a) “Group Lead” Kei Ming
b) Boss Ronnie
Distance: 4 laps * 2.3km = 9.2km (Garmin: 9.12km)
Timing: 48:39 min for 5:20 min/km pace
It was quite a crowd during yesterday’s run (*waves to Boss, Fauzan and Fong*) and everyone had a great session. Lap 1 was a warm up round for everyone…except Fauzan who more or less took off after 200 meters. He is not the type who can run slow!
Lai stepped up his pace in the second lap and went even faster when a random guy passed him. It was so funny watching them trying to outrun each other. Ronnie joined Lai about a km into the lap. So it was down to Aron, Kei Ming and me but Lai and Ronnie were within sight. Aron joined them towards the end.
The faster group was still within sight when Kei Ming and I started this lap but not for long. It was also here that Kei Ming started to increase his pace and I tried to keep up. Hey, it is my mantra to keep with the larger group for at least 3 laps. Despite the faster pace, I felt comfortable; on reaching home, I checked the Garmin and it showed a 5:09-5:10 min/km pace! Holy moly! This is super duper fast…something I usually see on race days.
I stepped it back on this lap as my right calf was seizing up and cramping but nothing like Saturday’s incident. I could still run and managed to keep it at a 5:20-5:30 min/km pace. I am not sure if it was due to running “correctly” in the Bikilas (i.e. landing on my midfoot-forefoot) or the loss of salt. Once I finished, the top side of the foot felt “funny”, a bit like being on fire and detached.
Oh well, it was a good session. I have also noticed that my finishing times are now in the 48 minute range – good stuff!