Monday, July 4, 2011

My Runs in 2011 (so far)...

I think it's always important to take stock of your goal at certain juncture in your life, your career, etc or in my case at certain point in my yearly running resolution... Now, let me remind myself what I hope to do for 2011 and what I have done so far:

1. To run an ultramarathon a month, every month, in the year 2011...
>> So far so good.  I completed 1 ultra every month from January to June.  I.e. 6 ultras in total in the first 6 months.  However, I must admit that with the exception of Comrades Marathon, I didn't met all my time goal for the other ultras nor did I met my intended target distance for the 16-hours Twilight Challenge, although I did try my best to cover as much distance as possible given the 16 hours.

2. To complete at least 50% of the ultramarathons within the cut-off time...
>> Assuming I will eventually run 12 ultras, I would have achieved this aim since I had successfully completed 6 ultras.  It is also interesting to note that the race director for the Bataan Death March 100 Miles extended the cut-off time from 28 hours to 30 hours (which I completed in 28hrs 54mins 38secs) and the race organiser for the Sundown Ultramarathon 100km extended the cut-off time from 16 hours to 18 hours (which I completed in 16hrs 21mins 45secs).

3. To do a team run...
>> I did the Venus Run 2011 with Molly and Citra Dewi.  This run was held in celebration of International Women's Day at Bedok Reservoir where runners had to cover a 5km cross country race.  It is unique in that the total age of the 3 runners must be equal to or surpass 83!  Why the magic number 83?  Simply because 8th March is celebrated globally as the International Women's Day.  And the larger the women's total age, the higher the age factor!  Our team came in 17th even though our was 28mins on average.  Well done to us.  :)

Team MKD (Dewi, Molly Kelly from L to R)

4. To do one fun run...
>> I'm taking the Great Eastern Women 10km Run as a fun run.  Unfortunately my usual kakis (Elise and Vivian) didn't manage to sign up for the race in time.  But luckily for me, I still had fun last Sunday.  The next "fun" run would be the Shape Run on 23 Jul and Yellow Prison Run on 18 Sep where Elise and Vivian would be running with me!  As usual, I would run with my camera and took pictures at every km markers.  :)

Great Eastern Women 10km Run

5. To do one "very relaxing" overseas run...
>>  I managed to do 3 runs in the trail in 3 separate days while holidaying in Ledbury, UK!!!  I got "sting" by plants on the first day, passed by and visited an armoury workshop that produces armour shields and tools for the movie - Clash of the Titans Part 2 on the second day, and chased many sheeps (and some cows) on the third day!!!  All thanks to Phillip Howells and Edward Chapman!!! 

Runs Around Ledbury, UK

6. To complete 2.4km within 12mins 30secs...
>> Completed 2.4km in 11mins 50secs there about in my 2nd IPPT attempt.  Actually, I also run a sub-12min 2.4kmin in my first IPPT attempt I did on 1 Apr.  But my results was void (not because of April Fool's Day but) due to some administrative lapses on my part.

I recalled someone said that in a report, many people died with lots of regrets.  For me, if I were to die right now, I would have no regrets whatsoever.  I would like to think I'll die a very happy runner.  :)

4 comments:

coffee_lover said...

hi,

feel honoured to be part of ur running resolution ;)

-cd-

Ripley said...

i should be the one feeling honoured... :) without you and molly, i wouldn't be able to fulfill my goal... :) btw, are we friends on facebook?

coffee_lover said...

no...because i don't have FB account ^^;

Ripley said...

:( sad sad... my GE photos are on FB... maybe you wanna give me your email account? or maybe your sisters have FB? :)