Puisan + 21km - (initial lagging + toilet break) = 2:14:20
Gun time + (query functioning timing "bib") = 2:16: (something...)
Running skirt + (Bodyglide + lotsa prayers) = no chaffing!
Powergel - (any water at 15th km) = mild tummy upset
Puisan + (bloody annoying leg cramps @ 16th km onwards) + (annoying uphill climbs) + mild tummy upset = on the brink of being INJURED runner!!!
You know, in retrospect, I'm starting to view the SCKLM as the most "monumental" race on MY first 6 months of 2009's running calender.
And clearly....it has been exponentially overrated!
I guess I was thinking that it would be a lot like Singapore......(delusional me!)
By the way, I didn't quite get the timing system on the bib.
It made the bib really stiff and annoying!
Suddenly I miss the good ol' timing chip on the shoe.
Anyway, today has got to be the earliest that I've ever woken up for a race in KL.
There were big plans to snag ourselves a decent parking and we wanted to reach Padang Merbuk by 4.30am.....(gosh we were so ambitious!)
But of course we did (more or less) reach at around 4.30am andPadang Merbuk was almost filled to the brim!
Yea yea....it is good to be obsessive (which I am good at as well) about such things (like, parking!) once in a while!
And you know what.....it rained again this morning...AND I was caught it in the rain again!!!
It's like each time I'm at Padang Merdeka....there's rain....
It's like, one rain cloud sees me, says to the other rain clouds, "Quick....that girl is here again....let it pour and pour fast!!!"
(No...I'm NOT being paranoid ok!!)
But it only rained when they were flagging off the full marathoners.
By the time the half-ers proceeded to the starting line, it was already rain-free!
I count myself lucky.....
Anyway for this race, I actually brought along ONE Powergel....I'm not a huge fan of powergel.
Don't ask me why......don't really fancy it although I do have to admit that I do feel somewhat better after downing one over 10km into a race.
(yes...feel free to jeer at the doubter)
I only have one regret for this race though....
Not heading to the loo right before the race.
I had to do a quick one in the porta-potties along the race course.....
Not a pleasant sight....or smell for that matter!!! (hold ya breath.....)
Took 2 minutes out of my gun-time!!!!
Anyway....currently am walking with a slight limping gait.
My right hip flexors are SCREAMING for help!!
They have been a bit achy past 2 weeks but nothing tremendously worrisome.
So definitely taking a few days off......(it's like the tapering never stopped...)
And hopefully will feel better SOON!
I HAVE to feel better soon.....
Because I have another half marathon this coming Sunday!!!
Anyway will leave you guys with the pictures from my camera....
Mind you, CS hijacked it for a while (since he completed his half marathon freakin fast, as usual) and all "artsy" shots are his.
....and the candid-crappy-whatever shots are MINE!
* the start and the finish......
* I know this classifies as crappy-whatever shot...but I DID NOT take this!!!
(but it is darn funny!)
* fueling post-race
* Emmy and I!!! Congrats on your first 10km race and may many more to come!
(and if I have anything to do with it...there WILL be many more to come...)
* "....why the long face, Ian?"
* Me and my marathoning friend, PG!!!
(I don't care if you crawled to the finish at Sundown...you're a true marathoner in MY eyes!)
* Apparently the balloons were a hit!
Alright.....another 21km....here I come!!!!
(praying for quick recovery.....!)
p/s: ....seriously, no one coming for the Ipoh Half Marathon??!!!