IJM Duo Highway Challenge – The Half Marathon

This is Part 2 of the IJM Duo Highway Challenge that took place on Sunday 29 July 2018.


The last time I ran a distance like this was back in 2006 – more than a decade ago – when I did the KL Marathon. Admittedly, it nearly destroyed me then, but hey, this was only 21km – half the distance. Surely, I could manage. I’d even been training for it. Well, sort of. I did a couple of long runs on a few Sundays and the occasional 5km in the gym when I could muster up the effort to run on my own. I would have trained harder but my running partner was out of commission and I hate working out alone.

Yeah, I know. I was a lazy git and I paid for it on race day. Running 21km was much harder than I remembered and my knees were screaming blue murder by the time I got to the finish line. I had to physically lift my legs with my hands to get into the car. Fatmanrunning was comtemplating a marathon next year and I was entertaining the idea with him. Yeah. No. I don’t think so. Once in my lifetime will have to do.

Fueling Up

Breakfast was an avacado and nutella sandwich with a banana and coffee. While that may or may not sound like a good idea, it’s my staple for an active morning. I also brought along two energy gels from Science in Sports which I took around the 10 km and 16 km mark. I could feel the boost from the one I took at the 10 km mark. Not sure I felt any benefit at all from the second gel. I guess my body was crashing by that point so no amount of revival was going to help.

Gearing Up

The last time I ran 21km, chaffing from clothing seams was a huge problem. Now that we have seamless, compression wear, I got away mostly unscathed. The only part I couldn’t avoid was my heart-rate monitor which starts chafing at the buckle after a while. That was easily taken care of with chamois cream.

The only problem I had was sports-bra chafing. I had completely forgotten how bad it can get since I haven’t run long distances in over a decade. While it didn’t get bad enough to bleed, it really hurts when I’m in the shower. I’m not a regular long distance runner, so I can afford to wait and heal before running again. That said, sports-bra chafing isn’t very pleasant, so let’s see what we can do about it…

In addition to an application of chamois cream, it is apparently all in the bra – getting the right fit and a bra that moves with you. According to Cheata, a bra with a low underband is also supposed to be better. Will that work? I’ll let you know after the next half marathon.

Race Stats

It took me 2 hours and 48 minutes. Yes, I was disappointed. I had hoped to finish with a better time. Perhaps that was rather arrogant of me to think I could maintain my old run times. I have another half marathon coming up later in the year. The goal will be to beat this time.

Published by Shen-Li

Shen-Li is a stay-home mum to two boys who have been the inspiration for her interest in child development and education. She searches for the balance in child development methods and the educational philosophies that will enable the nurture of happy, confident and successful children. She shares her views and findings at Figur8.

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