The wake up call at 2:15 am, the 3:00 am drive. Was thinking of last year's trip with Haza. Wondered if she was thinking of SCKLM and all of us. I remembered that this was her most favourite event. And thought fondly of TSB and Syuk, the two guys that jogged, walked and hobbled with me part of the long journey :)
Its the 1st anniversary of my completion of my 1st marathon. Feels like just yesterday that I crossed the finishing line with the guys in tow. I can still tear up thinking of that special time .. the grand finishing, I am pretty certain, I hold the award for the best finishing ever!
Managed to secure official permission to set up kedai runcit at km35 but decided on km36 after going for a look see at the route. I came back from JB on Friday setting a new pb in my toyota wish ferrari lol. Rested had lunch with a friend and then home and off to Ampcorp Mall for the fmv carbo loading/birthday dinner. About 40 members turned up, some first timers to the group, and mostly old friends. New acquaintances were made and old acquaintances were affirmed. It was a fun night with friends.
Parked my car at the spot around 3:30am and hopped into Azza's car to Dataran. Its then meeting up with friends and camwhoring time heeh .. we couldnt get a proper group photo cos the runners came in groups and disappeared before another came .. I guess everyone was excited and nervous. Many "virgins" were with us that morning and I definitely relate to how they were feeling :) I was sad for not being able to be at the starting line but I was happy to be around so many friends again especially those real close to me. And knowing that I'd be meeting them at the most important point, made me happy again!
Sent off the full marathon runners and had a wonderful surprise in the presence of Allen Lai. He, somehow, managed to see me in the throngs of people. We've been in contact since the HUKM project but I have yet to meet him personally and it was a truly pleasant surprise!!. After the FM runners were flagged off, I stayed with Ms M to see the HM runners go off. Its too early for us to go to our spot yet.
Both me and Ms M took a slow morning stroll from Dataran to KM36 spot, a 3km walk. The kenyan runners passed us at KM39 , they were fast! And then there was the red car! We started to set the place up, placards, tables, arranging the runner's stuff and making all ready for the runners. The fast runners hardly even glanced at us, not wanting to break their stride and momentum. They made it look so easy. We sat and chatted and then Steve Yap came with his camera. He drove all the way from Seremban, volunteering to be at KM36. And suddenly this runner came along, he looked familiar and suddenly it hit me. By the time I realised who it was, he was already laughing and taking off his glasses and coming to join us. Another wonderful surprise for me in the form of our very own Nik Fahusnaza aka Enaikay ! Cheeky of him, no hint at all that he'd be joining us :)
And slowly the runners started to come in groups, alone, or tagging along. And we were "selling" our stuff, buns, chocolates, drinks, spray .. was our mantra .. I would cheekily add "me" very softly when they wouldnt stop hahaha not they any of them heard it LOL, it made my gang laughed. Some thought they had to pay so we changed strategy, started offering them FREE BREAKFAST .. .. free breakfast sir, madam .. buns, french croissant (yep it was there), chocolates (mars, sneakers, kitkat) and gatorade drinks (orange, lemon, grape), COKE and sprays, counter pain , power gels .. I was worried cos no one seem to want to stop but experience from PBIM told us to be patient. We clapped and urged them on, telling them that they were doing well. Nik did few escort runs with some of his buddies :)
And there we were offering buns, pouring drinks, spraying legs, and chit chatting with the runners that dropped by. We had all kinds, cheerful ones , painful ones, no indication of how they felt ones, and many others. One boy practically stop and had full breakfast. He was gulping down the buns, drinking, eating chocolates that I was worried he might puke. When he was leaving I cautioned him not to run too fast for fear it will all come out again LOL. One guy said he had never tasted bun that is so yummy and one girl stood and drank the cold gatorade and went aaahhhh heaven, the best drink in the world hehe .. We had many people dropping by from 930 onwards and I look forward to see familiar faces .. all were greeted with hollers, and hugs and kisses for some that's close to me :) (I am a very affectionate person lah!) All in all this was a better looking group compared to PBIM. They were a much fitter bunch. Friends and new comers dropped by. Some even stayed to chat and camwhore LOL. Many new members or those who knew about FMV greeted me or came to introduce themself. Rasa macam celebrity kejap you hehhe ..
But there were a few that went hobbling, tore my heart for I know how hard it was to do the last 6km in that situation. But gave up they did not. One guy passed us and didnt stop but he was crying .. I wondered if he was in pain, or was happy that he had only 6km left? But he was running pretty fast. We sent off the runners with encouraging words and told them not to give up. I was happy to see many first timers made it to KM36 and not in trouble. They were simply awesome. I felt like a proud mom !
Three runners caught my attention. A young girl who was clearly dead tired, a chinese lady in the same situation, and a couple .. the guy was ok but the lady was tired and in pain. The young girl stopped and had a bit of drink and food and I told her not to quit and she said she wont. Sent of the chinese lady with same words and she promised to finish the run. The couple didnt stop, it was clear that if they had stopped she might not pick up pace again. Sent them off with well wishes. While waiting for the last runners to come in, I was thinking of these three people. The steel determination in them reminded me of my struggle last year and I really hoped that they would cross the finishing line.
Few policeman dropped by for some food and drinks. We started to pack up at 11:00 am since we were told that the last of the runners had passed and the remaining took the sweeper bus. I wondered if they were forced to take the bus or they had willingly stopped their run. We drove out at 11:30am, slow drive and honking at the runners reminding them not to give up. Passed by my three runners and they were doing well :) Saw Ian and his client stretching at KM39 I think .. cheekily honked and told him "not gonna give u a lift" hehe .
Went back to dataran and grouped up with friends but my eyes were at the finishing line. And then I saw one of the guys that was ahead the three .. so I excused myself and waited at the finishing line. The young girl came, she was so happy to see me and we hugged and hugged .. and off she went to get her medal and finisher tee. And then the couple came, oh I was really happy and there we were, strangers hugging each other. She was clearly happy to finish and got a kiss from her guy, aww .. soo sweet. Off they went and finally the chinese lady came too. Turns out she was Yum Kim Kok's friend. My mistake was I didnt get the other two ladies' name. Nita wrote to thank me and I think she was the young girl.
All in all , we had a great time. My heartfelt thanks to Ms M, Steve and Nik for being there. I enjoyed the day thoroughly especial feasting my eyes on the hunks that passed by. I tell you , male runners , some of them are really hot. and the female too .. but my eyes were on the guys, sorry ladies hahaah .. UPNM groups .. hubba hubba hubba .. most of them were fit and toned and good looking .. Ms M was tickled when I cheekily shouted to one of them , "dik you handsome lah" .. well he was, and god gave us eyes to see and appreciate LOL. Heard him laughing as he ran off hihi. One of the runners made me laugh when he came and shook hand with me with "ahh finally I get to meet the gorgeous June Malik" hahaah well I am far from gorgeous but hey, it made my day. LOL. Vain, I know :)
After some photo sessions, headed for lunch with KA, Julie, Azza and Deo. Left Dataran at 1:30pm or so, reached Klang home, was too hyper to sleep so I fb-ed and showered, had coffee and rested. Slow drive home at 6pm. Definitely a pw hahah ..
It was a long day but I definitely had a great time and enjoyed being at KM36. I hope come SCKLM 2012, I will be running at least the half marathon event. If not you know where to find me :)
Here are some pictures , more can be viewed here, here, here, here, here,
and here. Thanks to Steve Yap, Mawar, Irwan, Azhar, KD, and others for sharing.
|Makan time :)|
|Steve, me and Ms M at our station, me and Tey goofing around, with karen and the bride and groom, my first surprise Allen Lai and with the virgins !!|
|The guys in skirt (look at KA closely LOL), Azhar still over energetic at KM36 and queen bumble bee , the lovely Karen Loh|
|Ijam and his runaway bride, kudos to them finishing the run with their attire, pretty ladies in skirt with err hmm "pretty" sir? hehe, Team G girls .. the young and sexy (ijam sure pening tenguk) and me and Boon Yeong, a runner from JB yay!|
To all marathoners, congratulations. You did it in style. I am proud that I could share this moment with you. Apologies for any shortcomings or mistakes.
One thing for sure, in the running circle and community, its definitely a WORLD WITHOUT STRANGERS!
Run well, Run Safe. See you when I see you !