What: Penang Bridge International Marathon
When: 16.11.2008, 5.00AM
Where: Queensbay Mall, Penang
Category: Women Open Half Marathon (25km)
Result: 2:23:22 (15th)
Summary: Very satisfied with my performance. Pace under controlled, breathing smooth and running tall. Proud to be at position 15th.
Thanks to Miow Chin for adopting me the little cat in her house for a day, and also be the driver drove Tey & I everywhere.
This is the first time I woke up this early for a race, 1am. We must reach Queensbay Mall by 2am as the road would be closing at 2am, and Tey must report himself for Full Marathon which started at 3am.
We lined up at starting line at 4.50am, I squeezed myself to the front. The voice of the drum is motivating, I was into meditation for a short moment and telling myself: pace yourself, running tall! I ran slow and steady at the first half, no matter overtaken by how many runners, still keeping my own pace. The best person who understands my potential and fitness is myself, 知己知彼，百战百胜.
Eyes were busy looking for water station, or perhaps left over water. So disappointed when I passed by the empty water station. I was so regret that I did not buy the fuel belt at Powerbar counter yesterday… I realized that if I do not have water, so do other runners. I was reminded my a quote from Runner’s World: “The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.”
Two gels taken along the way, they helped me maintaining my energy and keep allowed me ran faster at the second half. Last 2km were long indeed, I keep my foot stride on the road and got back to finishing line with the 15th position card. I was so happy, the feeling is just unbelievable. I would not say I won nor fast, but I proud of myself as I knew it gonna be a tough race as there are many strong runners from Kenya, Thai and Malaysia competing in this category.
Ameba Go Go Go!