Penang Bridge International Marathon 2014

Running 21 KM over a Strait 3 A.M. in the Morning

Nov 21, 2014

PBIM 2014 finisher medal.

Two months after my first 10 KM run, I have managed to finish a half marathon (21 KM) during Penang Bridge International Marathon 2014 held on 16th November at Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge (also known as Penang Second Bridge). I already have a new year resolution for 2015 – to complete a full 42 KM marathon.

The Experience

PBIM 2014 5 A.M. bridge view.

For the running part, the first 10 KM felt quite okay, just a little bit out of breath. Things get tough after I stopped for a while near 13th KM, to continue running after a rest was painful so it was just walk-run afterwards. Took me close to 3 hours to finish even though there was very little elevations (around 30 metres, it was a bridge after all).

As for the event as a whole, I read a lot of complaints about “human jam” at the finishing line and insufficient medals to give away because most full marathon and 10 KM runners completed their runs around the same time. I could only imagine how frustrating and demotivating it is to experience those problems right after finishing a long distance run. Lucky for me and probably most of the 21 KM runners that we did not had those issues. Regardless, the organizer needs to have better planning for events of this scale (over 60,000 participants this year) if they ever going to do this again next year.

Lesson Learned

Wearing In-ear earphone when running.

As mentioned, I paused on my way to 13th KM, the reason being I got an ear bud stuck inside my right ear as the in-ear type earphone that I was wearing fell out. I said it during the run but I really need to say thanks again to the St. John volunteers who helped to get it out, if you are reading this, thank you so much!

That must be one of the weirdest reasons to ask help from volunteers during a marathon and everyone laughed when I told them about this incident. I’m so going to get a pair of non in-ear type earphone for running.