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!
It was fun meeting up with the Penang bloggers at the Nuffnang Gathering. Blogwawasan has photos from the event up on his Flickr.
good luck kenny!
Good Luck my friend!
#3 wishes you all the best in claiming your reward!
p.s: i dun think wind and thunderstorm can blow you up into the sky.. u’re not light! =p
Kenny.. all the best! Always remember the adventure is about the journey, and not solely about the destination!
all the best !
good luck to you, kenny!!
All the best!
All the best!
gd luck, kenny…
and welcome to penang…
a123 hehe, i ll remember this number
wow.. ur number so nice..
All the best to you – Ganbatte!
Have fun and all the best!
Good luck! KNEW it was you I saw at starbucks in queensbay. -sigh- too shy… What to do.
good luck! you can do it!
good luck n all the best. enjoy the race.
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We hope to see more on this being talked about. Thank you.
Your loyal fan.
fuck you for calling me chicken. may you die half way through the marathon.
fuck you for calling me chicken. may you die half way through the marathon.
all the way, kenny!
WISH U GOOD LUCK! BTW IF U HAVE REALLY SHAVED ‘THERE’ I ALSO WISH U ‘GOOD FEELING’ IN 2 DAYS TIME WHEN THE ‘BUSH’ STARTED TO GROW BACK UNLESS U INTENDED TO KEEP IT BARE FOREVER. ANYWAY U CAN ALWAYS APPLY A LOT OF POWDER TO MINIMISE THE DISCOMFORT.HAVE A NICE DAY & COMPLETE THE RACE IN RECORD TIME!
all the best kenny
so it was coincidence then that you was able to attend the nuffnang gathering eh
nice meeting u there
wow, good luck
Wow, my colleague is joining this marathon too! He has been really training so I know how you feel haha. I’m planning to go for the Standard Chartered Marathon in Singapore end of the year. 43km babe! On?
nice meeting you at the blogger’s meet today. All the best for the run!
Good luck Kenny.
you can do it! enjoy the race.
Do it for the kids, Kenny!
damn,u inspired me to join the race next year XD
All the best! Try not to fall flat on your face!! :p
good luck kenny!
And just in case you feel like some soy bean milk to recharge, drop by island glades. it’s one of the shops right opposite the Hamid Khan school. they have the best as far as most penangites are concerned 😉
I can’t wait for the results. All the best kenny! Hope its the best!
All the Very Best, Kenny..i gues the race starts now already..waiting for ya good news pal..
Good luck and all the best!
Nice to meet you just now at the bloggers’ meet. Hope u know me by reading my name.. hehe.. guess?
Best of luck! I wish I was there with you…. for the Phuket trip! 🙂
Hmmm…i mean Koh Samui :)but i don mind Phuket…
Good luck and Gambateh!
good luck Kenny.
Your number is good Kenny 123.
eventhough you have already started racing..
im sure you’ll do fine~
nice number..it’s a sign of good luck(I’m not sure, it’s just words of comfort, don’t kill me if i’m wrong)..I know I’ve said this once but i’ll say it again..GOOD LUCK KENNY!!
all the best man..kekeke..=D
Good luck! Tough stuff, running a marathon. I’ve got my first cycling century (100 miles, 160 km) coming up in about a month, I’m really nervous for it too. ^_^;; see you at the finish line!
u stay at Cititel? the internet connection there ok onot?
Hey, seems like u r de main attraction in the Nuffnang gathering. Most of the photos have ur face. But well cant deny it, ur blog is so darn good (not all the time of course ~ no body’s perfect :p)
Keep it up n good luck!
mate! gastric pills? u kidding me? having gastric pain while running??
anyway, congrats on finishing the race! hopefully it was less than 5 hours 😉
it’s inspiring to see that you’ve set your mind on something and become so determined to achieve it.seriously.kudos-i hope you enojy your race,and continue doing whatever you do.
Hey Kenny! i am one of the participants ^_^ was looking for you this morning! where were you T_T so disapointed for not getting to see you……
Good post Kenny, very motivational..
All the best in the race..
Good luck 🙂
You left out nipple-guards. Important.
hey kenny 🙂 this morning i went to the fun run and after the run my friend and i (both yur blog reader) waited for you :p unfortunately we didn’t meet you :p maybe yu’ve already went past us XD ahaha having the determination to finsh 42km is awsome =D we dont even have to courage to try the half marathon :p maybe nx year XD
Kenny boy!!! All the best in your trip ya, dont flirt too much~
kennysia promoting MLM??????
lol….we all know that watching girls in shorts from behind is on top of the list…haha
good luck bro
all the best!
when’s the marathon?
Hey! You went to the Penang Bridge Run? How was it? Lol… must be tiring…
Yo, Kenny. The guy who is chatting with you about the Perth thing and definitely you’re my senior. Lol.
Nice meeting u Kenny and best of luck!
Kenny dear! U better win something back or u are so dead when you’re visiting me in Oct. LOL.
And for you info, no xxxxxxxxxl,
all bikinis are FREE SIZE. hahahaha.
Kenny handsome dear, I know u can do it… I know u will bring the Trophy back… I know u r a winner man.
how is it? how is it? so gan jiong! but i know u can do it. 🙂
who on earth runs to chill hse music? that shit will just put u to sleep. what you need is one song and one song ONLY: the Rocky theme!
Yo Kenny Good luck yo………..
Keep up the pace and dont at girls with short shorts errrmm I mean dont look back? hahaha it will distract you…….
BTW you really shouldnt worry about the wind blowing you away, aits not that you’re that light anyways =P
I think I saw you just before the race started, when the marathoners were leaving the school to assemble at the starting line, you came in late, trying to squeeze through the crowd.
This was my first marathon and you were part of the motivation as well.
I hope you managed to improve your time.
waa… kenny sudah kurusssssssssssss!!!!
Hope u still ok!
hey kenny. it was great to see u on sat at the foodloft =)
hope you didn’t get chaffed while shaving down there ahaha! lube it up with vaseline.. that sounded so wrong ahahahah!
gud luck kenny…
all the best! 🙂
where did u shave? everywhere that has hairs?
good luck kennnnnyyy!!!! :DDD
I was there yesterday,
but i din c u …
hw’s your result?
Do u make it within 5hrs?
All the best for your marathon! I have to go for one myself too.
FUCK YOU KENNYSIA! LOOKING AT GIRLS WITH SHORT SHORTS??? GET A LIFE SON OF A BITCH!
Good Luck on your marathon
how was it?? manage to finish in 6 hours? I was there too but didn’t see you cuz i join Fun Run only. But i saw those africans running in the first place. And i saw you on newspaper! hehe..
read the Malay Mail, 26.6.2007 :
One of the die-hard â€˜fansâ€™ happened to be the uncle of Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, 30, who is charged with murdering Altantuya Shaariibuu in Mukim Bukit Raja last year.
Azilahâ€™s uncle, Adi Admajah, 65, flew in from Medan, Indonesia, and has yet to miss a hearing since the first day of the trial.
â€œAlthough I have come from far, I donâ€™t mind the small sacrifice I am making for my nephew.
â€œI want to show my support and give him strength,â€ he said.
can some one explain,
the uncle from Indonesia ?
his father must be from Indonesia ?
the Chief Inspector a Malaysian or Indonesian ?
? an Indonesian in the Police Force ?
half a generation, already a Malaysian ?
confused and curious ?
how was it? =) hope u made it in 5 yea!
Yo! You’re working @ adidas or what? How did your race go? Looking fwd to your report
hope it went well – nessa daph and their mom swear by brooks shoes over all others for running (and since they’re triathletes, I guess they’ve gone through a few brands), thought maybe you can give it a try when you’ve worn this pair out.
Man, you are going to die out there
my friend went.
she took quarter marathon only.
another friend that went with her was pushed n sprained her ankle in the beginning of the race,almost stepped by stampete,scary…
was it nice?
did u get the medal?
i never go for one.
maybe i should next year.
So Marathon Man, strictly in the interests of science: Did shaving down “There” benefit your Aerodynamics, Lessen Drag or reduce Weight. I would have thought,if you ran in the upright stance, perhaps a double dose of Viagara might be of benefit causing you to Lean Forward thus reaching the finishing line a Centimeter or even an Inch sooner. WHAAA!
Should there be a storm,
do what u’ll be doing anyway.