Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Penang Bridge Marathon - Conclusion

When the guards opened the gate, i rushed out and found my way to the front, 5 lines away from starting point. Was afraid i would be left behind if i stay behind. Right next to me were 2 chinese ladies. One of them was telling her friend, those who stand at the beginning of the line usually cannot run and block those who can run like that herself. So arrogant ler. When the siren went off, i jogged a little and stayed on the side of the road. I didn't want to block anybody :P Everybody was rushing forward like mad cows and yet i continued to job slowly. My stamina is limited & i cannot jog long distance. When i was almost near the bridge, i started to walk. From the starting point to the middle of the bridge, i only took 30mins. Still very steady. Grabbed myself a cup of mineral water, took a sip and threw away the cup. FIL mentioned that you cannot drink too much while in a marathon, i took his advice seriously. While walking, suddenly i had difficulties in breathing. My left lung was aching so hard that i had to put the medicated oil sponsored by MIL. After a while, my right lung gave problem again, very troublesome. To my surprise i saw a girl running back on the opposite direction already...So fast!! (The first runner's time was 1h27mins). At 6.30am, i reached the other side of the bridge & took my second wrist band. My foot was aching & i had to stop for plaster. When i stopped for plaster, i could hardly stand still and had to hold on to the St. John officer while he put on plasters on my blister. Then i continued to walk. Overheard 2 guys talking behind me "Takkan we cannot complete the bridge in an hour" That time was already 7am and i was almost reaching the middle of the bridge. I saw 4 red lights at the middle of the bridge. Good, i should be able to reach there by 7.30am & complete the marathon before 8am easily. Unfortunately, so near yet so far, like what FIL said. You can see the bridge towers, but you can never reach them. The distance between one lamp post to another is so far & even the white stripes on the road seemed far at that time. Finally, i managed to get to the middle of the bridge by 7.35am. Not bad also. Manatau.....i saw that i still have long journey ahead when i saw a big crowd in white in front of me. That very moment, i felt like giving up. I continued to walk towards the end of the bridge but it seemed impossible to reach. My legs were giving up on me, my stamina had reached its limit, the pain in my lungs came back & i was thirsty. Had to dragged my legs & my speed went down drastically. By the time i reached the curve to USM, it was already 7.45am+. I had to chant "Ribena ais" & "dun give up". Yeah ler, i was really very thirsty cos there was not enough drink on the bridge & they didn't provide isotonic drinks this time, lousy.

Finally, i saw the signboard by Celcom - "1KM to go". So happy but i just couldn't walk anymore, i stopped a while, walked, stopped & walked until i saw USM. Hubby came over from nowhere & told me "good job". Wanted to cry already at that time cos it was really very difficult to continue. My legs cramped too. I walked slowly into USM and to the finish line. Nobody was at the ending line. Luckily i waited for a while, to ask for my cert as i saw a girll holding a stack of cert. A guy came over & passed me my medal & asked the girl to pass me the cert. I was already very happy to get the cert & even happier when the guy passed me the medal. I couldn't believe that i got a medal!! So syiok but yet so tired.

In-laws were very shocked that i managed to complete the bridge marathon; even hubby was surprised and proud. Little did they know, i was also very surprised myself. Not bad huh? But no more next time, please. This will be the first & last Penang bridge marathon for me, ever. I'm getting a pair of new shoes from FIL. He underestimated me & bet with me that if i ever get a medal from the marathon, he will give me a pair of shoes :P

Our certs & medals (hubby's & mine). Nice or not??

Read more:
Part 1
Part 2


bloomingtree said...

Wow...got medals some more. Next year I join u ok? Shud be same category as u oldlady, i mean already.

sy said...

You go join in Men Senior Veteran Category, sure can win :P