Despite a very long week of travels throughout Pahang for work (endless, but good) and Terengganu for family commitment (I love meeting my siblings) I managed to come back not so early on the night before the run.
I didn't train that well specifically for this run. The only thing that help me was my regular treadmill runs in the gym. Considering that, my time wasn't bad at all. Proud of myself. I hope I can do this every year, at least 10km.
Sitting on the lawn of Dataran Merdeka, I couldn't help but thinking - I love this country, and I love Kuala Lumpur. I do express this "love affair" with KL to my friends, locals as well as those from abroad.
I am very proud of this city. Within less than 30 minutes driving from home I can reach nice switchbacks of Bukit Kiara mountain bike trails, beautiful morning climb on my road bike through the kampung in Ulu Langat to Genting Peres, running double hills from Lake Garden through Kenny Hills, drive the 4wd and camp by the waterfall - and the list goes on and on....
It was another personal achievement to me. Not great to others but it brings major sense of achievement to me to complete this annual run. I have to admit I have not been very committed to my training but I have my reasons (not excuses).
There I was roaming on foot in a pair of light running shoes enjoying the streets of KL with fresh air and great weather, cropping the scenery of KL sunrise wishing I had my DSLR with me. Through out the run I see KL from very different angles. I love the moments.
However, 600 meters before the finishing line while me and thousands other gasping for air to complete the annual run, I saw a bunch of idiots in BERSIH t-shirts crossing Jalan TAR while thousands of people trying to complete the race. Some of them have been training for months!
I curse at those who tarnish this wonderful annual event with politics. Get off the fucking road you assholes. You and whoever your leaders are are a bunch of idiots who are very ungrateful to this beloved country of ours.