Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
This time I will put these predictions in my blog and hope to review them by end of 2009 to see if these "experts" are so good.I doubt they are expert but I know they they are good....good in making MONEY from the general public who wants to know the future.No one knows the future, everyone knows this and yet many still believe there are persons who can tell what is going to happen in the future.How silly and stupid can a person be.
As I was driving to work today,I saw a poster in front of Jusco announcing a feng shui seminar in Seremban by an unknown uncle.Wow..the feng shui trend has come to Seremban and more "experts" are coming out to make more money from the public.I wonder if the "experts" are so good,why they are not prosperous and rich.Why they still need to give seminars?Probably to help others!?ha..ha..ha...probably to help themselves and to make others look like fools!!
I think people wants to know the future because they are afraid or feeling insecure.They are scare of bad events,the unpredictable events that are going to happen to them.If you read the predictions every year,most of these are bad news to scare the public.Even the newspaper and medias have all the bad news..recessions,jobs cut,blah..blah..blah.No good news or predictions???
Here is what a psychic says:
-There will be an assassination attempt on Barack Obama.
-There will be serious tensions within Europe as the Euro free falls with both France and Germany threatening to leave.
-Gordon Brown will be forced out of office and an early election will be called.
-A number of C of E bishops and senior ecclesiastical leaders convert to Catholicism simultaneously threatening to undermine the very existence of the church.
-There is a world wide rekindling of socialist ideals and a major swing back towards communism in Russia.
-There will be a major terrorist attack in Dubai
-There will be a serious pollution problem in France – possibly in Paris with the contamination of the River Seine. Also a dam will burst in the Far East – maybe China.
-Britain sees many of its top companies go bust and in particular holiday firms, aviation companies and the building companies.
-Victoria Beckham will become pregnant with a long awaited daughter. And Jordan will announce she’s pregnant too.(who bothers...!!)
-There will be a knife attack on a top celebrity.
-Likelihood of war between the USA, Iraq and Iran in 2009.
Here is what a local feng shui "master"got to say:
General Prediction for 2009, the year of Ox.
1. It should be a turbulence year with difficulties in terms of the economy, diseases and terrorism.
2. We can only see a slight better outlook after Sept 2009.
3.It is a bad year particularly for those who were born in the year of Ox and Goat. Those who are born on those years should rather stay cool and avoid all unnecessary investment, purchases, job transfer and argument. They should look for stability in life instead. Keep their money in their pocket.
4. It is an excellent year for those who were born in the year of monkey. Take whatever opportunity you have to shine. For those who were born in the year of pig, this is your ‘run-about’ year whereby you have to travel a lot.
5. Romance year for horse.
6. Study year for rooster.
In order to stay good luck, we have to:-
1. Be a kind-hearted man always. Willingness to help others is most crucial to enhance ones luck. Do more charity and you will feel that your luck will become better.
2. Always say something nice to others and your luck will be better than before.
3. Put water features at the right locations i.e. the southwest and east of your house or office for period 8 (2004 – 2023). The water should flow to the direction of your house as water symbolizes wealth.
4. Circulate the auspicious qi at South-East by putting an aquarium, water feature, fan or clock there. South-East is the best location for 2009. If the main door of your house is located at the South-East, open the door wide enough to welcome the auspicious qi. Nevertheless, do not put any rubbish bin at the South-East. Always keep the South-East sector clean.
5. Cleanliness is a must. Do an entire clear-up in your house and you will enjoy better luck right away.
6. The worst sector is the North. Place a metal wind chime there.
7. Avoid any renovation at the North and East sectors of your house.
8. Keep money in your pocket.
*As you can see,these are all general statement with no harm done if one is to follow them or not.Well,keep money in my own pocket is DEFINITELY the best,right??
Here is what a feng shui "master"from Hong Kong got to say:
-Build-up of international tensions, natural and air disasters, and a more turbulent stock market.(too general..)
-Changes of leadership in the United States and Russia.(partially true)
-A clash between water and fire which could mean heavy flooding or a tsunami.
-China may suffer a water shortage in the next 12 months.
-He predicts a better economy for China after the 2008 Olympics. "2009 will be its most prosperous year in history," he added.
-But he said high inflation -- he predicted 5.1 percent in Hong Kong and 6.5 percent in the Chinese mainland -- would provide a threat to economic growth and turbulent times were ahead.
What Lilian Too and Joey Yap got to say about 2009?Well,you have to pay to attend their seminars to know.
What Bible got to say:
Boasting About Tomorrow
13Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." 14Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that." 16As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. 17Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins
Whatever happens tomorrow,let God decides as only God knows want will happen tomorrow.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
This morning I did a 25km run with Yee at 5.30am.The distance I covered today was new to me.The furthest I have run so far was 21km,so I was running in an uncharted territory this morning.
What are my running resolutions for 2009?
The main resolution is to run my first marathon:the Sundown Marathon in Singapore which I think is the most difficult among all other marathons judging from the reviews I read from blogs.As 2009 will be a busy year for me,I decided just to run in a few races only mainly in full marathons, some back to back within a month period.
1)To run in Sundown Marathon,KL International Marathon,Borneo International Marathon and Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon.
2)To involve my family if possible by taking them for a weekend to a race and making it a family short break .
3)To try involving my children and wife in running by sharing a km or two with them at their pace.Hopefully they will enjoy running and understand why I need to spend so much time running.
With a steady ,consistent training and making running as fun as possible and not a chore,I hope to achieve my target of running 4 marathons back to back.On top of this I hope to maintain a healthy,fit lifestyle free of injury in my conquest to achieve my ambitious running resolutions.
Friday, December 26, 2008
I agreed with them that timing achieved over a distance should be based on age, gender and not generalised for all ages.A 50+year old person who can complete a full marathon in 4 hours is definitely better than a 30+year old person running in the same race with the same timing.So next time, we should ask the age of the person and not only the time they needed to finish a race.
One of the race in the world which needs qualifying time to enter and also base on age of participant is the Boston Marathon.
Here is some short notes and time qualifications for Boston Marathon:
Boston Marathon Qualifying Times for 2008
With the exclusion of the Olympics and various Championship races, the Boston Marathon is the only marathon in the USA that maintains qualifying times and requirements. While the specific requirements change from year to year (and in general get easier), the requirements generally state that a runner must have completed a qualifying marathon within the year and a half before the upcoming Boston Marathon.
All participants must adhere to the guidelines set forth by the B.A.A., USA Track and Field or foreign equivalent, International Paralympic Committee, Wheelchair Sports, USA, Disabled Sports, USA, and the United States Association for Blind Athletes. Qualifying times must be met in competitions observing these same rules. Proof of qualification must accompany the application.
Qualifying times are based upon your age on the date of the Boston Marathon - April 21, 2008.
*An additional 59 seconds will be accepted for each age group time standard. For example, a net time of 3:50:59 will be accepted for a 42-year old woman.
Boston marathon is very special because in order to enter this marathon one has to has a good qualifying time.Then this brings me to find out further on the performance of our Malaysian runners as a whole,to see if they are good and up to world standard.I wonder how many Malaysian are able to qualify to run in Boston Marathon.
I decided to check on the latest result from Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon in the men full marathon category to see if any Malaysian qualified.There were only 3 Malaysian with a timing of 3:30 and below and they were at position 64,130,136 with timing of 3;06,3:28 and 3:30 respectively.However there were 32 Malaysian runners with a timing between 3:30 and below 4:00.I can't get their age group from the site.If I will to presume the average age is 40 years old among the Malaysian runners then only one of them qualify to run in Boston.If the average age was 45-49 years then all the top 3 Malaysian qualified but this is too few compared to about 20,000 participants in Boston Marathon.
It is not wrong to say that "Malaysia Tak Boleh",maybe we can blamed our poor performance to bad genetics makeup so we wouldn't be feeling bad.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
People should slow down and contemplate the season's true meaning.
Jesus was born on Christmas Day. We celebrate his birth! The birth of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
The true meaning of Christmas can be found from the Bible. Matthew 1:18 - 2:23 tells the details surrounding the birth of Jesus, from the angel's promise of His conception until after His birth when Joseph and Mary moved to Nazareth. Simply let the story speak for itself.I list out the verses for those who find it difficult to locate them:
Matthew 1:18-2:23 (New International Version)
The Birth of Jesus Christ
18This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[a] because he will save his people from their sins."
22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
23"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"[b]—which means, "God with us."
24When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.
25But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
The Visit of the Magi
1After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[c] from the east came to Jerusalem
2and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east[d] and have come to worship him."
3When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.
4When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ[e] was to be born.
5"In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written:
6" 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'[f]"
7Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.
8He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him."
9After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east[g] went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.
10When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
11On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.
12And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
The Escape to Egypt
13When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him."
14So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt,
15where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Out of Egypt I called my son."[h]
16When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.
17Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
18"A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more."[i]
The Return to Nazareth
19After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt
20and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child's life are dead."
21So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel.
22But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee,
23and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: "He will be called a Nazarene."
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sidang Injil Borneo(SIB) or Borneo Evangelical Church is the official name of churches for Sabah,Sarawak and Brunei given by an administrative committee which comprised of pastors and representatives of every tribal congregation in 1956.SIB is very active in East Malaysia.
In the early 60s and 70s SIB had pastors in Peninsular Malaysia serving the Orang Asli,students and family from East Malaysia.As the members grew,their needs for regular meetings and prayer place arise.In January 1993 Daily Bread Church in Damansara Utama offered to start a Bahasa Malaysia service for the East Malaysians and since then SIB Semanjung has grew with many churches in Peninsular Malaysia like in Klang,Serdang,Kajang,Seremban,Melaka,Tanjong Malim,Cameron Highlands,Temerloh,Jerantut,Johor and even in Terengganu.
SIB Seremban is a Bahasa Malaysia church which was started in 1998.White Fields Assembly(WFA)church in Seremban played an important role in the setting up of this church.The initial Bahasa Malaysia service held twice monthly was mainly for Sabah and Sarawak workers in Seremban mainly from the Samsung factory nearby.
In 1998,the WFA church officially handed over the ministry to SIB Semanjung.Pastor Timok was sent to Seremban to take care of this ministry and he was the first pastor of SIB Seremban.He was assisted by Pastor Eddy who was studying at the Seminari Theologia Malysia(STM).Over the years the church showed encouraging progress with the increase in church memberships and expansion of ministry.
In 2002 Pastor Eddy took over as the pastor of SIB Seremban from Pastor Timok.SIB Seremban continues to grow and expand by the mercy and grace of God.The church is able to support it self financially and be independent in many aspects.
In 2006,with the presence of English speaking members,the church leadership started a second service in English.The response was very good and the English ministry grew tremendously.With the increase of members,the church leadership decided to move into a bigger building to accommodate the growing congregation.Thus on 19th June 2006,SIB Seremban moved to the current new building in Seremban 2.Currently the church has also started Chinese service for Mandarin speaking members and has opened another branch in Port Dickson.
All are welcome to attend SIB church every Sunday at : No.46,Jalan S2 B1,Lakeview Square Seremban2,70300 Seremban for:
Chinese Service: 9.00am to 10.30am
B.Malaysia Service: 10.00am to 12.00noon
English Service: 10.30am to 12.30 noon
Sunday School 11.00 am
Further information,please call:
Pastor Eddy H/P 017-6758564
Church no. 06-6015025
Sunday, December 21, 2008
1)Starting a blog-I did started a blog after procrastinate for almost 10 months.However I do find it difficult initially especially when coming to modify the blog set up.There were many new things to learn and it was fun exploring new stuffs on the Internet.The main challenge was to get search engine to index my postings but with the help from many online websites/blogs,I manage to play around with Html etc.Finally my blog got indexed after 2 weeks.My blog is still very new and I will try to maintain it for a long as possible.
2)Learning Mandarin-This is a very challenging resolution as I am doing self learning from books and through Internet.Learning new language takes time and it is a life long process.Occasionally I do ask help from my niece,nephew and even my staffs.Learning extra language is an added advantage but I think it may be a little too late for me.However I am learning it as a self improvement challenge for myself not for examinations or career advancement. Up to date I think I know more Chinese characters than a year ago.I think I have not accomplished fully this 2008 resolution..maybe only 10%.
3)To exercise regularly and to keep fit-I think I am fitter now than a year ago.I lost about 5kg of weight and I am able to run without feeling breathless.A year ago I can't even run for 3 km before feeling tired.Hopefully I can motivate my wife,my children and my friends to do regular exercise.
4)To run a half marathon-I did complete the run in Singapore recently.I feel great.Now I am more confident in running although I still have a lot more to learn.Hopefully I will still be able to run for many years to come like Hong Pak,the oldest member in our running group.
As 2008 is coming to the end,I am looking forward to new challenges in 2009...
Friday, December 19, 2008
*Anwar famous quote:"We have the numbers...believe me." (Ha..ha..ha...we 'believe' you)
Anwar mislead the nation into believing that his party can topple BN by 16/9/2008.Almost everyone believed in him to the extend the ruling BN party sent some of the MPs to oversea just before 16/9.I never trust politicians but I knew of friends who put a high hope on Anwar to become Prime Minister to the extend that they created a countdown by marking their calender daily until the "doom-day".
Everyone who believed in him were grossly disappointed when nothing happened on 16/9/2008.So our great joker of the year then set aside a new date for him to form government and the die hard supporters still believed in him.Aiyo...why these people never learn??How can you trust a politician?You can trust anyone else but not politicians.Politicians cannot be trusted!!
So I think Anwar Ibrahim deserved the Joker of The Year 2008 award for his outstanding performance in deceiving the nation.Bravo!!...bravo!!....bravo!!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
*Some shepherds were in the fields caring for their sheep when an angel appeared telling the frightened men not to be afraid,"Because I bring you the most joyful news.God's son is born tonight in Bethlehem." Then a whole choir of angels sang"Glory to God...and peace on earth."So the shepherds ran to the village and worshiped the baby.
*On the night Jesus was arrested,He held a special celebration feast for His disciples.He told them He was going to die and when He died He would take away the sins,the evil deeds of the world.Jesus was arrested and taken before a Roman governor.He had Jesus beaten and condemned Jesus to die on a cross.The cross was very heavy and Jesus was forced to carry His own cross through the city to a hill called Calvary.
*One day Jesus led his disciples toward Bethany.He told them to tell everyone in the world that He loved them and He died for them.Then Jesus blessed his disciples and began rising into the sky and disappeared into Heaven.
*Jesus gave His promise to be with us every day and help us live right.He also promised to come back to earth someday to establish His kingdom.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
He said the reason I experienced the pain was due to my inadequate training and my low lactate threshold causing lactic acid to built up and slow clearance of lactic acid in the blood system.
As I have no knowledge in this topic,i just agreed with what he said.Later I searched through the Internet for further information on this topic and i found out the symptoms is called delayed onset muscle soreness.It is skeletal muscle pain that starts 8 to 24 hours after activity and peaks from 24 to 72 hours after activity.It is thought to be caused by microscopic damage to the muscle tissue itself. This micro trauma causes disruption to the structure of the muscle fibers leading to inflammation and pain.
Lactic acid accumulation is not believed to play a role in delayed onset muscle soreness because blood and muscle lactate levels return to normal 30 to 40 minutes after exercise.
Typical causes of delayed onset muscle soreness are eccentric muscle loading (such as downhill running), performing new exercises, or higher-than-normal intensity training. Symptoms include pain and tenderness to the touch in the affected muscles. The pain usually begins 8 to 24 hours after exercise and peaks at 24 to 72 hours post exercise.
There is usually a loss of strength and mobility in the muscle, and it may be swollen. The amount of discomfort seems to be related to the intensity and duration of the activity.
Prevention is done by doing the activity that causes the delay onset muscle soreness in the first place so the body will adapt to these stresses and it will no longer occur. Training should focus on building up to the desired intensity and duration over time.
Treatment is controversial.The best approach seems to be resuming physical activity. This reduces pain and inflammation leading to a faster recovery.I took some painkiller after the run and it helped as i was able to walk around Singapore !!
The good news is: it is self-limiting and most of the pain is gone within 5 to 7 days. Full recovery usually occurs within 2 weeks and there are no long term problems or impairment in performance.
Well..now i know my friend is not 100%right after all.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Slowly i made my way to the water tent,got myself a seat near the chip collecting booth and help myself to a drink before moving on to collect my medal.Luckily the giddy spelt lasted only about 5 minutes or else i might end up in an ambulance to some expensive private hospital in Singapore.That would burnt a big hole in my pocket.
While waiting to meet my family members,i walked around the Padang helping myself to lots of free 100PLUS/mineral water(they gave them out in 500ml bottles),bananas and biscuits.At the same time there was prize giving ceremony for top 3 male runners,all from Africa.The winner got USD35000!!.
*Human sphere-where the children go into it and row along a path.This is a popular game so many had to wait for their turn.
*Inflatable castles for children to jump and explore..
*Children waiting for their toys made from balloons..
*A pond in Botanic Garden..
In the evening we spent some time strolling along Orchard Road window shopping,watching the Christmas lights up and "human watching".
Finally went to bed at 1100pm,tired but still can't sleep well despite having being moving around for past 18hours.
The next day was the worst because of continuous rain from early morning until night.We went to visit my auntie and my sister before shopping for toys and shoes at night.
The next best thing to do after Singapore Marathon is a visit to the zoo http://www.zoo.com.sg/
It fun and enjoyable even for adults.My children loved the water park in the kidzworld section .
*A pair of beautiful parrots..
*This is the best part where children waited for the big splash of water from the big container located above the water slide.The big splash comes on every 5 minutes.
*Performance at the Shaw Foundation Amphitheatre.
*Christmas decorations can be seen everywhere..it is the Disney theme in Changi airport.
*Showtime in Suntec City Mall...lots of Christmas decorations and shows.
*With my son before going to the starting line....
*On the way to the starting line..ready to run!
*During the run...don't know when it was taken,probably early part of the race.
*Looking tired...what was i thinking at that time?probably cursing @#$&%$...
*Happy face after the run with my medal...
Monday, December 8, 2008
My result as on the official website:http://www.runpix3.com/sin08/21/finord.php?LastName=41269&lan=&aset=0
Friday, December 5, 2008
1)Wake up early enough to take care of everything you must do eg.eat and drink, visit the bathroom, dress, etc.(should be no problem for me since i always having trouble sleeping well before a race).
2)Depart for the race site with plenty of time to spare, arriving early enough to take care of any last minute details.(also should be no problem for me since the hotel is very near to the starting point)
3)Stay off your feet as much as possible prior to the race.(this may be a problem as we plan to do some sight seeing and shopping before the race)
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Race pack consists of items above and some vouchers.Thank you sister for helping to collect it.Note:the round item is the timing chip.
The reason is sex before any kind of exercise that requires stamina, strength and exertion tends to drain us of our energy and relaxes all the muscles in the body.So is it good to have sex before marathon or a race?
Average love making burned about 100 calories while running a marathon burned 3000 calories so there is not a great amount of energy used during sex.Sex is the most inexpensive, easiest, and beneficial ways to have a good night's rest and relaxation especially for those who are anxious the night before competition.
Basically researchers worry that sex may occupied time allocated for sleeping because loss of even one night's sleep is likely to result in fatigue, irritability and mood shifts which may affect performance on race day.
Experts recommend that athletes should maintain regular sleep and sex life patterns to feel well and rested before a day's activities, however strenuous. Relative amount of sexual activity and sleep is positive.The more sleep a runner has in the 48 hours prior to a marathon, the more likely they are to report their finish as above average or best). Mental preparation and consistency is equally important.
So fellow runners,science has proven that sex before competition is acceptable so have no worries,go ahead if you want to!!Any takers before this Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon?ha..ha..ha
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Usually i will take a cup of oats before my run in the morning and after reading some articles on benefits of coffee in running,i decided to give it a try.Lately i have been experimenting with increasing concentration of coffee(i use Nescafe) before my run and i do feel better.
Coffee contains caffeine which promotes the release of free fatty acids into the blood, so increasing the amount of fat used by the muscles as fuel. We tend to use glycogen as fuel for the first 90 minutes of running even when there is usually plenty of fat available. If caffeine is taken, it can, theoretically, increase the use of fat as fuel, which will spare the limited glycogen stores. The idea was to delay the depletion of glycogen stores, and avoid "hitting the wall".
It also acts as a stimulus to the central nervous system and decreases the contractile threshold of a muscle thus allowing a smaller stimulus to cause contraction.
However studies have shown conflicting results and they did not mention type of coffee,the concentration used and how much to use.So I just try with a cup of "concentrated" or "kau"coffee and i feel good thus it boost my confident.
Maybe it is just a psychological but who cares if i think it benefits me and hopefully i don't get addicted to it after this.
Monday, December 1, 2008
What i am feeling now is the heat from our joker politicians who like to provoke racial issues and people emotions.I always feel the politicians are to be blamed for the disunity among Malaysian because of the policies and the statement they made.It is always a tit and tat kind of thing and it will never end.
Look at how CSL provoked the malays: http://drchua9.blogspot.com/ and how Mukhriz Mahathir is going to provoke the non malays http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/12/1/nation/20081201164312&sec=nation.
Let the jokers continue to create more stupid "jokes"which the media loves to hear,I am going to Singapore to enjoy my first half marathon and my holiday with my family.Hopefully by the time i come back,the stupid "jokes"will cool down before another attention seeking joker will create another stupid "jokes"...!!!
Aiyo..a nation full of joker politicians.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
This morning i did some short distance run at my targeted marathon pace.However i did not feel good during the run as i began to doubt if i can ever finish my 21km.I know it is my mind playing up negative thoughts as i am getting a bit nervous as the marathon day approaches.I had completed a few 21km distance during our weekend long runs so i should be able to do it again next Sunday with a better timing.
What is tapering?Tapering is define as a period of “active rest” when our body recovers from all those weeks of hard training. It’s a delicate balance between running and resting that brings us to the starting line fresh and ready to go.
The process is tricky. If we run too much, we’ll be overly tired on the starting line. If we rest too much, we won’t feel sharp on race day, and may not run as effectively as possible.So the experts suggest that we must follow some rules during the tapering periods:
1)No more long runs.
2)Cut back the mileage:During race week, reduce our overall mileage by at least 60 percent.
3)During the last four days before the marathon, don’t do any runs of more than three miles.
4)Maintain the intensity:Run at close to marathon pace, so our body is accustomed to the effort level we will demand during the race.
5)Avoid the hills: helps our legs recover more quickly.
6)Decide what clothes we will wear on race day. Pick comfortable shoes, socks, and running clothes that we’ve already worn on a long training run. DON’T wear anything new on marathon day.
7)Pay close attention to our diet.Eat a bit less than usual, with well-balanced meals, and don’t start any fad diets.
8)Eliminate extra activities. Don’t do any unusual activities that might cause muscle soreness afterwards.If we have extra time on our hands, just get more rest or take a nap instead.
9)Cut our toe nails: Do it five or six days before the race.
10)Be paranoid:stay away from sick people. Wash our hands after touching anybody. assured of staying healthy.*BLINK*:)
11)Visualize success: The mental side of marathon running is extremely important. Beginning today, picture our self running relaxed and strong, and having a great race. Repeat this scenario each day. Be confident in our ability to succeed! i must try this!!
Various studies found improvements in performance of between 2% and 8% when athletes taper their training before competition so i better follow what the experts said.Let's start the countdown...7..6..
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Some experts say you should throw your shoes in the washing machine once a month.Others have their own opinions and ways.However i think the following way is acceptable:
1)Have an old toothbrush or a soap bristle brush ready.Dip it in the soap solution that you made. Start scrubbing the inserts of the shoes. Be particular on the inside and outside.
2) When rinsing use clean water. Make sure to remove all the soap.Once you have removed all the soap, wipe it with paper towel or dry cloth.
3) Squeeze as much water out of your shoes as possible.
4) Take out your insoles and let them air dry.
5) Put balled up newspaper in the toes of your shoes.
6) Keep it in for an hour and then replace it.
7) Let them dry overnight, remove paper.
8)After you feel that they are completely dry,put the laces and inserts back to the shoes.
9)If you want to remove the odour from the shoes, sprinkle a little bit of baking soda inside the shoes.
Cleaning your shoes the right way will definitely lengthen the life span of your shoes.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
2)If any of your symptoms extend below the neck – chest tightness or achy limbs for example, then it’s almost certainly a day for staying home,relaxing and getting better.
3)If you have a fever you should definitely shelve your run. Elevated body temperature is generally a sign that your body is already working hard fighting some infection or other – it really doesn’t need the extra strain of a run, so take the sensible route and rest.
4)If you think that you probably shouldn’t be running (different from just not feeling like it!) take a rest day - you know your body best, listen to it sometimes.
Monday, November 24, 2008
The children were having a good time playing and eating.They are "colour blind" because they do not choose their friends based on race or religions.
This world will be a better and peaceful place if we can be like children where skin colour,background and religions do not play a part in choosing friends or making decisions.
Lastly a very happy birthday to my two lovely girls,Jessica and Jacyntha..I love both of you.!!Not forgetting my son,Jonathan..i love you too..!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
After the run we went to have breakfast...bak kut teh.Some went home earlier so only 10 of us went for breakfast.
The 2nd uncle from the left in this picture is Hong Pak.He is 70 years old and he is running 42 km in Singapore!!He is the oldest member in this group while i am the youngest..ha..ha..ha.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
5 minutes after long run-drink up to 16 ounces(approx.500ml) of sport drink to replenish electrolytes and minerals.
7 minutes after long run-change to dry clothes to help body regulate its temperature.
15 minutes after long run-consume a mix of carbs and protein to jump start muscle recovery.
30 minutes after long run-stretch to improve flexibility,boosts circulation and aids recovery.
45 minutes after long run-cool down by soaking in an ice cold bath to speed recovery and prevent soreness.
60 minutes after long run-nap or take 15 to 30 minutes break with the feet up.
This routine is suppose to help runners to stay injury free but how many are following it?
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Chip sends its unique code
Possible errors in a chip system:
Unreliability - Some transponder systems miss up to 4 racers in every 100.
Inadequacy - Some systems can only handle 1 athlete every second in the detection area.
Unrepeatability - There is no means of reviewing the results after the race
The possibility of chip system errors are low as it has been used worldwide in many big running events and the constant improvement in chip technology and system software.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
He encourage me to read more on running by lending me magazines and notes which he kept for many years.
Since then i discovered that i am just a casual runner and lacking in many aspects of proper marathon training.I do not have a proper training plan,not following any eating plan,not invested in proper running gears and lack of discipline.
So i hope to better myself through reading more.Reading is knowledge and with knowledge we can achieve maximum from minimal effort in everything we do.
I will post articles which i think will benefit novice runner in this blog later.
Monday, November 17, 2008
To my surprise there are lots of unsettle issues before my blog can reach my target audience...like having to make the search engines to recognise my blog etc.
So this lead me to start searching the net for solutions and help.In the process,i discovered there are many more stuffs which i don't know.
Feeling frustrated,tired and not to mention wasted lots of my precious time looking for solution.
However on positive note...i am learning new stuffs and i am taking this as a challenge.
Life is still great after all...!!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Pushing our body to run 42km can cause at least minor injury to our heart as shown by enzymes found leaking through the heart membrane.Running a marathon puts severe and sometimes dangerous stress on our body causing changes to immune system,kidney function and damage to skeletal muscles.
Our body reacts to injury by mounting an emergency repair response:our adrenal glands and brain produce stress hormones cortisol and vasopressin,damaged muscles produced cytokines which trigger liver to produce c-reactive protein.
These cause an "inflammatory storm"throughout our body which may make the thin fibrous plaque lining our artery to rupture.Also this inflammation storm can lead to an imbalance of coagulation factors making blood more susceptible to clots-the result is HEART ATTACK!!
15,000 to 28,000 number of times each foot hits the pavement over 42km.
72 km minimum number of weekly training recommended to reduce changes of a cardiac event.
6.5x increase in levels of cardiac troponin,a marker of heart cell damage in runners after a marathon.
1 in 50,000 risk of suffering sudden cardiac death during or within 24 hours of completing a marathon.
40s and 50s ages in which marathon fatalities are clustered.
Now the good news-proper training is needed to protect the heart from injury during the race and usually heart damage did not appear to be permanent.
Well....after going through the facts i think this is a risk worth taking.The competition feeling and the sense of accomplishment is a great motivational force to continue running.
Friday, November 14, 2008
-Every 10 seconds two people develop diabetes.
-Over 250 million people live with diabetes worldwide. In 2025, this figure will reach 380 million.
-Over 500,000 children under age 15 worldwide live with type 1 diabetes.
-More than 200 children a day develop type 1 diabetes.
-In developing countries, close to 75,000 children live with diabetes in desperate circumstances.
-Type 1 diabetes is increasing fastest in pre-school children, at a rate of 5% each year.
-Type 2 diabetes has been reported in children as young as eight.
-Type 2 diabetes affects children in both developed and developing countries.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Have you ever wonder...whenever a question is posed about a particular marathon or race, one of the first questions asked is, "Is it hilly"?
I have a phobia for hills even during practice runs as i always feel hill is difficult and tiring.If i have a choice i would like to avoid running through hilly terrain but of course i can't choose especially races like Mizuno Run recently which involved lots of up and downs.After doing some reading and research it seems like hills training is a must in part of the marathon training.
Physiologically, hill running...
1) Increases your aerobic capacity that enables you to use less oxygen at increasingly longer distances.
2) Improves your running economy that enables you to use less oxygen to run at a faster pace.
3) Increases your stamina that enables you to run farther at a given pace.
4) Builds strength in your gluteals (buttock), quadriceps (front of thigh), gastrocnemius (upper calf), and soleus (lower calf) muscles.
Biomechanically, hill running...
1) Improves your stride length (from uphill running) and your stride frequency (from downhill running).
2) Increases your ankle flexion that enables you to "pop" off the ground more quickly, so that you can spend less time on the ground and more time in the air.
3) Teaches you how to run relaxed.
Looks like runner can't avoid hills...so better learn to love hills!!
Monday, November 10, 2008
The best tool for running is contact lens....that is my personal opinion.I have beeen wearing spectacles since lower secondary school.I used to play games and sports using spectacles....although finding it troublesome but still manageable.I knew of contact lenses but don't give it a try until i started running early this year.Initially there were some fears of putting and removing the lenses but the comfort of wearing them especially during running convinced me to use contact lens in my daily activities.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
PUTRAJAYA: It is possible for anyone from a minority group to be a nation’s leader, even in Malaysia, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi.
This statement from Badawi commenting on Obama victory appeared in The Star today...showed how politicians like to lie,to make empty promises which they themselves know can't be achieved.
They think `rakyat' are so stupid to listen to them.
My advice to them is better keep their mouth shut than to make unnecessary statement.
We can see the quality of our politicians,most of them but NOT all...they don't deserve the Yang Berhormat title but instead Yang Bodoh title...to see they way they talk,behave,their knowledge and character...will make me feel like throwing out.