Thursday, July 23, 2009

June28 - Standard Chartered KL Marathon

Everyone though I was crazy to run this marathon after running the Phuket Marathon 2 weeks ago.

There were a lot of doubts about the new organiser, Octagon, but since they organised for Singapore Marathon, we didn’t put too much worries over it.
Also expected Standard Charted to live up to their reputation as main organiser.

Spoke too soon when I collected my bibs freebies. Yes, the bag was nice, ohh got free towel, vest was expected and then…..nothing. Just the small stuffs that isn’t worth much to have its picture taken. Even the running vest wasn’t drifit.

Full marathoners’ starting time was 5pm. Everyone was cramped on one side of the road (START). It rained abit that morning, making our shoes & attire wet.

Sorry no pictures the 1st 2hrs of the run, my camera sucks at night mood. We started off at Merdeka Square, passing the national mosque, then towards Brickfields And then….I not quite sure. I know we went one big circle around Jalan Tun Razak passing Hospital KL then back towards the KLCC.

We made our pass the back of KLCC towards the clubbing area, out towards Wisma Genting & left turn to the back of Pavillion. Thankfully the sun wasn’t that bright yet.

The organisers planned this route was to introduce people aka runners our Malaysian landmarks eg. shopping malls.

After coming out from the Golden Triangle, we headed towards Petaling Street. Morning is always a busy hour for the Chinese community. The motorist didn’t show mercy either.

30km marked, we passed Chin Woo Stadium. Then started heading out towards Stadium Merdeka along Jalan Hang Tuah. Passing Dewan Budaya Pustaka & straight on out to our King’s Palace.

To my disappointment, while passing the palace, a drink station had already “tutup kedai” as I saw tables being packed into a lorry.

This long 4-lane stretch of Jalan Istana was freaking boring. Yes, u pass the Muzium on ur left plus lanes of cars as well, sharing their exhaust. There was also an incident where a runner nearly got into an accident coz the organisers planted portable loos on the other side of the road.

I got demotivated at 2 occasions, when we encountered “so close yet so far” scenario. Also the lack of water at some stations.

Anyone would be sprinting when along Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahmah, coz that’s another 2km to the finished line. But sorry to say, I had walked. I started experiencing a pulled on my right ITB at the 33km mark causing me into a run/limp/walk status. Guess the side effect of a double marathon decided to pay me a visit.

As I was racing towards the finish line, I noticed that we aka runners we squashed into a single lane profile due to the supporters on both sides. There weren’t any barrier making way for us. I believed some actually tripped over passerbyes.

Remember the starting line, we were being cramped onto one side of the lane, well, running back is nearly the same. *roll eyes* Octagon has became Otak-Gone

I would like to congratulate my adopted twin bro :p for completing his maiden Marathon in a great time (eventhough lack of training *scold*)

I had a terrible time for 5hrs 11mins *shame shame*. Only Large size finisher shirt was left, which I plan to modified anyway.
No more marathon till December, where a bunch of us are heading for Macau Marathon. I hope to redeem myself there for a sub4.30. Gambante-ne!!!


Mich said...

Macau, sub 4.30 , can do oledy ler, based on ur 10k time :D

jennifer said...

i got like 4months to train...i hope so too..

Anonymous said...

Macau ?
John said 2 laps woh..boring.and also no sport drink ..ahhhhh


jennifer said...

a few of us going loh eg. shih ming, san, ks, me, victor, frank etc. plane tix also sudah beli
after that we go HK to visit Raymond Hee