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January 24, 2010

Nike’s Dynamic Support System

January 24, 2010

 Nike’s dynamic support system makes its second appearance in the Air Zoom Elite’s successor, the Lunarelite. It was first introduced in the Lunarglide, the Lunartrainer’s successor. The release of the Lunarglide and Lunarelite heralds a new age for Nike as it makes a significant departure from its conventional “air” tech and begins a new era founded on lunar tech.

The DSS is a technological system unto its own, with the intrinsic ability to adapt specifically and accurately to a runner’s gait requirements during a run. It consists of a dense lateral heel wedge surrounding a soft foam core. the combined effects of these two different materials allows for superior finesse in accomodating various degrees of pronation and supination. Yeah i wanted to show some of the pics I found on the brochure but I couldn’t so sorry about that. We’ll use our imagination.

 The heel crash pad consists of a soft foam core surrounded by a dense wedge. For runners blessed with neutral and efficient  gaits, their heels will land on and compress the lateral region of the lateral region of the crashpad. Since they don’t pronate excesively, their feet wont compress the tapered medial portion of the soft foam core.

During excessive pronation, the rolling in of the foot will fully compress the medial portion of the soft foam core and come into contact with the medial region of the dense wedge, activating the shoe’s support function and compensating for the gait anomaly.

Coupled with the Lunarlite foam, this shoe certainly packs a punch. It’s dynamic properties could potentiall allow it to correct many kinds of rocking, rolling and unsteady gaits and yet still be a shoe light enough for speed work and racing. I’ve a good mind to try it because the physio has just told me that my running gait is, well, pretty bad. She’s gonna take a look at my shoes next time round and I’m guessing she’s gonna say no more training in minimalist footwear. But I like training in minimalist footwear! It enhances my proproception, which is most important for forefoot running. I’m not giving up after working so hard to adapt to the newtons and enjoy the running style, only to be told that I shouldn’t do it. Hopefully I can still stick with my newtons…

Hopefully then, till the next post. Have a great week and train safely and intelligently.

Eric in Chiang Mai!

January 24, 2010

Firstly, wishing everybody here a Happy New Year 2010. I know that it is a kinda of late but it still before we usher the year of the Tiger for CNY (Chinese New Year). And great too where Valentine Day falls on a holdiday!

 

Secondly, allow me to offer my sincere apology on this short and late write-up on the Chiang Mai Marathon held in Thailand on 27th December 2009. I was traveling with a group of twenty-five runners from Safra Toa Payoh.

 

The 4th Chiang Marathon started at 4am for the full, 5am for the half and 10km at 6am respectively, the starting and finishing point is the same – THAPA GATE which was a mere eight minutes walk from the hotel we were staying. I would talk much about this hotel or rather a guest house. And I word to describe the satge “pathetic”.

 

On race day, I woke up fairly early with two alarm clocks plus a set alarm and my handphone which I had brought along during overseas run. I woke up at 2.45am, took a quick shower while my run buddy Kenneth Goh was still on bed. I put on my latest 2XU warmer long compression tights which I bought during the race-kit collection at the Singapore Expo for Standard Chartered last year. Wow, the tight was amazing! I could feel so much comfort wearing it. The shoe I was wearing is K-Swiss K-ona which I have seasoned during training. A superb light shoe I like it so much. And my top is a The North Face Tee-shirt with an Addidas singlet.

 

I wore two layers because the temperature outside was real cold at a temperature range between twelve to eighteen degrees. My intention to put on a pair of white glove was the right choice as I was shivering from head to head at the starting line.

 

To cut my story short….

 

The course of this race was good. I could not recall if there was any hilly routes which was passed. My main my focus was to finish the run without pain or injury. Frankly speaking, I could expect on my timing as I have been not training as much as I wish. I tried to find time in my course of working hours.

 

I was somewhere in the middle of the pack as I was in front. I started slow and saw Ben Swee running from behind and caught up with me. I followed his pace for a while but somehow I could not subtain long. I dropped back and settled on my comfortable pace which was an average of 5:30 for my first 10km. I saw Ben turning on the side and he saw me too. It was after 21km I supposed. I was unsure. But I told myself to maintain my constant and never look back. At one stage, I was overtaken by the pony tail runner from New Zealand in my age group (40-49). I followed 300 hundred meters apart but lost him eventually after 30km. I was alone after the 35km and noticed the road marshals diminishing. And there was the route I hated when I ran into small lanes with motocycles and pedestrians not giving way. I was fuming but kept my cool, using my left hand to signal and slow down the oncoming traffic. The water stations support seened to have disappeared over the last 3km maekings. I was a bit “surprised” as I was told during race kit collection they should be well over 300 of volunteers on the road. Nevertheless, I just keep running until I bounced into one of the Senior Veteran again at the last 1km mark. I knew a PB for an oversea race was within sight. I saw the the finisher banner a few metres from me. The memory of me being knocked down by an australian runner during the Goldcoast Airport Marathon 2004 was still vividly on my mind. I slow down to be double sure that no runner was beside me and gave a final burst of speed towards the finishing line. What a sign of relieve. I completed the full marathon with no pain but gain ( I was placed 5th  in my age group 40-49).

 

The Chiang Mai marathon was a good course. As for runners whom like running in cold

temperature. I would strongly recommended this run. But please remember to plan to book your airlines tickets early to save few hundred bucks, haha

 

Cheers!

KL pacesetter Pix

January 20, 2010

Elites

Malaysia KL pacesetter 30K

January 19, 2010

Both Eric and me tagged along with SAFRA Toa Payoh to KL on Friday night. Reaching KL in the wee morning 4am, we have no where to go since it was so early. Luckily we saw a 24hr service Macdonald and managed to waste some time there until 6am. After that we went across the street towards Chinatown to have the famous congee at the roadside and also where our hotel is based. Hotel Malayan if i remembered correctly. Thank god the hotel staff allowed us to check in early since the rooms were not occupied. For lads going to race at KL, IMO this is a good place to stay as it’s centrally located with good rate and decent facilities; saw many S’poreans stayed there during the race period. Popular bookshop and the ‘LRT’ to Times Square are all just within walking distance.

Eric and I shared the same room. It’s good to have a good mate that share the same thinking. We both turned in quite early before 10pm as sufficient rest is important to us esp. on race day. However I struggled to wake up at 345am but eventually I managed to pull myself out of the bed maybe due to the lack of complete rest on the previous day. We met the rest of SAFRA mates at the hotel lobby at 430am and took a 15min walk to the start point. Upon reaching there, we met other SAFRA mates from Tampines wearing the same red Adidas SAFRA vests. Greeted each other and happy to see familiar faces again.

Only to complain was the lack of toilets. 4 portable toilets and 1 public toliet ain’t enough to cope the big local crowd. Race started at 530pm, I remembered queuing at 450am but could only finished relieving myself 5min before the start time GOSH! I can only do stationary warm up and jogged on the spot to keep my body ready. Seeing the start area pouring with runners, adrenaline started to rush in making me more anxious…. i hate to be at the back of start line where i need to waste time cutting those in front of me. Quickly I went to look for familiar faces and I saw Teo of Toa Payoh. He managed to shift the barrier and let me squeezed into somewhere @ the mid pack; better than to be at the back.

@ 530 we began our run and as the same as 3years ago when i was here, the initial 1km was a cruel uphill terrain (see the pix above). For those who didn’t do proper warm up, all i can said is good luck to you =). And I basically lost track of the number of ascending and descending we ran. It was entirely an up-down route from the start to end, IMO it was a very good challenge. For 1st timer, it was a sloppy race to remember. To me it was good coming back to face the challenge; I improved from 2:35 to 2:18 which could have been better since i did conserve much during the race. This was not the race i have planned but last minute thingy. The water points were sufficient although some people complain of it’s quality. Certain part of the routes were quite badly lighted, can be dangerous for some. Malaysian drivers are also reckless despite the police’s good effort to marshal the roads. I recalled 1 driver who ignored the police’s signal to stop for us to run across the highway and he just dash off, pissing the cop crazily mad!

Although this was not an international race, but I got to see some very good B-grade Kenyans both men and female and Caucasians as well. Initial part I was running with Ben Swee, a very strong fellow S’porean lad and it was good running with him. However when i realized my lock lace was causing both my feet numbness, I decided to stop and loosen them. By the time i was up running again, Ben was already a distance ahead of me. Then i began the quest alone.  At the middle of the race, I managed to catch up with 1 Kenyan lady and we were running together side by side having the same momentum. Although we didn’t talk but we knew that we need each other pace to push on. I was proud to be running beside her cause I think she was the potential candidate for podium. At 20k, I checked my split time of 1:30:22 and found she was dropping her pace and about 200m behind me. So i was alone again to conquer the last cruel 10k.

Slopes after slopes, I was thinking to conserve more energy for the last part. From the start my objective was to treat this as a sunday LSD run since i have passed my peak-performance window when I missed out my Chiang Mai Marathon in Dec Xmas . There were nothing longer than 20k since then. Also, I’m quite worried about my recurrent plantar fasciitis injury, should i or should not not go all out? Better to stay conservative. At the last few km, I saw 1 fit masculine guy wearing black nike vest with cap catching up beside me. Then I decide to run with him since companionship offers pacing. After a while i offered him my gel which he decline politely. Not far, I realized there was another lady running with us. Instead of the Kenyan woman I met earlier, there was this pretty Ang Mo lady who was breathing very hard as she ran. The 3 of us ran together and at 1 brief point we were cheering for each other… I enjoyed this part the most. At 29km mark, the lady had also drop her pace. Turning right was the last up-slope and both the guy and I were pushing for it. He then switched into his turbo mode and ran ahead of me but encouraged me to follow. Alas I decided i would only chase during @ the descending part. At the down slope, both of us opened up our strides and cadences and after a few turns, he managed to finish few seconds ahead of me. I wasn’t too disappointed as I knew I was conserving much of my energy and congrats to him =) We chatted at the end point and to realize he is a Singaporean commando regular and happens to be a friend of mine Jeremy Mok. What a small world! Not too long the ang mo woman crossed the line. Think 3 of us clocked 2:18 different by seconds and she was the champion for her category.

SAFRA runners stayed back to cheer our elite runner Wenlong who came in 4th in the men open of 2:08. He was in the podium with the kenyans and ang mo guy which was very competitive. The champion for men’s open did a record timing of sub 2 of 1:46! Astonishing Finished by the Kenyan!

Well that sum up my 2nd attempt of pacesetter and maybe I will be back next year with better result. Now is off-season… hence will be resting actively for 1month to heal my bugging relapse Plantar Fasciitis injury (dammit) before training resume in March =)

Signing off: Andy (reedited a few times due to poor ang mo haha)

Photos Uploaded!

January 16, 2010

Hi all I finally uploaded the party photos and some other pics on Facebook. Take a look!

Newton Shoe Trials 2010

January 11, 2010