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Some Like It Hot: Training in Sub 40°C / 104°F Heat

Among runners in the local trail running community the term ‘heat training’ is often used and understood to be nothing other than heat acclimatization or quite simply, getting used to the heat. But when I Googled the term, it turned up something completely different and out of context:

“Heat training is the gradual process of changing the texture of your hair with heat styling tools such as a flat iron.”

Because of my freelancing hours, I get out on the trails to run at all odd hours and being in the tropics that usually means most people are cocooned in their air conditioned office the entire time I’m out in the sun. Except on days when it’s raining, typical temperatures range from 33° to 40°C or 91.4 to 104°F.

Truth be told, I’ll take warm to hot over cold any day — I’ve come to accept that my body just isn’t built to handle cold. I’ve lost count the number of my doctor has had to put me on antibiotics to treat my condition (bronchitis) each time I’d been exposed to extreme low temps such as after my Mount Kinabalu climbs (both times in 2013 and 2016) or drinking cold fluids immediately after an intense workout. So, no Base Camps expeditions for me anytime soon or ever — it could very well be a one way ticket for someone with a low cold threshold like me.

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Completing Two Loops of Bukit Shahbandar 14 Hills with 1,041m in Elevation Gain

The idea of completing two loops of Bukit Shahbandar ’14 Hills’ had crossed my mind more than once previously but it was only recently I decided to actually do it — together with two other runners, one of whom my #TMBT2016 50K buddy. Rather impromptuly, I initiated the idea and there was no objection and that’s how we rolled, began the first loop in the usual anticlockwise direction and proceeded with the second loop with the more challenging clockwise direction where the route is more climb oriented. This activity on Strava.

Download Bukit Shahbandar Trail Map | See also: Aerial View of Bukit Shahbandar

Two loops beginning with anticlockwise direction followed by clockwise resulted in a mirrored elevation profile of each loop. The clockwise direction is tougher simply because there are more knee and lung busting ascents to sustain before you see the flats and descents.

Some four and a half hours later, we got back to civilization, changed out of our sweat soaked gear and fulfilled a post-workout mandate: cold serving of refreshing fresh coconut water. Briefly rested somewhat we grabbed lunch at a nearby Thai Restaurant, MOD, which happens to be also our go-to place for ice cold Lime Frappe along with favourite Ginger Chicken rice.

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Standard Chartered KL Virtual Marathon 2017 Pre-Race Preparation #Brunei

“This virtual race is brought to you by the official SCKLM and 42Race. You can now run anytime, anywhere, with anyone on 21 May 2017 to earn the exclusive Standard Chartered KL Virtual Marathon medal. First 1,999 Entries will be awarded with Free Running Bandana (worth S$9.90, posted with finisher medal).” —

You can forget about the free running bandana offer. At the time of this posting, 2078 runners have signed up for the virtual run. You can also forget about the Free Medal Engraving because the offer was valid till 16 Apr 2017. Good news is you can still register for the run which closes a minute before midnight 16th May 2017, and earn yourself an official SCKLM (Virtual) 5K, 10K, 21K or 42K Finisher Medal and Certificate. Head over to to sign up if you haven’t already done so.

Finisher medals images from

Here in Brunei, I have a small group of participants comprising of family members and friends that have registered for the half marathon distance and we’re going to accomplish the mission using the 21km route that I’ve mapped, taking us on a Padang Arena Seria to Panaga roundabout to Mumong roundabout loop with specific turns on the return leg as detailed on the map provided below.

Yesterday, on 23 April 2017, we had a route familiarization practice run to experience the route first hand and we had a great time and along the way learned a thing or two that morning about our route, parking venue, hydration needs among other little things such as sun protection. We welcome anyone who wishes to join us on 21 May regardless of whether you signed up for the race event or not.

Got up at 4.15am and was out the door by 5.15am to meet the boys for this morning's #SCKLM Virtual Marathon Half Marathon route familiarization run. Sure, we could easily have done this route thing just in a car and we would have accomplished that in 30 minutes or so but where's the fun and pain in that? Route mapping for 21km was spot on distance wise but choice of starting venue was an oversight. At 5.30am the entrance to OGDC car park was closed so chose Arena as Plan B. Fantastic weather (24 hours ago we were stormed out from 5am to 9am) but as soon as the sun came out it got hot — really hot! Couldn't imagine a full marathon distance in this heat. There's a time and day to go our separate pace and that's 21 May — race day! But today, we ran. we walked, we stayed together and no one got lost which was the whole idea of today's route familiarization exercise. Thanks guys for making Sunday morning awesome! #sunday #brunei #shimworld #running #runner #friends #seria #exercise #halfmarathon #hm #garmin #strava #runhappy #runsafe #buff #ultimatedirection #runwithud #lsd

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