Running a Family Affair at the Fire Fighter Cyberjaya Night Half Marathon

It was my first family run and glad it happened at our ‘kampung’ in Cyberjaya.  My  husband, brother and I went for the 21km, while the kids joined the 5km fun run.

It was the first race for my 12 year old Naqib, and he was all excited about it. The kids were all geared with headlamps and blinkers provided by my brother. Seriously, blinking shades and blinker props are cool safety and mood setters for night fun runs.

A family running affair

A family running affair

We reached the race area a few minutes before 21km flagged off. There were more than 800 runners in orange – all pumped up to run. The run started at 8:02pm, and I kept up with a good pace – running on roads I have never been on and passed by new apartments I was not aware of before.

Fortunately, the road lights along the empty roads were lighted up and there were trucks by the roads torching dark streets. Road marshals and traffic policemen were on their toes and strict throughout the run – keeping runners safe. They pulled aside a couple of non-abiding cars to the side, so drivers – do adhere to them or you may be delayed or fined if unlucky. All in all – it was a quiet run with ample water stations, mobile toilets, paramedic and race signage for a smooth race. It would be nice if the community comes out to cheer the runners by the roads.

I finished within 2hr 35 mins, my new personal best. My heart raced too fast the last 3 km and had to slow down. Out of 877 registered 21km runners only a quarter (25%)  222 were female, and 10% women veteran. There were more female runners at the 10km run, half of the 10km runners were female!

Read my other post on high heart rates while running.

Half Marathon Runners waiting for 8pm Flag Off

The organiser provided ice popsicles, Mighty White mini loaf, nice hot soup, can’t remember if it was pumpkin or carrot as I was just hungry – slurping away. Indocafe coffee truck and MC D booth were next to each other providing drinks. My husband had a cramp upon arrival and was cared well by the paramedics. The doctor gave good advise about eating tips at night to avoid cardiac arrest.

We were honored to give away 20 prizes to winners at the end of the run.

Nuha thought ther 5km run was easy and Naqib wanted to try 10km after this. I am happy the kids left the grounds with new positive goals. Till the family run together again, soon I hope!

Winners at Fire Fighter Cyberjaya Night Marathon 2017

The running sisters

Finally, the medal &  finisher tee

#NashataRun4Charity for South Africa Children Centre

In March 2017, Fatimah, Intan Suraya, Nahsuhah,  Saamiyah, Zaheda and Zainab (not her real name)  volunteer to run more than 600 km as a team to raise funds for Baitul Aman. For every 1km they run, Nashata will contribute RM1 to Baitul Aman. You can help sponsor them too and make their run worth more for the children at Baitul Aman.

As of 22nd March, the running sisters have ran 457 km. Zaheda tops the team with 124km to date. Make their sweat worth more and more for the children they wish to help. Sponsor at least USD5 to these runners at LaunchGood or RM22 at Nashata

Zaheda runs in niqab and the most in the pack!

Zaheda from Durban runs in niqab and the most in the pack!

Zaheda runs the most and fastest in the pack!

Zainab runs fast and diligently. She keeps us on our toes!

Intan Suraya runs a full marathon and 2 half marathon in March

Intan Suraya runs a full marathon and 2 half marathon in March

Nahsuhah - The fastest and youngest in the team

Nahsuhah – The fastest and youngest in the team

Saamiyah & her running team

Saamiyah in Nashata Azza Toplectic & her running team at her 1st full marathon Oct’16

We update the team everyday and support each other

We update the team everyday and support each other

Why you should sponsor the run?

You can be a part of the cause and help our running sisters make a bigger impact for Baitul Aman. Make their sweat worth more and more for the children they wish to help. Sponsor at least USD5 to these runners at LaunchGood or RM22 at Nashata

Why Baitul Aman, La Mercy?

Our running sisters from South Africa feel strongly about children and education. They collectively chose Baitul Aman to be the recipient of the cause. With the increase of the HIV and AIDS pandemic, the number of abandoned babies and neglected children from diverse backgrounds requires Baitul Aman  to cover conventional child and youth care programme as well as others. The home takes care on average 48 children including abandoned babies.

What is the duration of the fund raising?

Our running sisters started running for Baitul Aman from 1st March ’17 and will stop 31st March ’17. However, the sponsorship continues until 10 April ’17

What happens to the sponsorship?

The amount sponsored via launchgood will be transferred directly to Baitul Aman.  Fatimah, Saamiyah, Zaheda and Zainab (the runners) will visit the center to deliver sponsorship from Nashata at the end of the campaign.

You can be apart of this too. You can :

  • Sponsor the runners at least USD5
  • Virtual run with the runners wherever you are. You can post your runs and use hashtags #nashatavirtualrun4charitySouthAfrica #nashatavirtualrun4charity
  • Follow and support the runners on social media. These are the hashtags for the run #nashatavirtualrun4charitySouthAfrica #nashatavirtualrun4charity

About Nashata Run For Charity

It is a virtual run that aims to raise funds for ‘Charity of Choice’ in a new country every month. Nashata runners together with a group of runners in respective country would run virtually for the whole month. Nashata pays RM1 for every 1 KM each runner’s mileage. Nashata Run for Charity fosters 3 things:-

  • Stronger Sisterhood
  • Strengthen Fitness
  • Support a Cause

Started first in Brunei in Feb ’17, the run gathers four female runners from respective country and two Nashata runners who volunteer to run as much as they could to raise fund for a charity of their cause in the country.

In March’17, six Nashata runners from South Africa & Malaysia pledge to run to raise funds for Baitul Aman Children’s Home in South Africa. Be a part of the cause and help the runners make a bigger impact by sponsoring them with Nashata.

… more countries to be announced soon. If you are interested to participate please email contactus@nashata.com

 

#NashataRun4Charity for Brunei SMARTER Autism Centre

Assalamualaikum & may your fitness be at its best! 🙂

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Virtual Run for charity 😉

Alhamdullilah, our intent to run for charity as shared on our previous blog → https://blog.nashata.com/?p=7253 kicks start this month as planned. Four runners from Brunei and I will be running to raise funds for Brunei SMARTER Autism Centre. 

1.What is Brunei SMARTER Autism Centre ?

A non- government organization, run by parents and family members of the individual exclusively for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Brunei. It was established 15 years ago as a support system for families of Individuals with autism. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex developmental issues with signs typically appear during early childhood and  affect a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others.This centre will ensure that individuals with Autism will receive guidance and appropriate programs in order to expand their full potential. (info as shared on SMARTER Brunei website)

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Pic- Credit to SMARTER Brunei official website

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Pic – Credit to SMARTER Brunei official website

2. Why did we choose Brunei SMARTER Autism Centre ?

As promised, the money we raise for the month of February will be channeled to the charity of choice of the runners. Ain, one of the participating runners suggested SMARTER Autism and we support her cause. Ain is a working mother of 3, with an autistic child. According to her, this centre needs more support to sustain and keep activities alive for autistic children and adults.

3. Who will run?

There are 4 running sisters from Brunei; Ain, Feeda, Nana and Moniri, while I am running on behalf of Nashata. Nashata pays RM1 for every 1KM we run for the month of February. Eliza Noordin, the founder of Nashata will also run to top up the group mileage. The group target mileage is 500 km for this month. We will clock the mileage and post it via Instagram and Facebook everyday after each run. So do look out for our progress and please support us. These are the hashtags we use for the run. Please feel free to check them out. #nashatarun4charity #nashatarun4charityBruneiFeb2017 #vrun4charity #nashatarunner

Brunei runner – Ain, running mother of three excited to join this charity run.

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Brunei runners – Feeda and her running partner, Nana are more than happy to collect mileage for this charity. Thanks guys!

4. How can you help us?

You can help fund these ladies to run. You can contribute at least RM10 to these fabulous running ladies here -> http://bit.ly/NashataRun4CharityBrunei. Your support and sharing of our small effort means a lot to us.

InsyaALLAH, may Allah ease our intent and accept our deeds. Thanks for supporting #NashataRun4Charity!

Till then, will keep you posted on our progress, keep running and be inspired! ?

 

Winter Fitness in Dubai

Travelling and running? Why not? Especially when you get to run with fabulous sisters in Dubai. It was small crowd at the 2XU Compression Run Series : Race #3 at THE TRACK, Golf Clubhouse, Meydan, Dubai. There were 4 categories; 15km, 10km, 5 km and 3 km. I signed up for 5km to run with my daughter and other sisters.

Flag off for 10km

Flag off for 10km

The view of Downtown Dubai

The view of Downtown Dubai

It was a small friendly crowd, about 100 runners for 5 km category and more for 10km and 15km. We flagged off at 7am, one category after another. They provided 2 water stations for 5 km run and we get to see beautiful view of downtown Dubai. Families and friends run and support one another. After the run, we had a choice of bananas, apples, yummy muffins and coffee/tea/juices prepared for finishers.

The finisher medal

The finisher medal

I ran better in cold weather, I finished 4 for my category and the timing is not bad 31km. I typically finish a 5km in 35 mins. It was my personal best despite stopping twice to tie up my shoe lace and walking with my daughter shortly.

Nisa finishing the race

Nisa finishing the race

I am happy for my running sisters in Dubai; Amina and Shabna for taking up the challenge to race that day.

Special Thanks to my Running Sisters

Special Thanks to my Running Sisters

It was a beautiful fitness day in Dubai. Ironman was on going at Jumeirah Beach area the same day. While travelling back, sights of lean and focused cyclists and runners under the bright sunny day were decorating Jumeirah area.

Road blocks for cyclists

Ladies in Niqab were seen at the Ironman Arch

Ladies in Niqab cheering at the Ironman Arch

Ironman Dubai

Ironman Dubai

I like running in Dubai during winter cause I could run faster! Will come back again insyaAllah.

 

Raise RM1 for every 1KM @ #VRUNforCharity

Assalamualaikum & may your fitness be at its best,

We are calling for running sisters in Brunei to #vrun4charity with Nahsuhah. #virtualrunning. Open to max 4 runners (excluding Nahsuhah) from Brunei only. Running on track, treadmill and outdoor are counted. Get your friends to join

Virtual Run for Charity

Virtual Run for Charity

This is a good opportunity for you to :
1. Get a new virtual running buddy
2. Run for a cause of your choice
3. Raise RM1 for every 1KM you run with Nahsuhah for the month of February. Nahsuhah is committed to raise at least RM100/month. Your mileage is an add on.
4. Get someone who will nudge you to run frequently cause Nahsuhah runs everyday

The money you raise with Nahsuhah for the month of February will be channeled to a charity of your choice in your country by Nashata.

If interested, comment this post, whatsapp +6012-3112489, email contactus@nashata.com or share this with your running sisters. We will contact you for further discussion.

Thanks for supporting #vrun4charity !

#virtualrun #runforacause #runinfebruary #runningsisters #nashata
#beinspired #befit #nashatarunner #runhappy #runningbuddy #brunei #sportswomen


 

Celebrating Womanhood : We Pledge To Help Women Achieve Their Fitness Goals

We celebrate the glory of womanhood everyday. But every year on the 8th March, we celebrate the International Women’s Day. In Malaysia, we celebrate fitness for woman at the Malaysia Women Marathon on the 6th March 2016. There is also Penang Zumba Carnival 2016 happening a day earlier, 5th March 2016, at the Stadium Batu Kawan, Penang.

In supporting the International Women’s Day, here’s what the people at Nashata are going to do:

1. SPECIAL OFFERS
celebrating womanhood

At the store front, we are offering ultra products for fit ladies up to 50% discount. This includes the heather tops, mumtaz hijab and amin extended hijab. The special prices are valid from now until 13th March 2016. Also available at MWM Expo on the 4th & 5th March at Rimbayu.

Here are some suggested tops that go well with the MWM running tee.

Mix and Match : Run in Style

Mix and Match : Run in Style

2. OUR PLEDGE : To Help Women Achieve Their Fitness Goals

This year we are sponsoring 8 runners from Malaysia & Singapore to run the Full Marathon (42 km) at MWM. These are ladies and pacer from various backgrounds and ages but with a common determination to run. Here are the reasons why running a full marathon is important to these awesome runners and how running has helped them in their career and daily life.

  • Ainaa Samsudin, a business analyst
    I run full marathon to challenge myself. Besides building physical strength, I am also training my willpower and mental limits to prove to myself that sometimes it’s just mind over matter. My personal goal at MWM is to finish within the cut off time. Running has helped me in my career by improving how I prioritize and manage time. I learn what is really important to me and I build a schedule to achieve my goals. The corporate world and running scene in Malaysia are not very big and these 2 fields tend to overlap so it’s helpful to have the same interest.

    Azlina & Aina During LSD Training Together

    Azlina & Aina During LSD Training Together

  • Azlina Idris , a full time mom
    I love to challenge myself and push myself out of my comfort zone. To train for a Full Marathon (FM) is not an easy task; it takes sacrifice, determination and physical and mental strength. Becoming a marathoner has been one of my most proudest moment, aside from being a wife and a mom.
    My goal at MWM is to achieve a Personal Best (PB) would be great but seeing how this will be my first FM running with my husband, the main goal would be for both of us to complete the run with no injuries and have fun while doing so.
    Running has given me a sense of balance. When everything seems a little too much, I go out for a run and the problem/issues suddenly doesn’t seem so daunting. I only wish I had discovered the joys of running when I was still working; maybe I wouldn’t have been so stressed all the time. But better late than never!
  • Nur Nahsuhah Binti Zainal Abdin, a medic student
    I love running simply because I love being challenged. When you run 42km with your own time limit, actually you are challenge yourself to do things beyond your limits and it gives you a sense of achievement and satisfaction when you achieve it. This has always teaches me to not give up in every single thing I do and to always believe in myself. Nothing is impossible. The one that can limit you is YOU. Running FM for 5 to 6 hours is not easy and harder in  hot sun..but, what that I learn along the journey is worth the heat. I enjoy  running long hours while being entertained with favourite songs ; it cheers me up in bucket of sweats. MWM is such a great event as it is conducted with much convenience for ladies who want to participate in running events. I would like to complete my run below 5 hours at upcoming MWM. Other than that I would like to be a good example to hijabist ladies, that running modestly will never affect your performance..yup, never. Running never fails to release all those stresses I have to deal with in my  hectic life as a med student. I feel much better after a run. It has helped me to be more confident, positive in many aspects of life and it has widen my network. Running always teaches me to be myself, to be me and stay me. I urge other ladies to set your goals, lace up your shoes, smile proudly to yourself and start running! Because..it does change you in positive way.
Be Inspired by Nahsuhah

Nahsuhah runs 70km a week

 

3. Fashion Tips specially for Sports Fashionista at MWM 2016

Nashata will be at the MWM Expo 4-5th March. Come look for us at Rimbayu.

At 2:15pm, 4th March we are having a 30 mins Fashion Tips specially for Sports Fashionista at the MWM Expo. We will share about how to dress comfortably yet flattering enough for you to run marathon confidently. Other than that we will be sharing some tips on how to pose and look good for photoshoots while running. Intan Suraya who will be running at the MWM always look good in front of the camera. Find out how she does it!

Intan Suraya running at Pink Ultra 50

Intan Suraya ALWAYS looking great! At the Pink Ultra 50

 

Happy International Women’s Day girls!