My THIRD consecutive Bidor Half Marathon.
I swear...it gets easier every single year.
I remember the first year back in 2009....when I could still count the number of half marathons within 5 fingers, I was struggling and walked most of the course.
Then in 2010.....after having run many more halfies and 2 full marathons under the proverbial belt, I only walked the uphills.
Now in 2011....after countless halfies (I gave up counting when I started not remembering how many fulls I've run), I'm glad to report that I ran the whole entire way this time around.
This year was definitely the most fun!
Got to Bidor after 2 measly hours of post-Easter Vigil sleep....at around 5am.
Met the first group from KL driven by James (of themarathonshop.com.my fame).
Groggy and partially awake....we walked around the still empty town looking for food.
.....and we found our breakfast at the 24-hour convenient store.
I've registered for CS (his 3rd consecutive Bidor as well!) and he managed to roped in (or rather conned) 3 other bandits to make the early morning drive up.
And dude, you still owe me Rm40 bucks!!!!
These people were my first "running gang".....whom I fondly named 'The Subang Lake Runners'.
We've run many of our first halfies and full marathons together.
These days....they've kinda regressed to a full marathon (predictably Singapore Marathon) a year and perhaps several shorter races in between.
* The Kenyanporean made his exclusive appearance at this race!!!
* Met Dr. Francis again. Seeing him never fails to remind me that I'm old!
The race started at 7am...athough initially they wanted to start at 6.45am but in the state of semi-chaos, someone decided to make it 7.
Ran with my camera (obviously, considering how many pictures I've had) and decided that this was gonna be a F.U.N. run.
Since the field for women running the half was like....46?......Alexis decided to try and get herself on the podium for top 10. She zoomed off and we were left choking on her dust.
Ran with Dannie, Carrie, Elaine, Mo-maniac and Winnie....initially.
Then the lovebirds pulled away and I followed their pace.
The route was pretty simple.
The first 11km runs an 'out-and-back' loop, treating runners to a tour of the "countryside" and treating them to the fresh aroma of "nature".
Pretty flat first loop.
Good for picture taking as you get to see people running back (and visually reminding you that you are a slow runner!!!) on the other side of the road.
At the turn-around, a hydration station and volunteers passing out ribbons.
Yup....it's that small a race that they still use ribbons!!!!
The second loop of 10km is slightly more undulating.
This was where the 10km race was held simultaneously.
Again....more familiar faces and more photo op!
Before heading onto the 2nd part of the route, I was still clowning around with the lovebirds.
Then some chick with a really toned body ran past us.
I casually mentioned to Dannie that I wanna grow up to look exactly like that!
Dannie said that if I ran as fast as her, preferably overtaking her, then I'd grow up to look like that.
In full support of folie-a-deux (we LOVE shared delusions!!!), I decided to give that girl chase.
Afterall....I so DO wanna grow up looking like that (I'll grow up when I reach 30, in case you're wondering).
By then....she was really far ahead.
So I picked off runners one by one.....until I was right behind her.
Then decided that she was too slow for me....so I over took her.
(it is good to keep aspiring for bigger and better things when you grow up)
Fearing that she will overtake me....I kept on running faster.
The second part of the race goes up a dreaded uphill route.
Psyched myself up to NOT walk.
Amazingly my sleep-deprived brain computed that fact.
At the turn around, another water station.....the ONLY one with Isotonics.
Give me sugar and I'm a happy camper!!!
At the turn around, many people were already walking. I didn't want to be like many people.
That was not what I've imagined myself growing up to be!!!
So I ran.
Camera in one hand....can of drink in another.
I only slowed down to sip water and pass wind.
Again many recognizable faces on the other side.
By this time....the sun was out and someone turned the thermostat up!
It was getting warmer and a tad bit uncomfortable.
Kept on running.
Runners were more sparsely spaced.
Kept running until I picked another runner off.
When I overtake one....I said my hellos and probably babbled off like a mad woman.
Babbling kept me from getting bored....not getting bored keeps me running. Therefore babbling keeps me running!
I finally see James running about 500m in front.
Tried to pick up pace to surprise him from behind.
The dude was walking....(his first race in quite a while....poor dude)
Decided to drag him with me.
After all....someone needs to hear me talk.
It would be very weird to others if I started talking to myself, wouldn't it.
* Picture courtesy of Chee Hon...thanks!!! (James in VFF....me in shoes)
By that time.....my camera had died on me.
No more photos for the next 4km.....so depressing.
We crossed the finish line in 2:20!
Not too bad.
I was even placed 15th overall women. Of course you only get to go on stage and get your photo taken by someone with a very huge camera if you're top 10......
* So Ron.....ever considered sponsoring yours truly with more Punk Rock T-shirts?! *sweetest smile I could ever conjure*
I enjoyed the race....I've always enjoyed Bidor anyway.
And with me leaving the state of Perak at the end of next month....this race was a little bitter sweet.
(I only signed up for this race back in 2009 because it was near Ipoh.....then again in 2010 because I fell in love with it)
Unfortunately this week was kinda low in mileage.
In my delusional mindset...it's called 'tapering' for next week's marathon in Kota Kinabalu.
I can't wait for next week to roll around!!!!
See you all at Borneo International Marathon.
Don't forget your sunscreen.