Monday, 6 November 2006

Ok, my legs are killing me right now but it was all worth it. I can now finally say that I ran 10km in the recent Subang Jaya run. I would say marathon but my Dutch colleague told me that 10km is definitely not a real “marathon”. Oh well, in my mind it definitely was yesterday.

Image taken from TheStar

Being my first marathon, I was rather excited but rather nervous as well before the run. Thoughts kept flying through my head wondering whether if I might end up last of the pack or die halfway during the run. So what I did was to pace myself slowly throughout the entire run with the hope of being able to make it back in time to get a certificate.

Unfortunately that did not happen, total overall time was about 85minutes (according to my Dutch colleague who ran with me during my last 100m of the race to cheer me on). It was pretty good according to my own standards, as I am not totally fit. To be honest, I enjoyed every single minute of those 85, which I took, I truly did. Either that or my endorphins were kicking in thus causing me to cloud my own judgment. But if you ask me to attend another 10km run, I will definitely sign up for it.

The funniest thing about it during the run was that not everyone was serious about it. It was all about having fun while living a healthy lifestyle. Why do I say that? Well for one thing, I saw some people on roller-blades with the 10km tags on their shirt. Of course they weren’t seriously competing but just to have fun with friends I guess. Next I saw a couple of couples holding hands while slowly jogging and walking throughout the race. To me the best thing I saw were families joining the race as one, well not the 10km one but the shorter 3km one. Mothers were carrying their babies or pushing them on their trams, fathers guiding their sons throughout the race and brothers and sisters were running around having fun. It was an amazing moment, well personally. The babies were rather cute as they even had the running tags with numbers on their clothes.

I knew I ran rather slowly, well for one thing, there was a point within the race where there is an intersection where the 5km mark of the 10km route would meet with the last 300m of the 10km route. By the time I reached the 5km mark, I saw the first runner running towards the finish line, man, he was extremely fast. My next target for the next 10km run would be to run it within 1hour, which would allow me to earn a certificate.

The weekend was a real blast, namely because Liverpool beat Reading and Sheffield United beat Newcastle. Other than that, Chelsea and Arsenal lost so that is good math for me. I hope these kind of results continue the rest of the season with the exception of Manchester United losing more.