Makna Founder's Run 2013
Date: 31.03.2013 (Sunday)
Venue: Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur
Fee: RM59 (Early Bird)
MAKNA stands for "Majlis Kanser Nasional", this is a charity run helps to raise fund for the cancer patients. With the slogan "Run the Miles, Fun the Smiles", every mile you conquer and dollar raised will give to cancer patients hope for tomorrow. For official webpage of MAKNA, you can visit http://www.makna.org.my.
I slept around 4 hours only and wake up in the early morning 4.45am prepared for the run. Me and my friend were busy discussing how to get there and time to gather. Due to the caffeine effect, I had a hardly sleep on that night. My friend come and pick me up at 5.15am, after gather with other friends in UM KL gate parking area, we all decided to car pool and drove one car only (6 people in a car). We departed much more earlier as we scared we can't get the route to the Padang Merbok and worried hard to get a parking slot.
We reached there at 6am ++, there already a lot of runners flooded and ready themselves in Padang Merbok. We saw some of the runners still had their early jog exercise before the actual run. We hang around ourselves in the area, there are some booths set up there to launch the cancer awareness campaign. I did not bring bag but my friend did. After we well prepared, we dropped off the bag in the luggage storage counter. Before the run flag off, there was a gymnasium session for ourselves to warm up.
Lets move on, move on
The run flag off at 7am sharply. Me and Shi will usually pace run together. We stepped the starting line together and move on together. There was some hilly route and passed by a lot residential area. The houses and bangalow there are luxurious. One of the bangalow caught our attention much, it is in golden colour and it looked like a palace. It is motivated when there is someone run together than run alone. I'm not a good runner, however I feel better and not much killing in this run compared to last Melawati Run (due to sickness). We motivated each others, run and countdown for our distances. We did 60% run in first 6km but in the remaining journey, we walked 60%. When we saw the 10km sign, we cheered happily, here we supposed to finish as we normally joined 10km run. I looked at my watch, we can run the 10km within our usual timing (Shi was not feeling well on that day but she still did it). However, there another 2km more for us to complete the run. We almost walked for 1km and almost ran for another last 1 km. Towards the finishing line, I looked at my watch and we set a cut-off time for ourselves. We kept on running in the last few meters and finally we stepped on the finishing line together. This really a great feeling to start, run and end together.
I did it - 12km MAKNA Founder's Run
Each person of us will have our own timing chip to tight on our shoelace to record our running time. I'm glad to pace run with Shi, and our next run will be SCKLM which is also her maiden 21km run. Oh great, Shi did register for PBIM run as well for 21km too. Finally, there got someone can go run with me for PBIM, hopefully we can pace run with each others as well during the run.
Here is our timing for MAKNA 12km run.
When we reached the finishing line, two of my friends already finished their run earlier. While waiting for another two friends to finish their run, we all had some photography session first. By the way, me and Shi went to collect our finisher T-shirt and also have some isotonic drink to refresh ourselves. FYI, there is no finisher medal for the run but just a finisher T-shirt for those complete the run for 7km and 12km runners.
One of my friend did a funny and unexpected action on the running day. We were waiting her to run finish at the finishing line and wondering until where she run at. My friend ended up to give her a call to ensure her "safety". I was then told by my friend that she is at the last 2km but she is eating now. What? Eating? Yes, she is eating Mee Siam due to too hungry during the run and she decided to look for some food. What a joke it is! We all were "Zha Dao" by her "unbelievable" action. However, we were very curious that where she can get a place to have Mee Siam as all of us never notice that there got any food place or convenient shop along the running route. In the last 2km? Me and my friends keep on thinking back the route but still what crossed our mind is all the housing area. Where? Where she get a place to have Mee Siam?
Finally we saw her ran back towards finishing line. The question for "Mee Siam" revealed - a restaurant in a condominium. She told us that she was too hungry during the run and therefore look for some food. She saw some kind of shops in a condominium and she decided to walk in to try some luck. She managed to have her Mee Siam and a cup of coffee for her "running" breakfast. As she say "A mee siam in need is a mee siam indeed", if not will die of gastric acid corrosion. Zzzz. She still "proudly" told us that she saw the running sweeper at behind when she came out from the condominium after finished eating. There only three person at that time, a sweeper, a guy and her. After eating and energy recharged, she continued her run and managed (should be) to be last 10 person when crossing finishing line.
All of us were back. Not to forget to snap a group photo of us before leaving.
We all did it - 12km run.Show off our 12k finisher T-shirt.
After the run, it is time for us to treat for our stomach. We are not sure where we can eat in KL area therefore we decided to head back to PJ. It is always headache to think for an eating place. A friend suggested to have brunch in the shop lots in Section 17 just opposite Jaya One where the shop is quite famous for chicken noodles soup. I remembered that I only eat one time before in this shop lots area, and so coincidentally the shop that my friend suggested is the shop that I eat before. The chicken noodles soup is not bad, worth to have a try. Opps, I did not noticed the name of the shop but in front of the shop there got a banner with "怡保长江白咖啡” (Ipoh Chang Jiang White Coffee). Oh, this is the place for drinking the white coffee that my food hunter friend mentioned it before. After a satisfying brunch, my friend send us back to home. I was tired and felt sleepy but just can't sleep due to the accumulated caffeine effect in this two days.
This is the first ever MAKNA Founder's Run in year 2013, not sure that this run will be continued or not in the following years. For those missed out the run in this year, please keep an eye for this event in next year.
* My upcoming run - 13th Jogathon Warisan in this April after two weeks, a charity run too.