SAFRA Army Half Marathon 2017

SAFRA Army Half Marathon 2017

The Kingfishers‘ dedication to 8 weeks of structured strength and speed training paid off at the SAFRA Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon 2017!

The  SAFRA Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon 2017  was successfully organized for a responsive crowd of more than 40,000 runners on 20 Aug 2017.  This year’s earlier starting time at 4:30am made it even more conducive for runners who did not relish in running too much in the heat of the sun.

Our runners gathered by 3:30am at the Esplanade Amphitheatre for pre-run warm up routine of jogs, drills and some strides, before moving to the start pens at 4:00am.

Although there was an initial delay in the start and also congestion for the first 1km, the Kingfishers and FatBirds eased into the flow by executing our race and pace plans to a tee.  The weather was a tad humid initially, but got more airy and comfortable as the crowd dispersed and spread out.

We kept to our Optimal Pace for the first half of the race, patiently picking off slowing runners after the 6-8km mark.  The relatively flat race route this year was much improved with less sharp twists and turns, and hydration points were better stocked and well positioned.

After the midpoint right about where we exited from ECP, we maintained our Optimal Pace with some of us increasing pace slightly for negative splits.  With the strength and speed developed from all those hills and track training, the Kingfishers found that they could maintain the faster paces with little issues.

The final 3-5km was the best part for many of our Kingfishers as we maintained pace to overtake many more runners for a strong finish at the Padang area for what was a solid performance for our marathoners.

Congratulations to all Kingfishers and FatBirds who outdid their expectations to secure Personal Bests, Season Bests and even Top-10 positions in their age categories.


The following are some of the happy comments from our Kingfisher trainees:

“Feeling grateful at having exceeded my own expectations at today’s AHM. Aiming for an average pace of 6:05-6:10, but managed to achieve 5:53 average pace for a PB of 2:06 (or 2:03 if corrected for the extra 500m course length). Hot and humid, but focused on good form throughout, with a burst over the last 6km. Looks like all the track work and hill repeats worked their magic! Big thank you and thumbs up to Anthony Sum and all the trainers at Team FatBird!! And also to all fellow runners in Group 2 for the motivation and company!”
– Paul Ong

“Done and dusted, Army Half Marathon 2017!Special thanks to Team Fatbird running group, chief Anthony Sum for your training and guidance, constantly checking and correcting our running form during the run, and I had reaped much benefit from those hill and track workout (which I disliked) haha. Of course not forgetting trainers and team members, you guys are source of motivation for me to come for training and see you all at Sunbird operation”
– Jen Soong

“Thanks Chief! My net time is 1:48hr. A PB for me.  Those trainings from FatBird really helped. A 6min improvement since eco run not to mention that AHM is 500m longer.”
– Eddie

“Hit several PB today. Watch shows best timing at 1km, 2.4km, 5km and 10km. Thank you Team Fatbird Anthony Sum for the training”
– Catherine Lam

“Thanks for the training. Finished my 10km for SAFRA”
– Ha Nguyen

“Thank you Anthony and trainers for the guidance during training. Complete the race with no pain.”
– Marc Chong

“Glad to have completed AHM with improvements of a couple of minutes (new PB) although could have been much better if not due to inexperience in starting out too fast for first 16km of the run. Thanks to the structured trainings from TeamFatBird that helped me manage to complete and still get a PB. Looking forward to Ops Sunbird training in September. WooHaa.!!!”
– Christopher

 

Photo Contributions from FatBirds Rand, Jacqueline

 

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Team FatBird is happy to launch Operation Sunbird – our tried and tested 12-week FlightZONES structured training program to support your marathon training preparations for the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) 2017 and other year end international marathons (Chicago, New York, Berlin, Seoul, ChunCheon, OSAKA).

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Kingfishers timed well in trials and races

Kingfishers timed well in trials and races

After 7 weeks of intensive training for strength and speed endurance, the Kingfishers showed their readiness for the Army Half Marathon this coming weekend with a series of good runs at the program’s 18km time trial and achieving Personal Bests at The Shape Run, Performance Series, Kuching Marathon, Brisbane Marathon.

With their dedication to the structured Ops Kingfisher training program comprising of speed development at the track to hills repeats at Mt. Faber & Labrador Park to the weekend steady-state fast-finish long runs and cruise intervals, the Kingfishers have progressed strongly to reach their current form and state of readiness for their Half Marathon mission this weekend.

The final long run of 18km @ Optimal Pace threw up very good potential PB-indicators for the Kingfishers on Sunday.  From Group 1 to Group 3, both trainers and trainees held on well to maintain Optimal Pace (7-10s faster than target Marathon Pace).  This is testament to their strength and speed endurance developed over the course of these 8 weeks of training.

Those Kingfishers who did not participate at the Time Trial ran their own races very well, and following were some of the postings on their outstanding performances:

“PB … A big thank you to all Trainers at Team FatBird..”
Mei Ting @ Shape Run 2017

“2nd Performance Series done for the year & clocked unofficial 2:06:29. Closed to PB, if not a PB. Thanks to TFB trainers & Group 2 running mates.”
Chow Wah @ Performance Series HM 2017

“I definitely had a strong run for the first 16km. Thanks to Team Fatbird coaches for the constant push during trainings! I would like to think I ran with better form today as compared to the first race…”
Crystal Quek @ Performance Series HM 2017

“…completed his first #brisbanemarathon17 by overcoming 9 deg winter temperature, undulating terrain of 342m elevation, contact lens fallen from one eye, 50m tracking back for mistakenly dropped glove and lack of training mileage, to finish in PB of 3:29:43.”
Trainer Kong Soon @ Brisbane Marathon 2017

“Congratulations on the podium and Champion Singaporean with timing of 3:46:11”
Trainer Steven Ho @ Kuching Marathon

This final week before the main race on 20 August will see the Kingfishers doing active rest and recovery, with a couple of shorter tempo and fartlek runs thrown in at Race Pace to get into optimal condition.

Team FatBird trainers would like to wish all our Kingfishers Personal-Best performances at the SAFRA Army Half Marathon!

 

Are you looking for a proven results-oriented marathon training program to help you achieve your desired performance targets at your upcoming Key Marathon Race?

Team FatBird is happy to launch Operation Sunbird – our tried and tested 12-week FlightZONES structured training program to support your marathon training preparations for the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) 2017 and other year end international marathons (Chicago, New York, Berlin, Seoul, ChunCheon, OSAKA).

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!