Gold Coast Marathon 2019 – Running Clinic

Gold Coast Marathon 2019 – Running Clinic

As a prelude to Operation Kookaburra, Team FatBird’s 12-week proven marathon preparation program for Gold Coast Marathon 2019 (GCM19), a Running Clinic was organized by the Travel and Training Partner to GCM19.

The Running Clinic aimed to provide insights and share experiences with the running community on how to race and experience #GoodTimes at this must-do marathon on every running enthusiasts’ racing calendar.

Participants turned up early at the OCBC Arena on Saturday evening to be welcomed by the team from Team FatBird and Scenic Travel.

A briefing on the key features of Gold Coast Marathon, the special travel package and the structure of the Kookaburra Marathon Training Program were provided to the eager runners.  Ops Kookaburra comprise of a proven structured training plan with focus on the key components of Marathon Performance – VO2Max, Lactate Threshold and Running Economy marathon racing.

Ops Kookaburra will provide the complete guidance and advisory on how to race your best cool-weather marathon.  The team will be led by experienced FatBird Trainers who have scored successfully at past Gold Coast Marathons.  There will also be 6 group long runs to prepare GCM19 participants for the speed and strength endurance required to race to your Personal Bests and Boston Qualifiers.

After the 30min briefing, a warm-up session comprising of muscle looseners and running drills were conducted for the Running Clinic participants.  This was followed by a 90min long Progression run led by GCM19 trainers from Team FatBird to give the participants a flavor of the kind of training to expect.  There were good exchanges between the trainers and participants on what to expect at GCM19 as well as getting to know the the participants’ concerns and aspirations for GCM19.

The cool evening run along Gardens By The Bay and Marina Barrage , which started off easy, was completed in a strong finish after a photo stop at the top of Marina Barrage.  It gave a good sense and expectation on how the GCM19 trainees will be trained to race in even to negative splits when they tackle the GCM19 in July.

A post-run debrief and sharing was conducted to touch on the participants’ running form, potential and how to achieve their race goals.  Queries and travel arrangements were also answered by the experienced Scenic Travel agents to provide a smooth and enjoyable Runcation for the marathoners and their families.

The feedback from the Running Clinic participants was very positive.  Many are already priming themselves for the Ops Kookaburra kickoff session on 20 April.

The Gold Coast Marathon Training Team is looking forward to a fruitful and fun marathon training and racing journey with all GCM19-bound runners.

 

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Operation Kookaburra Marathon Training Program

Runners preparing for the Gold Coast Marathon in 2019 are encouraged to sign up for Kookaburra Marathon Training to benefit from structured group training led by qualified and experienced Team FatBird marathon trainers.

Operation Kookaburra is a specially-designed 12-week FlightZONESTM Marathon training program to prepare runners for the Gold Coast Marathon (GCM).

We have had good success with training hundreds of Singapore marathoners to their Personal Bests (PB) and Boston Qualifiers (BQ) since 2010 when we teamed up with Tourism Events Queensand (TEQ) and Scenic Travel Pte Ltd to offer the Run Gold Coast Travel & Training Package.

 

Training Program details and registration HERE!

 

Team FatBird also has a Corporate Run & Marathon Training Program to prepare employees and running clubs of companies and institutions for local and international running races.  Write to info@teamfatbird.com OR Check Out Program Details Here!

 

Operation NightHawk 2019 – Sundown Marathon Training

Operation NightHawk 2019 – Sundown Marathon Training

It was a strong kickoff to Operation NightHawk 2019, Team FatBird’s 12-week structured night marathon training for Sundown Marathon.  A good mix of new trainees along with returning FatBirds gathered at the OCBC ARENA (where 70% of the training sessions will be started from) in fine weather for the night training session.

 A warm welcome was extended to the NightHawks followed by a briefing of the structure of the polarized training program.  Participants will be taken through the four phases of training (BaseBuild, Endurance, Sharpening, Taper) with a weekly series of 3 quality workouts and 1-3 sessions of easy running for recovery and aerobic development.

 

The quality workout sessions will comprise of 1 Speed (VO2Max)/Strength (Hills) session, 1 Tempo/Threshold session (Lactate Threshold) and the most important Long Run workout in the weekend (Sat night or Sunday morning) to develop running economy and race plan execution. 

 NightHawks will be doing their weekday workouts on their own according to the training plan, but weekend sessions will be face-face long runs with NightHawk trainers.  Weekly training tips comprising of Heart-Rate and Intensity training, Running Form, Nutrition & Fuel, Pacing & Racing, Racing Strategy, Rest & Recovery, Race Planning & Execution among other important topics will be dispensed to complement the NightHawks’ training. 

 In the first session, The NightHawks were segregated into the various pace groups according to their abilities and goals set, each led by a FatBird trainer.  The long run workout was a 90-120min run at Easy-Base Pace.  The pace groups were flagged off individually.  The enthusiastic NightHawks led by their respective trainers ran along the scenic Gardens By The Bay through to Marina Barrage, Marina Bay Sands looping back at the Marina Promontory. 

 This first long run also provided an opportunity to the FatBird trainers to access their trainees’ aerobic fitness, running form and experience with handling longer distances.  As the training progresses, trainees will be upgraded to faster groups as their marathon fitness and endurance progress. 

As dusk fell, the NightHawks experienced running in the night, which is quite different compared with running in the morning.  There will be 5 night long runs to provide the necessary conditioning to these Sundowners to race a good night marathon.

 The respective groups returned to the training start point at 9.00pm, many feeling satisfied, some heaving a sense of relief that they had survived their first long run training session.  As they were getting rehydration with the isotonic drinks provided, there were many interesting exchanged and sharing of the details of the training plan and tips by the Training Team.

 As the NightHawks left the training area very pleased with their performance, we look forward to having them for the second long run through the Mystic Reservoir route next weekend.

 

 When Dusk Arrives, The NightHawks Arise

 

 


Operation NightHawk Night Marathon Training System

Runners preparing for the Sundown Marathon and other marathon races (Gold Coast, London, Paris, Boston, Taipei) in 2019 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 and running clubs of companies and institutions for local and international running races.  Write to info@teamfatbird.com OR Check Out Program Details Here!

 

PowerFLIGHT 2019 On Track With Good Progress

PowerFLIGHT 2019 On Track With Good Progress

With the Program PowerFlight 2019 Training Program 1/3 completed, the trainees have gone through a range of workouts of Speedwork @ Track, Strengthwork @ Hills and Aerobic Power Long Runs in the Weekends to build a foundation for the next phase of training.

This structured 15-week plan provided guidance and tips for trainees to develop all round strength and speed endurance with nutrition and running form enhancement thrown into the mix.

This program saw many new runners and weight-watchers in addition to about 50% returning satisfied FatBird trainees.  Many were aiming to better their Personal Bests in HM and FM races in the first quarter of 2019, with a good proportion looking to get into optimal weight and build up their running fitness and performance indicators.

The PowerFLIGHTers thoroughly enjoyed the hills repeats at Mt. Faber Hills and Hills intervals at Telok Blangah Hills on weekdays to strengthen their VO2Max and Running Economy aspects of running.

The Interval Training of 400m, 800m, 1000m intervals at the track saw very good response from the PowerFLIGHT participants, many who were trying proper speed workouts for the first time.  They enjoyed the rigours and challenges of the track training, and could see improvements in their VO2Max and Running Economy in just a short period of 5 weeks.

Week #5 saw the start of long progression runs on weekend sessions to translate the speed and strength built up into endurance-based efficiency to meet the marathon race objectives of the trainees.  PowerFLIGHTers executed the progression runs of 1/3s – 1/3 distance @ Marathon Pace (MP) + 10s, middle 1/3 distance @ MP, Final 1/3 distance at MP-10s to good effect, although the final 1/3 posed a challenge to many (who could only maintain at MP for that segment).

Overall it was a good first 5 weeks of developing the 3 pillars of running performance – strength, speed, endurance.  The PowerFLIGHTers will look forward to the next phase of training which will focus on adding on intensity to the various types of workouts to enhance the foundation built.

 

The PowerFLIGHT Program is suitable for all runners and marathoners including weight watchers looking to scale up your strength and speed for your next marathon race or to enhance your running engine power to blast those excess fats and get into lean racing shape.

With the flexible program incorporating 2-weekly group sessions of speed, strength, hills, trackwork, intervals, steady state long runs in 4-week, 8-week, 12-week and 15-week bundles of choice to cater to your busy schedules, there is no reason why you would not want to hop on to this tried and tested marathon training program.

Check Out The Program & Registration Details HERE!


The PowerFLIGHT Runners On Track With Smooth Progress!

 


Program PowerFLIGHT Speed & Strength Training System

As we move into the Q1 2019 Marathon season (Jan-April 2019), Team FatBird is happy to announce Program PowerFLIGHT 2019 – our highly popular and effective 15-week structured strength and speed training program to up the ante on your training preparations for your upcoming 10km-marathon races (2XU Compression Run, Income Eco Run) and overseas marathons (Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Boston, Paris, London Marathon) in 2019.

Team FatBird’s Program PowerFLIGHT Speed & Strength training will commence operations on 21 December 2019. Runners and marathoners looking to up the ante on their speed and strength with enhanced performance are encouraged to sign up for PowerFLIGHT to benefit from structured group hills, track, intervals, high tempo 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 and running clubs of companies and institutions for local and international running races.  Write to info@teamfatbird.com OR Check Out Program Details Here!

 

PowerFLIGHT 2019 Off With A Powerful Kick

PowerFLIGHT 2019 Off With A Powerful Kick

Program PowerFlight 2019, Team FatBird’s 4-15 Week Speed & Strength Training Program got off to a Power Start with a set of Hills Repetition workout on Friday evening and a Steady-State (UpTempo) long run in the weekend.

More than half of the PowerFLIGHT participants are returning trainees from PowerFLIGHT and Sunbird Programs in 2018 who are seeking to bring their training a few notches up and maintain their momentum of 2018’s successes into 2019.

The other 40% are new participants who have come onboard this Power Flight to tap of this proven speed and strength endurance development program to meet their marathon and racing weight goals of 2019.

Program PowerFLIGHT seeks to build the key engines of marathon running in the enhancement of VO2Max via interval training, Lactate Threshold with Tempo and Fartlek workouts, as well as Running Economy with Hills workouts complementing long Steady-State and UpTempo runs and running form fine-tuning.

The first week of hills repetitions on Friday introduced the PowerFLIGHTers back to foundation training with running drills and form-focused hill up and downhill running techniques.  In addition, the trainees got in a boost to their aerobic strength with the 80-85% intensity of a 7-9km routine.

With just 2 days before Christmas, the PowerFLIGHTers enjoyed their pre-feasting workout of 60-90min Fast-Finish long run from the Sports Hub to and back Marina Promontory along the scenic Gardens By the Bay and Marina Bay Sands stretches.  That was followed by a short session of strides at the Kallang Practice Track to get their cadence, stride length and overall running form up to speed (pun intended).

It was a relatively short, moderate intensity but enjoyable workout sessions in the kick off week of PowerFLIGHT.  That will set the tone for building up the running foundation in the first 4 weeks before progressing on to sharpening of the speed and strength endurance abilities of the participants in the mid to final segments of this periodized and polarized training structure.

The PowerFLIGHT Program is suitable for all runners and marathoners including weight watchers looking to scale up your strength and speed for your next marathon race or to enhance your running engine power to blast those excess fats and get into lean racing shape.

With the flexible program incorporating 2-weekly group sessions of speed, strength, hills, trackwork, intervals, steady state long runs in 4-week, 8-week, 12-week and 15-week bundles of choice to cater to your busy schedules, there is no reason why you would not want to hop on to this tried and tested marathon training program.

Check Out The Program & Registration Details HERE!


The PowerFLIGHTers powered off on the right footing!

 


Program PowerFLIGHT Speed & Strength Training System

As we move into the Q1 2019 Marathon season (Jan-April 2019), Team FatBird is happy to announce Program PowerFLIGHT 2019 – our highly popular and effective 15-week structured strength and speed training program to up the ante on your training preparations for your upcoming 10km-marathon races (2XU Compression Run, Income Eco Run) and overseas marathons (Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Boston, Paris, London Marathon) in 2019. Team FatBird’s Program PowerFLIGHT Speed & Strength training will commence operations on 21 December 2019. Runners and marathoners looking to up the ante on their speed and strength with enhanced performance are encouraged to sign up for PowerFLIGHT to benefit from structured group hills, track, intervals, high tempo 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 and running clubs of companies and institutions for local and international running races.  Write to info@teamfatbird.com OR Check Out Program Details Here!  
Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2018 – Race Report & Lessons

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2018 – Race Report & Lessons

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) 2018 Race Report
By FatBird Anthony

Before I begin this lengthy post about my SCSM18 race, and experiences learnt from my DNF (Did Not Finish) incident, I would like to give a huge congratulatory shout out to all Team FatBird Runners, especially Operation Sunbird Marathoners for their awesome performances at the SCSM18 10km, Half-Marathon and Marathon races.

The FatBirds & Sunbirds’ commitment and dedication at training with meticulous race preparations have rewarded many of them with Personal Bests (timings and distances conquered) and commendable SCSM18 completions! We can look forward to even better performances when we begin training and preparations for Marathon Races in 2019!

Ops Sunbird (SCSM 2018 training program)
My race marathon calendar for 2018 included Boston Marathon (April), Gold Coast Marathon (July) and New York City Marathon (November). You can click on the links to read the race ports of those key races.

As we started training for SCSM and Q4 marathon races with Ops Sunbird, I decided to sign up for SCSM 2018 as well. Because SCSM would be just 4 weeks from my Marathon Majors NYC Marathon, I planned to treat it as a training run as well as to be on course with the Sunbirds to experience the new routes and organization upgrades promised by the Race Organizer, Ironman Asia.

The Sunbird marathon training went very well and delivered the goods with many of the trainees scoring excellent timings and Personal Bests at GEWR, Osaka Marathon and a few of other races in between.

4 weeks to SCSM18
I ran a good race at NYC Marathon. In the first 2 weeks post-NYC, I scaled down my mileage as recovery as well as tapering for SCSM18.  However, 14 days before SCSM, I caught the year-end flu bug which was on its rounds already for 2 months. I went straight to the doctor for some antibiotics and host of other meds to get a quick recovery.

My 26km run that weekend with the Sunbirds seemed ok, as I was not having any bad symptoms other than the soft throat. By Sunday night, I was coughing again and I went back to the Doctor on Monday (6 days to SCSM18) for additional meds. Again all seemed well and I did the final tapering run of 18km (at Marathon Pace). A few days before race day, I was still having coughs at night (including Beverly who also caught the flu) and feeling lethargic. I decided to just take it easy on race day to enjoy the run.

Race Morning


I slept for an hour (I had a good sleeps on Thur and Fri nights, with a nap on Sat afternoon) and went down to the race site in Eddie’s car. The traffic blockages and confusion were to cause Eddie to park far away. Before he detoured, he kindly let me and Beverly drop off first to get to the race site to meetup with the Sunbirds at 3am. In our haste, I forgot to bring my fuel belt (of gels and electrolytes). Thanks to Jen and Beverly who graciously offered their gels and electrolytes to me just before race start.

The First 21km
After some light jogging, stretches and photo taking, we proceeded into our respective start corrals/pens. This year’s race was well  organized with nary a confusion at the baggage and start pen management. Throughout the race, I observed a number of nice changes that were more reminiscent of best practices at World Marathon Majors (WMM) and International Races – Well done SCSM and Race Organizer (Ironman Asia).

Our race (Pens B, C, D) started promptly at 4.35am. The first segment along Nichol Highway and through Shenton Way area was nice (although GPS signals get interrupted a lot through the CBD segment). I acknowledged familiar faces who were running around my 5:00min/km pace.

As we entered the new segment of West Coast Highway from about 6-7 km, I was feeling comfortable at the 5min pace. I decided to go along with that and not push faster as I would have been happy with anything around my SCSM 2017 3:35h finish time. The West Coast Highway stretch was very spacious and hydration points were ample and well managed. Received 2 gels from the 11km aid station and tucked them in my tights. With the earlier 2 gels that I got from Jen, things started to get heavy. For the next 15km or so, I was fumbling with the gels slipping into my tights, causing uncomfortable and embarrassing moments haha.

21km-30km
Exited WCH around 20km or so, and ran through Shenton Way and into Gardens By The Bay. At around the 23km mark, it all just came suddenly. I vomited some stuff (I did take breakfast, and a gel at 15km mark) on the side of the road. I didn’t think too much about it then although it was the first time something like that happened to me. I took some water at the 23km aid station and continued with by slightly slower pace of 5:10.

I felt slight weakened in my legs as I chugged along. By the 25km mark through the ECP stretch and into Marina Gardens, my pace was dropping fast. Fatigue in my legs and upper body began to gnaw at me. I could hardly acknowledge the running friends and support stations who were encouraging me. Although I did not feel that bad at the time (other than from effects of my fatiguing body), I was told I looked pale and with a look of disarray (post-race) by those who called out to me.

By the 30km mark, I could no longer keep running…my legs just would not want to go on. I felt light-headed as I ran through the mist station.  I decided there and then I will just slow jog to finish. I waved on those who came to encourage me that I had already ‘Hit The Wall’ and was in no condition to run further.  About 1km of walking later, I spotted a medical team with 2 Kenyan ladies who had dropped out of the race. I told them I wanted to DNF (Not Complete) and asked for help with transport to the finish line. However, they replied that I would have to wait for the sweeper bus (which would pick up finishers after 7 hours). I definitely could not be waiting there for 4 hours for the sweeper bus to arrive.

The medics also mentioned there were no short cuts/exits at that point. I then tried to walk and slow jog (the sun was beating down furiously by that time). I waved on to many of my running friends to run ahead as I continued my long march. After what seemed like eternity, I finally found the Gardens Visitor Centre. By then, my tummy ached real bad and I had to go – it was a massive case of diarrhoea.

30km-DNF
With wobbly legs and feeling faint, I managed to struggle to exit the course to the Helix Bridge (36km+ point) crossing over for another 1km walk to enter the finish area. There was no shade.  Under the sweltering heat of the sun, I walked slowly to the Family meet up area where I saw some SAFRA friends sitting about. I laid down to elevate my legs (although I couldn’t find any support then, and I was too weak to bother). As the Sunbirds, FatBirds and fellow runners came, a lot of help was rendered to make me feel better.

I and grateful and appreciative of all of them checking up me and showing words of concern (although they were already tired from just finishing their marathons). When Eddie and Beverly came, I was able to get arrangements to walk (very light-headed) to be ferried back in Eddie’s car back home.  I had a warm bath once home.

After another bout of diarrhoea, I ate some food and went for a short nap.  I woke up feeling better, although still a tad weak. I had no fever nor aches in any parts of the body, especially the legs (which probably were not overworked at all). Went for a recovery walk in the evening. I woke up on Monday morning with no aches on the legs but still feeling a tad tired. The sore throat and cough, although diminishing, was still there. I will be resting and taking more recovery walks this week.

Lessons
This is the first ever marathon race that I DNF (Did Not Finish). I am convinced it was the right decision in the interest of my health and future running.

Thanks to the rousing support and encouragement of my DNF decision from the running friends and community. On a positive note, this incident made me see the strong support and care from the running community and friends, as well as important lessons of knowing when to quit when the going is hazardous. It has also allowed me to rethink my future entries into races with non-fully recovered ailments and injuries.

It is also my first experience (after running more than 35 marathons) of feeling a progressive loss of energy and the mind just wanting to ‘go to sleep’. I decided by the 30km mark that this time something is not right and that I will have to call my first DNF. It was being responsible and my best decision under such circumstances. This will serve as a good learning experience for me and my running trainees and friends in our marathon journeys ahead.


Program PowerFLIGHT Speed & Strength Training System

As we move into the Q1 2019 Marathon season (Jan-April 2019), Team FatBird is happy to announce Program PowerFLIGHT 2019 – our highly popular and effective 15-week structured strength and speed training program to up the ante on your training preparations for your upcoming 10km-marathon races (2XU Compression Run, Income Eco Run) and overseas marathons (Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Boston, Paris, London Marathon) in 2019.

Team FatBird’s Program PowerFLIGHT Speed & Strength training will commence operations on 21 December 2019. Runners and marathoners looking to up the ante on their speed and strength with enhanced performance are encouraged to sign up for PowerFLIGHT to benefit from structured group hills, track, intervals, high tempo 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 and running clubs of companies and institutions for local and international running races.  Write to info@teamfatbird.com OR Check Out Program Details Here!