I am sure some of you are still smiling from the weekend's race. The months of training, then the postponement, the race jitter, the self-doubt, running it, feeling the pain, seeing the finish line and calling yourself a finisher in the race you chosen to take part in - joyous. This is my 15th Marathon and not running any this year sort of put me at a disadvantage experience wise. Noted that some friends that only started running a couple of years ago has went to achieve so much more personally. But here is one thing about these races - it is never about doing better than the next person. It is about coming to realisation and accepting your own ability, improve on it and beat yourself in the next race.Preparation Before The Race
The race was to take place in June and was postponed due to the haze. Deemed too dangerous and with the advice from the minister and agreed by everyone, it was postponed and push to September 29, 2013. Many were not happy - stating that they had prepared for the race. But many too, did not see the opportunity to use the lapse to further improve themselves and clock even better timing. Excuse as I believe, is the easy part. Putting on the training shoes on was the hard part. For myself, I been training for the "one big kahuna race" and the training regime has not slowed down except the past two weeks before the race due to work and also tapering. I had my own plan for the race day and it was to pace with wifey and perhaps throw in some speed work and interval into the run. I plan to make SCKLM my "A" Training outing.
As with all races, one must always bear in mind that preparation is essential. Training is just a part of it. Nutrition plays a large part. For this event, I went full Hammer Nutrition again. It has worked for me on many occasions and this will not be an exception. For wifey too, I've set her up similarly for the race. She has grown to like Hammer and there is no reason not to continue. For the record (and future learning), this was the setup:
Pre-Race : 4 Endurolytes tab+1Gel or 1x Perpetuem Solid
Race: 2 Endurolytes tab/hour +1gel or 1x Perpetuem Solid
Water : Sips every 2km. 600ml max/hour. Electrolyte balance is essential. Many will overdrink. Takes calculated discipline not to do so. To avoid : too much of "isotonic" drinks that are sugar laden or risk bonking.
Marathon preparation continues with the selection of garment to be worn. The Kraftfit tights I received and the team T was a no-brainer choice. And last was to ensure that I have both (mine and wifey's) Garmin charged.
I was at two end about the shoe (Runners' problem). Should I go with GoRun2 (Cushioned) or GoMeb (Racer)? Both has not been used for more than 20km of run at one time. Both equally comfy with exception that the GoRun2 has more cushioning to it and GoMeb lacks the cushioning. I almost went into a 3-cornered fight when I thought "Hey, why not GoBionic Ride?" Luckily, common sense (and a bit of risk taking) helped me decide on GoMeb. Afterall, if it is good for Meb, it is good for me - right?
|910XT and Fenix|
Honestly, I slept rather well during the 4-hours before the alarm rang. It was like an extended power nap. Took a quick shower, woke wifey up (she wanted the extra 15mins), dressed/geared up. Had a piece of bread with Nutella (no one can resist this), put things in car and make sure everything I need was there. As I was driver designate, we went to pick Phui Tin up and headed straight to Dataran Merdeka. We left the home by 3am. The drive to Dataran was uneventful except when we intercepted the Ambulance convoy - that was our "license" to get through to Dataran via Jalan Parlimen. Notably, a few cars were lucky enough too to get through. We arrived right before DBKL stopped all traffic from entering Dataran area at 3.30am.
|Back from clubbing - theme was "running party"|
|Lini Kazim warming up|
|No strangers to me, especially the lady second from right|
|With fans too!|
|Mawar and friend came dressed in School Uniform. Last year was wedding gown!|
|He may had lost count how many he ran. 103 now Mohan?|
|Big, Small, Young, Old, Fast, Slow. 42km - you will do it.|
|Hello and Good Luck!|
|SCKLM Pacer for 6:00 hours in yellow was Uncle Sonny (left) and Choi CC.|
|Thank you sir. We got hope.|
|Nice work Aizat!|
|Passing the old PDRM HQ at Brickfields|
|Running A Marathon - not an easy task|
|Everyone - BEST FEET forward!|
|Bananaman again this year. The White Radish man missing. Maybe not in season.|
|Remember The Blerch?|
|Doc PS and wifey along Jalan Cheras|
|Gus The Man|
|Eh, one of them took a break?|
|High In Potassium. Superb Electrolytes and energy source.|
|Do not be a hero(ine) and think you can "brave" the blisters.|
|With Tey gege (brother, as he is older). He snapped a lot more photos than me while running and still finish not too far away from me.|
|Thanks Tey Gor!|
|Lini and Illyana leading the 5:30 group with Agnes having a lot of fun.|
|That was because you had two metal clip on the tag to weigh you down bro!|
|It is like wifey is scolding me..hahaha. Thanks Tey Ger!|
|RM50 can buy what lerh?|
|Don't ask what wifey wants to hold...|
|Hey Anba sir!|
|Not many times get to come mah...|
|Now ma'am, that is what I call a kind hearted pacer!|
|Secret training kan?|
|Traffic warden at all intersections|
|But wifey always make it fun|
|A good number still can run/jog|
|Some helped and attended to friends that has cramps|
|Some "Never Walk Alone"|
|Some has Doareamon pocket to keep essentials.|
|And some spectators put a chair along the way to let you rest (and play with their horns, which I did)|
|For many others, fuelling is important|
|And of course Cam-whoring|
|Been there like forever (the FMV stations)|
|I look forward to this every time I run a marathon here|
|Thank you Kelvin for the K36 photo!|
|Check the sweat on Tan Kien Boon's face|
|Thanks Ah Fook! Captured at KM36|
|I am set to clock a 5:30 with Kelvin right behind me!|
|Jalan Raja Laut|
|Thank you |
|Another "Calling for taxi" pose. Thanks Mr. Chan!|
|And a nice close up by Vivien! Thank you!|
|Deo taking pics of friends|
|Congrats on PB!|
|Then I saw both Lini and Agnes. Finishing ahead of the 5:30 timing. Superb!|
|Ya, Me ok! Yay!|
|Mr. RD was running up an down everywhere to make sure everything was done correctly and adequately|
|Below Zone 2|
SCKLM 2013 Pros
1. Water stations every 2km complete with toilet, water, isotonic, medical and smile.
2. Traffic control was good. Road closed and re-opened per agreed in REPC kit
3. Medical team has adequate first aid item like plasters and such.
4. 3 banana stations. 2 Gel stations. 3 Muscle spray stations.
5. Superb organisation. No complains.
1. None I can think off. Seriously.
See you all next year!!!
Next : SCKLM 2013 Report in Motion (Friday!)