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November is here..

November is here. Yes, the month that I officially turn ‘veteran’ this year. (For some races, lah!) And since I am done with all my races for 2013 (race season itself is, of course, not done for the year yet, but for me, scheduling has been difficult with baby), I decided to mark my birthday week by kicking-off next year’s race schedule. After missing the fun at the Malaysia Women Marathon this year, I had placed MWM on next year’s to-do list. Now that registration has opened, there isn’t a good reason to not tick it off the list – so I duly put my name down for the 21K. Sunday 16th March 2014, 5.45 am, at the Shah Alam Stadium. There isn’t a route map yet, and I registered with full knowledge that Shah Alam is hilly (and that the MWM 2013 route was hilly). Ah well, what’s a new year without a challenge? Age is just a number – so is distance, right?

No turning back now!

Done! No turning back now!

About the MWM – MWM 2014 will be the second edition of the event. The inaugural 2013 event in April this year was officiated by none other than marathoner Kathrine Switzer, best known as the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry. MWM 2014 has Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K distances for the ladies, with an option for a male pacer to join in if one is registering for the Full or Half Marathon categories. I must say that the unique finishers’ items are enticing – in addition to a finishers’ pendant, the Full Marathoners get a MWM finishers’ skirt (the male pacers’ finisher item is yet to be announced..) and the Half finishers have the option of a finisher bracelet (Yes! I’m a sucker for bracelets!). The pre-race events should be noteworthy. Last year’s included a webinar with Couple On The Run. The latest update on the MWM Facebook page at the time of this post is that an event with Ms Switzer is scheduled for November 24th, and participants registered before the date will have the opportunity to attend. Sure sounds like something to look forward to!

November is here – which means I’m about two-thirds through the busiest period at work, and that’s always a good feeling. You wonder where the weeks have gone, and at the same time you’re glad the weeks have somehow flown by. Much still remains to be done, certainly, but this is one of those times where the phrase “the end is near” has a positive ring to it!

November is here – which means Christmas is near, and I love the season for all the fabulous singing that will usually fill my November and December evenings and weekends – rehearsals, events, gigs, get-togethers. However, just as I can’t hop out to any old run on a weekend so easily anymore, the singing has to take a slight backseat this year. But there will be singing nevertheless.

November is here – which also means the year is almost done. 2013 has been a year of many milestones – baby turning one was certainly a significant one. My aim of running a maiden 21K did not go on schedule, largely because getting it all back together post-maternity has been such a steep learning curve on so many dimensions, physically and mentally. The theme for most of the year seems to have been to try to catch up with my old self again – the less frazzled, less harebrained and much fitter self – and that project looks like something for the longer-term horizon. In the meantime, maybe I’ll just take a break from all of that and have a bit more cake…

About speedshuffle (75 Articles)
Wen Li is a runner, blogger, mother, educator and artist. She is the Co-Founder and Cartoonist of Malaysia's first comic strip on running, Running Toons ( and is a Compressport Ambassador. Her running story was featured in Marie Claire Malaysia's April 2016 issue alongside several other notable women running bloggers. She runs wherever the road takes her, come scorching sunshine, stifling humidity or relentless rain (and preferably to a Nasi Lemak breakfast!). Apart from pounding the asphalt, she also enjoys hiking and pilates, and is now attempting CrossFit!

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