I did it ! My long awaited elusive LSD of 30k. Finally. Pheww !! What a relief to me and a few of my friends thats getting worried that I have not reached this mileage yet LOL.
Two reasons that spurred me , one I might have something Saturday morning and thus wont be able to join Nik & gang for their 30k LSD and two, its Nik & gang. Ha ha. I am so intimidated by the thought of running with them. They are all good runners and I am S.L.O.W. Haza claimed she is as slow as the snail, well guess what? Ms Bond cant even keep up with this particular snail ! It will be my 1st struggle doing a full 30 non stop and by the time I finish the guys would have finished eating too (those aiming sub 5 would have finished their full marathon ;p)
So this morning I got up and decided just like that to do my 30. Was a bit chaotic cos I decided last minute and thus running around getting my pouch, gels, etc. Of course it had to be today that a lorry broke down on the road causing an extra 10 minutes than normal. My son made it to school in one piece heheh..
Started just before 8am and God was kind to give me cloudy day through out and even some windy moments! It was mostly jog and brisk walk. Long lonely route, but I got a lot of honks and thumbs up from the drivers today (especially after 11am) and that gave me the boost to go on.
I experienced different degrees of cramps on my toes, ankle and calf but luckily, it wasnt a bad one. My only woe was my left knee. After 18, it was throbbing and painful. I wanted to stop at 23 but the thought of Haza and Kash training for their ultra made me felt like a wimp and I trudged on. You girls were there with me :)
And I kept on getting sand in my shoes. Had to stop many times to knock it out. Do you know why? It irritated the hell out of me.
And after 4:22:38, I finished my 30k. I had a banana before i left, sipped on gatorade, stashed a 100+ halfway in the bushes for the turn around, another gatorade, two power gels (1 1x caffeine and 1 2x caffeine) one bun and two ice cold mineral water, one to drink and the other for a cold shower hehehe ... didnt need any pee stop !
My nike+ bracelet went cuckoo (probably shock at the distance haha) I forgot to start for awhile and then the time went wrong (some itchy fingers were meddling with it last nite) and it went on and off .. registered my run as 4:59 duh .. am glad I had my phone to get the actual timing.
I am now much more confident to do the run. I am glad Nik & gang invited me via blog, fb and email heeh, that did the trick for me. Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart ! If I dont have anything I will join u guys for a shorter run. I am totally burned even though the sun was hardly out .. cant imagine how I will look like if the sun decides to join us on the 27th. You might not recognise me when I cross the finishing line LOL. Maybe I should be like Ian (taking care not to be too tan, ehem) and run late evenings/night from now and spare the final blow for D-day.
Bonus question, can I do my 42k? Yes, I still had the stamina to go on and IT WILL BE REALLY TOUGH but I think I can do this. I hope my knees will carry me to the finishing line. I hope the cramps will stay at bay and then I have to worry only about my knees.
I shall sleep fitfully and happy tonight.
Thank you to all of you, my dear friends for your encouragement and faith in me. Insyaallah I will not let you down on D-day. But hey, I am still entitled to my Yikes days, right???
Tell me I am exaggerating .. look at the different skin shades after my run .. this is on a cloudy day ok !! the tan line sooo prominent LOL.
p/s : ignore the cellulite ok