Day 2 – Race Day (6th Dec)
After the late dinner on Saturday, we went to bed at about 12am. I shared a room with Amanda and we both set multiple alarms to make sure that we GET UP!
Our alarms rang at 4am. I was doing the half marathon so I had to get up a little earlier to have some breakfast. I had a small wholemeal roll and a banana.
Wearing the #MMT running tee!
Surprisingly, I was feeling okay, after having only 7 hours of sleep over 2 days!
The 21km warriors!
We met up at the lobby and left at around 5:30am. The flag off for the half marathon and 10km was at 6:00am and 6:20am respectively. The traffic was bad as everyone was in town for the run! It took a little longer to arrive (than what we had planned). We had little time to spare when we got there!
*Eye of the tiger was our jam!*
The 3 of us (Bruce, Ben and I) were doing the half so we headed to the start line first. It was so crowded, I couldn’t see the start line! Everyone was just standing around, some from the half marathon and some from the 10km and no one knew where the actual start line was. There were some signs here and there but it wasn’t very clear! Good thing we had to wait for the VIP to arrive and during that time, I figured out where the start line was. I made my way through and stood next to the barrier which was about 8-10 meters away.
I didn’t have it in mind to race that day. I decided to run by feel. I ran a little faster during the first few kms to pull away from the crowd. There were a few women ahead but I was unsure of my current position. There was one U-turn at km 3 and that was when I started counting! I was in 7th place and slowly dropped to 10th before the 4th km. There was no one behind and I held on to this pace (and place).
We ran through the Angkor Archaeological Park. It was very picturesque! I took quick glances of my surroundings.
At km 6.5, we passed the Siem Reap River. It was very refreshing and with the trees lining the entire way, you could barely feel the sun’s rays. I took a moment to soak up everything that was around me. The feeling of running along the river with the wind in your face and your legs feeling fresh and strong – super! I wouldn’t say it was perfect PB weather, but if you’ve been running in KL long enough, it won’t be anything that you cannot handle!
In between km 10-15, we ran passed Sarah Srang, Ta Prohm and Ta Keo. Another thing I loved about this run was the KIDS that were out on the streets supporting us and giving hi-5s! I stretched out my hand whenever I saw them! SO CUTE!
Before we entered the West Gate into Angkor Thom (km 15), I was feeling the birth of blisters on my biggest and smallest right toe. It was hurting and my paced dropped.
We passed Bayon temple at around km 18. I turned to look behind and I saw a girl catching up. She eventually overtook me between km 18-19. I could have pushed if I wanted to but that would scream torture for my feet! Since I was there for a run-cation, I decided to stop/walk/jog and enjoy the rest of the run.
If you want to have a run-cation with decent weather and a possible PB, try this in 2016! It was FLAT all the way! Definitely a PB route. This was at km 20 ++.
The exit from Angkor Thom!
I was also running back and forth, trying to see if I could spot Jose who was aiming for a sub 2 half marathon!
In Cambodia, the run never ends. There is no finish line. In Bruce’s case, LITERALLY! They were packing up by the time he arrived. This guy right here deserves all the claps and praise for completing the 21km, in STYLE! Good job man! 🙂 Keep it up!
We took the hotel shuttle back and we devoured the entire buffet line. WE WERE FAMISHED! HUNGRY PEOPLE!
After breakfast/brunch, I knocked out for the entire afternoon.
It was a FULL day for me. Running the half, having a good time with friends and exploring Cambodia city! Definitely a good day. 🙂
Day 3 coming up! 🙂