|"Welcome to Kuching, Sarawak, Land of the Hornbills!"|
I know, I know this is a long over due entry. I have to admit, I was pretty lazy to blog about it before. Maybe I was bedazzled by its beauty? Or perhaps I really need a proper time to sit down and pour my heart and soul out for this special race report? Hohoho... Ngengada la ko Hafiz Aizat...
Actually I'm sooooo looking forward to come to Kuching for this inaugural Kuching Marathon 2014. For the record, once the announcement has been made for its date, I've booked the flight tickets and secured the accommodation immediately. Rashid and I also registered on the very first day they opened for the online registration. Punyelah teruja punya pasal... All the basic preparation had been made in advance despite knowing that I had to run in Kuching 20 days after Eid ul Fitr... Because I had faith and believed that the organizer of KM 2014 had already did their homework and vowed to offer an unforgettable experience running in Kuching to all the runners. =D
So on the Friday, Rashid and I took on the night flight to Kuching. Met Gme at the KLIA 2. Apparently we were on the same flight. What a lovely co-incidence. It was a bumpy flight indeed due to the bad weather and strong winds. Thankfully we landed safely and took a taxi to our hotel. Had a lovely dinner while waiting for others to arrive. Mr Faiez and Khubaib also joined us for the dinner and some chit chats. We kept on talking about running events, what else la kan! =P
|Sarawak signature Nasi Goreng Dabai and Pisang Goreng Cheese... Drooled!|
Credits to Uncle TLK for this picture... =D
|Funtastic Three ehh... Rashid, Me, Pais|
|Sesekali feeling elite runner in style... Gaya je lebih nih hahaa|
|Mi Kolok tok nang wajib makan mun kitak orang ke Satok... Sik lengkap asanya eh...|
|Met Yahya the well known FOMR Blogger Marathoner there....|
|The usual cuplrits with a FMV runner... hehee...|
|Bumped into Gjoll at the G Floor... Nice knowing ya bro...|
|Rombongan Kak Ti dah bersedia nih shoppingthon!|
|Wajin singgah yer beli belah di Kek Lapis Sarawak Dayang Salhah nih... Meriah!|
|Simple dinner carboloading light2 gittew before the most anticipated run|
Once I reached this huge roundabout, it was almost 11km. Nothing much to see here along this stretch until I ran along Jalan Tun Abdul Rahman, moving towards Jalan Semariang and Jalan Sultan Tengah. It was a long boring stretch along Jalan Sultan Tengah. Bumped into Azim at KM18-19 and requested him to be my pacer from there onwards. Hit 21km mark at this dull stretch with the cumulative time of 3:03:55. Not a bad timing despite my bugging knee and mental chalengging route hehee..
From KM22 to KM30, we were running side by side, sometimes we sang out heart out, just want to kill the boredom and simply easing my mind off the dreadful neverending straight flat stretch. Maklumlah pace sendu super selo melo saja... Around 8-10 minutes per km during that time. Circa KM29, we passed through Bako National Park and crossed the first bridge Managed to clock in 4:31:03 for my KM30. huhu.. There were many Water Stations along the route, each WS was equipped with enough drinking water, isotonics and bananas at KM34/35. I was relieved upon seeing Borneo Convention Centre Kuching at KM34. 8KM to go.. Must keep moving no matter what... Saw Mohan and his disciples at this stretch. Tried my best to keep my feet moving eventhough my knees and hamstring were screaming at that moment. It was already bright with less traffic.
|Marvelous view of mighty Sungai Sarawak|
From Jalan Keruing we ran towards Jalan Pelabuhan and crossed another bridge. I could see Santubong River on my right side and Sarawak River on my left side. I thought I was looking at the sea already! It was huge. Reached KM40 at Jalan Padungan in 6:25:05 and tried to finish my run within the 7 hours cut off time. It was tough. I had to run carefully along the last 5km, especially along the China Town as they have already opened the road to the traffic. No safety cone anymore. The last thing I wanted to avoid was to be hit by a vehicle at this final stage of my run. Saw Yahya Iskandar, Arman and Sis Suzie along the last 1km. Thank goodness, I managed to cross the Finishing Line in 6:49:22 (6:42:50 moving time according to my GARMIN watch). Yayyy...
|Almost there... Credits to Divana Gme for this picture! =D|
|Me, Gme & Rashid... Congrats Divana Icona Idola Gme on your PB of 4:55 uols!!! Nangess kagumzz!|
|Rashid, Me and Eina... Congrats Eina on your FMV in Kuching... Laju btol, xnampak bayang pun... =D|
|Kita makan dulu!|
|Sarawak Laksa, creamy spicy laksa... Simply delicious!|
Kamek Sayang Sarawak! Kelak kamek balit sinun gik owhh hehee... =D
P/S: My GARMIN data is HERE.... =D