Brooks Half Marathon 2012 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
|Race kit collection on 10 March 2012 at the Brooks' store at The Curve|
|Loving my bib no.|
|National Stadium Bukit Jalil was still quiet at 4.30am|
I met Azim and her sister, Kak Yati. Great, at least I have company and was not alone among the more than 6000 runners already making their way into the stadium. We were late getting into the stadium and had to start the race from the back of the starting line.
|The national anthem, Negaraku was being played when we got in.|
|Pre race photo|
|This is my 3rd half marathon in 4 months. Say WOW please..|
|Hmm, maybe he woke up late and rushed to the stadium without realising that he still got his sarong on. Anyhow this guys amazes me. I love watching runners dress fancy for races.|
The surrounding area of the stadium was dark and was not well lit up when we make our way out the ramp. But I was more worried about pot holes and the Neanderthals attitude of some Malaysian drivers. We had to share the road with motorists along the route. This is quite a big race with more than 6000 runners participating in 21, 10 and 5 km events. The organiser should consider closing the entire road for this event.
Aside from the narrow course and the humidity, I thought I had a great run until KM8. I started fantasising of finishing the race under 2:15:00, but all hope was gone after KM 8 when the route gets hilly all the way until the finish line. The hills were so steep, there is no way I can run. I was trained in Doha for God sake, where the highest hills are the many piles of soil dug from construction sites around Doha. I was cursing along the way and gave up. I thought I can make up for the loss time going downhill, but the hills were so steep it hurts my knees. I do not think this course was AIMS certified. My target now is just to get it over and done with.
|Look at the course elevation. I believe whoever selected this race course must be a seasoned mountaineer (Graph taken from Azim's blog)|
I finally completed the race with an official time of 2:47:16. Placing at no 934 out of 1374 runners. I later found out that the course was not a standard 21.0975 KM. It was more than 23KM. My 21.1 km time was 2:25:46 which would mean a new personal best record for me. Well although officially it was not my PB but considering the toughness of the race I believe I deserve a pat in my back. I must now shift my focus on another half marathon in Gold Coast Australia on 1/7/2012. Hopefully I can finish it under 2:15:00 then.
|I admire this woman. She ran all the way bare feet, non stop carrying a message to raise awareness about:|
|SAVE MALAYSIA, STOP LYNAS|
|Ran a lap in the stadium to the finish line|
|Queuing for a gift bag containing the finisher's medal and a drink|
|The end of the life of my Ipod arm band|