I had to put haunting memories of my past defeat in the BHP 9km run to sleep, once and for all.
And the Adidas King of The Road was my chance to prove it to myself.
I ran this twice when I was a teenager. This year, they closed down the New Pantai Expressway (NPE) highway so we can impersonate motor vehicles. I almost considered the half marathon category (21km), but chose 10km instead.
Here’s a pic of me after the run, making it look easy.
But it wasn’t as easy. I’m not the teenage
mutant ninja runner I used to be.
Unlike my disasterous 9km run earlier in the year, I kept a consistent pace all the way with this run.
And in the last 2km, I sprinted with a random ah beng. We ran side by side, panting consistently, exchanging fierce glances every now and then.
But ministry of feng tau got the best of me. Maybe he was on E’s. I remembered crawling in exhaustion with the finish line in sight, as he shuffled ahead.
Nevertheless, the consistent pace and sudden competitive forces helped me finish the Adidas King of The Road 10km under 40 minutes, which isn’t bad, for my personal tortoise standards.
And I my body wasn’t disabled after the run, either.
Nadiah and Effa weren’t too slow themselves. They finished under an hour. Guess those random evening jogs made a difference.
All this was nothing compared to the hardcore runners, of course, but I’m happy to go forward at my own pace… till the next run!