The 3rd and final Sundown Lead Up Run saw a record turnout of Sundown Marathoners looking to clock their longest run at Marathon to Optimal Pace. The night long run was also important to condition for the challenges of night distance running on race night.
After allocating runners to their respective pace groups and Sundown Pacers, a thorough training run briefing was conducted. That was followed by a group photo before getting into the thick of things with a 10min muscle and joints ‘looseners’ and dynamic running drills led by Sundown Pacers.
The weather was cool after the late afternoon showers, although the humidity was still rather high – good conditioning as it can be humid running in the wee hours of a Singapore morning.
The respective pace groups were flagged off in the direction of Tanjong Rhu leading into East Coast Parkway – familiarization with segments of the Sundown race route. Energy levels were high and the serious faces of the Sundown Runners showed that they meant business at this longest lead up run.
The Half Marathoners (HM) were to run 19km @ Optimal Pace (7s faster than target Marathon Pace) in a out and back route with U-Turn at the ECP Food Centre. The Full Marathoners (FM) were to test 30km @ Optimal Pace with the first 5km @ Marathon Pace in an out and back route with U-Turn at NSRCC.
The Sundown Runners ran strong in the first half of the distance with most of them sticking to their respective pace groups. The Pocari Sweat hydration points were warmly welcomed by all the runners, especially in such humid conditions.
Most of the Sundown Runners stayed with the pace for at least 3/4 of the distance before a few slowed down slightly as the night wore on. All the Pace Groups returned to the start point within regulation time of 240min (4hrs) with no stragglers. Certainly impressive!
They were rewarded with bananas and more Pocari Sweat. Respective Pace groups took photos and were given debrief and some tips on nutrition, hydration, training runs and race night preparation.
The longest night run wraps up a successful Sundown 2018 Lead Up Run series. Team FatBird would like to wish all Sundown Marathoners a good and fruitful Sundown Marathon on May 19.
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