|My precious Finisher Medal|
|Mesmerizing sun rise view from World Resort Langkawi. Credits to Lydia, Azim's wifey.|
|Got myself my lucky number 14 on my running bib and a awesome Runner's Guide... Cool!|
|Running gears - Checked! We are good to go!!!|
Around 3.25 am, Rashid woke me up after he had his shower. I was so freaking tired and still pretty much in a sleepy zombie mode at that time. So I dragged myself for a hot shower and prepping up. We were already late when our fellow running friend, Azim and his wifey, Lydia were waiting for us. Goshhh! Luckily the starting venue was not that far from my motel, circa 3 km.
Here We Go!
We arrived at Resort World Langkawi around 4 am. There were already many runners at the starting line, approximately 1,000 in total. After we observed the moment of silence for the victims of the horrific Boston Marathon bombings incident, we were horned off at 4.30 am with the majestic firework display. I decided to start the run easy since I didn't warm up properly and I haven't done my no.2 business. Hahaaa....
|Happy chirpy faces before the tormenting run begins... Hey I had the Cat's Eye literally.. LOL!!!|
Once I exited the beach section, I ran towards the road along the airport area. Before that, I had to do a quick pit stop for my no. 2 business first since there's not porta-loo around the route. Sigh! We were running under the shining stars and it was pitch dark. Although some parts of the road were visible with the blinking signals light from the safety VW cars, but I almost tripped after I stepped on the reflective square thingy in middle of the road. Thank goodness I didn't fall down.
Before I hit the 12 km u-turn, I came upon Mr Yahya Iskandar, one of my running blogger buddy. Looks like he was running strong in front of me on that time. Keep it up dude! Oh I almost forgot, I had my 5.30 pace band as I aimed to do 5.30 for this IOM after came upon Yvonne's blog. A tad bit ambitious? Maybe, but there's no harm to aim high because that would be my buffer time to achieve Sub 6 at least. Hehee... I took my 1st gel after 10k (1:17:09, 7'32"). I was still within my pace band after KM15 (1:56:58, 8'58") when my pace started to decrease once I reached the 20KM marker (2:39:25 and 7'49"). I was getting slower by 3 minutes and then 6 minutes after 25 KM... Sigh T..T
|We ate hills for breakfast, lunch and dinner too... Hell yeah!!! LOL!!!|
|May God bless this coconut opener guy for giving us the most refreshing cold coconut drink on Earth ever... =D|
|As you can see, my Nike+ Apps stopped at 32.6km... Still a long way to go before I reached the finishing line... T..T|
|I would love to run with the Force all the time... How I wish!!! =D|
Mr Tey caught all my epic moments during the final 2 KM going the final uphill... Almost gave up already... That's the power of a camera... LOL! Thanx a lot Mr Tey... Awesome pic of a Kitty Guy.
The photographers were very clever to encourage us to keep on running even on an uphill by taking our pictures at the top of the final hill. Must stay strong and looked happy in picture liao. Hahaa... As I dashed towards the finishing line, another lovely ice-cream was being offered at me. I couldn't resist that offer, hell no! Hahaha.. Finally I could see the finishing arch and ran like hell towards it despite all the chaffings
around my thigh area. @..@ I managed to finish the run in 6 hour 08 minutes nonetheless...
|Almost there, almost home!|
|My 1st picture after finishing the awful hot run... Catching my breath! Thanx Rashid...|
|My must do after run pose... So cliche of me... Hahaa|
|Congratz to all of us (Me, Rashid and Azim) for finishing this super tough route... Insaf sude!!!|
|Met my Twitter friend in person, Azizul Morshidi, he`s fast n finished in style...Siap catwalk ala Charlie's Angels lagik.!|
|Me and my new friend, Mr Yahya from Kuching, Sarawak... Sik cayak nakk bole jupa juak akhirnya tek.. =D|
Post Recovery Activities
After the event, Rashid and I went for a lunch at the nearby ikan bakar restaurant in Cenang Beach. Since Rashid achieved his PB for this 2nd FM (4.44.02 aka Sub5, shaved 35min from his previous FM!), I asked him to buy me lunch to celebrate his victory.. Thank a lot dude! Keep on getting your Sub4 dream soon ok! More PB equals more free makan-makan celebration...Hahahaa! I love the grilled squid and the giant prawn... Yummeh! We dozed off once we reached our motel. Three of us went to Tanjung Rhu in the evening for a swim and photo taking activities. It was so painful to take a dip in sea with all the chaffings... Ouch!
|The catch of the day... Definitely priceless!!!! Meowww... =P|
|Muhasabah diri sat setelah selesai habiskan 2nd FM in one piece... No dehydration issue afterwards... Yayyy!!!|
|Totally an authentic Thai Food... Wan Thai the best... Very reasonable price too... =D|
|Dipping my sore feet in a icy cool water from the mountain... Rasa nak berendam terus je... Rugi xbawak suar mandi...|
|Enjoyed my last sunset moment in Pantai Tengah... I'm for sure will miss this Legendary Island...|