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Post-race Report: Putrajaya Relay Trail Run 2014

3rd trail and relay run of the year! I’m on a roll here.

Again, another last minute unplanned race! Chooi Fern and I registered on Tuesday, 4 days before race day. My main concern was that I was supposed to run the Cyberjaya TwinCity half marathon the following day. Yep, another back to back race weekend!

I went on with it anyway because I liked the idea of it being a relay AND a trail run! So exciting!

15191_10152983333686388_4403048239393488019_n 10308268_10152983333546388_7384886034077365667_n The holiday celebrations have begun! I had a party on Friday night and went to bed at about 3am. 10882087_10152983333341388_2649003867160853947_n<310417569_10152983333386388_1808580056646648577_nI couldn’t sleep in on Saturday because I had lunch with the Uni mates to celebrate Janey’s birthday. Haven’t seen them in MONTHS! Good times.1656299_10152983333431388_2970349827039288371_nPre-race meal – Baked eggs!

After lunch, I had to rush home, pack and leave for Putrajaya. I was feeling so sleepy! Daniel and the sister came over to my place and we left from there.

The interesting thing about this race was that the flag off was at 4.30pm. I was worried that it would be TOO HOT to run. And the funny thing was that it was raining as we were on our way to Putrajaya! I couldn’t decide which was worse!

We were there early to collect our race kits. It was raining so heavily that we had to wait in the car for the rain to come to a light drizzle. We thought that the organizers would delay the race but thank God they didn’t.

It started right on time at 4.30pm (It was still drizzling at that time!). The “baton” was in the form of a hair scrunchy. One team of two members would each take turns to run a 6KM trail route. The sister was off on the run along with the other first leg runners. I went to the bathroom twice while waiting for her to return. OH THE NERVES!

When Daniel came back, I knew that the sister wouldn’t be too far off. A few minutes later, the first female runner returned. To my surprise, it was NOT the sister! I was shocked because who else could be faster than her! I kept asking Daniel if he saw her during the run. Did she fall? Was she ok? I was worried because Daniel suffered a pretty bad fall and he was bleeding.

About 3 minutes later, the sister appeared! PHEW! Huge sigh of relief! I was glad that she was ok. She called out to me and handed the pink scunchy over. She yelled for me to chase the other girl who was well ahead of me. The only thing that flashed in my mind was that the sister was crazy!

The roads were slippery and I had to be extra careful with my footing. When I hit the trails, I didn’t care where my next step was or whether or not there was a huge puddle. I jumped right it. Some of the major turns were not clearly marked and it was easy to lose your way. Thankfully I didn’t because I didn’t have time for that. My main focus was to chase the other girl. I ran hard, splashing into the mud and blazing through the bushes.

About 3KMs in, I spotted her. Target locked! I did not hesitate to overtake her. The pressure was on because I was feeling pretty breathless. The only thing that kept me going was the thought of the sister. I didn’t want to let her down. Managed to pull the gap even further as I went along. Phew!

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We emerged overall Champions in the Women’s Open category with a total time of 1:03:54. We both clocked in about 31 minutes respectively. So happy to see the sister jumping up and down like a cray woman at the finish line.

10414883_10152983333291388_7122431156664443479_nThe Puma gang!10613096_10152983333086388_8826837740063516677_n 10422933_10152983333046388_702528871957472712_nApparently, the first female runner to return took a shortcut/ran the wrong way and her team got disqualified. Well, I guess it was still worth the chase! What a stressful run!10882190_10152983333166388_482152915622432830_nDaniel’s team came in 3rd! 10857922_10152983332896388_3662386820614781740_nPost-race selfie. The sister is a fast learner. 😉1527066_10152983341956388_6307194122544522082_n10882326_10152983332986388_5404876185742090594_nPost-race meal – Homemade Assam Laksa! Another party!


535951_10152983342031388_2744017531712751013_nDNS the Cyberjaya TwinCity Half Marathon the next day. I only manage 3 hours of sleep and was feeling very tired. I went to support the other runners! It was fun standing on the other side of the finish line.

And of course, the sister managed another Champion title for the 12KM run!10371996_10152983342051388_4695589448280494311_n 10881730_10152983341991388_8391064050103574223_nThis is what a Champion sandwich would look like.

Michelle was the Champ for the FULL MARATHON! CRAZY WOMAN with an amazing finishing time! Congrats girl!10882145_10152983336451388_2313808842992138411_nStrength in numbers. Stronger together!

How was your weekend?

Happy Holidays and uh,

Keep Running!

 

Pacemakers Anniversary Run X 2014

WOWEE!

Excuse my unnecessary excitement. I am still feeling very high from last weekend’s relay race.

This race, to me, was no ordinary race. It was nothing like the other races that I’ve participated in. The race itself and how this team came about is something I hold close to my heart.

Pre-Race

We would have to go all the way back to February 2014 – where it all began with an invitation. The team captain, Shu Wei, asked if I was interested in taking part in a relay race. At that time, I didn’t even know relay races (on the road) existed (shh, don’t judge). I was pretty surprised when he asked because he (and the rest of the guys) only knew me through the Puma Running Club and it was only over a few weeks.

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The thing about relay races is that you are not alone. This is no longer your race. You are running for your team. Your performance affects everyone on the team. One member can either make it or break it. And I definitely didn’t want to be the one to break it. But for some bizarre reason, I agreed, even though I had doubts about myself and my abilities.

Given enough thought, I probably would have declined. I guess this is one of those rash “20 seconds of insane courage” decisions.

And it was one of the best decisions ever.

I am grateful that they had the slightest hope in me, believing that I could do it.

10301587_10204730948733209_6182466560356890844_nThe Cari Runners.

This was the stepping stone as to how I came to know this huge running community that I never knew existed and which I can now call family – the Cari Runners, the Puma Running Club…… Becoming a part of a community was a huge step for me. It was out of my comfort zone.

Training and running around with a bunch of people that I had just came to know is not something that I would normally do. Thankfully, they welcomed me with open arms. The immense support, encouragement and motivation from this group made running that much more fun.

10450151_10152613999071388_7449508673096383075_nThe months leading up to race day were filled (okay, I’m exaggerating. It was countable. Haaaaaa!) with training sessions. Slowly, I got to know my teammates. Most of which I have been communicating with via social media and haven’t actually met them in person.

Yeah, I agreed to run a relay without knowing who my teammates were. Crazy stuff.

10502431_10152614003481388_7038502936883867803_nThe “original” team.

In April, one of our teammates, Fabio, met with an unfortunate accident in the Ironman event. Thank God that he was alright. The problem was that he had to pull out from the team because he needed time to recover and could not start running/training just yet.

And just like that, we lost a teammate. Despite Fabio’s condition, he was still a team player. He supported all our training sessions by being there either as the time keeper or the photographer or both.

Around the same time, Bryan showed up. We knew him as that-super-fast-kid through the Puma Running Club. We didn’t hesitate to ask if he was interested to join us. He agreed without (if any) hassle. So, we were back on track (although we weren’t exactly desperately looking for a replacement).

1606840_10152577727816388_7915750910349523621_nThe solid team. From Left: Goh Jing Jing, Hoo Yeen Ho, Me, Bryan, Hong Zi Shen

We only managed to train once as a team because Hoo Yeen Ho was from Melacca. He came over one weekend to join us (this is dedication people!).

We practiced the race route 2 weeks before race day. The route had a mixture of flat road, uphill and stairs (total distance of 3.14KM). This was not only a test of speed but also a test of strategy and pace.

Here’s the breakdown of the route:

1600m | flat

300m | uphill

130m | downhill

110m | flat

100m | stairs

870m | downhill

Go too fast at the start and you risk exhausting all of your energy stores before reaching the hill and the stairs.

Race Day

It was finally time to put our training to the test.

Although I only had 5 hours of sleep the night before, I was feeling pretty good. We (HYH, Zi Shen, Kevin and myself) arrived at about 6.30am. I was still pretty cool and calm. Slowly, as the crowd began to fill the area, my nerves were through the roof!

We gathered the team, took a few photos, met a few people, did a quick warm up and I was off to the starting line.

10456134_10204729968748710_1720960547435678492_n148 teams. Scary stuff.

10487544_10204729972428802_1291410970631592978_nAt 7.30am, we were off. I had a mini “UH-OH, THIS IS IT, WHAT DID I GET MYSELF INTO” moment. The pressure came from needing to pull a big time gap from the other runners. Every second counts. I had to give everything I had in 3.14KM.

10500359_812896708741011_8924752237345703780_nThe killer stretch.

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The last bend.

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Some support from my teammate. Zi Shen has been the main motivator in this team. Always stirring up the race mood by monitoring our performance and keeping the team together.

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Almost there!

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JJ was ready and I couldn’t wait to hand the baton over.

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Done! I came in 3rd, behind Amelia and Chooi Fern.

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I was so happy when JJ came back (screaming and jumping up and down), because he still held us in 3rd place!

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And of course, Bryan. Although he managed to continue to keep us in 3rd place, the pressure was still on.

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Cari B team leader, Zi Shen, also came in 3rd. By then, we knew we had secured our placing.

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It was so intense. I was on the “edge of my seat” the whole time. Running up and down, waiting for my teammates to reach the stairs and cheering them on at the finish line. Our 5th leg runner checked in and we were DONE! Felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders.

We had loads of time to kill while waiting for everyone to complete the race.

THEY SERVED WATERMELON! OH YUM! And Nasi Lemak, assorted buns, soya bean, isotonic drinks and tao foo fah. But I was only interested in the watermelon.

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We agreed to bring our shades (to take “cool” pictures of ourselves). Just for the fun of it.

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Oh, the silly things you do with your teammates.

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Shoe wheel!10520097_10152613998356388_9087833050714225270_n

Cari B selfies galore.

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Team Captain (Overall Cari A and B), Goh Shu Wei.

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Cari A’s female runner, Chooi Fern.

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Bunch of blind runners.

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WHOOP! Successful jump shot (after many attempts).

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My ultimate supporter. Thanks for accommodating my hectic running schedule and just being there for me. From seeing me at my worst to being there at my highest, I truly am blessed to have you.

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After about 2 hours, it was finally time for the prize giving ceremony.

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Top 3. Not too shabby.

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Cari A and Cari B. Top 2 and 3! POWAHHHHH!

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We took SO many pictures, this was us laughing at ourselves.

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Sum-up collage courtesy of JJ.

Post-Race

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I am so happy with this team and what we have achieved together. Honestly, I was only aiming to be in the top 10. We may not know each other that well but that kind of team spirit (so strong, so solid) was there. Everyone gave their 100% and we pushed ourselves beyond our limits, for each other.

All 5 of us managed to hold the team in 3rd place throughout the race. And that is the beauty of any team sport. Fighting all the way, not only for yourself but also for your teammates.

I love you guys! Thanks for this memorable experience.

10556406_10152614003446388_8265566949667819977_nOh and errrrrr, this happened

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Growth begins when you step out of your comfort zone.

So, what are you waiting for? GET OUT THERE!

That’s all for the day folks!

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