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Borneo International Marathon 2013 10km personal report

My first ever official running event after leaving high school in 1994. Borneo International Marathon was successfully held yesterday in Kota Kinabalu, after it was postponed from the actual date on 5th May because of Malaysia’s 13th General Election. It was a very lively event, the organizers were fabulous. They did a very excellent task of handling the event professionally.

As it was my first ever event, there were few issues that I think I would like to mentioned, in which maybe a good information for those who planned to run in next year’s event.

First and foremost, as I am a Muslim, prayer room (surau) is one of the priority. Stadium Likas where the event was held has a prayer room. So it will not be an issue for 10km and half marathon runners, as both events starts after the early morning (subuh) prayer. Only for full marathoners, they may have to have a slight detour from the main road to Kota Kinabalu mosque to pray. As the event starts at 3.00 am in the morning, by the time they reached near the mosque, they can have their prayer.

I came very early, at 4.30 am last Sunday, although my event started at 6.15 am, just to familiarized things around. It’s a good way of not panicking around if you arrive late at the starting line.

Sponsors were also good. Drinks on the water stations, ice cream at the stadium, free flow of MILO were abundant.

The only glitch that I think that could be improved next year was the shuttle bus that feeds the runners back to their hotel. Although the bus picking them up from the hotel was punctual, buses picking the back to the hotels were not that punctual.

The volunteers were also very cheerful, traffic police and cyclist really helps the runners to run in a safer condition.


So, what next for me? I am targeting for full marathon next year. 4th May 2014 Borneo International Marathon. I would like to run the course less than 5 hours.

If you want to know how did I do yesterday, check out my run profile from Garmin Connect. I run with Garmin Forerunner 210, as my Runkeeper app failed on me.

5 reasons why you should buy Garmin Forerunner 210 and ditch you Android app

I received my Garmin Forerunner 210 yeasterday from Lelong.com.my, one of the best online shopping mall based in Malaysia. After paying RM680, the item arrived as expected. By the way, this is NOT a sponsored post.

This is the situation that I was in:

  • I have been actively running for about 5 months since March 2013
  • I have been logging all my run using an Android app, Runkeeper
  • And now I DECIDED to become more serious at running to improve my health and well being, and maybe run a cempetitive event like the Borneo International Marathon and the Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon
  • And want to ¬†slim down my gadget from the bulky Galay Nexus smartphone to just a wrist watch

garmin-forerunner-210So, if you are like me and have similar situation, I would like to share with you the justifications on buying a dedicated GPS wristwatch like the Garmin Forerunner 210 and upgrading the app from Runkeeper to Garmin Connect. The 5 reasons why you should get the device are:

1. When you started to think that your smartphone is bulky and heavy to run with (like running with a brick on your arm)

Don’t get me wrong here. I love my Galaxy Nexus smartphone. Since March, I have installed and used few Android apps to track my running – which includes Endomondo, Strava, Nike+ and Runkeeper. After trying those apps for a few weeks, I decided to stick to Runkeeper as I think it was the most user friendly and less buggy as compared to other apps.

However, after running for about 5 months with the smartphone strapped on my right arm, I started to think that it’s very bulky and heavy to run with. It’s like running with a brick strap on my right arm. Do the math. Galaxy Nexus weighs 135 grams, WITHOUT the strap. Garmin Forerunner 210 weighs 52 grams. My Galaxy Nexus is almost 3 times the Forerunner’s weight.

This weight differences will be very significant when I want to run the Kinabalu climbathon. You want to get the least amount of weight running the climbathon, as extra weight will need extra effort to get yourself up and down the mountain. I am a student of minimalist running and I think it is the best way to run. To add on the minimalist ideas and  weightlessness issues, I even run on minimalist shoe РSkechers GoRun 2 which only weighs 190grams.

2. When you want to separate your GPS running tracker from your smartphone

forerunner-210A dedicated device to track and log your running is NOT always the best way of doing things. But for some people like me, having a separate and dedicated device will actually “simplified” your running. You can track your running even if you don’t have your smartphone with you. With only one press of a button, you are ready to go. With the separation, you can get specific device to do specific task.

However, the downside of running without your smartphone is when you have an emergency by the roadside. Or even get lost in the wilderness. Garmin Forerunner 210 does not have a compass or a way finder. So, you can be in trouble if you get lost in the woods. With the smartphone, you can have a compass app installed.

3. When you don’t want to look like those chicks who run with their iPhone strapped on their arm with earphone in their ears

iphone-armbandHaha. I was just like some of you guys when I started running with my Galaxy Nexus on my arm. I think I am cool with that brick strapped on my arms. However, my view changes after running with some pros in running. They were NOT that impressed with the bricks on the arm.

Almost all of them that I knew wears small wrist type GPS devices to track their run. Few other brands that I saw was Garmin, Soleus and Suunto. They just looks cool without the brick. Smartphones are for beginners. True gps wristwatch is for the pros.

So when I see those chicks who still runs with iPhones on their arm and earphones in their ears, I just smile.

4. When you have converted to become a stats freak which includes a heart rate monitor (HRM) and a foot pod

When I started logging my runs with Runkeeper, I realized that I have becomes a little bit like a stats freak. Runkeeper helps you log almost all aspect of your run – the distance, the time, the duration, the weather, the speed, the pace, the splits, the lap, the interval, the elevation etc… etc… I have to admit that the more I dwell into the numbers, the more I becomes obsessed with the result. Most of the time I tried to do better the next time I run, in which sometimes it’s NOT a good way to train myself.

Well, with Garmin Forerunner 210, you can add two more variables to your running statistic – your running cadence (using a foot pod) and your running heart rate (using a heart rate monitor). With this two additional gadget, you can get even more data to crunch in which, at the end of the day, HOPEFULLY will help you train yourself better, optimizing all your resources and reducing injuries. With all this variables, the aim of wearing a Forerunner 210 is to get yourself into a more competitive shape, as compared to most people who are using a smartphone which most of the time just to get themselves fit.

I must say that Runkeeper app also have a third party heart rate monitor that you can pair with your smartphone, but adding more gadget on top of a brick on my arm is a no-no.

5. When you have extra money to spend on extra device

Why not? If I had that extra money, I would buy the whole package of Garmin Forerunner 210 which includes the heart rate monitor and foot pod. With RM680, I only got myself the wristwatch. The heart rate monitor and the foot pod can wait. For me, it’s an investment for my personal well being if I used my Forerunner 210 correctly, more so when I planned to participate this year’s Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon. Wish me luck.

If you are also interested to get yourself a Garmin Forerunner 210, check out Lelong.com.my for Malaysian, and Amazon.co.uk for international. Please check out the link below: