Seven weeks to go before my first trail ultra marathon in Sabah.This is a completely new event to me as I have never do a trail run before and I have never run above 42km in one event.Some how these factors have never come across my mind when I signed up for this event few months ago.The reason I signed up was the excitement of trying something new and challenging,something different from the usual road running which I think is not that difficult for me now.
Not difficult?Then why can't I do a sub-4h for full marathon?This is one of the challenge or frequently asked questions among fellow runners.I am always puzzled why runners always taking about sub-4h especially to an uninterested runner like me.I have always tell them..."people have different dreams,my dream may not be the same as yours".We are all different and this makes us unique.We have different aims and visions in life.By taking up marathons and running doesn't mean one must do a sub 4h to prove his worth.It all comes back to the main reason why we start running.
***Got myself a cheap pair of trail running shoes from Jusco.It was too cheap to ignore so I just bought it.Just RM119.70!!Initially I thought of using my usual running shoes to do trail running but after my first trail experience with Steve/Yee,I think I need a good shoes.***
I had my first taste of trail running last Saturday with Steve and Yee.We ran up the Kepayang Hill near Seremban 2.I found the trail to be tough.However for seasoned runners like Steve and Yee,it was just like a walk in the park.This proves that I need more training and I have not much time to do that.
For the next few weeks,I need to run more trails,learn how to run while carrying a backpack,cover as much distance as possible to train my legs to last for 50km,learn how to read maps,learn how to use a compass.
Part of an email which I received yesterday from the organiser:
"TMBT 2012 will be quite different in the type of terrain, elevation totals and the lack of jungle sections due to the change of locations for the start/finish areas due to the landslide problems on the original race course. Expect an added elevation total of 1000m more to the 2011 race course taking the total probably up to 3000m in total for the 100k category with a lot of loose gravel, and some muddy sections in plantations below Mount Kinabalu. As I stated, you can prepare for the event by making your own efforts in coming prepared by checking on weather conditions online and preparing sufficiently ahead of the race. The weather has been terribly unpredictable as usual and we have not had a long dry summer beyond a 3 week period in June..otherwise, its rain/shine/rain and when there have been severe storms, it has been very poor visibility and a challenge when taking on the race course route so, be prepared for heavy rains or extremely hot conditions. The race course map will be released on the 15th August 2012 to all runners for you to download so do standby for that release. Good luck. end of message"
This makes me excited and has reignite my mood to start running and training again.I am now looking forward to something new,something different and challenging.