If you have been following me on Twitter, probably you already knew that I participated in a run recently. Out of bold decision, I decided to attempt the 15.5km for the Energizer Night Race 2012 which was held on the 21st April 2012 at Sepang F1 International Circuit.
I’m gonna spare you the details of my training mode, just for a record I trained twice to thrice a week, usually one or two short 5km run and one long 10km. The race was scheduled at 8.20pm for the 15.5km run. Having said that it’s at night, all of us were given a headlight, now you can imagine a cyborg with a glowing eye running at night.
Rich, Daniel (not to be confused as me) and I reached the venue at 7.00 pm and we were greeted with a magnificent sunset view. Finding parking wasn’t a hassle as the parking attendants were very helpful in directing traffic.
Upon arrival we see thousands of orange clad runners from all walks of life – children to old men. The Energizer ads were seen everywhere, from the entrance up to the track.
We collected our free headlights. Collection was pretty quick and the organizer was efficient and polite. I’ve heard that the past event was organized badly, but this year we were spared from the unimaginable ‘catatrosphic’ encounter.
The marathon runners were the first to start followed by the 15.5km and 5.5km groups. It was rather windy on the night itself. You can see a lot of eager first timers and seasoned runners at the starting line.
It felt good to share the track used by the F1 drivers. The first one third of the run was on the 5.5km track after which we ran outside of the slip road for another 6.5km before completing the race on the track again. The slip road was a challenge as I have to push through a series of hilly terrain, some steep some gentle. Along the run, drink stations were setup at every 2km for runners to get themselves hydrated from the heavy perspiration.
I enjoyed the part where we were given wet sponges, I just squeezed out the water to cool my head and face. I started to get tired during the 10km-12km stretch, the hills weren’t doing any good even though I’ve incorporated uphill training. Managed to pull through the tough part before entering the track again. With perseverance and determination, the finish line was the light at the end of the ‘tunnel’.
I clocked a timing of 1:52:47. Being my very first attempt of 15.5km run, I think I did great, well below 2 hours. Nonetheless, I could improve my timing with more trainings. The Standard Chartered half-marathon this coming June shall be my next challenge and I’m going to test my limit.
That’s our medal! I got myself a running tea, certificate and also snacks in my goodie bag.
Overall, my verdict is the race was well organized and the timing was punctual. The volunteers, first-aid providers and helpers deserved a credit here. Yeah, I might join the next Energizer run again next year.