I've registered for this race back in November 2012 when it first opened for registration. Back then, I have no idea what will happen in March 2013. But one thing i knew for sure was that it will be the determining race for Wifey if she is fit/strong enough to attempt Sabah Adventure Challenge (end of March) after the accident in October 2012. And for myself, it dawned to me that I will be doing two races back to back having completed the Hash Challenge the
I woke up at about 3.30am preparing to fuel the race. Rolled oats with the usual raisins, cranberries, nuts and such has became a staple diet for me in the morning. We left the house by 4.15am and drove to Bukit Jalil. Traffic was clear short of a few reckless drivers that were likely to be DUI. We reached Bukit Jalil at 4.45am and it was rush to look for a parking. I parked at almost the same area as last year. By then, the whole place was filled with runners. One thing I noticed immediately was that the Stadium lights were not switched on. More confusing was the crowd were standing everywhere and I can't find the starting line. Not helping the bad PA system that crackles next to the Powerbar booth.
|Got Race or not?|
|The two flood lights were where the starting was|
|Andrew, Khoo and Kenny with me|
|With Kian Meng and Ee-Leng|
|While there was still lights|
|OK. Much better!|
The race was ran in semi-darkness. Street lights went off at the very start of the race leaving the first 10km running in darkness. There are certain parts that was too dark to safely run without risking any tripping. I am glad nothing happened. As expected, the run around OUG housing area gives a bit of respite with the route mostly downhill. And then, there it was...the 5km timing mat and I won't be surprised if many missed it. The route then went towards a U-turn that was likely setup to cover the 400m around the stadium. The distribution of ribbons could had been done better with less stoppages - or runners taking more than just one ribbons. The remaining distance brought the runner running parallel with MEX highway on both sides near Kuchai Lama before heading back towards Bukit Jalil and into the apartments units. While One would be very happy as they would had thought the race was coming to an end was in for a surprise as the race takes a turn for the last climb towards Astro.
|OK, last 1km. I did not know I passed Phui Tin at first. Thank you Tang for the pic!|
|Yeap, some thought I finished the race already, but I still have 50m to go...and 5 minutes to kill. Thanks Tey Gor for the pic!|
|While I was waiting, wifey was posing for camera. Thanks Tang for the pic!|
|Nice Midfoot landing! Thanks Aniza for the photo|
|Same moment as above - and see how the blood trickled. Thanks Elaine for the capture|
We crossed the line together in the expected 2:30. It was a good recovery run for myself despite the bloody encounter and for wifey, to finish the race with no injuries and in good spirit, it marked her official return to racing again.
|I ran up and down the race route 1.4km more?|
It wasn't easy for her the past 6-months fighting (and still is) pain from the incident but she is slowly getting back there again. Her 10km timing is close to her pre-accident pace and with a bit more mileage and structured training, she will be running much faster.
|After cleaning up the chaffing.|
|With Ibrahim. Looking Lean and Mean.|
|Making younger man looked slow, he is.|
|With Jun Shen and Annie. Team 2nd Skin making an appearance. Congrats Annie on the 2nd placing for Women Open. Photo courtesy of Jun Shen.|
|Her last race was last year's Brooks...|
|All decked in Team 2ndSkin livery and collaborator's products. Thank you Skechers, Garmin and Hammer Nutrition. Not forgetting 2ndSkin Asia!|
|Bring on Sabah Adventure Challenge. The Lims are ready for it!|