29 June 2011


i am not in the mood of reenacting the lacklustre race (the one ran by me of course, as a whole, the race was well organized)  but i need to do it while the will to blog is still around and for record sake. I will keep it short and simple.

training: almost non-existent
race entered prior to SCKLM 2011 : 2
carboloading : checked. 75000 calories
support system : boisterous and quirky kakilariks and fmvs.
initial target time to finish: 5.5 hours

KM when cramps first attacked : 20th KM
KM when reduced to walk: 25th km
KM when the idea of DNF occured : from 25th km onwards

running style from 25th KM : alternately run and walk
number of cramp attacks : countless
number of walk breaks : countless
number of swearings: countless

number of stops at water station: every waterstation from 5th km onwards
number of stops at paramedic : from 1st medic tent till the end

time taken for 21km : 2 hr 25mins
time taken to finish last 6km - 55 mins.

highlight of the race: kak june's kedai runcit, kakilariks bonding session prior and after the race, collective runners' highs, the race ambiance, girls in skirts, men in skirts..etc


SCKLM 2010 : 4 hrs 27 mins
PBIM 2010 : 5 hrs 46 mins
SCKLM 2011 : 6hrs 5 mins

Nuff said!

Lesson learned : 
1) Never rest on laurels
2) Never attempt to run 42.195 km without sufficient training
3) Respect the distance.

Special mention:
1) Kudos to kaki lariks for completing the race regardless of category and timing especially azlan aiman for clocking a wicked sub-4 timing
2) Bravo to FMVs for having the bravado to outdo yourself by covering a 42km and succeeded at that.
3) R.E.S.P.E.C.T to Ultramarathoners who ran down south, who were really crazy to cover such a punishing distance and succeeded at that..
4) Salut  to Kak June Malik for her selfless act, for being the glue that sticks the FMVs together, for being the inertia that keep the FMVs going forward and for the heaven-sent kedai runcit.

Will i be running that distance again? a resounding YES! but that will have to come with trainings, LSDs, core strength training etc.

15 June 2011

NB 15KM 2011 - i hit rock bottom and cool about it.

*clearing cobwebs*
My desire for running (and participating in competitive race) has somehow waned. For some unfathomable reason, it went downhill after the completion of my virgin full marathon last year. I am no longer my usual runner self, who would be all perked up, discovering soon-to-be-held running events. I was in short, burned out. Running was scarcely done. Makan-tidur and up to no good activities thrives.

After almost a sedentary year of non running, eating-spree, reckless snacking and slothing, I had the cheek to attempt a somewhat used to be stroll in the park but now a gargantuan task to complete. Suddenly, my libido for participating running events was aroused, thanks to celebrity runner Irwan Anuar who could not make it due to work commitment and gave away his bibs to me. And also I was subtly peers-pressured by the quirky and now-hit-by-the-running-bug Kaki Lariks.(guys, u’ll be burned out, too.. trust me..it’s just a matter of time.. hehe)

I don’t know whether I ran the race well. With four lengthy walk breaks, by any runner standard, that’s a badly ran race.. my old runner self would have pulled my hair reacting to the manner the run was executed. Strangely, I felt great completing it, regardless the shabby timing. Knowing that I was up wee in the morning to pound the asphalts, sweating bullets rather than curling under the blanket already made me feel like a winner. And yes! the camaraderie with kaki lariks after the race was the cherry on top.

The timing was so abysmal that it way off my best NB 15km timing, by 20 minutes difference..

One cannot bask in his glory all the time, sometimes a runner has to own his/her shortfalls and eat the humble pie.

Location : homeground, Putrajaya.
Terrain : 90% Flat.

NB 15KM RUN 2009 VERDICT (masa ni baru berjinak-jinak)
Time : 1:46:41 Men Open Placing : 423 Overall placing : 926

NB 15KM RUN 2010 VERDICT (mind you, the terrain comprised of killer hills of bukit tunku)
Time : 1:15:34 Men Open Placing : 37 Overall placing : 77

NB 15KM RUN 2011 VERDICT (Teruk gile, but I can live with that :) )
Time : 1:35:34 Men Open Placing : 443 Overall placing : 488

I am not sure whether I will return to be the running junkie who would drop everything to run at every opportunity. For now, I would just take it slowly, one at a time, moderately rekindling my love for running.

Next is larian koperasi, this coming Saturday,