Haze Worsens

 

Tourist expecting to see the Petronas Twin Towers today will be disappointed. They're there, somewhere, honest.
Tourists expecting to see the Petronas Twin Towers today will be disappointed. They’re there, somewhere, honest.

I love Malaysia, Love it! I love the diversity, the vibrancy, the sense of possibilities, the people (when they are not on motorbikes or driving cars). I don’t want to leave. So I feel sorry for anyone visiting right now, or newly arrived. Not only do we have the pall of MH370 hanging over the country, and the debacle of the Anwar Ibrahim scandal, many people have no running water and this morning the air is so polluted that driving the kids to school felt like a scene from Armageddon.

The Royal Palace shrouded in smog
The Royal Palace shrouded in smog

Yesterday, four times Boston Marathon Champion and former World Record holder, Catherine Ndereba, arrived in Kuala Lumpur as guest speaker at the Malaysia Women Marathon event which kicks off tomorrow. The races take place in Shah Alam on Sunday, assuming the air is clear enough. I’m doing the Half Marathon. Tomorrow, I plan to drive out there to hear Catherine speak about balancing her career as world champion and motherhood. Obviously, I’ve left it a bit late to start aspiring to be world champion, or even champion, but I‘m sure her experience will be interesting and relevant nonetheless.

There is no question of running outside today. I’ve had a frog in my throat all week, thanks to the haze. I’ll have to attempt a few easy kilometres on the treadmill.  Yes, I say easy, but there’s no such thing as an easy kilometre on a conveyer belt. Let’s hope the air clears up as fast as it deteriorated yesterday. It’s hard to imagine racing on Sunday if the pollution continues but until we hear otherwise, we must assume that it will.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 comments

  1. BOO! to treadmill, I tried it 2 weeks ago, it seemed like a kilometre took forever to cover!!!

    You still racing this weekend? If I don’t catch a post from you before then…
    Wish you many great miles!
    Can’t wait to hear all about it!

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  2. I managed 6km:) Luckily as I’m meant to be tapering I didn’t feel pressure to do anymore. So far, I’m still racing but even since I posted, the air quality has deteriorated further. But that can change overnight so I guess I’m carbo-loading just in case and accepting that if the race is cancelled I will still have to pay for the hotel and live with the extra calories. The race starts at 5:30 AM and is 50 mins + parking time from KL, hence the hotel room.

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