Pocari Sweat Run 2013

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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.

I signed up for the 5km category as a warm-up to my main focus of SUB40 10k this year. Arrived relatively early to do some warm-up & ran to the helix bridge to recce the route as I was unsure of which bridge was used in crossing over from the floating platform. The friendly volunteers briefed me & I was headed back to the start pen.
The 10km race had multiple flag-offs & the 5km category was allowed to enter the pen at 0730hrs for the 0745hrs flag-off. I finished my warm-up at around 0720hrs & waited for the pen to open.

Photo credits: Lifestyle1881

Photo credits: Lifestyle1881

I was surprised to be the first into the 5K starting pen. Took a slow jog to the tape.
Photo credits: Lifestyle1881

Photo credits: Lifestyle1881

Getting ready for 5k Flag-off.

Photo credits: Pocari Sweat Singapore

Photo credits: Pocari Sweat Singapore

First time on the tape. Lined-up next to the eventual winners on my right & rear.

Photo credits: David Doit

Photo credits: David Doit

Photobomb!

Photo credits: Pocari Sweat Singapore

Photo credits: Pocari Sweat Singapore

Photo credits: Pocari Sweat Singapore

Photo credits: Pocari Sweat Singapore

Just before the flag-off.
Photo credits: Fighting Flabs

Photo credits: Fighting Flabs

BANG! here we go.

Photo credits: Pocari Sweat Singapore

Photo credits: Pocari Sweat Singapore

To my surprise, I lead the race for first 500m before gassing out  started way too fast.

Photo credits: Pocari Sweat Singapore

Photo credits: Pocari Sweat Singapore

Photo credits: Pocari Sweat Singapore

Photo credits: Pocari Sweat Singapore

Feeling the effects of a way too fast start.
Photo credits: Eye-See-Eye-Shoot

Photo credits: Eye-See-Eye-Shoot

You can see it here too.
Photo credits: Chasing Shots

Photo credits: Chasing Shots

here is another one. definitely the worst of the lot.
Photo credits: Running Kaki

Photo credits: Running Kaki

coming in for the final turn towards the FINISH.
Photo credits: Fighting Flabs

Photo credits: Fighting Flabs

Too little too late, no PB this time.
Photo credits: Fighting Flabs

Photo credits: Fighting Flabs

First Road Race of 2013.
Still in the hunt to break my 5K PB. The Bull Charge maybe?
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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!

Photo credits: Pocari Sweat Singapore

Next Race:

7 July 2013
Jurong Lake Run – 10km
Chinese & Japanese Gardens

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