Pacer duty done…..with less drama!

It’s a wrap! Alhamdullilah, I was given a great opportunity to be one of the pacers for all the series in Men’s Health Women’s Health 21km Night Run which held in Penang, Putrajaya and the last one in Puteri Harbour, Johor Bahru last week. And it was pretty awesome!

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Team Pacers ūüėČ

I was the pacer for 2 hours 30 minutes for Penang edition, 2 hours 20 minutes for Putrajaya edition and last one at Puteri Harbour last week, it was 2 hours and 10 minutes. Do read about my previous experience being pacer here → https://blog.nashata.com/?p=6389.

Since this was my third time become a pacer, alhamdullilah everything went well and of course gain more confident and less drama..hehe..

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For slimming effect, cross your legs when people taking your pic..hehehe ūüôā

Oh ya, this is my first time running in Johor and of course I’m the one who’s running with widest smile. And the Nashata sisters ran too. Yayy!

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Nashata sisters finished modestly after running and of course still look beautiful as always! heeee

Alhamdullilah, we ‘re given the opportunity to be interviewed by NTV¬†7 before the event started.

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Overall, the water stations and traffic were well organised, we maintained our pace around 6.00 to 6.15 min/km to finish in 2 hours and 10 minutes. If you always train yourself to run sub 6.00min/km, you can go for sub 2 hours for half marathon ūüėČ

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My favourite moment that night,is when my all- time- favourite running idol, best known as Malaysian’s Fastest Marathoner 2016, paced me for 500m before reached finishing line! Yes, Edan paced me towards finishing line! ¬†And it feel like I’m running on the red carpet with flowers showering my way towards the dais..heee..And after that we accidentally met back at the nearby shop,..and here is our photo together ūüėČ Yayy, thanks Edan! Hope to meet you again in the future, insyaALLAH.

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Edan is very inspiring and determined. I wish one day I could be like him too, aminnn.

How do I trained?

It has been a while, since last December 2016, I had a break from any events due to busy schedule with classes and exams. But, I never miss my usual training every evening to maintain my stamina and momentum. I run at least 10 km with average pace 5.45min /km ,4 times in a week, and other 3 days I run at my easy pace,..and do daily planks as my daily routine.

The secret is,..set your goal, aim..and train for it! Get rid of any excuses that will disrupt your goal, be confidence and persistent to what you want to achieve. The utmost important is..always believe that you can do it. When your mind believed it, your body will achieve it. InsyaALLAH.

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“Believe you can and you’re halfway there”

How do I eat? 

I do eat like other people but the different is I know what i am eating and I care about it. I never miss my meals. I eat carbs for lunch and dinner. I always take bananas and half boiled eggs every morning and after running for energy and muscle recovery. Don’t skip your meal and don’t overeat.

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And yes! I had char kueh teow for my post running treat..and it’s yummeh!

Till then, we’ll meet again, keep fit and be inspired! ?

Words from The Pacer!

Pacers on the go!

Pacers on the go!

It was such a great honour when I was given the opportunity to be one of the pacers for 21km Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run, for the second time, with improved timing : 2 hours 20 minutes.

My first time being a pacer was in May’16 at 21 km Men‚Äôs Health Women‚Äôs Health Night Run in Penang for timing 2 hours 30 minutes. And the next is a‚Ķsurprise!

We can't wait to pace!

We can’t wait to pace!

Are you ready guys?!

Are you ready guys?!

It was raining heavily a few hours before the run, and we were worried and had questions in our minds, ‚ÄúWill there be lightning during the run?‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúWill the event run smoothly?‚ÄĚ But, yes! I love to run in rain.
When the race was about to start, the rain almost stopped but drizzling. I was quite nervous because my timing for pacing improved to 2 hr 20 mins, and it was raining, the road was wet and may be slippery, this and that..…
I was glad to meet other pacers for my timing and they were very friendly and kept supporting each other. As the race start, everything went smoothly until one of our balloons …popped!,..yes. It was.. at kilometers 2 (yup, as early as that,..am not sure why). Fortunately, we have another one since we were given two balloons. We kept inspiring people around us to keep up with our pace

‚ÄúKeep running, keep moving guys‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúYou can do it!‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúWe almost there!‚ÄĚ

We tried¬†to maintain the pace, 6.25 ‚Äď 6.30 min per kilometer. I was enjoying my run with the songs I downloaded a week before the race, and I played them on the loud speaker, and yes! Everyone seemed to enjoy them too. Yayy!

At the kilometers 14, my other pacers started to leave me behind. They ran even faster than the pace we were assigned to. Perhaps they were so used to run faster until they forgot our pace. And I kept running alone, entertained by the songs played on loud speaker. Fortunately, there were still a lot of people following me.I felt relieved Р Hoyeahh! Women power here!

With Amie Pacer 2:40 #nashatarunners

With Amie Pacer 2:40 #nashatarunners

Things got worse when I felt I needed to go to toilet¬†so badly at kilometers 16. Unfortunately, there was no portable toilet, no petrol station, no mosque. It was just a long, straight road ahead. It was a tough run, running with full bladder, but I had¬†no choice but to¬†continue running.¬†I prayed to Allah,¬†to help me¬†finished the race on time, and to¬†finished strong with this full bladder! At least for this time! Please!.… I kept on running.

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Hijabi Pacers who choose to move a little more, to inspire a lot

I passed by the boards with marked ‚Äú5km to go‚ÄĚ then ‚Äú3km to go‚ÄĚ and finally I arrived at the finishing line with timing 2:20:40. Yayyy! I felt like I was¬†on top of the world. It felt like I just crossed the finish line on a red carpet. Lots and lots of people cheered for me, ‚ÄúGood job Nasuha! Good job!‚ÄĚ

I feel like a star that night. Alhamdulillah for that night!

 

Run for Vitality @ the MHWH Night Run

The¬†Nashata Runners made their second running debut at the Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run by AIAVitality yesterday in Putrajaya. The first was in Penang. ¬†This time, we had a few runners running 12 km and 21 km while Nur Nahsuhah and Amie Kurtenbach paced the 21 km run.

Alhamdulillah : Nashata Runners Finished Happy & Strong

Alhamdulillah : Nashata Runners Finished Happy & Strong

Selamat Lari Raya

We had our little gathering before the run Рa post Eid Celebration. We got a brownie cake specially made by Marathon Baker.  It was super duper yummeh, rich, chocolaty, Nutella frosting Рeverybody loved it.

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Less guilt eating a cake by Marathon Baker the Energy Bar Specialist

We shared the cake with others. The cake¬†didn’t hurt our run, all of us – except the busy pacers had our share loving the cake!

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Sharing the Raya Cake with Other Runners

Nashata Runners – The Pacers

Nahsuhah and Amie were the official pacers at the run. Nahsuhah was one of the official pacers at the Penang MHWH Night Run so she was pretty ok to shoulder the responsibilities. Amie was a little bit nervous as it was her first experience, but she did well.

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MHWH Night Run by AIAVitality 21km Pacers

Many pacers’s balloons popped along the way, unfortunately. Perhaps, they could wear a bib displaying pace timing¬†on their backs as a back up measures in the future. Both enjoyed pacing, taking turns with other pacers from various running teams to drink and rest and catch up so that the other runners stayed on track and achieve running goals that night.

“Such a nice experience to run as an official pacer HM 2:40.. Monitoring the pace, cheering and motivating the runners are part of the responsibilities.¬†One guy who just recovered from his dengue fever waited at the finishing line and thanked me¬†for pacing him. He managed to finish the run at 2:39.. That moment made me really happy”, shared Amie.¬†

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Official Pacers MHWH Night Run : We dressed them up in yellow Iman Hijab so that runners could easily spot them

Running in the Rain 

At 6 pm, it started to rain heavily at Putrajaya, and everyone involved in the run was giving heads up via whatsapp about coming in late due to¬†jams in town. ¬†I didn’t want to get my shoes wet before running so I tried not to walking around on wet grounds much.¬†¬†A lot of people were late for the run due to the downpour. ¬†When the 21 km flagged off at 8 pm sharp, many were still running towards the starting point through the gates.

Starting Off

Can you Run Faster in a Cool Weather?

It was drizzling a bit till the first 2 km. I enjoyed the run because it was cool. It was my kind of a weather to run well. After the first 5 km, I felt both my right shoes and sock were damped Р a little discomfort but I kept running.

Just like the run in Penang, the traffic control was good; there were cones allocated along the highway giving a lot of space for runners to run and overtake each other. There were ambulances patrolling along the route and paramedics team was busy assisting runners with cramps at a few stops. One stretch was quite dark when the road lights went off due to circuit malfunction and we saw sparks of fire coming out from the lamp post on the other side of the road. If you plan to run at the MHWH Night Run in Johor, make sure you go to the toilet before the run as there were no mobile toilets along 21km in Penang and Putrajaya.

It was fun & rewarding for me as I get to run with my husband and brother. We ran together throughout the race, overtaking but not far from each other at times. My timing improved and I ran with zero injury – so I am happy.

My Hubby, Bro & I

My Hubby, Bro & I

Azlina, or better known as Along started off her 21 km late but she passed by us very fast and finished strong. She was amazing!

Along and Amie did their first Full Marathon together in 2015

Along and Amie did their first Full Marathon together in 2015

Veteran Runners & Newbies

A mix of new and veteran runners; Intan Suraya, Eda, Zabrina, Sarah and Najmi ran 12 km at 830 pm.

Intan Suraya, the modest veteran Runner

Intan Suraya, the Modest Veteran Marathon Runner, turned 42 recently

Newly Wed Running Couple

Eda & Borhan – The Newly Wed Running Couple is Back on the Scene

Sarah & Najmi : Exciting Times for Newbies

Exciting Times for Newbies like Sarah & Najmi

Every run offers¬†unique experiences – that’s what make running a race meaningful.¬†I look forward for the next MHWH Night Run in Johor for sure. #progressivemuslimah #positivityiscontagious

Jom Berpuasa & Kekal Aktif

Di bulan puasa ini, saya tetap meneruskan latihan larian seperti hari- hari biasa untuk mengekalkan stamina dan memantapkan prestasi untuk acara2 larian selepas bulan Ramadhan. Saya merancang untuk berlari sekurang2 nya 42km seminggu dengan larian 6km setiap petang.

 

Diet Bagaimana?

Untuk kekal hidrat, saya mengambil 10 gelas air kosong antara waktu berbuka hingga waktu sahur dan elak minuman berais dan minuman manis. Semasa berbuka, nasi terhad kepada 2 senduk sahaja dan selebihnya protein dan fiber.Kurangkan makanan bergoreng dan berlemak. Untuk bersahur, saya mengambil roti wholemeal dan minuman oat untuk kekal kenyang. Saya mengambil sekurang2 nya 5 biji kurma sehari bagi mendapat nutrisi yang tinggi.

 

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Lakukan regangan dahulu sebelum bersenam

Bagaimana untuk kekal aktif?

Sebagai seorang pelajar Perubatan tahun akhir, sememangnya jadual cukup padat, kelas yang panjang, dan perlu berulang alik ke hospital setiap hari. Untuk kekal aktif,di samping diet yg sihat dan pengambilan air yg cukup, saya meluangkan 40 minit setiap petang untuk berlari 6 -7km,iaitu 1 jam sebelum berbuka bagi mengekalkan stamina.

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Cuaca yang baik untuk mulakan aktiviti larian ūüėČ

Larian bermula seawal pukul 5 petang sebaik sahaja kelas tamat pada pukul 4.30 ptg. Saya mengambil masa 40 ‚Äď 50 minit untuk larian sejauh 6-7 km. Pada jam 6 petang larian berjaya ditamatkan dan saya segera bersiap sedia untuk persiapan berbuka puasa. Alhamdulillah, selesai berbuka saya boleh meneruskan solat tarawih dan bertadarus bersama rakan2 seperti biasa. Di Kuching, waktu berbuka puasa ialah seawal 6.40 petang.

Lari cepat sebelum berbuka!

 

Ganjaran kekal aktif

Oh ya, saya lebih bersemangat apabila HotFM’s Cergas Ramadhan bersama AIA Vitality turut menggalakkan kita semua untuk kekal aktif di bulan Ramadhan. Dan saya juga begitu teruja untuk sertainya, begitu juga dengan anda bukan?

Jom sama2 kita sahut cabaran HotFM’s Cergas Ramadhan bersama AIA Vitality dengan upload gambar atau video anda melakukan aktiviti senaman di Instagram atau Facebook.

Berikan kepsyen kenapa anda pilih untuk kekal cergas di bulan Ramadhan untuk peluang menang baucer barangan sukan bernilai RM 300. Anda juga boleh upload gambar bersenam bersama rakan dan jangan lupa #sayapilihcergasramadhan dan #aiavitalitymy serta tag @hotfm976

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Sweat is fat crying! Jom bersukan dan menangi contest ini ūüėČ

Health & Wellness Gamified by AIA Vitality

Great news for health enthusiasts.  AIA Vitality Рan integrated insurance, health and wellness program was launched today by AIA Bhd. Malaysia is the 5th country to have AIA Vitality launched in this region, after Singapore, Philippine, Hong Kong and Australia. AIA Group CEO and President Mark Tucker was here to launch the program together with Anusha Thavarajah, CEO of AIA Berhad. 

AIA Vitality Pillars The Wheel of Wellness?

AIA Vitality encompasses 3 pillars; Know your Health, Improve your Health and Enjoy the Rewards. Gamification of these pillars started the moment I walked into the launch. I was asked to complete AIA Vitality Health Review. After answering a few questions, it turned out my AIA Vitality Age is 2 years more than my actual age. That is good to know for a start. A familiar face Marcella Mihanovich from CitiBank was also going through the questionnaire on a tablet.

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 Marcella midway doing health review

Next, I get to improve my health by making my own juice. I chose oranges as I needed a good doze of Vit C. I was given a cup of cut oranges and it turned out – I had to cycle to blend the oranges. There goes my contribution to clean energy. I got to burn a couple of calorie & consume something healthy. Ultimately, it is about setting personal health goals be it in managing and preventing diseases, food intake, physical activities, and mental health. With AIAVitality, you get to earn points when you engage in activities to achieve health goals.

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 Cycle to Make your Juice

Finally, the Reward.  I got to play a game that seemed to be easy for others, but not me. Grab a flying ping pong and get lucky. Yay, despite not being good at it, I still get some vouchers to shop for sporting goods

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 Vertically Challenged to Catch Ping Pong Ball .

Indeed the science-backed program encourages people to make healthier choices in life. Let’s make healthier lifestyle choices; bake instead of fry, walk up the stairs instead of taking the lift, spend lesser time on screen and pivot for sweating out time. With AIA Vitality, you get to build your AIA Vitality Status that starts from Bronze followed by Silver, Gold and Platinum level. You can get better benefits as you improve your status. Rewards are provided by AIAVitality partners like Air Asia, Berjaya Hotel & Resort, Emirates, Marriott, MedKlinn and Men’s Health and Women’s Health Magazine.

AIA Vitality LaunchNo, it was not a cooking demonstration. They were making music!

Three weeks ago, AIA shared info on¬†Healthy Living Index that shows¬†55% of Malaysian adults are either pre-obese or obese (with Body Mass Index 23 and above) and many are not sleeping enough.¬†It is important that we are always motivated to take care of ourselves. With the rise of chronic disease and sedentary lifestyle, programs like AIA Vitality that focus on educating, motivating and rewarding people to take better care of health can nudge us better. Anusha, the CEO of AIA Berhad shares the target of 30,000 people to enroll into this program this year. What I like about her approach is that she recognizes that each and everyone of us as an ambassador for the program. Now, let’s have an active lifestyle and be discipline to set and deliver our health targets.¬†AIA Vitality

Mark Tucker & Anusha Thavarajah

 

Best Running Buddy Contest

A running buddy helps you push yourself, reach your goals and keeps you company.

#AIAVitalityMY is generous to offer free entries for us to run a #RunningBuddy  #NashataChallenge for you! Limited to 5 winners only, each winner gets 2 X 12km FREE running entries worth RM176 & Nashata Raazgloves & shoe bags worth RM116

#AIAVitalityMY #NashataChallenge #RunningBuddy

#AIAVitalityMY #NashataChallenge #RunningBuddy

So take this opportunity to win 2 tickets to run with your best buddy at the¬†Men‚Äôs Health Women‚Äôs Health Night Run by AIA Vitality at Penang on 2nd April (Saturday).¬†It is the first Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run by AIA Vitality in the¬†Pearl of the Orient,¬†Penang and it¬†offers you sea-breeze run by the shores of southern Penang. Check out this awesome route!

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To Win the #AIAVitalityMY #NashataChallenge:

  1. Post a photo or video of you and your buddy running together on Instagram or Facebook
  2. Share the distance and tell us why both of you would like running in Penang
  3. Include hashtag #AIAVitalityMY, #NashataChallenge & #RunningBuddy
  4. Please ensure your account or post is set to public

The contest ends 14 Feb 2016.
Winners will be selected based on creativity of photo, video, caption, likers and shares.¬†Winners will be announced on Nashata’s Instagram & Facebook account!

Now, bring out the best in you and start running with your buddies. Don’t forget to take awesome pictures or videos!