So PNM 2012 is done. Another tick on my list of runs to do this year. This will be my last HM for the year and there isn't any plans yet for another anytime soon. No worries; I ain't saying that I'm "hanging up my shoes" just yet.
This is my 2nd PNM around and a few know that I have a small piece of "history" with PNM. Although I've been running for some time but my first real official running event that I've actually signed up for was PNM 2010. Albeit just under the "Fun Run" Category, it was this one moment that the running bug bit hard on me arse. This past 2 years seems like ages ago.
|Driving to Putrajaya. Weird weather works going on.|
I just wanted to experience the joy of running long distance WITHOUT any worries of how fast/slow I should be going. It's not that I was aiming podium anyways.
|With Patrick and the GNC girls.|
This bomoh really working hard to keep the rain at bay.
A quick meet up with the guys and everyone seems very geared up and ready. Patrick seems ready; seeing that he is hiding behind his GNC booth. I usually like to poke fun at Patrick being that he is quite the someone at GNC Malaysia. I always introduce him as "The 2nd man of GNC. Any problems look for him!". Hahaha... no puns bro, I love ya man.
|All thumbs up!|
|In memory of Cheah Mei Mei. A good one from KK.|
Alright, skipping all somber parts; let's just head straight to the race.
|With Kelvin and Tristupe. Thumbs up means ok to go!|
First was loss the water bottles. I'm seeing how far I can go without them and it does feel good without the extra weight. Besides the water stations were very sufficient.
Secondly was the contemplation of bringing safety lights. I have a bad habit of not bringing one during my night runs even though I was bugged for the millionth time by peers. But because of the recent incident involving Stupe's wife, I think I better not risk it. Took the safety blinker from my bike and attached it on my Fuel belt and used the spare Energizer headlight from ENR. This has proven very useful during the run where some parts were not very well lit.
Besides, someone commented that my arse is blinking red from a far. Good.... it means it can be seen; even when I went for a pee behind the bushes!
|The start point.|
|The main stage with Orangeman.|
|A grand startline lineup.|
At 8.20PM sharp, the gun was off for HM and I slowly made through the timing mat. I told myself not to go off too fast like I usually do. First 2k was easy, breezy, japanezzy.
|First cheer team of the day. Drums!|
|With Brain Ng. My fellow runner who always motivates me to push faster.|
First in my eyesight was Brian Ng who always like to push me when he sees me in a run. His usual trademark is "Come come faster" and he zooms off hoping that you would catch him. Hahaha... not this time.
|The marching band of Falun Dafa.|
|The happening cheer team from BSN.|
|The ever, EVER Forever Young Uncle Oliver.|
|With Manson for his second ever FM.|
|Keep it up! 32km to go.|
|Mohan at the HM/FM route split.|
From 12km onwards, things started to get quiet and number of runners started dwindling. It was quite a cooling night with just a slight tinge of humidity. No complaints but a little rain would had helped further.
Our route was mostly cheered on Superheroes (and Villains). I heard for the FM, they had clowns.
First it was the Villains who greeted us.
|Boba Fett. Your visor is fogging up!|
|The Lord Vader. Besides his shortcomings of his lightsaber, he ain't my lim peh (father) either. Lolx!|
Up next were the Super Heroes!
|Spiderman aka Peter Parker. Has he shrunk cause that costume looks like it has seen better days.|
|Batman aka Bruce Wayne. Trying to look cool and I swear his body is radiating heat!|
|Ironman and Superman side by side. Marvel vs DC with me in between.|
All pain and tiredness were gone 500M before the ending. Buddies were cheering on and I playfully skipped my way through the finishing. Vivian did not manage to capture a shot because she didn't realise I skipped by so fast. Next time dear. ;)
|At the finishing line with Victor, The Real Ho and Brian.|
|With My trustee "Don't Think just Run " tee with my DR gang , Yvonne and Jamie Pang.|
Congrats to Von on finishing Top 30.
Congrats to all who finished PNM 2012. If you didn't do well, there is always next year to look forward to!