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Sunday, 21 March 2010

Why I Came To The City Of Angels

4 years ago, Eddie from Los Angeles challenged me to run my first marathon.

I took up the challenge, ran the 42km and almost DIED. After crossing the finishing line, I swore I was never gonna run another marathon race again.

Eddie congratulated me. He said perhaps one day, I would fly to L.A. and join him for the L.A. Marathon. He even gave me a shirt that says "L.A. Marathon In Training".

I laughed it off, thinking no chance in hell would I fly all the way to Los Angeles just to run a marathon. Back then, I did not even have the budget to do so.

Fast forward to 2010.

Here I am today in Los Angeles, fulfilling a gentleman's promise I made 4 years ago.

It is the first time I have signed up for a marathon outside Malaysia or Singapore. I have worked really hard for this. The past 3 months, I have been juggling between  writing for this blog, running my business and training for this marathon.

 

And in 1 hour's time I'll be running my race. I cannot wait.

25,000 people from all over the world has taken part in this race. "The Rock" Dwayne Johnson will be cheering from the side. Shia LeBouf (from Transformers), Sean Astin (from Lord of the Rings), Gordon Ramsey (the foul-mouthed chef) will all be running alongside me.

Wish me luck!

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Goodluck Kenny! Hope u survive to keep us entertained.

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WOW! GOODLUCK! :)

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Wow good luck Kenny. I know you can do it.

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good luck lu~

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May the Force be with You Kenny!

Kenny Kills! (not kill Kenny)

Haha!!

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Kenny rocks!

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Good luck dude. CAN YOU SMELLLLLL, WHAT THE ROCK... IS COOKING...?

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Gogogo!

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WoooOOW! Tat's interesting. Do finish it no matter wat happen n all d best!

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Congrats on the marathon! Hope you finish with the target time next time.

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wah..so health d u...but look vri fat lor in photo..

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tot u oredi finished the run @ 6hrs 2mins? anyway, congratz on achieving the best of ur own record~

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wow!! good luck kenny!!

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wow....u inspired me ....Good luck kenny...it doesnt matter how you do it, but the journey to reach there deserves thumbs up !

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Good luck!!!!!

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good luck kenny

how come your pouch is not adidas eh??

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all the best to you... Good Luck! =)

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All the best man! Maybe you can this can be the first in a 'Marathons across the world' series :)

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Win the marathon for us, Kenny!
Dont forget to take picture with Gordon Ramsey!

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Hey Kenny, hope you will join this marathon and blog about it :P

http://baretobreakers.com/

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congrats!

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Hope to one day run alongside you and Running Andrew (runninganswer.blogspot.com)

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good luck luck luck luck luck luck luck luck !!!

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way the go kenny!
congrats.

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Omg was that really Dwayne Johnson's comment for you? Is it verified with proper e-mail and all! Wow!

You can do it lar Kenny. What have you not been able to overcome so far??

All the best ok. Keep inspiring us. ;)

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Btw Kenny, you never thought of shaving off the hair on ur legs? :) More aero-dynamic right, for running??

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Men with shaven legs are kinda gay...

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being gay is nice

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Kenny you're so cute! Good luck!

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omg! so lucky to be taking part in a such a huge event! with such famous pple too!

all the best ken, uve really made ur life fulfilling!

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cheering you on from sunny singapore!

i know you can do it.
i know you can do anything you set your heart to. you've shown us all that!

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Good luck kenny. Go kick shia lebouf's ass

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Congrats Kenny for completing LA Marathon!

Check out Kenny's Marathon results here - http://runwitme.blogspot.com/2010/03/shia-labeouf-sean-astin-kenny-sia.html

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OMG you're mad. I wish I can be as mad as you are

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Cool!!
Good Luck!

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good luck!!!

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Good luck~!! :D

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Wow! You certainly kept quiet about this! (or maybe you were just too busy to talk about it :P )

Good luck!

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branding tak cukup power bro !

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Way to go kenny, u definitely need those run to lose weight!

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congratulation !!! very good timing for someone who doesn't train much. were you having cramps from 30km onwards as your timing slow down a lot from there...

05km : 00:35:13
10km : 01:12:25
15km : 01:49:28
20km : 02:29:59
25km : 03:17:09
30km : 04:10:03
35km : 05:02:49
40km : 05:47:38
42km : 06:02:39
average speed : 13.49km/hour

hope more of your readers will be encourange to pick up running after reading this blog. Malaysia is still a long way to achieve high standard of Marathon event status. people (incl Malayisan) rather run oversea country organised running event then local one. hope this will change when more local support local events...

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Hi Kenny,

You're looking great.

I was wondering if you noticed that your link to fourfeetnine is not updated.

Sorry for being a busybody! :)

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Good Luck and enjoy the LA view. =)

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go sarawakians!

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omg! so envy! all the best!

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good luck Kenny!
so envy! XD

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gud luck,

how 'bout wrap your body with 'jalur gemilang'? :-P

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Good luck!

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Wow!! Such an inspiration. :-)

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hahaha! i'd like to see gordon ramsay run and swear at the same time!!

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Congrate to u ya..Kenny..is a PB time for u ? cinya salute !

BTW..his average pace is impossible as below..

05km : 00:35:13
10km : 01:12:25
15km : 01:49:28
20km : 02:29:59
25km : 03:17:09
30km : 04:10:03
35km : 05:02:49
40km : 05:47:38
42km : 06:02:39
average speed : 13.49km/hour

Simple count,if Kenny run this pace,1 h 13.49km.2hrs 26.98km,3hrs is 41.47km,another less than 1km,so...Kenny will completed the race sub 3:05.

Actually Kenny pace is around 7km perhour.I met him b4 in Borneo,and snap his race foto.I think 6:02 is very good time for him,but he still can improve a lot !

Cheers

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gud luck Kenny. Hopeful you can run the full 42 KM. i know i can't. Even walking from legend hotel to Sogo almost makes me fainted. hahaha

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Way to go, Kenny! You have our support! You can do it! :):)

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all the best!:)

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good luck and whoa,lots big stars going to run beside you?

that's super amazing

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you go Kenny!! :)

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Good Luck, NERDS!

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kuching lang, go gO GO ! hahaz..
great achievements u have ther !

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good luck! snap a shot of Shia Lebeouf!!! =D

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kenny,
not sure if you are aware, Perth was recently hit by hailstorm

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Good luck and make Malaysia proud!!

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Nais!! Good luck! :)

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Damn slow, why didn't you take a bus?

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Hey kenny. See you are looking slimmer and more good looking. Your hair growing lots of hair i see. Haha, you look healthy. In a good way. Keep this blog running with awesome stories. Cheers~

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Good Lucky Kenny, Wish you all the best!

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Gambateh shorty :)

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Good luck bro!!

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good luck with the run. ;)

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Glad that you've made it.. :)

Maybe one day, I should join a marathon too :)

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All the best man! Hope you finish with the target time next time. Hope you finish it... haha

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Jiayou jiayou! After that still can take picture with them :D

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good luck !

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How inspiring!

I am now inspired to run.... a lose weight...

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luck.

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Eh, keep it under 5 hours lah! Otherwise ah, lao kui! ??????

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i also want to join in yr2040 lah..hehe

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Hey dude, for a blogger who flew 9932 miles, you proved to be gentleman of strong will! That's what marathon is all about.

You ran your personal best, although a blind man made it at 3:xx hr, a 10 year old boy beat you at 3:xx hr, a 46 year old Kuching lady kicked your ass with 4:46 on her first marathon and a 44 old year old kuching guy left you at 2.5 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTvD5uLUJX8) mile...you completed the run and the medal is yours to remind you of the heart and sweat you have put into L.A. Marathon 2010.

To young friends who are inspired, don't just say it, sign up for the next marathon in your city. Of course you know what happened to the first marathoner. He died! You will have to put some effort to complete a full marathon. You will dedicate time to train, discipline yourself to go home early instead of partying all night to prepare for the next days training...run in the rain, under the hot sun. On that very day, when the tears roll down you cheek as you cross the finishing line..no matter if your friends are there to cheer you on or you are so low that the race has closed and you have to slowing complete the race running on side walk...crossing the line alone, the victory is yours!

One last warning, running the 26.2/40km can be habit forming.

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Good luck.. :D and enjoy yourself..

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WoW! Kenny Running at oversea! Great! i'm Looking forward for your final result after running in your next blog. Excited. =)

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i would never be able to take part in marathon, too used to run on the treadmill that my joints hurt if i run on the road! Good luck dude!!

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You mean to say you don't have anything else better to do than to fly all the way to the other side of a planet to join a marathon ? No work ? I think it's a pretty stupid reason to fly that far for a marathon,get real please Kenny and stop wasting your money.

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You look alot healthier now compared to your "Before pic!" ;D

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Good luck Kenny. Looking forward to your post about the LA Marathon.

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Dude..you back? or did you actually die this time?

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OMG Dwayna Johnson "The Rock" was there?
I'm a fan of his. If I was there at the marathon, half way running when I see him I would run towards him and hop into him and give him a hug. Hahaha :)

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you run so much but how come u are still fat? *im asking this in a nice way,so dont get offended!*

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