POSB PAssion Run for Kids ’13

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8 September 2013 – It was pouring throughout the last few days leading up to this race, & it continued to do so even on the event morning itself. I woke up at 0430hrs, had breakfast while contemplating whether or not to go, after the disappointment at the cancellation of KOTR last month due to inclement weather.

At 0500hrs, accessed the weather, & felt that the rain has subsided alot, hence, changed & left the house. Drove to race site & parked at Wilson Parking, close to the Marina Promontory, surprised that there was plenty of space when I got there.

Was surprised to find the start pen empty even at 0605hrs. Must have been the weather, everyone was hiding under the tents. I did some strides & headed to the start as soon as the Emcee announced for 10km runners to gather there.

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having a chat with fellow ST Run in the Park runner, Ronnie Teo. He shared with me that he did a 22km LSD the day before, so legs were not 100%.

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I asked Ronnie to start up front, but he didn’t want to, so I just went to cover up the gap.  Was not my original plan to be on the tape after a successful outing at AHM, where I was three rows behind the front runners.

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© People’s Association – Membership & Partnership Division

Mok Ying Rong, who eventually came in first for the Women’s Open Category was among the 10km field.

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© People’s Association – Membership & Partnership Division

3,2,1 GO! off we go!

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Off we go!

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© People’s Association – Membership & Partnership Division

just coming into the 3km mark, about to cross the Marina Barrage to Gardens by The Bay(East).Can see eventual winner just behind me at the point of time, he overtakes at 5.5km mark & basically wins by huge margin.

Photo Credits: Chasing Shots

Photo Credits: Chasing Shots

coming up the Marina Barrage after the 6km mark, skipped the water point just before coming up as I was feeling reflux.
Photo Credits: Chasing Shots

Photo Credits: Chasing Shots

at this point I was half dying till I saw Mr. Chasing Shots disappear & reappear at the top of Marina Barrage, sitting on field chair, camping under his camo net(umbrella) & rifle(camera) in hand like a sniper, suddenly got motivation to run, cannot let the man down, after he brave the rain for us runners.
Photo Credits: Chasing Shots

Photo Credits: Chasing Shots

so the two very fast marathoners were using this race as training, Ronnie who finished London Marathon in 3hrs, & did 22km LSD the day before, & Thow Wee that finished Gold Coast Airport Marathon ’13 in 2hrs 53mins. stress!coming down the barrage, I turned to muscle memory dig into to the hill training I did previously, going up the hill & sprinting all out down hill without gassing out.

Photo Credits: Chasing Shots

Photo Credits: Chasing Shots

after the race, found out he is from Guards fmn, & was school team runner before, congrats Jeevaneesh!

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the face says it all. all these months of hard work has paid off! SUB40 10k!
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© People’s Association – Membership & Partnership Division

Well done, Ronnie! Impressive even after 22km LSD, still managed to fire legs.

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I swear trying to write your details down right after a run is no joke.
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© People’s Association – Membership & Partnership Division

Group photo with some fast runners, including Singapore Marathon record holder Rameshon, GCAM 4th Singaporean, Lim Thow Wee, Mok Ying Rong, & Winner, Jeevanesh.
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First podium finish, a little bit nervous to be going up on stage to receive prize from People’s Association(PA)’s Chief Executive Director, Mr. Ang Hak Seng.
Photo Credits: Melinda Koh

Photo Credits: Melinda Koh

target splits for this race. use pace band generator to create splits: http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/racing/runners-world-pace-band-generator/3918.html

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Cute Medal!

photo-wonder if I can really chase a squirrel now. saw some at MR recently, but they are too fast.

photo-12hope can use this to inspire my kids(if I ever have any) in the future!photo-11

Race Results:
Race Reflection
Coming into this race, I was determined to prove that the false accomplishment at AHM was no fluke. So I had set the target time to 39:00 in order to have a 1min buffer. I started the way I always start if I was on the tape, take the lead first, somehow cannot curb natural instinct.Found myself running next to Mok Ying Rong & was doing a 3:48/km or 3:58/km time for the first Km. Yes, I could not see the digits on my watch because it was so dark! Settled into this rhythm, & felt really comfortable, like I would be able to carry on like this all throughout.

Coming into the Marina Barrage at 3km mark, heard some footsteps behind, hence had to break away from Ying Rong to defend the lead. Held on to this lead till apprx the 5.5km mark when could not match the long strides from Jeevanesh, had to slow down & let him go.

Was thinking of taking a cup of water before heading up the Marina Barrage, but my stomach told me otherwise. Guess, I made the right choice as I felt like puking. Soon as I climbed the Marina Barrage, saw Jeevanesh coming down the opposite sight, & that was the last time I saw him.

I felt footsteps closing in on me halfway towards the top, & decided to take a sprint down the Marina Barrage. This was something I have been practicing at MacRitichie reservoir in the past few months.

At the flower domes, a caucasian runner suddenly jogged next to me & asked if he could run with me, I told him, sure why not? I knew that if one of the runners behind overtake me, somehow I would slow down from previous experience, so I guess it would been good if I had some company down this last 2+km.Decided to skip the waterpoint under the Helix bridge too as I felt like Ronnie & Thow Wee was too close for comfort. I even saw them as I was going down the U-turn towards the MBS boardwalk. Talk about pressure!

Would like to thank the caucasian runner for all the motivation, he was tell me stuff like “Good pace” “let’s go, don’t slow down now” “that’s the way!” I was literally running my guts out in the last 2km, constantly increasing speed as I approached the FINISH.

Course Advice:

Very straight forward, flat course, except for the Marina Barrage. Please include some hill training if you want to conquer the Barrage without a hitch. Tricky double U-turns right after coming under the Helix Bridge, transiting to the MBS Boardwalk area.
Credits: POSB

Credits: POSB

Next Race:
15 September 2013
Yellow Ribbon Prison Run – 10km
Changi Prison

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