An invitation from Kat to venture into new experience was too hard to resist although at first, it sounded intimidating for a lazy bum like me (hahaha). But yeah, like what she said, “Bila lagi nak mencuba sesuatu yang baru?” With that as a trigger for motivation and myself eager to experience this new healthy-athletic frenzy, I agreed to join Kat, Nazri, Abg Syahir and one of Kat’s colleague to form the group “Guns ‘N’ Rose” for the Putrajaya Ekiden Run; dated 16th May 2010 for the Youth Day (Hari Belia)!
Lately, I’ve been leading a HECTIC life schedule. On Saturday morning, I had “Taklimat Perkembangan Guru” (meeting on school staffs’ hots-and-nots) and after that “Gotong Royong Perdana.” After that, had a brief ‘Hari Guru’ performance practice for Standard 5 Teachers (since I am teaching standard 4 & standard 5; I am opened to both!). Only around late noon that I am able to push off to Putrajaya! Around 6 P.M., jogged around Precint 14 with Kakak who is like so into the mood of exercising and leading healthy life; met Kat, Abg Syahir & Nazri at Taman Warisan Putrajaya at 7.30 P.M. to collect the relay numbers and also simple briefing by Miss Kitty Kat.
On Sunday, 16th May 2010; gathered at Park-and-Ride/ ERL compound at 6.30 A.M. and then pushed off to Precint 2 where the run was about to take place. But when we arrived there, the management team was so ‘kelam-kabut’ and hurried us to respective stations! I was to be the 1st runner, Abg Syahir the 2nd one, Kat’s colleague the 3rd one, Kat’s the 4th and Nazri as the finale/5th runner. Honestly, I was a bit intimidated seeing all the sturdy and fit bodies all around me whilst there I was, the skinny petite skeleton (Hehehe). But, those mixture feelings were the spices that really put flavors to the experience!
The race was a bit delayed due to ‘technical problems’. We, the first runners were ‘unleashed’ around 8.10 A.M. and off we went! My route was merely 3 KM (but quite ‘semput’! Hehee) from Palace of Justice to Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC). Thank God that I did the two jogging prior to the run; at least I did acclimatize to the run although have to say the weather was scorching hot! When I arrived to the second station, my number was announced and Abg Syahir was getting ready to take the sash away from me (instead of baton, we had a sash). Since the station was crowded with sweaty bodies, I was feeling a little bit nauseous and about to faint; suffocating for oxygen! With a drink and some bread, the first runners were carried back to the Palace of Justice via bus to wait for the rest of team members.
The crowd was thronging the Palace of Justice. After Nazri finished his run, we then went around and somehow ended-up at the V.I.P tent; first, Kat went to meet her DPA boss who was said to be in charged of Kementerian Belia & Sukan but then so happened that En. Maliki, a former of USM management officer ( I forgot what he did) was there. Since Kat knew everyone and everyone in USM knew her, she went to meet En. Maliki who now is a Secretary of a political party. After introducing En Maliki to us, we just stayed at the V.I.P. tent when suddenly the Minister of Sports and Youth, Dato Sabery Chik was there. With En. Maliki being there, we were introduced to him and had opportunity to take photograph with him! But I am so ‘geram’to the photographer who used Abg Syahir’s camera because my picture was captured only half of the frame!!! Grrr!!!!
Above all, it was a very valuable experience. My virgin experience entering a sporty tournament. Thanks Kitty Kat! (,”)