|Children having fun at Cenang Beach|
Wake up 3am in race day morning, prepared myself and only took some bread in the hotel buffet, really not in the condition to take in more food. We gather at the starting point and James briefed us about the event. Follow with a silence prayer for the Boston Marathon victims, and we are ready to go. At 4:30am, with the air-horn and firework in the background, we flagged off. I ran with the impact from the tomyam still in my stomach, but I really enjoyed the eventful flag off. I throttled down my speed to 7.5~8 min, secretly hope that the stomach will get better after I set into the rhythms.
We turned into Cenang Beach, enjoyed a 1km beach run. The beach was dark and organizer marked the route with glow stick. We ran in the dark, only then I observed the starry night is so beautiful! Love the running at the beach even though some sand got into my Vibram. Came out from the beach and we were heading to airport. The stretch of route is again very dark. On top of the starry night, we also had the light refreshing breeze now. Then I bounced into Khoo, he actually right in front of me for quite some time but I just don’t realized that is him. We chatted for few km before the first u-turn, and I felt the call of natural… need to speed up to find a proper spot to clear the bladder. Btw, no porta-potty provided along the route and there are no patrol stations too, all runners had to settle their business on the road side. I did the same too. But don’t dare to do it again after the sun came out cause saw lots of dead snakes bodies along the way. Who know what will pops-up and interrupt when you half way in the business (lucky my stomach held up nicely all the way).
|Last 1k to go, and I can't even run in front of a camera... :(|
|IOM 2013 Finisher Medal|
After the race, pick up the wife and the children from the swimming pool, clean up and check out. Heading to airport and flew back to KL. That concluded my first visit to Langkawi. Both ankles are slightly swollen until now and I think this is from the speed declining from those hills. In short, I am not ready yet for a sub-5 marathon being either mentally or physically. More training needed to pump in before the SCKLM in the next 66days. Will I return next year? Tentatively yes, but will stay in others hotel with beach as per the kids’ request.