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The challenge:

Friendly banter

The views:

Sea of green

The view at the finishing point

The uique finisher medal:

The finisher toy

I had fun; thanks to my cousin and cousin-to-be.



Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2009

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2009


Gun time: 1hr 22mins 29secs

Watch time: 1hr 20mins 21secs

Championchip time: 1hr 20mins 09secs

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/esplanade/623464653016


Well, it’s a bitter sweet experience as an early cramp before the 1km mark derailed my whole gameplan; not that I have a comprehensive one. As my biggest nemesis since my training runs is the cramp; complained about it all the time that it became as stale as a bad cheese. Therefore, today’s set-play is very easy. Start slow and finish strong. And the I failed at both.


Preparation was as good as it can be. I drank a lot, even consuming the ORS dissolved in cold water, stretched a bit, and tried to sleep early. I even forgo the 2nd half of the football match between the Red Devils and the Hammers. All this in the bid towards preventing the cramp.

But as they always say, kita boleh merancang, tetapi Tuhan yang menentukan (we can come up with the most detailed of plans, but sometimes it will not go our way). After the flag off, I went on an easy pace which was part of the plan. But suddenly a cousin of mine saw me and decided to run beside me. I told him to run ahead as my pace was going to be snail-paced compared to him but he said that it didn’t really matter and stuck to my pace.

The thing with running with a partner is that either one will have to follow the other’s pace. As I don’t really want to slow down his run, I tried to keep up with his pace. As it was just the start, everything felt good. But the foreboding signs started to appear.

The area above my ankles started to tighten up and that is always the first tell-tale sign that my pace is too fast and that the cramp is catching up with me. And I’m not too sure why but once the cramp attacked, it is so hard for me to shake it off. So I quickly dropped my pace tremendously, hoping that it will go away.

However, the cramp loved me so much that it hanged around with me all the way. I have no other choice but to continue running albeit it was so uncomfortable. I couldn’t get into any good rythm or what some people called “The Zone”. All the while I was fearful that the cramp would turn full-blown and reduced me to a walking zombie.


By the time, the 5km sign loomed ahead, the cramp started to dissipate. I ate some M&Ms that have clumped together to give some extra boost. ๐Ÿ˜› Then, the F1 track appeared around the corner. I’m not too sure why, but I hate running along the track. I tried to invoke the spirits of the mean machines that grace the track once a year but it is always at the track that I feel that my energy is totally drained. Maybe my mental needs some tweaking.

In the end, my watch recorded aย  time of 1hr 20min. Don’t ask me about the SportyPal caused my GPS went berserk and displayed my route as 13++km. I am pretty sure I hadn’t run that far and the pace it displayed was 5++min per km. If only I can run that fast. Oh well, sometimes technology do has its off days.

Although I did not better my PB, I’m grateful to Him that I completed the run at an average pace of around 8min per km. Insya-Allah this will spur me to continue to do my training runs though basically today marks the end of this year’s running season.

To those I get to know through your blogs, a big THANK YOU goes out to all of you for being the inspiration that fuels my fire to keep up with this great lifestyle. Hopefully, one day, I can meet all of you in person. Have a good break and a well-deserved holiday.

Phuket here I come!!!


Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2008

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2008


Gun time: 1hr 18mins 18secs

Watch time: 1hr 16mins 12secs

Championchip time: 1hr 16mins 09secs

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/esplanade/623464653016

Review and pictures to be added (updated).

Positive: ๐Ÿ˜€

  1. New personal best of 1h 16m (Did 1h 34m in SCSM ’07 and 1h 24m in AHM ’08)
  2. Invested in a little more effort in training compared to previous events, thus the new PB.
  3. My weak/torn/partially-torn ligaments in both knees did not give way.
  4. The issue of numbness in right foot seems to be gone as the run was pain free.
  5. Post-run pain was minimal compared to the ones experienced in SCSM ’07.

Negative: ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  1. Had a flu attack a week before the event, resulting in no training.
  2. Had little sleep and rest a day before.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.


  1. The event was well organised as a whole, though the 10km Men’s event was delayed for around 10mins due to safety concern.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. As usual the porta loos were as clean as a soiled baby diaper. The toxic air inside was worse than Singapore in haze.
  6. The initial running route was quite a bore as it cut through construction sites.
  7. 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.
  8. Lack of side entertainment in the form of bands and cheers contributed to the dull run.
  9. But who cares as I like my run to be as serene as possible.
  10. 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.
  11. This year’s running success motivates me to train better for future events and hopefully be able to achieve better timings.




Runners racing in front of the "Durian" and on the Esplanade Bridge

Runners racing in front of the "Durian" and on the Esplanade Bridge

A sea of runners on the Esplanade Bridge

A sea of runners on the Esplanade Bridge

Runners racing past a backdrop of the Singapore Flyer

Runners racing past a backdrop of the Singapore Flyer and the Floating Platform

The Start gantry which was on the other side of the Esplanade Bridge

The Start gantry which was on the other side of the Esplanade Bridge