving community. Visit Malaysian Association for the Blind or SCKLM donating runner for supporting them.

星期二, 4月 20, 2010

Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2010

When I was in Australia, the day before my departure for homeland was Australia Day. That day was a beautiful sunny day, there was a fireworks show awaiting us in the evening at the riverside at Perth.

I was so excited to be in the crowd and enjoyed the fireworks. We used to say how beautiful the fireworks are, but when I close my eyes, I could not see the beauty, but yet I felt terrifying because the sound was like the fire in the war.

I thought of the people who are visually impaired. For they, they would never see the beauty of the fireworks, they could only hear the terrifying sound. Pray for the people who are blind, may they not hear the terrifying sound but see the lights, and the color. The beauty of the world is much more than the fireworks. Thankful that you and I can see.

I was once hope to run with a blind. Then, I think can run for them.

This has become my motivation to be a donating runner for Malaysian Association for the Blind.

But somehow, I found the payment system has something wrong, so, I'd urge you to donate directly to Malaysian Association for the Blind through their website instead of going through the SCKLM website.

God Bless.

星期四, 4月 01, 2010

Word4u2day

When you say, 'I can't solve this!'
God tells you, 'I will direct your path.' (Proverbs 3:6)

When you say, 'It's impossible!',
God tells you, 'Everything is possible.' (Luke 18:27)

When you say, 'I feel all alone!',
God tells you, 'Never will I leave you.' (Hebrews 13:5)

When you say, 'I can't do it!',
God tells you, 'I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.' (Philippians 4:13)

When you say, 'I don't deserve forgiveness!',
God tells you, 'I have forgiven you.' (1 John 1:9, Romans 8:1)

When you say, 'I'm afraid!',
God tells you, 'Do not fear for I am with you, I will strengthen you and help you.' (Isaiah 41:10)

When you say, 'No-one really loves me!',
God tells you 'I love you.' (John 3:16)

When you say, 'I don't know how to go on!',
God tells you 'I will show you.' (Psalm 32:8)

星期二, 3月 23, 2010

KL Tower Towerthon

This is a truly amazing and challenging event, although total time took you to the top is only less than half an hour, but it is the hardest event I had ever taken part, KL Tower International Forest Towerthon 2010.

The 800m uphill running at the beginning is good enough to drain your energy. For the first step I stepped on the staircase, I already exhausted, breathing huff and puff like going to collapse. Further on, there were countless staircase and uncountable levels. I could not figure out how many levels I had passed and how many levels to go. I could only focus on my legs climbing one step at a time and concenrate on my breathing to increase my inhale and exhale. Until at certain points, I felt that strenght was with me (Thank God!) but my breath was going to stop.

One thing is, I could not feel the finishing excitement because I could not see it. Somehow I fall in love with this challenge although I am not advantage at all in this kind of dashing event. I'm sure I cannot compete with others, but I'm sure I can outdo myself next time.

I did it in 22:44 rank around 15th or 16th in Women Open. Not too bad though but it was really a bad choking experience!

星期一, 3月 15, 2010

Back to Kindergarten

Some say, 重出江湖 (the return).
But I say, back to kindergarten learn ABC 123.

It has been exhausting running KLCC 3 loops and Lake Garden 4 loops. All my body parts could not coordinate well to run at pace 5'40/km, breathing was totally out. Stamina has gone with the wind. So now I can just back to basic, keep practicing and rebuild the base.

Counting 1, 2, 3; Learning A, B, C...

星期日, 2月 07, 2010

Long Lost Run

It was a good run at Putrajaya Night Marathon, 6th Feb 2010. My category half marathon started at 8.30pm. As expected, it was a humid night without breeze. Wern Tien and I completed the run together with 2 hours 18 minutes, abit out of our target but that didn't not matter because our aim was to complete with injury free. My sister did her first half marathon with 2 hours 34 minutes.

I started the run with 8min/km pace because I encountered a little stitch at my lower abs. Poor Wern Tien have to keep this slow pace with me for first few kilometers. I could only started to feel my body fully warmed up and in action at 6km. Slowly picked up my pace and there was where hilly course started. I love hill running, but I don't know since when I could do so good at hill. We took 1 hour 05 minutes to reach 10km, I could feel my pace was picking up consistently and I was hoping not too much or else I would running out of gas very soon.

My legs were doing fine, but my stamina wasn't catching up so smooth. It was obviously dropped of performace at 15km. Praise God, it wasn't the sign of hitting the wall, but just a bit tiring. So I tried to breath deeply and changed some styles to ease the body condition and knee strees. 6km, 5km, 4km to go... I started counting down and hoped to finish as soon as possible, but yet I must maintain a sustainable pace in order to finish strong.

When we came to 4km to go, which about reaching the PM building, I was about to cry out because it was so suffer to keep the pace yet I didn't want to be left behind. My full concentration was at my body condition instead of anyone else in front or behind us. I was so glad that there was a refreshment station at last 2km, I stretched my hand and hoped for a volunteer to hand me a cup of water, and he did a very good job. Here the second wind has come. I started to increase my pace untill finish.

The whole journey is about to counter a kilometer by kilometer. So close to defeating enemy one after another. While you think you've defeated many of them, yet there are more to come and your energy keep losing. So what actually make you stay motivated and strong? Everyone has his/her own stratergy, most important is, Never Give Up!

Thanks Wern Tien to sacrifice his personal best and marked his 'personal worst'. Congratulations to those who completed their first half! After all, it is just a run, but the run has taught you some lessons and perhaps brought you some funs. And it was so good to see my running friends on the course!

星期三, 2月 03, 2010

Running is My Passion

I was trying to recall how many running workouts did I do in the past few months at down under? I think... not more than 10 in New Zealand, and not more than 10 in Australia. So you and me laughing out loud because I said 'Running is My Passion'.

But I need to tell you again, and again, I Love Running, no matter what! Because, it took lots of courage to take up running again after fitness level dropped to zero. Still remember those days where you couldn't really run for 2km? And you started huffing and puffing after 10 minutes run? I had to face these situation again when I had not been running for weeks or months. We all know that this is disappointing and it needs lots of courage to overcome this obstacle.

I was glad that my running journey has been up and down, so I learned how to manage my progress, eat the correct food, self motivation, etc.

I could feel my stamina was terrible, I was huff and puff after a 5km run with 6''30/km pace. It was disappointing, but I knew with few more trials, it would be a past.

So I did again same workout, 5km, same pace but I felt better without much huff and puff.

Next time, I tried again with longer distance, slower pace without huff and puff, and few more times I could run with confidence.

When the weather was too hot in Australia, 40 degree celsius, I could only do strenght workouts to strenghten my core muscles. It helps alot in my next training.

I monitored my training, in term of physical, breathing, posture and diet. When I found my knee has a little bit uncomfortable, Glucosamine & Fish Oil was added to my supplements. Till then, my longest running workout was 10.5km with 6min/km pace. I did twice 7km tempo run with 5''35/km pace, they were good. Although the performance was far more worse than my previous workouts during my peak time.

Patience is what I need to catch back my fitness; Passion is the one that drive me this far, again and again from foot hill to peak, from peak to foot hill, and again and again... One without passion will stop at foot hill after coming down from peak.

So, run with your heart, not your legs.

See you at Putrajaya Night Marathon, half marathon and to be finished in 2.15.

星期四, 1月 28, 2010

Home Sweet Home

In the past 7 months, although it was not a great journey, but I'm glad that I was there, and now I'm back.

7 months at Down Under, New Zealand and Australia. I had experienced the weather as cold as -5 degree celsius and as hot as 42 degree celsius. I had experienced rain, shine, hail and snow. I had met nice people and disgusting people. I had stayed in a 30-bed mixed dorms with cockroaches and in my steady tiny blue tent. I had experienced worry about tomorrow's bread. I had seen the most beautiful sky, clean and refreshing air. Most important, I found a beloved man on the journey. He guided me through, be with me, comforted me, lifted me up while I was down.

Praise God I found Jesus on the journey.

星期六, 1月 02, 2010

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to All!
May the past sweep by wind, and you, go on... with full of strength.

Be healthy always, let caring, love and joy around you and pass around.
God bless always.