|My ever faithful medal model at work ...|
Strangely enough, the race was 're-distanced' as a 5km race from a 7km because some people complained it was too long. Too long?!!! Seriously?!!! A 7km race?!!! First time I heard of a race being made shorter because people complained it was too long. Oh well, it takes all kinds to make the world go round anyway.
|Camwhoring around before race start ...|
The FTAAA, the organisers of the race is my client. I'm perpetually in and out of their premises quite a bit. A few days back, I saw the registration forms lying on the table at their office and since I was out of a job as a pacer, I might as well just sign up and run the race. How bad could 272 steps of stairs be anyway.
When I told the wife I signed up for the Tanggathon too, she said I was a dirty little rat who didn't want her to have a medal that I wouldn't have ... hahaha! That's not true though cos I don't have the Towerthon medal which she has.
Anyways, come race day and we were there bright and early like we always do for races. Parking was a breeze with ample parking at Batu Caves itself. There was a small crowd already. First time I've ever seen Batu Caves at that time of day, all lighted up.
|The temple is actually very beautiful lighted up .. My camera doesn't do justice to it!|
Saw a few familiar faces like Jason, Kah Wai, Fendy and my dog's husband and wife vet team though they don't know I run (I think). The crowd was kinda small, close to 600 or 700 participants but I thought it was just nice for this race. The initial postponements and rescheduling of the race saw some participants pulling out.
The race started exactly on time at 7.30am and we were off. My race plan was simple, do a fast paced speed run (speed run for my lowly standards anyway) on the roads and take a nice and slow jog up the stairs. Well, at least the road part worked out exactly as planned.
Immediately upon race start I shifted to high gear and kept a nice steady constant pace of 4:40 throughout the entire 4 plus kilometers. The flat roads helped quite a bit with that. The Skechers GOrun Speed I had on was an entirely superb shoe simply built for speed. I think Foo's (of the GCAM group) cheerfulness rubbed off on me cos I was practically wishing everyone I passed a good morning! Some just gave me the evil eye though ... hahaha!
|Those stairs actually look as daunting as the picture ...|
The entire road section went without a hitch. Then I came to the foot of the stairs and that's where I cursed every bit of the limited intelligence I had in me for signing up. 272 flights of stairs might seem like nothing. Well, try saying that after running 4 plus kilometres and then tell me it's nothing. I was practically crawling up the stairs like an old lady. My breathing was coming out in waves of pain, grasping for air like a fish out of water.
|The birdman of Alcatraz ...|
After an eternity of rest, I slowly made my way down while giving whatever words of support I could to the rest of the poor fools ... urmmm, I mean participants making their way up ... hehehe! Just as I got down, the wife was about to start her trek up. Gave her a 'you can do it' shout but secretly sniggered inside at the torture she was going to go through in the final stretch ... LOL! But then she's a Towerthon veteran so she kinda aced the stairs, dammit! After all,whats 272 steps compared to the 2000 plus of KL Tower for her?
|A shot with Mr. Vegi, head honcho of the FTAAA ...|
Before I end though, I'd like to say that all of you who braved the stairs are awesome! It was tough, it was painful, it was hell but like the champs you guys are, you gamely did it. Good job folks, all of you!
|Since the monkeys were nowhere in sight on the stairs today, I had to settle with this fellow instead ...|