Munich Marathon 2013
|With Coach Sarah before the start|
Sarah suggested that we start at the back of the corral to avoid being pushed and shoved by those fast and over zealous runners as we were planning to run steady from the start. Meanwhile, Steve started well in front as his strategy was to run fast and hold the pace as far as possible. Talking about the German precision, the race started promptly at 10.00 as schedule with a loud bang when the gun wet off. I took off my old grey jumper and tossed it over the fence. Hope it finds a new owner who needs it more than me. It was quite busy as expected at the start so we had our elbows out to guard our space from being run over from behind. I was trying not to get separated with Sarah until we got more room for ourselves after about 3KM, but we were still able to run at our intended pace at around 5:00/km. The course took us into a wooded area of Englisher Garten from KM 5 to KM 15. I thought it was a nice change of scenery from a city road almost like we were running in a rainforest with the streams and dense leafy trees (minus the sealed road). This is where I was overtaken by a speedy guy who ran in a full beer bottle costume (I assume it was a guy). It was huge. You could only see his legs from the knees down.
|Sarah was always by my side|
|I made it|
I was still struggling even with all the help I got from Sarah. I did not care about a Personal Best anymore. I wanted to walk so badly until Sarah struck me with a question. She asked
Sarah: When Hani gave birth to your first child, was it a normal delivery or a C-sect?
Me: Normal birth without epidural
Sarah: See, what you are feeling now is not even a third of what she went through. So man up!!
Tears went gushing out of my eyes. All the memories from Zachary's birth suddenly looked so vivid in my mind. I saw Hani was screaming in pain while I was trying to comfort her. The memory of that hours in the labour room and how she was relieved when the Doctor finally pulled Zachary out into the world was what carried me to cross the finish line in the Munich Olympic Stadium. I just missed my current PB by a mere 0.1 Seconds. 3:55:21 may not be a new PB but the 5:32 min/km was actually faster than the 5:35 min/km pace I did in Dubai last January because the course in Munich was more than 300m longer. Possibly because of its many turns. It should be 3:53:17 if it was 42.195 and technically it was still a PB.
The event was very well organised, as you would expect from the German. I also fell in love with the city. Its green, beautiful and efficient. I also think that the residents are very friendly and honest. Overall, I left Munich with sweet memories. Sweeter than their sugar cookie.
Here are the pros and cons of the event.
- Detailed website
- Easy registration
- Well organised race pack pick up and the right size expo
- Well stoked water stops including the sports drinks
- Well supported race
- Nice course in a beautiful city
- Great organisation with attention to detail including showers and massage facilities
- Fantastic finish in the Olympic Stadium
- Event tee to be paid separately and not included in the registration fee
- No finisher tee
|The medal resemble the famous bavarian sugar cookie|
Bib No: 1572
Nett Time: 3:55:21
Gross Time: 3:56:26
Rank Men: 2892/5210 (Finisher)
Rank Total: 3301/6468 (Finisher)
Rank Age Group (M35): 390/633 (Finisher)
Rank Malaysian: 2/7
Shoe: Asics Gel Kayano 19
Munich Marathon 2013 by Syafei at Garmin Connect - Details