星期二, 6月 20, 2006

The Wall – I See, Therefore I Hit

Due to heavy workload and lack of long distance run training recently, I failed to complete the half marathon at PJ Half Marathon 2006 (18th June 2006). Why I say fail? Because the Certificate of Completion only giving to runners completed in 2 hours 15 minutes, whereas my timing was 2:26:03. Since they categorized like that, so those who cannot get the certificate means cannot complete lo…

This has been expected already because I already foresee the wall before the race day, anyway still came for the race with a little hope of miracle to happen. But lastly still hit the wall very nicely.

I hit the wall at last 4km, body not feeling well due to lots of gas in my gastric (not because of the 100Plus), definitely vomit at the road side if continue pushing. I totally gave up (walk more than run) when I saw the time 2:10 where I still have more than one kilometer to go.

In fact I was not alone at the last 4km, there are a lot of fellas also at the same situation with me, walk and run until the finishing line. Tey is one of them la, so we hitting the wall together gather :P But he is very optimistic about the run, still can finish the run very happily with his camera. He saw my sour face also scared liao :P

This is the first time I hit the wall, and the feeling is really terrible and horrible! Eyes kept looking for the finishing line, hope I was to finish it very shortly but in fact it is still so far away. Mind was so weak yet so strong because been demotivated but still having strong determination to complete it. At the moment I felt hopeless, I thought to go home, I just want to go home… but the desire to reach to the finishing line was much stronger. At last, i did not give up.

It was really the KNS, I can’t see the finishing arch until entered to the stadium. What? Still have to run for another 400m to finish? Damn sien! If I was the first one who arrived then I suppose to feel proud la, but now is not mah! I drank 100Plus very very much, not because of it was free, but because of I was over dehydrated very very much!

Very ‘good’ experience indeed, so next time I don’t dare to challenge my body without proper trainings, meals and rests. I always tend to forget I’m a human that will get tired, so I thought I can still do well even I have been accumulated the tiredness for couple of days prior to the race day. Wall is not nice to hit!

What a lousy PR, 2 hours 26 minutes… yiaks… no eyes see! But good also la, easy to be beaten next time! :P No worry, I have 2 half marathons in near future (Ipoh & Penang), sure will fight for a nicer PR! :D

This is my condition summary:
08km – :D Feeling great!
10km – :) Still feeling good, start trying going faster
12km – :/ Can feel the steps were getting heavier
14km - :( Going slow
17km - :(( BANG!!! HIT THE WALL!!!

21km - :P Finish...


6 則留言:

fook 提到...
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fhlim 提到...

Although I completed my first half marathon in 2004 but I came back empty handed i.e. missed the cut-off time.

Take this first race (half marathon) as a learning experience and you'll improve in future.

Boon Keat 提到...

Eh! tell u my story. The first time i ran PJhalf in 1999. My position was 203. lost my medal with only 15sec from the person with position 200.

After a year. I come back with position 135 and timing 1hr35min.

nothing is impossible.

fook 提到...

failure is the beginning of success! its not bad at least u still finish the 21k race below the qualify time, kampateh in future!

krunner 提到...

My 1st half marathon was bad too. Finished i 2hrs 20 minutes, had cramps and hit "wall" at 15 km. After that, I started to do long runs. After a few more races, you will get used to pacing and able to run without hitting the wall.

chongwah 提到...

good to hit a wall sometimes. no pain, no fun la. and, eventually, u will feel proud mayb as others dare not try ;-) hit-the-wall? still a new vocab for me, as, if im not ready, i dun run ;-) work has been killing me softly but, penang bridge... here i come! taking out my dusty running shoes from the closet now. c u around the penang bridge n road ;-)