I'm in Penang now.
Somehow, Icy who's also travelling to Penang for the Nuffnang Gathering managed to con me into becoming her bodyguard for the trip.
Our conversation went something like this.
Kenny: "I'm gonna be sleeping in a lot you know? I need all the energy I can get for the race."
IcyQueenGoddess: "Okay, I'm tagging along with you!"
It's less than 6 hours before the gun goes off at the starting line of the Penang International Bridge Marathon, and I am nervous like hell.
I shouldn't be feeling this way. This is my second marathon race after the one I did last year in KL. I have put in a lot more time and effort training for this one. My weight has gone done, my mileage has gone up. Mentally, I am better prepared for what lies ahead.
But my goal this time round is different. Last year, my aim was to simply cross the finishing line. This year, my target was to finish the 42km in 5 hours time. Realistically speaking, I should be happy with anything below the 5 hr 30 min mark lah.
That is not a lot for seasoned marathoners who can easily finish 42km in 2hr45mins. But bear in mind that I'm still a pretty heavy guy. Endurance sports like long-distance running isn't my forte and is gonna push me so out of my comfort zone that I'm sure I'm gonna be feeling it for days, if not weeks, to come.
Things I'm bringing with me to the race:
- adidas ClimaLite tank top and running shorts: To wick away sweat from my body when running.
- iPod nano with armband: Loaded with my favourite chill house music.
- PowerBar Gels: Easy to digest carbohydrates when I need them.
- Agel OHM: Reader Kenneth Lim sent these to me complimentary, and they work like magic. The energy boost is incredible.
- Digital camera: Even when I'm running a marathon, blogging is on the back of my mind.
- Analgesic cream, plaster, gastric pills: For on the spot treatment of annoyances.
- Waist pouch: To put all these things in.
- Petroleum jelly: To lube myself up to reduce chaffing. And yes, I shaved. There.
- Running cap: To combat sunlight.
- adidas Supernova Control 2007: aka the best running shoes I have ever worn.
Things I look forward to:
- The exhiliration and energy of the crowd at the starting line.
- Keeping my target pace consistently at 6:50 per km.
- The hypnotic trance I get into midway through the race.
- Watching girls in short shorts.
- The indescribable feeling when I cross the finishing line.
Things I fear:
- 1km of uphill climb in the middle of the bridge.
- Cramps. I had a severe case last year at the 30km mark that basically forced me to walk for the remaining 12km.
- Bad weather. The forecast for Sunday according to Yahoo! Weather is "Scattered Thunderstorms". So not looking forward to that. Just a few days ago, Penang was the target of a freak storm that blew off boats. Surely you won't wanna see headlines that scream "Kuching Marathoner Blown Off The Penang Bridge" tomorrow on the newspapers.
This past few months I have put up with much sacrifices, much time away from friends and family, much time I could have spent doing something else.
I could only train so much, but finally this is all coming to an end.
And I'm here to claim my reward!