And why am I so excited? Because it's the anniversary of my first road-race ever. Not that I've ran that many races (can count with the fingers on both my hands) but I am eager to exorcise my angst and ghosts of the past. I didn't even get a cert in Ipoh race last year and was very disappointed at that time....
And boy, was it a good race or what? i'm probably still on endorphines high but who cares..I did my personal best. Its not that fast compared to CS, PS, CY, Wendy,et al, but its tough balancing my thousands of oncalls, studying for exams and training for races. Excuses, excuses,excuses...blah,blah
Anyway, woke up to torrential tropical downpour and was seriously considering NOT getting into PS' car. I was imagining myself getting reali sick and missing oncall tomoro (thats not too bad!). Took me a tremendous amount of willpower to get into the car with extremely heavy rain at 530am in the morning.
And the reward was...superb good condition for fast-running. Cool weather makes it less likely for dehydration and tiredness, but higher chances of cramps and hypothermia and hypoglycaemia. I was running with a jacket for the first time in Malaysia and it wasn't too bad at all. The first few km was crappy as I was still warming up to the condition but once our muscles started warming up, it was all system go.
And I didn't need a power gel along the way. I mean, who needs a power gel for a short run like 10 km rite? But I bought it as a reminder of the 21km that I really wanna aim for. So it was sitting nicely in my pocket throughout the race as I brought it back home, unopened. Hehehe...
Of course I didn't wear the official shirt. It looks like what I wear when I was still a teenager and that was a looooong time ago. Thus, no way I am wearing this. I love the Sundown adidas shirt which dried really fast after the run. Way to go, adidas!
The following pictures are part of the route in Ipoh. We ran a different route from last year and I feel its shorter than 10 km. Still, I shaved 15 mins off my previous run's finishing time. Very happy about it and all gunned up for another race soon!
Shorter or colder race, I just salute the 19000 plus people who came for the run. Although the organization could be a lot better (we waited 30 mins in front of the starting rain in the gut-wrenching rain), the human spirit was awesome
Not only that, I met a lot of new friends along the way and learnt that I could probably go faster the next time (too reserved in this run d, was darn hyperactive after the race). We also got warung-ikan-bakar and DNC interested in running more races too. Thats more running gang from the doc community!
So, the moral of the story is : Don't give up before trying..we might end up surprising ourselves with unexpectedly good results!
P.S: For the first time, I got a medal in the women's 10km category. But only in the top 120 position lar. How's that for someone who runs EOD or less!! Kekekeke..thank u God for the rain (really giving us a much smaller participating field, I guess)