Power Starts Power Run is organized by Bata, the famous Malaysian shoe company that produces POWER brand shoes. Date: 24 July 2005 (Sunday). Start/ End: Dataran Merkeka. Distance: 10km. There is no mistake in the title of my blog. I did WALKED the Power run. I walked as my practice for the coming Malay Mail Big Walk. I know that I would not have walked 10km on the road by myself. So, I had this lazy man idea of making the next few runs before the Biggie (August 14), as my walk training ground. Off I went, swinging my arms, straightening my knees and shaking my bon bon all the way to the finish line. I did get some “what-the-hey-he-is-doing-looks” from some fellow runners but I didn’t care. I would still get my completion cert when I complete my walk. Having changed my speed from running to walking, I did notice a few things that I normally I didn’t when I run. Here are 10 of them. 1) I was overtaken by old people, VERY old people!!! There was this old man; I think he could be easily over 70 years old. He zoomed and overtook me at 2 km. You go, uncle! (See also picture below). 2) Some runners did not wear proper running shoes. I was chased by this guy who sounded like he was wearing wooden clogs. Klik! Klok! Klik! Klok! Scary! 3) Some runners did not wear shoes at all. OK. I read about the benefit of running BARE feet but I do not want to end up having BEAR feet, claws and all. Nope, I find dirty calloused feet; cracked heels and ugly toenails are unpretty. I might try Nike Free after the price drop. They are still ridiculously expensive for a pair of trainers. I love the newly launched banana yellow models. I think they would look and feel so yummy on my feet. 4) Some runners were still not clear about the concept of long distance running and pacing. Many “speedy Gonzales” were seen doing the 100-meter dash in a 10km event and then start walking. Then they would repeat the cycle again Very annoying! At the end, I overtook all of them. Eat my dust, busters! 5) Road hogs are not confined to drivers. I get very irritated with inconsiderate runners who purposely quicken their pace so to prevent other people from overtaking them even though they know that they are not in the run to get any placing or position. I seen plenty during my walk. Can’t take the fact that a walker can be faster? Shove it, man! 6) Walking takes time to get used to. Temptation was great this morning to just bend my knees and run like the wind. 7) When I listen to Linkin Park – my walking pace got faster. 8) When I listen to Beyonce – my butt wiggling got faster (Insert Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh No No! Crazy in Love! Hahaha!) Oh..Next time I should try it with a Shakira number…It’s gonna be a La Tortura (Torture!). 9) As such, my Hybrid Theory (pardon the pun!) - all I need is a Linkin Park and Beyonce duet to take my power walk action to the max. 10) My hips hurt from all the wiggling action. Who said walking is easy?
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