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  1. My kinvara hit 100km mileage today. A little update on it's condition http://ultrarunzaw.blogspot.sg/2017/05/lazy-day.html| Also, I'm doing a 3hr long easy run this coming Sunday at Bedok Reservoir from around 8am-11am. Own time own pace! Feel free to join if anyone wants.
  2. Short of video of packing the backpack for MDS by Elisabet Barnes (2017 MDS femal champion) for the curious! Look at the amount of things being squeeze into a small bag!
  3. Hmm I might sign up for this if my work schedule doesn't clash! I do have a 60km green race in August and 32km Newton in October. Not sure if throwing an ultra in Sep is a bit overkill.
  4. Hmmm not really. What I meant was, she usually organize a marathon race is the US. I can take part in it but, I will ownself run here in Singapore on the day itself. After Im done, I just send her my race and time details lor. It's something small and casual. Like a smaller target. It's usually among people she coaches. That would be cool!
  5. Hey there! Yes, i saw a lot of of Hoka One One too! In fact the women's champion Elisebet Barnes ran in Hoka One One shoes. I was making a choice between Kinvara and Hoka challenger ATR. If the Kinvara doesn't work out, I'll will definitely give Hoka a go! Hey I'm not really a good runner myself. My FM pace is around 7.5min/km to 8min/km. Slow as hell. Hopefully by December, I could do a sub 5hr Marathon at SCMS. I am open to sharing my upcoming training. I've recently just switched to Runkeeper from Nike+. I'm not really a tech/gadget or an app person. I'm still trying to figure the app out. Kinda dumb in that aspect. You can actually follow me on runkeeper (Zaw Oo). You can read my training plan here http://ultrarunzaw.blogspot.sg/2017/05/my-training-plan.html I am currently in Week 1 schedule, thus my upcoming runs are on Friday/Saturday/Sunday. I apologize as I can't really share my running location in advance yet as I usually decide on them last minute. I usually run around my house (woodlands) or I travel to Bedok Reservoir. It usually depends on what time I manage wake up in the morning and the whether condition. Once in a while (once every 2 months?) I do a "virtual" full marathon run with my Coach in the US. She organize races in the US, but I will join them "virtually". For cases like these, I do pick out a location in advance. Cheers!
  6. Hmmm. I'll keep that in mind. I'll probably get abit of activity into the shoes like once a week instead totally benching it.
  7. Actually I asked this question as well. The answer I usually get is "no". A pair of shoes weight about 500-700g which is quite heavy when you're aiming for 7kg backpack. It's not only the weight, its the volume. You can't squeeze it into your bag. It will either be dangling around or you need another shoe bag (additional weight). If you have spare 500-700g of weight, you would probably want to bring something that you will definitely use. Whereas an additional pair of shoes is more of a "just in case" scenario, which can usually be avoided with sufficient preparation and understanding of your shoes. What I understand most runner do is that they bring duct tape along should their shoes comes off. I do heard of a few runners who DNF due to shoes coming off but it's a small number. It's more of an exception rather than the norm. What I am planning to do is to try a few shoes out, get about 200kms in, and monitor the shoe's condition. Around January 2018, I will get the exact same pair, condition it with about 50km mileage, and then set it aside for the race.
  8. Thanks! I try my bestest not to DNF!
  9. Actually my first choice of shoes of Brooks Cascadia 11. However it weigh so much at about 340g. If you factor in gaitors, the weigh could go up even more. While the Cascadia is extremely resilient, the weight is really a dis-advantage. I'm looking for something lighter. The Kinvara 8 is about 230g. I'm not sure how resilience it is but currently I have 90km mileage on it. I'm quite liking it. The RunningLab did mentioned that it is more of a road running shoe. I have a 60km TheGreenRace coming up in August. Im thinking of taking the Kinvara there to see how it fare. https://thegreenrace.sg/ Actually I'm all ears for choice of shoes as I'm still testing around! Would love some advice on it!
  10. I work in a pharma industry (QC). Im actually on 12 hour shift work (8am-8pm). Thus I only need to work 7 days in 2 weeks. I get a lot of weekdays off!
  11. Week 18-19! Hope to get my Strava up soon! Not really a tech gadget person until only recently. http://ultrarunzaw.blogspot.sg/2017/05/week-18-19.html
  12. yup! Safety is still no number 1! You can spot me easily by my backpack which has a huge MDS logo!
  13. Yup. I feel that a coach is very important. Especially one with first hand experienced because the event's specific demands. Many experienced ultra runner DNFs were not because they could not run the distance but by things did they not expect. For example not hydrating properly, not taking in enough salt and electrolyte, sand dunes, stomachache and cramps, proper hygiene, blister management, backpack rubbing against the skin, shoes coming off, not knowing how to use a compass, not pacing for 7 days, no proper recovery technique for the next day, etc. hahaha yup! Nowadays, when it gets really hot, it's kinda funny that I'm happy about it. I will put on a sweater if I'm at home. My mom will go "are you crazy?!?!?!?!"
  14. My Training plan http://ultrarunzaw.blogspot.sg/2017/05/my-training-plan.html
  15. Hi everyone. I have created a blog. I will start to post my training plan and progress soon. For now, I have post details about the Marathon Des Sables. http://ultrarunzaw.blogspot.sg/ Hope you guys will enjoy it.