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 – a post Eid Celebration. We got a brownie cake specially made by Marathon Baker.  It was super duper yummeh, rich, chocolaty, Nutella frosting – everybody loved it.

Selamat Lari Raya

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!

Raya Cake Marathon Baker

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.

MHWH Night Run by AIAVitality 21km Pacers

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. 

Official Pacers MHWH Night Run

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 –  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

The Weekend Runner: Effective Cost Management in Running

Running might sound like a cheap hobby, because you don’t need much equipment at all. But as your hobby develops, you realise that you need to upgrade to perform better. Plus, even little expenses like socks can add up because you have to change them frequently due to wear and tear. Not to mention the cost of registering for races, which somehow seem to increase year after year. Here are some tips to help you manage your running expenditures:

1)    Do your research

IMG_2753I learnt the hard way to do proper research about shoes. Imagine all the money I could save if I could narrow down to just 3 shoes: minimalist for short distance, trail run, and extra support for long distances.


There are some big-ticket items that require investment in the world of running, such as a good pair of shoes. The last thing you want to face on race day is a pair of shoes that are unsuitable for your feet type. Therefore, do not buy shoes on a whim. Try out as many shoes as you need, identify your gait and pronation, style of running, etc.


2) Enter Nashata’s giveaway for the Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run at Penang.

#AIAVitalityMY #NashataChallenge #RunningBuddy

You are already saving RM176 because the registration fee is on us! Stand a chance to win 2 passes for you and your running buddy for the biggest night run series in Malaysia. For more details, click here.


3) Buy used products


Not everything can be bought as 2nd-hand items, such as shoes and apparel. However, thanks to the rapid rate of technology development, GPS watches are regularly releasing new models with new designs and features. Sometimes, older or previous model might work just as fine for you. So, identify you gadget-geek friend, and offer to buy his/her watch when he wants to upgrade. Accessories such as hydration packs, belts, and pouches are also items that can be re-used again, if properly maintained.


4) Shop at warehouse sales and factory outlet


The items can sometimes be outdated, but in cost-management situations it is fine to compromise your style once in a while. Sometimes, previous collections gives you just the same performance as the latest designs.


5) Use free resources


Having a gym membership might be convenient and cool, but the park, road, and some tracks are free for everyone to use. Thanks to technology as well, there are many apps to help you train, google on some youtube tutorial, or join your local running club.


I hope that helps!

Until next week,

The Weekend Runner.