29 November 2009


Despite hitting the crib late last nite, i was wide awake at 5.00 am.. it occured to me that it was best for me to buck up with my training for my singapore half marathon next week.. it was really unplanned.. right after performing subuh prayer, i left the house and headed towards my training ground, nun jauh di KL, in lake garden vicinity to be exact..
i reached the place around 6.35am.. it was still dark and there were already few taitais and ahpeks at the parking and playground area doing the customary stretching.. after stretching out, off i went to the route of lake garden and kenny hill vicinity.. the route that me and fellow runner, babart always venture whenever we feel like running at a decent moderate distance.. this time around i ran all alone as it was an unplanned run.. this route was said to be invented and explored by a runner friend.. the distance of the route is roughly around 10km.. knowing lake garden and kenny hills area, one can expect that the terrain is hilly.. but this route particularly, although it is hilly, most of the route are going downhill.. the runner in me finds this route not so challenging.. hehhe.. maybe when the right time comes, i will explore my own route and invent a more uphilly route..
what is interesting with this route is that one gets to see a lot of KL's places of attraction that is hidden from public access.. we normally heard of those places but have not had the slightest idea where it is located at.. for some of the places, one doesnt even know that the place even exist in the first place pun i.e royal malaysian police museum which is located just behind the islamic museum and at the feet of planetarium negara.. among other places that one gets to pass by while running on this route are Carcosa Seri Negara, Bird Park, Planetarium Negara, Masjid Negara, kawasan istana, Muzium Islam,taman kancil dan rusa(inside lake garden), memorial tun abdul razak, tugu negara dan banyak lagi lah (in random order)..
i finished the 1st lap of the route in 53 minutes.. i felt that i can still go to further distance and decided to do a 2nd lap of it.. as i was on my half way of the route, lethargy crept in and i could feel mild pain in my knee joints.. but i was still good to go even though my pace and stride became slower and smaller.. at this time it was all bright as the sun started showing itself.. i finished the 2nd lap in 59 minutes.. time in total= 1 hour 52 minutes.. i think it was not bad.. the most important for me is to be able to run non stop the whole distance irregardless of the time clocked..
at 9 i call it an end and off to putrajaya for breakfast..stopped by at Sungai Besi Hiway's McDonald Drive thru to end my prosperity burger craving only to find that they only serve breakfast meals.. off i went to mamak's presint 9 and feasted on delicious thosai that was so sedap..

28 November 2009


my first ever half marathon attempted at penang bridge international marathon 2009.. here's how the running escapade cum penang getaway went..

we took off to penang after work on friday, so it was me irwan babart and aliff, all on board in babart's trusty volvo ... so we reached penang around 12ish cam tuh and str8 away headed to a cool coffee joint to meet the groupies cum supporters who drove all the way from KL to support kaki lariks (there were like 6 of them ).. later we checked in to Tune Hotel at Jalan Burmah.. the room was so small.. not that i am complaining though because we paid RM 50 per nite and that was dirt cheap... thats a very good deal for a cheapskate like me.. hehe.. anyway, i shared the room with babart..

saturday morning, we woke up around 9am and headed to gelugor to have breakfast at a joint that is very famous amongst locals.. at taman tun sardon precisely, just next to the market.. pastu jalan2 kat KOMTAR cari stokin for the run and movie DVDs.. pastu we went to a friend's place and lepak-lepak there kejap.. and we drove back to Tune Hotel.. we got lost in the process as we are not used to penang traffic madness and crazy routes as there were lots of one way streets.. i really couldnt see myself living or working in penang.. i dont think i can tolerate its traffic antics..we managed to reach the hotel and grab a quick bite for dinner at the kopitiam joint downstairs and hit the bed around 9.45 pm (the initial plan was to go to bed at 8.30pm).. we dozed off in no time, realising that we hadnt been getting any sleep since morning and how precious sleep and rest were before we were all set to run at crazy, wee hours of sunday morning.. the normal restlessness and anxiety during sleep that normally occurs to me during night before runs didnt happen that nite..:)

at 1.00 am we woke up and freshen ourselves and put on our running gears and gathered at the hotel lobby... there were 9 of us staying at the same hotel.. later we went to the queensbay mall where the stating point was.. when we reached there, there were plenty of people around with music played all loud ..the atmosphere was festive and carnival-like.. one of the reason on why i love taking part in running event.. for this run, i have no strategy on how should i run.. in fact i never have strategy on how to run in any run or in any of my training.. if it is called strategy, my plan was to run the same pace all the way from thr start to the finishing line..

we were let off at 2.36 am to be exact, precisely one hour after the full marathoners started their run.. like i planned i paced consistently, irregardless of people overtaking me or otherwise, i just maintained my stride at a pace that i was comfortable with.. mind u the terrain was okay but it was a bit boring as there was nothing much to see.. highlight of the run was when we started to run on the bridge... it was a straight long stretch that seemed neverending to me and it inclined upwards at the middle of the bridge ..

i think i was doing good during the 1st 10 km.. as i did u turn on the bridge that marked the 2nd 10km, another hurdle awaited that was to climb the inclining part of the bridge again.. at this time i felt that my pace was slower and and my stride became smaller than the 1st 10 km but i went on nevertheless.. after finishing the bridge i became much slower, my thighs and foots felt strained.. tapi lari jugak.. at this time many runners overtoook me and they were going fast that i couldnt cope with their pace.. the last 4 km was the most agonizing part, jari kaki sakit sangat, lutut takyah cerita lah.. rasa cam finishing line tu jauh sangat.. it felt so near but yet so far.. finally i managed to drag my feet to the finishing line.. kaki rasa cam tak jejak tanah je when i crossed the finishing line.. my limbs and joints felt wobbly and rickety, but the feeling of crossing the finishing line was priceless.. i just couldnt imagine how a full marathoner would feel crossing it.. it must be some heavenly feeling that is so addictive that they would come back for more marathon no matter how agonizing it is

so here's my results.. i clinched the 234th spot out of 2800++ half marathoners - 02:06:35.. thats top 10% of the lots..i guess it is not bad for a first timer.. actually i coud have clocked below 2 hours.. but my second part of the run was so terrible that i couldnt make it sub 2 hours.. i clocked 52 minutes for the 1st 10km (which i am pretty impressed with myself - my personal best for 10km so far! ) and recorded 74 minutes for the rest 11 kilometres (which i think, i could have clocked 10 minutes lesser)..

all in all, i am happy that i surpassed my initial target that was 2 hours 15 minutes... so thats the time to beat in singapore standard chartered run that is gonna happen 2 weeks from now.. singapore, here i come!