Friday, June 3, 2011

Sundown 2011

At Sundown 2011, I'd recorded a personal best timing in the 21 km category. I must admit that this would have been impossible if not for the wider roads (as compared to Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2010 at Sentosa) and the relatively flat route. The Deaf One's sound advice on pacing was a great help too.

My last meal before the run was a pack of mixed rice (with sweet and sour pork, and some greens) at 3 pm to carbo-load ahead of the 8 pm run. By the time I'd crossed the finish line, I was famished. The smiling attendants handed each finisher a medal, a can of 100 Plus, a bottle of mineral water and a banana. It was one of the tastiest bananas I'd ever eaten - the usual Del Monte-sized kind that you can get anywhere, only sweetened with a sense of accomplishment and pride. One banana was obviously insufficient. Not five, even. Then came the announcement of free candy floss and popcorn for all runners. I opted for the popcorn, despite the queue. It was very, very good. How good? Popcorn good - crunchy, caramel sweet, buttery, aromatic. It puts those soft, overpriced cinema ones to shame. I'm inclined to place Garrett's next to the cinemas' but I've only had it once, so....anyway, Sundown 2011's popcorn rocked.

Post race activities were aplenty, mostly involved food, naturally. I liked the performing bands that night too and must have stayed for a good 5 songs before boarding the shuttle bus back home, which was delayed for 30 mins. Traffic was congested as half marathoners began departing from the venue. Had I known earlier, I would have just chilled and stayed to watch the most talked-about (and unfortunate) match between Barça and the Red Devils.

I reached home around 1 am, did my laundry and decided to have a quiet celebration of my achievement with a bowl of Prime Taste la mian laksa endorsed by Olivia Ong. I'm not much of a laksa (or Olivia Ong) fan but this is one of the very few instant noodles that's sold in individual packs (no more buying in bulk as I'm trying to reduce my instant noodle intake) and inexpensive. Predictably bland, I added whatever I could find in the fridge - a bag of coriander and an egg. They were definitely not taste enhancers but at least the stomach's filled at 4 am.

8 comments:

Life for Beginners | Kenny Mah said...

Congrats on your new personal best, bro! (And the banana and popcorn at the end of the race - I guess that makes it a really tasty finish, hehe.)

J said...

WOOT! :) Congrats Mr Hairy!

UnkaLeong said...

Congrats on the PB! Any food at the end of any run is God Sent! LOL :D

Lizzie said...

Well done on Sundown. Nice blog, btw.

hayley tiong said...

hi hi so good la u - thumbs up on yr new pb. what was the timing?
btw i got u a very belated gift - when am i gonna c u though.....

fc

HairyBerry said...

kenny,thanks so much, bro! and you are right, the snacks did make a tasty finish. i wish there were more! haha.

j, thanks so much! hope you've recovered from jetlag! :)

unkaleong, thanks so much, bro! imagine if we get some nasi lemak with ayam goreng after a run...woahhhh, shiok!


lizzie, thanks for stopping by! :) you have a very nice blog too. i'll be stalking...hehehehe.

fc, the timing's not bad. but surely can't beat yours...hehe. we should meet up soon. i'll text ya! btw, woahhhhh, got bday present? aiyo...*shy shy* see ya soon. :)

chuishia said...

wow!! Congrats on your personal best!!

HairyBerry said...

thanks so much, chuiz! see you soon. maybe we should do a pre-wedding karaoke session for sushi hor? :)