|My Maiden TNF Thailand 50KM Finisher Medal... Hard earned with sweats and almost tears|
|Team Belmont Village Resort, 8 of Us, including Khairi Muin...|
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!|
|The stunning breathtaking view from the top of "Mount Doom LOTR"... The searing heat awaits...|
|TNF Thailand 2014 Route - Red arrows are the 50 KM per loop, Elevation gain 2700 feet... @..@|
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)|
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!|
|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!|
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|
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...