NightHawks’ First Night Training Run

NightHawks’ First Night Training Run

The Nighthawks and Sundown Marathon Pacers gathered at MacRitchie Reservoir Park for their first night long run.  The air was cool after the afternoon showers, which brought delight to the runners, many whom were looking forward to get in a good aerobic workout after the festivities.

After a route and safety briefing, the respective pace groups ran along the boardwalk along Thomson Road.  The Basebuild Pace kept the runners in tandem, all with their targets of completing 15km for Half Marathoners and 24km for Full Marathoners.

At Heart Rate Zone 2, the trainees were supposed to be running at conversational pace.  It was great to see that many were engaged in small talk and keeping one another motivated.  The distances passed very quickly and soon it was the HMers who made their U-Turn at the designated point along Old Upper Thomson Road (OUTR).

The FMers continued along OUTR strongly, coming out onto Upper Thomson Road before turning into Mandai Rd to their U-Turn Checkpoint at Seletar Reservoir.  Because of the New Year period, human traffic was very light, even at the nearby EGC range,

The 4hr Pace Group were the first to turn back and along the way out crossed paths with the incoming 5hr groups.  Greetings and encouragement exchanged before the groups continued on with their paces towards their next Check Points.  The runners maintained their strong paces all the way on the return to finish strongly (with reserves in their tanks) back at MR Amenities Centre by 10:30pm.

After iced-cold isotonic drinks and bananas to replenish fuel and essential salts, the NightHawks and Pacers were given a debrief of what contributed to their enjoyable run, as well as tips on Recovery and Myofascial Massage to keep the niggles and knots at bay, especially as the training runs will be getting longer and more intense in the coming weeks.

 

When Dusk Falls, The NightHawks Emerge!

 

Photos by FatBird Chin

 

Runners preparing for the Sundown Marathon and other marathon races (Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris, Boston, Taipei) in 2017 are encouraged to sign up for NightHawk Marathon Training to benefit from structured group training led by qualified and experienced Team FatBird marathon trainers.

 

Training Program details and registration HERE!

Team FatBird also has a Corporate Run & Marathon Training Program to prepare employees of companies and institutions for the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS).  Write to info@teamfatbird.com OR Check Out Program Details Here!

 

Sundown Marathon Training Kickoff

Sundown Marathon Training Kickoff

The 12-week Sundown Marathon Training kicked off with the first Sundown Marathon lead up run at the M Social Hotel on Saturday morning.  A good group of Sundown Marathon participants joined the newly minted Official Sundown Pacers 2017 team for a group run of 10km and 18km along the scenic Singapore River and into Gardens By The Bay.

After a welcome brief and dynamic warm up routine by Team FatBird trainers. the runners were all raring to run.  All participants were segregated into the official Pacer groupings of 2:00h, 2:15h and 2:30h for the Half Marathon (HM) category, and 4:00h, 4:30h, 5:00h, 5:30h and 6:00h in the Full Marathon (FM) category.

The objective of this first lead up run was to establish a base for the runners and to prime them for building up their paces for future lead up and training runs, with the objective of hitting their race timing goals at Sundown Marathon race at end March 2017.

The various pace groups, led by specially selected Sundown Pacers, ran along the Singapore River, passing through Asian Civilization Musuem, The Esplanade, The Float @ Marina before entering Gardens By the Bay.  Along the way, the runners’ were motivated by some singing and shouting of cheers.  Before long, they reached Marina Barrage and were greeted by the special hydration point set up by Sundown Organizer, well stocked with iced-cold 100Plus and water.

It was a good break for the thirsty runners.  The Half Marathoners gathered for some group photos before turning back for their remaining 10km.  The Full Marathoners were still looking fresh at that 5km mark.  They proceeded on to cross the Barrage Bridge into Gardens By The Bay on the other side to settle into their training pace.

The FM groups reached the 9km water point and u-turn mark after crossing the Tanjong Rhu footbridge onto the Water Sports Centre at Sports Hub.  Most of the runners were keeping to the Basebuild Pace (20s slower than Marathon Pace) well and still had good reserves for the trip back to M Social.

We met many runners along the way, most notably Running Hour, who were out with their festive Christmas ornaments.  As we passed, we wished everyone “A Merry Christmas & Happy New Year”, and were reciprocated with cheers and joys from the runners.

We were having fun and enjoyment all along the run.  Soon, we were back to the water point at Barrage for one more water point stop before the final 5km back.  We were grateful for the hydration support from the Sundown Organizer which provided us with relief from the heat.  After the refreshing top-up, the Sundown Runners went with their pacers back along Singapore River to finish a strong 18km.

As we ran back, we were singing and cheering to “Sundown, Sundown, Hoo Haa!” which really pumped up the tiring runners.  When we turned the corner and saw the Sundown Marathon banners, there were joys all round for a satisfying morning training run.  Lots of bananas and isotonic drinks were offered to the hungry and thirsty Sundown Runners who were just happy that they had successfully completed their first lead up run.

We now set our sights to the second lead up run on 21 Jan which will bring the training up a notch in terms on distance (14km, 27km) and intensity (Marathon Pace).  All Sundown Marathoners would not want to miss this lead up run.  You are encouraged to register early to make your date with the Sundown Marathon Pacers HERE!

Runners preparing for the Sundown Marathon and other marathon races (Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris, Boston, Taipei) in 2017 are encouraged to sign up for NightHawk Marathon Training to benefit from structured group training led by qualified and experienced Team FatBird marathon trainers.

 

Training Program details and registration HERE!

 

Team FatBird also has a Corporate Run & Marathon Training Program to prepare employees of companies and institutions for the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS).  Write to info@teamfatbird.com OR Check Out Program Details Here!

Week #2 of Sunbird training will see the participants go through trails and slopes at MacRitchie Reservoir Park.  The foundation and base building continues.

 

Photos from FatBird MK