Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon

I signed up for the half marathon category this year. Mainly because I know I’m not quite ready to do another full marathon so soon after SCMS in December.

My personal best for half marathon was last achieved at SCHKM 2013 where I ran 1:31:17. I have been trying for the longest time to do a sub 1:30 for half marathon and have not been successful. I was hoping the cool climate in HK would be able to help me achieve this target, if not at least a PB.

However, training did not go according to plan. I took a long time to recover from SCMS and could not perform during training. Training had also been inconsistent as I cut down on my training to visit my maternal grandpa (who was unwell and in critical condition) as often as I could. *Grandpa passed away peacefully on 2 Jan 2016. Though we were heartbroken and sad, we were glad that he need not suffer and was free from the agony. He is in a better place now*

I went to HK with a heavy heart. Having missed key workouts in January, I was feeling unfit and certainly not in the best shape to attempt a sub 1:30 half marathon. Still, I thought I could try for a PB.

17 Jan 2016, Race Day

Jackie managed to sign up for the half marathon category during race pack collection the day before. We started the race together at about 4:20″/km pace and eased into 4:15″/km pace. However, I faded off and slowed down barely 10km into the race.

I have ran SCHKM for the past three years, yet I don’t remember the route being so hilly and undulating. I struggled at the last third of the half marathon. I kept chasing for the time, hoping to run a bit faster but my legs felt heavy and breathing felt hard.

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Smile because for that moment it took away your fatigue.IMG_1090

It seemed like an eternity has gone by the time I entered Victoria Park and saw the finishing line.

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Lack of training and it totally showed during the race. So spent!

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A photo after the race. (Taken by Team Manager, Carissa who was there to support the Singaporean athletes.)

Completed the half marathon in 1:31:23.

Not a PB and certainly not one of my best races, but I glad I pressed on to complete the race in the best effort possible. Have to be contented with this season best time for now.

 

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Bad case of food poisoning

Lost count the number of times I visited the loo yesterday. And I knew I had it real bad when I vomited all my dinner down the toilet bowl last night. =(

I wondered what I had eaten to cause the bad case of diarrhea and nausea. Whatever it is, it sure wasn’t pleasant. And now of all times, when the marathon is about a week away.

Finally, I am feeling slightly better after spending hours in bed. Keeping my fingers crossed that I am able to recover fully by tonight so I can still do my last long run tomorrow morning.

Hello my friends!

Since running is going to be something I’m going to do very often, I thought it’s about time to start a blog solely on running! This blog will be an avenue to share my race experiences, my trainings, my ups and downs in the pursuit of personal bests. Feel free to comment on any of my posts and share your thoughts too! =)