Rock to Rock Run 2010 Postponed to 18Dec

In mark of respect to the passing of Tun Dato' Seri Dr. Lim Chong Eu, R2R run has been postponed to 18Dec, which is a day before the Round the Island Relay.

Larian Serentak 1 Malaysia 2010

Date: 11 Dec 2010 (Sat)
Time: 7:30am
Distance: 5km
Venue: Across Malaysia (check with state representatives for exact location)
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Venue not stated in the form. To participate, you may contact the state representatives below.

Solution to Leg Cramps...Magnesium?

Are you suffering from leg cramps and wondering what's wrong with your body? Why can some people finish a marathon without a single cramp while I struggle to go past 25k? I've experience it before and the worse was during Malakoff 2009 when I had cramps on both my thighs, calves and even feet. It brought me down to earth and I kept on wondering to myself, is my body not built to run long distances? Ever since then, I had told myself that I would never complete a full marathon and I had limit myself to nothing more than 21km.

So is there any hope for people like me out there? I might have just stumbled upon a solution thanks to advice from some friends. I may be suffering from a MAGNESIUM-deficiency. From internet search, I found out that symptoms of magnesium-deficiency are anxiety, eye-lid and muscle twitches, fatigue and headache. It gets worse if you are a coffee-lover, smoker, diabetic or alcoholic.

We often thought of potassium, sodium, calcium and other minerals for electrolyte-replacement but often neglected magnesium. In fact, we're more likely to run out of magnesium than any of the other electrolytes mentioned. So what is magnesium's role and why is it so important?

Think of a key and a lock. Normally stored in muscle and bone, magnesium acts like a key that unlocks muscle cells, allowing potassium and calcium to move in and out when needed as a muscle does its job. Without adequate levels of any of these three nutrients, the muscle becomes irritable, says Dr. McLean. "It's a crude analogy, but to keep the muscle cell adequately healthy and alive, you need to get potassium into the cell, and you need to have magnesium to open up the door to let the potassium in," he explains. Make no mistake: Both potassium and calcium are also vital to this process. It's just that the body generally has adequate amounts of these two electrolytes on hand, says Dr. Brilla. If the body is going to get low on any electrolyte, it is most likely to be magnesium, she says.

Without much convincing, I visited Guardian at Queensbay Mall after picking up the PBIM bibs and got myself a bottle of Blackmore's Bio Magnesium Plus at RM41.90. I'm not setting up high hopes yet but I would really wish to complete next year's Malakoff below 3 hours i.e. without cramps. Let's wait n see...

Alternatively you may start on a Magnesium-Rich diet but that would not be as effective as most of our food are processed.

Source: http://www.mg12.info/articles/cramps.html

PAAA 33rd Annual Round the Island Relay 2010

Penang Amateur Athletic Association with the support of Penang State Government, MPPP, MSN Penang and JBS Pulau Pinang will be organising the 33rd Annual Round-The-Island Relay 2010 at 6.00 a.m. on Sunday, 19th December 2010 , starting and finishing at UPPER Penang Road, Penang.

Participation: Entries are open to all PAAA affiliates and non affiliates.
Each team shall register 15 runners and confirm 12 runners who shall run
on the morning of the race day. Duplication of names will not be allowed.

Categories :
Men Open
(16 years and above)
Men Veteran Open (40 years and above)
(Age to be calculated as at 31.12.2010)
* Mixed Team ( 6 men / 6 women) (16 years and above)

Special Category : * Hotels/ Multi National- Local Industries(FTZ)/ Banks/ Schools /
Government Depts-Agency
* (subject to participation of 3 teams in each category.)

Entry Fees
Affiliates: RM 50.00 per team
Non-affiliates: RM60.00 per team

Entry fee shall be paid in the form of money order /postal order/ cheque and made
payable to the Hon.Treasurer, PAAA and is not refundable.

Closing Date : 6th of December, 2010

Route Distance Remarks
1 - 7.5km 1st Long Run
2 - 7.3km 2nd Long Run
3 - 6.3km Flat Terrain
4 - 3.9km Up & Down Terrain
5 - 5.0km Up & Down Terrain
6 - 6.4km Flat Terrain
7 - 5.7km Tough Uphill
8 - 7.5km Tough Downhill
9 - 5.3km Downhill & Flat
10 - 6.3km Downhill, Flat & Hot
11 - 6.4km Long & Hot
12 - 5.1km Hot & Finishing Point

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About Terry Fox Run

Terrance Stanley "Terry" Fox CC OD, (July 28, 1958 – June 28, 1981) was a Canadian humanitarian, athlete, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 mi), and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy. The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research; over C$500 million has been raised in his name.
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Larian Valdor 2010

Date: 26 December 2010 | Sunday | 7:00am
Venue: Padang SJK(C) Valdor, Sg Bakap, Seberang Perai Selatan, P.Pinang
Distance: 8km and 11km.

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Source: http://alharis.blogspot.com

21st Nov is 3 Weeks Away

21st Nov is just less than 3 weeks away. It has been a long time since I've run anything more than 10km so I'm not even sure that I'll be starting. My last race dates back to 5th June when I competed in the Komtar Tower run. Ever since, my training schedule has been on and off without consistency.

My greatest fear is cramps setting in after the mid-point and that would severely affect my finishing time. Of course, preserving my PB would be the main target but at this point of time I wouldn't think that would be possible. My PB of 1:58:24 was achieve some 1.5 years ago at Bidor Half Marathon. Then I was in tip top condition and come to think of it, I had gained many pounds this year. My weight has blossomed, thanks to plenty of workload and stress which makes me over-indulge in food, snacks and booze.

So I'll be hoping to just have a good time and enjoy myself in this race. No time limit and no pressure and hopefully no cramps.

How's your preparation going? Feel free to share with us.