Maratona Di Torino. Gran Premio La Stampa 2012
|Some people say I looked like Robocop with all these gear.|
|The Start at Piazza San Carla. I was at the very top of this picture (Pic courtesy of La Stampa Newspaper)|
My race plan was to run at a steady pace of 5:25/km while taking recovery walk at every water stops to hydrate properly with a goal to complete the race in 3:49:00 or anything sub 4 hours. My original target for this race was to finished sub 4:30:00 when I started my training in July. But I since made quite a bit of improvement and somehow felt the 6:22/km pace for a 4:29:00 finish was too easy. So I revised my training plan halfway into the programme.
|Lonely runner. Everybody seems to be so fast here.|
|The race course took us to small towns and beautiful countryside around Turin|
I found it harder and harder to keep running at my marathon pace. My legs started to hurt especially at the joints. I assumed it is because I am not used to run on the hard running surfaces like what we have on this course. First it was cobbled stone then even the tarmac. But the tarmac here was not the smooth and soft ACW 14 that is common in the tropics. It is hard and coarse (it has to be so the road wont be too slippery on snowy days). The pain became more unbearable and I started taking longer walk breaks at water stops and I walked a lot more after 30 kilometres. I totally abandoned my sub 4 hours target at KM 36 and just hope to finish as close to 4 hours as possible. I was really embarassed when an old Italian grandma kept overtaking me every time I stop for walking and she kept encouraging me to continue running. When I say she was old, I really meant old. She looks more like an old lady at an old nursing home with walking frame more than a marathon runner. She has a prawn like and fragile looking posture. It was just amazing she did not stop to walk. I said to myself, today is probably is not my day, BUT I will not get humiliated further by getting beaten by this old grandma. My pride was all I had left. With that I braced myself and took a step at a time until I crossed the finishing line at Piazza Castello in 4:11:50. Almost 12 minutes off my target. I was disappointed initially, but then I realise, I did try my best given the circumstances and I was humbled by the experience. I will learn from this experience and already looking forward for the next race. Boston is still far, but I can certainly see it on the horizon. Full details on my Garmin Connect HERE.
|Almost there. I can see the finish line now|
Bib No: 2344
Nett Time: 4:11:41.80
Gross Time: 4:12:37.75
Rank All: 2631/3853
Rank Category: 688/1133
Rank Malaysian: 1/1
Shoe: Asics Gel Kayano 18