6:30 am : Raining heavily , very cold , one of the first to arrive to submit my name . couldn't find Howard anywhere ( later found out he wasn't feeling well due to the haze)
7:30 am :Still raining and looks like race won't start yet .
8:15 am : Speeches began , rain began to stop , different categories starts racing .
FROM 3 LAP RUN BECAME 2 LAP.
8 : 45 am : Our category with ladies open begans.The official says just run 2 laps instead of 3 . I suppose coz we started late too
Note ; 1 lap = 5.543 km
2 lap = 11.086 km
Great feeling to run the track and saw that there were actually some hills too .
SHOE LACE UNTIED... !!
At the 1st quarter of the race , i noticed my RIGHT shoe laced was untied and stopped to tie it , by that time the leading pack which i was near with went further and further away .
Was horrified that everyone took short cuts to cut across the field thus shortening the distance , we (including myself ran across the field and it felt like a cross country run.
Only at the second round did the officials situated marshalls so that nobody took the short cuts .
In fact i was among the unfortunate one who couldn't take the short cut whereas the leading pack took it . As I was heading towards the end of a short cut , an official suddenly came and stopped me .I had to take a DETOUR and that also took up some time .
FAST 2ND ROUND , TURBO ...
At the 2nd round , the leading pack was too far away for me to catch up but I almost wanted to stop but ran on at an even faster speed (TURBO) as I could sort of time myself .
Ended the race after OVERTAKING a number of people but still not good enough for a position
I don't really know whats my position , i guess somewhere in the 1st quarter out of 170+ people .
Notes :i) A number of school kids took opportunity to sit on the track .
ii)I should have followed closer to the leading group but my lack of speed in the 1st round) prevented me from doing so .
iii) Beside the lack of speed , the stoppage to tie my shoe lace resulted in many seconds wasted too .
iv) Only slept 4 hours the day before as electricy power failure at my area at night .
Beside the excuses above : I see some benefits from this race:
i) Helped me to gauge my current stamina .
II) Found that I have not done enough speedwork to sustain my effort .
NO MEDAL , ONLY GIVEN TO TOP 10 PLACING
Duration of workout : 49 min 37 sec
Location : Sepang International Circuit
Mileage : 11.08 km