Monday, June 04, 2012

1 year!



This was my attempt to make an anniversary card for Simon but trying to coax a sick toddler to look cute and hold still while I take a photo (she has fever since Saturday) was quite a challenge.

And yes, we didn't get to go out for some romantic dinner because of the clingy toddler but it really doesn't matter where we celebrate it. (Okay, let's go out this weekend!)

Happy 1 year to us! :)

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Sundown run

before the race started (with my very supportive husband)
i'm in the middle
marathon runners, and they started at midnight. aargh.
I finished the run at exactly midnight, I clocked in 1 hour 17 minutes for a 10km run which is not too bad for my pace. I would usually walk after every few kilometers during my workout runs but for this race I just wanted it to be over and done with so I didn't stop to walk, a few times I didn't even stop for a water break. For me, the run wasn't properly organized and there was a lack of courtesy among the runners. For the organizers, they should have known that there were too many runners so they could have split us up into 2 waves with a 15 minute interval between the waves to avoid that much congestion. And what made it worse was that a lot of runners were very inconsiderate, the slow runners were walking on the right side of the road. It was quite dangerous trying to squeeze myself to get past and overtake the chatting walkers, and some were even using their phones! Some were having their photos taken at the kilometer markers and I heard from a friend some were even updating their facebook status (just reached 5km!). Simon said he couldn't get near the finish line so I only saw him a few meters after I finished. It is a bit sad because I've always liked it when I can hear all the cheers from the supporters/runners who've already finished when approaching the finish line which makes me sprint faster towards it. On the positive side, I was able to do 26,000 steps that day for my GCC (hurray!) and the light sticks glow in the dark bracelets that they gave us before the race were very cool - Ayesha even had fun playing with them the next night.

PS. Thanks Tita Anetski for babysitting the muppet. Mwa!

*** Update : So I got this email from the Sundown organizer to complete a post-event survey, and I thought that's great I can at least tell them what I thought about the race. It turned out the stupid form won't let me submit my input unless I give my annual salary range and the brand of my shoes/eyewear/vehicle/etc??? And where did I purchase my running shoes from?? I've put "none of your business" in some of the required fields, it's just really frustrating and I swear 'll never run in this sundown event again.

Friday, June 01, 2012

Flat tires and 10,000 steps a day

On my way to the parking lot the other day, I bumped into my teammates Gary and Gary Jr (yes, they are father and son!). Usually I would just wave bye and go straight to my car because I have to get my daughter but I was feeling chatty so we just talked nonsense for awhile. Turned out I was very lucky because Gary Jr saw that I had a flat tire - I probably would have missed that and just drove off. Anyway, I didn't know how to change a flat tire so I was thinking of maybe just leaving the car and getting a cab but these 2 guys opened the car boot and in less than 5 minutes removed my tire and told me we could have it vulcanized downstairs (lucky again that our parking lot is a building full of autoshops). So this guy from the autoshop just pulled out the screw, digged the hole in the tire, squeezed some glue to seal the inner tube hole and inflated the tire (I think that's what happened) and all for 8 dollars only! In the end, I even managed to get Ayesha on time so no late fine this time!


Men in red to the rescue!
at the autoshop
I just realized I have to learn to change a flat tire so I need to ask Simon to give me a hands-on lesson once he's back(he's in India again).

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I was also wearing red that day because we planned a pictorial for this 16-week challenge we joined in at work, it's called Global Corporate Challenge wherein our goal is to at least do 10,000 steps a day. According to their website, "The Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) is the world’s largest corporate health program and the only of its kind with independently proven results. It is proven to improve staff health and wellness, promoting teamwork, reducing absenteeism, and creating a culture of resilience across entire organisations." So far, the challenge has been running for a week now and we're doing great and meeting the 10k steps a day except for last night. I fell asleep and only did 7,000 steps, and yes this morning I received a lot of grief from my teammates.



Transporters team (the boring pose)

a wackier pose

I was proposing we all kick for our group photo (because we are the Transporters) but we didn't have a good camera. I look like a witch here haha.

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