My previous FM timing:
1) Penang Bridge International Marathon 2012 – 05:17:37.24 (virgin FM)
2) The Island Ocean Marathon 2013 – 4:44:02 (unofficial)
3) The River Jungle Marathon 2013 – 4:06:11 (unofficial)
4) Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013 – 04:08:58.00
5) Putrajaya Night Marathon 2013 – 4:31:19
6) Penang Bridge International Marathon 2013 - 4:23:20.03
7) Kuching Marathon 2014 - 04:38:01
8) Penang Bridge International Marathon 2014 – 4:22:02
I already recognized my weakness as I stated in my previous post. Yes, the mileage issue. I wasn’t able to run well after 30km. The ‘istiqamah’ (consistency) issue too. After the registration, I promised myself that I’ll do better this time around.
I reset my training and started with base building. Putting more mileage was my top priority. Somehow few friends gave snide remarks with my base building concept and execution. Maybe because my method was way different from them and maybe they were quite sceptical with the possible outcome. I knew what I was doing and shrugged them off.
I wasn’t a mileage junkie and having little problem adjusting my body with the mileage increment at first. It got better with time actually. I also tried to be as consistent as possible especially with weekend long run. Luckily I got few friends that I could run together for my daily and long run. Running with friends did help! I also ran during Ramadan month. Cannot escape this one. I skipped almost a week of training in the last week of Ramadan and 1st week of Syawal. It was a busy time and I was a little bit under the weather. There’s one thing I picked from the internet, no need to ‘qada’ missed training as it will do more harm than good.
|Ramadan night LSD Sabun. Blue shirt guy was Haziq|
|Long run and sahur @ Coffee Village|
|Kuasa bulan akan menghukummu! Me with Bangi Track clan|
|Sub330/KL Striders 30k run|
|Accidental pacer and pacee!|
|PB @ MHWH yeah!|
|Amik aura champ!|
|You're my medicine, medicine (Shakira feat. Blake Shelton - Medicine)|
|Wall of fame! Full marathon runner names were in the blue background|
|Yeah got my name!|
|REPC and bib checking|
|Special SCKLM 2016 poster by Ijat for Divana group. Hampeh hahaha|
|Wefie, night before race|
We woke up early. I ate few slices of Gardenia bread and took half bar of Marathonbaker brownies. I slow jogged with Bac for warm up. However, my heart beat fast. I was stunned. How am I supposed to run 42.195km if my slow jogging caused irregular heartbeat? I decided and told them that I’ll run slow and ready to DNF anytime if the situation getting out of hands. I entered sub4 pen and we were flagged off on time. I tried to maintain my targeted pace of 5:30-5:45min/km. I saw few friends ran fast and overtook. Ah well, I was in no competition with anyone. I maintained my pace and kept in my mind I need to run aerobically. Thanks Munir for the tips. I consumed my 1st Hammer energy gel and Endurox pill at the first 45mins. Thanks Jepah for the tips.
At the 17th km which was AKLEH elevated stretch, Botak overtook. My body unexpectedly became tired. My pace dropped. Thought of stopping and DNF came into my mind. I need to look for medic tent if I really want to DNF. Suddenly I saw Suzie, marshalling with bicycle. We talked a little bit and she took my photo. That photo somehow elevated my mood and I was able to continue my run. Magic! I stopped at almost every water station to drink, eat energy gels and rest for few minutes. I knew it was a waste of time but that’s how I normalized my heart rate and shaking off my tiredness. Frequent stops at water station did help! I was still able to run from 1 WS to another WS with sluggish pace. I saw 3:30 pacer and unofficial 3:45 pacer around 25-27km ran overtook and I wasn’t able to follow their pace.
|Magical photo by Suzie, thanks sis!|
At 35km, I met Ridwan at Padang Merbuk stretch. He seemed tired, the hilly route took the best out of him. We ran together for a while before I asked him to go first as I wasn’t able to follow his lead. It was torturous running at Padang Merbuk. The climb was like forever. The merging with half marathon runner made it worse. After the downhill section, I pushed myself to run slightly fast. I set in my mind, sub4 will be mine if I could maintain this pace. My initial target of sub 345 already gone with that pacer. I 'psycho'ed' myself to run faster as I have another 5km to secure the sub4 timing. It'll be suck if I did 4:01hr. It's now or never. Fever, pain and sore can wait. I reached the big gantry stating another 1km to go. Bloody crab, I thought this was the end. Body please cooperate. 1 more km to end this suffering. The last stretch I believed was more than 1km. The final 200m I sprinted like mad person. Not a beautiful face portrayed with bad running form. I crossed the finishing line in 3:56min. Yeay! Sub4 at last!
|Sleep, sleep, suffer. Last 10km stretch|
|Smile, smile, suffer. Almost there!|
|Mission accomplished! No energy, can't walk properly|
|Live tracking. Love the app!|
|My FB post. Nak berdiri pun tak larat huhu|
|Yes, officially a sub4 FM runner!|
|MARDI Runners! SCKLM 2016 finisher!|
|Lina and Kak Riha, our strong MARDI Runners women runner|