Merdeka LSD at Putrajaya

A 19km long slow distance that was a “light” week for me.

Happy 57th Merdeka, Malaysia
Happy 57th Merdeka, Malaysia – from Gaited Community Runners @ Dataran Putrajaya

The nation’s 57th Merdeka (Malaysian Independence Day) fell on a Sunday this 31st August, which meant it was a long weekend with Monday being declared a public holiday in lieu. A few of my friends had already decided to do our long run in Putrajaya so that’s exactly what we did. Nan and Bett started earlier at 5am because they wanted to cover 30km; they ran 11km first and then joined us at 7:30am in our 19km run.

We took some nice pictures around the quiet administrative capital, and since it has so many federal buildings you would expect to see so many giant Jalur Gemilang (our name for the Malaysian flag – Glorious Stripes, if you will) adorning them.

Here are some of the pictures that we captured that day. I find that the occasional pit stops for photos really is a quick much-welcomed refresher to break the monotony during a long run.

Waiting in front of the Palace of Justice just after 7am (31 Aug 2014).
Me waiting in front of the Palace of Justice just after 7am (31 Aug 2014).
Our 6km pitstop/regroup at Putrajaya International Conventional Centre
Our 6km pitstop/regroup at Putrajaya International Conventional Centre
Mimi was fascinated with the flags at the Ministry of Finance, so we decided to stop here too. It was at km13.
Mimi was fascinated with the flags at the Ministry of Finance, so we decided to stop here too. We had just about covered 13km.
Me at the Ministry of Finance building
Me at the Ministry of Finance building
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The women on my left and right are the reasons why I have my 40s to look forward to. They mean business when it comes to running and I can hardly keep up with them!
With my running buddies Nan (L) and KZ (R).
With my running buddies Nan (L) and KZ (R).

That last picture above is a hoot really – KZ insisted that the three of us take it to compare it with a previously shot photo from a long run we did together last February – just to see if we had changed much physically.

Nan, Fairy & KZ: 2013 vs 2014
Nan, Fairy & KZ: 2013 vs 2014

Do you notice any difference? 🙂

I was getting a bit of teasing by my mostly male runner friends (who did not join us) on social media for declaring this 19km a “light” run. Honestly, if you compare it with a 30km run, it totally is!

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Hi! I am Fairy from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia - currently residing in Sydney, Australia. This blog contains write-ups on my fitness adventures, whether it's running, swimming, hiking, Zumba, whatever! If I sweat, I write! As a young adult in my twenties, I led a relatively sedentary lifestyle before I had an awakening in 2011. I was overweight by age 30 and finally decided to turn my life around, so I started to reclaim my health back by losing 20 percent of my then body weight by playing dance and fitness video games! I've not looked back since and now happily lead an active lifestyle. If you want to get in touch with me, please email me at fairy[at]myindo.com or DM me on Instagram @myindo. Thanks for stopping by!
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