Yes, I did it again!!! My second Full Marathon....42km of madness!
In a way, it's the same story as last year. I had BIG plans to train but somehow never quite got round to doing it. Not to say I didn't do anything, but just not quite enough.
About 2.5 months before the run, I decided to stop the gym membership near my house and signed up for at a new gym near my office. Main driving force was I just got sick and tired of being stuck in traffic for 1 hour plus every single morning. And somehow, the chances of there being a road accident (thus making the traffic 10x worse) just have to increase when I have early morning meetings. Grrrr!
So anyway, it was tough at first but I somehow got into the groove of the new routine. I wake the girls up just before 6am, see them off with uncle transporter, get myself ready and then leave the house before 6.45am. With this, I get about 45 minutes of workout time before starting work. Almost every weekday. Saturday is rest day. On Sundays, I go for a hike with hubby. Not too bad! But....unfortunately not enough to properly train for a full marathon. I'm supposed to do long slow distance runs regularly. With my routine, I typically only get in about 6km non stop run on the treadmill. Max was up to 8.5km the week before the actual run.
Before I knew it, April 8th came closer and closer. Kept telling myself - Ready or not, here I come!
I was really, really nervous before the run. What if my muscle cramps up? What if I throw up? What if I just don't have the energy to go on? Will I have to sit on the sweeper bus?
Had butterflies in my stomach practically the whole day on April 7th.
Morning of April 8th
1.55 am : Alarm rang (aaargghhhhh......why oh why?????)
2.30 am : Left the house
3+ am : Arrive Dataran Merdeka.
4am : Official flag off
4.08am : Officially crossed the starting line. Run, run, run, walk, walk, curse, curse, run, run all the way to KM 42.
10.30am : DONE!!
Happy to complete my FM
Front of Medal
Timing was 6 hours, 22 minutes. I was pretty pleased !!! Last year was about 6 hrs, 50 minutes so I shaved off almost half an hour from my timing.
After effect was pretty bad especially when coming down the staircase. I had to walk sideways and had to hang on to the staircase railing for dear life! lol. Wore flats to work for 3 days. On Thursday, could finally wear my heels and got back to the gym for light exercise.
Happy to have completed my second Full Marathon. Yayyyyy!!!!