Al-Khor Community 10 km Mini Marathon 2013
Come race day, I just could not hold on to my initial plan. It was a 2 laps race, I was driven by the pace of other runners and ran the first lap fast. My first 5 km was in fact is my new Personal Best (23:41). I started to get tired by KM6 and slowed down well inside the 5km/min pace. I was so fatigued from the long run I did yesterday plus I have not had any breakfast yet (read excuses excuses). My energy level was so low that if I was an Ultraman, the indicator light on my chest would started to blink in red. It was a hot and windy too. I really wanted to stop and taking walk breaks but I prevailed. It would be embarrasing for the Captain of PSY! to walk on a 10km race. I pushed the last KM with whatever strength I have left. The distance on my Garmin showed 9.75km as I passed the finished line, I thought it would be a waste of my effort if I cannot keep the time in my record as it is not quite 10km, so I continued until my Garmin read 10KM. My extra effort was paid off. It was my new PB for 10KM with a time of 48:56.
Hani had stomach cramp and it was too painful for her to run. But she still finished the 5km race albeit walking in 44:32. I was so proud of her 'never give up' spirit. That's what running is about. Its not all about winning, but about giving out your best shot. Loly had a great run by finishing 10th in the 5km Women Open category and Nani did equally good by finishing 2 rungs below. It was a great outing for DBRC as well, as we had 5 or 6 runners finishing in the top 3 in all categories.
On a personal note; I think 10km is my least favourite event. It is too long for a sprint and too short for a relax comfortable run. All in all it was a nice small race. Well organised and the best part was the post race breakfast.
|On your mark, get set, go (Picture courtesy of AKC)|
|I continued running for another 250m after the finish line to complete the 10KM distance (Picture courtesy of AKC)|
|Some of the DBRC Runners (Picture courtesy of AKC)|