Wednesday, April 23, 2014

KING OF BUKIT LARUT 2014 - ARE YOU GAME? #RaceReview

Trio Comel Ceria di Puncak Bukit Larut y`all! Pic courtesy of Gme
Helo there, happy Thursday to all my fellow readers and followers, brothers n sisters of running community... Welcome 2 my humble blog... *Cough2...

First and foremost, my utmost apologies for letting my blog filled with cobwebs and dusts... Yeah I have to admit I was pretty much running out of blogging mojo and laziness got the most out of me.
Chubby chunky me during my 1st Visit in November 2010... huhuu
I was moved to share my recent running/power hiking experience, the inaugural King of Bukit Larut #KOBL 2014. Running up Bukit Larut (also known as Maxwell Hill) really reminded me of my past experience hiking the off road trail in November, 2010. Back then I was still overweight, sooo unfit and lack of stamina too. The running bugs did not bite me yet during those time.  I could still remembered that I vomited the spicy nasi lemak that I had with my friend before we tackled the insane steep incline of Bukit Larut. Urghh.. That was not even half way through yet! After that I  gasping for air, my head started spinning and seeing stars n moon and I laid down immediately. Felt like I wanted to faint some more... Boohoo! I struggled to reach the end of the trail route and decided to walk downhills instead of continuing the hike. #klmj

Right after/before I vomited my nasik lemak Pokok Assam... @.@
Since then I was determined to come back here one day and redeem myself by conquering this beautiful majestic hill. Therefore once PACat Adventure Team announced that they will organize a running event at Maxwell Hill, with no doubt, I did not think twice and right away signed up for this one of a kind event. It was so unique and rare too! 

After all, I am very confident with the organizer after their first successful inaugural Putrajaya 50K Run and Watergate P16 Hours Ultra event. Did not really care about the event tee or finisher medal. All I wanted to do was to support our own homegrown local organizer. Plus, I already fell in love with Taiping the moment I finished my first HM during Taiping International Marathon 2012/3. You can read all about it HERE for the quick recap! =)

Pre-race



The only thorn among the lovely roses at the foot of Maxwell Hill during REPC *Credits to Sis Gai 

I started my solo trip from Kajang to Taiping quite late last Saturday, around 3 pm. I did not expect to drive in the heavy downpour along the highway. Felt a bit sleepy but I soldiered on and drove as fast as I could but still very cautious with the wet slippery highway. Reached Taiping safely by 6.30++ pm and I went str8 away to collect my racekit at the foot of Maxwell Hill. Zinov and Abg Zul were in charge at that time. Not long after that, Sis Gai and Sis Norliza arrived to collect theirs. Managed to say hi to Sis Suzie and Arman too before I headed to check in at Potato Hotel. (pretty cute name for a hotel, yes? =P)


The room was spacious, complete with TV, well functioned aircond and water heater for shower. Worth for my money. After that I went to Taiping Sentral to have dinner with the other KOBL participants. Around 11 pm, it was time to go back and prepped up myself with the running gears. It was still pouring rain on that night. Since I didn't know what to expect for this race, I've decided to bring along my hydration bag and rain jacket. Better safe than sorry yes? I was hoping my not so recent Mount Bujang Melaka Climbathon was enough to prep me up for this hilly event. Dozed off immediately like a baby... Zzzzz...

Race Day *Gulps!

Woke up upon hearing my alarm iPhone around 5.30 am. I sluggishly went to the bathroom for my hot shower and performed Fajr prayer. I took 2 anti fatigue caps and a Gardenia corn bread for my light breakfast. I drove to the starting line and reached there around 6.40 am. There were many vehicles parked there already by that time.

Kita Selfie Dulu Before The Torturous Uphill Run! =P *Credits to Asheek
Look at all our happy fresh faces before the event.... Pics courtesy of Azfar, PACat Adventure Team
Because it was a low key inaugural event, I had the opportunity to meet with so many familiar faces. I must say that we were insane enough to take up this challenge, dubbed as the highest Half Marathon event in Malaysia, with elevation gain of 1,056 m from sea level. Around 7.15 am Abg Zul our RD gave out his safety briefings and before the flag off, we sang with proud and patriotic, our national anthem Negaraku. It was a nice touch and reminded me of Sirkit Gunung Negara ritual. 


Here We Go! 
Just look at this super steep incline... Rasa nak nangis otot2 calves, glutes and pinggang nih...  *Pics by Gme
The participants were flagged off at 7.30 am sharp. I intended to start the run with a slow jog since I did not do any proper warm up and stretchings. I did not want to hit any cramp at this early part of the run. Me and Gme were goofing around and took lots of pictures together. The initial inclines were insanely steep! I was huffing and puffing as I power walked the super steep part. The weather was awesome. Lots of shades along the hike up. But I was still sweating bucket loads! Whenever I saw a flat surface I tried to run/slow jog my way before the road became steep once again. The undulating road felt like it never ends! It really tested my physical and mental strength. As soon I sensed the urge to rehydrate, I reached the first WS at KM3.5 There were plenty of cold mineral water and 100 Plus. The PACat V-Army were very helpful. As we got higher and higher, the air was getting a wee bit thinner and cooler too. Could feel the crispy fresh oxygen up there.  The panoramic view was worth the hike up and stunning totally!

Jangan Pandang Bawah! Gayat cheq oi!
Love The Foggy Forest... Feeling2 obeseas...
I reached WS 2 at KM 7 with Gme. Took a breather, drank a mineral water and swallowed the anti fatigue cap. Worked like a charm. Took a sip of 100 Plus too. Then off I go to catch up with Razinah and Gme. It was getting very very steep with so many dangerous sharp curves. I lost count already. Bumped into Ultra Jol, Yim and Shahrin as they were already running down the hill. Finally I arrived at WS 3 (KM 10). There were serving some juicy irresistible watermelon slices, banana cake which I didn't take with plenty of mineral water and isotonic drink.  The air was so fresh up there. Guess what, we still had to climb another 500m to reach the u-turn and get our black ribbon.It took me 2 hours to reach the summit. After that it was all going downhills baby! 

We Are Half Way There! Pic Credits to Azmil =) 

I managed to gobble up a few more slices of watermelons before I made my way down. Wished to stay a bit longer up there and munching all those refreshment and soaking the splendid view but I need to finish this run asap. I just let the gravity to do the rest of running downhills. But still I had to hike up at some stretch. I gave high 5s to those who were running downhill. They even cheered and motivated us too. Saw Arman n Abg Fuad as the official sweepers. He advised me to land a midfoot while running downhills to protect any serious issues of my knees.

Wajah2 Insaf Sepanjang Jalan.... Abg Zaini, Gme and I... 
I need to run carefully too as the some part of the road were mossy and uneven surfaces. Descending was even way dangerous and we runners normally prone to injure ourselves during this point as we were getting more fatigue at this point. The super  slopes looked like the same and felt like it forever to reach the FL. Took a breather and snapped some pictures at the mini waterfall. How I wish I could dip my face in that icy cold water hahaa!


Happy Cheerful Me at FL. Pics courtesy of Vivien Tay and Azfar
 After a few more dangerous slopes and curves, I crossed the finishing line under 3:07:14 or so.... My Garmin watch recorded 18.78 km, instead of 21km. Must be due to the GPS and the zig zagging running motion along the route. Suprisingly my legs were still feeling fresh. Must be the wonders of Hammer Anti Fatigue Caps. Received my goodie bag, shiny bling-bling chunky finisher medal, I went straight away tackling the buffet spread... LOL!

Food Glorious Food!

All the finishers were pampered with lots of food I tell ya! There were lots of juicy watermelon slices, bananas, iced mineral water and 100 Plus, super sedap spicy nasi lemak and free flow cendol too! More like a makanthon than a half marathon... LOL! Me and Gme melantak cendol sampai tekak rasa nak hilang suara... Hahahaa... Totally worth the experience... It's priceless...


Pakar2 Melantak Cendol Sampai Kembong...  LOL Pic courtesy of Abg Zaini & Sis Marlina =D
Three Kings and One Queen of Bukit Larut
Muka2 finishers penuh keinsafan ini... hohoho!
Sekali sekala buang tebiat pose2 Queen... LOL! Thanks to Sis Norliza... Pinjam sat nah!
Viking King Andrew bestowed my Coronation Day in his own exquisite exotic way.. LOL!  Pic by Moving on AC
Pros

1. Small scale event like this was very good. Love the camaraderie spirits. Felt like a running family reunion. Easy to control the crowd. Ample parking space and felt very safe especially very early in the morning although there were many dogs at the parking area. Thanks to abang2 and uncle2 RELA. 

2. Singing Negaraku right before the event really boosted our patriotic spirits. A very nice touch. 

3. Sufficient mineral water and isotonic at every WS. Even the medical team was always on the standby mode.

4. Runners kept on encouraging each other along the way up and down. Love the high fives.

5. Picturesque view along the way up. The scenery at the summit was to die for. Felt like a King at that time. LOL! Appreciating the beauty of Mother Nature at its best

6. Simple but sweet event tee design, love the drifit material too. 

7. Post run event - scrumptious food for all the Kings and Queens.Now we could really say, we had breakfast like a King/Queen. LOL!  Boleh lah makan sampai lebam... Hohoho!

8. Berbaloi2 harga pendaftaran dengan perks yang semua Kings and Queens dapat semasa KOBL ini. Most important of all, the experience of going up and descending there was totally priceless! Hands down... =D

9. The cutoff time (5 hours) was so generous. Love it too... 

Con

1. Paper cups were seen littered around the WS and along the route even though there were many rubbish bags. It won't harm a bit if we could slow down and throw it properly. Next time it would be better to do BYOB for the refill. 

I would love to take this opportunity to thank the organizer and sponsors for a successful, very well organized event. It was really awesome. I was still grinning from ear to ear till now. Thank you to all the PACat V-Army, JPAM medical team and abang2 RELA. Last but not least, Congratulations to all the Kings and Queens for gracing Bukit Larut! You guys did great ya! 

Till we meet again, Bukit Larut.... You will definitely be missed badly... The crazier idea of doing a King of Bukit Larut Marathon (2 loops) always been lingering on my mind eversince. I`m confident it is runnable/doable. Hahaa... Gilos... We'll just have to wait and see what KOBL has to offer next year... So looking forward to support this kind of event.  (^^)

Toodles! 


Now I am the King Kong of Bukit Larut... Ho Yeahhh! 
P/S: So looking forward to run/hike in Taiping again someday... The makanthon really excites me more than the run itself... Best of Taiping! =P #meeudangmakjah #cucurudangmalatop #cendolansari #yongtaufoobomba #kempunanpopiahbasah 

My GARMIN data HERE... 








  



Sunday, March 9, 2014

TITI 50 - FELT LIKE A NEVERENDING JOURNEY... @..@

#PrayForMH370 
Hi there, welcome back to my humble dusty blog... Before that, my heart, thoughts and prayers go out to all the families and friends of the passengers and crew of MH370 who was still missing till now. Stay strong and never lose your faith ya..  I would like to share my not so recent anymore TITI 50 Race Report with you guys, ladies and gentlemen out there, especially to my fellow followers and silent readers.

Running the route is believing! 
Yeah, I know, some people might call me crazy or insane, jenis x sayang kaki for committing a "suicide" by registering this race, which was co-incidentally happened a week after TNF 100 Thailand. It was my maiden 50KM Road Race too. Who could resist the urge to sign up and run at the most lovely magnificent slopes along Batu 14 Hulu Langat towards Genting Peres, Jelebu? Although by looking at the elevation profile alone it really gave cold shivers down my spine but the I was confident enough I could make it within the 9 hours cut off time. I wanted to gauge my endurance and mental strength by running this 50km Road Race. I do had faith in myself.

Fast forward to the race day itself, I attended Abang Din's running clinic on the Saturday morning. It was my first ever running clinic after being running religiously for almost 3 years now. We ran around Titiwangsa Lake for about 3 km.  Mr. Rashid, Ms. Izwah and I learned a lot on how to do a proper stretching up and cooling down exercises. I need to practise doing all these more often since I barely do proper stretching before and cooling down after any run lately. Met Redz and Azlan too during the session.After that I went back and I had my hearty breakfast. I took a power nap after I had my simple lunch. I tried to avoid any spicy, too fatty or oily food as I did not want to run on an upset tummy. Glad I had that nap on the evening, or else I might be experiencing a sleepy Zombie mode during the run.

Reached Riverview Thai Seafood Restaurant circa 10.30 pm. Did not have any trouble finding this venue because I've saved the location once my 100km running buddies checked in on FB. Went to the loo for my No. 2 business first before I started applying the Vaseline all over the chaffing prone areas. After reporting to the organizer, I pinned my bib number which I took from Sis GAI. Thanks Sis for the trouble... =D

Group photo to ease the jitters. Thanks to RayZeef for coming and your continuous support ya! 
Ultra Gai and Eizam In The Making... =D
With a reknowned Tri Doc Shah... Congratulations on your Ultra finisher doc! 
After the simple briefing at 11.10 pm, the 50km runner were asked to go into the starting pen by 11.30 pm. Exactly by 12 midnight, we were being flagged/honked off. Earlier on, I agreed to run along Sis Gai for this race, to be her pacer/companion/bodyguard since it was quite unsafe for a lady to run up the slope alone in the dark. The first 3km was practically flat route. Once we hit the 4 KM, we started to run uphill. At first I thought it was merely a 1 km of uphill climb only. I was dead wrong. We decided to power walk ourselves on the neverending 4km incline and tried to run whenever we felt the road was slightly flat-ish. Our strategy worked like a charm and once we reached at the top, off we went downhill at our top speed. The breeze was cooling indeed. The 3km++ downhill part was pretty steep.

Pacing this strong Iron Lady GAI half way through.... It's an honour, Sis! =D
I was relieved to reach the CP 1 (9.9 KM) at the t-junction. It was like a fiesta with a buffet spread consisted of some sandwiches, watermelons, jelly beans, OREOs, biscuits, candies and isotonic drinks like Revive and 100Plus, Coke Cola and drinking water. The Girl Scout was very helpful by filling in my water bottle with cold water. After refilling my water bottle here and went to the loo for No. 1 biz, off we went to the next CP 2. After 11 km, I felt a muscle pull at the back of my right knee. Decided to slow down and exchange my left knee strap to my right knee then. It was the wisest decision to ease the pain at that moment. Running alone in the dark evenhough with my headlamp on was still creepy. After 5.5 km or so, I reached CP 2 for a refill and ate some slices of sweet cold oranges. Yumm! It jolted my senses to stay awake and energetic. Little did I know of what I would be expecting on the upcoming route.

The Crazy Elevation... Gulped! 
It was the second neverending uphill climb again. This time it was more undulating spiral way up. From there on, it was up, up, and away. Luckily the gradient increased gradually and it was still dark to see. Else I will definitely be more mental and tempted to power walk all the way up again. I tried to catch up with Sis Gai and her friend, Rizal as I could still saw them 200 - 300m in front of me. They kept me going even it was getting tough. It was getting so windy up there, I could hear the trees howling so loud even with my earphones on. Running towards a strong headwind was quite difficult and such an experience. Things got a wee bit spooky and I could not dare to look at the jungles on my right side. Touch wood... =D
In my zone... Noticed a car approaching but I wasn't prepared to strike a pose... LOL
Once I reached the top of the incline, it was so chilly and I started to make my way down. Tried not to blazing my way down as my ankles started to feel sore and painful. It was cold and I started to see water vapour from my mouth. Thank goodness I was wearing my semi gloves to keep my hands warm. I reached the undulating u-turn point aka CP 3 at 26.5 km after 4 hours 12 mins. I took a long break here, applied some hot cream on my sore throbbing ankles. The impact on them was unbearable, especially during the descent. After binging on those mouth watering watermelons, a bite of Oreo and banana, I started my way back home. Tried to keep up with Sis Gai but once again she just went blazing in her element all the way. Truly amazing!
Sis GAI and I at the U-turn CP 3... Very cold here in this hour... Brrrr! 
I tried to run whenever possible and walk whenever I could not run, especially when I tackled the incline. Bumped into Norzana on my way back. She did not looked in her best condition either. The biggest obstacle was for me to power walk the steep incline at Genting Peres. It was still pitch black. I tried to catch up with other runners in front of me as I did not want to run alone, feared of the wreckless group of mat rempits and speeding car along the route. Once I reached the borderline of Negeri Sembilan - Selangor, I took a breather and managed to snap some pictures. Thanks to a generous runner. I took his pictures too afterwards.

These two pictures were priceless... Running interstate border... Never thought I could do this before!
Running down the same winding road again was really challenging for me. I wanted to run faster to make up for the long break and due to the gravity but my ankles would protest. The impact from pounding the tarmac after 5 hours was unbearable. So I resorted to small stride and shuffled my way down. Met Doc Shah Shazharn on my way down too. The eerie jungle was still on my left side but the night view was spectacular. It was a full moon with stars shining bright on the night sky. Felt like I`m on a shooting location for Twilight Saga or something. Finally I reached CP 2/CP 4 after the long running downhill. Did not waste much time here as it was about to break the dawn anytime soon. After refueling my hand held bottle, off I go.

Lovely golden forest...
I looked so blackie in this shady picture with my tahan teksi pose... Credits to Mr Tey ET
CP 1/CP 5 was not that far though but I took my sweet time whenever I met with an incline. Such a wuss... Huhuu... Many 50km runners were spotted along the route by this time. Some were walking while others were shuffling. It's ok as long as we kept on going. After a short break at the last CP, I mustered all the strength left to tackle the last mental incline head on. It was the steepest 3 km climb I've ever experienced in my life. I just power walked all the way up. It was started to get brighter  by that time. I did not want to be roasted by the morning sun on this hilly stretch, I said. Once I reached the top, it was another 7km or so towards the finishing line. So I just let the gravity take over my downhill run despite being very careful not to run too fast. Maintained my pace and kept on going as it was almost 8 am by that time. The view of KLCC and KL Tower perched  from the back of the hills was astounding! Once I reached the 50 km mark at 8.20 am, I knew that I still had to cover another 2 - 3 km within the 40 minutes time. The last 3km was insane. I tried to resist from walking as I knew that we were almost there. The sun was so bright and I did not want to be roasted under the sun. My pace was around 8:20++ when I crossed the finishing line in 8 hours 50 minutes (8:15:10 moving time). I was overjoyed! Yayyy...
Finally... I survived! Credits to Mr Khairi Muin... =D
The catch of the day.... Totally priceless... 
Received my hard earned finisher tee, pink trophy and a hand towel once I reached the counter. Thank you Mr Yim Heng Fatt for your courtesy. I would never make the same silly tingtong mistake ever again. *piak2 myself for that. Did not have the appetite to eat my breakfast, but I managed to have some Thai Mango Salad with some fish and fried noodles. Took some pictures with other finishers as well before heading back home. Luckily I did not experience any bad chafing or cramps. Just lack of sleep and rest.

TotisThoners Trio, Me, Zana and Gebs... Congrats to Gebs on his maiden 100KM Ultra Run! 
Well done to the organizer of TITI 100/50 for a well organized race event. The food and drinks were aplenty. So many choices although I  did not eat the sandwiches, afraid I might had to pangsai along the eerie route. LOL! To all the selfless volunteers, scouts, boys and girls, Rela officer, policemen, medical person in charge, I would love to express my gratitude. However there were some safety issues when some of the runners did not wear the mandatory headlamp due to the not so strict gears inspection done by the scouts. It was dangerous to run in the night without any headlamp or reflective band/blinker. A big congratulation to all the strong finishers of TITI 100/50 ULTRA. U guys were awesome and truly amazing on that day. To those who DNF/ could not meet the cut off time, fret not, do train harder and smart so that we could come back stronger next year ya... Honestly it got me thinking to reconsider my decision to sign up for  84 km Penang Ultra. Must train a lot harder, mentally and physically too for such an Ultra distance. Will I be able to meet the 15 hours cut off time? Sigh...
Thumbs Up To Mr Jeff Ooi, Race Director and the Organizer for the toughest 53km Road Race! 
Till then, toodles!

#PrayforMH370

My Garmin Data HERE. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The North Face 100 Thailand 2014 - My Maiden 50KM Trail Run, Part II (Race Report)

Hello there, feel free to read my TNF Thailand journey PART I HERE  if you want to. Let me continue with my Part II aka the Race Report first ya...

My Maiden TNF Thailand 50KM Finisher Medal... Hard earned with sweats and almost tears
Woke up around 3.10 am on that very morning. Yup, I was still feeling a bit sleepy because I slept around 11.30 pm or so. All my roommates were already woke up, had their shower and getting ready with their apparels and mandatory stuffs. We were very lucky to have an early breakfast on that morning, as they start serving breakfast at 3.30 am. I had some fried rice, some bull's eye eggs and took some bread with me.

Team Belmont Village Resort, 8 of Us, including Khairi Muin... 
Around 4.15 am, the free shuttle bus fetched us from the hotel and we arrived at Simalin Resort, the starting venue within 4.30 am. I immediately deposited my blue bag at the designated counter and off I went into the starting pen. Managed to keypoh for a while with other runners for a must group photo before the event, just want to ease the jitters inside me. And exactly on 5 am on the dot, we were being flagged off. I just took it easy since I didn't have time to do some warming up and stretching prior the race. Plus, I did not clock in any mileage at all before this event either after the tormenting Mount Datuk. My plan was to reach every 10km within 1 hour and 30 minutes to enable me to finish circa 7 hours and 30 minutes with some buffer time of 1:30.  Yes, it might sound easy but it was a hell of a 50km trail route on that fateful blazing day.

It was really dark when we started running. To make it even worse, we had to run on an uneven trail with lots of huge stones littered around. I hurted my left foot upon stepping on a stone in the dark. The dusty route lowered the visibility as the dusty sands were floating everywhere and it was difficult to breath properly too. all I could smell at that time was the sweet smell of the corn as we ran across the cornfield.

I`m still smiling because it's chilly and still looking fresh at 10++ KM (Credits to Mr Azim)

 

My cheerful expression picture... Thanks to Ultra Mohan Marathon!
As we ran towards the first incline, it was getting colder. I really thought that it will remain like this throughout the lovely chilly refreshing morning. The view of the hills was a spellbinding. I could not resist myself from taking a breather and took some photos along this route. I reached the CP 1 (KM10) after I did the mini loop. Met Azim Ashaary and Mr Mohan Marathon before the CP 1. From there, the crazy inclines started to pour in. I had to do my speed walk up the incline and managed to reach the black "Mount Doom" just like in the scenes from LOTR. Here running is impossible due to the loose sandy black gravel and too many huge rocks. From far, I could see my duo mate, Razinah up in front. So I tried to chase after her and decide to run along from that point on. The weather was still cooling as we were running in the shades. As soon as we hit the open space I could feel the heat started to build up and the our worst nightmare became reality! @.@

 

The stunning breathtaking view from the top of "Mount Doom LOTR"...  The searing heat awaits...  
As early as 8.30 am, the sun started to shine hotter and brighter than ever. I started to feel as if we were running somewhere in Australian outback since everything looked so dry and desert-ish. The incline started to increase slowly at KM14-15 as I entered the "project" site. I had to run a bit further from Razinah at this point to keep my momentum. I reached the CP 2 (KM20) and refilled my hydration bag with some cold water. I refilled my Gatorade bottle too with the cocktail of Thailand sweet isotonic drink. It tasted lovely, just nice! Ate several slices of cold watermelons and a half banana at this CP while waited for Razinah. As soon I saw her coming, I handed her a cup of cold drinking water and asked whether she was still ok at that point. We were sweating like pigs by that time. After that I continued my journey.

TNF Thailand 2014 Route - Red arrows are the 50 KM per loop, Elevation gain 2700 feet... @..@ 
I trudged on to the next CP 3, which located at KM 27. It was a very dusty trail road with many runners were seen running with buff covering their nose and mouth. I started having the desire to pangsai but I just could not find any decent outdoor spot at that time. So I kept calm and tried to hold on as long as I could. As soon I reach the tarmac stretch, I had to relieve myself at the nearest bush. Lucky I had a water bottle with me. It turned out that I was not that far from CP 3. Hahaa... After CP 3, I went on towards the right side and bumped into Kam Kasturie on the opposite side. He warned me about the killer elevation has yet to come inside the loop. He was not kidding about the Mother of All Incline. The gradient was sooo steep that I had to find a decent stick as my hiking pole to speed walk/hike to the top. It felt like forever. Luckily it was fully shaded and it was very windy at the top. The whole loop was 6 KM in total.

As soon as I came up from the tormenting loop, it was already 33 KM. I ran on the road towards the next CP. This stretch really pushed my limit and mental endurance as it I had to run on a open trail with scorching temperature up to 35, 36 degree Celcius. Thrown in some more inclines, confusing loops like a number 8, I had to walk uphill and jog/run downhill and flat route. It felt like forever to reach CP 4 (KM 40), which was located on a small hill. I had to run across tapioca plantations too  along the way. I still remembered I ate a lot of watermelon slices there and quickly refilled my hydration bag with cold icy water.

The barren land and hill... Dusty trail road... Open sky.. Gulped! (Pic credits to Azim)
This turqoise green lake was the only eye soothing landscape along the final 10 KM. (Pic courtesy of Azim)
It was another 10 KM or so to reach the Finishing Line. I kept on praying deep in heart that Razinah will forged on and braved the insane heatwave towards the finishing line too. I knew she's a strong fighter. The remaining route lead us back towards Nongtakoo Temple and I had to run along the tall dry grasses. Felt a bit creepy when I thought about some slithery creatures might be resting somewhere nearby. At 48 KM ++, I had to be really careful when I want to cross one dangerous stone slope before I reached the tarmac. From there I knew I was not far from the finishing line.

I tried to run but only managed to slow jog my way. I could not muster anymore strength to run under the extreme heat so I've resorted to a brisk walk once I've reached 50 KM distance based on my Garmin. The last 1 KM felt sooo far away. My hydration bag was empty after 48km. I guessed it was leaking or dried up quickly due to the merciless sun.  I had to stop at the shades I found on the route several times. Finally I ran with everything I had once I saw the finishing arch. The feeling once the emcee announced your name and category was indescribable beyond words The agonizing pain was finally over. I managed to cross the line in 9 hours, 21 minutes and 58 secs.

Authentic Thai massat.... Simply a bliss after a super hard run!
I was so thirsty that I drank a lot of water, watermelon and isotonic drinks. Still did not have the appetite to eat, I went for the complimentary Thai massage to ease up all the stiff muscles. I could feel my right stomach started to cramp during the massage. It felt so good that I experienced only a mild DOMS and sore shoulder the very next morning. After the massage all I wanted to do is I want to rest and sleep on the haystacks. Not long after I've arrived, Razinah crossed the finishing line together with a Japanese lady runner. They were so happy full of relief and hugged each other. Later on I did dozed off for awhile on the haystacks waiting for the other runners to arrive. Zzzz...

Razinah, my duo mate and her new friend, Mitsuko... Their companionship story was truly heart felt... Well Done Ladies! 
Me and Azim before the sunset. Congratulations to Mr Azim for your maiden 50KM Ultra Trail Marathon! 
My utmost respect went to those who had guts and determination to run the 100 km solo, especially in the extreme day and humid night. To those who's DNF, fret not, there's always one year to train well and wiser and come back stronger next year. The pain of DNF. It hurts. I would like to congratulate Razinah, my duo teammate on her first 50 KM Ultra Trail finisher and she has proven to be a true fighter and a great pacer too. Although we did not get the targetted 18 hours but we did our best and had so much fun and adventures in this event. Let's be my partner in crime for the gruelsome 100 km Solo next year, shall we? #coldshivers


More pics with other TNF 100 Thailand running buddies and Ultra otais...

Wajah - wajah penuh keinsafan terserlah di wajah kami, especially me... Muahahaa =(
Let's pose one for the album, shall we... Muka masing2 sunburnt to the perfection daa... =D
Here's what I've worn during this gruelsome TNF 100 Thailand 2014:

1) GoBionic Trail Shoe Size 10 - worked like a charm but I could still feel the lack of cushioning at the heel department. Whenever I stepped onto any shap stones, it hurts...

2) 2ndSkin's Hills Are Speed Work In Disguise - The Vaporskin Technology really amazed me for its breathability and I remained dry despite being sweating like hell during the extreme hot weather

3) Floral purple Buff from BUFF itself

4) PETZL Tikka 90 lumen headlamp - not bright enough but that will do.

5) GARMIN 910XT Watch - worked like a charm but unfortunately I failed to get a proper satellite signal.

6) UVEX shades - glad I wore it along the hot bright route.

7) Salomon 3/4 Tight - my favourite tight so far

8) CompresSport compression calves sleeves - No cramps issues on the race day. Glad I've survived!

9) Camelbak hydration bag - A gift from my dear friend Yvonne Teo aka Piffles Inc. Love the design n the 3L bladder tuh... Really handy to bring during the run... Thank you so much... =D


P/S: Next: my TITI 50KM Race Report - My Maiden 50KM Road Run... Definitely an unforgettable experience of a lifetime...