If ever there was a race that was full of possibility and promise, it was the Compressport Road Run 2016 at Cyberjaya.
Race day morning, I rose at 4am. I felt good. I was rested, excited that it was finally race day and not overwhelmed with typical race nerves. Every run (Or lack thereof) feels like a celebration.
Pre race I had my hot coffee, peanut butter bun. Then, we drove to Cyberjaya. There were no traffic at 5 in the morning. So we got to the start pretty quickly. There was a line up of cars to get to the parking but it’s fairly well organised.
The energy before the race was very positive! We all got to have a great warm- up session organised by the awesome organisers.The race started at 7.00am sharp with the flagged off of the 6 KM runners followed by the 12 KM runners at 7.10am. Organisers informed that is due to safety reasons.
I had to struggle to get to the start line and getting to the finish line proved to be no easier.The weather was alright, even though it was kinda hazy- but there were spectacular views as the route passed along Cyber Jaya. The run was nice- running in a smaller size race- and I liked it!
I ran with the brand new pair of socks sponsored by Compressport and I felt sure footed all the way around! Thank you, Compressport!
My energy was high. I spent the 1st KM gleefully floating along. The legs talked and I listened. Right from the beginning I observed hundreds of runners joined together like an unstoppable sea cutting a path through the landscape ahead. I mentally separated myself from the sea that surrounded me and focused on running my own race.
From the 3 KM to about the 6 KM I was excited. Everyone was happy. Volenteers at every water station were cheering and full of excitement. My walk/ run routine started at the 10 KM. Walking, at the point, felt amazing, I knew I could keep running, but I also knew if I pushed it too hard I wouldn’t be able to finish at all.
Most of the water stations gave out water and a form of electrolyte drink. I took one of each. I started to run again and was feeling great. The course/ route is said to be flat, however there were a couple minor hills. These hills weren’t comparable to the hills in Shamrock Run Malaysia in Taman Botani, Putra Jaya or run like hell, but there were hills none the less.
After making a turn under a bridge at the halfway point I felt re-energized knowing that the race was half way over. This is always a great mental turning point for me and brings a positive voice back into my head.
With a tight lipped smile on my face onwards I crossed the finished line and all of life’s endless possibilities awaited me. The legs were tired, but the mind was sharp.
After I have crossed the finish line, it’s super organised. You get your medal, can take pictures, get water and then are handed, mineral water, isotonic drinks, nasi lemak, buns and Ice cream…..
What a fantastic day of running! This was such a beautiful race course and it was great to spend it with these fabulous and strong runners!
I highly recommend the Compressport Run. You will love the people, the route/course, and it will propel you to set a personal record too. This may have to become an anual race for me!