DPulze Malaysia Day Fun Run 2017

On the 16th Sept is the Malaysia Day (the date when East Malaysia and West Malaysia joined together to form what Malaysia is today), and this year, my husband and I got the opportunity to run the 10km DPulze Malaysia Day Fun Run in Cyberjaya. It was too close to home and the route was new to us, so we thought it would be a good leisure run.

Dpulze Malaysia Day Fun Run

I picked Nashata orange heather ultra top and hot pink hooda racerback to stay visible for a dusk run.

It was the 2nd Malaysia Day fun run organised at DPulze. All in all, it was a good run; well organised, the volunteers, RELA and traffic policemen did a good job managing the traffic and kept runners well informed and safe. It was a bit too hot for me running at 630pm compared to my usual early morning cool runs. There weren’t many runners, so we had the road to ourselves until we reached MDeC. We took a left turn at the junction, running on the bicycle lane towards Lim Kok Wing University, and continued running along the dusty road (due to the MRT construction). We made a U turn at the traffic light by the university and ran towards FTMS College. At 7.5 km, I was running alongside Raja Haji Fisabilillah Mosque and I could hear the call to Maghrib prayers. There were more runners from the 5km group from there onward until the finish line.

Waiting for 10km Fun Run to start

I relied on my Forerunner 235 Garmin watch for distance and timing as there was no timing chip. My watch recorded 1:03:35 for 9.32km. The timing was similar to the displayed clock at the finish line. Quite pleased with the pace 6:50 min/km.

Never realised that the distance from Dpulze Mall to MDeC junction is less than 1km

On the 31th August – Malaysia’s Merdeka (Independence) Day, Malaysia won 145 gold medal at the SEA Games 2017. I promised to run 145km, that being 1km for every gold medal won by the Malaysian team. I was happy that I have ran 111km since the SEA Games KL 2017 (19 August), leaving 34km more to go to complete my pledge.

Till we race again next weekend, again in Cyberjaya.

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