17 April 2015
When my cousin, Sasha told me that she is participating in a night trail run, I was excited and wanted to join. It was my first run in my twenty-eight years of living. Yes. I am suck at outdoors. I am the type who loves to be at home, stuffing my belly with junk food while watching movies and spending the whole day in front of my laptop. It sucks to be me, I know. But that day changed my life, it changed my perception towards mother nature. Who could have thought that engaging with muddy, bumpy trails can make you feel more alive than ever. I was motivated, I wanted to do it again and again, and again.
The weather was good and fair. We arrived at Bukit Kiara around 8.00 PM, thirty-minutes earlier than we supposed to. Few of the participants also had arrived early. We greet each other and had a short conversation. As a newbie, there are a lot I can learn from the professionals. Hats off to them, some are in their early forties! Thirty minutes later, the night trail run organizer, Mr. Hatta Affendy from Trailblazerz showed up. Great guy, always smiled. He briefed us accordingly and lead a warm-up session before we went into the woods.
Headlight, on. Running shoes, tied. Water bottle, checked. Suddenly I was not so confident of myself. Can I do this? Can I finish eight kilometres of trails, for the first time in my life? Then we start running. At first, it was easy peasy as we went through a straight trail. Then I started to slow down as the paths were starting to get tougher. Tried to maintain slow pace, I was left behind by other runners including Sasha. Fret not, those ‘abang-abang sado’ from Trailblazerz accompanied me through out my run 😛
There were few pit stops though. So I managed to catch-up my group just to get left behind again after that. No worries though, Trailblazerz team was being very helpful. Few of the guys never leave me alone. I was embarrassed of myself, what a loser I was. I keep blaming myself at that time. I feel like I should not be there. My weak and unfit body are only slowing them down. I almost cried but I keep moving on. Nothing ain’t stopping me so I thought.
I almost fainted, I can’t breathe properly and I almost gave up. But I don’t want to disappoint other participants, so I continue. I was the only member left. It was raining and the thunder was rumbling. A Chinese guy stayed with me along the run. I slipped few times and my left leg started to cramp. Just a few miles before I reached the final stop, my shoes torn apart. Imagine me running in the dark, stepping on those razor sharp rocks and roots without shoes. I keep going on. I whispered to myself, I can do this. I can do this.
After two hours and thirty minutes of trailing, I saw dimmed headlights from afar. I know I was closed. As soon as the Trailblazerz members set their eyes on me, they cheered and gave me the biggest applause I’ve ever received in my entire life. I cried a bit. I was being emotional. Victory is finally mine!
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