5 Tips Pre-race Day

1 July 2017 9:00 pm, I am going for a run at Night Safari. I am taking part in 8KM, women veteran category. April is also joining the 4KM, women open fun race. This is the first night run in the town, and this is also my first ever run that I registered with my own money. The previous races were all sponsored by the company that I work.

Why I registered? I am actually not a fan of a marathon or run event, but I run at least 3 to 4 times a week in the gym. Night run sounds good to me as I always run in the evening. Therefore I signed up just to give myself a challenge.

After signing up the night event. I actually train myself harder, and I run at least once or twice a week on the road, and I can see myself improving in the stamina, strength, and speed too. Well, I happened to read a very useful article from http://www.justrunlah.com/2015/11/21/5-things-to-avoid-before-race-day

I love the tips that shared there.
1. The mistake: going for a final training run.
So true that I trained so hard during the Raya holiday and I think I should let my leg muscles rest and recover today and tomorrow. I will still go for a light run to upkeep my stamina, but I won’t force myself to run faster than my comfortable speed.

2. The mistake: carb loading
I will take healthy diet instead of loading myself with more carb than the normal intake.

3. The mistake: new workout gear
I bought new running shoes prior to my KOBL run on 9 April. I wore it for my last two training before the race to ensure that I could run comfortably on it.

4. The mistake: sleeping late
Honestly, I couldn’t sleep well the night before the race. I hope I can sleep better tonight because the race is at tomorrow night.

5. The mistake: alcohol
This is no issue, as I don’t take alcohol. I always take more fluid a few days before the race, so that I can go to the toilet more frequent to clear all the waste and make my body lighter for the run.

Do you have any tips to share with me?

I know, I must have confidence in my training, start the race slow, enjoy the run like my normal workout, prepare myself mentally, eat normal, sleep well, drink more water and set things earlier.
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Acne Treatment

When struggling with blemishes, people don’t have the time to scour reviews and test out products to see if they actually work. According to statistics, 95% of people will experience acne at some point in their lives, and 92% have felt their self-esteem has suffered because of it. Many acne cleansers contain ingredients that are counterproductive and cause oily skin, irritation and inflammation so it can be hard to find a formula that works! 

When looking for acne treatments you want to make sure you are treating all the symptoms not just one! There can be a combination of symptoms from redness to dryness, blackheads to pimples. This is why a set often is the most effective in fighting acne because it covers so many different skin symptoms. You also want to make sure you are using a set that has at a minimum 2 active ingredients to battle both comedones and pimples. Simple alcohols can harm your skin so make sure to avoid them to maintain your skin’s pH. 

The research team over at Reviews.com created a guide to acne treatments that goes very in-depth with identifying the best acne treatments and you can look at their work here:

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A visit to Bukit Larut

Throwback of a visit to Bukit Larut on January. It was the first weekend after school reopened, as I missed the chance to take April and May there during the December school break.

Though I will go hiking at the jungle trail on every weekend, I never hike higher up to more than 5KM. I believe the hill road is 13KM long. Because the King Bukit Larut longest running distance is 26KM up and down the hill.

Shame to admit that April and May had never gone up to the top of  Bukit Larut too until they were 13 and 11 years old this year. So happened that one of my aunties was back from Australia, I invited her and another aunt of mine to go up to Bukit Larut by jeep together.

Along the ride to the top of Bukit Larut, my both aunties shared their own stories of hiking up with their schoolmates when they were at the teenage age. They seem had so much fond memories in those days when they spent overnight at the bungalow house on the hill.

As for myself, it has been ages that I last visited the place, so I find it is so much different from last time that I had a barbecue gathering with schoolmates there.

My aunties brought along some fruits and we had a small picnic while chatting.  There is a cafe on the hill, but we didn't try. In fact, the scenery is nice, and the weather is kind of windy. It is indeed a good place for beautiful pictures if you like photographing.

Next time if you visit Taiping, and you want some good pictures for your album and a nice picnic place with your family and friends, please welcome to Bukit Larut. You just need to wake up early to come and buy the ticket of the jeep, because it is not selling online or in advance. It is always selling like a hot cake during a school break or a public holiday.
Besides, it is only 3 to 4 trips (limited to 4 to 5 jeeps per-trip) every day. The ticket price is RM10 for adult and RM5 for children.  Good luck!

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Happy Father's Day!

We were just back from the vacation in Krabi, Thailand last two weeks. Since tomorrow is the heroes in the house special day,  I shall just pick a few pictures of them to share here. I just publish the pictures of the father and the daughters which were taken during the trip.

First day, arrival and there started our Krabi city tour.
I was very tired due to the late night bus ride to KLIA2, then taking early flight to Krabi. I felt so drowsy and needed a nap immediately.
We took pictures at a few attraction spots at Krabi city.

Jin Jin and April still looked energetic to smile and pose for the camera. I was just hoping to check in the hotel room as soon as possible.

Day 4, we had a swim soak in Emerald pool which surrounded by rain forest.
We enjoyed and relax at the natural fresh water pool that is in the jungle.
After leaving the Emerald pool, we went to Tiger Cave, a praying place to Buddha and meditation center of Krabi.
The cave has 1237 steps to the top of the mountain. April was reluctant to take the steps to the top due to the very hot weather, I needed to sacrifice showing off my ability of being the queen of Tiger Cave to accompany this lazy princess of mine.
Therefore, Jin Jin and May went up to the top and got down again together. Kudos to May for accompany her dad to accomplish his mission of taking the 1237 steps in such a humid and hot weather in Tiger Cave.

This picture was taken at the night market in Krabi town on Friday evening. We enjoyed the good Thai street food and drinks from the night market, at the same time shopping for souvenir, watching some performance on stage.

I am not sure whether I will write more about our Krabi trip in my next post.

Till then, I wish all the wonderful dads, Happy Father's Day! Happy weekend, all.

I also want to thank my husband for planning, arranging and taking us for holiday each time during the girls' school break. Thanks for being such a great dad to our daughters. Happy Father's Day, April and May's hero!

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