Being a marathon tourist runner is actually quite fun. All you have to do is pack your shoes, with enough clothing, book your flight ticket in advance, then you're on your way. It's even better if you have friends at the said country, that way you'll really save also, and advantage point is the company.
Not much of a queue there which was great. The locals had already collected their packs the week before and the foreign runners collection had started from Thurs onwards. Too bad no expo.
Bee, KS & myself - FM Run1, Poong - FM Challenge & Ray - 21km
On Friday night, we met up at SOHO area for our last carbo loading session. The very last carboloading meal which you have to take before a run is lunch, the day before the run. As even if you stuff yourself the night before the big race, you food wouldn't digest fast enuff. You might overstuff yourself and get sick instead.
Secure entrance with old fashion lifts
The reception at the hostel was busy but nice people. Spoke perfect English. We got a small twin-bedroom for HKD500. Some of u might think that's pretty steep but its the night before the race. Comfort counts.
Disadvantage to the room was, KS legs were much longer than the bed, so he said he got woken up by my kicking (which was what I was trying to avoid with the twin bed) and our room was located next to the main door. So each time someone comes into the area, there's a long bang. So note to self. Phew!!
Crossing the starting line
I wore a raincoat in the start to keep myself warmed. It rained abit for about 2km out. It was a pretty funny situation getting out of the city. Because of the cold, runners have trouble sweating. Ok, let's put it this way. When you sweat alot, you drink alot of hydrate. But no matter how much you workout, you still have to hydrate, and if you don't sweat, where does the water go? You pee...hahaha...so imagine the loos, the bushes along the way out full with guys "standing" against it.
Supporters out to cheer on us. I actually teared at this part
Recognise these marathon ladies' back? : Yee Hua & Yen Erl
Crossing the Tsing Ma bridge was coooollld. The wind from the ocean was strong. My cheeks and nose was cold. Thankfully I had my gloves with me to keep my fingers warm. My visor helped with my focus, as they were some parts I would just pull it down, and ignore everything else but the road and my feet.
Wasn't looking at the camera coz I had to look where I was going
More supporters this time
The final 5km was quite torturous. Since we had went thru incline bridges, the city is filled with tunnels and at really really steep inclines at the end of it. I just pulled down my visor, lean my body posture slightly forward, lifted my legs & just ran up it. Slowly but surely, you'll still make it up in 1 piece.
KS didn't get his PB here as he judged it as his long run instead *showoff :p*
Final goodie bag, the tasty energy drink, salonplus and a snack bar.
Ray said the medal design is the same every year except the date printed on it.
All in all, I would say this was a good run. I might definitely come back for more...that is until I find another cold country to conquer as well