My personal training route planner

As I mentioned in my earlier post that I am going for my first road race this July, it is so nice of my husband that he has started to plan a training route for me. He is always very supportive and caring.

He tried to use google map to plan according to the distance that I am going to run. He then explained to me on the direction from where I need to start, when I need to go through and where I need to finish. I then tried to act as innocent as I always used to be and I asked for more landmarks that a google map can provide. 

This morning, it is my first training on the route he designed, and I wake up to see this on the white board. 

It is so sweet of him, right? He never complained about my busy and active lifestyle, and he is encouraging me in whatever I love to do. Thanks dear. Love you. 

It has been 3 continuous weeks that I only eat a cup of ten grains rice that I only cook with pumpkins and purple sweet potatoes as my breakfast. I lose 1.5kg already. A lighter body can allow me to run faster, no?

My overall in KOBL2017

Today I am going to update about my race in Toyo Tires King of Bukit Larut (KOBL) 2017 on 9 April 2017. I am happy to be the champion in Women Veteran 10KM, the 4th place in gender overall and the 40th place in 10KM overall. My timing is 1 hour and 6 minutes 15 seconds. Comparing to KOBL 2015, I was actually the 3rd in women open 10KM. So, I would say that I didn’t retain my previous race position. If it did not have the women veteran category this year, I would come back with just the finisher medal. Thanks to Toyo Tires for the sponsor.

A few days after the race, I didn't rest for long. I again sign up myself for another race on 1 July. That is the first night run my town. I sign up and I pay my own money (very rare case) for the night run, simply because it is at night and I don’t need to wake up early in for the early hour flag off.

I always train myself in the evening in the gym for my 8KM run. So happen this night run has women veteran 8KM race. Therefore, I have to start training harder from now on until 1 July.


Why my blog suddenly turns into a running blog? I just want to update about my activity recently. Well, I have a reason to stay active, I have a mission to complete and I have a goal to achieve. Ain’t this a happy life? As long as you are doing what you enjoy, you will be happy, right?

Other than this, I actually kind of busy at work. My project seems never-ending. I work very hard during office hours too. I do get pressure and stress in the office. Thank goodness that I know how to keep calm and release my tension elsewhere. 

That is all for now. You have a nice day ahead, folks. 

Preparation for KOBL 2017

I have been taken 10 grains rice with only purple sweet potatoes as my breakfast for the past 1 week. This breakfast can provide me enough energy as it is high carbs. My last training was on Tuesday. It took me 1 hour and 40 minutes to run uphill and downhill without stopping. It ain't my record two years ago. My record is 1 hour and 24 minutes. 

I have got my race kits. Due to late submitted name list from my company. Our bibs were all handwritten. Others were printed so nicely. By the way, my company is actually the main sponsor of the event, and 21 of us are sponsored by the company to run tomorrow. 

Other than taking the 10 grains rice, I have done less running this week after the Tuesday training at the actual trail. I only attended the two times Zumba lessons as usual. Tonight, I am going for a swim and sauna, then sleep early and wake up early for the event.

Hopefully, I have all the strength to run uphill 5KM and downhill 5KM. By the way, I am running in women veteran 10KM this year. Unlike the KOBL 2015, I was in woman open 10KM category.
I am so excited for the tomorrow race. The most important I must have a good sleep tonight. 

My training on hill running

The exam was over. Admittedly I was not doing as great as I wanted myself to do. All blame to not study hard enough. Out 50 questions, I already knew that I had answered 10 incorrect. So, no hope to get distinction, just hope a B instead. Cry!

Now I have to prepare for my 10 KM run at KOBL. 5 KM run uphill, and take the u-turn to run downhill for another 5KM. So far, I had tried running at the actual track for 5 times. I had finally made it yesterday to run uphill for the complete 5KM without stopping to walk for a single step, although I still couldn’t achieve the timing record that I possessed in 2015. My strategy is actually running with smaller step and slower pace in the beginning. This will sustain my energy for longer duration.  

When running up a hill, we’ve got to do extra work to overcome gravity. This requires the body to recruit more muscles in the legs to overcome the force of gravity and carry us up the slope.
When running down a hill, we are allowed a “free” increase in running speed (since gravity is giving back all the energy we spent going up the hill.) We generally want to take advantage of this, especially when we are racing.

I feel tremendously good after each training, because my tight, my pelvis and my calf muscles are sore. I never have all this fun when running on treadmills. Therefore I will still go running at Bukit Larut, even after the race.

Some mental cues like “stand tall, chest up, head straight, eyes look in front”, “drive the hips”,  and “lean and go” are great for hill running.

I feel so excited and look forwards to the race on 9 April 2017. 

Exam and Race

As you can see the picture that I share here. This training course kept me occupy from July 2016 till now. The exam is set on this coming Friday. On the same day, we need to submit an assignment too, and the questions are stated as in the white sheet.

I guess after this Friday, I shall have more time to blog and visit your blogs than the past 8 months. So, from today until next Thursday, I shall spend more time to study like April and May always do.

Besides, I have again signed up for the King of Bukit Larut 2017 (KOBL 2017). I have started to run at the actual track for the distance that I have registered myself. Can Yannie retain the position as in KOBL 2015? Yannie tries. Wish me luck, folks! I wrote about KOBL 2015 at here and here.

It is amazing that I enjoy learning new things, improving myself and pursuing my passions. I live my life to its fullest as I always know that life is too short.

I just saved the above picture from my Zumba friend's FB. I joined my Zumba members attending the Chap Goh Meh dinner on the date as printed on the backdrop.  I was pushed to go on stage. Serious! I was dragged by others. I finally couldn't refuse the lady singer's multiple requests for dancing on stage with her.

After the dance, all my buddies came hugging me and said things like...
1. I am proud of you.
2. Proud to be your friend.
3. You are so gutsy.
4. You are very good.
5. Salute you! Yan.
6. You look so cool and you are not having stage fright at all.
7. You are admirable!
8. You handle yourself very well on stage.
9. You got class and manage to dance gracefully.
10. You are sporting.
11. I was so surprised and you were so bold.
12. No worry, you didn't embarrass yourself at all.  Many can dance well, but you are the only one have the courage to go up.

Many shared their thoughts and words in our chat group telling me that they enjoyed watching my unplanned performance. Kakakaka!

I just replied them, "All blame to the alcohol!"  It was rare, therefore I still think that it was not my normal self that evening. In fact, I let my hair down to have beers, laughters, joy and fun with friends on occasions.

Till then and have a nice weekend!

Happy Birthday and happy always!

Today is my birthday. I foresee no celebration, as hubby is taking the girls for ping pong tournament and they shall put up a night in the hotel. I can't follow them this trip, as I need to attend my last 2 days training of  Personal Development course. This course is actually keeping me occupied for the past 8 months and this is the reason I am MIA from blogsphere. After the final exam in mid March, I am sure back to active again in blogsphere.

Despite no celebration, I know I am still happy as I am blessed with a supportive and caring hubby, two wonderful daughters whom never fail to amaze me. I am loved by a bunch of positive and fantastic family and friends. I have a stable job and I am persistent in keeping myself fit. My ultimate goal in my life is having a peace of mind.

No matter what I do, I always tell myself that to make peace with my mind. This has given me wisdom, strength, and calmness to remain happy always.

I will continue to love myself, love my daughters, love my husband and love those who love me. 

Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year 2017!!

Reasons of being MIA from blogsphere are,
1. April and May are having long school break. We need to spend more time with them.
2. We went to cuti cuti in Malaysia, within December month, we traveled to  Seremban, Penang and KL for jalan jalan cari makan.
3. We try to catch a few TVB and Korean dramas.

I think it is a good idea to have a post before biding farewell with 2016. Today is also my last working day in 2016 and I shall return to work on 3 January 2017.

I would love to share a few pictures of Yannie which were taken in Lebuh Chulia, Penang, We stayed opposite Grand Swiss Hotel, so I managed to visit the wall art in front of the hotel every day.

Every day, I never forgot to keep Marilyn Monroe company while she waited for her transport.

I also shared my silly joke to Mr. Bean when bumping into him on his bicycle.

Other than that, I had a glass of red wine with Mona Lisa too

Oh ya! Beethoven gave me a test on Fur Elise, but I could only remember Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So....

Well, that is all for 2016. I wish all my readers a Very Happy New Year 2017.

Yannie will continue to live every day to its fullest, juggling in exercise, work and family. Yannie too will be a good mama to April and May and a loving wife to my white knight.

You folks, please stay happy, easy and fun.