KUALA LUMPUR: National runner Muhaizar Mohamad (pic) is not spared from the effect of haze as he prepares to gun down his fifth title in the Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon on Sept 29.
The 34-year-old Muhaizar won the KL Marathon (Malaysian category) in 2014,2016,2017 and last year. The 2015 edition was cancelled due to haze.
Muhaizar is looking at higher altitude training as his practice in Putrajaya has been disrupted.
“It’s difficult to run through the heavy smog, it has affected my breathing, ” said Muhaizar.
“I’m planning to train in Cameron Highlands for one week as the air quality is better there. It’s a quiet place to train as well.”
The Army sergeant wants to win his fifth KL Marathon title as part of his preparation for the Philippines SEA Games from Nov 30-Dec 11.
He has qualified for the SEA Games on merit by clocking 2’26:42 at the Gold Coast Marathon in Australia in July. The qualifying mark for the Games is 2’31:20.
“I won bronze in my first SEA Games (2017 KL) and expectation is high on me to go one better in the Philippines Games, ” he said.
“I’ve made good progress over the last two years as I’ve improved my time by more than four minutes, ” said Muhaizar, who has a personal best of 2’26:27, which he did at the Berlin Marathon last year.
“Hopefully, the KL Marathon will not be cancelled due to haze, as this will be my last full marathon before the Games.”
He is also hoping to stay injury-free.
“I suffered a heel injury while competing at the Tokyo Marathon in March and had to quit halfway. I don’t want this to happen again, ” said Muhaizar, who will also compete in the half marathon (21km) at the National Sports Day in Putrajaya on Oct 13.