Well, on Saturday evening my dad announced that he had to settle a few things at home the next day so he and mom are able to take care of the kids after all while I run. I was like " Great!'.
Thankfully early that morning I decided to accompany hubs for race kit collection in Kuala Kangsar. I've registered earlier and decided then that if I couldn't take part, the least I could do is collect the T-shirt and check out the atmosphere. When I approached the urusetia desk, he eyed me and said " Category H?". It took a while for my mind to register but when I realized he mistook me for a school kid, I was flattered. " F", I corrected him, beaming. Only after that I considered maybe he thought I was picking up Category H because he assumed I was a teacher picking up race kits for students. Darn it. Perasan kejap.
Anyway, on Sunday we arrived at roughly around 7am. We seriously thought they were going to start the race early but they stuck with the initial plan: at 8 am. Here are the highlights of the race
- Before starting , we all had to sing Negaraku. That's something different. Some teenagers who thought it was not cool to sing the national anthem, talked throughout. That's seriously rude but hey, they think they're cool. Buduhs.
- I didn't have my usual pacer. Hub who was in category B ( 15K) was flagged off first. The rest of us 12 K ( Category A, F and C) started 10 minutes later.
- When we ran up the first bridge ( I have no idea of the name), my left foot was heavy as a log and I felt I was dragging it along. After 10 minutes, it was ok.
- All through out the race, it wasn't as hot as I anticipated it to be. The route was rather shady.
- A girl in a cute running skirt took over me in the first 3rd km , so I decided to make her my pacer. I followed her pace until the water station at km 5 ( or 6?) but she dropped back when she walked to take a drink.
- On the 2nd bridge, I had to find another pacer. A tall skinny guy ran past me so I decided to make him my 2nd pacer. I ran behind him the rest of the race but on the last stretch of the route, he suddenly fell back and I took over him. No matter. Only 500m to go.
- The finishing line is similar to Bidor's. You take a final turn and suddenly the end is smack right in front of you. This time I am able to give my final kick.
- All through out the race, I only saw one woman jauuuhhhhhh nunnn in front of me. Others were all male. But I convinced myself, probably the rest of the women in my category have already finished the race. But upon approaching the final kilometer, a police officer called out to me," Kayuh laju sket , cik kak. Awak tu tengah no 3 skarang". I was like " Whaaaaat?". Apa lagi, kayuhhhhhh.
- But when I finished, they handed me no 4th placing card and an envelope.. Kuangkuang. Perasan kali ke 2.
- I forgot to press the stop button on my stopwatch again. Good thing, the urusetia suda catat daa..
- After berlegar-legar, baru teringat nak bukak envelope. Inside is a note saying I won RM200. Wah! 4th placing pun dapat RM200! I was only aiming for a medal since they said only 30 people in each category are qualified for a medal.
- This is the 2nd time menang duit. First time was a year ago. Makcik kayo.
- Hubby qualified for a medal. He got 30th placing! Barefooted!
It's not as bad as it looks. It doesn't even hurt. ( Dia yang cakap)
The downside of the race :
- Milo Van out of Milo so soon ( ni budak sekolah punya pasal la ni)
- No post run makan-makan? ( but that's what you get for a RM10 fee kot)
Well, that's it about the race. It was a wonderful weekend. What's even better? We got our house! Sealed the deal on Saturday. Yaaaayyy. Berkat Mother's Day kot. hehe
Happy Mother's Day peeps.