Me, Alvin and Kazuo with the Malakoff vest that we raced with.
It was my first ever half-marathon and boy was it tough! I finished the first 10km at 1hr 02mins which was at my expected pace. Then after, the next 5km was untested teritorry and it really showed as I experienced side stitch which is when my stomach muscles start cramping. Worse was to come at ~22km when my calf started cramping and I was reduced to walking. The final 5km was really exhausting and I had to alternate between quick walk and slow jog. Fortunately I manage to finish the race at 3hrs and 05mins, just 5mins short of my target. It was really a good experience for me as I now know that I manage to finish a half marathon!
* Was surprised that one of my blog readers gave me a Hi! Are you Shaun? at KM15. I think his name was Danny. We had a quick chat but were on our way later. If you are reading this, pls send me your email so I could say Hi! back.
To me, the event was a success and well done to Pacesetters for organizing it in such a professional way. Though the turnout was not spectacular as only 500+ participants registered, everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Maybe it was the distance that scared people off or was it because there was no lucky draw event?
Looking forward to the next Malakoff. Thumbs up!