SAFRA Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon ’13

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1 September – This was the second of five 10km races I signed up for in consecutive weeks in hope that I would peak in this period & break the SUB40 10k goal.

I went to bed at 2100hrs, & woke up at 1200hrs, tossed & turned in bed till 0330hrs, before deciding to wake up & have a light cereal breakfast since I couldn’t sleep anyways. Left the house at 0445hrs & took a taxi, wanted to alight at Raffles Hotel, after I determined that’s the best location to drop. But the entire Bras Basah road was jammed from the cars that were going for the 21km race, so I decided to alight by the side of the road & walk towards the race site.
Headed to deposit my race pack & saw some familiar faces there. After depositing my baggage, heard the 21km race flag-off. Decided to do some light warm ups & recce the finishing route. In hindsight, I should have come much later as the Emcee at the race site did not announce for 10km runners to gather till approximately 0600hrs & there was not many people at the start line either when I reached there.
  
After finishing my warm-ups, I found a spot on the right of the start pen, two rows behind the front pack. We were watching the 21km runners zoom down to the FINISH in spectacular fashion, & this was way before the sun had risen, way to beat the heat!
Photo Credits: Run Society

Photo Credits: Run Society

Minister Chan Chun Seng, was the Guest-of-Honour to flag off the 10km race. We had the army boys line-up at the start & had to sprint to the sides when the race commence, makes for a good photo, but quite hazardous if one of them falls during the initial jostle.

Photo Credits: Run Society

Photo Credits: Run Society

3,2,1…GO!

Photo Credits: Run Society

Photo Credits: Run Society

Was following these 3 guys from the 6th km onwards. A pack of us had to shout our way through the crowd on the right after the 10km U-Turn point, which converges with the 21km runners.

Photo Credits: Run Society

Photo Credits: Run Society

Photo Credits: Run Society

Photo Credits: Run Society

Photo Credits: Run Society

Photo Credits: Run Society

This was after turning left into Esplanade bridge. Surprised to be in the same picture as my SAFTI & OCS Sergeant Major (2nd from Left). Really respect him as an Encik, definitely made our final days as a cadet very memorable.
Photo Credits: Running Shots

Photo Credits: Running Shots

Some of the Finishing photos coming down the long straight at St. Andrews Road to the FINISH.

Photo Credits: Marathon-Photos

Photo Credits: Marathon-Photos

Photo Credits: Marathon-Photos

Photo Credits: Marathon-Photos

Photo Credits: Marathon-Photos

Photo Credits: Marathon-Photos

Another one to add to the collection.

Medal1

Medal2

Here are the results:Photo Credits: Runpix

Photo Credits: Runpix
Photo Credits: Runpix

Photo Credits: Runpix

Photo Credits: Runpix

Photo Credits: Runpix

Photo Credits: SAFRA Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon

Photo Credits: SAFRA Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon

Reflection: After a disastrous performance at ST Run in the Park in the previous week, I decided to implement some Pyramid Intervals to simulate race day conditions.

In addition, after reading Gold Coast Airport Marathon ’13 local SUB3hr marathoner, Derek Li’s Operation Clam Chowder, I decided to up the mileage to do twice daily runs. I am starting out with 5km runs, with intention to up the mileage as I train for my half-marathon early next year.

As I was coming down Esplanade Bridge, I knew I had alot of time in hand, was very happy, & didn’t think much of the superb timing. I still believed it was true as I shouted at the FINISH line & high5 fellow runners & volunteers. But subsequently, it would be known to me that the race was at least 900m short of 10km.

Hence, as the actual race distance is debatable, I do not actually want to consider this a SUB40 10k, even though with time added on, I am still bang on the money. I have 2 more races to ensure that this is not a false accomplishment & total fluke.

I worked on the things that I did wrongly in the previous race, & ironed out the chinks in the armour. Changed the tights & it worked, & started out 2 rows behind the front pack, & wasn’t totally sucked into the super fast pace, was starting to overtake runners from 5th km onwards, a sign that this race strategy is good. The next two races would just be a repeat of this race, still trying to immortalize that 10km with a proper distance.

Race Course Advice: The course is at least 900m shorter than 10km. For 21km, its 600m shorter. Hence, almost all the runners I’ve met got a PB today. But that’s really up for discussion.

The race passes through the actual helix bridge which I was really surprised given the fact that there was so many runners today. I thought they were going to use the adjacent bridge on its right. Hence, be ready to climb some stairs going up to the Helix bridge.

The choke point was at the 10km U-turn converging with the 21km runners. The waterpoint before the F1 Pit building did not help as well, as runners were slowing down to grab water.

The 100PLUS hydration point was located at the F1 Pit building, so I gave that a miss as I already slowed down to grab the earlier water.

Photo Credits: SAFRA Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon

Photo Credits: SAFRA Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon

Next Race:
08 September 2013
POSB PAssion Run for Kids– 10km
Marina Promontory

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