Hello there fellow good followers and readers of my blog. Welcome back once again to all of you.
I really felt the urge to share with all of you out there on my not so recent experience running Melaka River International Marathon (MRIM) 2014. For the record, it was my 12th Full Marathon. A marathon that was full with lots of drama. High and low definitely. =I
Actually I was hesitated to sign up for this inaugural event after I heard so many negative feedbacks from the running community via FB about the previous running events in Malacca (except Skyhawk Nature Run, it was a-ma-zing). Somehow I did registered for MRIM 2014 after the early bird rate. (too late already...)
I planned to go to Malacca as early as possible to collect my racekit but I've already commited to do a fun filled photoshoot projects for Doof Industries first thing in the Saturday morning. It was my first time jumping and walking around KL. I was super excited and really nervous at the same time. More about this awesome project will be shared with you guys soon. In the meantime, here's some sneek peek of the photoshoot session... ;D
|#Doofster pose in Bukit Bintang yaw!|
|Last minute so called Carboloading? hohoho...|
|Dinner time with the Divas! =P (Pic by GME)|
|Sedapnya pari asam pedas nih.... My feberet!|
|Pre-marathon photoshoot with the marathon kakis... Super awesome!|
|Here we go! ( Picture courtesy of Mr ET Tey)|
Bumped into Gme again around 15km and off we ran along the Eye on Malaysia beach. It reminded me of ECP stretch and it was getting bright too. We aimed to complete 21km under 3 hours (well, sort of..)
|Best lari area sinih.... Banyak gak runners and joggers running along here at this wee hours...|
|Ok, I did remembered seeing some of the landmarks along the route. Kinda helpful to keep my mind sane...|
The final 10 km felt like forever to reach. All the sudden I felt so hungry and really need to stop at the gas station nearby and buy some buns or ice-cream. Hahaha... But I tried to remain calm and keep on shuffling. My knees were aching so badly and my hamstrings were already started to cramp. Fortunately I brought a lot of Hammer Anti Fatigue Caps along. I had to stop for a while at a bus stop near Jalan Semabok and applied Perskindol hot cream on my thighs. The sun was scorching hot but it's bearable, unlike Hatyai's... hehee...
As it was getting hot and the traffic started to build up along Jalan Parameswara in Banda Hilir, I've decided to do walk 300-400m and run the rest 700-600m. I kept on doing some slow jogs along the shophouses along Jalan Melati and Jalan Merdeka, Melaka Raya (KM 38-39). Luckily I didn't get any honks from the vehicles. But of the car drivers even shouted some encourage words to me, I think. My mind was already wonky and went somewhere else at that time hahaa...
|Spot the tiny red arrow at the right side of this stretch, can you? (Pic courtesy of Gme)|
Finally I managed to cross the finishing arch with no timing mat already at 6:38:54... Timing ke Laut Selat Melaka (literally hohoho!) pun tak kesah janji abess hahaa.... Syukur Alhamdulillah sangat2....
|Yayyy... budak boyot berjaya habiskan Full Marathon yang ke-12 di Kota Melaka!!! (Pics courtesy of ET Tey)|
Didn't stay long for the lucky draw session as Gme and I went to A Famosa to take some divalicious pictures there. Kaki toksah cakap lah, My feet were killing me literally! Those two emcees were kinda annoying by making fun of the participants' names. So unprofessional of them... Dah la banyak cakap merapu and dragging the time too. Urghh... Really really disappointed when Gme told me that there was no distance on the finisher medal. First time for me... It's ok as long as there were distances being mentioned on the hard earned finisher tee. Low quality? Xkesahla labu... kuikui...
|BIG Congrats to GME on his 20th Full Marathon so far! Super Awesome woot2!|
(1) Awesome traffic control by the police traffic, tourist police and RELA. They really did their job very well, way better than traffic police in KL! Great job guys and ladies. I felt so safe running across the major critical junctions.
(2) Plenty of Water Stations, equally spreaded out every 2.5km. The volunteers were very friendly too.
(3) The paramedics were standby with enough muscle spray at some WS. That's good enough for me
(4) Patient Malaccan drivers. There were no honking at all from them along the busy route. Some of them were very supportive too.
(1) Lack of distance markers and tiny red arrows especially after 38km. Dah la penat gila time tuh jenuh nak cari arrows. Felt like a Amazing Race run la pulak. Mujurlah nampak arrow cinonet tuh.
(2) No running cones, especially at some narrow stretches. Some of the vehicles were zooming by so fast. I really felt unsafe running along some stretches.
(3) I felt a bit creepy running along Jalan Puteri Hang Li Poh where I had to pass some old chinese cemetery at Bukit Cina and several Muslim cemeteries too. I really had some goosebumps (no jokes!) as I heard some dogs were barking along Bukit Cina.
(4) NO water at KM32 WS. That's a big NO NO.
(5) NO timings for the late finishers as the timing mat was already took out even though we were being flagged off 18minutes late! Then no point of us wearing the B-Tag and had to stomp on the timing mat along the way... Huh
(6) NO distance on the finisher medal. We might as well ran fun run 5km and get the same medal. Cost effective izzit?
(7) The most irritating part was I had to wait for them to check the list first before they handed out my finisher medal and finisher tee at the finishing tent. Afraid I might be cheating, izzit? Haish... Penat giler kot time tuh, still had to queue some more...
(8) NO refreshments or goodie for late finishers as well. Those who reached the finishing line in 6hours 15minutes onwards didn't get those cheapo plastik pasar malam pack (1 apple, 1 banana, 1 bun). Only one drinking bottle. Felt like running for hari sukan sekolah rendah only... Haiyah...
(9) Late flag off for no solid reasons at all. They were not waiting for any VVIP to arrive and do the flag off thingy. So weird la... Oh nevermind...
Overall, since it was their first time organizing such "INTERNATIONAL" running event, I must say that the organizer was doing a so-so job. We runners were running at our own risk. I on the other hand, had a blast, the scenery especially along the paddy field was to die for. Kg Morten was brightly decorated and nice too.
Will I run again for MRIM 2015? Hmmmm...
My GARMIN data HERE...