Why I say re-activated? Well, my running journey sort of started when I was in Lower 6 (1994), represented my House (Stephen) in 4x400m for Sixth Formers. You know where I ran? Merdeka Stadium! It was the venue for my school's annual Sports Day! Thinking back, should have started from Form 1 as I believe not many people have the opportunity to run there!
Couldn't remember my timing, no podium finishing but I think I did quite well as I've never ran before such a long distance!
2 years later when I studied at UPM, my 1st year roommate (Choo Yong Chek - a runner based in Penang now) was the one who jio me to run. Soon, I got addicted, it's either a run in the evening or playing squash - my 2 main sports in Uni. My 1st podium (2nd team relay) came in 1998 when I was with my Kolej Kediaman 2 (fondly known as KK2) relay team (though I was just a reserve runner). Then another track podium (6th for 5km) for inter Kolej Kediaman sports meet in the same year.
Motivated by these mini achievements, I went on to join 3 races outside Uni.
Nevertheless, the desire to try running a FM for at least once in a lifetime triggered me back to running. Ya, now FM is nothing to some runners as they are already ultra 'man' or 'woman' :-P
If I didn't recall wrongly, joined sifu Ronnie at KLCC park for training in year 2011. I must say, the hard training imposed really made me improved a lot. That was where I got to learn new running variations like fartlek, tempo, interval (no LSD yet hehe). Really missed those fun days & some running friends like Stanley Cheong aka Mun Yoke who's now taking a breather taking care of his small growing children. I also want to credit my improvement to another ex-elite runner, captain Khoo Yit Kiat of Dutamas Runners aka Kenyan Kuning.
Everyone run for a different reason. To slim down is definitely not mine as I'm already almost a 'tulang man'. I run because it's a healthy, inexpensive sports & can run almost anywhere, anytime.
2 Tower runs (Empire Tower & KL Towerthon-18:30min) & my 1st HM (PJ)-1hr 40min. Came back with blister (believe improper socks, cheapo
And because I'm a competitive person, I train hard to challenge my PB. Truly inspired by the older but still very strong runners like the crazy fit horse@Daniel Tan, muscleman@Moey & evergreen uncle@Lim Huat. Hope can still be competitive like them in 10 to 20 yrs down the road.
5km 20min 33s (2014)
10km 42min 12s (Ampang Jaya Night Run 2017)
21km 1hr 33min+- (My Buddies Run 2017 - unofficial though)
42km 4hr 21min 27s (SCKLM 2012)
5km Sub 20min
10km Sub 40min
21km Sub 1hr 30min
42km Sub 3hr 30 min
brought 2u by
Melvin Lim @ PM28
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