16 June 2013 – This was my formal return to road racing having last raced in a year ago in Nike We Run Seoul 10k during my study abroad exchange semester at Korea University.
Coming into this race, I had put in tremendous effort in interval trainings at the track, much more than I have ever done in my life. I broke my 2.4km PB in a time trial just two weeks before this race coming in at 8:42s, 5s faster than I was 3years ago when I was still serving National Service (NS). This gave me great confidence as I know that the speedwork I have put in training had paid off & I am in much better shape than I was back in NS.
But as soon as the race began, I realised that this wasn’t enough.
Getting ready for 5k Flag-off.
First time on the tape. Lined-up next to the eventual winners on my right & rear.
Reflection: Was taught a very good lesson about pacing during this race. Everything I planned went out of the window when the race was flagged-off. I had never been on the tape of a race before, only during IPPT 2.4km runs. So I followed what I always did during the 2.4km runs; take the lead. This was a huge mistake as I gassed out terribly after the first 500m of running, trying to keep up the pace.
As soon as I could hear the faster runners footsteps slowly behind me catching up, I was powerless to prevent them from overtaking me. Once we passed the first 1km mark, just across the Esplanade bridge, I was fifth. But it was a matter of seconds before many runners overtook me.
The mental aspect of being overtaken in a race cannot be underestimated. It is as if your life-force has been absorbed by the overtaking runner, giving him that extra boost to go even faster. I will implement a start slow, finish fast attitude in the next race, trying to get a negative split at the same time.
I made my way up the concrete bridge beside the Helix bridge in a very slow 1min30s. High 5-ed the volunteers along the way to get a boost as I made the U-turn back to the FINISH.
To be honest finishing at 22:24″ on gun time makes me a little disappointed knowing that I came into this race gunning for a PB. But as soon as Monday came, I dusted off my shoulder, picked myself up & decided to add more mileage going into the next 10km race.
Race Course Advice: Racing in the city is always tricky. The 5km & 10km categories both crosses the concrete bridge next to the Helix Bridge. This is a climb. The 10km category has another climb at the Marina Barrage, where you go up the barrage & down again. Hence, its not really one for a PB.
5km runners will also clash & bottleneck just under the Helix bridge where there is the merging of 10km & 5km runners in addition to the waterpoint located under the bridge. Having said that, all the waterpoints on the course has Pocari Sweat, so that is a definite plus!
7 July 2013
Jurong Lake Run – 10km
Chinese & Japanese Gardens