DNF at Sundown Ultramarathon 2011

Something more painful than physical running pain is DNF.

Problem with my stomach as early as 7km and lasted throughout the rest of the run. It wasn't stitches at the beginning, but turned out it was. But even stitches would go away after 10 or 15 minutes. but this one, I don't know. Maybe acidic gastric or something.My stomach must've really worked it hard that evening, because when I woke up the worse DOMS happens at the stomach area. My legs are fresher than after doing a 21k, so to speak.

What makes me so sad is that I was never able to run as I would've liked to, even a jog made my stomach so uncomfortable. And what's worse is that, I can't take in fuel. At km40 I decided to swallow whatever energy source, and rested for almost an hour to let it settle in the stomach. It worked quite alright, as after that I was able to somewhat sparingly run to km50. I repeated the trick at km50, and able to continue to km60. But time was running out, I can't do the same at km60. After that, my energy was really depleted.

Of the 66km that I did, I think I walked for more than 30km, including many long stops.

anyway. life goes on, painful though. Not sure how long this thing will last.

Congratulations to everybody who inspiringly reached the finish line! And thank you to all our friends who supported us.

First Barefoot Run

I decided to buy new shoes today. The good news is that, it cost me very minimum, i.e, zilcht! nil!, it's the BS101 (birthday shoes). While it's not the most enjoyable, it felt generally good!

First 2km was awkward, more like hot feet trying to tiptoe the hot path. Still figuring out how to land and which part of the pavement is the most bearable to land on. KM3 and 4 was good. Last 2km felt really great, clocking 5:16 and 5:27! woot! But towards the end my soles felt like burned, can feel a thick layer of blister hotspots (thank God it was just my imagination!), so decided to stop right there.
overall it's a great experience. legs felt absolutely fine; for now, at least. One tiny blister formed on the sole near the pinky toe. Should have run at the stadium track.

MT101 Sole Worn Out

MT101 sole after 540km+ (plus regularly worn to work).
This morning I took a look at my MT101 soles. Seems that I'm still very much heel-striker. Also, the sole is worn out more on the side, do I have problem with pronation?

lorong asrama

Can't argue that Lorong Asrama is tough, I've now got ITBS to prove it. Do hills induce ITBS? I was supposed to still recover from last weekend run, so no surprise if I get some kind of injury. Before the run I was more worried about my sole as I was having a slight plantar fasciitis this week. But ITB decided that it's its turn to annoy me.

Anyway, this is hardly a trail run. More like some tarmac, rugged tarmac, and stony path with lots of sharp gravel. Except for the 2 minutes of 'unrunnable slope', no other part of the route resembles 'trail'. Which makes it a wrong decision to wear Minimus Trail.
Most of the 'road' is wide enough for maybe five tanks to move in a single row haha. Not a trail at all.

Lot of slopes, though, but all still relatively runnable (I'm not saying it's easy). But I couldn't recognize the one big hill climb so infamously photographed during TNF100. Maybe today's run left out some of the toughest parts of the TNF100.
What makes this route is so dreaded, is probably more because it's part of the TNF100, and runners have to tackle it in the middle of a hot day, open under the sun without much cover, and have to do it after some 20km of difficulty of MacRitchie and Bukit Timah combined. I can see myself struggling and crawling in this area come October.