A Hot Hot Kidney Run

At the World Kidney Run & Carnival 2013. With the 12KM run starting at 7.30am in Putrajaya, expect a scorching hot run. I would know. I'm used to running around this area from 8.00am to noon.

Actually, I was supposed to do the Bidor Half Marathon, which clashes with this event. I had registered for the half marathon early on but decided to bail out from doing it and at the last minute, registered myself to doing this Kidney Run instead.A blessing in disguise as I had been plagued with foot injury for the past week and had really low mileage.

Quite a number of runner friends went to Bidor so I wasn't expecting to meet a lot of friendly faces at the run. Though from what I heard, those doing Bidor suffered the heat too!
The World Kidney Run & Carnival 2013 had not only a 12KM run, but also 5KM fun run, 22KM fun ride and a category for transplant patient & organ donors too. 

The once-a-month Kayuhan Ceria organised by Putrajaya Corp was also held today so Presint 3 (in front of Palace of Justice) was abuzz with activities.
A fellow runner with her "chicos" doing the 5KM fun run in Mexican style get-up. Nice, right? :)

The 12KM run started right on time, and at 7.30am off we went under the already sunny, cloudless sky. Instead of starting last as I usually did in previous runs, I started somewhere in the middle this time. Still, the road was congested with runners and I took it easy until I reached the Seri Gemilang bridge.

I wanted to try the breathing rhythm technique which I read about in Runners World (I should totally get the book "Running On Air" and read about it further) so I tried running without peeking at my Timex to check my pace and ran with gut feel instead, focusing on inhale three strides, exhale on two. Focus. Focus. Focus. For a while only lah... I'm like a goldfish. Short term memory loss one. LOL

It was a hot day, and I ditched my earlier plan of only stopping at the third water station. Instead, I stopped at all water stations to prevent dehydration. Did I mention it was a HOT day? Scorching hot! @.@

I promised myself to run up to 8KM and only after that check on my pacing. I guess, on a hindsight, it was a bad idea. I saw that I was running at a faster pace than what I'm used too, and reaching the incline at around 8.5KM (?) I decided to take it easy and walked. Really bad idea because once you stopped and walked, you kinda ruin your momentum and it was harder to start and keep pace after that.
Me approaching the check-point, at KM6. Not only did I not do my usual "start as the last runner", I also did something I've never done and that's wear a running vest from a race. I've never worn an official running vest to a road race before. ^^

My first 3K was done at 19:30 min (6:30 pace), the next 3K was at 20:19min (6:46min) which was OK since I stopped for drink break. 3K approaching KM9 was slower at 23min (7:45 pace) because I walked about 100m on an incline and it went downhill after that with the next 3K at 23:52min (7:56 pace). I was like... oh whatever. It's too darn hot even to think by the time I reached KM10. T___T

I so really need to stop being a wuss. (;一_一)

By KM11, saw some guys distributing flyers. They were for the 10K Gaza Run. The Run is for a good cause, but why are the flyers being distributed to runners who had yet to finish their run???!!!!!  Distribute it after the finish line lah, like the Mizuno Wave Run flyer guy did! We are already exhausted, and these people want us to take the flyers and hold onto it until we finish. Crazy ah?

Finished my 12.2KM (according to my Timex) at 1:27:50, and managed to get hold of one of the limited 250 medals for Women Open category. *wipe sweat* An improvement I guess, compared to my previous run on the same route at Men's Health & Shape Night Run last year.
Me, Gai and Bett after the run, enjoying cups of Milo. Had a few cups of 100-Plus too. I decided to skip the free ice cream queue because it was too darn long. 

Had a "WTF" moment when I was collecting my goodie bag. A volunteer (a guy who looks like he's well over 20s) called me "auntie" and asked for my goodie bag coupon! AUNTIE????? Wei, my bib showed clearly that I'm in Open category la wei!!! It's one thing to be respectful, but it's another to be "too" respectful that you are actually rude! I guess I looked really old lah. Wuuuuwuuuwuu

For a RM35 registration fee, World Kidney Run is sure generous. A Brooks tee plus this nice goodie bag filled with a small bottle of shower gel, an anti-inflammatory cream, a pen, chewing gums, Sabah Tea and Sugus gummy. We had extra packets of Sugus Gummy and Sabah Tea because a Bangladeshi cleaner had a goodie bag coupon and asked my help to redeem it. He then gave a packet of the sweets and tea to Raimie. :P

Also, a BIG THANK YOU to the organiser and all of the volunteers. Thank you for making the event run so smoothly. For those manning the water stations and the ones giving out medals and the girl who helped me take off my bib to put in the lucky draw box - THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for "suffering" under the hot sun for us runners. 

Now, on the next race PLEASE!

Borneo International Marathon next week. A whole night of running! Wow!

Comments

  1. Waaa! Auntie! (^o^) You've crossed the finishing line into middle age?

    PS Being an auntie isn't so bad. Now you can be justifiably ill-tempered. Long live aunties!

    PPS Foot OK?

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    1. Yeah yeah yeah. I am so going to hold a grudge against that fella. Hmph!

      But as an obachaan, i is completely understandable and alright for me to be so grumpy. Hmmm... maybe being an auntie ain't that bad after all. :P

      p.s. foot was behaving rather well today. I forgot how nice it was to walk barefooted. I did that after the run, and it kinda helped with the plantar fascitiis issue.

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    2. So do a Zola Budd and run barefoot? ;)

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    3. Why kidney? It's a charity thing?

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    4. Sugus! When was the last time I had Sugus? Thirty years ago?! Forty? :D

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    5. There are plenty of Zola Budds here. I'm not one yet. Someday? Soon? At least I won't need to whine about the difficulty of getting the perfect pair of shoes anymore. :-D

      Yup, a charity run. And I happen to be a monthly donor (in terms of monetary donation not organ) ^_^

      I can ask Raimie to donate you a packet of that Sugus to you. Along with the Orang Asli rattan bracelet that still waiting to be shipped off. :-P

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  2. Auntie ok mah! People being polite. Everybody calls me uncle leh...but of course, I am very old, cannot deny that. Hehehehehe!!!!!

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    1. Yah well... I'm not even 40 yet. While you are OK with it, I'm not. To me, it''s bordering rudeness to simply call ppl auntie. :(

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  3. Awesome report from u kaklina..
    u kene cakap kat budak tu .. walau I auntie tapi power okey!! hehehehe..

    CONGRATsss walau HOT sunny day u managed to get ur limited medal tu.. cayalahhhh!! U la ratu larian HOT setakat ni.. kipidap!

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    1. Congats to you too! Sama sama yeay kat kita dapat medal.

      Dapat limited medal syok kan? hehehe

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  4. Pagi tadi memang panas...I kat dalam rumah pun tengok luar oooo bercahayanyaa kat luar! Hehe. Well done, Lina. For someone who's not 100% recovered from an injury, you were fast!

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    1. I did have this thought that I might as well run this and see how bad the foot was. If I can't run this, I might as well DNS BIM.

      Seb baik boleh habis.

      Pancit je la.... HAHAHA

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  5. Siti was Mrs Potato and her brood, ka? kekeke Mexican theme pulak! :))))

    aiya, you shouldn't have stopped to walk. but good time, nevertheless! congrats!

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    1. Yup, that's Siti and her awesome brood. She's already planning for the next costume run, you know. ;)

      I know. I know. I shouldn't have walked. But the mind is weak.... :(

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  6. congrats on your run! nice goodies..

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    1. Yup, pretty decent stash.

      But that's not why I run this. :)

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  7. Hi! Nice running. You looks very cheerful after the 12 km marathon.
    Wishing you a happy Sunday.

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    1. It's just a 12km run, still far from a marathon Minoru. I have to add another 30km to call it a marathon. ;)

      Have a happy Sunday too!

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  8. aiyah, don't frown lah, guess at this age we have to slowly get used to be called auntie and uncle already.. the more such "respect" you have means you are more "blessed" like the chinese believes, hahaha!! :D

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    1. I wait for this kind of blessings for a few more years, thank you very much. xD

      There is one guy in my dept - Chinese who calls all his Malay colleagues Kakak regardless the fact that he is the older one! @>@ I call it laziness in getting to know the appropriate way to behave.

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    2. This is our culture where the Malays seem to know how to call elders include Grandma as kakak.... Dunno why Chinese apply uncles and aunties for all.

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    3. Because it's your culture? ;p

      At my age, I'd be careful to call an older lady "makcik" instead of "kakak" because it will strongly imply that she is waaaay older than me (even though it may be true). ;)

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  9. because you have just finished the run and sure looks all sweaty and filthy and without any makeup.. so that guy at the goodies bag counter, very likely he did not bring his glasses or he dropped his contact lens, so thought you were much older~~ :p

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  10. BTW i think you look more like a leng lui ah moi than an auntie lah.. please forgive that rabun guy since you got extra sugus, as sweet as yourself~~

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  11. hey, seems like you are having run almost every week now huh?? so there is no limit set already now?? how nice, i'd said that, one day you sure will be running more than once a month lah.. :)

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    1. Now can lah... because Zaini "seems" to enjoy going out and mingle amongst the runners too. Becoming rather familiar face amongst the runners also. :)

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  12. You looked like you just had an easy stroll and enjoying some nice chilled Milo. Should've seen me just jogging 5km, panting like a dog and hair all sticking out. :P

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    1. A camera pointing at you can do wonders to make you perk up. Trust me ;)

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  13. They expect you to stuff those Gaza flyers into your sports bra while trying to complete your run! LoL!

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  14. where you? cant see bunny ears

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    1. what auntie auntie...u nak mati ka??? call la lenglui

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    2. Meow,
      I got no bunny ears, you cannot recognise me ah? Sad la~

      Yup going.

      Mentioned it in my previous post. Flying off to KK this Sat. ^^

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