Yet, it was so satisfying when I crossed the finishing line.
At the beginning, I wonder why I was here in Singapore Marathon
At the end, I proud of myself that I finished the Marathon.
Anyway there were few disappointments which can’t be avoided and predicted…
This was my 1st Marathon, but I was not running under my name;
I was having bad diarrhea all the way in the 42.195km, went into the toilet for 6 times;
I was suffering by blister since 10km.
I’m still fine with the replacement, in fact it was an opportunity for me instead of disappointment. I just started running in September, it was impossible for me to take part in 42.195km Marathon in such a short time of training. After a few LSD training with Pacesetters and encouragement from Wan Lin, Chong Wah, Boon Keat, Rho Wen, Phyllis and Mr. Tey, I decided to take the challenge and opportunity to take over the bib from Seok Jiun.
The day before the race and the time I reached to 20+km, I was wondering why am I here for the marathon?
I started looking for toilet from 11km onwards. The journey from 20km to 30km was really tough and suffering, my mind started to be weak, stomachache made me can’t think much, just kept running and kept looking for toilet. After taking the first power gel at 24km, I gained much more energies to push me forward.
I took another power gel at about 32km, did some stretching to release tension on my legs muscle so that I can push more for the rest of 10km. I had been left at very behind, sigh…
It was not fun at all to count down from 30km, 12km still a long way to go. I was so tired at 35km, yet, there were 7km more to go… When I reached to 36km, the cheers from a cheer team were so motivating, spirit increased again.
Suddenly I felt like crying…
It caused by neither suffering nor tough, but because I knew I’m going to make it.
It was only 6km apart from the finishing line.
I had been running for 5 hours and more, and the time elapsed minute by minute. The will of crossing the finishing line was getting stronger and stronger. I kept pushing myself at the last 4km.
I just can’t wait to cross the finishing line to get my first Marathon medal and the finisher t-shirt. Surprisingly I still had energy and strength to speed at the last 50m, overtook at least 5 men before the finishing line and I heard a very loud cheers :)
When I stepped on the red carpet, the time showed 05:41…
I ignored the time, crying was my first feeling after crossing the finishing line, because…
I DID IT!
What’s wrong with the lousy timing? The most important is I made changes to my life, may be, I also inspire someone?
This was the ONLY picture that we managed to take before the race.
Top left: Wan Lin, Chui Miew (me), Rho Wen
Bottom left: Chong Wah, Boon Keat
Here’s my split time every 10km and 12km at the last (thanks to Mr. Tey for borrowing the split time watch to me)
1:09:19, 1:14:47, 1:32:43, 1:26:01
Total time: 5:41:02
Chip time/Gun Time: 5h:40m:40s / 5h:41m:54s
2739th / 4808 in entire Full Marathon category
304th / 589 in Women Open Full Marathon
24th / 52 in MAS Women Open Full Marathon
Average km 8m 4s