Monday, 13 August 2007

oN My WaY to SCSM07!

I have officially registered for the 42km event Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2007. I was able to still catch the S$55 early bird registration fee. Ok, so I'm not fully committed to this whole marathon thing. This will be my 3rd marathon and my first time in Singapore. I am actually scared of the heat. I know for a fact that the weather there is just as hot as in Manila. And the race will start at 530am. I was really hoping for an earlier start so that we can take advantage of the longer nights and cooler December breeze.

So for now, I guess my training will definitely switch to Marathon Training. I attended the Mizuno Running clinic last Thursday and I did ask the coach, my same old problem... How do I take care of my cramps???? and he did give me a very good answer. "Train some more. Cramps is caused by lack of training", let me repeat that..... LACK OF TRAINING. I'm glad that I still have 3 more months to prepare. Oh and I'm hoping that I'd be able to prepare for it mentally too! That last 7km of pain is something that I really need to prepare for.

I did bring the topic up to my running buddies, trying to get more people to join in since Singapore isn't that far and that the race is professionally prepared, it'll be a really good race to join and experience the 42km race specially for first time marathoners. Surprisingly, one of our running friend joined in and will be zooming through the Singapore streets also in December. Ka Totoy, a Direct Link runner and Mon's friend also registered for the 42km event.

Ok, I guess I have some more running to do.

QC Media Run

Carpool at quarter before 5am. Good thing all my running mates lived near Buendia Ave. First stop, Mon and John. Then Chaia and Renz. Last but not the least Miss Roselle at the corner of Ayala Ave. Good thing we were all sexy enough to fit in the car. :) Mon was certainly concerned about that fact. Having everyone around did make the trip a quick one.

We arrived at the Quezon Memorial Circle about quarter past 5am. Got our race packets and the race organizer Miss Mary Anne Ringor of Runnex Running Club gave our group some free snack stubs. Thanks Miss Mary Anne!

The race route was simple. Run around the QC Circle 5x for 10km and 3x for the 6km event. Although it was a simple looping route it had a generous amount of incline to it. Race gun was fired at exactly 6:15am.

Just right after my first loop, I had a bad twitchy feeling on my right foot. My guess was that I had incorrectly landed my foot while I was doing my shorty loop last Saturday. I was seriously thinking of taking this race slower than usual or just doing a DNF. Guess what I did? I ran like there was no tomorrow. :) clocking in at 47:45 (take note the course was 9.2km only). All I think of was finishing strong and that my right foot was still intact after the race.

After the race we collected our loot bags (cool race sponsors!), snacks and more snacks! Aside from our free snack stub, They also had another snack counter near the stage! And another booth gave free Vit C (c/o Berroca) and another booth served some chilling Iced Tea! Cool ey!?

Came the awarding ceremony. Chaia and Tricia grabbed 3rd and 4th place on the 6km event! Whew!!!!! This has been Tricia's second race only and she's grabbing all the awards! Congrats Miss Tricia! Oh and since Chaia got a podium finish for this race, I guess she was in a really good mood that she payed for the group's breakfast!!! :)
On the men's category, John Ting(using RC's Race number) grabbed 8th place for the 6km event. And Ka Totoy grabbed 6th place for the 10km event.

mon, john, roselle, joms, chaia, renz, ka totoy