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MOM #1 (My Own Marathon #1) Doha, 28 June 2013

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28 June 2013 
First I was supposed to run the Standard Chartered KL Marathon this weekend, had I stayed with my old job and having my long summer holidays in Malaysia. But since I just started a new job and still in probation, I should just forget about it. I decided to register in a small marathon in Forges Les Eaux, France with Stephanie as a substitute just two weeks ago, and confident that my employer will not have any problem to let me go for 2 days on unpaid leave. But I was wrong. They have no leniency towards the policy and my leave application remain pending until last Thursday. I was supposed to fly to Paris that evening. Earlier in the week, I started talking with few friends about the possibility of running my own marathon if I am unable to go to France. I first talked to Lily, one of my running buddies. She knew about my situation. The funny thing was, she said Yes even before I could finish my sentence. Then I invited few others. In the end I had My self, Lily, Hozumi and…

Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013 POSTPONED

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Oh my GOD, this news just in today. SCKLM will be postponed to 29 September due to the haze in Malaysia. Is this really meant to be? I cannot believe it. I could very well go back to Malaysia and participate in the race at the end of September. I have another issue though. I will be running in the Melbourne Marathon on 13 October, just 2 weeks after SCKLM. A to make it worse, I have New York Marathon on 3rd November. I don't know if it is a good idea, but I could take SCKLM as a really long LSD, go all out in Melbourne and just enjoying the New York Marathon. 
Thoughts?

Khalifa Stadium 'Fun?' Run

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Last Thursday (20 June 2013), Hani and I participated in Khalifa Stadium 'Fun' Run. The race was not really fit with my training plan as I am already in the tapering stage of my next marathon (supposedly in less than 10 days, I will blog about it later). But since it is the last race of the season here in Doha, I guess I could just go, run it easy and have fun.

Well a race is still a race no matter what. I purposely started from the very back of the crowd but already found myself at the front of the chasing pack after a lap around the stadium track before we heads out of the stadium. The race course was nothing like I ever done before. From the track we ran on the perimeter of the stadium, then climbed two sets of 5 storeys stairs before running down a steep spiral ramp, then along the corridors and up and down the big ramps and repeat the same thing twice. I told myself to take this race easy, but being a competitive person, I simply have to give my best.

What supposed to be a …

Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013: Just a wishful thinking

I was supposed to run at Standard Chartered KL Marathon at the end of this month. I was so excited to race in my home country. I never ran a full marathon in Malaysia before. It would be nice to see all the familiar faces of Malaysia's running fraternity in our marquee event, and I have set a lofty target to be in the top 100 finisher. For that I have trained hard during this hot Doha Summer.

All that hope to run the streets of turned out to just a wishful thinking. My planned leave was denied because I am still in a probation period. I just changed a new job last month and it is impossible for me to ask for a long leave anyway. I dont want all that hours of training go to waste just like that so I am planning to race in a marathon somewhere near on the same weekend. We'll see. I still have to sort an unfinished business from Paris Marathon last April.