It was a good run at Putrajaya Night Marathon, 6th Feb 2010. My category half marathon started at 8.30pm. As expected, it was a humid night without breeze. Wern Tien and I completed the run together with 2 hours 18 minutes, abit out of our target but that didn't not matter because our aim was to complete with injury free. My sister did her first half marathon with 2 hours 34 minutes.
I started the run with 8min/km pace because I encountered a little stitch at my lower abs. Poor Wern Tien have to keep this slow pace with me for first few kilometers. I could only started to feel my body fully warmed up and in action at 6km. Slowly picked up my pace and there was where hilly course started. I love hill running, but I don't know since when I could do so good at hill. We took 1 hour 05 minutes to reach 10km, I could feel my pace was picking up consistently and I was hoping not too much or else I would running out of gas very soon.
My legs were doing fine, but my stamina wasn't catching up so smooth. It was obviously dropped of performace at 15km. Praise God, it wasn't the sign of hitting the wall, but just a bit tiring. So I tried to breath deeply and changed some styles to ease the body condition and knee strees. 6km, 5km, 4km to go... I started counting down and hoped to finish as soon as possible, but yet I must maintain a sustainable pace in order to finish strong.
When we came to 4km to go, which about reaching the PM building, I was about to cry out because it was so suffer to keep the pace yet I didn't want to be left behind. My full concentration was at my body condition instead of anyone else in front or behind us. I was so glad that there was a refreshment station at last 2km, I stretched my hand and hoped for a volunteer to hand me a cup of water, and he did a very good job. Here the second wind has come. I started to increase my pace untill finish.
The whole journey is about to counter a kilometer by kilometer. So close to defeating enemy one after another. While you think you've defeated many of them, yet there are more to come and your energy keep losing. So what actually make you stay motivated and strong? Everyone has his/her own stratergy, most important is, Never Give Up!
Thanks Wern Tien to sacrifice his personal best and marked his 'personal worst'. Congratulations to those who completed their first half! After all, it is just a run, but the run has taught you some lessons and perhaps brought you some funs. And it was so good to see my running friends on the course!