This year I'm planning to run 2 full marathons (42km). The first had been accomplished in the Borneo International Marathon just about a month ago. The second will be in the Penang Bridge International Marathon on 21 November 2010.
Apart from running the full marathons, however, I'm also plannning to fill in the gaps between them with shorter runs. I have therefore done the Pacesetters New Balance 30KM and the half marathon (21km) in the Energizer Night Race.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, I have missed the Sundown in Singapore and the Malakoff in Penang. So I'm fast running out of races between now and November. In my desperation to throw in a race into my running schedule, I have gone online to register for a half marathon in the Singapore Bay Run which will be on 12 September.
I did not really read all the information before signing up, but now I need to make all the other reservations, e.g. hotel room, air passage etc. So I went back to the official website, and only now I realise that there isn't much info on the race venue. Being a first timer for this race, I have no past experience to fall back on. It says in the website that the race venue is "Padang". I can only imagine there must be many Padangs in Singapore, but I need something more specific than just Padang, so that I might be able to book a room closeby. I need to do this fairly quickly as I now see that there were 70,000 people running last year; so hotels close to the venue will be very sought-after during the race. At this stage I'm not very concerned with the race route. Can anyone help me out with with this please?
After the Singapore Bay Run, I will be focusing on the Penang marathon where I will again be up against that forsaken Dr Peter who said he will be running together with me this time! I will need to do something almost magical to stay ahead because quite frankly I have been lucky over the last two races against him. The first marathon we ran against each other, I was a comfortable 5 minutes ahead of him. But a month ago, I beat him by only a few seconds! Chances are he will beat me in Penang, but I'm sure as hell gonna make it very hard for him to achieve it!
Beyond the Penang marathon, I'm entertaining the idea of running a half marathon in Cambodia in December. I was not too keen at first, until Teo said that he would come along if I'm really going, thus foregoing the Singapore Marathon this year. He said the thought of running a half marathon while avoiding land mines seems like a great idea! Yeah right! great idea until we come home without a leg or two! Teo is gifted with weird ideas, you see. If he's not careful, he will eventually achieve his goal of representing Malaysia in the sport of curling one of these days. I think he has the cutting for it—especially the sweeper!
Mia said that it's not necessary to take that kind of risk in Cambodia—neither of us had been to Cambodia before, so you must forgive us for imagining what Cambodia is like. I think it has a lot to do with the kind of Cambodia Sylvester Stallone had shown us, if you know what I mean. But right now, let's deal with the Singapore Bay Run first, hmmm?...