After months of elation in anticipation of the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon (SCKLM) since registering early January and then which preemptively got postponed due to the haze issue back in June, finally it all took place in a breeze at Dataran Merdeka yesterday.
I was blown away by the spirit and persistence of the 21km (half) and 42km (full) marathon runners, who gathered at the starting point before the crack of dawn. Running for 5-6 hours requires great discipline and loads of training beforehand, so they really deserve a few pats on the back and a big big thumbs up.
I wished I have half their willpower and stamina but I am not born a runner and running has never made it into my extensive list of leisure activities. But SCKM’s catchphrase, “Run For A Reason” pushed me out of my comfort zone. So, I chose to participate my first ever public marathon.
Although just a mere 5km Fun Run, it was really gruelling. Within 2km after running uphill, I started to go out of breath and had abdominal pain which forced me to divert my marathon to a walkathon. Blessed tho’ to have a companion I can chat with while I grudgingly tread the remaining 3km to the finishing line.
It is definitely an experience I will cherished. Two years ago after leaving high school and the much-dreaded 8km marathons held annually, I would never have dreamed, much more imagined myself in another marathon.
But I did it! I went out of my comfort zone, cross the finish line with a big smile on my face and in retrospect, witnessed the one side of Malaysians that I have always been proud of: the zest, cohesiveness and good spirits all around cheering us on and helping each other out.
Faith in myself and humanity restored once more.