It was my first 21 km. The event was Sundown Marathon Singapore.
It would be a smooth run, until I encounter an incident that caused my run late half an hour. When I come to the starting point at 12am, the place was filled with many people preparing for the 10km race.
For some reason, i have a strong belief that even though I start late, I could manage to finish before 4am, which is the cutoff time.
I run wildly into the crowd at the starting line. Someone told me that it was impossible to run 21 km now, the road is closed, only 10km is available.
I didn’t believe that. I moved forward. A quick glance on the left side, I saw an African guys, he wants to secure the fastest runner. I am not him, I come here to challenge myself, not the be the fastest.
I called for help and the security guys brought me to the Start Arc. He looks reluctantly. I assured one more time: “Let me run, I can catch up with my friends”. And they let me go.
An incredibly starting. Lonely. On the road. No people. Just follow the route.
10 minutes later, I saw a couple who were very tired, I guess the girl has not feeling well today.
Then I had no competitors on the route in the first half hour. What I did is I just need to surpass people at the last lines falling behind the race.
Running with friends is the motivation to cheer you up. I saw a group of people running together. One person blew his whistle, while others clapped their hands at regular interval to cheer up. I was inspired.
However, it is till an individual race. There is a proverb saying “Do not compare to others, compare to yourself.” The race is still my own race anyway.
I feel the joy of passing others. But I always remind that it is only the beginning of the race. After 1.5 hour, I will run among the average runners in the race. I change my strategy. Run slow and persistent. It was what I did in the later half of the run.
The last km: my legs have no feeling at all. Still, I could feel my ankle pain again.
Exhausted. I had already skipped a lot of water/100 plus on the way. Drinking a certain amount of water is good. But a lot of water is not advisable.
Then that is it. I completed 21.35 km in 2:55 minutes. Not bad. I can do it.