Dragon Hills (not) Conquered


6 squashed rats, about 10-or-so nasi lemak stalls were among the things I recalled, counting between dozens of hills.
Despite what they are, I think I loved them – in a way that I could run it without having much inferiority of my speed, and ESSO station is placed nicely distanced like the Hartamas’ Petronas. Now, driving to Bukit Jalil for an LSD is another effort altogether, so hopefully I could own one house there J.

Thanks to the many open house calls the day earlier, I did not hit the sack later before midnight and therefore the plan to do a short 4+4k with Yim and Jamie was smashed. When I arrived at the mosque that morning, it felt like Maghrib prayers, more than Subuh with large numbers of runners. After quick and customary photos with the Kings alike, we leisurely walked to the starting line.
Once there, the atmosphere was festive. It reminds me of the familiar faces which is why I love KL running events – for the friendly faces.

I started easy, mostly labored paces. The calves were slightly sore from the trails, and both legs swells like jellies as I struggled to move forward. The friends I paced with changes from Nik/Shuk, to Ishhal etc. I paced with Aziz the most, and managed to pace with Yim, the runaway groom.

Honestly I did not as strong as last week, and walked uphills a lot between Point C (small roundabout) and back to Petronas. Luckily my dark skin tolerates better in the baking sun, but I was not without the customary cold water baths at water station. In the heat like that, I wished they have sponging stations too.
Going to Point B and en-route to ESSO was kind of fun, seeing many friends still smiling, as opposed to coming back with much painful faces and puffing. At both U-turns I bumped into Ian on the other side of the road (strong bloke) but I never managed to overtake him. Guess experience matters.

Coming back, all roads felt honestly shorter, although there were stretches I told myself to run to the next cone etc. And by then, I was making sloshing sounds from my superwet shoes, and when Shanaz came around did I get my second wind. I came around Syed and Ijam here (Ijam looked really worn, which he later told me he passed out after finishing, must be from serious dehydration).
Coming back was uneventful, but I did get the medal and finisher’s tee, but did not know of my time as the digital ox was facing the other way. Good enough if I managed a better time than last week’s.

 akhirnya, nampak jugak forefoot tuh...
 tok guru power nih!
Runaway Groom ka? Tok Mudim ka?
mengumpat Uncle Chan...
 
 Yang baju oren Adidas tu power-est


All in all, enjoyed the hills. The medals could have been more exclusive and better designed, as opposed to impersonal collection. But the 100+ stall was emptied by 12k runners (what?), and it was social time later when some of us re-grouped.
Newton out of the way, 2 more weeks to TNF. 50k trails… shiver!

Comments

..::EnAikAY::.. said…
#1, yeay!!
Ok, now to read ur story..
amsyah said…
ini kerja kau ye... report sendiri tak post lagi
..::EnAikAY::.. said…
What to do.. i read, write and blog... as slow as i run.
At least, i know i'm doing pretty good (at this moment) in the commenting race. Takde medal pun takpe, EnAikAY tak kisahhh.... :)

Anyway, u showed us the real example of how good a sufficient training can do to your speed and endurance. The more challenging feat we put to our body, the better it will respond back.

U can run TNF 50k sambil kunyah pop-corn lah bro.
Che said…
pergh, u cant beat bro ian on a hilly path eh? lets see who will do better timing in TNF :) but he's good both flat and hills.. yelah, hari2 training kat Bukit jalil tuh..

you'll do just fine for TNF. All the best!
deo said…
Agree with Nik, Syah was really fast. Of all the familiar faces I saw on the other side of the road making a return leg (on both stretches), I couldn't spot Syah. I just wonder how could I missed him given his towering figure. Must be the speed. Oh, I also didn't catch Ian, must be the speed also laa...

Anyway, Nik report mana?? Hahahah
Great to get to see you both at the starting.
ziff71 said…
Saya nak ikut jejak syah (though in my dream)! :D

Bravo bro, u have gone this far from the pic of you running your first 10k. Echoing Nik on the training part. Its great to see close real life example from friends! :D
RaYzeef said…
great run there Avatar leg:) TNF would be like eating popcorn while watching the Avatar movie for U..he he.

p.s. i drank 100plus and milo on your behalf...and also ian,yim,ijam,deo,zif, zaki..oppps
Zack Yui said…
Congrats and superbly done bro! You've really transform yrself at TNF nanti I think you can play teng-teng sambil makan popcorn and still did superb. Good luck and all the best there.

Ray, ganti balik 2 tin 100plus + 2 gelas milo ais aku!!! :)
amsyah said…
thanks guys... amboi... terlambung-lambung korang ye, pantang aku keluar pi meeting sat ja, korang naik toncit suma...

Nik - wa salute lu... lu idola wa...

Che - dah kampung dia... memang teroris betul... tapi dia memang handal, lari sapsapsui... full stop :)

Deo - ada, aku nyorok belakang van air 100+ :D

Ziff - ikut jejak kau la, jadi lawyer lai best... buat duit banyak... lari takleh duit pung...

Ray - eh, nnt bayar balik, wa nak bawak gi singapore... singapore 100+ ada lah SGD2... 5 hengget tuh

Zack - transformer ada lari ke semalam? aku main teng teng kat TNF sah kene wachaa ngan Ian... (eh jap, aku terminum Milo kau 2 chawan)
Yimster said…
lol good job syah. you are definitely the strong one. the one with skinny lanky legs are always the powderful runners! not easy doing a 30 and 25 back to back even though a day apart.

ian was bloody fast too, didnt even get a whiff of him throughout the route!
IJAM said…
Syah memang power gila!!! though trained for 30km a day before, still managed to counter attack on race day...
Masa kau tegur aku, 'pancit ijam'...aku tengah mengelamun nak tidur kat tepi jalan tu...
Serious dehydration, yes, i am...i think...
Congrats syah...TNF dah jadi kacang je tu...boleh menang lah...
Sharif John said…
Nice lah abang... A very strong runner
Julin Julai said…
fret not, tall one.
you will eat up the route of TNF like kacang.
Diket said…
Aku kini gentar dengan those Avatar legs of yours. Apatah lagi kalau spesis Aqua-Avatar. You'll nail TNF dengan hensemnya bro :)
amsyah said…
Yim - skinny lanky legs are Diket's :D. mine are still plagued with much fat hahah

Ijam - aku nasib baik kau slow down je.. kalau tak mmg aku makan abuk kau je lah... aku banyak mengelamun nak makan nasi lemak bungkus kat depan Esso tuh... eh member kau Rama tu tulis articles kat Metro kah?

John - tq. eh lama tak jumpa... sibuk naik gunung nampak.

Doc - fret tarak lah, tapi banyak fart lah, makan peanut butter and snickers... apakah?
amsyah said…
Diket - kaki aku belum tukar kaler lagi, masih warna itam :D. TNF takde acara bertukang, bai...

apa macam treneng powermeng? banyak top secret hor...
IJAM said…
rasanyalah, sbb dia cakap dia kerja kat bangsar jln riong tempat surat khabar tu....
reporter la tu...nanti aku selidik...mana tau kot2 ada lobang2 kerja...huah, huah...
congrats syah..dari jauh aku dah nampak kau..nak kejar..tapi apakan daya aku siput jer..

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