Just Next Week!

It's the most (gastronomically) tiring week of all - the carboloading week. Lo and behold - it's the Marathon Week already. The order of this week will be to eat, and sleep more, and keep the legs fresh. 

What I have learnt last year, apart from resting and eating more, was to drink lots of water and spread the ORS generously in the last 3 days. This year, I'll stretch that to the whole week, in tandem with the food fest. And with my current sleep pattern ranges from 2-hours (yeah, I know!) to 6-hours/days, it could be quite a challenge.

I will just eat what I normally eat for all meals, in bigger portions. I have given hope (for this year's SCKLM) to read, plan and preach proper hydrations and diet - of what should have beens, etc. With the current situations, I'd stay safe in the familiar territory. I'd pack on near-expiring free gels from TNF last year, ORSes, Sloan deep heat, some gatorades, some Mars bars, some money, and my music. I need to sort the music though...

I had some decent runs this weekend - the first being with the Xtramilers where I ran along Alex and the pacers (Izuan, Shanaz, Nana, Irwan, KA, Alvin, etc) from Kelana Jaya LRT to Pizza Hut, TTDI. We started at 4, and reached TTDI at around 7 a.m., for a total of approx. 19km. Although the stretch did not offer some good hill simulations and speed drills, but it was an awesome avenue to support a good cause, and having fun all at the same time. And I figured, I could always fall back to the 7:30 pace we had that morning when I needed to rest a little.
Thanks to Mizi, I got a ride back to KJ and drove off to FRIM. I was super late, and relieved to know Kash and Nik have started running. As much as I love going into Dream Trail with them, that was not the day. We regrouped at Rover Track, at the end of Dream Trail. We fell into each other's pace and it was awesome to be in familiar turf. Been a while since our last... er, trainings.

The plan to run Kinrara on Sunday was scrapped as I woke up to a tinge of pain on my right foot. I must have twisted my right ankle somewhere in the hype of running on Saturday. Not exactly the right time to get it, but it is what it is. The plan to visit the hills need to be revisited after the marathon, hopefully more intense and closer to home. Knowing a Father's Day lunch was inevitable, it was hard not to get the gears and run.

But hey, it's the Marathon Week - it's officially the food fest, so why not.

A week to the marathon - I tell myself I was better prepared last year. But going through las year's entry, I was as mentally wrecked as I am today, but yes - I was physically more prepared. I suppose this year I am jittery because all the familiar comrades are nowhere near within the radar, and the hype is somewhat smudged. 

The remaining few days prior to the marathon, I'll continue to run and soak in the atmosphere at KLCC parking where the surge of runners seen positively, and go get a haircut. 

This year, I'll be running for the struggling overweight guys who dares to get up and exercise for their health (jangan lah cakap chewah...).

Comments

RaYzeef said…
phewitt...i'm sure the Avatar runner would do fine, just be prepared with surge of new groupies asking for autograph :p
IJAM said…
ni mesti target maut punya timing ni..tapi u can do it lah..treneng gila-gila mesti power punya..
all the best shah..lepas ni masuk tv lagi...wohoo!!
amsyah said…
Ray - kenot lah, pasal kau pinjam kaki Avatar aku nak bawak gi Sundown... bila nak kasi pulang balik kaki aku weh?
(p.s. : otograf for otorayman kat dada je ye)

Ijam - timing mesti kasi sub-6 daa, nnt kau lari sama kan? jangan pitam okeh
deo said…
Alaa... ni mesti kes unneccessary pressure because of the celebrity status kan? Hehehe just take it easy lah Avatar and you'll be extra fine lah, unless you're aiming for prize money :p~ nanti kita cangkuk Ijam lah sbb dia sure fartlek bila nampak amoi2.
Diket said…
If a little bit underprepared, elok jugak just run & enjoy the atmosphere & see how the legs respond after 25k or 30k mark. You know the drill.

If nak album koleksi Ahmad Jais, give me a buzz :]

Perhaps you could throw in 1 or 2 Nuun tablets into ur marathon pocket, just in case. Good luck bro!
June Malik said…
just give it ur best and enjoy the run and see u at km35 :)
Stupe said…
I've not clocked enough/sufficient mileage. But it will be a mental race than a physical one. :)

See you this weekend JP and all!
amsyah said…
Deo - cangkuk Ijam eh? make sure dia cangkuk awek buat 42k, kang dia cangkuk amoi buat FunRun, naye kite, yeop...

Diket - so peciter ni, lu lari ke tak ni? Wa nak search lagu R.Azmi "Kalau Berpacaran" nih... but good one on Nuun - forgot about it entirely
amsyah said…
KJ - insyaAllah I'll see you Friday first. Make sure you have a whip!

Stupe - yeah, we parents are special lots. I need to dig deep now to complete this. Perhaps psyching about the great food and indulgence later would help :D. See you and Aileen on Sunday
Zack Yui said…
You should be all right bro, silap haribulan, terus bikin sub4 hihihi...
amsyah said…
Thanks bro - bukan silap haribulan, tapi wa kena masuk silap kategori dulu huahuahuahauhahauhaahuahuah

eh best of luck to you to bro!

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