Well, I finally conquered 35km last Sunday for the very first time in my life! And it wasn't a pleasant experience, I tell you! Somehow, in spite of all the mileage I've logged over the last 4 months didn't seem to help at allthe 35km was still a torture anyway. I had to fight the temptation to give up long before the end of the run, and obviously that's a bad sign.
Towards the end, my legs had more or less reached their limits; I was basically dragging myself just to finish the distance. Of course, right now I haven't the slightest idea how I'm going to conquer the remaining 7km during the actual event, because when the legs are no longer cooperating, every single step requires a Herculean strength to make.
Thankfully, however, that's the last long run above 30km before the event. This Sunday, I'll do a milder 20km and then another 13km next Sunday. The weekly runs will also be reducing substantially as I taper for the event. When I ran the 9km this evening, my legs were still tired from last Sunday's long run. Hopefully, by the time I arrive at the starting line of the marathon, I would have built up on my energy reserve and that can help push my legs for those final 7km. In any case, I know I'm gonna suffer on that day.
Incidentally, last night I surfed the official website for the Singapore International Marathon which will be held on 6 December. I have signed up for the full course in that event too. I was checking out some of the info in that website when I stumbled upon that part about the finisher T-shirt for the full marathon. Suddenly, it occured to me to find out if we're gonna have a finisher T-shirt for our Borneo International Marathon too. Well, today when I called up the organiser, I was informed that there won't be any T-shirt. Sigh.
So a little over 2 weeks to go, and although I'm unsure if I could finish the remaining 7km, I'd still want to set a target. Originally, I was kinda thinking of 5 hours. But now that I have done the 35km at 3:51:53, I'm hoping to finish the 42km in 4:30 - 4:45, and it would be even better if I can push it closer to the 4:30 mark (smile). Keeping my fingers crossed...