Distance: 4 laps * 2.3km = 9.2km (did not charge the battery on the Garmin)
Timing: 48:48 min for 5:18 - 5:19 min/km pace
I went into yesterday’s training determined to clock four laps in preparation for this weekend’s Shape Run in Singapore and did not leave disappointed. Yesterday’s goal was to get a “long-ish” run in for the week with timing being secondary. We started slowly and speedy-Gonzales Fauzan was “courteous” to keep pace with Lai and myself.
Adam joined us in the second lap and spent most of it pacing and chatting with Lai. I was slightly ahead of them (oh maybe 20 meters! LOL!) while Fauzan was about 50 meters ahead.
Fauzan was nowhere to be seen at this stage while Lai had dropped back quite a bit – I guess he was still plagued by Sunday’s Siemen’s Run. This left Adam and I pacing each other. By this stage, I was slightly fatigued and had slowed down – I thought this was odd since I did not think we went very fast in the 2.5 laps.
At the end of the third lap, Adam asked if I wanted to push ahead and I said yes and asked him to help me get through the last 2.3km. Thanks Adam! We were pacing each other until the last 1 km when he pulled ahead but I kept him in sight at 50 meters back. The last lap is always a toughie for me. I bumped into Wern Tian on the uphill/mini playground/Tapak A who was running in the opposite direction yesterday – his comment about my slow running spurred me to push ahead in the last 400 meters. To my surprise, I came in at 48:48 minutes – a PB! Too bad, Ronnie or Kei Ming were not around, else we could put this up in the Book of Records. Oh well, another mission completed.
I think the 2-day lay off from running (Sunday being my last run) helped tremendously but this is not unusual for me, as I have noticed that my performance falters if I do back-to-back runs. I woke up this morning feeling slightly fatigued but not overtly tired despite yesterday’s double training – so it could be eating or refueling enough and correctly, last night’s deep slumber or the “magical” powers of the Phiten.