SCHKM 2014 - I Did It

And finally I completed the SCHKM 2014 in Hong Kong. Being my very first International marathon, I was extremely excited as the hours approached my flag off at 6:10am on Sunday 16 February 2014. It has been such an amazing experience of running and seeing Hong Kong that I know I will definitely want to return to Hong Kong to run again.

There are 4 daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong (28 flights each week). For my East Malaysian pals, there are 2 daily flights from Kota Kinabalu to Hong Kong. So the game plan is next year to fly into Hong Kong a little earlier rather than on the eve of the race so I can explore the food and shopping scene in colourful Hong Kong.

The weather was hovering 14-16°C during the days I was in Hong Kong. With some wind here and there, the real feel was almost 12°C. But it has proven to be my kind of weather because the Malaysian humidity and weather makes it quite miserable for me during my training. Here's a little summary from my race day with some pics of my own (my mobile phone was draining fast) and also from fellow runner Lim Chiau Wu.
Went ahead with my game play to run in my usual training outfits in Malaysia with the addition of a rain coat to shield me from the wind while waiting for the race to start. Saucony Mirage 3 trainers, CW-X compression tights, my fave pink Adidas top, Newton Hydration belt, Neubodi Vero Sports Bra and Subaru STI cap. My emergency pack of Weirder Energy Gel came in handy because there was no chocolates at the 25km and 30km water point.
That's me, Wai Ling and Hiew having a fun selfie before we walked to the starting point. Hahaha a selfie at 430am in the lift is good fun!
The baggage system during the SCHKM is really properly thought and executed. We deposit our stuff according to our truck numbers and when we collect them post race, we just head on to our respective collection lanes based on our truck numbers.
The same info on the baggage tag is also on my running bib so I don't have to carry additional IDs.
The route and elevation. Feels really good to know that the roads are closed for my to have my sightseeing tour of Hong Kong! 
A cool and safe walk from my home for 3 days Pop Hotel in Mongkok to the starting line. Approximately 17 minutes slow walk and it was a good warm up for me. 
Totally excited with the idea of running through the starting arch. Could not contain my excitement
 and had to snap a pic from the pavement.
One last pic before I dropped off my hoodie and stuff at the baggage trucks. At this point I felt like I was a 7 year old on her first day of school. Hehehe
A long but fast moving queue to deposit our baggages.
Donned a rain coat with front buttons so that I can take it off easily. Turned out I took it off 3 minutes before I was flagged off because I was sufficiently warmed up from the walk from my hotel and some easy on the spot warmups that I did while awaiting flag off.
One of the many interesting characters that I met during the race. 
3 minutes to start time. I am in a sea of runners. 
Running on one of the many bridges. Loved the feel of the wind blowing. I could feel the wind even inside my shoes:D
One of the many tunnels. Air is fresh inside the tunnels!
I was starving at this point because I didn't get any chocolates at the water points. I don't consume bananas during runs so these chocolates and sweet grapes handled out by non official volunteers at the last 2km of the race was a welcome. 
A run through the city. This I think is the last 1km.
I crossed the line. A whole 42.195km of running through Hong Kong!
Time to collect my baggage. Everything is clearly marked. Good job SCHKM organiser!
Our finisher goodie bag. Very well thought and my fave was the bottle of water, juicy pear and Snickers bar.

Its kinda hard work for this medal. Training and some disciplined change to my lifestyle 2 weeks prior to the race. 
So a pic with the medal is a must. Hehehe
Was totally happy to see Yum in Hong Kong. He plays quite a role in getting me started on running way in 2010 when I ran in the Nike 10 10 10. All this while I have been following his overseas runs and am glad that I am running in the same race as he is (finally). 
Official results! That's me Evelyn from Malaysia with an official time of 4:44:21 and net time of 4:42:25. Bettered the time of my "first" marathon (River Jungle Marathon) last year of 5:26 (no tiing chip for this run so one could just take their own sweet time for this LSD). Honestly I am elated because I flew in to run with only a target of bettering my run by 20 minutes. Shaving off 44 minutes wasn't even on my mind.
A proud moment with my fellow Malaysian runners at the Avenue of Stars. 

For those who think that you are too old to start running or unfit, trust me its never too late to start. I picked up running on a more serious note only in December 2012 (when I was 39 years old). Took my time to train up by running with a running community (I run with TPRC). Running is fun as a hobby and its also good for your health. 

Cheers to more runs and if you want to know more about TPRC or join us for a run, drop me a mail!
More pics in the Facebook album SCHKM2014. Will be coming up with 2 more post next week on my makan and shopping session in Hong Kong.

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