Jimbo’s memo to self: never ever run in any event, not even if it’s for charity! Jimbo was not born to run. He is no Forest Gump! Almost died running.
Which was what happened last Sunday when Jimbo was registered to run in the IJM’s Charity Run for Women Against Violence held in Seremban 2.
The route for men above 16 years old was 10 km* in distance while for the women and those under 16 years old, it was 7 km. Unfortunately there was no ‘veteran’ category like they had in the PD Half Marathon Jimbo ran in last year and so Jimbo had to run with very many younger, stronger and fitter guys (and boys). Sigh….the energy of the young!
The last time IJM had a similar event, it was a Charity Walk and the route was merely 3 km long. The goody bag was a lot better then too. This time round, there was only a sausage roll, a cake and a bottle of mineral water in the red plastic bag. Definitely a severe downgrading from last year. Even the elephant for the petting zoo didn’t show; being allegedly trapped in a Kelantan flash flood! (sure or not?!)
And this time, only one IMU student joined Jimbo. He was pretty light footed too, coming in at spot number 112 and thus winning one of the 200 pendrives up for grabs!
The 10km* run was grueling for Jimbo because he hadn’t trained for it. The recent bout of bad weather did not allow Jimbo to do much outdoor exercise. To make matter worst, Jimbo lost his soul sole, somewhere along the 6 km point! So, Jimbo kinda semi-ran and semi-hobbled from that point on to the finish line – see where the Forest Gump part came in?!!! Anyway, Jimbo is kinda glad because he hated that pair of shoes anyway. Good excuse to buy a new pair.
Well, he wasn’t among the first 200 to arrive at the finish line, and so did not get a pendrive but he did finish the race, in a pretty decent time of about 50 minutes. Not bad for an old guy, don’t you think?
Tues, 101109 @ 0700
Psst…there is the 1Malaysia run this weekend in Seremban town. Only 7 km long. Interested? Come get the forms from Jimbo.
*As it turned out, they LIED! It wasn’t 10 km but was merely 7 km. No wonder Jimbo finished the race so fast!