|#6 on my belt. Thank goodness I made it!|
As usual I had a so-called carbo loading session on the Friday. Had a lovely pasta during my karaoke session with my ex-schoolmates. Sinfully yummy indeed. Hahaa.. Stayed up all night long after the session. Too many gossips and dirty laundries secret to be shared among 4 of us.. LOL!
|Sinfully scrumptious Redbox buffet|
A day prior to the BIG day, Rashid n I joined the Le Sabuns Ultra Breakfast Run aka "The Sarong Run". It was just a morning run around KLCC Park. What's the catch? We had to run in sarong, duh! I'm confident that we were the highlight of the morning. Luckily we runners are the crazy bunch of people hahaa...
|A very BIG Happy Running Family... Lavits!|
Later, I went to pick my props for the event from Mis Fid. She was Rashid's ex colleague and had her own Krafty blog. Feel free to visit her FB wall HERE if you are interested ok. You can even follow her Instagram at @misfyd too. She's an expert in doing all the delicate crochets for babies and adults. Not forgetting her famous sexy Bunny Ears and fluffy Bunny Tail too. Thanks Fid!
Then we went back to my house to rest our feet. Had my tapau-ed lunch, the leftover nasi lemak with sambal sotong and runny egg. After that I dozed off until 9pm, i think. Goshhh! Hibernated much. @..@
Woke up lazily circa 2am after a short nap (I slept at 12.30am!). Had to wake up early coz we need to fetch Fadzil at his house first before we headed to Dataran Merdeka that morning. He'll be doing his 1st SCKLM HM. I managed to park at the parking lots before Bukit Aman by 3.30 am. Still being nervous, I wore my CompresSport calf compression, energy gels belt, SPI belt and running shoes at the parking lot.
After deposited my bag, I went to the paid toilet to force my no.2 business before the event. Don't want to waste any time doing it during the run. Hahaha... Didn't have time to warm up properly as I intended to enter the pen early, around 4.15 am, which I was really regretting very much until now. Managed to had a pre-photo session with these both running legends, Ultra Ray and Jamie. Felt blessed totally!
I was aiming for a Sub 5:30 finish for this event, since my best timing was at Hat Yai Marathon 2013 in May (5:47:17). Well, let's dream BIG shall we? Therefore I came up with my 5:30 pace wristband (printed from MarathonGuide.com).
|One for the camera with the Ultra Otais, Sifu Rayzeef and Sifu Jamie. Pic credits to Tey|
We were flagged off two minutes before 4.30 am. I crossed the starting line about 2 minutes after the flag off. Since I didn't had a proper warm up, I've decided to slow jog for the first 3 km to warm up the legs. The crowd was still big at that point. To my surprise, I bumped into the ever famous blogger cum TRI-daddy cum an avid runner, Tristupe around Brickfields area. He was fascinated with my dangling furry bunny tail. Nice to meet you Sir! Hehee...
|What a surprise snap from my Running Guru, Ee-Van aka Stupe. TQ Sir!|
11 - 20 km (Time to seek divine blessing and stayed running strong)
Stopped by at 12km WS for a Fajr Prayer and my only toilet break before I continued my run. I was still within my pace band pace by that time eventhough I took a prayer and porta loo break. I had my 2nd energy gel after 16 km WS and still felt fresh. We were running along Jalan Cheras towards Jalan Peel and had my banana treat at the 1st banana station at KM 17. Took 2 pieces of it. Yum! Then I kept moving on to meet the cut off time for 20 km based on my pace band (2:36:24). Bumped into the glamorous and gorgeous as always Marathon Mom Sis Nannoor and her great hubby, Abg Ibrahim somewhere at Jalan Tun Razak heading towards Prince Court Medical Centre and Pavi. Said hi to them and kept on running. It was started to get all shine and bright after I reached Jalan Tun Razak...
After running towards Jalan Sentul from Jalan Tun Razak, I did not realized that I'll be heading towards the first mental stretch along Jalan Ipoh. It was getting hot and so bright by that time. Running in this kind of condition was never an easy task for me the slowpoke bunny. Need to remind myself to bring along my shades next time. Gulped down my 3rd energy gel circa 24km. I could already feel the cramp started to accumulate around my quad and hamstring but I continued on running. One of the motorcyclist honked me and gave me a thumb up for my funky head gear. It was hard to run fast with this fragile bunny ears and heavy bunny dangling bunny tails ok! Tobat xmahu lari pakai headgear berat2 dah lepas nih... T_T
31 - 40 km (Hot was just getting hotter and hotter!)
I was not done with Jalan Ipoh yet ya. It was sooo long until I ran into Jalan Kuching, where the mentally exhausting route kept on like a never ending story. Hahaa, super mental I tell ya. I stopped for a while circa KM 33 to stretch my feet for a while and took a breather. To make it worse, it was sooo freaking hot. I never felt that extreme heat before even during my late long runs before. Totally fatal ok! Mad I tell ya, mad. I could see many of the runners were tried to run under the shades of the trees along the route. Finally the torturing heat was over when we ran into Bukit Tunku. The inclines were runnable. I would rather run on a shaded inclines than running under the bloody hot sun. Took my 4th energy gel and endurolyte pills after KM35. Stopped by at FMV' Kak June's kedai runcit and said hi to Farah Fazu. Sipped down some water and continued my run. Another pitstop was at le Sabuns Ultra's kedai runcit and had a icy cold Coke and grapes. Hahaa, thanks to Abg. Zul and Zinov, the taukehs of the day.
|Running at the famous Bukit Tunku... Yeah!|
Once I've reached the Bank Negara loop, I knew the journey was almost came to an end. I tried to quicken my pace knowing that my Sub 5:30 was far fetched. I tried to muster any last strength to endure the long stretch along Jalan TAR loop towards Pertama Complex and running towards Dataran Merdeka. At the last 400m towards the finishing line. I was startled and awed to see all the familiar friendly faces snapping my pictures. Felt like a glamorous artiste being swarmed by the paparazzis at that moment. LOL! Thanks fellas... Love your support! =D. I managed to cross the finishing line in 5:50:42:31 (nett time), 5:47 (Garmin time), within the cutoff time of 6hours. Hehee... Not that shabby though, considering the insane lethal heat.
|So many photographers, dunno how to pose anymore... LOL! Pic credits to Abg Zaini.|
|Goofing around with the hunkilicious Acid, the Golden Boy...|
|Lazying around in the middle of the road while cheering on the other runners|
|With two lady runners who fancied my Bunny Ears,Tail and drooled over Mr Golden Boy|
|Me and the Hot Glam Speedy Marathon Moms, Sis Eena and Sis Nannoor. Well done ladies!|
|Me, Rashid, Izman & Ijuwah and their friend. They ran LJS in Kuala Terengganu a day b4. Congratz Ijuwah for the winning!|
|6 Down, 3 More To Go! =P|
|The results. More work need to be done to achieve my PB...|
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