Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Malaysian Women's Marathon (MWM) - 7th April 2013



Malaysian Women's Marathon (MWM) was the brainchild of Karen Loh.

She wanted a race where women could feel like they bloody well own it and race the way they would like to....wear whatever they would want to....and most of all to feel the empowerment that comes from an all-female running event.
....and men could just putter around as volunteers and pacers.

She even went all out to invite Kathrine Switzer (the legendary!!! Google her if you still have no clue who she is....despite countless features of her in Runner's World magazine) over to our shores just for this race!!!


Honestly I wasn't prepared for this race.

I've not done a proper road race since.....



..........




Ok if I have to think that long...then it must be a bloody long time ago.

Most likely.....since Vibram HK100.

Yes...that long.

And no....the 10km run after the bike leg in triathlons does not count.

Anyway was still rehabbing a faulty left knee. After the run leg at Penang Tri a week ago, I was back in pain.

But I figured I could surely power-walk a 7 hour "marathon"....although many people will argue that marathons are meant for running.
Then again these people most likely have never done an ultramarathon before where walking is as essential as running in efforts to complete.

The day before....somehow found myself agreeing to go cycling with the uncles.....and they somehow convinced me that I could somehow follow behind the BJCC group.
Of course I couldn't somehow "become" a cyclist that rides an average speed of 35 km/hr.....but in all optimism, I showed up......tried my darnest to follow despite being dropped within the first 10 minutes....and completed 80km ride.....and on the morning of the marathon, still feeling the quad-hammering effect of it all.
I concluded that I was the sort that was easily conned by a bunch of cycling uncles.

Anyhoo....

Woke up at 2am to prep...and left the house at 3am.....got to race venue with lotsa time to spare.

Race was held at iCity in Shah Alam.
In my mind....this place was in the middle of no where.
I've raced and returned home...and I have yet to change my mind on that notion.

The full marathon was flagged off at 4.30am...right on the dot.

I kinda left the watch at home......
I figured I'll run according to feel. If I feel good...I run. If I don't feel good....I walk.
Good plan, eh?


*Photo courtesy of Tey-da-man!!!! Picture with Race Director, Karen.....one half of the running-couple, Sue O'brien.....the ever gracious Kathrine Switzer.....yours truly....Maybel and Trixie....taken during race kit collection.

* Picture with Vivienne Loo.....courtesy of Andrew. Taken on pasta party day. Check out the dude's blog at http://movingonac.blogspot.com!


* Picture again courtesy of Andrew......on race morning with the ladies....Agnes, yours truly....Carol-the-terror, Pat, Lynn and Phuitin. Thanks Phuitin for the lift!


* Picture with my good friend Emmy....and its her FIRST EVER FULL MARATHON DEBUT!!! Picture courtesy of Winnie's camera.



Started the race at the back of the pack....as always.....with Winnie, Joey and Carol. Plus a lot of familiar faces.

I guess I kinda miss these people since I stop racing that much. It was great to catch up and run together again.

And since Winnie brought her camera.....it was an obvious choice to run with her.
(I can't seem to find mine. Yes....it has been THAT long since I last raced!!!!)

The first 10km was a drag. I can't believe how incredibly slow the time passed.....that, or I'm terribly slow but since I refuse to believe that, I firmly stick to my believe that time felt stagnated.

Also....I was feeling really hungry by the 5th kilometer.
Too early to down a gel. But the hunger was terribly annoying.

Finally at 10km, down the gel and the remaining distance until the halfway point was a lot more pleasant.
Then I felt hungry again.


 * Picture from Winnie's camera.....with Joey and Yimmy all dressed up and raring to go!


* Rupert cycling around the girls....his dream-come-true moment. Picture with Winnie, taken off Winnie's camera.



Down another gel at 20km.....but this time around, it didn't help alleviate the hunger.
Felt a burning sensation at the epigastric region of my abdomen. I need food...and I need it STAT!!!!

Tried to drown the hunger away with isotonic....but did little to help.



* Picture by Louis Ong. With Winnie and Joey..... 



 At 26km....I did what I thought would help the situation.
I popped into the nearest 24-hour McDonald's and got myself an Egg McMuffin.

Took 2 bites out of the burger before feeling queasy.
Perhaps it wasn't such a brilliant idea as when I was standing in line at McD's moments ago.

Kept the burger aside and kept on running.



* Me and my burger. I didn't finish it in the end. Sad day.....sigh. Picture from Winnie's camera.



By 28km.....I felt a regurgitation.
I bent over....I wanted to expel whatever that was remaining in my near empty stomach...but nothing would come out.

Decided it was futile to continue trying to evacuate the gastric content...and continued run/walk.

Continued until 32km.....then felt like I needed to throw up again.
Bent over.....some undigested bananas came out....and nothing else.
Again....decided I wasn't gonna be hanging around at one spot trying to vomit....and continued on.



* At the 30km mark.....12km more to go!!!!!


* Putting on a brave face at 35km marker. 7km to go....and I still felt like hurling.



I'm kinda glad in a way that the route was bloody hilly....coz I took every opportunity to walk up hill.....and trot down.
This plan of action never fails to let me down in any race!!!!!

The route heading back to iCity was incredibly boring.
Traffic was increasing. Aside from some key areas such as roundabouts where there were traffic policemen and MWM volunteers guiding traffic and runners, we were mostly left on our own.

At 38km....the bloated feel overwhelmed me and I tried vomiting again....but to no avail. Sigh.
Winnie says to give up trying to vomit as we were almost at the finish line.

Having her and Joey with me the entire way was very reassuring....and just plain lovely!
I really miss that about running races....the camaraderie.

And having Rupert cycling around us throughout the entire 42km.....and especially at the last 3km was great as well.....although I would have appreciated it more if he had brought along some food. 



* At 41km mark...one more to go....and I feel like dying!!!!! With Khoo posing with the marker. Traffic after this water station was horrendous. We had to wait in front of UiTM, at the traffic lights for it to turn red before crossing over.



The knee somehow managed to hold up (yeah...prolly was walking too much that it didn't get a chance to hurt)....and somehow......I managed to finish this race.......


* Completing it hand in hand.....wit Rupert in the background....Picture courtesy of Ah Weng.



....and we finished it hand in hand.....!!!!!
In 6:04!!!!!

Not too shabby in my opinion.

Big thanks to Winnie and Joey for the company...and the lovely photos taken off Winnie's camera.....and to all the volunteers along the way.

I think the volunteers themselves made this race super special.

There has to be something really endearing about a running race organized by passionate runners....supported by runners....and hyper-fueled with passion for the running community.


* Us hugging the race director....Winnie, Karen, Phuitin and Lynn.


* Rupert and Joey getting into the picture as well!


* Me with my dog-tag finisher's "medal". Above three photos taken off Winnie's camera.


* With Carol-the-terror who had a position in her category....she'll be enjoying a year's supple of free magazines. Picture courtesy of Victor.


* With Iron-mama....picture by her. Just wanna show off my pink shirt :)


In a nutshell...I enjoyed this race more than I thought I would.

But before we rave on the stuff that I loved and adored about this event.....let's not forget it was not without fault....
The traffic control was poor at many parts of the route.....certain areas of the route were not well lit and could possibly be dangerous.....route was boring....iCity has terrible (not to mention overpriced) parking system......and I attempted to vomit many times but failed in an epic scale.

The good bits.....small crowd.....FANTASTIC volunteers.....lotsa water and isotonic at hydration stations.....adequate distance markers.....lovely finisher's T....cute dog-tag as finisher's medal....Carol's gonna be buying me lunch coz she won.....Winnie and Joey.....Winnie's camera....lotsa photos of me (I'm being thoroughly honest!)....and met a lot of my running friends.


And now....am gonna go back to rehabbing the knee....until my next race at Bidor Half Marathon!!!!


Later!!!!!!







25 comments:

Sue's Ramblings said...

Wished I could have joined you for the 7-hour marathon...ok, revised to 6 but I know you would absolutely forbid me! BTW, love your race tee - too cute!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your info. I really appreciate your efforts and I am waiting for your next post thank you once again.



my website - mederma stretch mark therapy reviews

Carol Chan said...

You made me LOL at your photo at Km 41 with Khoo. Didn't all of us wish that it would magically turn into a 42km sign? So near and yet so far!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous, what a website it is! This web site gives helpful information to us,
keep it up.

my webpage: cheap party pills

Anonymous said...

Aw, this was a really nice post. Finding the time and actual effort to produce
a top notch article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a lot and never manage to get anything done.


My page; adrianne curry playboy

Anonymous said...

I always emailed this web site post page to all my contacts, since if like to read it then my links will too.


Here is my blog: ve-soft.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

If you are going for finest contents like I do, only go to see this web page all the time since it provides quality contents,
thanks

My website; http://www.wikitesti.com/index.php?title=Skin_Scarring_Removel_Tips

Anonymous said...

thanks for share..

Anonymous said...

It's going to be end of mine day, however before finish I am reading this wonderful article to increase my knowledge.

Here is my website ... nwnwiki.neverwinter.cz

Anonymous said...

It's amazing to visit this web site and reading the views of all colleagues concerning this paragraph, while I am also eager of getting experience.

Here is my web blog ... stretch mark creams

Anonymous said...

Thanks , I've recently been searching for information about this topic for a long time and yours is the best I've found
out till now. But, what about the conclusion? Are you certain about the source?



my page; Louis Vuitton Bags

Anonymous said...

Packages that spamdexing services in different packages that
cater to the different business requirements. But in
reality, it has plenty in store for you. Search engine
optimization cannot be ignored. Even if you buy an spamdexing package
contains all the services that you need to make sure that it provides.


Here is my blog post search engine optimization canada

Rehan Ahmed said...

Looking for Best and Trusted PTC Site..?
Here is a Best and Trusted PTC Site where you can earn money online without any invesment, earn with Just Clicking and Earn upto Daily 10$, Earn More with Referrals, Paid to Click System, Best upgrade plans and Best Advertising Plans. Legitimate Earning Website for ever you want
HotProClicks.com

Sappa Tamang said...

you have such a nice blog i really interested to see
Everest Base Camp Treks
Trekking in Nepal
Trekking Company in Nepal
Annapurna base camp Treks
Manaslu circuit trek
Everest trekking
Annapurna circuit Treks
Langtang Valley Trekking
Upper Mustang Trekking
Kanchanjunga Trekking
Trekking Guide in Nepal
Peak Climbing in Nepal
Package tour in Nepal

Muhammad Khalid said...

Free Facebook Likes, Free Targeted Facebook Likes, Make Unlimited Likes on your Facebook Fan Page, Facebook Share, Facebook Followers, Facebook Post Like and Share, Twitter Followers, Twitter Tweets, Twitter Favorites, Google Follow, LinkedIn share, Youtube Views Likes and Subscribes
Social Media Marketing is the easy way to increase your Folow Likes and Subsribes
getlikefast.com

Himalayan Mountain Guide said...

For more than a decade, HimalayanMountainGuide.com has been a leader in providing high country holidays and adventure activities in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. ‘HMG’ organizes Expeditions and Treks for groups and individuals from all walks of life. We can design any program or package to suit your interest, schedule, fitness level and budget. Our organizing skills are as flexible as the mountains we escort you to.
Trekking guide in Nepal
freelance trekking in nepal
everest base camp trekking
trekking in nepal
peak climbing in nepal
island peak climbing in nepal
Mera peak climbing in nepal
labuche peak climbing in nepal
package tour in Nepal
Climbing guide in nepal

Encounters Nepal said...

Encounters Nepal Dot Com is an ethically governed and environmentally aware Trekking & Adventure Tour Operator. The company exists to promote and share with others the diverse geographical beauty as well as the cultural wealth of our homeland, Nepal, as well as that of some of our neighbours, such as Tibet and Bhutan. Predominantly, it is the mighty Himalayan ranges that attract visitors from all over the world to Nepal. Upon arrival, guests to our country are then also captivated by the interplay of the majestic mountainous landscapes with the overriding hospitality of the Nepali people. Our rich spiritual life and our many vibrantly joyous customs are born of the melding of the Hindu and Buddhist cultures which have co existed here side by side for centuries. This adds a mystical dimension to most travelers’ experiences in Nepal. It is this interplay of magnificent landscapes, of friendly and welcoming people from many different ethnic backgrounds and the complex, beautiful overlay of religious rites and cultural practices that make a sojourn in Nepal a life – enhancing, sometimes even life changing, experience for all.Our company is proud to be able to show overseas visitors all facets of our beautiful land, through stunning mountain treks, at both lower and higher altitudes, depending on our guests’ interests and their physical capacities, to wild life safaris in the Terai, on the plains or rafting on mighty rivers.We stand proud knowing we act at all times as an ethical and compassionate employer of local staff and our company is also involved with local conservation organisations and environmental agencies in order to preserve the natural wonders with which Nepal has been blessed
Trekking in Nepal
Everest Base Camp Trekking
Annapurna Circuit trekking
Upper Dolpo trekking
Manaslu Circuit trekking
Kanchenjunga base camp Trekking

Anonymous said...

Dr Lesley Walker, director of cancer information at Cancer Research UK, said:?
Most raw foodists have diets that consist of vegetables,
fruit, nuts, and seeds. Here is my get your exgirlfriend back regimen.
Step Five: Once the light has been contrasted with where it is mined, though it can be broken
up into many sub-systems, including: rainfall, surface water, ground water, humidity and transpiration.


Also visit my web site website

David Bend said...

Your races look like they are so much fun! Keep having fun! :)

David | Edmonton Eavestrough

Ron Johnson said...

That's so awesome. I love running. I love to see people from all over the world enjoy the sport.

Ron Johnson | www.mrexteriorltd.ca

muhammad asim said...

Photoshop Fail Peoples in this Network... Fail Prank Peoples, Fail Videos, Fail Pictures, Troll Images, Prank Peoples, Funny Peoples, funny planet, funny facts, funny cartoons, funny movies pics, iphone funny, funny jokes, Prank Images, Fail Pictures, Epic Pictures, Lols and Gags, Lol Pictures, Funny Pictures, Lol is the Laugh out of Laugh where you can Fun Unlimited and Laughing Unlimited.
lolsgag.com

zubair saleem said...

Now 1st time ever in Internet World, Facebook Earning program has been Launch, Now you Car earn money online with Just use Facebook and earn unlimited. Post a Picture on Facebook and Get $0.5 Dollar per Post, Unlimited Postings and Unlimited Earning.
Share a Picture on Your Friends wall and Get Unlimited Income from home
www.JobzCorner.com

muhammad asim said...

Photoshop Fail Peoples in this Network... Fail Prank Peoples, Fail Videos, Fail Pictures, Troll Images, Prank Peoples, Funny Peoples, funny planet, funny facts, funny cartoons, funny movies pics, iphone funny, funny jokes, Prank Images, Fail Pictures, Epic Pictures, Lols and Gags, Lol Pictures, Funny Pictures, Lol is the Laugh out of Laugh where you can Fun Unlimited and Laughing Unlimited.
lolsgag.com

samad abbas said...

Top Ten Classified Website List, Pakistani Classified Sites, USA Classifieds, Indian Classifieds, Entertainment Articles, Entertainment News, Entertainment Pictures, Bollywood, Hollywood and Lollywood Pictures and Videos, Entertainment Latest updates, Hot Entertainment News and Pictures Funny Entertainment Pictures, lol Pictures, Funny Pictures and every thing you want...
www.hotcurrentaffairs.com

brad maddox said...

All Latest Hot Current Affairs, All Entertainment News updates, Entertainment Articles, Entertainment News, Entertainment Pictures, Entertainment Videos, Funny Pictures, Fail Pictures, Troll Comics, Troll Images, lol Pictures, Mp3 Tunes and every thing you want...
www.hotcurrentaffairs.com