Flight NH13 (Operation NightHawk 2013) got off to a roaring start with more than 120 participants at The Playground @ Big Splash, ECP. The first session of this 12-week journey will see another batch of marathon trainees go through the FatBird FlightZONES training system to prepare for Sundown Marathon at end May/1st June
It was nice to see and hear of many trainees from previous FatBird Operations return for more training after getting good results from their diligence and commitment following our structured training programs. The new trainees were all eager to get going, and that ‘fire’ could be seen in their bright eyes during the pre-training briefing session.
The trainees were divided into respective groups based on their target marathon goals, each group having accompanying trainers and pacers to train alongside with. After the customary group photos and shouts of “NightHawks, NightHawks, We All Rawk!” ringing across the Playground, the respective groups were flagged off for their (13-21km) Endurance Run in BaseBuild Zone.
The weather was cooling at the start, allowing for a good momentum to be maintained. The group trainers and Pacers were showing the way and getting to know the runners in their respective groups. Lots of chatter and interesting conversations abound as there was good interaction among groups of like-minded runners getting together for the first time to run together for about 2hrs.
There was good shade in spite of the sun rising up for the second half of the run – many of the runners had hydration with them which helped loads in terms of keeping up with the pace. All the runners returned in groups, mostly as intact as when they first started off earlier – a sense of satisfaction and smiles on their faces as they felt a small sense of accomplishment in completing their first NightHawk session.
The stage is set now for an exciting journey ahead as we prepare for the first night LSD run in session #2. The participants will convene this time in on one of Singapore’s greenest lungs, donning blinkers and light sticks for what will be one “Wild Night Run”.
When Dusk Comes, The NightHawks Will Emerge!