Date/Time: 11th Sept 2011 @ 6:15 am
Category: A - Men Open
Bib: A 038
Distance: 21.05km (by Garmin FR 405)
Average Pace: 5:06 per km
Rank: 32 nd
Another raining-thon. Started rain before flag off until noon.
Flag off at 6:15am sharp, run around Taiping Lake Garden area and then towards Jalan Kamunting Lama, with some hilly route at 5km.The remaining route are flat from 5.5km till the end.
I run with quite comfortable pace from starting until first u-turn at 12km, completed with 59:12, I believe I should able to do 1:46 for this race, with the good weather. But unfortunately I was slow for the remaining 9km, run with about 5:20 pace compare with 4:56 pace for first 12km. I believe that I lack of LSD recently, the longest training run I did this two month is just 16km, compare with 20km at early of the year. I know that I'll completed the race with 1:48 when reach last water station, stared to pia after Taiping town area and crossing finishing line with 1'47:29, better than my expectation.
After crossed finishing line, rush to food tent, ate some watermelon for refill glucose in my body, drink a cup of hot coffee and swallow a plate of Mee-hoo goreng (too hungry) and rush back to back car, which park about 250 meter before finishing, and switch my identity from runner to photographer, but too bad I missed out those sub-2 runners in my photo.
5 water stations at 4km, 8km, 12km, 16km and 19km, but too bad no isotonic drink. Road marshall and volunteer at drink station are enough, traffic control very good, although I almost knocked by a car at about 20km, but that was the driver's fault.
Tourism Taiping Heritage Run 2011, a well organized event, I'll mark it as my annual event. Well done to the organizer, Mr Kevin Ooi and the committee !