2013 (Year 5) Running Spurt

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04092011 Army Half Marathon.

Just watched Salomon’s episode series for Kilian Jornet. Ultimate respect. I need to review my plan. Doing this needs to be all the time. I can’t limit input and expect to be able to fire on all cylinders. Need to scale the steps whenever I have them.And I was cringing in disgust at myself. Like… 2h15 for 21k? What is the problem with me? I’m ashamed.

But I really enjoyed the race. It reminded me why I am doing all this in the first place. And I’m going to focus on going long for the love of it. I realise that I simply don’t like to feel the burn when I’m supposed to be speedy. If you look at Passion Run 4 months ago, my pace was the same as it was for this. So I enjoy distance more? Because I like the idea of moving and moving like we were born to do so. Beauty in Motion.

21052011 Passion Run 25K.

Aw man. It’s mindlifting to Know that I Can do 25K. To know that no matter how long, I can finish it out there. And now the thing is to go faster. 2h43mins. If you think big, it’s consequently also a big joke, because that’s even longer than how much Mok took to complete his marathon. If you think reasonable, it’s consequently then quite satisfying. First run, first time. At the 21k mark, I snuck a look at the watch, and it was like 2h16mins. Not very encouraging at that moment, but right then, all I thought of was heck, so slow already, come on let’s get this awkward remainder of 4k over and done with. The sky so dark already, so many people before you, don’t get any slower. An even pace of 2h30mins is not that easy after all.

So next up for marina21k, the target will be a sub2h, and we will pick it up from there.

The best thing is that, I know I still got lots in my tank. My heart was super comfortable throughout haha because I refused to tire the old guy too much. And it was just my calves and thighs which were complaining. So means that I can improve alot more. But the week after the race, somehow, it’s like I’m being willed against myself to rest and do other stuff. Just can’t find the motivation (this inexplicable thing which made me circle all around Singapore like a madman for the past 2weeks, see training record below). But it will pick up, I’m confident.

The important thing now is to go sub50. I’m 50 now. Mighty pleased. But I’ll be mightier and pleased-er if I go under it. So that I can go easy on my legs which I foresee will be bringing me everywhere in this life. Remember, ain’t no ban gonna get me down.

17042011 Salomon Tiong Bahru Urban Trail Run.

I took time off to lighten up, and in the end, I had to compromise on training. >.< Not exactly a very commendable performance. Walked quite a bit, the upslopes were killers. Because I’ve been lazy these days. I don’t climb steps anymore. And the Mount Faber part, with the neverending Marang Trail and the upward sloping Henderson Waves, and the over head bridges, these I walked. But I also stopped at some parts else, when there wasn’t really any excuse or reason for me to do so. But on the whole, completing this run made me feel good. Good as in I’ve done some hardwork out there and came out complete.

Next up will be passion run. The distance. God Help Me.

27022010 NTUC U Run.

And we have reached, after the excitement of Swissotel Vertical.

Even though I didn’t manage to break 50mins, I’m happy. Now I know what it likes to doubt whether you are going to make it the next second, when you feel like you cannot breathe, and that sometimes it’s just not wise to risk it. I opened the doors to breathe fresh air every 2 levels while climbing up the NTUC center stairway. It’s not fit for a race! So squeezy, and you can barely breathe. And the worst thing is, Badwater must be like hell then.

I’m still quite surprised by myself. After quite a bit of running, I would think I would be more accustomed to running 10k at one shot. Granted, I didn’t train optimally for it, I have insisted on keeping things simple and ‘lifestylish’, but heck, how am I going to do a marathon if Istruggle to hit a 52mins for 10k? When I say do a marathon, I don’t mean just doing it, I mean doing it at a timing that I’d be darn proud of. There is still plenty of work to be done, and I will inch my way there and make it. I will sign up for the Salomon Tiong Bahru Trail Run and 100plus PAssion Run. Watch out, it’s the monster 25km. But I need to push myself to bring myself to the next level. I may have given myself 2 years to get there, but time will just fly by and I will just stagnate if I don’t add a catalyst. The target is speed for 10k and endurance for 25k. Add the extra kick and don’t fade out in 10k, don’t stop putting one foot in front of the other in 25k.

Please let the placings be known for U run. Please send me the E cert asap. I need to know some results.

I like how running is my hobby, and I will keep tinkering with it, dabbling in it with interest.

I desperately want a sub50.

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Results came out. 20th place, that’s not too bad. But still got plenty of room for improvement. That’s good, means I can only get better :D