Ahah! It sure came as a surprise for me to complete a 21km run without any proper training prior to the run. Ok, I lied, the longest run I did was a few 3-4 km short runs for just mere two weeks before race day, nothing more than that. Well, that’s almost equivalent to no training at all right?
Mind plays the trick. All these while I have mistaken the date for October, ever since I registered for the run sometime in March or April. I thought I could start running after the haze has subsided and I’m done enjoying lemang and rendang during the Raya season. I was wrong. I was like what the heck when the organiser send reminders to the participants to collect their run kit.
The thought of not taking part in the run grew, I was contemplating to just collect the run kit (since I’ve paid for it) and tuck myself in my warm cosy king size bed. Words of encouragement flew in, that made a whole lot of difference.
I woke up early this morning, told myself that I’m not after anything. I set a target for myself though, that is to complete the run in 3 hours time, the requirement to qualify for the finishing medal. To complete the run within three hours I’d need to run at a constant pace of 8’34”. I came to terms with myself that this isn’t that bad considering that I completed my first 21km at a pace of 7’50”. My usual timing for short runs is between 5’30” to 6’30”.
So I set out with that goal and motivation. As the gun was fired and fireworks lit up the dark skies, I kept pounding the pavement slowly and steadily, ignoring those who sped at the starting line. The first 5km was rather easy. The second 5km, I started to think of the my loved ones especially my parents and their hardship in raising me up. The 3rd 5km, I started praying the Our Father, Hail Mary and Gloria to keep my mind occupied. The final 5km was torturing, I was running and walking interchangeably. My legs are getting heavier and heavier with every stride. The final 1km was almost gruesome, my legs almost gave in, but I continued running knowing that I’ve come this far and there’s no reason to stop.
2 hours and 30 minutes later, I found myself at the finishing line, cameramen snapping victory moments of the runners who cross the finish line. Unexpectedly, I did better than my first Standard Chartered half marathon last year, 15 minutes faster.
It was worth it I must say. Received a finisher medal and a tee, oh and the sore legs and nipples too!
This is Azril who completed his first 21km. Kudos!
This is Ah Leng, tackling his 10km.
My personal testimonial for this run? Even though you don’t think you are ready to accomplish one task, take a leap of faith and just do it, pray and think of your loved ones while you are doing it, for they are the source you draw energy from.
Official timing – 02:28:08
Rank – 398/759 (Overall Men Open)