This was my first race outside India. I was excited about it because it was going to be in Thailand.
I registered for a 10K as I wanted energy for sightseeing the rest of the day. I knew I wouldn’t be able to walk after a half marathon. The previous day I collected my BIB at the location.
The marathon was held at Rama 8 bridge, a central location in Bangkok. I stayed near Khao San road, which was 4 km from this place. The cruel part about this race was it started at 4 AM. The flag off time. I had to be there at 3 30 PM. I did not sleep the previous night. I was on phone with my parents till 1 AM. I came down and chattered with my friends till 230 AM. I had a small nap and was woken by my friend. I put on my shoes booked a cab and left.
I reached on time to leave my belongings in the locker and before the cars were stopped from entering the location. A trainer gave some warm up instructions which we followed. The race was flagged off at 4 15 AM. Luckily I wasn’t that sleepy. The announcements were in Thai language.
It was on a flyover. The sky was pitch black with only the street lights to light up the way. There was refreshments at every 3 KM. It was a pleasant run. I ran at my usual pace and finished at 1:24 hrs. The medal was given right after the finish line.
The best part about the run was the breakfast spread!
Sandwiches, Grass jelly juice, Grass jelly soup with quail egg, omelet rice, Sports drinks,
Fruits. I had a nice time by the bridge facing the sunset.The sun rose majestically among the buildings and the river.
I slept the first half of the day.
It was a great first international run!