I seriously thought i would be missing out on the event again even though i was among the early birds to register for the half marathon, my second attempt at 21k. last year i had to skip my first scklm when the opportunity for a dubai trip suddenly manifested itself and this year the flu bug got me real good and i was having an overdose of phlegm & a heavy head right up to race day.
But thank god i survived, without pain nor injury to boot, and clocked in 2:40:49. for the non-runners, no, its not about getting a placing like 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 10th and 11th. top positions & placings are usually for the elite runners. for the rest of us struggling to put one foot over the other until we cross the finishing line, its more about timing and how to keep improving, thus the term PBs or Personal Bests.
And truth be told, its also about the medals. yup, that 'useless' looking piece of metal that might come a dime a dozen but the absence of which can turn the mildest mannered person into a terrorist lol. i guess its actually quite justified to think of runners as a mad bunch *wink*
Anyways for the other maciks (and paciks also why not lol) out there who're already in their 50s and wondering if they should ever consider trying out 21km, this is my story :)
First and foremost, put away your fears of ever making it to the end... yes it can be done even if we're not spring chickens anymore and you don't have to be an athlete or a sportswoman/man either. insya allah if you put your mind to it you'll cross that finishing line in one piece. but of course nothing meaningful ever comes that easy, you will have to put in some effort in the form of scheduled training & consistent running prior to that 21km. you need to cover some serious mileage or at least build up a solid running base.
For me its probably my consistent running rather than any specific training that has helped carry me thru. More for health maintenance than anything else, I've been running a minimum of 4km 3-4 times a week since 2005 but not until last year did i take my running seriously and trained with a running group. with the help of my running group & buddies, i completed my first half marathon at the PJ Half Marathon last year with a PB of 02:20:38... and i did it with minimum pain and no injuries. the only injury i have suffered so far came much later but thats a whole different story altogether, to be shared another day perhaps.
OK other than the basic requirement of having some kind of training plan (especially if u want to do it injury free) theres also a couple of things you will need to help you along the way. and top on the list is of course your partner in crime, that all important pair of shoes. running 21km in the wrong shoes can mean the difference between success & disaster. after years of running within the adizero range, this time i switched to one with better cushioning. after my injury, plantar faciitis to be exact, i have to be mindful of additional support so i gave up my norm and went with adidas response cushion 20. thankfully it was the right choice. good running shoes don't come cheap so you want to keep making the right choices lol.
BIB No - H 12097
Name - LATIFFA ZAM ZAM
Category - 21KM WOMEN'S VETERAN
Gun Time - 02:45:30
Chip Time - 02:40:49
Split 10km - 01:20:49