Tuesday, July 21, 2009

the 9k run.

i last mentioned that i was going to sign up on my own just to ensure that i keep on running, or i'd be contented munching on snacks at home.

and be a fat bum. =P

the Jog for Hope by Taylor's College @ Hartamas on 19th July was pretty small scaled, with an estimated 50 heads for both the men's and women's open category. we were there too early at 630am, and some of the runners were already warming up, jogging up and down a 200m distance for an hour or so. madness!

it was boring, waiting for 8am to arrive.

spotted: the Sarong Man. he was part of the run, too! he did, indeed run as you see him: sarong and barefooted. my gawd! super fit, i must say. he completed 6k about less than 30mins.

he even ran back (towards his car) and cheered some of us on. how embarrassing! i mean, i did struggle a bit, didn't i, with a stupid stitch on my left. boo =\

(pic was taken after the run =D)

honestly, the start up was not smooth at all. the suggested itinerary said that instructors from The Gym would have a warm up session with the participants at 730am and the speeches would be after the flag off. (well, who wants to listen to speeches when they are all pumped for the run? geez)

BUT, only at 750ak did the warm up session begin. and the first one made us (L, J and i) laugh. they began with the neck exercise, look up, look down, look left, look right.

erm why do i need to warm my neck up for a run? to make sure i'm not spraining my neck as i turn back to see whether the young fellas are catching up?

then came 8am and we were ready to get going.

but nooooooooo, they wanted speeches!

we were flagged off at 807am. the route is a slopey one, the first 5km i'd say. the remaining 4k was ok, not too bad. there were water stalls at every 2k and they'd even give you a small bottle of mineral water if you wanted. it was a hassle for me to hold on to it that i returned it at the next stall.

the goodies included a KUNTUM mag (so not appropriate for me!), GALAXIE mag, NST newspaper, a Gardenia chocolate bun, a canned drink, notepad ... and other things i don't really remember.

i shall just wear the tshirt at home ... =D
then came lunch with my sis, although i was just dying to crawl into bed and sleep the afternoon away. chilli's @ Midvalley always has a queue, so we gave up and proceeded to DELIcious instead. one thing is, you're always starving after a run!

so i had the green curry chicken with rice (and half a thai basil plant =P). it was ok, but didn't satisfy my palate. =\

my sister's smoked salmon sandwich looks absolutely delish under the spotlight. =)

dinner was at Berlin biergarten or something @ Mont Kiara Solaris which was absolutely disappointing. how can they serve pork knuckles without mashed potatoe and sauerkraut (spelt correctly, no?)? ridiculous! for RM68, hey, c'mon, i'd expect some side dishes mmkay!

and i kept yawning and yawning while waiting for VK and YB to finish up their 2nd pint of beer ...

p.s. secretly pleased with myself to have completed the 9k under 60mins! YB was initially apprehensive and doubtful whether i could complete the run in the first place. but HAH! so it was a sense of achievement, that even L was pleased with herself.

yeah, i know. my life is now all about running, yikes.

cheaper than a monthly gym membership, though! ;)

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