With 2 weeks to Gold Coast Airport Marathon (GCAM), the Kookaburras were all excited as they turned up for their final group run. The turnout was not too great as quite a number of runners were using the weekend of races both locally and overseas to make up for their run.
As we were about to start, dark clouds loomed in the horizon and our trainers made a good call to run in the opposite direction to minimize the likelihood of us running into the rain – and it turned out a good call as we avoided the short bout of rain closer to the C4 and Playground areas.
Most of the runners were putting in their final tests of equipment and pace, and were trying to sustain a faster Enhanced Pace for distances of 18km and 28km. After the rains, came the high humidity and heat, which seemed to pose additional challenges for the runners.
Our mantra of ‘Train Hard, Race Easy’ would give the Kookaburras confidence of performing well on race day, after putting in the hard efforts during training. In spite of the challenges, most of the Kookaburras returned to the Nest by 10:30am, quite exhausted, at the same time satisfied.
This coming weekend will be the final tapering run before we wrap up Operation Kookaburra and make our way to the Gold Coast. To date, there are more than 340 Singapore runners going down under, and this would surely be fun as we travel, race and meetup as Team Singapore.
Run Kookaburra Run Kookaburra, Gold Our Race Will Be!
Photos from FatBird Meng Kiat