Father's Day Run aka Larian Sapu Lantai
This is an event I love to hate - the PJ Half Marathon. Medalling has eluded me in all my attempts (about 5 times, I believe). I skipped the 2004 and 2005 editions due to illness and I nearly missed this year's as well having just recovered from flu/infected throat on Monday. There had been no training but I needed to run. With work and family taking up all my resources, I needed an avenue to release. Screw timing, completing this race would be an achievement. This week's mileage? 21K, if I finish the race!
As it turned out, I didn't do that badly - 2:05.11. Ran most of the way except some brief walks. The starting was very tough as I was forced to breathe through my mouth due to nose blockage. It was a very annoying thing especially when not running fast. There were quite a few "sights" in this year's race, evidence that the womenfolk are getting more liberal. That's good for the sport.
Entering the stadium Cecil and friends shouted that there are still medals left and told me to push. I thought that it was pure nonsense with the clock already past 2 hours. Only upon crossing the line was I told that the guy in front placed 200 and therefore is going home with the last medal! I didn't feel too badly as that was never my expectations but it was really really close. The chap was just literally just steps ahead of me. Now I know the feeling of "sapu lantai"! Anyways, it was still a satisfying feeling as I know that even with no running and having just recovered, I didn't slide down the drainpipe of doom. In fact from 260+ position, I've closed down to 201.
Congrats goes to the many strong performances by Jason, Draco, Sim, BoSe and *surprise surprise* a certain were-rabbit who made his long-awaited return to the scene.