Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Change of Race Kit Collection Dates and Location for Mizuno Wave Run 2015 & Contest Winner

To all participants in the Mizuno Wave Run 2015, there are some changes on the race kit collection dates and location.

New dates: 23rd to 26th September 2015
New location: World of Sports eCurve
Time: 11am - 7pm
 
 For more information, log on to World of Sports Malaysia Facebook page .

AND
The lucky winner for  WIN a Race Slot to Mizuno Wave Run 2015 is
Mii Kii
Please check you FB message for the prize redemption. 
A great big thank you to  World of Sports Malaysia for the race slot.
 
See you there!
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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Reebok Spartan Race Malaysia / Singapore 2015

Are you ready for the world’s leading obstacle racing series,Spartan RaceYes, the Reebok Spartan Race is coming to Malaysia and Singapore in October and November, respectively. 

As I know the Spartan Race is a series of challenging obstacle races that involve running, climbing, and crawling to carry ourself through all the obstacles to reach the finish line. This race gonna test our strength, balance, mental tenacity and endurance.  

Let's find out more about the  Reebok Spartan Race!
A little bit background about this race...

Spartan Race, voted Outside Magazine’s Best Obstacle Race, is the world’s leading obstacle racing series and the first of its kind to feature timing and global rankings. With over 130 events in 17 countries during 2014 alone, Reebok Spartan Race has made obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports in the world. The global event series features races at three distances, 5+ km/15+ Obstacle Sprint, 13+ km/20+ Obstacle Super and 20+ km/ 25+ Obstacle Beast, culminating each year in the Spartan World Championship.
Spartan Race is not your average race! While you are certainly familiar with everyday run-of-the-mill running races, the Spartan Race is like their adventurous, adrenaline-junkie friend who thrives on excitement.

Not only will you be running, climbing, and crawling across unknown terrain, but you’ll also get to splash through mud, tackle many unique and challenging obstacles, test your overall strength, balance, mental tenacity and endurance, and finish with a fiery leap of victory!

It’s probably one of the most exciting, invigorating and thrilling ways you can choose to spend your weekend.
Imagine a large area of outdoor terrain. It might be sandy or muddy. It could be a hilly meadow or a forest. It could be anything. Throw in a few hills here and there, and maybe a river or a lake sits in the middle of this.

We’ll put a course that runs through and around the area. Then, we’ll put some obstacles in the way. Obstacles that will make you climb, crawl or carry yourself over, through and past them.
If you fail one of these obstacles, you do 30 burpees and then you continue. 
There are 3 main types of races:
1.) SPARTAN SPRINT : 5+ kilometres and 15+ obstacles (for beginners)
2.) SPARTAN SUPER : 13+ kilometres and 20+ obstacles
3.) SPARTAN BEAST : 20+ kilometres and 25+ obstacles

There is also SPARTAN JUNIOR, 0.75 to 2+ kilometres  and 7 to 14+ obstacles
Registration:
Reebok Spartan Race Malaysia

Reebok Spartan Race Singapore
 
For more info, visit:
Spartan Race Malaysia, http://spartanrace.my/ 
or  

Spartan Race Singapore, http://spartanrace.sg/
or  

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

WIN a Race Slot for the Mizuno Wave Run 2015

The Mizuno Wave Run, one of the most popular running events in the Klang Valley is back for its 10th inaugural wave edition on 27th September 2015! For this year wave edition, there will be a new distance category, which is the 21km Half Marathon and  its popular 10km distance category. I'm looking forward to join the The Mizuno Wave Run 2015 at Putrajaya. Good news is ONE of my lucky reader will WIN a Race Slot for the Mizuno Wave Run 2015! Read on to find out how you can win.
Press Release:

PUTRAJAYA, MALAYSIA, 7th August, 2015 – Mizuno Wave Run, organized by W.O.S. World of Sports Malaysia and Mizuno is set to return with its 10th inaugural wave edition at Putrajaya on 27th September this year.

Since its inception in 2005, Mizuno Wave Run has been one of the most popular running events in the Klang Valley. This year, to commemorate its 10th wave edition, Mizuno Wave Run is set to deliver a new experience to the runners by introducing a new distance category, which is the 21km Half Marathon alongside with its popular 10km distance category.

“It’s been a great milestone for Mizuno Wave Run since its inception back in 2005. With only 900 odd runners back then, the event has gradually grown to be one of the most anticipated local running platforms amongst runners,” said Senior General Manager of W.O.S. World of Sports Malaysia, Ms. Carol Wong.

“Over the years, we have been receiving positive responses from our regular Mizuno runners and we are thrilled to be back again. This year, we are targeting 4,500 runners and we believe that with the introduction of the new distance category of 21km Half Marathon, we are able to deliver our best commitments to those who have been supporting us over the past 9 years”, Carol further commented.

Putrajaya is chosen again to host the Mizuno Wave Run 2015 due to its perfect landscape infrastructure. “Undeniably, a good location plays a major role in ensuring a comfortable running environment for runners. With the beautiful landscape, safety routes and ample parking space available, we are convinced that choosing Putrajaya as the event location will encourage and entice a promising number of runners this year”, said Senior Sales Manager of W.O.S. World of Sports Malaysia, Mr. Glenny J Da Costa.

Mizuno Wave Run 2015 offers a total of 8 categoriess for various age groups and winning prizes worth more than RM50, 000 are up for grabs for the Top 10 Finishers in both 21km and 10km distance categories. “We would like to thank our official sponsors; Nestle Fitness Cereal, Perskindol, Ebene and Gatsby for their continuous support in making Mizuno Wave Run a yearly success”, Glenny added.
 
Runners can register via myraceonline.com and the closing date for registration is on 13th September 2015 or when reaches 4, 500 participants (whichever comes first). Entry fees for 21km and 10km are RM70.00 and RM60.00 respectively, with a scheduled race kit collection on 25th – 26th September 2015 at World of Sports Paradigm Mall. Additionally, the flag-off time slots are 6.30am for all 21km Half Marathon categories and 6.45am for all the 10km categories.

Upon registration, participants are entitled to an exclusive Mizuno Wave Run 2015 Official Running Singlet. Additionally, all finishers will be rewarded with a Finisher Medal and endorsed E-Certification (printed finishing time and position to be downloaded from myraceonline.com).

In conjunction with Mizuno Wave Run, W.O.S. World of Sports Malaysia will be organizing Mizuno Running Clinic Sessions to train runners for the upcoming event. Scheduled to run on 22nd August and 19th September 2015 at Dataran Kemerdekaan Shah Alam, Section 14, lucky registered runners will get the chance to learn hands-on tips on different running elements and strategies from Mizuno Official Ambassadors.

Mizuno Wave Run registered runners will also get to enjoy exclusive discounts on selected Mizuno merchandise, alongside with various contest giveaways. For more information, log on to World of Sports Malaysia Facebook page for latest promotional updates.
 
Giveaway!

All thanks to World of Sports Malaysia and I'm giving out  ONE Race Slot (21km /10km) to one of my lucky reader!
How to WIN a Race Slot for Mizuno Wave Run 2015

1.) Like my Facebook page, JustNorahs 
2.) Like and share "WIN a Race Slot for the Mizuno Wave Run 2015" blog post on JustNorahs Facebook with hashtags:  #Mizuno #MWR2015 #MWR10th #running and tag World of Sports Malaysia FB page & JustNorahs FB page
 
3.) Remember to state which category you want to join in your post and also set your posting to Public so that I can see it yah!  
Contest ends on 25 August 2015 at 12 noon.
*Winner will be notified by Facebook message

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Salomon X-Scream 3D Launch in Malaysia & My First Impressions of X-Scream 3D

Last Saturday, I was invited to attend the Salomon X-Scream 3D Launch in the Apartment, KLCC. I was pretty excited to find out more about the Salomon's new city trail shoes. The Salomon X-Scream 3D is the latest shoe from Salomon's City Trail range.
The new Salomon X-Scream 3D for men (Gecko green/bright red/black) and women (Hot pink/mystic purple/white). 

Salomon introduces the evolution of everyday training with X-Scream 3D. As the embodiment of Salomon's City Running Concept, X-Scream 3D provides ample ride and cushioning for everyday running on hard paths and roads, but with superior foothold and grip to ensure agility for diverse movements on multiple surfaces. For runners who want to break away from the same routine, X-Scream 3D delivers the foothold, grip and ride to let you make every run an adventure.
During the launch event, I was given a pair of Salomon X-Scream 3D in Hot pink/mystic purple/white to test run with invited media members and bloggers. My first impressions of  Salomon X-Scream 3D are light, quite cushioning and comfortable. It is easy to wear with just one-pull tightening the shoe lace and store the shoe lace in lace pocket. I was wearing size 7 Salomon X-Scream 3D and this pair of city trail shoe is comfortably roomy. I like lightweight running shoes and I always run in lightweight or minimalist shoes.
 
Now, I'm ready to join the test run session lead by Mr. Raymond, Salomon Brand Ambassadors of Malaysia.

After the briefing and warm-up sessions, we started to run around KLCC Park. 
We started off  with a slow jog in the park. This was my first time running in KLCC park. A complete loop of this park is about 1.30 km.
We ran on grassy surface and  slopes in the park. 

The Salomon X-Scream 3D are supportive and stable when I run on different terrain and surfaces such as rubberized track, grass, sand, concrete pavement, slopes and staircase. The 3D grip or better known as  multi-terrain grip works well when I run up & down the slopes and staircases in the KLCC park. At one point, I was actually running  below 5 minutes pace. (Thanks Marlina for this nice photo).
With YK and Karsten posing after the test run in Salomon X-Scream 3D shoe.
After the test run session, we were invited for breakfast and the product sharing session by Mr. Samuel Soong, Product Manager of Salomon.
Mr. Samuel shared with us the features and technologies used in Salomon X-Scream 3D. 
Foothold in every direction
3D Fit comfortably holds your foot in place, even during dynamic directional changes. X-Scream 3D shoes begin with Salomon's well known Sensifit and Quicklace system for outstanding foothold and comfort. With the Endofit and seamless upper, this shoe feel great even without socks.

Multi-surface Grip
3D Grip ensures confidence on wet or dry, soft or hard surfaces.

Responsive ride for a dynamic run 
3D Ride feels smooth and cushioned on consistent and uneven surfaces.
 
The Salomon Brand Ambassadors of Malaysia sharing their experiences running in Salomon X-Scream 3D shoe.
A group photo of invited media members and bloggers with Salomon Brand Ambassadors of Malaysia during the launch event.

The test run will continue with mid-long run and lsd for my marathon training in the coming weeks. 

Salomon X-Scream 3D is available in 5 colours at Salomon Pavillion, World of Sports and World of Outdoors for RM 489.
For more info, visit World of Sports and  Salomon Malaysia 

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

My Running Journey: What's On - January 2015

Kick of the year of 2015, I joined my very first run in The Multi-Purpose Insurans Bhd Run 2015 (MPIB) on 11/1/2015. This was my 3rd year joining the run. In 2013, I joined the 8km category and year 2014 I joined the 12km category.
This year, I joined the 12km category again. I was trying my best to enjoy this annual run as I just recovered from injury not too long ago. Furthermore, SCHKM is coming up in 2 weeks time.
That was me running towards the finishing line and finish strong in 65mins. :) Photos were taken from ET, RFF, Run&Explore and Victor. It was a good run except for the the long loo queues before the run. 
Well, it was an under-distance run as my Garmin Forerunner 210 showed 11.65km. Min. Elevation: 36m and Max. Elevation: 104km.
Not too bad as I managed to PB last year's timing and rank 13 in my category. I'll be back for 2016!


I only joined two races in January 2015, the major race was Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2015 (SCHKM) on 25/1/2015. This was my first full marathon for this year and it is also my first fm in oversea. Everyone was telling me that SCHKM is a PB marathon and it is easy to run there at cooling temperature. I was looking forward to this run and hope to finish this marathon with a good timing. 

 
Race kit collection at Victoria Park, HK.
The preparation before the big race...Top: LYN new pink-T and Uniqlo heattech, Shorts: 2XU Compression shorts, Shoe: Saucony Virrata 2 and of course my lucky cap.
The Marathon Run 1 category started at 6.40am (Yes, it was quite late for me to run a marathon at this hour) at Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. My 1st 10km, 21km and 30km was awesome. However, I got the neck pain at KM32 which slow me down and the worst was "hit-the-wall" at KM37. :( I was walking in the last tunnel and wanted to give up. I was very moody and wanted to cry. But, I aksed myself, "Sharon, why are you here? What you want to achieve? Want to give up now? Want to walk all the way back? Want to regret after the race???" . My answers to myself was "NO! I don't want these!!!". Thank God, I managed to "stand-up" from the "hit-the-wall" condition and run towards the finishing line.
Finally I completed the SCHKM in 4hours 10mins (Not my PB marathon timing) at Victoria Park.
 Left: The map from Garmin Connect 
Right: Map from SCHKM website.
Well, I ran from:
Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (near Hotel Mira) => Austin Road => Canton Road => Wui Cheung Road(E/b) => D1A(S) Road(S/b) => D1A Road => West Kowloon Highway(S/b) => Ngong Shuen Chau Viaduct(Kln/b) => Stonecutters Bridge(Kln/b) => East Tsing Yi Viaduct(Kln/b) => Nam Wan Tunnel(Kln/b) => West Tsing Yi Viaduct(Kln/b) => Tsing Ma Bridge(Kln/b) => Ting Kau Bridge(S/b) => Cheung Tsing Tunnel(Kln/b) => Tsing Kwai Highway(S/b) => West Kowloon Highway(S/b) => Western Harbour Crossing(S/b) => Connaught Road West Flyover(E/b) => Man Po Street => Man Yiu Street (S/b) => Lung Wo Road (E/b) => Fenwick Pier Street(E/b) => Convention Avenue(E/b) => Hung Hing Road => Marsh Road Flyover => Lockhart Road(E/b) => Percival Street => Hennessy Road(E/b) => Yee Wo Street(E/b) => Sugar Street => Victoria Park
Happily posing with my hard earn marathon medal! Maybe I'll be back for SCHKM 2016.
 
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