Maratona Internacional de Macau

Marathon

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Macau Marathon
AIMS – CERTIFIED 
Distance – 42.195 km
ACTUAL DISTANCE (GARMIN) – 44.18 km
LATEST  MACAU NEWS UPDATE :
The official Marathon race route was not followed due to Marshal and Lead car errors.
Due to error instead of the Marathon distance being 42.195 km it extended to 44.180km.
ACTUAL FINISH TIME  – 4:36:17
ESTIMATED TIME OF FINISH for 42.195 km (GARMIN) – 4:20:00
*I had to make 2 - Wiwi stop, (Urinate stop).

Estimated Runners who ran the Marathon :
900

Weather :
Temp. 13C
Rain… Rain…Rain and more Rain (it rained the entire race)
Strong headwind.
Cold.

Marathon Course :
Double loop.
Flat course but Killer hills when you go up the bridge 4 times, from a flat 7 meter elevation above sea level it would rise to 37 meters.
I could really feel the burn in my thighs.

Cut off time :
5 hours 

WHAT I DID DIFFERENT COMPARED TO PREVIOUS MARATHONS WHICH IN MY OPINION MADE ME RUN BETTER AT MACAU :
  1. My last run before marathon day was Thursday evening. I ran 15.23 km
  2.  I took Friday and Saturday off ( No run day ). Did a lot of walking , sightseeing and eating but whenever I could get a chance to sit and rest my legs I would.
  3.  I was eating more of rice, noodles, fish, vegetables  and sweet stuff, much as possible  I avoided eating meat.
  4. I slept around 9 pm ( Saturday ) and got up 3 am ( Sunday ) a good 6 hours sleep. The race started at 5 am. 
  5.  I did not take any pain killer ( Alaxan ) for a week before race day. On Saturday evening before bedtime I took 1000 mg Alaxan and on Sunday 4 am an hour before race day I took another 1000 mg.
  6. I wore my calves sleeve.
  7. When my muscle in my inner thighs would start to tighten ( 33 km ) I would incorporate knee lifts and side to side leg movements to shake off the tightness. I would do this “ Anti cramp Dance “ every km till the finish line. it worked !!!
Funny MomentS :
- 2 Chinese Runners “ Farted” in front of me during the races. I did not smell it ( thank God ) but it sure      made me laugh. :-0
- The weather was so cold that even the Women would urinate in the bushes.

Overall Experience :
In spite of the rain, puddles and strong head wind. It was a wonderful Marathon experience.
Macau is not very big that the race route made as pass all Through the Casinos and some Historic sights. 
i was also very excited when we cross the bridge 4 times to get to the other side of Macau. What an awesome view of the entire city, bright lights , neon signs from the casino.
I was also feeling good the entire race and no leg cramps which made the races even much more enjoyable. In fact at the last 3 km I even picked up the pace and was again flying to the finish line.
I highly recommend this Marathon Race especially if you want to get a PR from a CERTIFIED AIMS COURSE . not a big race which i like. it is also not very expensive to fly to macau which is even better if your kuripot like me. 

Got my Race Bib.
Got myself a souvenir Race jacket 

Did a little sightseeing  by foot
 
Trying my luck ha ha ! Sorry i do not Gamble.
I don't even know how to use the machine :-)

 I love the look of this building 

Marathon Course :
Double loop - Flat course but Killer hills when you go up the bridge 4 times, from a flat 7 meter elevation above sea level it would rise to 37 meters.
Improvised Garbage bag Rain Gear.  
I DID NOT COME TO MACAU TO ENJOY THE SIGHTS
I CAME TO MACAU TO RACE!!
Entering the Stadium about 500 meters to the finish line - still feeling strong and good !


 Got my Finisher Medal 
Lunch post race food 
Dinner Post race food