Optimal Pace For Gold Coast-Bound Marathoners

Optimal Pace For Gold Coast-Bound Marathoners

Into the final fortnight of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon (GCAM) 2017, the Kookaburras gathered along with the PowerFLIGHT trainees for their 18km and 28km Group Long Run @ Optimal Race Pace.

The weather in the morning was cloudy, albeit still humid, typical of the SIngapore weather in mid year.  The Kookaburras were all motivated to put in their final long run at goal marathon pace, and to test out their race apparel, shoes and in-race hydration and nutrition plans.

The brief to all participants was to run at their respective Optimal Race Pace (Goal Race Pace less 7secs) for as much of the prescribed distance as they could sustain their pace for,  It would be a trial of sorts to evaluate their readiness to hit their target race paces in more stringent weather conditions than in cooler and less humid Gold Coast weather.

Most of the Kookaburras did well to complete their required distances within average Optimal Pace, although a few still started to fast in the beginning and started to fade after 3/4 of the distance.

Overall, all trainees managed to complete their 18km (HM) and 28 km (FM) within regulation time.  Over post-run isotonic drinks and bananas, the GCAM-bound runners were given a final brief and advice on tapering and preparations for a good marathon in cool weather conditions at Gold Coast on July 2.

We are expecting to see a number of good showing for the Kookaburras at GCAM17, with lots of Personal Bests and a couple of Boston Qualifiers if race day conditions are great.

The Kookaburras Are Ready To Fly High At GCAM!



Kookaburras Fly High @ Longest GCAM17 Training Run

Kookaburras Fly High @ Longest GCAM17 Training Run

With less than a month from race day, the Kookaburras preparing for the Gold Coast Airport Marathon (GCAM17) joined Team FatBird for their longest training run to date. After the pre-departure briefing organized by Scenic Travel and Queensland Tourism yesterday, we have a few more marathoners join in the training this Sunday morning from the Marine Cove, ECP.

We had a combined long run with the PowerFLIGHT trainees doing 21km while the Kookaburras did 21km (HM) and 28-32km (FM) in a ‘Fast Finish’ format at Marathon-Optimal Pace.

The route covered the flat and scenic stretches of ECP, Gardens By The Bay, Marina Barrage, Marina Bay Sands and Promotory @ Marina. Weather was fortunately cloudy, but rather windy at many stretches and the humidity levels seemed to be quite high.

With this being the final over-30k run we have for the GCAM17 trainees before tapering phase kicks in next week, the Kookaburras made good efforts to cover as much mileage as they could at Optimal Pace – and most of them made the cut with 30-32km at Optimal Pace.


The PowerFLIGHT participants were strong throughout their 21km paced run, even though many were running on ‘tired legs’ from the mid-week speed session.

Only after we have completed our training at 10am did the sun rear its searing head. Over replenishment drinks and bananas, we conducted a debrief and gave advice on the cut in mileage while maintaining intensity during the Tapering Phase.

With a record of 470 marathoners from Singapore for this year’s GCAM17 (information shared during the GCAM17 Pre-Departure Briefing), we are confident of seeing many of the Singapore runners scoring Personal Bests with a few Boston Qualifiers (BQ) to boot.

With the longest training run nicely wrapped up, we will be looking forward to the tapering phase with 28km @ Optimal Pace for next weekend, and then 18km @ Optimal Pace for the final weekend before race weekend.


Run Kookaburra, Run Kookaburra, Gold Our Race Will Be!

PowerFLIGHT Tempo Run @ CarFreeSundaySG

PowerFLIGHT Tempo Run @ CarFreeSundaySG

The CarFreeSundaySG closed roads in the heart of the City Centre provided a good training opportunity for the PowerFLIGHT and invited Ops Kookaburra trainees to do 5km Long Tempo Run training.

The participants gathered at 7:00am in front of National Art Gallery/City Hall.  After a quick brief, the respective timing groups set off to run around the Padang, Shenton Way, Robinson Road, Telok Ayer Street and back to NAC for a loop of 5km.

The first two 5km sets were completed at Marathon Pace (MP) while the 3rd and 4th sets were run at Optimal Pace (OP) to condition for a fast-finish long run.  .  Rest interval of 1-2min with mineral water/isotonic drinks replenishment in between each 5km set.

The weather was very humid although it was cloudy for the first 3 sets of our run.  Still, the respective training groups did very well to complete within their targets.

The training session was made more interesting with the concurrent family activities and a mini duathlon race happening alongside our workout.

When we completed our training session by 9:30pm, the sun’s rays were peeking down on the satisfied PowerFLIGHT and Kookaburra runners who were already done with their cool-down stretches and heading for home.


A satisfying PowerFLIGHT Tempo Interval Sunday!

Kookaburras Gearing Up For Gold Coast Marathon

Kookaburras Gearing Up For Gold Coast Marathon

The Kookaburra trainees showed up for their third group long run with Team FatBird on a Saturday evening.  With 6 weeks to go before the Gold Coast Airport Marathon (GCAM), it was a trial of sorts to see where they are up to in terms of conditioning and readiness for the golden race.

The mainly Full Marathoners managed a good Marathon Pace run from Marine Cove to Marina Promontory and back for a 21km pit-stop, before extending for another 5-9km for a solid 28-30km paced run.

The weather was warm and humid in spite of the evening breeze along the coast.  The Kookaburras took this opportunity to practice their fuel and hydration plans to nail down areas for improvement ahead of race day.

There were questions on how to stave off cramps, building up sufficient weekly mileage for goal timings, dressing up for cool weather running and injury prevention during the post-run debrief.

The Kookaburra trainers, many of whom will be traveling to Gold Coast themselves, provided good guidance during the run and also answering most of the trainees’ concerns.

The entire training session was wrapped up in 3hours in what was an important mid-point milestone for the Kookaburras in their preparation journey on the road to GCAM 2017.

From their progress thus far, the trainers are quietly confident that the Kookaburras are on their way to Personal Bests come 2 July.


Run Kookaburra, Run Kookaburra, Gold Your Race Will Be!


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PowerFLIGHT Twin Hills Delight

PowerFLIGHT Twin Hills Delight

In weekend #4 of PowerFLIGHT buildup, the trainees were given a delightful treat of hills loops and repeats at the monster hills region of Mt. Faber and Labrador Park.

A brief respite was provided when we encountered thundery rain at the Labrador Hill slopes, where we have already completed the first part of the Monster Hills challenge.  Although tired out by the rather steep climbs, the PowerFLIGHT tribe was in high spirits and raring to go to the next hills challenge at Mt. Faber Loop.

The focus of this weekend’s long stead-state run was to build upon the speed training of the past weeks to hone the trainees’ running economy progressively.  All the participants are already running more relaxed and with better running form, which will go towards improving their running economy for better running timings at races.

The 2-3 loops of Mt. Faber’s 1.6km rolling hills provided the challenging workload of the morning, especially after the Labrador Hills segment.  The PowerFLIGHT trainees gamely faced the challenge positively, completing the tough workout with nary a complaint.

As a reward for hitting the key training objectives, the PowerFLIGHTers were given a shorter route back to the ClubHouse to end the training well within regulation time.

The session’s post-run briefing emphasized on doing the necessary stretching and active recovery procedures after each training workout, and how maintaining an injury-free condition and executing recovery runs properly are so important towards the long-term running economy and race-ready condition of marathoners.

We look forward to next weekday’s Trackwork and weekend’s Trail Hills Mix as we Power On in our Flight towards marathon Personal Bests.




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