Even though this is the second half marathon I participated in, I was pretty anxious for the few days before the run. All due to lack of training and the lower back ache that I was under since friday.
The first HM was done 3 weeks before at Setia ECO. No pressure at that time since I treat it as an LSD preparation for SCKLM. After Setia ECO run, I only did 2x weekend run of about 10K and 2x weekday run of about 6-8k each. The entire week leading to SCKLM was just chilling at home, except 1 RPM class with Lilian at FF.
Alarm woke me up after 3 hours of sleep at 3am. Planned to wake up early to make sure I am relax and not rushing. Try to sit down for couple of time, but not really successful. Had a peanut butter sandwiches and a bottle of Gatorade as breakfast. The night before, I pack all the stuff in the SCKLM bag and left it at the door. So, it was pretty relax. No mad rush to find stuff.
Left the house at 3.45am, with a can of mountain dew with me and drove towards KL. Still figuring our where is the best place to park and finally decided to head towards tugu.
FMVs are gathering around the fountain opposite the flag pole, I went to say hi to June and then leave them alone. I need to just sit down and relax without creating too much excitement. Enjoy the remaining of the mountain dew with the complimentary powerbar while waiting for the starting gun of the FM.
Bump into FF BodyPump instructor Jackson. Second time in the race, first was Setia ECO. He will run almost all half marathon except Singapore standard chartered full. Heavy rain few minutes before the start of FM and every runner gathering at "kandang" getting soaked while supported running around looking for shelters.
Too much excitement for me, I turned on the iPOD to "Blah Blah Taxi" and just find a corner to hide while people watch.
At around 6am, I move towards the kandang and get some warm up done while turn up the volume for PodRunner podcast to get myself psyche up for the run. Until then, I was very worried about my lower back pain and mentally prepared to bonk at KM3. Hamstring were tight and painful.
When the gun goes, I just slowly walk towards to mat and start slow jog to follow the huge crowd. When I started running, then it felt better and the pain go away. KM by KM it go and passing many major sights of KL, the KTM train station, muzuem, KL sentral, brickfield, federal highway, Jalan Loke Yew, Cheras, Jalan Tun razak, Bukit Bintang, passing Pavillion, Raja Chulan, Weld, Beach Club, KLCC, towards Raja Laut and back to Dataran Merdeka.
On the way, bump into the guy i met at the running kit pickup queue. He just finished the great ocean road marathon in Victoria, Australia.
Also have a short chat with Margie, the RPM instructor at MBF FF. Also saw Swee, the BodyBalance instructor at FF as well.
The route was beautiful, the weather fantastic, the volunteer did a great job, plenty of water even up to KM20, I make sure I drink at every station and had powergel at KM11 and KM17. Skip the banana though, never try that during training, not taking the risk of stomach ache, which I heard someone was suffering from it.
I was surprisingly happy about how painless the run was, breathing was easy, no much pain on the legs and stomach. Possibly due to the well rested legs and nice cool weather. I won't say it was easy, but I felt much much better compare to the Setia ECO run, even though I was 2 minutes longer in SCKLM.
At KM20, iPOD ran out of playlist and don't bother to select another song, try to absorb the atmosphere, also watching 10K runners merging into the route with us. Saw a flasher dropping his sarong at Raja Laut, as suspected, only weirdo hang around there.
Well, I finish my second half marathon, in a month. Cool leh.....
Still asking myself, what did I do differently that make this run easier relative to Setia ECO. Carbo loading, pasta/rice meals prior to the run, load up with energy drink (for the salt) 1-2 days before the run. Positive mind for the run. Proper time to take the powergel. What else?
PS : My condolence to the family of Lim, he runner who pass away after collapsed during his 10K run.