A little belated, but Happy New Year Everyone! It’s been 11 days since the start of the year, and here’s a quick recap of my first race for 2014; the NUS Bizad Charity Run 2014.
The race has been around since 2011 (see news article), which is short of a few months since I started working in NUS. Funnily enough, Andy (my training partner) asked me why I hadn’t taken part in the run since its inception. Truthfully, I have no idea. Things have since changed after last years Tembusu College Vertical Marathon, in which I realized that these campus based activities were actually quite enjoyable! The registration fee during the early bird rate was a cool $25.
On race day, Andy and myself reached my office, dropped our bags and then did an easy run to the event venue. We bumped into Itsuko (a member of the staff running team and a fast lady!) at the start line, who informed us of a long line of people queuing up to collect their race bibs. So off we were and after about 10-15 minutes through a slithering line, we got our race bibs.
The run was quite challenging. Lots of slopes, stairs, and to a minor degree of annoyance; loops. Despite that, it was enjoyable. I did however made the mistake of not bringing gel for the run, as I bonked out around 4km into the race. However, with Andy right behind me at the second hydration point, I picked myself up and continued on. Towards the end of the race, I used whatever energy I had left to make the last climb at the loop before taking advantage of the downhill back to the event venue. However, another runner overtook me at the dying seconds and finished ahead of me.
Overall, a problem free run/race to start the year. I foresee myself cracking my 10km personal best by a few minutes, but I shallwait for the official results before posting it here.
The Strava log below is an approximation of the distance and route. The time was recorded via the stopwatch on my G-Shock, as my 910XT had to be sent back to the Garmin Factory in Taiwan for repair.