Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 2013 Race Report
My strategy for the race was to run my original marathon target pace of 5:18/km as far as possible and keep re-evaluating my condition before the pain comes and deal with it later. I will take 2 paracetamol before the start and at halfway point, hydrate all the way, take a pack of energy gel every hour and chew gummies in between. I will also get my legs taped the night before the race.
|At the start|
|And representing Malaysia, No 302, Mohd Syafei|
I passed the halfway point in 1:51:52. It would be my second fastest half marathon ever. Surprisingly unlike Turin, I did not feel a slight fatigue at 21.1km. On top of that my knees seems to be fine. I was so thankful to Allah that I was not forced to walk from Km 21. I kept my focus and continued running at the high gear and make the U-Turn. Now I'm on the faster runners side of the road and still overtaking other runners and only been over taken by few. I would not have imagined to be able to run like this a year ago. I remember how sluggish I was in the 10km race of Dubai Marathon last year. You can read the race report HERE. Then bit by bit I can feel that the effect of the paracetamol started to wear off, but I could still run at a good pace. I kept telling myself that today is my day and nothing can ruin it, not even bad knees, but I had to succumb to the pain and took my first walk at Km 29. Surprisingly I was not heartbroken. Other runners started to overtaking me again including my friend Nicholas Soroka. I continued running and tried to keep him in my view but the pain forced me to take another walk break at Km 33. At that time my average pace per km has dropped to 5:30/km, but it is still good. I am still on track. I tried to gut it out but it was torturing. I remained positive that I would still able to better my time in Turin even if I finish more than 4 hours. I took another walk break at Km 36 and was planning to run non stop the remaining 5 km. But my knees hurt so bad, that it even painful to walk. At km 39 I was almost give up and ready to fly the white flag, but when I checked my watch, I could still pull a sub 4 finished. So I man up and hobbled to the finish line. The last 3km felt like eternity and I just cannot wait to get it over and done with. I saw the clock at the finish gate showing 3:55:34 as I ran past, I raised both hands up, I have sealed my victory.
|I have won the race against ... myself|
I cant stop saying Alhamdullilah on my way to the baggage collection tent. I collected my bag, and quickly changed my wet running tee. I was so emotional when I put on my DBRC shirt. I could have not done it without the support from my friends at the running club and I cannot thank them enough. It may not be a sub 3:45 finish as I originally hoped, but I have done what I came here to do, so I could not be happier, and as a consolation, I was the best among the 10 Malaysian finishers in this race Alhamdullilah.
|I am officially a sub 4 Marathon Runner. Thank You Dubai|
|Post Race lunch with DBRC team at Irish Village|
Nett Time: 3:55:20
Gross Time: 3:55:34
Rank Men: 539/1851
Rank Total: 643/2410
Rank Age Group (M35): 104/363
Rank Malaysian: 1/10
Shoe: Asics Gel Kayano 19