It's 3:30am as I typed this.
I arrived in Singapore yesterday morning.
In two hours time, I will be joined by 16,000 other runners at the starting line at the Esplanade. If all goes well, by 11am I'll hopefully be dragging my sorry ass past the finishing line, wear my new overpriced LV belt as a reward, and hop on that flight back home by Monday night.
Yes. Another year. Another city. Another 42km. :)
Last week when I was in KL, I went shopping for some new running gear at The Gardens in preparation for my race.
I needed new running shorts 'cos I've lost much weight that my old pants were getting too loose for me. I was also looking to get new marathon shoes as the adiZeros I wore for the Borneo half marathon was were beginning to feel a little stiff.
(Disclosure: adidas subsidises part of my sporting gear.)
The adidas outlet in The Gardens has this humungous box labelled born again adidas. There's a hole on top and at the side it reads "FEED ME YOUR OLD SPORTS SHOES AND GET UP TO $50 OFF A NEW PAIR"
For reasons I cannot explain, I stuck my head through the hole.
Words cannot describe how much those shoes stink. The collective stench from the bunch of old shoes were so overwhelming, I dieded on the spot.
The staff there looked on helpeless as I croaked and sprawled my lifeless body across the floor, one finger pointing towards my mouth to indicate to them that I needed CPR.
But then I noticed all the staff in the outlet were GUYS. So... *ahem* immediately I woke up.
"Are you ok, sir?" they asked. "Ya ya I'm fine," I replied. "Impossible is nothing. Right?"
I heard of this born again adidas thing from Mr Miyagi's blog a few months back and I thought it was a pretty neat campaign they're doing over there in Singapore. Didn't realised they had it in Malaysia as well until I saw the big box.
The idea is to get people to trade in their old sports shoes in return for a RM50 or RM100 discount off a pair of new ones.
The collection bins are located at various adidas outlets throughout KL. It's a nice gesture they're doing. For every twenty pairs collected, they'll donate a new pair to the Harvest Centre, a charity organisation helping out underpriviledged families in Sentul.
It's a win-win situation: you throw away your old sports shoes, they give you discount off your new shoes, some poor kids in Sentul also get new shoes, and you earn yourself some feel-good karma points. ;)
The good thing is, they accept any sports shoes from any brand. Not just adidas, y'know?
For me, I sacrificed this pair of bombastic-coloured bright red Nike Air to the big box. It was in such a bad condition that the air-cushioned bits of the shoes have fallen off and it should be renamed Nike No Air.)
I bought this pair of Nikes almost ten years back, about the time when I started taking up running as a sport. It was the first pair of running shoes I ever bought for myself.
Until that day, I never had the heart to throw it away even with the pathetic state that it was in.
But hey, it's just taking up space in my cupboard anyway.
So like breaking up from a relationship, it's time to let it go and move on.
With the RM50 discount voucher, I got myself this is my pair of blue-coloured adiZero LTs. The price was RM350 after discount, which is still fairly expensive of course, but I know what I'm getting.
These flats are lightweight and built for long distance racing. It's also got a stronger grip on the soles compared to my older pair of adiZeros, which is useful in the likely case that it rains in Singapore - considering it's the monsoon season and all.
Anyway, the most important gear for a marathon is always the shoes, so I ain't gonna compromise on that.
Let's see if I can outrun 42km of kiasu-ness in these babies.