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Twin Lotus 2011

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Twin Lotus Half Marathon (ดอกบัวคู่ มินิ-ฮาล์ฟมาราธอน)
26 June 2011
Suan Luang Rama IX Park (Srinakarin 55), Bangkok

It was a struggle out there today. But hey, I survived.

The early Sunday started with Nan and I waking up at 3:30am. After having bagels for breakfast, we drove to Rama IX park to join the event I ran two years ago.

Got my number and went to the start line 10 min before the gun. The first part went rather smoothly. Quick, but controlled pace. Then, after a mini surge, I got pain on my right stomach area at around km 12-13 and the side stitch got more intense as the race went on. Couldn’t take a full breath. Even felt like throwing up.

Around km 18 I felt terrible and had to stop and walked— something I had never done in a race something I only did once in a race (back in 2008 Bangkok Marathon). This type of pain never happened to me before. I think it may be caused by a lack of warmup and going out a bit too hard.

The course was all right today. The sun wasn’t too strong. The staff was helpful directing the route. The distance markers were lacking though. There were maybe only 4-5, irregularly spaced, in the whole course. So it was not easy gauging my pace. It probably wouldn’t matter anyhow, since I was struggling so much. It was about pain management more than achieving any time goal in the second half of the race.

In the last km, I picked up the pace and wanted it to be over. I was happily surprised to obtain a personal best in this difficult race. I got in at about the same time as the 60+ age group winner.

Finish time (self timed): 1:36:02 (7:20 min/mi, 4:33 min/km). PB by about 13 min.

The lively event had 2,400 participants, with 500 running the half, 1300 the 10 km, and 600 the 5 km fun run. The half marathon male winner is Boonthueng Srisang (บุญถึง ศรีสังข์) in 1:10:xx. I stood right next to him at the start line. Took 2 seconds for him to disappear in the front. The female winner is Saifon Biawong (สายฝน เปี้ยวงศ์). In the 10 km, Sanchai Namkhet (สัญชัย นามเขตต์) and Sonthiya Saiwaew (สนธิยา สายแวว) won it. (source).

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Written by Rop

June 27, 2011 at 5:52 am

Posted in running

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  1. Well, at least you got a PB, but you can obviously do better. Next time skip the bagels and just have a banana or two. And sports drink.

    Bob Poulson

    June 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    • Bob: that’s good advice regarding prerace fuel.
      hoping to do better next time.


      June 27, 2011 at 8:47 pm

  2. excellent time my dear Rop !
    after your marathon, you’re beating your PB on the half
    mine is 1h40, Paris half-marathon and I beat my last PB over 14 minutes
    1h36 is excellent
    my next race will be the 20 K of Paris where I’ll try to make sub 1h30
    bless you runner pal


    June 27, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    • thanks Pm. i tried my best.
      good luck on your goal.


      June 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm

  3. Way to go! Nice job on the PR on a difficult course. I can relate to picking up the pace to just get it over with and be done at times.. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing.
    Gotta Run


    July 3, 2011 at 8:52 pm

  4. still a great time in those conditions, rop. once you have sorted your pacing strategy you’ll be pushing 1:30. congrats on the pb


    July 18, 2011 at 2:36 am

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