This is it, the countdown to the Borneo International Marathon 2010 (BIM) which is on this coming Sunday! It will be the third time I'm running the 42km. And Mia will be making her debut in the 42km race too. So this ought to be interesting!
Over the last couple of months, while training for this Sunday, I've also joined the New Balance Pacesetters 30km at Padang Merbok, and the recent Energizer Night Race in Cyberjaya. But those were 30km and 21km races respectively. This Sunday, it will be the full distance.
The first time I ran the full marathon, I did it in 4:40. But when I tried again in Singapore, I ended up with a disastrous 5:02! Well, my ambition to improve to 4:30 is still intact, but I have a bad feeling that it's not gonna happen this time.
I've been seeing how hard Dr Peter Ong train in Likas, and I'm beginning to think if it was a silly thing to actually accept the bet of a lobster. I jokingly proposed a bet of just a simple meal, but Dr Peter upped the ante to a whole lobster. Impulsively, I accepted the bet! Since then, I've been seeing the lobster gradually drifting away in the direction of SMC, but there is still this whole week to lure the lobster back.... here lobster, lobster... come to papa!
Some of our friends are only running the half marathon this time round, because they're all planning to set their personal best in the Gold Coast Marathon in July. They include Dr Helen, Dr Liaw, Andrew Voon, and that guy who's looking forward to a bright future in the sport of curling, Teo Chen Lung! Judy and Kevin are also going to Gold Coast, but they're brave enough to still run the full marathon in the BIM. At any rate, both of them are very strong runners who will probably rush out from the start gun.
So it seems that Dr Peter and I will be running together—well, at least for the first 3km I hope—at 4:30am this Sunday. I hate to think of the unpleasant thought of him leaving me behind after the 10km mark, but I hope to meet him again at the 30km mark.
Vivian will also be running in her second half marathon. And this year, Johan Amilin is making his first attempt at half marathon. I saw both of them running in Likas yesterday morning, and I must say that they were looking good. Dr Felice was there too, and it seemed like she's having cold feet. She said she might want to run the half marathon instead of the full course. Dunno if it's possible to do that now. Perhaps the biggest surprise of this year's BIM is that my brother, Harry, has taken up the challenge to run the half marathon too. If I'm not mistaken, I think he has covered the distance of 19km during training, so he should be good enough for this Sunday. I have a feeling that he will finish well within 2:30.
I ran my 33km long run 2 weeks ago, and it still felt quite exhausting. Yesterday, although I did only a short 12km slow run, it still felt exhausting. Not exactly a good sign for this Sunday, but hopefully with one full week of rest, sufficient sleep and food, I would be able to fully charge my energy.
In the mean time, Dr Peter disappeared from the radar over the weekend. I believe he mentioned going to Kundasang. But I think he has secretly performed a blood transfusion on himself, say something like pumping in 2 pints of Kenyan blood into his system. Yeah, that should help him add a bit of boost. Incidentally, this morning he texted me, saying that when he returned yesterday evening, he tried running in the evening, but he had to stop after only 7km because he was running "frighteningly fast." I wonder if he's still got anymore Kenyan blood available for me.
Oh yes, since Harry is also running this year, he won't be there to take photos. Instead, Buddy and Sophia are kind enough to be our "official" photographers. Well, of course they will be taking the photos of some other people too, especially at the finish line. So ladies, if you really must raise your arms triumphantly when crossing the finish line, please remember to shave your armpits, hmm?
All the best to you all this Sunday!