Happy New Year folks! It’s the first workday of the year but I can’t say if everyone here is that enthusiastic about it. Not me anyway – it’s difficult to come back to “reality” when you’ve had an “awesome-sauce” weekend. And I can fully attest to the often-apt saying “Time flies when you’re having fun”.
Some cliff notes, wait, no so cliff since I tend to ramble about stuff. But hey, I do always start out with the best of intentions i.e. not bore the h*** out of you.
Saturday – 31 December 2011:
- Shake the Gremlins out Run. Recap here.
- Spot of shopping in Mid Valley a.k.a. grab the stuff you want and get out of the place before the crowd descends.
- QUIET day/evening. Yes, I was that little old lady who went to bed at 9:30 pm. Lamest and most boring person in KL. Evidence / exhibit number 1.
Sunday – 1 January 2012 (also known as the MOST HAPPENING DAY of the extended weekend):
- Newton New Year Challenge Run 2012 at Bandar Kinrara. Now you know why we had to be in bed by 9:30 the previous day. Or maybe it was just me because I found out later that quite a number of peeps did stay up for the countdown. Like I said, LAME old lady.
- Rest, rest and rest for most of day – hey, those hills in Kinrara can and did eat me alive. Sort of.
- Pacemakers Annual Dinner 2012 at Sierramas – probably the most anticipated event of the year. Post dinner coffee (and lots of yakking) at Starbucks. Notice something here – not a lick of alcohol. LAME. Evidence / exhibit number 2.
- Oh but in our defence, I would counter that we’re setting an example of how a healthy happy fun living can be without staying up all night or imbibing booze. Evidence / exhibit number 3. Self-delusional.
Monday – 2 January 2012:
- Slept in a tad and went for a 10km run with Kenny and TPC. We did the Seputeh-Desa Waterpark route; first run with Kenny in 2 months I think. It was good to be back. We went at an easy pace since this was billed as a “recovery run”. I did one lap while the guys did 2 to count for a long run. Evidently, some of us would prefer hitting the tarmac than sleeping in on an extended weekend. Evidence / exhibit number 4.
- Chest and pecs session with Michael after that. Evidence / exhibit number 5. Are you guys keeping count here??? At this rate, I think the “guilty” verdict is more than secured! If memory serves me right, here’s what we did yesterday (hey, after all that “healthy living” stuff, it better be agile!):
4 Single sets of:
a) Freemotion cable chest fly
b) Smith machine bench chest press
c) DB incline chest press
d) Smith machine incline bench chest press
f) Free standing dips
g) Kettlebell pullovers
h) Abs on wheels (I forgot the “official” or proper term for this)
- Oh wait, one redeeming point – I spent the rest of the day more or less comatose and hibernated at home except for one tiny break. A session at Serenity Cove.
Back to our regular programming…
Hill Training – 3 January 2012
Route: 2 laps of Taman Desa Seputeh + 1 lap from Old Klang Road to Kenny’s place + 1 lap around the furniture shop
Timing: 53:45 for 5:28 min/km pace
Taman Desa Seputeh laps
Why hello there! It’s been a long while since we met and the quads were definitely feeling it. That coupled with Kenny’s-did-not-tell-me-idea of negative splitting made for a “splendid” start to the morning. I kept pace or at least a few steps back from him pace.
Old Klang Road – Kenny’s place lap
Since we were onto attempted murder here, might as well tag on another upslope. A few upslopes with the final one being a steepest. Throw in a few stray dogs at the construction site and the heartbeat went up 10 notches! Mind: keep going, don’t turn and look at the dogs, ignore them, don’t speed up, keep to the current pace. Oh please God, please don’t let them have a bite of my butt!
Furniture shop lap
8.74km at the turnoff to Kenny’s road...ok, let’s try one lap around the furniture shop to hit 9:xxkm. Done and done.