I’ve done night hike before except it wasn’t 10km. It was probably just 4km.
Since we didn’t do any long hike last week, I decided to join the Beach Bunch’s Reece night.
A few things that I got to prepare for the night hike were water for my hydration pack and Bobby’s, mosquito repellent and compressed socks (Bobby got this from TriUltra as part of the 57.5 race pack). Bobby also packed 3 night lights. I was considering to wear short sleeves and shorts but decided against it because bobby said it could be cold. So I wore the usual long sleeves and pants.
By the time we arrived at Jerudong beach, I could see there were already a few hikers who arrived earlier than we did.
We also met 2 of our students. Rudierwan and Robert.
We had briefing given by Rizan from Beach Bunch.
Group photo was taken before we started.
Then we started to walk at 6.30pm.
I was able to maintain my pace for the first 3km. My speed was above 5km/hr.
Since we started to go uphill, my speed dropped to 3.6km/hr for the next 2km.
It was after that 5km, I started to feel the hike was getting easier even though we went up hills several times. my speed going up hill was 4km/hr and above and when it was flat, I speed went up above 5km/hr.
I couldn’t believe myself when I started to walk faster and we overtook 4 groups of people on our way to Agro Park.
After 8km of hiking and we went downhill, I started to pick up my pace to a light jog. I was able to maintain my speed for 1 km until I reached another uphill slope at 9.14km. This was when I stop jogging and just walked again until I reached a flat terrain and I jogged until I reached 10km.
I surprised myself to be honest. I didn’t expect to be able to do the distance in 2 hours 6 minutes.
There are a few things that made huge differences from this hike to my first hike using the same route.
- Hiking was at night, it was cooler and I can afford to push myself a little bit since I wasn’t concerned about heat.
- We were going the reverse route and it was a lot easier!
- Bobby reminded me to pace myself and not to push myself early and I therefore had time to warm up for the first 5km.
- Once I warmed up, my walking pace on flat terrain and going downhill was 5km/hr or more.
- My walking speed going uphill was consistently more than 3km/hr.
- I used the momentum of going downhill to jog uphill after the 8km.
Reached Agro Park before 9pm.
I stretched for a bit before we were looking for Robert for a ride going back to Jerudong Beach. But Bobby managed to find another ride with a couple who decided to cut short their hike to just 10km. We joined the couple instead.
We didn’t know the couple, we were all strangers and while in the car we got to know them.
Funny story really! Turns out she was a second cousin of mine from my mother’s side. M like Brunei is really a small world! So here’s a selfie of Ayu and I.
I stretched more when we were dropped off at Jerudong Beach because my knees was hurting. While stretching, I told Bobby I was so freaking hungry and I also craved something with soup.
We went to WYWY and I got asam curry prawns!
Happy that my craving was satisfied by the end of the night!