Tuesday, 12 June 2007

hAlf of mY StoRy....

Waking up at 3am just to make some noodles and hydrate isn't really an easy task for me. The only thing making me do all these stuff is the sheer excitement that of doing the half and knowing my real time for it.

I always set high marks for my self and usually end up really disappointed when i don't reach it. So going for last Sunday's race was a bitter-sweet feeling for me.

I met up with doc Brent at the usual pick-up point. This time i was there on time and well ahead of him. I wasn't late, yippeee! We headed back to my office to fetch Ron, but it turns out he wasn't really feeling good. We arrived at the race start before 5am giving me enough time to warm-up, hydrate again, and check out the competition.... nah.... hehehehe

Some of the things running through my mind at the starting box...

1. I hope I don't rush it for the first half of the course.
2. Will they have enough water stations?????
3. Change of route? sh@t!!!!!
4. Did i pick the right shoes?????
5. Do i look good on my skimpy shorts!?!?! hmmmmmmm......


Well, first sign of a good race is if it starts on time..... Well for Run for Peace! Yeps, they surely did start on time. Well, i think this is the first race I've attended that started on time!

First 2.5km(guesstimate)
I did pace with RC and kept it really easy. I was really surprised when my predicted time of walks did match the water stations. :) I did keep my 30 second walk . And proceeded with the course. I just hate uphill! After a good walk i had to manage a steep incline!

After 2km
I saw a triathlon team pacing with their female member. And i guessed, who would pace better, a triathlete right?! I hitched a ride with them for about 45mins. Lots of pictures taken by one of their members. hehehe and I was in all of them. hahaha This is the time when i really wish i had a camera with me too!

1hour mark....
When we were at the return side of C5 I did pick up my pace a bit and left the relaxed pace of the team. Reaching the next water station i hydrated and gel up for my push to the finish.

the next 45 mins....
I'm still doing my regular walks through the water stations, then picking up my pace again after.

the last 10mins....
Now this ordeal is a different story.... Guys, let me tell you this. You have to know the route in order to prepare yourself for proper pacing. I didn't! so guess what happened.....

When i was nearing the grand stand entrance i picked up my pace again for the final stride. Only to my surprise that I still need to do one loop inside the stadium grounds.... about another 500m!!!!!!!! sh@t! i knew i was in trouble..... I have to thank Joms for pushing me (literally) to the final 200 meters. I clocked in at 1:56:5 2

Now going back to the questions before the race.

1. Thanks to the tri team! I didn't rush in.
2. Down to the dot! They did have enough water, water stations, and volunteer's handing out the water!
3. This is my only gripe. I just hope next time, They wouldn't change the route last minute.
4. I didn't pick the right shoes! I'm glad i didn't have to attend another wake for my toes!
5. I always do! :D hahahahaha

Now I'm off to training again. Next Stop, KOTR Half!

That will give the nExt h@lf of mY StoRy.....

5 comments:

Jaymie said...

Hey congrats ben! Since your title is Photographer on the Run maybe you should have your cam with you WHILE running?! Naah, bad idea. Baka madapa ka pa...heehee.

Sayang. When I arrived, I heard you already left for the 21k. Next time usap tayo about running and blogging! :)

Jaymie said...

Hey congrats ben! Since your title is Photographer on the Run maybe you should have your cam with you WHILE running?! Naah, bad idea. Baka madapa ka pa...heehee.

Sayang. When I arrived, I heard you already left for the 21k. Next time usap tayo about running and blogging! :)

e-rod said...

hey, ben. great time on that 21K, even with the changed route and the "surprise" 500 meter finish. good thing joms was out there to push you through.

is that why the girls on h@ppy feet love you--because of your short shorts? :)

bEnMChAn said...

miss jaymie,
Yeps! I hope we can chat on the 23rd during the olympic run. I did shoot while running my first marathon. Super hirap! But its nice to see yourself really aching and struggling to the finish. :)

eric,
Im always not happy and contented with my time. I still want to finish 1:30:00 i want an assurance for a BQ!!!!!!!! :D

clatot said...

skimpy shorts? hahaha.