Monday, June 27, 2011

Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2011

Just some updates on the run that I did yesterday at the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2011. It was my first time taking part in a run and before this, I never truly understand the joy of running or even a marathon. Every year, I'll be wondering what's the fuss over a marathon and why so many people are so enthusiastic to run?!!

We were there as early at 6am!

Occasionally I used to go for a morning walk or a little run with my dear friend Emily. I've only started to take running a little more seriously 2 months ago when my colleague managed to "con"-vinced me into taking part in the SC Marathon which was held on 26th July 2011. After paying for the registration fees, I've decided to train more seriously to make sure that I'm now throwing RM70 into the drain. I've to make sure that I will at least collect my 1st medal by making it to the finish line in one piece.

The race started in Jalan Parlimen and it was hell trying to find a place to park the car as the roads were closed as early as 6am sharp. I woke up at 4.30am! Lucky we all have a colleague who drove and he managed to find a place to park and join us in time for the run. There were altogether 22000 participants this year and it looks like the number of runners are ever increasing.

It was quite a challenge for me to finish the 10km as I've always been doing either 5km or 7km. Last Thursday was my 1st ever attempt to complete 10km in my neighbourhood which translates to 15 rounds around the place I'm staying. It took me almost 1 hour and 25 minutes to finish and I think I finished almost the same time in the run yesterday.

10km! Woot!

Everyone had fun!

I felt so good after the race. It's like an adrenaline rush and looks like I'll be registering in the coming Penang Bridge 10km run! Hopefully after a few more of 10km, I can be fit enough for a half marathon next time!

After that, we had a hearty breakfast at Petaling Street, starting with some comfort food of Hon Kee Porridge. To celebrate my 1st run, at night my friend invited me to a Japanese restaurant (which I would be writing about it soon) and we had some Krug champange, followed by some nice Japanese whisky and sake! Cheers... (my legs were in pain today!)

And the results are out....

I managed to finish at 1 hour and 24 minutes, ranked 530 out of the 3910 runners in the Open Women 10km Category.


suituapui said...

Met any hunky banker hubby potential? LOL!!!

Sean said...

congrats on making it through the race (while i was still sleeping!). i think i wouldn't even be able to finish 2km, honestly! :D

eiling lim said...

STP: Haha.. that's exactly what my dad just asked! No!

Sean: I'm sure you can! Just a lil training is all u need.

Anonymous said...

So are u throwing or NOT throwing $ into the drain?

If u read carefully the runner guide book, transportation is provided from certain pickup points, so u don't have to wake up so early and look for parking.


Corgi 1960 said...

Leng leng, I know you can write but I didnt know you can run as well! Congrats. Next.....the half marathon....hahaha

foongpc said...

I have never joined a marathon before except school marathons during school days haha!! Looks like you had fun! : )

eiling lim said...

Anon: Well, fyi I knew about the shuttle bus but I guess you were not on the bus to see people packed like sardines. It's always good to comment than to experience.

Corgi: Haha.. now you know! I hope to do more of it.

Foongpc: You will have fun too if you join!

Anonymous said...

Tsk tsk tsk, why so defensive? I m not taking away your first 10km experience, just telling you there are alternatives that doesn't involved waking up so early. Btw I also ran the 10km.

-not a couch commentor-

Anonymous said...

1 hr 25 mins, not bad for first timer.

I'm also 1 hr 25 mins, but in 21km distance.. :)

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