Kiang doh hor!

Mai geh kiang! Translation: don’t act smart!

On Oct 13th, it was my first time to have near-faint experience (there’s medical term for this actually: syncope or presyncope), what a milestone!

On that Saturday, I woke up around 7.30am, headed to the hospital in the hope to do my medical checkup. To my utmost frustration, not only the staff there fucked up my appointment, they served me rather rudely. After lodging a complaint to the PR department, feeling drained due to my fury, I reached home around 10am, swallowed 5 dumplings and I slept until 2.30pm. I skipped lunch because I really did not feel hungry at all. Then I set off to meet A up for Nike Run.

There was actually counter giving out complimentary energy bars but I just felt stuffed. Besides, familiarities bred complacency: I thought my normal training with F after work was already around 8km, so 10km run should be just a piece of cake for me. Holding on to this notion, I also did not stop by any water station to replenish. It just did not occur to me that I would be dehydrated and running out of sugar at the end of the run (Ignorance!)

I was very sure I was just running my normal pace instead of doing over-exertion (the official record could prove this). After dashing through finish line, I had to stop abruptly because the entrance to the race village was a bottle neck and the crowd’s at a stand-still. I was standing in the middle of the crowd initially then very soon I started to feel lightheaded and suffocated, so I moved to the side way to grasp air. I was trying very hard to breathe in deeply, but the oxygen just couldn’t reach the brain! From standing, I became weaker and weaker, cold-sweating non-stop and had to cling to the barrier, at the same time grasped like a fish out of water.

I could imagine my face turned as pale as white paper as this concerned a pair of Chinese couple who passed by and asked, “Are you ok?”

“I think I’m going to faint… how can I temporarily unhook this barrier? I need to stay away from the crowd.”

“Inhale deeply using only your nose, then now exhale slowly while saying ‘hahaha’ aloud.”

I tried my best, but I was so weak I could only “ha” or “haha” instead of “hahaha”.

My hearing started to shut down on me, followed by my vision, the whole world seemed fading away. Before I went blackout, I saw stars in front of me! So cartoon is based on real experience after all! I really had a feeling my life was draining away, and I even thought, “If my brain’s damaged for being out of oxygen for too long, then too bad! Oh, poor A! She won’t be able to contact me when she finishes her run.”

“I think she cannot make it already. Let’s lift her up to cross the barrier!” People around me held my legs, supported my back, lifted me aloft and passed me across the barrier, the people standing across got me and slowly put me down on the empty walkway. I was really grateful but I couldn’t remember if I thanked the people who bailed me out of my misery.

One angmoh, whom I liken to a knight in shining armour, was just people-watching at the walkway initially.  He witnessed what happened to me from the moment I reached the finish line. When I was trying to catch my breath sitting at the empty walkway, the angmoh approached me promptly, handed me a bottle of 1.5L 100 Plus, “Drink this!”

After the first gulp, I could clench my fists again, I knew my life was restored! I gulped down half a bottle of 100 Plus, and my senses all came back to me now and I could stand up again.

I think I damaged my body to a certain degree after the run:-

1) I felt chest pain, the kind of pain that I felt along the ascent to Mount Kinabalu

2) Not only I was high until the evening of Sunday, I was always hungry! The body was like still in shock and trying to recover from the sugar deficit. Scary!

For being reckless, I got bashing from people who cared. LW even sent a “marathon nutrition” lecturing via whatsapp. The near-faint experience is really terrifying and it has taught me well that I shouldn’t take things easily again! A week after the Nike Run, I ran my first half marathon in Putrajaya. I became very kiasi! Before the run, I made sure I was carbo- and potassium loaded, most importantly I ate before the run! (Haha!) How could I forget when I received quite some messages before the run reminding me to eat! (hehe!) !) During the run, I stopped by almost every water station and I consumed my energy bar at the interval of 7km. So, I learnt from my mistake! 😉

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