Monday, October 20, 2008


It was the last two metres of the Mizuno Wave Run. Quite a number of runners were finishing about the same time, so there was a queue down the finishing chute to cross the finish line and timing mat.

I got there and patiently waited in line. However, there was a guy behind me who kept nudging me forward, as if he couldn't see the queue.

Never mind, I thought. Maybe just adrenaline.

Anyway, as we inched forward to the finish line, I sensed the guy was getting agitated. When we finally arrived at the timing mat, he snuck his foot with timing chip attached in front of me!

WTF???!!! How kiasu can you get?

We're both way out of the running to get any podium positions, our times weren't all that impressive, so is there really a need to jump queue ahead of your fellow competitor just so your name appears before mine in the official results? Would position 893 be better for you than position 894?

Frankly, I don't give a shit but I just had to blog about it because I thought it was plain rude, the running equivalent of cutting queue, and I hate queue jumpers.

Anyway, enough with the rant.

Overall I had a good run considering I had done very little running since Desaru. As usual I started at the back of the pack and I kinda enjoy this. Passing other runners makes me feel like I'm running fast.

For a while, I was pacing with AJ and Laif, but lost AJ at the water station when Laif and I stopped and AJ went on.

We caught up with him again in the final few km and Laif went off. By this time I had nothing left so just paced myself to the finish line. I did, however, maanage to pass AJ in the final km so that made me happy.

As i got into the queue, I stopped my watch at 56m04s. The official timing may say something else as I lost time at the start (from the back, it took me 3 minutes just to get to the start line!), and at the finish while queuing to get to the finish line.

This is probably the fastest I've ran a 10k, so I'm ecstatic! The route was quite challenging, double hill in reverse is a lot tougher than I thought it would be. Sure, there are more downhills this way, but the uphills were short and killer steep.

Anyway, I enjoyed the run. But woke up this morning with really sore calves. Definitely need more running mileage if I am to survive Powerman and Penang Bridge Marathon next month.


CapArnabBrand said...


Man to wife: "Honey.. today in Mizuno Wave Run, I managed to pip an Ironman right at the finish line... damn keng leh?!?!?"

Darren said...

Arif , would your car have space for me n my baby for Powerman?

tryathlete said...

caparnabbrand: hahaha... his wife must have been sooo proud...

darren: sorry mate, car can only fit two bikes and two passengers and as of today i have two bikes and two passengers in the car.

Abu Soffian said...

Ko bertambah garang la dalam memang laju

darren said...

alritey mate
no worries