Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Yes, I did it again!!! My second Full Marathon....42km of madness!
In a way, it's the same story as last year. I had BIG plans to train but somehow never quite got round to doing it. Not to say I didn't do anything, but just not quite enough.
About 2.5 months before the run, I decided to stop the gym membership near my house and signed up for at a new gym near my office. Main driving force was I just got sick and tired of being stuck in traffic for 1 hour plus every single morning. And somehow, the chances of there being a road accident (thus making the traffic 10x worse) just have to increase when I have early morning meetings. Grrrr!
So anyway, it was tough at first but I somehow got into the groove of the new routine. I wake the girls up just before 6am, see them off with uncle transporter, get myself ready and then leave the house before 6.45am. With this, I get about 45 minutes of workout time before starting work. Almost every weekday. Saturday is rest day. On Sundays, I go for a hike with hubby. Not too bad! But....unfortunately not enough to properly train for a full marathon. I'm supposed to do long slow distance runs regularly. With my routine, I typically only get in about 6km non stop run on the treadmill. Max was up to 8.5km the week before the actual run.
Before I knew it, April 8th came closer and closer. Kept telling myself - Ready or not, here I come!
I was really, really nervous before the run. What if my muscle cramps up? What if I throw up? What if I just don't have the energy to go on? Will I have to sit on the sweeper bus?
Had butterflies in my stomach practically the whole day on April 7th.
Morning of April 8th
1.55 am : Alarm rang (aaargghhhhh......why oh why?????)
2.30 am : Left the house
3+ am : Arrive Dataran Merdeka.
4am : Official flag off
4.08am : Officially crossed the starting line. Run, run, run, walk, walk, curse, curse, run, run all the way to KM 42.
10.30am : DONE!!
Happy to complete my FM
Front of Medal
Timing was 6 hours, 22 minutes. I was pretty pleased !!! Last year was about 6 hrs, 50 minutes so I shaved off almost half an hour from my timing.
After effect was pretty bad especially when coming down the staircase. I had to walk sideways and had to hang on to the staircase railing for dear life! lol. Wore flats to work for 3 days. On Thursday, could finally wear my heels and got back to the gym for light exercise.
Happy to have completed my second Full Marathon. Yayyyyy!!!!
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Good morning Day 3 !
I started my day with an early morning swim again. So nice! Girls wanted to go to the Kids Room again.
Elyssa and her batik painting activity
Our car rental was for 24 hours so we had the car until about 11pm. Hubby and I drove around the surrounding area while the girls were in the Kids Room. Bought lunch too since the initial plan was to just rest and relax in the resort after we return the car.
I joined the 11.45pm Aqua Aerobics sessions at the pool - something I've always wanted to try!
After the one hour session, checked in on the girls but they still didn't want to leave the kids room. So ok, we decided on a cycling session (free rental for 2 hours per day). I haven't cycled in years!!! I think probably since Elyssa was born! I nearly cycled into the bushes a few times. Hahaha.
Big smile for camera
Pleasures of a relaxing holiday - from swimming pool straight to next activity of cycling to the beach! I was still wearing my swim suit with a t-shirt over it.
Made it to the beach without falling down from my bicycle. Yay!
Found quiet spot with a small stall
Ordered a coconut to share.
Such a serene place
And for the record - she learned to properly cycle in Phuket. Way to go Elyssa!!! Ok,our fault. Elyssa has been pestering us to teach her to cycle but we somehow never got to doing it.
Elyssa cycling without training wheels
She was sooooo happy and proud!!!
Change in plan. Instead of just lazing at the resort, we decided to go to FantaSea instead. Van came to pick us up about 5pm.
At Phuket FantaSea entrance
Like an amusement park inside
Palace of Elephants theatre
Show only at 9pm so we went for dinner first
Entrance of Golden Kinnaree Buffet Restaurant
Huge buffet restaurant inside!
Food quality was average only.
Bought a basket of bananas for THB 80 to feed elephants
Come have your banana!
We had to deposit our phones before the show started, so no photos of the actual show. Described as
"Thai cultural show infused with illusion techniques and special effects. As the Prince of Kamala journeys through life, he slowly discovered what it means to be the perfect Thai".
My verdict of the show? Ok la...entertaining but for the ticket price, I expected a little more. Girls enjoyed it but they did ask me about the show storyline. I already read reviews that the storyline didn't make sense. A mash-up of historical scenes, magic shows, acrobatic show, dances and songs. Told them no need to try to understand the storyline. hehe.
My verdict of the entire place? Over the top. Good experience but it's a "been there, done that" place that I won't make a return visit. But I must say the whole set up is very organised indeed especially the transport system.
Last day already and our transport to the airport was arranged for 11am. 4D,3N holidays are far too short!
Girls wanted to go the beach. I brought them there while hubby did another round of cycling.
Nice quiet beach. And 2 very tanned girls coming up!
Buggy back to the resort
Before leaving for the airport, I asked Elyssa to take one photo at a specific spot..
Dec 2009 vs Feb 2018 @ Marriott Vacation Club
No more milk bottle this time ;-)
Oh, how my little princess has grown!
And that's it for our short little holiday.
--End of Day 4 --
*blow cobweb again*
I miss updating my blog! So many things to write about but just no time to update (ok, lazy also and it's hard to start again once the momentum is gone)
Instead of backdating, I'll just start with the recent updates.
Came back from a 4D, 3N holiday in Phuket just last week. Free stay at Marriott Vacation Club. Yipeeeee! Only condition was a 90 minute talk. We signed up about 8 years back so this was a refresher cum upsell talk. And just like the last time, my parents were coming along too. Yay!
Our flight was only at 2pm so we had plenty of time to have breakfast and for last minute packing.
But......woke up in the morning with a Whatsapp message from my dad to call him. Aiyo, can't be good! The evening before, he said he had a bad muscle strain at the neck and shoulder area. When I called back he said it didn't get better and worse still, he had a bad allergy reaction to the painkiller he took at night. Lips got swollen and he developed rashes. Boo hoo hooo..... so both Papa and Mama decided to forgo the trip. :-((((((((((((((
4 of us carried on.
Aerotrain in KLIA
The girls love it when they get to sit at the front carriage.
Check in was a breeze that day and since we had extra time, we went from Point A to Point B, back to Point A and then B again!
What I love about Phuket is the short flight - only 1 hour and 10 minutes! And with the 1 hour time difference, we arrive pretty much the same time as our departure time. Passing through Thai immigration was a breeze as well. We loaded up on snacks at 7-11, found our transport (included in the free 4D,3N stay) and off we went to Marriott Vacation Club.
While hubby did the check in, I brought the girls to the Kids Room.
Managed to catch the tail end of this session. Wall a bit low for Erin but ok la.. she still enjoyed it. Both girls went up twice.
Lazed at the apartment and then went swimming in the evening.
Love the pool !
Kids play area with water slide
Went for dinner at Thai Express at Turtle Mart area. Pretty expensive and not particularly good. After dinner, walked around a bit and then went back apartment to laze somemore. Wine, tv, ipad and snacks :-) Hey, meant to be a relaxing holiday!
Then went to Zzzzzz.
--End of Day 1 --
Good morning Day 2! I managed to go for a morning swim. Yay!
Then we took a buggy to Marriot Hotel to listen to the 90 minute talk. Girls got to play at the kids room there. We ended up not signing up for any extra points - perfectly happy with what we purchased previously (price has gone up 40%! We have turned down offers to buy from us) but not willing to invest in extra points either.
After the talk, we picked up our rented car at the vacation club.
THB 1,300 for Toyota Vios for 24 hours
And off we went to explore! It was a HOTTTT day though. Aiks.
A lot quieter compared to Patong town. Reminds me of Ipoh actually.
Simple Noodle Lunch
Did I mention it was a HOTTTT day??? Stopped by an ice-cream place.
Posing while waiting for our ice-cream to arrive.
Ice-cream was good!
My fav was the cold vanilla ice-cream on a warm skillet cookie. Yumz.
My fav was the cold vanilla ice-cream on a warm skillet cookie. Yumz.
Went shopping at the Premium Outlet Mall after that. Nah....not particularly interesting either. Not many sales going on and it was a HOT day. But I was still pleased with my one and only purchase. An Adidas sports bag with a completely separate zippered compartment for my laptop. Ah! Exactly what I was looking for!
Stumbled upon Baan Teelanka Upside Down House after shopping. Ok, decided to give it a go.
Tornado Coming!!! Hang on tight to the Toilet Bowl!
I can't find my girls! Anyone seen them??
Hang on to the bed!
Hang on to the fridge door! Girls... hang on to daddy !!!
Look mummy.... don't wory if the floor is dirty. We'll just walk on the ceiling. No sweat!
Exterior of Upside Down House
Pretty fun place!
We decided to head back to Phuket town for dinner.
Nice picture spot
Tom Yum soup, Tamarind prawns, braised pork and crabmeat omelet.
Live music during dinner
The lady singer was really good. So pretty too!
Mango Sticky Rice for dessert
This was so good! Huge portion as well. We ended up eating half and doggy bagged half which I ate for breakfast the following morning. So happy with my breakfast :-)
After dinner, we drove to Patong town.
Happening night scene.
Started to rain so we just parked and walked at Jungceylon shopping center.
Junkfood shopping at Big C
After a hot and sticky day out, it was good to go back to a lovely apartment.
My favourite place - huge bathroom in the master bedroom
Complete with big bathtub and His & Hers washbasins.
Exactly the same as when we came last time. Still very well maintained.
Erin fast asleep here.
Our snack haul :-)
Showered, tv time and then Zzzzzz.....
--- End of Day 2 --