Ticked off the bucket list: From 10KM to The Marathon

[Long post ahead!] I took on The Marathon after 8 months of running consistently. I never imagined myself doing it, running 42km. I guess one thing led to another;  OCBC Women’s Run 10km in November 2015 led to Standard Chartered 21.1km in December 2015 and finally to the Sundown Marathon in May 2016.

They say once you start running, you will want to run more. It’s addicting.

I started off with basic gear last year, my old pair of running shoes, my running shorts, OCBC running singlet, running pouch and the Runkeeper App to keep myself aware of my pace.

I progressed to 3 new pairs of running shoes, 2XU running shorts, running caps, a hydration belt, knee bands, gels, a Garmin watch, multiple running related Apps and a shoebox full of running singlets from various runs.

I believe that if I can do it, everyone can! And it helps to lose weight too.  Continue reading “Ticked off the bucket list: From 10KM to The Marathon”

Advertisements

10KM Shape Run 2016 Review

My first race for the second half of the year begins with Shape Run 2016! Shape Run is a special run because it is the first race that I did 2 years ago. I remembered how poorly organised the finisher tee collection was then. It had snaking queues that left a bad impression for me.

Fast forward 2 years later, I joined the 10KM race again.

Race Day

The race was held at Bayfront Event Space beside MBS. I reached at 6am for the 6.45am flag off. It was still very quiet when I reached, the 15km runners were just flagged off and there were not many 10KM runners there yet.

IMG_6540

There was a row of about 15-20 portable loos behind the starting line. However it was blocked by the baggage deposit area thus making it not visible.

By 6.30am, there were still not many runners at the event space, so I decided that this Shape Run did not attract many runners this year. Maybe the Pocari Sweat Run 1 night before this race took away a bulk of the runners.  Continue reading “10KM Shape Run 2016 Review”

21.1KM NTUC Run 350 2016 Review

First half marathon of 2016, and second half marathon overall done and dusted. A new pb for me, my nett time was 2h26m43s, beating my StandChart HM nett time of 2h31m16s.

Training

I signed up for this HM as a test of my endurance and fitness level for the upcoming Sundown Marathon, and the feedback I received from my body after the race told me that I really need to get those long runs in. I went running at the Gardens by the Bay area before the race to get myself familiar with the route. The construction around the area changes the normal route by a little so I thought I should get a feel of it. My plan for this race was to run consistently for the first 15KM then slowly speed up towards the end. I targeted to finish in 2h20m.

Race Day

I woke up nice and early, ate a banana and went to the race site.

What a striking sea of orange there! Straight away, I hit the portable loos first. The portable loos were arranged in a L shape making queuing for it tricky. Most people ended up queuing for the toilets at the outer side since the queue for the center ones were blocked by those queuing for the outer ones. The queue was rather long, some had 20 people queuing for it, mine had about 8 (I managed to squeeze in to queue for the center toilets). After using the loo, I went to the starting pen. Continue reading “21.1KM NTUC Run 350 2016 Review”

10KM 2XU Compression Run 2016 Review

First race that I woke up late for and ended up in the second wave. Now I know how the wave system functions!

Race Goodie Bag

I didn’t collect the race pack myself so I can’t comment on collection, but the race pack is actually quite decent with physical sample products. There is one Soyjoy bar, Garnier Men facial wash, Tigerbalm muscle gel, one strip of Acti-Tape, and one running pouch. The running tee does not have any logos to indicate that it is for the 2016 2XU Run which I thought was great since some running tees just have too many huge logos everywhere.

Training

I did my usual runs as part of my training for the Sundown Marathon, I didn’t particularly train at my 10KM ideal race speed so I was not aiming for a PB. I just thought that it will be a good race since I’m running with a friend.

Race Day

Having reaching the starting line at 6.50am for a 7am race, I was rather late so I didn’t use the portable loos or the bag drop area. Soon it was 7am and the runners that were lined up in front started running. Being at the back of the pack, I didn’t move forward much, and only manage to slowly walk forward. Soon the line stopped moving and we had to wait for a while and the second wave started 5 minutes later.  Continue reading “10KM 2XU Compression Run 2016 Review”

5KM Carnival Run @ Bedok Reservoir 2016 Review

My first 5KM race ever. I have never done a 5KM race before but from what I gather, the strategy for a short race is to go all out!

Training

I didn’t do anything special to prep for this race. I continued with my training prep for the Sundown Marathon which comes with some fartlek training so I think it helped ready me for the speed. I was gunning to complete 5KM in less than 30mins but I told myself to not take it too hard if I can’t.


Race Day 

The race venue was at my home ground, Bedok Reservoir, so I am quite familiar with the terrain. The loop is a mix of loose gravel and tar road. I arrived 30mins prior to the race which starts at 6pm, and already there were many people there.  Continue reading “5KM Carnival Run @ Bedok Reservoir 2016 Review”

10KM Marina Run 2016 Review

My first wet race! It was raining on and off for the whole day, the air was cold and the ground muddy but it was a new experience for me.

Training

I have not been training much since I lazed around during CNY so I tried to sneak in some pre 10 km race training during the week before Saturday. I ran a long run 10km, a tempo with fast finish 5 km and a tempo with fast finish 6 km on the treadmill to mentally prep myself for my race pace. I think that conditioning worked! I felt more ready for the race. My previous 10KM Brooks Run Happy demoralised me a little since I was really aiming for a PB in that race so I target to take it easy for this race.

Race Day

The race venue was at Gardens by the Bay East, which is nearest to Tanjong Rhu. I decided to walk from the National Stadium to the race venue even though there was a shuttle bus service. I was afraid of the long queue to board the shuttle and decided that it was a good warm up for my legs walking there. Continue reading “10KM Marina Run 2016 Review”

10KM Brooks Run Happy 2016 Review

First race of the year done! 10km completed wits a nett time of 1h 06m 15s. Although it’s not a PB, it was a meaningful one because I did it with my Sister.

We drove down to Big Splash and reached at 6.45am. It was kind of late since the race was at 7am and I was worried about not getting a parking space. Luckily the car park still had quite a few empty lots and I took it as an early sign that this is not a popular race. We walked over and I went to the portable loos. There was no queue and we soon went to the starting pen. The atmosphere at the starting pen was not high even though the race was starting in 5mins, it was also not crowded and we manage to secure a spot near the starting line and waited for the race to start. The emcee was working the crowd and he decided offhand to get a runner (I think a DJ) to flag off the race. Pretty not organised? Anyway, off we went!  Continue reading “10KM Brooks Run Happy 2016 Review”

From 10km to 21.1KM: Virgin Standard Chartered Half Marathon 2015 Review

I’ve never ran a half marathon before today’s Standard Chartered Marathon (SCMS) and never thought that I’ll do it. Running 10KM sounded crazy even in the beginning of last year. But today, I’m a proud 21.1KM finisher with a nett time of 02:31:16. All my training for these past 2 months using the 8-Week Intermediate Half Marathon Training Plan via Women’s Running paid off. Continue reading “From 10km to 21.1KM: Virgin Standard Chartered Half Marathon 2015 Review”

From 0KM to 10KM: Great Eastern Women’s Run 2015 Training and Review

Wooh I did it! 10KM down and setting a PB in the process.

I’ve been wanting to do a 10KM this year after doing two 10KM runs last year, but with my running buddy pregnant and with me slacking on my training, I thought I’ll skip it this year. However, as the year inches to an end, my running itch got the better of me and I signed up running solo for the GE Run. I admit that I signed up for the GE Run partly because of the cheap price $37 (after various discounts) and the goodie bag (2 t-shirts). Continue reading “From 0KM to 10KM: Great Eastern Women’s Run 2015 Training and Review”