First race of the year and it was NOT a road race! I wanted to go for the KL New Year Run on the 1st of Jan but as usual, I missed it. Haaaaaaaa!
It was so good to see so many of them there on New Years’ Day and up on the podium!
Compressport Combo Challenge Trail Run 2016
Thanks to Gus for the bib, Sabrina for arranging my race kit collection on race day and Teck Wai for letting me know all the race details (I’m usually clueless) and that they had changed the venue from Putrajaya to Mardi Maeps! I would have probably driven all the way to Putrajaya to run my own race.
Jeff kindly offered a ride to the race site. Of course, I had to be polite by accepting his offer. 😉 Thanks Jeff!
I actually LOVE off road running! Although I don’t do much training off road, I like the technical side of it with varying terrains. It is more… interesting.
I’ve never been to Mardi Maeps but I’ve heard many horrible stories about the place. I was quite prepared for the worst!
Did a very light warm up before heading to the start line. Colleen was there too! She was sharing a bit about the route as she had been there many times before. I’m glad we spoke because she had that upbeat, hyper vibe that really calmed the tense pre-race environment.
And then I heard a familiar voice coming from behind – it was Coach Mark! As Mardi Maeps is his usual training ground, he was able to provide a detailed overall layout of the race route. He said that the first 8km would be nothing but hills and climbs after which would be downhill/flat till the end. Thanks for the tips! I was a little more mentally prepared.
Soon after, we were off! 200m in and we came face to face with our first climb…… and MANY climbs thereafter. Climb after climb after climb, and they were steep climbs! I tried to run up but for most of them, I had to slow to a walk nearing the top of the hill. We had to go up a long flight of STAIRS too! With the Forerunner 225, I could see my pace dropping at every climb. I gained back whatever time that was lost by running hard downhill (not a good idea!) and on the flat terrain.
Thankfully, it was not so much of a trail run, more like dirt/off road running. The ground was soft and the path was wide. It was not as technical as I had imagined it to be. It was a good thing because I didn’t have trail shoes!
Running with the other men around me, I could see where my strengths and weaknesses were. It was a lot of fun pushing (not literally) and overtaking each other.
My legs were BURNING and I was dying for my GPS to beep at km8 because that would signify the end of the treacherous climbs, most of them at least. True enough, at km 8, we were out of the ‘jungle’ and onto dirt road through fields and farmland. I felt strong and decided to push the pace as soon as I hit the road.
Angel! Thanks for coming out to support us and for taking all the photos!
Phew, what a day! I’ll definitely miss this route when I’m gone! It was a good day, catching up with friends and running!
Till next time!