Gun time: 1hr 18mins 18secs
Championchip time: 1hr 16mins 09secs
Review and pictures to be added (updated).
- New personal best of 1h 16m (Did 1h 34m in SCSM ’07 and 1h 24m in AHM ’08)
- Invested in a little more effort in training compared to previous events, thus the new PB.
- My weak/torn/partially-torn ligaments in both knees did not give way.
- The issue of numbness in right foot seems to be gone as the run was pain free.
- Post-run pain was minimal compared to the ones experienced in SCSM ’07.
- Had a flu attack a week before the event, resulting in no training.
- Had little sleep and rest a day before.
- Didn’t go to the loo before entering the pen; the event was delayed by 10mins which resulted in a full bladder and an upset stomach during the run.
- This caused me to forgo any water stops during the run as any added water intake will surely result in a forced pit-stop to the smelly loo, resulting in a loss of time.
- Tried to increase the speed in the second half of the run but the leftovers from the flu caused discomfort in the oesophagus and caused me to spit the phlegm out ever so often.
- The event was well organised as a whole, though the 10km Men’s event was delayed for around 10mins due to safety concern.
- Though this year’s record breaking participation certainly cut down on the personal running space, I don’t have any complaints as there’s still enough private space for each runner.
- Going to the event place by public transport was as easy as 1-2-3; once exited from City Hall MRT, best was to take the escalators at the exit and turn right once reached the top. The baggage handling area was a 1min walk away at the Cenotaph.
- The baggage handling area was too muddy for anyone’s liking, but the volunteers there put up a great effort to make sure everything ran as smooth as silk.
- As usual the porta loos were as clean as a soiled baby diaper. The toxic air inside was worse than Singapore in haze.
- The initial running route was quite a bore as it cut through construction sites.
- The second part of the route was much better with a tour in front of the F1 Pit building and its gigantic Singapore Flyer neighbour.
- Lack of side entertainment in the form of bands and cheers contributed to the dull run.
- But who cares as I like my run to be as serene as possible.
- Thank you to the kind Samaritan who lent me a support as I struggled to remove the Championchip. If not for him I would have passed out from the gush of blood to the head.
- This year’s running success motivates me to train better for future events and hopefully be able to achieve better timings.