Feb 9, 2017

How to talk to Little Girls

My partner has a daughter. And this year, one of the most important agenda that we have in our relationship is... 
His daughter meeting me.

Not her. Just a beautiful picture of a girl doing Aikido from Pinterest

Dec 29, 2016

26.2 Miles

I have around five months to prepare my body for this. The training plan does not require me to run everyday but I am advised to convince my mind every single day. Every minute, every second. And most strongly during the race.
Grading up from 10K to 21K was not easy but I took it quite well. However, from 21K to 42K means way more that just "double up the amount."

"How do people do it and actually be addicted to it? I mean 42, 195 Kms?!"
What do they mean by "You will know the best and the worst in you during that  first Full Marathon."
"What it I cannot finish it?"
"Some might pee themselves?!"
"What if I die in KM 41? Or worse, KM 42?"
"Do I really need to do this?" 

I am so looking forward to answer the questions myself.

ps: If you are with me, you may want to follow this training plan and read this article on What to expect on your first Marathon. Eeks!

Describe this word to me: Home

My take: A place where you can be your true-self and just so comfortable in your own skin. It can be a group of friends, it can be your significant other, it can literally be your house with your dogs making continuous mess.

But it surely is the only place you want to be when things are good, and most especially when things are bad.

What's yours definition?

PS: Merry Christmas and Happy 2017!

My Christmas present from myself (ha!) It gives me mood swings alright.

Dec 9, 2016

2XU Compression Run

Last one for the 2016 road, baby!
I cannot describe this enough. Looking back, I would never imagine this can actually be a new addiction.  But today, I am starting my Full Marathon preparation! 
Foremost gratitude to my God, family and friends, and my partner who's been a huge moral support.
He was the one convincing me with his words "I know you will soon be a Marathoner."
And he said that when I was only training for my 10Ks! 
Wish me all the strength in the world for my next goal, please. 

Alam Sutra 27 November 2016

Nov 9, 2016

Jakarta Marathon 2016

Just a few days before race day, I know that my temperature has not been normal. All feverish and nausea with throbbing headache all day long. But I refused to stop myself from this race that I have signed up for.
After taking antibiotics and paracetamols for three days, I decided to just... do it.
"My siblings, Mom, Ompung (Grandma), my best friend, my in laws are going to be there at the finish line."I told myself as I pull my compression socks to my knees. 

Finishing 7 minutes slower than your previous personal best hurts. But I have learned to see every race that you completed as a PB. Why? First, the route is different. The weather, and the local people are too. I was spoiled with Ubud views in Lari Masuk Desa, and the cheering Balinese dancers in Maybank Bali Marathon. The 25KM long views in Lake Toba? Gosh, that one is a must to repeat.

I did not have those aforementioned perks in this race. To make things harder for mental endurance, there were not that many supporters cheering for you too. Some even honk you from their car even they have been informed about the road closure days before.

But you cannot expect a race to be "perfect" as per your liking, yes? Because, just like in the race of life, perfection is non existing. You need to allow the imperfection mold you. And if you are lucky, it brings out something in you that you never know you have.
In my case: apparently running 21KM under the rain is the best cure of all.

My siblings and cousin completed the 5K. I did the Half Marathon.

Entering the finish line drenched in sweats and rain. I remember thinking about doing a Full Marathon right at that moment.

Nov 4, 2016

Membawa Tuhan Dalam Sampul

Puisi ini saya tulis di tahun 2011.
Dan sayangnya, masih berlaku disaat ini.

Membawa Tuhan dalam Sampul

Ketika pemberontakkan semakin kehilangan muaranya
Ketika berita dan wacana lebih banyak memekakan telinga daripada menyercahkan harap
Saya memilih untuk membaca puisi-puisi tua, bermimpi masih ada negeri dongeng dengan kerubim dan tetua bijaksana di alamnya...

Ketika Tuhan dibawa-bawa
Untuk menjadi sampul pembenaran sebuah tindak anarki
Saya memilih untuk mendengarkan Dia lewat desir angin, melihat Dia di mata anak kecil saat mengagumi kupu-kupu, dan mengartikan gerimis sebagai airmataNya

Dia bilang, saya harus berdoa bagi yang mengkhianati saya
Dia bilang, saya harus sodorkan pipi yang lain saat ditampar
Dia bilang untuk tetap percaya dan jangan takut walau saya sedang melewati lembah kekelaman Dia yang Esa. Yang Maha.

Kalau Dia kuasa berkata seperti itu
Apakah mungkin Dia perlu lagi dibela?

February 2011
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