I'm very happy to get this placing . Its the most hard earned medal in my life .
I HAVE NEVER RUN A MARATHON IN MY LIFE LET ALONE A TWELVE HOUR RUN !!
REASON FOR JOINNING THIS RUN :
When I heard Tey ( last year 2nd place 84 km , this year 2nd place 91 km) , was going for this run , I decided to follow him .( Terence Leong, Tan Khee Meng and Chin from Penang joined too) I specialise in running 10 km and never run a marathon before . I wanted to see how much my body can take . I know it will hurt but what inspired me are shows like AXN Adventure Racing and reading in magazines about people with no legs who run (wheelchair) marathons and Ironman .
SUPPOSE TO PACE WITH TEY:
Before race , I told Tey that I was suppose to pace with him since i do not have experience . But when the race started , I couldn't find him at all . I guessed he was taking photos . I found him again at the 2nd lap but again he was taking photos and i was 1 lap infront of him .
That was when i decided I should just keep to the same pace I was going , at least it will get me a good marathon time ( although it was not suppose to be the main focus of the race) .Other people were running fast at the beginning of the race . I just kept to my pace .
ANOTHER HAPPY EVENT-P.R for MARATHON :
I wanted to keep up with Tan Khee Meng ( Penguin 2), hence I didn't follow Tey's advise of going very slow . ( I think i don't have the patience)
I timed myself at 4 hours 21 min (not sure how many seconds , forgot to look , inclusive few minutes break at every round , 12 rounds = 1 marathon) ) for the marathon distance .Now I know I can run a marathon at an even faster pace !
HIT THE WALL AT 66 KM ONWARDS
I got thigh ache from this time onwards . In fact at the earlier part of the race , i got calf pain but it dissapeared soon after doing some calf stretches . Anyway , from this lap onwards , i started to take longer breaks every lap .
The last 5 laps (17.5 km) , I had run out of energy and had to do running and walking .In fact I walked the last lap which is at 84 km( the 24th lap)
2ND MARATHON - 7 hours 9 min!!
Since , I came this far , I thought might as well do another marathon and slogged to a very slow timing of 7 hours and 9 mins !
Completed the whole last lap walking with Penguin 2 .
By then there was 30 min to go before 12 hours , but I told the officials I had enough .
WOULD I DO IT AGAIN ?
YES !! Even though suffering .
I have completed my workout for this week , a total of 94 kms .Now , legs aching , hope to recover soon to start training again next week .
Lap analysis :
Fastest lap : Lap 7 @ 24.5 km = 5 min 37 sec per km pace
Average lap when hit wall at 66 km = Average aprox. 8 km per km pace
Marathon P.R Pace : 4 hour 21 min = Average 6 min 11 sec per km pace
Duration of race : 12 hours
Location : Kedah , Kubang Sepat
Mileage : 84 km