It was non stop go go go!
We arrived in Kota Kinabalu on a Friday evening ready to go to the beach early on Saturday to set up for the beach volleyball tournament we had organized for the Kota Kinabalu staff. It was a beautiful day on Tanjung Aru Beach and we were excited about the day ahead.
With the 2 volleyball courts set up we headed back to Tune Hotel where we had a press conference. The reason? AirAsia sent 17 runners to take part in the Borneo International Marathon – the first marathon to be held in Sabah for nearly 25 years!
Some had never run in a race before, some were seasoned runners who had taken part in a number of races (I think I would put myself somewhere in the middle of that!)
Right…back to the beach!
Teams from Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur took part in the beach volleyball tournament which went really well and everyone looked like they were having fun. Oh and we had a sand castle competition too!
The tournament finished in perfect timing at sunset where all the staff tucked into some makan after an afternoon of dashing about the sand under the hot sun.
The runners then departed for the pre race pasta party at the Likas Sports Stadium where we all loaded up on the Carb’s to make sure we had lots of energy for the morning.
4am my alarm clock sounded me to get out of bed – VERY early for me on a Sunday! But for those of us who were running in the half marathon we had to be in the taxi at 5am to the stadium for registration and I wanted to make sure I had something to eat and drink before we left.
A few of us before we started the race!
Then we were off! It was my first half marathon ever having only ever competed in 10km running events. I think the fact that we had had such a busy weekend meant I hadn’t actually had time to think all that much about the run itself which might have been a good thing! All 11 of us doing the 21km set off and along the way we could see each other and encourage our colleagues to go on – this was a great way to stay motivated throughout the run.
I must say I enjoyed the run tremendously and having never run over 10km in my life I was very happy with my time of 2hours 23 minutes, ending up in 20th place for the women’s open event.
All 17 runners crossed the finish line which made me (and no doubt them!) very happy and proud (sorry if that sounds corney!). But seriously – some of the runners had never taken part in anything like this in their lives, and what ever distance; 10/21/42k km it was a great achievement for everyone.
All in all a fantastic weekend in Kota Kinabalu even if we were all pretty shattered afterwards. So later that afternoon some of us went and celebrated with some yummy seafood and a drink by the beach – I think we deserved it!