While the majority of Sunbirds were doing the Newton Challenge (32km) as part of their simulator long run @ Marathon Pace, the smaller group of mainly Half Marathon Sunbird trainees were at the front of the National Art Gallery for their 18km and 30km run along start and finishing portions of the SCSM (Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon) race routes.
The training run for the Sunbirds were executed in a long tempo interval format with 2min of rest interval for every 5km of running at Marathon Pace (MP). The first portion of the run brought us to Kallang Riverside Park along the serenity of the Kallang River on a pretty Sunday morning.
The first 10km was completed back the start point in front of NAC, where the Sunbirds were scheduled to run 5km loops around the City Centre (roads closure for CarFreeSundaySG) with refreshment (Sports Water, bananas) awaiting at every rest interval.
The training objective was to bring the trainees up to MP over the longer distances 18km and 30km with short rest breaks to help with sustaining target pace throughout.
Under the guidance of their Sunbird trainers, the Sunbirds met their training objectives in spite of the challenges posed by the heat in the later part of the morning.
After the training, we received bouts of good news of the sterling results of our Sunbirds who were at the Newton Challenge 32km. Many of the Sunbirds outperformed with Personal Bests and running much faster than their respective target Marathon Pace for the whole distance.
We would like to give a shout out to all Sunbirds for the smooth execution of their race and pace plan at the training and race, which will surely serve as a huge confidence booster for their upcoming marathon endeavors.
With this good weekend of training and simulator racing, the Sunbirds progress into week #9 where they will do their longest run with high confidence levels of performing well at SCSM17.