Join Itchyfingers at the Cat Purrzaar this July!

June 30, 2014 at 12:01 pm | Posted in itchy mouth | 1 Comment
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In conjunction with the Cats of the World Photo Exhibition held at the Art House, Itchyfingers will be joining their Cat Saturday Purrzaars on the 5, 12 and 19 July from 11 am to 6pm. We will be showcasing our handmade kitty creation together with 18 other local artists and designers. So for those folks in Singapore, do pop by and say hello, and join us for a fun and purrfect Caturday if you have some time on your paws to spare!

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Please note the photo and art exhibition will be ongoing throughout July while the Purrzaar will only be happening on the first three Saturdays…Cats do not work on Sunday! Wahahahah….

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Itchyfingers’ room is invaded by kitties! Come and grab one of these woolly kitty pins specially prepared for the purrzaar! Can you spot some internet kitty sensation here? :D?

See you there!

Also see related posts:
> Itchyfingers at the Museum
> Urban Sensation! Festival

Blazed Through the Night

June 25, 2014 at 4:59 pm | Posted in itchy backside | Leave a comment
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I don’t think I ever remembered smiling so much during a run…normally will only smile widely when there are photographers around, especially if you are those who breathe in or out through the mouth when running. But last Saturday, I was smiling a lot…

Itchyfingers were at the Jurong Lake Run. Just 11 days ago I had a bad fall in East Malaysia and suffered from a swollen shin and multiple big bruises on the left leg. After coming back, I did a 5km super slow walk and was glad that I could still do a slow 4km run despite the injury. But I wasn’t too sure if I complete 10km, cos the shin was still swollen though there wasn’t much pain….

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A selfie of my still bruised left leg…The plaster covered the yet-to-recover abrasion. Will write about this incident in the coming posts…

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Itchyfingers were at the middle of the queue to the starting line…

I didn’t wanna strain my leg too much so was running at a rather slow pace…The evening was hot and humid when we started running at around 6:30pm. But as I ran, I couldn’t help but felt so glad that I was still able to run…The fall could have been much worse…That really brought on a big smile on my face…hahah….

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White-bellied Fish Eagle flew across as we ran onto the bridge. Coincidentally, I saw one here when we did our first run with Jurong Lake in 2012! Hahah….

When I finally saw the 9km distance marker, I was really so happy! One more kilometer to go! The sky had long turned dark…hahah…

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isu Girl completed her run with a big smile!

This was the first time the organiser changed the race to a night race. But I think I prefer my experience running in the morning cos you can appreciate the garden better…

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Cos at night, the green spotlights shining on the trees just made them look so eerie, as if a Pontianak (a female ghost in Malay and Indonesian mythology) was hiding among the branches…wahahahah!!!!

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I think there were some MediaCorp artistes running with us since they are one of the sponsors, but I never seen any one of them. Maybe they were all so fast that the slower runners couldn’t catch up… :p

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Second night run for this year…I think I still prefer running in the early morning to see the sunrise, rather than see the sun setting…so depressing, as if telling you are running too slow…hahahah

Also see related posts:
> Bring on the DARK Night
> Run For a Cause – Jurong Lake Run 2012

 

Bring On the DARK Night

June 6, 2014 at 4:37 pm | Posted in itchy backside | Leave a comment
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Itchyfingers had mixed feelings the whole of last Saturday – was feeling excited, nervous and uncertain at the same time. Why? Well, the day had finally arrived for Itchyfingers’ second Sundown Marathon!

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Sundown Marathon will always be special to me cos I did my maiden Half Marathon with them in 2011, whereas Tisu Boy did his first Full Marathon. We didn’t do too well, but the first time is always bitter-sweet and unforgettable…hahah….This year, both of us signed up for the 21.1km run

I think we signed up pretty early…was it late last year? Having done quite a number of Half Marathons since 2011, and with about five or six months to prepare, I thought I would be in a pretty good shape for the night run. But sometimes, the more time you think you have in hand, the more you would postpone or delay your plan to do something…For the whole of this year, the most I did were 10 km runs - once with Home Team Real Run just two weeks ago and other times on our own. By the time I realised that I was clocking too little mileage per week, it was already too late…The day, or rather, the night, had finally arrived.

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At first glance, I thought the 21.1 km route was quite similar to last year’s Great Eastern Women Run, where I achieved my personal best timing for the distance…But on closer scrutinisation, there were actually some variation….Poor full marathoners had to run the long stretch along East Coast Park in the dark again…

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The 10 km runners started their run on Saturday 10.30 pm, while the full marathoners were to be flagged off at 11.30pm. half marathoners were the last to start at 12.30 am. The last Sundown I did had a much earlier starting time – 8pm. We arrived earlier but couldn’t see the full marathoners’ flagged off cos the starting line was inside the F1 pit building. Queue for the loo was super long!

The night was super humid! Was already perspiring before we even started…Finally we were let into the starting pen!

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Signages pointing to the different targeted finishing timing were very loud and clear! Good job! For some other runs, I couldn’t even locate the pacers….

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Decided to try to follow the 2:30 hr pacers… I wasn’t too confident that I could repeat my Great Eastern Women Run’s timing, but maybe if I could keep them within my sight for as long as possible, I could hope for a 2:40 hr? It would not be easy, giving my lack of preparation…

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Flagged off!!!! Bring on the night! I liked the overhead bridge idea! 

For the next few kilometers, my eyes were constantly fixed on the pacers’ blue balloons. Not that easy to keep up with them cos somehow they seemed to be running faster than the targeted pace. Could be my illusion cos I didn’t really check my watch for pace – there were so many watches beeping at the same time, I couldn’t really hear mine…The air was still; the road was dark and long and the night was silent. There was not much cheering along the way, and most of the time the only company we had beside the next person running in front or besides you was the tropic’s humidity. Yes, it was a very humid night - shortly into the run, I was perspiring all over, with sweat constantly dripping into and stinging my eyes…A slight stitch on the lower abdomen crept in quietly – must be the work of that last snack two hours before…Soon I started to slowly drift further away from the blue balloons…

Couldn’t remember when and where did I finally lose the pacers, but I think probably less than four or five kilometers!! Am not good at recognising roads at night, especially when we had to run on some small dark roads. Decided not to run at my own pace instead of trying so hard to keep up with the pacers, in case I failed to sustain all the way to the end. The route wasn’t really that smooth sailing, cos certain parts were either too narrow or dim, and some parts were uneven with potholes. I had to really slow down and watch my steps whenever it was dark and bumpy. The slopes were not being helpful too at night, especially the long stretch along Sheares Bridge. Such a killer! Many started to walk, but I stubbornly pushed on, at a painfully slow pace…Since I couldn’t hear my watch after each kilometer, I didn’t check my pace. Anyway it was too dark to see it without turning on the LED backlight.

LONELINESS. Yes, loneliness was the only word that I could think of. Despite being surrounded by so many runners, the stillness and quietness of the humid night was quite unbearable. We were literally engulfed by Darkness…Halfway through the course at 10km and I realised I was completely thrown out of pace. I was really feeling the heat…Running at night is different from running in the day, cos your sense of distance may be off as landmarks seem further, and with little or no activities on the road, there is less distraction from pain. I don’t like to wear earphones as they are cumbersome, though some music is always good to give you an extra push. My motivation was the next water point, which were about 2 or 2.5km apart…I had my water, but I needed some cold isotonic drink to cool down. Unfortunately, I found only two water points with 100 Plus…Quite a letdown. Wasted a bit of time when I turned back at one water point to get a second helping of 100 Plus in case there were no more at the next ones. It was tempting to start walking once you pause for a sip…

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An artistically blur photo of the Marina Bay area….Itchyfingers ran this stretch the week before but we did it in the early evening when it was much brighter

When I peeped at my watch at 16km, I thought I still stood a chance for a relative decent personal timing. But I overestimated myself. Was obviously exhausted after the killer bridge. Then a slight right ankle cramp forced me to slow down, missing the opportunity to pick up speed when going downslope along the Marina Bay Sand!

Didn’t know the last 5 km would me take so long…The last 1km was really terrible cos even when volunteers shouted, “200 meters more!”, there was no sight of the darn finishing line…we couldn’t even hear it! To reach it, we still had to make some small turns here and there…Then finally, I heard it! The music! The flash lights from camera! I saw the finishing line!!!!!

The music blasting in the background was “Don’t say goodnight”. I had no more energy to sprint, so just kept moving my legs across the line…Was glad to have finished the race though my timing really sucks! Hahahah! It was my worse timing for Half Marathon, except that time when I was sick and walked most of the distance; and another when many of us were stuck in a major bottleneck. Tisu Boy was also off his targeted time. But the only consolation? To know that I am actually capable of running longer distance cos the route was definitely much more than 21.1km!! Some people even recorded close to 23 km!! Wahahahah!!!!

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But I was really so tired! All I wanna do was to just sit down, take off my shoes and rest those sore feet and calves…Couldn’t remember feeling so even on my maiden Half Marathon. Must be the lack of adequate training and sleep… I didn’t even have the energy to take out the medal for a photo! Hahahahah!!!!! Really must take my hats off the full marathoners, especially those fast ones…How did they do that?

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The hard-earned finisher medal…hahah….

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The back

Not too sure if Itchyfingers will be back again next year. Maybe I should swop my useless-at-night camera for a super powerful LED torchlight? Hahaha….

Also see related post:
> Sleep Can Wait. Beat the Sunrise

 

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