Walked over the Padang Merbok and take that as our
warm up before the race. As we are walking Ivy still
complain on lack of confident to finish the race. She
mentions that after this she will not want to run again.
Again, people keep saying that the double hill will
kill a lot of runners, this really enforce the fear
I can't recall where I have read this article that
the fear for a person that join a run for the first
time will be finishing last. Yeah that spot will always
be there and someone has to take that spot, but the
important thing is you tried and complete. This is to
those people out there that keep saying, I will have
to improve my condition first before I join a race or
I need more practice before I sign up. Just sign and
get your t-shirt. When you are there; will you just
hang around the merchant tent when others are reporting
for the run? Will you turn and walk back to your parking
lot, when the rest of 1,999 people are running the other
direction when they flag off the run?
We are at the starting line; meet up with some other
RunnersMalaysia Beginners' Running Program mates. Have
a light chat and encouragements to each other. Clear
sky, going to have to finish the run early for my fear
of the sunlight. One very un-Malaysian about the organiser,
race was flagged off at 7.30am sharp. Took a few photos
of Ivy as this is her very first run not to mention
a 10km one. I guess it's the figure of the distant that
scare a lot of people.
First hill or slope, Bank Negara KTM station. Start
to think, my god, I am not into my first 1km how am
I to cover the other 9km? This is the most difficult
stage of the run, we are trying to crank start our body
for the run (sorry for beginner runner, not the season
runner, as their body is always ready for any run),
our mind already suffer a setback of thinking the other
9kms ahead. Did I mention about hills and slopes? I
can see that Ivy is more relax this run, pace herself
better this time compare to the Kiwinis fun run.
After another km and Ivy need to take her first walk
break. I then continue my run, reach Prince of Brunei's
abandoned project, know that I am 1/3 of the race. Still
quite a flat road, starting to enjoy the run as my body
is beginning to wake itself to the process of running.
It's always fun to run on the road with another 1,999
people running with you and a lot safer too.
When we see the sign of another 1km to water station
things start to light up for me. First it water and
you know that you have complete half of the run. Got
greedy and drank a bit too much of water, can feel the
water in my stomach. And further down the road I can
actually see the Duta bus station. Wow, we are there
already. After this, it mostly hilly the rest of the
way, keep my pace, just run with it, lost myself in
my music and looking at other runner if not I will take
sympathy on my legs that keep telling me to stop.
According to Ivy she found her rhythm, after her water
station stop. That is where she comes up with Uncle
Chooi, he is also running his first 10k. Its like the
F1, they keep overtaking each other; one has to wait
at the finishing line to see who come in first.
Another 2km or so reach Persiaran Tunku, familiar road,
knows what to expect already. Saw Sonny at 7km or so,
keep to his pace and still have light chat. Now only
wanted to finish the run, at the last 1km Sonny encourage
to me increase pace, finished at no 195 spot, took the
goodies back and back track to look for Ivy.
Wow, she is already at her last km already. Took a
few photo of her before and after the finish of the
race. After the race, she is so eager to look forward
for the next race, because she completed a run that
she never thought she would. One will not know how far
one can run until we are told to run. It's not what
position she comes in but she make it, and the satisfaction
on her face is telling us it meant that much to her.