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Done with final race of the year and can now declare that the #offseason is finally here. • Hatyai Reviving Marathon, its 1st edition that was supposed to be held in Padang Besar but moved to Hatyai. It was a small scale, no frills event, with no timing chip, out and back route, less marshalling on the non-busy road, no isotonic at all but just iced cold water; but with plenty of post-race foods and trophies to be won. • The challenge with this event is actually to arrange transport to and fro the event site. I managed to rent a motorcycle (not as many here as in Phuket) but it was raining almost all day and night. Another challenge is to wake up this morning. Since we've already been given the finisher t-shirt and medal in the race pack 😅 and it was raining this morning, it was too easy to just ditch the race and continued sleeping. • Nevertheless, made it to the start line in the rain with a motivation to bring back one of those trophies. It was raining until ~KM20 and the body remain cold all the way. Throughout the race, it wasn't too much about the speed (wasn't able to get in much mileage after UTCT) but just to maintain my position. And finally, managed to complete my 49th full marathon race in 2nd place for 40-44 age group and 3rd overall with a time of 3h 35m (40.7km). • Congrats little brother @kocirokawa who smoked everyone else to finish 1st overall in the Half Marathon. • • #teamsauconyMY #team2ndskin #teamgarminmy #sauconymy #libertyISO @sauconymy @garminmalaysia @2ndskinasia #hatyairevivingmarathon #fullmarathon #hatyairunning #designyourfreedom #gohardorgohome #runplanet #wearetherunners #runbehealthy #easylife #thewayiseeit #begrateful #lifesimplepleasure

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"I don't believe in magic. I believe in hard work." But, I believe that when you work hard, magic will happen. • It is all hard work during UTCT race; right from the moment I crossed the start line to the moment I crossed the finish line almost 17 hours later, all through the 100km of it. There was simply no time to have that "arghhh... let's just walk, I'm too tired to run..." moment. • Even when you take a break at the aid stations or walk breaks, you need to be really calculative with the time you spend for those breaks. Whenever there are flat or downhill sections, you just need to run; and whenever there are uphill sections, you just got to climb the fastest you could. • If there are three tips I can offer to anyone to successfully finish the 100km race within 17 hours in UTCT, they would be: • 1) You have to be fit physically and mentally. Not only your training should be adequate but you have to be free from injuries or sickness on race day. And your mind is really focus in finishing the race. • 2) You have to master simple pace calculation on the fly. So that, you know if you take a walk break at certain pace for certain duration, how much time you need to recover (when you run later) to still be able to run under the COT. • 3) You have to be able to run, at all flat and downhill sections, from KM0 to KM100. Your ability to run between 6:00-minute to 9:00-minute pace are keys to recover the slow 12- to 20-ish minute pace you do during climbing sections. And during your climbing sections, avoid stopping for nothing. Just keep moving, despite how slow you go. • Above everything, it is mind over matters. • • #deorunnertravels #capetown  #capetownxdeorunner #UTCT #myUTCT #trailrunning #ultramarathon #thewayIseeit #lifesimplepleasure #begrateful #designyourfreedom #anewbreedoftraveller #easylife

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These photos were taken right after I exited Hout Bay aid station (~KM60) during the recent UTCT race. It was around 2.45pm when I passed this beach. • Like many other runners who managed to come this far in the race, we badly wanted to reach Hout Bay aid station as soon as possible; for me, to just sit down for a while to catch my breath, after a hard fought midday 'battle of the Suther Peak' that took us from Llandudno to Hout Bay. • As someone commented somewhere, the aid station resembled a war zone where ailing and 'injured' soldiers were being treated by the crews (or simply comforting us) before continuing with the second half of the race. • • The crews were simply awesome, they would aid runners by all means and with all their mights. Literally, you can even ask them to spoonfeed you, if you want to. And not surprising, they won the best aid station / crew for this year's UTCT race. • And here at the aid station, it was too easy to call it a day. To some runners, there is no point risking their fate in the race anymore (for another 40km) by riding on a very thin margin of time buffer from the COT. It would be nice to just lay down on your back, change into fresh clothes and wait for someone to transport you back home. • I had a good 35-minute break here, although the mind was still busy calculating the time I could afford to spend here without sacrificing much of my race time. I was running at risk, too, from missing the COT and to throw in the towel would've been an easy decision but I wasn't ready to wake up the next morning regretting my decision. • Continued with the race I did. And as soon I exited the aid station, it felt like going back into war zone, to battle for another 40km of the race and I asked myself, "What have I put myself into, for a victory that is uncertain to come?" I don't have the answer to the question and kept moving forward. • • #deorunnertravels #capetown  #capetownxdeorunner #UTCT #myUTCT #houtbay #trailrunning #ultramarathon #thewayIseeit #lifesimplepleasure #begrateful #designyourfreedom #anewbreedoftraveller #easylife

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It has been a while since my last time in this vibrant city. • • #deorunnertravels #weekendescapade #hatyai #havenolimits #thewayIseeit #begrateful #lifesimplepleasure

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"Sometimes it's the journey that teaches us a lot about our destination." • Where's next? 😉. Have a great weekend, everyone! • • #isitweekendyet #deorunnertravels #capetownxdeorunner #chapmanspeakdrive #changeyourattitude #beextraordinary #findyourstrong #findyouractive #havenolimits #bestrong #thewayIseeit #begrateful #lifesimplepleasure

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"Things end. But memories last forever." Time to go home. I had a wonderful time in the Mother City. Totsiens Cape Town! • • Oh... and I just love the local-made overnighter bag made of kudu and springbok leather, a catch for my birthday, apart from the UTCT 100KM finisher medal 😝 • • #deorunnertravels #capetown #capetownxdeorunner #utct #myutct #anewbreedoftraveller #easylife #thewayiseeit #begrateful #lifesimplepleasure

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Happiness is... easy offseason, colorful Sunday morning run. The cool weather this morning made it too hard to just stay inside and it's just nice to have those first mileage in after the UTCT race a week ago. • • #deorunnertravels #marinaisland #sundayrunday #lumutrunning #teamsauconyMY #team2ndskin #teamgarminmy #wewhorun #designyourfreedom #runplanet #wearetherunners #runbehealthy #easylife #thewayiseeit #begrateful #lifesimplepleasure

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deo_ah. How do you like your meat? 😋 everyday is meat day...
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How do you like your meat? 😋 everyday is meat day... • • #lunch #saltedbeef #makanjelahkerjaaku #bilaentahnakkurus #easylife #thewayiseeit #begrateful #lifesimplepleasure

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prommr.sportmassage. #Repost @deorunner with @get_repost
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#Repost @deorunner with @get_repost ・・・ The body deserves this so much, post UTCT 100 race two weekends ago. Although it wasn't aching much (except for the swollen left ankle - rolled the ankle twice during the race), it still feels great to get some firm pressure and slow strokes to the deeper layers of muscles, while getting those stiff neck, tight leg muscles and sore shoulders relieved. • Thanks @prommr.sportmassage and masseur @zahid_ramli • • #sportsmassage #runbehealthy #easylife #thewayiseeit #begrateful #lifesimplepleasure

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Hello shy towers! and dysfunctional Maxis Tower clock 🤭 • • #deorunnerphotography #petronastwintowers #maxistower #thewayiseeit #lifesimplepleasure #easylife

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prommr.femaletherapist. @Regran_ed from @deorunner -  The body deserves this so much, post UTC

@Regran_ed from @deorunner - The body deserves this so much, post UTCT 100 race two weekends ago. Although it wasn't aching much (except for the swollen left ankle - rolled the ankle twice during the race), it still feels great to get some firm pressure and slow strokes to the deeper layers of muscles, while getting those stiff neck, tight leg muscles and sore shoulders relieved. • Thanks @prommr.sportmassage and masseur @zahid_ramli • • #sportsmassage #runbehealthy #easylife #thewayiseeit #begrateful #lifesimplepleasure - #regrann

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Relentlessly moving upward! That describes the Platteklip Gorge ascend to the top of Table Mountain, the longest vertical ascent of the UTCT race - 660m D+ elevation over 2.39km distance (average gradient of 27%). • It is the oldest, one the most popular and the most direct route to the summit and been dubbed as the 'highway' to the top, leading runners up a deep ravine that divides the front face (Africa face) of Table Mountain. • • Personally, I found it easier to climb up Platteklip Gorge route rather than going down as the impact from going down the big rock steps can be notorious to the knees. But it is much picturesque while going down the ravine with Lion’s Head, Signal Hill and the city of Cape Town in your view. • But during the race, all that was playing in my head wasn't about the views anymore but to just keep moving up each of the rock step, while thinking how would I recover the lost time during this climbing section. I was moving at a slow 20-minute average pace when I was supposed to move around 10-minute average pace to finish below 17 hours of COT. • • And the 'catch up game' after this section and in the remainder of the race was physically and tactically hard but something that I will never forget. Note: The bagpiper (slide left for the video by Mandy Myerson) helped a lot during the climb! • • #deorunnertravels #capetown #capetownxdeorunner #UTCT #myUTCT #platteklipgorge #trailrunning #ultramarathon #thewayIseeit #lifesimplepleasure #begrateful #designyourfreedom #anewbreedoftraveller #easylife

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The body deserves this so much, post UTCT 100 race two weekends ago. Although it wasn't aching much (except for the swollen left ankle - rolled the ankle twice during the race), it still feels great to get some firm pressure and slow strokes to the deeper layers of muscles, while getting those stiff neck, tight leg muscles and sore shoulders relieved. • Thanks @prommr.sportmassage and masseur @zahid_ramli • • #sportsmassage #runbehealthy #easylife #thewayiseeit #begrateful #lifesimplepleasure

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deo_ah. It's Monday. No time for blues, gotta do some blow jobs 😙🎈🎈🎈
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It's Monday. No time for blues, gotta do some blow jobs 😙🎈🎈🎈 • • #mondayblues #easylife #thewayiseeit #begrateful #lifesimplepleasure

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How I wished it is sunset over Lion's Head that I am looking at... 😅 • • #deorunnertravels #marinaisland #easylife #thewayiseeit #begrateful #lifesimplepleasure

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deorunner. Twincity Marathon 2019 - we are almost there to meet our target number

Twincity Marathon 2019 - we are almost there to meet our target number of participants, with HM and 12KM categories are now closed. FM still has 12 slots left. The team has been in full gears with the technical and logistics planning for the past couple of months, and now the refining part before the big day. #offseason #TwincityMarathon2019 #thewayiseeit #begrateful #lifesimplepleasure

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"The more you celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate." • It's Friday and time to celebrate that the weekend is here. Happy weekend, all! • Photos taken at the finish line of the recent UTCT 100km race 🎉 • • #isitweekendyet #deorunnertravels #capetown #capetownxdeorunner #UTCT #myUTCT #thewayIseeit #lifesimplepleasure #begrateful #designyourfreedom #anewbreedoftraveller #easylife

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faizzbabyboi. Tekak nak makan Nasi Briyani... So went down and buy... Rindu pula den

Tekak nak makan Nasi Briyani... So went down and buy... Rindu pula dengan mummy kita Bebe Jepon.... Alhmadulillah jemput makan semua.... #life #foodporn #lifesimplepleasure

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Feels a little awkward to be back in office after being away for almost two weeks. Just as how I felt a little awkward the first time I had my first footsteps on Table Mountain, one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. • • I had first pictured the top to be like a large, flat, open space playground from end to end (that you can play football on it) but instead, the approximately 2-mile length from one end to the other of the flat section is largely covered by large rocks, while small trees, plants and flowers make up the rest of the surface. • • The air space that is oftenly covered by thick fog and temperature that can go really low (11°C recorded on race day) makes it feels like being in a different planet while at the top. At times when the fog clears up, it will give a picturesque view of the Mother City. • Photo taken on Table Mountain at around KM30 of UTCT race. • • #deorunnertravels #capetown #capetownxdeorunner #UTCT #myUTCT #tablemountain #mondayblues #designyourfreedom #easylife #thewayiseeit #begrateful #lifesimplepleasure

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faizzbabyboi. My All Time Favourite Now.... Its superb delicious...
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My All Time Favourite Now.... Its superb delicious... #life #lifesimplepleasure

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Went for a 2.5-hr drive to Cape Agulhas, the place where two great oceans – the Indian and Atlantic – meet. It's also the official southernmost tip of Africa. • Historically, the cape has been known to sailors as particularly hazardous - notorious for winter storms and huge rogue waves that can reach a spectacular height of 30 metres - so it’s no surprise that it's littered with wrecks, one of which - the Meisho Maru - still lies there. • • #deorunnertravels #capetown  #capetownxdeorunner #capeagulhas #thewayIseeit #lifesimplepleasure #begrateful #designyourfreedom #anewbreedoftraveller #easylife #lifesimplepleasure

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This trip has hardly been a food/eating trip so, on the last day in Cape Town it is just fitting to try out South African delicacies in the form of kudu, eland, ostrich and blesbok meat, to also celebrate my UTCT race finish. Wanted to try out springbok but there wasn't a catch today 😅. • • #deorunnertravels #capetown #capetownxdeorunner #southafricandelicacy #makanjelahkerjaaku #bilaentahnakkurus #easylife #thewayiseeit #begrateful #lifesimplepleasure

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Sorry, no camera please ❌📷... as I am trying to have a quiet moment enjoying South African delicacies - (from right to left) kudu, eland, ostrich and blesbok meat; while celebrating my UTCT finish. Missed out on the springbok, though, no catch today... 😬 • • #deorunnertravels #capetown #capetownxdeorunner #utct #myutct #southafricandelicacy #makanjelahkerjaaku #bilaentahnakkurus #easylife #thewayiseeit #begrateful #lifesimplepleasure

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Brunch=Strawberry French toast, Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon, passion fruit & mango iced lemon tea and cold pressed juices. 🤤💕

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"Overcoming mental wall is what it takes to achieve whatever you seek." • • I am so blessed and thankful that I managed to overcome the mental wall of not finishing the UTCT race within the strict COT; and would have easily make the decision to pull out at any point in the race knowing that I was running at high risk all throughout the 17 hours. Close friends who knew about me doing UTCT would know how nervous I was about the COT. • • And looking back at how I managed my UTCT race and my state of mind, it is priceless and it keeps me smiling, feeling satisfied and fulfilled. Have a great Monday, everyone! Just get over that Monday blues mental wall. • • #deorunnertravels #capetown #capetownxdeorunner #UTCT #myUTCT #platteklipgorge #tablemountain #mondayblues #motivationmonday #designyourfreedom #easylife #thewayiseeit #begrateful #lifesimplepleasure

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"Make today (and everyday) great, for you and others", just like how great Table Mountain is and how she makes the whole Cape Town looks glorious with her on the background. Have a great Monday and week ahead! • • #deorunnertravels #capetown #capetownxdeorunner #deorunnerphotography #runplanet #wearetherunners #runbehealthy #easylife #thewayiseeit #begrateful #lifesimplepleasure

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First coffee since arriving in Cape Town as I have been reducing my coffee intake lately. A cool coffee place - Kamili (means perfect in Swahili) Coffee and I am having South African's favorite Amarula coffee. • • #deorunnertravels #capetown #capetownxdeorunner #coffeelover #coffeetime #kamilicoffee #amarulacoffee #easylife #thewayiseeit #begrateful #lifesimplepleasure

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Only managed to take some photos of me for the race at the prize giving and closing ceremony today. Yesterday, on the race day, I was too nervous about the race to take pre-race photos, too busy chasing cut-off time to take any photos during the race and too tired to take post-race photos. Just wait for the official photos lah, if any. • For the record, for the 100KM category, there were 299 registered participants, 255 started and 125 finished (49%). To give you a better view on how close I was on missing the COTs: at KM36.4, my timing was 5:45 (COT: 6:10); at KM75.1, my time was 12:32 (COT: 12:45); and at KM89, my time was 14:52 (COT: 15:00). That is how close I was to get axed out from the race. • And that wraps up #myUTCT experience but the bragging will continue 😝. Hopefully we'll get to see more Malaysians coming to race in this beautiful city of Cape Town. • • #deorunnertravels #capetown #capetownxdeorunner #utct #myutct #easylife #thewayiseeit #begrateful #lifesimplepleasure

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I've never ran, climbed, crawled as hard as in this race, in any 100K races I've done before. At times, I just wanna throw in the towel as I couldn't build nice buffer time for all the 4 COTs and going to the next CP had really been a gamble (of whether I can make it), and had to put on loads of hard runs. But I knew I will wake up next morning regretting it. So, I tried hard, ran as hard, imagining the sweeper was chasing me from behind. • Done UTCT 100K (4180m D+) in 16:53:53 (COT: 17 hours). More stories (and braggings 😝) later. For now, I just wanna dream the sweetest dream... • • #deorunnertravels #capetown #capetownxdeorunner #utct #myutct #teamsauconyMY #team2ndskin #teamgarminmy #teamtruestartmy #teamkoleq #sauconymy #peregrine8 #trailrunning #designyourfreedom #gohardorgohome #runplanet #wearetherunners #runbehealthy #easylife #thewayiseeit #begrateful #lifesimplepleasure

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