Distance:17 KM (more precisely 17.7KM)
Net Time: 1.36.30
Placing: 67/357 (Men Junior)
So after a short gap,Penang finally had its first official run for the year 2013.The 17 KM Penang Run 2013 was the first of its kind on the island,starting at USM,passing through Bukit Jambul,Jelutong Expressway,Bkt Gambir Road and finally back to USM.
It was also unique in the sense that it was one of the few runs in Penang (apart from Malakoff and PBIM) which used the RFID chips to track timing. Thus naturally a good crowd of curious runners bent on knowing their exact position and timing joined in,even with the hefty participation fee.Being a “long run” it started early,at 6.00 AM to be exact.I barely made it in time to the starting point when the MC was screaming on the mic “WE ARE STARTING THE RUN IN 20 SECONDS !!”
Alas,didn’t even get to go to the restroom or get into the mood of the whole event.
Being late,naturally I was somewhere far behind the starting line.It took almost a minute or two before the whole crowd around me started moving.Such a waste of time.The first 1 KM was also “crowded” as usual.It took almost 5-6 minutes,forcing my way through the “maze of humanity” before I was really “running”. At the 1.5th KM the run took a turn up the Bukit Jambul Hill slope.
Steep and daunting,I could literally feel my legs crying out as I went up this stretch. I always stick to one principle during these long runs~no matter how difficult the the terrain,NEVER STOP in between!!~
After reaching the top of this steep hill slope, it was an easy run downhill to the BJ Complex and on to the Jelutong Expressway.I was still in high spirits,running to the beat of Batzri’s Classical Sephardic Tunes which were surprisingly very motivating at that moment.At the same time the Sports Tracker app on my phone was tracking my distance,keeping me well alerted as to how long more to the finish line.
To encourage myself,I would often say,”Rexy,6KM more,5KM more,GO,GO!!” Indeed self motivation is the best motivation!
Before I knew it, i was running along Jalan Yeap Chor Ee and Jalan Bukit Gambir,the last 2KM of the run.It was a great,euphoric feeling,knowing that I’ve come this far,and so little was left ahead of me,but my legs were in pain as I headed up the last hill along the Bukit Gambir Road.I had to push myself hard and finally reaching the top of the hilly Bukit Gambir Road,I knew my redemption was near!! Zoomed down the hill,and there I was at the gates of USM. Unfortunately,redemption was not as near as I expected it to be,it was still a 600m distance away,in the USM Stadium.A classic “Potong Steam Moment”.
Scene at USM 30 minutes after I finished the race
With whatever energy left in my body,I just pushed myself to the finish line. 1 hour 37 minutes and 52 seconds,satisfied I was…