Day 66 (19 Aug) – Ran 5km back to home
Day 67 (20 Aug) – Ran 9km + strength training
Day 68 (21 Aug) – Ran 7km on treadmill
Day 69 (22 Aug) – Ran 6km
Day 70 (23 Aug) – Slack…..
Total Mileage for Week 10 = 43km
Day 71 (24 Aug) – Run 10km
Day 72 (25 Aug) – Run 9km
Day 73 (26 Aug) – Ran 3km (interval session)
Day 74 (27 Aug) – Slack
Day 75 (28 Aug) – Slack big time.. departed for Perth to do the Rebel Sport City to Surf Marathon. Met some crazy friends & SGrunners on board the Jetstar flight such as Harmoni, Mohan, Hazel, Ripley, Eliza, Azhar… we had a great time on board. Was welcomed in Perth by colde weather, abt 5 degrees or so. By the time we arrived at our Criterion Hotel via the free shuttle service, it was already past midnight. Had to wear socks to sleep as it was cold & the room’s heater wasn’t really existent (even tho it was there).
Day 76 (29 Aug) – Champion Slacker.. But food overload.. after a sumptious dinner of duck, char siew etc with Mythos + Margaret + Jo + Yeehua + Kelly, i loaded again with a MacDonalds Large Cheeseburger Meal in Perth Australia… wow, really power packed. Picked up our race pack at Perth Convention Centre & bought a pair of Asics shorts (a top & bottom costs only AUD 49.99 so my wife bought a top). Went to Harbour Town for some shopping with the crazy gang in the afternoon but we didn’t grab anything. Slept at about 11pm plus.
Day 77 (30 Aug – Race Day) – Got up at 4.30am cos race starts only at 7am. Ate 2 packets of Nature Valley Bar (Oats & Honey) & drank an energy drink with Guarana (never heard of it before.. 1st time trying that drink, just hoped that i won’t get an upset tummy). Left our hotel at 6.20am to the start point.. we jogged slowly to the Esplanade Park, where we placed our stuff at the clothing deposit truck. Did some light jogging.. man it was cold.. fortunately i wore my 2XU long compression tights & a long sleeve Nike top (wore for the 1st time), & these probably helped with keeping me warm. Soon we were ushered towards the start line. Took my place somewhere in the midst of the participants.. hmm, not that many. Soon, we were flagged off. For the 1st half, it was generally flat, heading along the Swan River, then into UWA grounds before going back to the city area… after which, all hell broke loose… long upslopes ‘attacked’ us. Just before entering Kings Park was a killer slope which took me ages to conquer. Fortunately there were some downslopes in Kings Park. After exiting Kings Park, i joined a huge crowd of 12km participants, who took up most of the road. Fortunately there were barricades separating the full marathoners from the 12km. Then we entered Subiaco area & suburbs, bringing us past many residential areas.. and not forgetting, the numerous slopes as we head towards the finish line… i never knew the distance we had covered as i only managed to spot the 16km flag. so i just pressed on.. i didn’t push harder during the 2nd half as i could feel my muscles were starting to twitch slightly, a sign i was gonna cramp if pushed harder.. so just held off from going faster and just try to maintain the pace which i was very satisfied with at that moment. Twice i asked the volunteers how long more we’ve got to run.. oh, 4km more.. ok good. just maintain… must fight the slopes before the finish line… Soon, i headed into the final stretch.. i could sense victory… in a sense that i would achieve a time which would qualify me for the Boston Marathon (below 3hr 10min 59sec)… With big smile & thumbs up, i ran the final 200m chute acknowledging the supporters lining along it… and i overheard some of them saying aloud it seems i was having fun in the marathon, smiling so much in the final stretch… hahahahah… well, i’m sure you will if you truly enjoy the marathon itself.. Crossing the finish line in a chip time of 3hr 6min 50sec was such a huge joy… headed to the recovery tent, where i got my goodie bag, finisher medal, t-shirt.. grabbed a chocolate muffin & ate it whilst doing my stretches. Nice to stay in the tent, which was warmer than being outside. Soon, our baggage truck arrived & i had to help bring out the bags & place on the floor as it was quite disorganised. Soon, i spotted my bag. Took out my camera & snapped a pic of Iwata, who had finished in 3hr 2min. Then i walked back to the finish line to snap pics of all whom i knew. Stayed there & kept stretching till everyone whom i know came back & all were super happy to have finished it. Great weather, challenging course, great support, demarcated route for different distances, good logistics ( 9 gel stations, water/isotonic stations every 2km)… so tempted to return for 2010 edition.
Total Mileage for Week 11 = 64km
Day 78 (31 Aug) – 3km recovery run
Day 79 (1 Sep) – slack
Day 80 (2 Sep) – Continue to slack (i deserve it)
Day 81 (3 Sep) – Run 8km
Day 82 (4 Sep) – slack
Day 83 (5 Sep) – Run 13km from Tanjong Rhu back to home via Park Connectors
Day 84 (6 Sep) – Run 10km at Sembawang Park
Total Mileage for Week 12 = 34km
It’s time to start training again…. i’ve qualified for Boston Marathon, to be held on 19 April 2010. Will i register for it? hehehehe