Operation Falcon kicked off its next phase of training with Marathon Pace endurance run at a new location to boot, the Singapore Sports Hub.
The training route was familiar with some Falcons as they have been used quite often in major local races. This was the first time for any FatBird operations to use Sports Hub as a start/end point, and from the way things turned out, we should be using this new location for more of our marathon training runs.
Both the HMers and FMers covered the same first lap of 16km covering stretches of the Geylang PCN, Gardens By The Bay East, Marina Bay Sands and rounding back along the Promontory. The FMers covered another 14km with a smaller loop within the larger first lap.
Running conditions were conducive with the windy and cooling first half of the training as the respective pace groups maintained well their Marathon Paces. There were regular applause and shouts of encouragement which served to lift the spirits of the trainees each time.
The majority of the Falcons kept to very good Marathon Pace efforts under the guidance of their group trainers and pacers, maintaining very steady paces and good running form. As we progressed, the run became more challenging at the Promontory stretch when the sun came beating down on the Falcon’s backs.
Rising to meet the challenges, the Falcons were able to persist another 5-6km to finish the entire HM run in target paces and timings. The FMers did slow down a bit after 20km as the sun’s heat continued unabated, but the trainees pushed on to complete their 30km requirement to meet training objectives.
A few of the runners turned back slightly earlier and completed from 26-28km. A quick debrief of the session was followed by stretching exercises conducted by FatBirds Arnel and Jayson. The trainees followed through with the whole routine respectably well .
A second debrief was given followed by important advise on having a good dynamic warm up routine especially for HM races, as well as being mindful about our own body conditions and having regular check ups and not leaving anything to chances with regards to our health.
The FMers completed their training by 10am and were feasting on bananas and post-run drinks as we shared stories and lessons learnt from the training.
We will be back to the same location at Sports HuB next week for long distance intervals, something unique and effective for our purposes of having Falcons have a sustainable ‘speed’ for good results on race day. The Falcons Get Onto Marathon Pace Photos from FatBird Chin
It was a cool morning at Weekend #4 of Operation Falcon, just the right climate for our basebuild workout comprising of a menu of 800m Park Intervals sandwiched by a 5km pre and 5-10km post workout basebuild runs.
The turnout was good at SAFRA MF with a few new runners joining us for the first time. After a quick training brief, the respective pace groups proceeded at their own paces towards Labrador Park, taking the Depot Rd, Alexandra Rd, Labrador Park Rd approach.
Once at Labrador Park, the various Groups 1-4 were briefed on their interval requirements and respective work:rest ratios. One at a time, the groups were flagged off to do their 4-6 800m interval sets, led by their dependable Falcon trainers.
Most of the groups started out too fast for their first lap, but soon settled in after 2-3 laps as they found the correct rhythm and effort for better management of target interval pace. The runners were taxed not only on their required paces in Zone 4 effort, but were also given just sufficient rest time for them to recover before their next sets.
Once the initial apprehension was over, the Falcon trainees soon settled into the interval training and were enjoying the hard work, especially with motivation and encouragement from group members and also inter group.
Before long, all had completed their required number of sets at target paces, with a few adding on 1-2 sets for good measure. Streaks of perspiration could be seen on the Falcon’s satisfied faces as they completed their final sets while maintaining good form. All had reserves in their tanks as they were prepared for the 5-10km run at basebuild pace to follow.
The Gatorade Tank was fully emptied with nary a drop left as all Falcons topped up their fuel belts before heading back for the post-interval run. With tired legs, but still very strong minds, the Falcons did well to sustain basebuild paces all the way back to SAFRA MF Clubhouse to finish convincingly.
Cool down stretches by Groups 1 & 2 trainers ensued, with eager trainees participating to stretch out those achy muscles to lessen any Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) the following day.
With the workout completed well ahead of the alloted time, there was a sense of achievement among trainers and trainees alike, serving to enhance the confidence levels to take up the challenges in the coming weeks before we enter into Pace Training at Marathon and Optimal paces.
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It was a great start for the 80+ registered participants at the second edition of Operation Falcon 2015, 12-week marathon training for the 2XU Compression Run. The weather was cool and windy as the early birds gathered at C4 ECP Shelter for registration as well as sizing of their eventual finisher race singlets.
A warm welcome was extended to all Falcon participants with the usual training and route briefings before starting the run at 7:25am…of course not without taking the customary group photos.
Although the 2XU Compression Run only offered up to Half Marathon categories, Ops Falcon has also included the Full Marathon training program to cater to those who are doing overseas marathons like the Taiwan and Saga Sakura Marathon.
A good portion of 40% first-time FatBird trainees mingled well with the rest of the ‘sesoned’ FatBird trainees, under the watchful eye and friendly encouragement of the ever dependable Team FatBird Training Crew.
This being the kick off training, the HM and FM participants completed a no-frills 13.5km and 21km at BaseBuild pace respectively, allowing for the newer runners as well as others who have taken a short break from exercise to consolidate a good base before moving on to speedier paces.
There were good chit-chats and words of advice from the Falcon trainers with the trainees, allowing for healthy engagement and interaction which will set the tone for a smooth and enjoyable 12 weeks of training ahead. The newer trainees adapted to the pace and conduct of the training rather well, with very little hiccups along the way.
All the HM categories completed their runs by 10am and were given a debrief by the Falcon Trainers explaining the concepts of Team FatBird’s FlightZONES and PowerFLIGHT training systems, as well as set expectations for the remaining weeks of training.
The FM participants completed their runs by 10:30am to rousing cheers and applause by fellow trainees in strong form, partly attributing to the immaculate weather this morning. There were quite a number of satisfied faces especially among the newer participants who are starting to appreciate the kind of structured training Team FatBird offers.
After the honeymoon start of the first session, the Falcons will move on to bigger challenges from week #2, starting with some high intensity tempo intervals sandwiched by 2 trail portions at next weekend. It will be something interesting and we are sure many will be looking forward to have yet another great workout.
For the many runners who have signed up for 2XU Compression Run, Run350 and other Marathon races in Q1 2015, you are invited to start training with the Falcons to achieve your race targets and New Year resolutions set just a week or so ago. You can sign up for limited slots of this high-value 12-week marathon training program HERE, and start enjoying the benefits of structured training and steam ahead in the New Year! The Falcons Soared To A Cool Start! Training Photos By FatBird Chin