Army Half Marathon 2018

Army Half Marathon 2018

Army Half Marathon 2018
Race Report By FatBird Anthony Sum
Photos from FatBirds Paul, Rand

The 12-week PowerFLIGHT Speed & Strength marathon training prepared our runners well for the Army Half Marathon 2018 (AHM18).

Because of the Singapore heat, the AHM18 has been having a very early start at 4:30am every year.  Considering my sleeping habits (which is quite late in the night), I could not get into sleep at all in spite of lying in bed from 10pm.  I decided to watch some YouTube instead while waiting for breakfast time at 2:30am.

Eddie has so kindly volunteered to pick us up at 3:00am to proceed to our group’s meet-up at Esplanade Amphitheatre.  We did our warm-up routing of light jogging, activation drills and some strides before more of our runners arrive.  After our group photo and final toilet stop, we proceeded into the start corral at 4:00am and inched our way closer to the front for a smooth start.

Armed with our respective race and pace plans, the PowerFLIGHT marathoners were all raring to get out there for a good run.  The weather conditions were kind with not too much humidity in the air.  The COA promptly started the Half Marathon race at 4:33am.  After a slight initial crowd at the front, I was able to find space to move closer to the front.

Met many fellow FatBird, SAFRA runners and friends along the 1st km.  We exchanged greetings and well wishes before proceeding onwards to our targets.  The first 5km was along the CBD area where GPS signals were affected by the tall buildings.  Pace readings would be off and running by Heart Rate and Rate Of Perceived Exertion (RPE) was best here.

Taking care not to elevate HR, I would keeping to a comfortable hard effort and staying with the pack who were running 4:30+ pace.  My target for this race was to run a 4:30 pace average for the whole 21.1km.  Was a little surprised to find the first 2 water stations without isotonic, but no big deal.  The following 5km brought us through the Gardens which was well lit and having good directional signs to point us for turns ahead.

I tried to maintain 4:30 pace without feeling too worked up from there before we entered the ECP at about the 12km mark.  Missed the drinks but managed to grab a banana at the final table for a small bite to get some carbs in.  I was still feeling comfortable as I overtook a number of tiring runners through ECP, Sports Hub before coming out onto Mountbatten / Nicholl Highway stretch for the final 7km.

I decided to consume the lone pack of gel at 15km to get rid of the jiggle in my pocket.  The run along Nicholl Highway was enjoyable because of the space and some light wind in the face.  I continued to maintain 4:30 pace and overtook a few more folks.  In between, there were also some good exchanges of fellow runners trading places.  That made it interesting in what would be otherwise just plain focusing on closing in to the finish line.

As I headed towards Esplanade with 3-4km to go, the strain of keeping 4:30 pace could be felt.  Needed to perk up to maintain good running form and smoother breathing to avoid slowing down too much.  There were no niggles, twitches or any signs of cramping up, which was nice.  We ran on the outside of Esplanade instead of through F1 Pit area and soon I could see the final stretch of 1km at the Esplanade Bridge area.

I was doing a final calculation if I could achieve my Half Marathon PB of 1:35:15 and before I knew it, I was striding down the final 200m to the finish line.  The clock displayed 1:35 and some change.  I was happy to find out later that I ran a nett time of 1:34:16 on a accurate HM route for a new Personal Best.

Before I could take a breather at the finish line, I saw Pua and few others, and then Vanessa from SPRC coming in with a podium tag.  Then Chee Peng came in at 1:36 with a massive PB.  Waited a bit for Eddie who did a massive PB of 1:40 and then saw Steven with PB at 1:39 and KS coming in at 1:43.

We proceeded on to collect our finisher tee and medals before meeting up with the FatBirds and PowerFLIGHT marathoners at Tan Kim Seng Fountain.  Bumped into Raymond who did extremely well with 1:28 for podium, Robin with solid PB of 1:31.

I was excited and elated by the outstanding results achieved by our trainees and runners as they returned from the race with HM PBs in the order of 5-25min quantum.  All the dedication, commitment, belief in the training plan coupled with solid execution of race plans have delivered the sweet rewards for these happy campers.

Heartiest Congratulations to Julie, Xueli, David, Eddie, Meng See, Paul, Lynn, Winston, Nelson, Roslyn, Josephine, Jasvinder, Chee Peng, Beverly, Jacqueline, Rand, Chris and many more which I have unintentionally missed here for your outstanding performances and well-deserving Personal Bests at the AHM18.

You PowerFLIGHTers Rocked With Power!

Kudos and shout out to the highly dependable Army and SAFRA organization for putting such a class act with a superbly well-organized race scoring high points in all important areas of race experience and logistics management.  Well Done AHM Organizers!

We will now take our well-deserved break and do some reflection and assessment of our training and preparations for the AHM.  We will bring the lessons and build on this good momentum into our 12-week structured training for the Singapore Marathon (SCSM) in a few weeks.

Meanwhile, I will be indulging in my favourite foods and maybe put on 2-3kg before continuing with my preparations for New York Marathon in the first week of November.

The PowerFLIGHTers Rocked AHM18!

 


Operation Sunbird 2018 – 12-Weeks Structured Marathon Program

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) 2018 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!

PowerFLIGHT Race Simulations

PowerFLIGHT Race Simulations

In the final preparations for AHM, the Program PowerFLIGHT  trainees were tasked to do a Simulator Race in Week #10. The training objective was for the PowerFLIGHTers to put all their past weeks of training into a trial of sorts to gauge their readiness for meeting target race pace.

The 15-18km route covered parts of the AHM race route and some hill slopes were thrown in to simulate as close to race terrain as possible.  However the start time and weather conditions will be a little harsher than race morning (4:30am start time) with the heat and humidity from the warm morning providing additional challenges to the runners.

Trackwork and Tempo runs at 10km-HM pace have been prescribed the previous 2 weeks to give the trainees a good feel of running and maintaining their race day paces.

After executing their pre-set warm up and activation routines, the PowerFLIGHTers started off from OCBC Arena conservatively and then building up to their race pace after 1km.  Their objectives were to maintain goal HM race pace till 21km or as far as their fitness levels can take them.

Shoes and gear to be used on race day was given a dress rehearsal of sorts.  Hydration & Fuel plans for individual runners were also put to the test to minimize surprises on race day.

The entire Simulator training was completed in 2.5hrs by most of the PowerFLIGHTers, with most of them able to maintain goal race pace for at least 15km, a number more sustaining through 18km and 21km.  It was a good gauge for the participants of their readiness levels at their timing targets.  They can now fine-tune their race and fuel plans to make some adjustments for a smooth and optimal race.

With the good trial experience at the Simulator training run, the PowerFLIGHTers are now confident that they can do well well at AHM 2018.  Training in the remaining days to race day will be more rest and lowered volume of training, with workouts at intensity to maintain race speed and sharpness.

The PowerFLIGHTers Are Race Ready!

 


Operation Sunbird 2018 – 12-Weeks Structured Marathon Program

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) 2018 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!

PowerFLIGHT Peaking Strong

PowerFLIGHT Peaking Strong

With barely 3 weeks to AHM, the Program PowerFLIGHT  trainees are peaking well with more intensive workouts after a strong base of strength and speed has been established.

The speedwork of VO2Max and Tempo intervals have honed the PowerFLIGHTers’ sense of pacing and endurance for fast running.  This will serve to enhance their aerobic strength which will allow them to sustain goal pace through the whole HM distance.

Regular sessions of strides have been incorporated into their long run workouts to give those faster-twitch muscles a workout as well as gearing up their range of motion and good running form.

The long hills runs and repetitions have been thoroughly enjoyed by the PowerFLIGHTers.  A good thing as those hillswork with strengthen their running legs and establish better running form, going towards enhancing their racing speed for race day.

A few trail sessions have been injected into the comprehensive training program to strengthen the ankles and feet of the runners, as well as heightened their sense of balance, agility and mobility in uneven terrain.  When it comes time to race on the roads, the PowerFLIGHTers will be able to manage faster running speeds on a strong and stable platform.

The weekday workout had the trainees traversing the delicate winding hills up to Kent Ridge for 1km hills repetitions.  Much improvements could be observed in the strength and endurance in the PowerFLIGHTers as they tackled the challenging workout with good effort and sustainability.

With 3/4 of PowerFLIGHT training completed, the PowerFLIGHTers are certainly doing much better in all running departments at the track, hills and roads.

As we hone in on the final preparations in the next few weeks with more targeted workouts to sharpen their race readiness, the trainers are quietly confident that the PowerFLIGHTers will do very well at the AHM 2018.  The main consideration is to have planned rest and recovery to avoid any unwanted injuries cropping up at this crucial period.

We will be back to the track for interval training followed by a weekend of Long Tempo Run in week #10.

 

The PowerFLIGHTers are peaking strong!

 


Operation Sunbird 2018 – 12-Weeks Structured Marathon Program

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) 2018 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!