It has been some time that I wanted to run along the infamous Dragon Back at Klang but I never had the chance to do so due to it's far away from home, it's tough rolling hills and I've been advised not to do it alone. So I've never really taken any initiate until Alvin Yap organized one LSD just recently at that route.
At first I was excited cause finally I was able to run that route. But then again I was a little concern due to my lack of training recently. I wasn't sure if I can do this "much" hills. I'm this close of saying "I rather lay on bed on Sunday morning". But alas, I had to beat my sorry ass up cause I'm seriously not at my usual par.
Besides, I could just do an easy run/walk and enjoy the spectacular view of Dragon Back.
|The meet up point at SK Meru 2.|
The morning was cold as we waited for Alvin and the other runners to arrive. Most of them are the regulars and I got to meet a few new faces (mostly from the Klang running group).
|Alvin giving a quick briefing.|
After the briefing, we started about 6am while the others warmed up and waited for a few late comers.
|The first part of the flats before Dragon Back. It's so quiet...|
The first 2 km is pretty much flat. All we had was street lights guiding us through the long straight road. Some parts were not lit so I had to rely on my bearings a little. My biggest mistake was not bringing my head light and safety light. I've never thought that it was gonna get this dark! But at least I had Sharon and the others to pace easily this part of the route. The regulars brought their lights; I felt safe a bit.
|Alvin our portable water station boy.|
The whole route is just one straight road of hills and nothing more but more rolling hills! Hence the name Dragon's Back.
|Ohhhh...MTB route anyone?|
|The Dragon's Tail.|
|Pic at U-turn point.|
|The saviour! Water when you most needed it!|
|An incredible sight!|
|It seems to never end.|
|Poor python. Looks like freshly made roadkill.|
I've manage to identify 2 snakes, a baby python and a baby cobra. To call it baby is a little understated; judging by it's menacing length. Not long enough but enough to send chills to your spine. Imagine their parents looking close by from the oil palm and rubber estates along the road. Don't expect a warm welcome from them.
Thinking about it, I don't know how I got through the whole thing in the dark and some of the other runners were even barefooted!
|More runners; colour coordinated.|
|Looks intimidating but one has to go through it.|
|At least I can say I've been to this part of Klang.|
|Beer at the end. NOT!|
|With the KL gang, Sharon and Soon Chung.|
|A group photo before we left.|
As for me, besides the training I spotted a nice Nasi Lemak stall I found along the route. Ought to give it a try one day!