BALANCE PACM 15K by Jamie
Another measly training
week for me. I told myself that since this is "just"
a 15K distance, I shouldn't just roll over and submit
to running a lousy race. Most certainly I will not just
run a lackadaisical pace. If I somehow crash and burn
somewhere at the Double Hill stretch, so be it. But
running has taught me one thing - to always try my best
in whatever situation and condition.
The start of the race was quite abrupt and Geraldine and
I were just heading back towards the starting line when the
horn went off! We were looking for her starting ribbon (they
ran out!) and hadn't quite gotten back to our original position.
The start was moved to the road behind the field as opposed
to the main Jalan Parlimen. As a result the runners were jam
logged. Some, as we, who tried to circumvent the crowd ran
on the road shoulders and one runner tripped and went down
in a heap. He was perfectly OK flashing a sheepish smile.
The first K was 6:40 I think (I've yet to review my 205 data)
but as soon as there were gaps, we were skipping past the
runners despite the hilly stretches. On the several occasions
where I checked my splits, I found that my sub 5 minute pace
was quite comfortably sustained. The usual suspects were encountered
along the way, with Kelvin unusually muted until I egged some
noise out of him. Chen also was surprisingly very laid back
and even paced with me until I pointed Choi out to him. Choi
was running consistently about 200m ahead and I used him as
a gauge. I think it was at the Bukit Tunku stretch that I
lost Geraldine and I went alone. Chen dropped back at a water
stop allowing me to overtake him. Then he caught back up with
me and paced for some distance. At another stop I dropped
him again as I was picking up the cups rather swiftly.
I felt that this year's route was quite challenging as we
had to cover certain hilly sections twice. I dropped pace
going into the second palace loop but got my second wind soon
after. the Central Bank hill then sapped me again before I
shuffled hurriedly toward the finish. The runner next to me
suddenly shouted "Let's sprint to the finish" and
the bunch of us made a mad scramble to the finish arch.
My position of 173 and timing of 1:18.48 was an improvement
over the 2006 race of 1:24 (I didn't run last year). So overall
I'm quite happy with the results and still consistent with
my goal of getting faster with age! I shall continue with
that mindset until my body tells me to start slowing down
May 19th 2008