It was a bad idea to take part in a race one day after doing the Half Marathon in Terengganu. I touched down in KL in the evening. By the time I got home, I was too tired to eat a proper meal. I had a bowl of cereal before heading straight to bed. I was whacked out.
I think I was suffering from heat exhaustion. It hit me pretty hard. Good thing the race venue was just 5 minutes away. I managed to maximised my sleep time. I felt ok when I woke up. Had my breakfast and waited for Kevin and my colleague to arrive. The 3 of us left to NU Sentral at about 6am. We were early and the crowd was just beginning to build up.
Met up with Chooi Fern and we did a mini warm up session together. Oh and we bumped into our coach, who wasn’t very happy to see us there.
When the music started blasting, my headache returned. I felt weak and sick in the stomach. At that time, I was already planning to give up on this race. I felt as though I was going to collapse. I told Kevin to stick close to me and he promised to call the ambulance if he spotted a tiny person lying on the side of the road (haha! I was kidding).
Thank God that the whole event was delayed by about 30 minutes. That delay gave me some time to cool down. I felt a lot better minutes before the flag off. I managed to maintain my pace and not speed up or slow down too much. After 2-3KM, we were directed to make an earlier U-turn. At that point, I was jumping for joy because I knew that it would be under distance. The 10KM route became 8KM. Phew!
Adrenaline was the cure! Whoop! Came in 2nd place behind the sister.
We did a proper stretch and warm down session. Ahhhhhh! It felt so good! Had a lot of time to mingle around after the race.
My ultimate supporter came out to race too! So proud of him for hitting his PB! ParX teammate, Bryan! He came in 2nd too in the 5KM Men’s Open. Awesome stuff!Whaaaadduuppp!1,2. Very grateful to our sponsors! Dirigo Events, Brooks and Puma! The Champ! Watch out for this girl! Got a mini lecture from the coach for racing that morning.
SCKLM is in 2 weeks and he expected us to rest especially just one day after our Terengganu Half Marathon trip. Yep, we deserved everything he said to us. The hard truth is always difficult to swallow.Sorry Coach. We promise to taper accordingly for the big day! A coach that reprimands is a coach that cares.
Rest days are an essential part of training. It is a time when your muscles repair and refuel themselves. Your muscles will become tired and may damage without proper recovery.
Sugar in its simplest form.
When you’re training hard, your body craves certain foods. Listen to it. It knows what it needs to survive.
Time to kick my feet up!
Hello Taper Week!