Race recap : Mandiri Jogja Marathon 2018

Collect memories..

What I did : Down load a 16-week-Full Marathon plan on which, time based. Not Distance Based.

What I didn’t do : exercise what training plan said. I didn’t religiously follow my TP, yet, this was the worst.  Only 40% of it…more or less.  My knee and heel were still hurt as I didn’t finish my therapy. Secondly, I forgot to cut my toe nails. More about this later.

What I did my best:  On longest run, I only clocked 18K for 3 hours run. I knew, I can’t finish tis race in the next 3 weeks. So, I planed to stop at Km 24. Why 24? keep reading! hahahaha.  However, H-7 from Sunday to Friday, I had beet juice everyday. I always consume Beet Juice before big race.

And owh, I was also interviewed by local TV. After introduction, like how many marathon I have done, when was the last time, he asked

BTR Interview 🎤 . #bintarotrojanrunners #taping #interview #bintaro

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Q : Gimana nih mbak? Waktu di Berlin kan dingin, nanti Jogja kan panas

me : Ya, latihannya mulai siang mas. Saya mulai jam 7 biar terbiasa panas.

#pencitraanitupenting. Padahal sik, gw telat bangun terus.  

Anyway, here’s the review:

  • I stayed in Maliboro which is far from Prambanan. When I was about to leave the hotel, #2 said “Jangan DNF ya bun” hiks…I felt bad from myself.
  • Arrived at 3.30 pm in Prambanan area, prepared for Subh Pray. But the Musholla was small and packed with runners already.  Subuh Time was 4.25 while FM Gun Off at 4.45. I have to be quick, I found another tent next to musholla,where the comittee work.  Asking permisision. They said yes. Save my time, thank you Committee.
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Just Arrived at Prambanan

  • Run Frantically to starting Pen. It was quite far, I think I took the wrong entry point. Meh. Saw noboby familiar later…saw Eri.
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before gun Off

  • Gun fired at exactly 4.45 am for Full Marathon (and 45 mins later for Half Marathon). We ran thru village area, when local just started their day after Subuh Pray. Women just about to clean the house, kids just back from Mosque, things like that. It was still dark and the illumination was great.
  • I was doing fine in my opinion, at least with this injured knee and heel.  Like I told you here, I’m no longer pace 8 runner. It dropped to 10 even 11 during normal run! As I maintain under 9mins/km is achievement for me. I – as always – talked to other runners to kill the boredom. I saw a young man with JogMar 2017 finisher tee, I asked him whether we would run with same route as last year. He said yes. then I told him  “saya plan berhenti abis candi deh Mas. kurang latihan nih”. He replied “Candi nanti mbakkkk, mau finish. Finishin aja!”njisss
  • Btw, unlike any other local race, there were Check Point Cut Off Time every 6K, with 2 hours time frame. So I planned to stop at Km 24 — ya biar orang-orang tau saya ambil FM! bahahahhah. Lemah aja masih pamer!
  • We took left turn on the way to Km 8, and cheered by local. It was fun, even the Pak Camat was there to cheer the runners with gamelan. This point forward, we really ran in village area. Sampai lewatin kuburan segala lho.
  • This was the view, blue sky, white cloud and a mountain! RIGHT IN FRONT OF US! Masya ALLAH, my lens can’t capture its beauty.

can you see the mountain?

  • Btw, the support system was sufficient. Water Stations were adequate, water, isotonic and even banana every 3KM. However, it was sooo hot that I needed a COLD SODA. Saw a warung (pa-ma conventional store) and yelled “Ibu….ada Coca Cola ngga?” and she said yes! Haleluya! Of course, I brought money with me.
  •   Later in Km 14, I found it hard to catch my breath and I was running with a guy and he said “ya kan rute-nya nanjak terus mbak sampai Km 19! habis itu turun! makanya tadi gunung Merapi kan depan kita?” heyakkkkkk
  • I forgot in which Km, I bought another bottle of cold soda.
  • Before Km 19, we made a left turn and the marshal said..”hayo mbak semangat! turunan semua” They didn’t lie. It was down hill…RUN FAT  GIRL RUN!!!!! and I could catch my breath again.
  • It was far before 8.45 am, the cut off time for Km 24 (4 hours after gun off). I wanted to stop, but the marshal said “terus lari saja. Masih lama bus pengangkutnya“. She told me to keep going, I tried! I kept going. Oh heck, why didn’t I give it a try. I asked myself.   We were passing a very small – kampung – road. Probably a short cut.
  • I stopped a while to buy…yes, another Soda! I saw two runners. One, suffered from serious blister. He tried to find bandage/handyplast for the last 10K, medic didn’t supply. The other, was just tired. I gave my drink to him, so he’d get the energy from the sugar. In case you’re wondering, taking sweet drink is considered ok during endurance activity.
  • I walked the moment I crossed Km 25 marker. I felt slightly cramp in my left calf.  yes, yes yes!!!! My marathon drama has ALWAYS been in KM 25! Didn’t I write it down what to bring on my virgin marathon? I couldnt find the medic, as I needed a spray for pain reliever. I cursed, for the FOURTH TIME, yes FOURTH! I didn’t prepare a pain reliever. And my feet were hurt, gesekan kuku kaki dengan sepatu lari sangat tidak nyaman. That’s why, do cut your toe nails  before the race.
  • Then the guy with blister pained passed me, and lend me the spray. Thank you! He left me! “jrit….musti lari donk gw ngejar dia?”  I tried my best to return his spray, he was wearing Telkomsel Jersey so I called “Mas Telkomsel….ini spray nya” so he would slow down! ahahahhahaha.
  • we passed  paddy field. Since I was exhausted, unlike my Bali Marathon, I didn’t took any picture during the race. I’ve to took one! A marshal saw me and took my picture with her partner. jiahahahaha.
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    with a marshal

  • I remembered, I haven’t take any picture with Km Marker! huh!

A proof I didn’t stop at Km 24

  • My sister called me, checking my where-about or whether I still alive or not.
  • From this point, I entirely walked.Cried for tukang ojek  (joking!) , couldn’t find one. Then regroup  with some young men from Bandung. One was extremely tired, he was injured. His name is Andreas it was his first FM. We walked until the end of the road before I saw…..
  • OH yeah, my Garmin said it was 9.50 am! I cant continue the race! They have to open the road!

5 mins too late

  • “maaf mbak, tidak bisa lanjut!” The other  DNF runners cheered me up, one of the girls said “Jangan kecewa ya mbak!”(YA KECEWA GIMANA, GW UDAH MAU SELESAI DI KM 24 sih!!!) . tentu saja dalam hati! GIlak apa orang ngomong baik baik gw bentak. bahahahhahah
  • On the bus which was provided to pick the DNF to start point, Andreas said “Duh sedih banget mbak, ini FM pertama saya!” Tante Kiky langung kesel dengernya “Ih NGAPAIN LOE SEDIH! BANYAK WAKTU LOE! GW AJA UDAH TUA SANTAI AJA!Benerin dulu tuh kaki, latihan yang bener! Race masih banyak, ada Bromo, Lombok atau Singapur sekalian” I bet if he read my blog he’ll said “LOOK WHO IS TALKING!” bahahahhahah.
  • Later I know, Eri didn’t finish his Marathon either. He was also picked up earlier by the bus in Km 30! Jiahahahahahahah. So we took pictures holding virtual medal!

DNF  Runners!

This is what the elevation for Full Marathon Jogja Marathon looks like.

FINAL NOTE

Although I couldn’t nail my fourth marathon, I said this race was great. Water Supply was abundant, marshals were great, view was amazing and a very nice Jogja People. This race has passed Bali Marathon as my #1 favorite local race. Yes, it was hot, yes road is narrow, dan banyak yang komplain jalanan ngga rata, belok-belok, etc. Tapi, teman kami Valas justru dapat Personal BEST TIME di race ini, bukan di Berlin 2016 yang lalu. So, intinya LATIHAN SAMA SEPERTI MERPATI -TIDAK AKAN AKAN INGKAR JANJI!Saya tidak kecewa saya gagal, saya sadar saya ngga latihan. Tapi ada rasa gantung deh, ngga finish FM, apalagi terakhir FM sudah 3 tahun. Ingin sign up FM next semester (jeda 6 bulan dengan 4 bulan latihan) I still searching the even. But, I still want clear up this unfinished business! Come back to Jogja Next April to run another FM…only…and if ONLY…..

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I try my luck for the third time!

only if  failed the ballot for 2019 (also in April)

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Race recap : Run for River 10K trail

there I was again, signed up Run For River UI 2017. My virgin half marathon was in this race as well. this time, I opted for 10K trail.

Trail?

Yes, UI has its man-made forest and I’ve run there!

in short, I made Acha to sign up for this category. this anak mall garis keras agreed.

So, there I was, september 10th 2017, going back in start line again! ich bin zurück!! And owh, besides 10K trail, there were Half Marathon, 10K road and 5K.

10K trail with brown bib, HM with red, 10K road with yellow. none of Trojan Runners participate in 5K.

Here’s the recap:

  • 10K trail suppose to start at 6.00am, yet, not until 6.15 that the race start. i found it is a bit weird as, Half Marathon Race start later. It is very common longer distance start earlier :-/
  • first 2Km was road, had no clue where it was. It was a U-turn Approaching Km 2, a runner in front of me made a short cut! Ada aja yang nge-cut rute, curang. he didn’t know that first check point was at the U-turn! shame on him!
  • entering Km 2 was the forest area. well, ja, I’ve run here before, yet the route a bit different. We run besides a lake this time! I also run with Maktin and Aby, the later is a runner I met during Tour de Ambarukmo! We paused a LOT to take pictures. Even we asked marshals to do so! hahahahahah!!
  • Lucky, I brought my water blade. i was very thirsty after Km 3 , and still couldn’t find water station. not until Km 5 or six. Where the lake is! Whoaaa! i love the sun ray shinning thru the leaves. it was beautiful!

  • I filled up my water blader. Then continued to run. My right foot still hurt. damn plantar!

  • on the way to Km 7, near the famous Universitas Indonesia marka, there was a water station. i was tired…took a break! And doing silly things!

  • total trail is only 7.5 Km I guess, so 1 KM before finish line, we went back to campus area. Running in road again. owh, I use road shoes this time as I left my trail shoes in Ambarawa!

  • I’m a sloooowwww runner, it didn’t surprise me, I met many half marathon runners on the way to finish line! Hahahahahahaahhah. they went 21K and I did 10!
  • so there! die dritte medal der Jahre!

I haven’t check the result. it took almost 2 hours for me to complete the course. but I was very happy with this race! So much fun! Will be back again next year!

(race recap) Ironman Bintan-swim leg


My friend went to Singapore for Half Marathon 2XU race. She finished her run in so-so pace. It was hot and humid that day, she explained her so-so timing. One of her friends commented on why bother flying abroad for the sake of finsiher medal. But yeah, finisher medal for 2XU race is cool. One in Jakarta last year is also nice.

So, due to that comment (for Getget), Yola wanted to make a relay team in Ironman 70.3 event. Like I told you last year, Ironman races are costly. The closest and affordable one from Jakarta are either Putrajaya, Malaysia or Bintan. The later it is! :)) Geget is a friend we met in Berlin which incidentally my junior in high school.

If you wonder why there is “70.3”, here is the explanation.

I, being the slowest of the last two legs, of course opted to do the first leg, swimming! I am not fast swimmer though. But from the other two, yeah, I am better! Ha! Hope that  explains the swimming’s log I wrote 😀

Saturday, 27 Agustus 2016

There were shuttle buses every 30 mins  available for every hotel partner, Nirwana is included. We went to Lagoi with the bus to collect our race pack. Ada Indomie goreng — FTW — as Indofood is one of the sponsors.

After we picked up our race pack, we just wander around. The open water trial was scheduled at  4.00 pm. I made friend with Vilcie, Indonesian married to Singaporean and lives there since years ago. It was her husband’s first time doing half ironman. He was also in Bintan Triathlon last year. How come we didn’t meet? 😀

Anyway, in the regulation actually it is probihitted to have long sleeve and below knee swim wear. I asked one of the people from RO, she said it would not be problem for hijaber like me. I was the only hijaber female in the event.

Even though you can have your swim practice at your desired time, one which is scheduled by the organizer provides marshals along the course. So, it would be more safety. But at 5pm, sharp, all the marshals went back to sea shore and left the remain swimmers behind. Be sure you practice your strokes within 1 hour.

swim course

When I entered the water, I wasn’t sure of what I was doing. Nervous and literally was sick. I had my warm up for about 400 meter back and forth  from sea shore to first yellow buoy and I stopped in the middle. Numb!

Someone : “Are you ok?”

Me : ” I’m fine. It’s ….far!” Trying to smile.

Someone : “it’s ok! it’s going to be fun! Are you doing this race all by your self”

me : (dalam hati) sianjisssss!! kelihatan muka perempuan lemah! :D.  “Neah! I’ll do relay. I am with two other friends”

He is from Philippines and works in Singapore for the past few years! So thoughtful of him, though! Having conversation with a stranger in the middle of the sea is….rare! Right? 😀

There was a carbo-loading dinner  party, in which I didn’t feel like eating. Meh!  The fever, cough and cold were bothering me.

Food was okay, tough. There was a couple sat in front of us, they were from South America (the girl from Bolivia, the men from — I forgot) who now reside in Timor Leste! I always have this “whoaaaa” thing whenever I met people from this continent! It is really at the other side of Indonesia! I -myself- always wondering what it is like at that side of the world!  I wish I’ll fly to Costarica or Chili or Belize one day! (Can I get the Amien?) The Mrs was very nice! Bintan was her second Ironman race and she did the first one in South Africa!

Sunday, August 28th 2016!

we had breakfast at 4.15 am at Nirwana Garden! zzzzzzz. I forgot what I ate! some carbo perhaps!

Shuttle bus from Nirwana to Lagoi should be departed at 4.45 am , but not arrived until 5.15 am! Tapi ya, namanya peserta bukan dari Indonesia, itu orang Malaysia (sama sama Melayu  lho ini!), Singapur dan WNA lain sudah rapih antri bejejer dua baris menunggu bus! Ngga gerombolan macam orang Indonesia nunggu! Buat saya, budaya antri ini masih langka dan sulit diterapkan di negeri ini. Harus ada yang ngawasin. 

Good thing most of participant were overseas athletes, they were making line to queue, so first one first serve.

To make it short, we arrived 15 mins later, Getget preparing her transition. I went to start line to have warm up. Things that I forgot, bringing my own water. Air laut asin, my man! i asked for freshwater from who ever I know :))

During warm  up, I was very nervous again. Then, pak Tri Handoyo, former CEO Commuter Line, asked me whether I was oke or not. I replied the same answer as yesterday! I often saw him in trail races as well.
Anyway, as any event in Indonesia, what was the opening act? Yeah speech! Then, our National Anthem was played! It gave me goosebumps ! Singing national anthem with other 300 Indonesian (amateur) athletes among 900 participants, 50 meter from the sea shore! Asli merinding!!!!  Guess who sang the loudest? Pak Tri Handoyo, of course! well, thank you for your team work, sir! Commuter train is soooooo  much better, now!

the first swim wave for Male Pro Athelete at 6.am and next waves start every 5 minutes. Mine, as a relay team along with individuals with Age group > 50 years old, was in the last wave and start at 6.30 am. Eh, btw, don’t underestimate the uncles and aunties! They swim very fast lah! 

You know what? I was in starting pen when I heard the pro had done with his swim! WHAT? 1.9 km swim with less than 25 minutes?

Anyway, start line started 50 meters  from the sea shore. The water was chest-high. But it was not chrystal clear though!

6.30 sharp! There went my turn  and….I got kicked many many time as I predicted! Being slow swimmer I am!  Gila nih orang orang, kayak ikan piranha!!!!! 

One faster swimmer was doing breast stroke and had his/her feet landed in my eyes! WTF moment!!!!  Well, it happens a lot  in swimming leg! So, no hard feeling! :))

My personal target is 1 hour to complete the 1.9km course. I was swimming besides someone for the first 400 meters, then I lost him/her. On my own, in the middle of the sea. I did what Akbar, my coach, told me, relax swim, use my legs to kick and go with the flow.

Every 5-6 strokes, I look in front (we call this SIGHTING) so, I won’t be too far from the buoy. There was no rope after the turn. Many many times I got carried away by the current so I have to do breast stroke to keep me stay  in course.

I kept looking at my Garmin 400 meter, 650 meter, 800  meter….

Then I cursed:

“Hanjissss! Jauh amat ini 1.9km!!!!”

Why 1.9km is so far in the sea? :))

“I will never do it again! EVER!”

Oh yeah! I just knew I’m good at cursing while swimming and sighting!
Fool story was, on last turn, I took the wrong course. A marshal said,

“salah jalur, ke sebelah sana!!”

He asked me to swim to the other course as I took the wrong track. I didn’t pay attention what the organizer said earlier in start line. Blame the fever!

This is what the course like :

Done with swim, went to transition area to give the timing chip to Geget.

My Timing!

Accompany my sister for a while, then I went back to hotel again to have shower and extra rest.Note : MAC Liquidlast Liner worked tremendously !  #gilak #penting #abis! It stayed after I had my swim! gw baru nyadar letak paripurna wajah gw yang pas-pasan ini terletak pada eyeliner instead of lipenstip :))! 

Went back to Lagoi again with some other relay participants who would do the running leg! Oh em gee, why my sister came to event from the very beginning.
Oh, there was another WTH moment on this bus. It was run out of gas! Aslik! Gw complain ke sopir kok ngga prepare? The participants of course being nervous and pissed off! One from Singapore, with his limited Bahasa Melayu did complain to the driver and I act as translator as well. me, being the only Indonesian in the bus.
I wonder why the organizer use this vendor? They had ugly buses too! For an Ironman’s event, I wonder the local authority plays unfair business. I blamed it more to the local vendor rather than the organizer. As you may aware, there are still  some kongkalikong  practice take place within our country.

To make it all the recap short, it took 1 minute before Bike’s  Cut Off Time for Getget to finish her leg then Yola started her run at 12.00! UNDER VERY SCORCHING SUN! She almost gave up on Km 10 due to her cramped legs. Both legs. Geget lack of practice due her busy schedule. I am glad I had 10 mins shorter swimming time from  my target, otherwise, Yola wouldn’t have her run.

While waiting for Getget, Vilcie was there too. I wonder whether her husband made it before bike Cut Off Time.

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A friend of mine sent private message to me, asking when will I have this race all by myself? I can’t tell and not able to set a target! It requires hard work and discipline! Now that I’m sick ( my fever got worst, I have ear infection as I told you here, and still have tp  undergo some treatments), doctor won’t allow me to have hard exercise for the next 2 months. Waving goodbye to Tokyo Marathon 2017!

so, Ironman in Whistler , perhaps? 😉

yaaaa kaliii dehh, ke Luar benua  gotong-gotong sepedaaaa! 

The Third Winner



PS : the day before the event, I learned that my coach, Nusa, passed away due to accident. on Satuday morning around 2 am. He died on the way to hospital! Rest in peach coach! No more yelling

“Mbak Kiky, kepalanya jangan dongak! Pegel nanti!

“Kakinya nendang ke bawah, jangan ke atas!”

from the side of the pool.

Rest in peace, Nusa! Thank you for everything!

Nusa in green

 

 

BSJ – Jakarta Race Series 5K race recap 

This is  my fourth year participating on this event whilst the third for my kids. The event suppose to be held on feb 28th, unfortunately it was raining and lightning on the D day so the organizer canceled the race and May 15th was the replacement.

It is a must do race for me, simply because we’d run in Bintaro! Kampung sendiri 😉
Cince kiddo#1 would have Ujian Nasional the following day, I asked her to stay at home. So  there were only me and kiddo #2 joined the race.
Since this was a postponed-race,there were only few runners, really reduce in number but not quality.

Anyway, race start at 6.45 am and the route was exactly the same like it was years ago!
at km 1.5, it was downhill and slippery area. It was raining hard last night, Kevin fell down and his right knee was bleeding.

He cried a bit, I asked him if you want to finish the race just walk.

However, he did run and left his overweight mother behind.
There was water station at km 2.5, I took a sip as kiddo#2 took my hand tumbler with him. I couldn’t caught his sight ever since! To make story short, it took 39 mins something for me to cross the finish line which means few mins faster for kiddo#2. He said it was 37 mins something when he crossed the finish line.

 

about to cross the finish line

picture taken by Oki Pan

Last year, at the same event, it took 40:11 for him to cross the finish line.

Seine neur Best Zeit –his new PB.

 

Bintaro Trojan Runners

 

There were 2 Busselton Ironman Finishers  (the city is in Western Australia, if you are wondering) and IM 70.3 finisher in the picture. While Pak John (the white man, UK origin) got 2nd Podium, 19 mins for 5K. The rest are just-for-fun runners 😉
On the way home, kiddo#2 said he breath better. I told him that is because his swimming class. I sent him to a swimming class to support his soccer class. The swimming course supervised by Elsa Manora, yeah…the ex national athlete whose oldest sister was my all time national athlete favorite! Ratu Kolam di jamannya. If you are in my age, you can guess who I am referring to!

Anyway, I offered him to take another class, so it will be twice a week, but he said No.

oh well…

Sentul Half Marathon Race Recap

Endlich! Die erste race des Jahre!  After 120 days, Ich bin zurück! I signed up for shorter distance tho and Thanks God I did! Tell you why! A continue of midlife crisis #teeeheeee really made all hell broke loose!

Lack of practice, mood drop, bad food intake, didn’t do good on something I’ve prepared for month. meh! And  honestly speaking, I didn’t prepare anything for this race. Just miss having pic of me with finisher medal posted in Every soc-med I have! hahahah! bear with me!

March 27th, 2016

Woke up at 2.30 am after only 2 hours of sleep because Valas would  picked me up at 3.30 am about the same time, maling pulang. Arrggh!  thanks to midlife crisis-rewriting novel kehidupan!  You gave me sleepless night:((

Fortunately, she was with Lora so she allowed me to have extra hour of sleep. Another hour, we arrived at Sentul Convention Centre  (SCC) where the race took place and had sholat shubuh there. After checking other Bintaro Trojan Runners where about, warming up, group photos (of course!) we went to starting pen.

The Half Marathon distance started at 6.00 am! SHARP!

Another 15 mins, for us, the 10K runners! yeah! I made  a pledge with Maktin and Acha we would stick together until finish line do us part!

Anyway, told ja! The starting pen start at SCC complex, I learn the route days before to expect the killer hill and wonder how the race organizer would  work with the traffic as it would be some intersections!

It was….bad! Honestly speaking!

here is the recap :

  • For 10 K route, 500 meter from Hotel Haris all the way to the round about and turn left, passing  Giant Hypermarket straight ahead   to sentul city/taman budaya.
  • The first intersection and there were metersssssss of car lines. Waiting for runners. Of course, some of them get upset! They have waited for 10 mins! This is our first hill before entering the gate to Sentul City area. I wasn’t surprise! been here hundreds of time 😀

 

First Hill

  • Next intersection was just near the gate. The organizer closed the road for quite some time  and I hate the sounds of blowing horn. I heard one of the marshals  speak over the TOA even said “Pak, malu sama pakaian ngancungin saya jari tengah!” bahahahhaha. So there is a mosque near the gate, seems one of the jamaah  still wearing peci ,sarong and baju koko, felt annoyed by the traffic! Not sure why, don’t care either.
  • In my surprise, we make a left turn a little after that! Aha! this is new route for me!!! Never ran in this area before, here’s a another hill! I think it was in  Km 3-4! ah, beautiful!

MakTin on the (hilly) Move!

regram from @mesarace. We saw a photographer and MADE him took our picture! It was a sharp hilly track, we gave our best smile and (for sure) cursed after that :))

  • Setelah ada tanjakan, pasti ada turunan! And yeah…yay! Downhill!!!!!
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Yay! downhill yaaaayyy! *NOT*

  • It is in Km 5 probably, we are out of this housing complex went to main road again. Another intersection, but there were less cars this time. Probably they already learn the situation.  yep, down and up and up and up again turn left before ruko-ruko !Maktin and Acha had left me when I took picture down hill.
  • I caught with them again in third water station, and finally! they offered isotonic drink! Seeeeee! There were no isotonic drink in previous WS. I was tired then fortunately someone offered me date! I took one.  Meine Gott! Ich hatte Glück. Even Maktin forget to bring ones. She’s the one who always prepared extra food for us! I feel like I had extra energy! Let alone the salt stick!
  • Down hill passing the famous Ah Pong, before that I met Rika. So I jog with her. It was 7.30 am something and sun shines VERY bright! It as HOT! HOT! HOT! I cursed yet feel lucky that I signed up for 10K! bahahhaahhahahah
  • Another 1 km, we went straight back to SCC again. Another intersection, but this time was also with good (traffic management)
  • Well, as already posted in my Instagram , we crossed the finished line together and result said
    • Acha 1:27:03, Maktin 1:27:04, Sikiky 1:27:03! Ich finde es süß. Sweet, isn’t it? hahahahah  Rika 1:27:29

Golden Girls

Happiness is the moment you see the finish line after cursing like 13,456 times “Set dahhh…nih tanjakan ngga selesai selesai sikk” 

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First Medal in 2016

  • Owh, the elevation gain for 10K was 100 m something while it was 300m for HM.
  • And…while I was waiting for Valas to cross the finish line, it was like 8 am already. I saw many speechless  or may be palm faces =)) for HM runners . Heat was unbearable! for hundreds of time I  was thankful that I signed up for 10K! It took 3 hours for Valas to cross the finish line!
  • So, in my opinion, the race organizer was so-so! Marshals were great tho! they still waiting for all HM runners to cross the finish mat eventhou it was almost 10 am. anyway, due to its brutal hilly track, Seems I won’t be back again for longer distance 😀

However, i think I still love running, I’ll be back again oh…well perhaps! but no more long run =))

Bis Später! 

 

2 X U compression Race Recap

OOT : sorry for the protected post on my previous post. you know where to reach me to get the password  if you want to read it.

Allright, where are we?

(in my opinion) this was the most long awaited race! The famous 2XU compression Run finally in Jakarta! Years ago, the 2XU race in Singapore were (and I think still ) very famous for Indonesia runners, as we barely had running races! Let alone the Half Marathon distance. IN 2014 (or was it in 2013) they even have the Full Marathon distance. I think one of most favorite ones besides Sun Down Marathon and the famous Singapore Standard Chattered  Marathon that will be held next two weeks.

back to tanah air, while the famous Adidas King Of The Road has been absent for two years (including in all neighbouring countries where they usually held the race such in singapore, KL, Manila and Bangkok) and seems that, after the accident to one of the runners last year, no more Standart Chattered Half Marathon which already held since 2011! that explains why this race would be “sangat ditunggu tunggu” beides Nike Bajak Jakarta, perhaps.
Thus, when The famous koko Willy Sanjaya  sent the teaser, guess we (runners) went nut! the well known brand finally has its races in Jakarta.
when the registration opened, as expected the server went down :))

It was sold out in few hours and koh Willy gave another slots…and another and another.

to make it short, I signed up for HM distance that cost IDR 575K something,  and would received socks from Newton, 2XU race tee and 2XU finisher tee for HM distance only.

hence, that’s explain why this race is famous! ngarepin kaos 2XU brayyyyy!

Fast forward, Unfortunately, I  didn’t get a change to have a long run after my Full Marathon. longest distance was only 7Km when I had my morning run with Ejah at CFD.
When I was a volunteer for The Jakarta Marathon, oct 26th 2015, I felt Jakarta’s temperature was at its worst. No raining for weeks and it was — even though not as thick as in Sumatra islannd — actually sky was covered by haze! I barely saw sky crappers from distance. Trust me, as non private cars users in Jakarta on weekdays, I do look up the sky from pedestrian bridge, etc. At this point i was thinking of giving my BIB.

Yet, couple of days before D days, rainy days had come. I could see a blue sky again from my front porch. Thus, I decided to go.
Taking taxi to cut the hustle, I picked Mas Eri and Pak Donny after shubuh pray, and as expected traffic to AEON Mall was heavy! It was 5.15 am were still in the cab, while race would start at 5.30am.

I was a bit nervous since…I brought a bag with me. changing clothes and power bank 🙂 my mistake! eri said jokingly

“udah loe bawa lari aja tuh tas”

#pret!

and what is race without “eh ya ampun, gw lupa kalau…”

I left my sunglasses this time! meh! running in BSD and forget sunnies. BIG MISTAKE! 

Anyway, I managed to drop the bag 5 mins before start and met friends from Bintaro Trojan Runners at start line
5.30 am sharp, the race began. Here’s my recap:

– i ran with Evi and Rika, also from Bintaro Trojan Runners. Evi just had her virgin FM I Jakarta with a respective  time for me :)) It was her first FM and di jakarta boooo matahari ada 17 langit coklat ketutup debu!

– first 5K was oke with me. Evi was pacering me. it was 38mins something for 5K

– at 8K something I took salt stick, I felt body temperature increase already
– before 10K, I said Evi to go ahead. I felt so tired. I started to walk
– Anyway it’s BSD, yet, good job grom RunID, the most professional race organizer for me, they creates new loop, new route. walaupun view nya itu itu aja sik. tapi rutenya baru, they always come up with new route! good job!
– at Km 15, I really lost mood for running. my sister passed me, she had toilet break previously. at this point, I walked. anyway sponge were available  and it was heaven!
– water station were nice! every 2Km i think! thanks God! there were like 17 suns above BSD! Panasssssss! I took an ice block and put in my jersey!!! it melted right away!

Yisca sent me this. have no idea where was it

– at Km 17, I saw the opposite way, my fast runners friend like bu thya, Pak Giri, Valast, Diana, Deio were…walking! they were at km 20’s!

i was surprise,

“panas! malas lari” mostly said so.
– There was a U  turn at Km 19, I saw Namira from the other side, I waited for her. so i wont get boring walking alone.
– we managed to take pic with this sign. bahahahahahhahaha.

look at back ground. It’s like in Bahrain instead of BSD

i saw many finishers cheered us and said “hayuh, finisher tee nya keren lo”

we threw smile and walked, they were very sweet. Few seconds after that  “rapihin dulu penampilan, biar finish kece”
there it is! Alhamdulillah ngga pakai kram aja sih! 3 hours 15 mins!!! Bahahahhahah! sure it wasn’t my PB!
anyway, gw ngga mau bela diri of my ugly performance. never do strength training and my bike has been too long in the garage. skip swimming class soooo many times.

I was lack of practice, I didn’t pay attention to my intake! It was also a slap on the face that I must watch my intake again as I’m not getting any younger.

I didn’t drink electrolyte D-3 like I used to before long distance run, i (again) consume trash like candies and flavored-bottled-water, oily and processed food, dan lain sebagainya.

there’s always lesson to learned on every race. 🙂
and anyway, seems I wont sign up for any race in BSD again :)) until those trees have grown BIG! next 5 years perhaps? hahahah
I think I am only good running in four seasons countries, however my Bank account doesn’t say so. TEEEE HEEEEE!

medal is nice though!

until my next race ! I signed up for Tahura Trail 21km next January. Wish me luck!


PS : klik here for 2016 Compression Run in Singapore. IN case you’re interested!

Berlin Marathon 2015 Race Recap

It’s First November, last day for Berlin ballot 2016 😀 and New York Marathon just start few mins ago. Finally, post of the main reason of my Europe Trip 🙂

it was in December 2014, when I had 4 eyes conversation with Ishida-san back In Singapore #penting #pisan, a text message arrived at my mobile phone said my credit card was charged Euro 100++ for SCC events!

whoa! I made it to for Berlin Marathon 2015 Ballot 🙂
so did my sister, Noni and Manda. The B and the F sisters 😀

Thus, i decided to ditch my Paris Marathon bib (bye bye Euro 100 bib -___- )  and signed up for a triathlon race in H1 2015! In which,  i never regret *WINK* Unlike my life, my race is well planned #eh 😉
later we knew that Riefa, Corry and Kak Oi were coming too!

well as told here , 2 months before the D Day I was supervised by a coach. my level of fitness and endurace dropped to its lowest point #meh. I finished my 30K practice in….5 hour something! Felt like a loser already!

Thursday, 24th September

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picking up race pack at the expo. for runners, before picking up the race pack, it is mandatory for us to wear the blue bracellet until the race day. and must show it to the starting pen area.’s a sign that you’re a legal runners not using fake BIB.

little confession: I still have the bracellet #susah #moveon

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Blue Ribbon

and owh, I picked the finisher tee too. yes, unlike SCMS, BMBM, or else may be, the finisher tee is not part of registration fee. I paid for another 30euro if i’m not mistaken. forgot!

so, if you plan to join Berlin Marathon better order in prior. My pic holding the bib was taken by a Mexican now lives in Virginia, USA. His name is Alejandro and Berlin Marathon 2015 would be his 4th FM. He was with his wife (forgot her name). He said last year, he undergo his third FM in Athens! (oh my goshhh…the original Marathon!!!) and it was a surprise  present from his wife.  The wife prepared everything before telling him they’d go to Athens! OHHHH SOOOOO SWEEEETTTTT! :-* *garuk garuk aspal*

Friday, 25 sept 2015

we had carboloading held by Indonesia’s embassy in berlin. The embassy also gave us visor with #INDONESIA on the left and German’s flag on the right. Or is it the other way around?

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Indonesia participants in Berlin Marathon 2015

Saturday, 26th sept

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we decided to join Breakfast Run held by the comittee. Run took place from Charlotte Palace to Olympia stadium. It was approx 6km of running thru Berliners’  residence which was VERY VERY nice

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like its name, the comitte prepared breakfast at the Stadium consist of varieaty of bread,apple, banana, even yougurt. in my surprise yaaaa

I thought indonesian people are hardly have manner to queue ..eh yakkk sama ajaaa masakkkk!!!!

tuh bule bule juga ngga bisa antri booo pas ngambil makanan! rebutan pisan!!! –“
yeaahh, people that run comes from all over the world, so cant judge which! 😉
In the  evening my sister and Get Get had dinner at Thai Restaurant in Alexander platz, discussing a drama plot! it’s 9 degrees in the morning at 16 degrees at noon so we were wondering (hard) what should we wear for tomorrow

#world’s class problem
and here’s a tip from for you (runners) who live in tropical countries and running in cold temp country
1. bring glove to start pen and jacket! Cheap ones! it warms you before start gun and before or during run, juat throw them away! I saw many jackets scattered on start pen

2. Live in that country for a while, perhaps? 😀

SUNDAY, 27 September 2015

wake up early *oh my gosh!! what was I thinking before??? went to Berlin for a M.A.R.A.T.H.O.N?? cem betullll aja! 

it’s 42.2 km boooo!!!

we had breakfast at the hotel which is a partner of this event. its restaurant opens at 6 am on the D day and we saw many runners around.

at 7 am met Prasti  at Postdemar Platz then  heading to start pen, some dropped its bag, and met with other runners from Jakarta/Tangsel. Picture credit to Riefa.

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riefa, jeffry, sikiky, Chiro, yola, prasti, corry

Start line diveded by 8 waves, I was on the last of course. Well, also the rest of Indonesian runners i know. except chiro, faster runner were in front. Expected time for wave H was above 4.30 hours. TEEE HEEE…if there is K wave, I’d be fall in K wave I guess :))

at 9.40 something,  start for H wave.

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smile, before the torture. Pic taken by Riefa I guess

woose there we go!

  • Coach R said DON’T try to make a PB on your long run race!!! so, spare 3-5 mins from your PB. my PB for 5K was 35 mins, and it was 39 mins when I saw 5 K mark.
  • water station is every 3K. in first 3K they provide water and isotonic water only. in Km 9 (every 2 other WS) they provide banana, apple and…apple tea! DELICIOUS
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    at km 8 something

  • at 10Km mark i recorded 1 hr 20 mins, which is still far from my PB of 1 hr 14 mins. Oh well, I’m within the pace. weeks of training my 10K always last over 1 and half hour!!!
  • owh, the route mostly flat slighy hilly between Km 7 amd Km 8. the spectators were great!!!!! I LOVEEEE THEM!!!!  They will look at you bib and call out your name. Kan nama kita segede gede dosa tuh di print di BIB.   OOT: waktu gw jaga water station di The Jakarta Mrathon minggu lalu, itu yang gw lakukan buat menyemangati pelari, call them  by their bib name. Unfortunately their name printed in small letters. kan susah pas ada pelari yang cakep trus manggil nama mereka. #eh
  •  I used my salt stick every 7Km, I brought 5 and two Snickers Bars.
  • at Km 18 i felt a noticeable cramp in my right calf. I saw medic team they said they dont have that spray nor the balm. Silly me! i forgot my own note written on my virgin FM!
  •  I felt that my body temperature is getting high. Then I took my jacket.  I can’t throw it away, it’s Lulu Lemon  #jahhahahahahha #dia #pamer! That’s why better you bring your -emang-ngga-mau-dipake-lagi- jacket.
  • owh, there were many many attractions  along the way!!!  Some played the Alphron, that Switzerland’s flute. even the Taiko — beduk Jepang itu lho! though ones who played the Taiko were (seems) local, Not Japannesse! But can’t find Gamelan tho! 😀
  • I think it was between Km 21 – Km 24 when a West Asia looking boy at about my kids’s age look puzzled at me and asked me with a very decent English  — mind you, I ran in non English speaking country —Where do you come from?”later he said “good luck, Kiky”Puzzled because I’m the one which he saw wore hijab, perhaps. :)). At around this area, there is also a shower in which, I didn’t need. Hello!!! its 16 degres my man!!! OOT (lagi) kenapa ngga ada di Jakarta Marathon ya pancuran ini? penting banget lhooo kalo udara tropis sih. Di KL Marathon aja ada! 
  • my FM drama is always at  KM 25 i guesss!!! The cramp become very noticeable. There is also a huge area for medic in Km 25. They didn’t have the spray nor the balm but provide massage service. Well I asked for a massage, being ogah rugi I am! Euro 98 for the registration fee, man! :))
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mas mas tukang pijat gw

they also provided this service in Km 31. But when I got to Km 31, literally no runners around.
  • I think it was at Km 30, my mood of running dropped to its lowest point. Only less than 2 hour left and I’m soooo far for the finish line! I know how I run, completing 15 km in 2 hours would be impossible for me. Gw udah mulai malas-malasan….gee! I came this far and DNF! What a shame.
  • yet, at Km 32 then I realized…eyampun….tinggal 10Km lagi yaaaa bukan 13 Km!!! bahahahahhaha semangat lagi…. but hell, yeah, I saw some finishers also cheering us up! udah kelar dari dua jam yang lalu kayaknya. lucky, it’s in Berlin, not Sudirman!  Where the temperature was 16 degrees something. But just to make thing worst, I got passed by many many many eldery joggers! Oh nope, they were doing POWER WALK, yet wayyyyyyyy faster than I was who (was trying) to jog!!! Asli malu cuyy!!! tuh udah beneran kakek nenek,  I bet older than my daddy!
  • I think from this point forward I was cursing I-WILL-NEVER-SIGN-UP-FOR-A-MARATHON-AGAIN! EVER! -___-
  • Anyway Just toooo make it fast… here I saw the Brandenbug Torr..and owh wait! What? finish line is still 500m away.
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1km terlama dalam hidup gw kayaknya!

  •  There you go, i did it. Alhamdulilah. I asked a Taiwan runner to take my pictures. We made friend at Km 28 or something 😀

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 And to my surprise, many of my friends were tracking me down. I got my own track from them
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forgot who sent this to which group 🙂

So, there is my result 🙂

PS: pictures taken by the committee, bought from Marathon Photos dot com. Yang tahun depan mau beli fotonya mending lewat Run De Globe aja, dapat diskon. gw sih anaknya sok-sok don’t rich people difficult. 😀

Anyway, after the race, made friend from KL who would be participating again the following week at Lindau, Sparkasse Marathon, namanya. Larinya lewat 3 negara German, Austria and Swiss. Cakep view-nya tapi yaah beliau sakit  jiwa kayaknya =)) Back to back marathon!

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with Haris, our new friend from KL

bla bla bla… then we went out of the area to take pictures in its landmark with Namira. When we were busy taking pictures,a lady later I know her name was Gabriella approached me and asked where do I come from and whyyyyyy I wore hijab! Aih, seru amat sih ini! Muka gw muka gossip kali yaw! Then we took pictures with her, Gabriel came from Hannover if I’m not mistaken! She also had our pictures in her camera. Hi Gabrielle!!!

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With Gabrielle

Serulah lari di Berlin, for sure. View are great, the spectators were wonderful!!! Pas lewatin daerah pendatang gw juga diteriakin Assalamu’alaikum sama orang2x Turki kayaknya. If money isn’t the issue, feel like joining this race annually. *carispouseyangtinggaldiJermanajaapaya?* =))

Ok, till my next world class marathon! see  you in either Chicago or New York 2016!  =))*not*