Yes! I achieved my first target of a sub-4 hour run and in fact, it is the first time I did a sub-4 in this metro city of Kuala Lumpur. My previous three sub-4 marathons were done in Penang. My official time was 3:57:15 and net time was 3:56:18. My official splits for 10k, half-way and 30k were 53:13, 1:54:09 and 2:41:55 respectively. I was ranked 82th out of 298 finishers in my category. I would like to dedicate this little success to my beloved wife, Wai Mun.
Wai Mun also did well in her 21km run. She clocked 1:57:54 officially with a net time of 1:57:31. Her 10k split was 50:52. She was ranked 13th. Well done, my dearest wife.
The KLIM is the race I dread the most mainly because of its course selection. Runners need to go through many hilly terrains and the heat and the fume from the traffic was so unbearable. However, I think the traffic marshalls have done a good job this morning by stopping all the vehicles at the key junctions. And, the best thing running in this KLIM is that you will be encouraged and motivated by the honks of the impatient drivers instead of the normal cheerleading teams! What a change!
Generally, I enjoyed this run as I have been pacing well for the first 30km. After the 30km, my thigh became heavy and I couldn't lift my leg. There was a slight pain on my left knee. The stiff neck and the lower backache didn't help either and they had happened before during the long-distance training.
Lesson learned : i) must do few more 30km-40km runs in my future trainings. ii) must get treatment on my neck and back ASAP.