Sunday, October 14, 2012

Number Two

It's less than a week away at my attempt to complete my second ever full marathon at the Putrajaya Night Marathon. Am I ready for it? Well, ready or not, I know I've trained and prepared for it as best as I possibly can given the circumstances. Unless you're a professional runner, life, work and other commitments can get in the way of your preparations no matter how carefully you plan them. We can only work around them to make the best of the time and opportunity given.

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At least this time around I don't have the jitters, worries and self doubt that I had prior to the SCKLM, my first full marathon event. So many questions and doubts ran through my mind before that race. I learned a lot from that run. All my weaknesses, the things I need to do to improve and the things I shouldn't be doing were all garnered from that single race. While there's still a lot of things I'll learn about marathon running along the way, the most important thing I took from this was not to bring my self doubt to the starting line.

This time around, I'm much more sure of myself. I have a lot more confidence in my abilities and limits. While I'm not going to be posting any fantastic time, I'll be happy even just taking 30 seconds off my previous (and only) best time, I at least know what to expect from this demanding race. Have self confidence, give the distance the respect it demands and things should work out fine, of course, you've also got to put in the training required for it.

That said and done, barring any (touchwood) injuries, I'm all eager for race day. I remember last year, I was standing on the outside of the barricades and watching with pure envy at all the full marathoners lined up and raring to go. I was doing the half marathon then. I was wondering what was going through the minds of all those runners just before being flagged off. They all looked so confident of themselves. All raring to go. They made it look like running a 42k was something they did everyday (for some of them, it probably was).

This year I'll be in the pen with them and I wonder how I'll look to someone on the other side. I remember during my first full at the StandChart, KF Chong came to me and said,

'Nick, you look so tense, chill a little'

I was so wound up before race start from worry and self doubt that it showed on my face. I guess you couldn't blame me since it as my first time attempting a 42k, something I never thought I would ever do back then. But even though I developed cramps during the race, I came away from it happy, had loads of fun (well, as much fun that one could possibly have from a 42k run) and with much more confidence in my abilities than when I started the race.

All that aside, I plan to run a very conservative race. It's only my second marathon after all. Maybe after I've done 5 or 6 more will I consider trying to make it a little more competitive for myself. I'm out to have fun for now and soak in as much experience from this as possible. I foresee a wet and cool race, judging by the current weather spell, which is a good thing since night races are always pretty humid.

The wife and my best buddy Sean, will be running the half and I'm rooting for both of them to do some good running. I'm especially proud of the wife. For a non runner as of two and a half years ago (in fact she hated running), she's come a very long way since then. She's put in a lot of hard work to improve her running and the improvement shows with the happy look she has on her face after each run. I won't be surprised she'll be lining up with me one day very soon at the start line of a full marathon. I'm looking forward to that day :D

That said, it's going to be a busy week for me next week with loads of work to complete before race day. Though it's pretty late but I've started tapering off for now and might just squeeze in a short easy run (if time permits) somewhere in the middle of the week and that's it. Let's hope all that hard work pays off during the run next week.

All the best to each and every runner for the PNM. Go out and have fun, loads of it.

11 comments:

  1. All the best! I don't think we will run into each other but who knows? I'm thinking of heading there early before the road closure and to get a good parking spot.

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    1. Likewise Jamie. I'll be there early too for the same reasons. Hopefully, I'll catch you before race start.

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  2. Have fun next week, doing your 2nd FM! :)

    Unlike you & Jamie, we'll be there not quite early. Maybe arriving just in time for flag-off. You know us la.... ;p

    Good luck to your wife too!

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    1. All the best to you and your hubby too, his first HM, right? Good to see you 'poison' him into running ... LOL!

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    2. Nick,
      Yup. His first HM. :)

      I guess, it's "if you can;t beat them, join them" for him! LOL

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  3. Good luck nick. You will do just fine. Say hi when u and jamie overtake me ok :]

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    1. Hahaha Ray, you're a funny fellow. Like as if I could overtake you!

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  4. I planned to start with 7.5min pace, then review the condition after 20k and will up to 7min pace if everything feel ok.

    Btw, I don't belief I will stay on the pace very well. Tentatively will just speeding on and off like how we did it last Saturday :P

    Have a good rest and see you at the starting line.

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    1. Hahaha Neoh, I plan to do the same! Catch you there on race day. If you see me crawling, shout out, ya :D

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  5. have a good run Nick! Be sure to hydrate yourself well as night marathons tend to be a lot more humid and hot....

    experience shared by many.

    Good luck!

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    1. Thanks for the valuable tip Francis. Experienced the humidity last year so I'm going to keep properly hydrated even way before race day.

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