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So now all the aches and pains have mostly subsided, my knees are back to normal and I'm off the euphoric high of completing my first half-marathon.

I'm raring to go for another, because the thrill of beating myself and going where I've never gone excites me. I want to finish a full 42.195km marathon, but I'll have to do it progressively or I'll finish one and never run again. So it's another half-marathon at Adidas Sundown next year, and then the Army Half-Marathon. Maybe the Newton 30km too, then I'll be set to do 42.195! :D

I started the run faster than I wanted to, because I decided last-minute that I probably was going to slow down drastically at the end, so I had to aim for a sub-6 minutes per kilometre timing. Then beyond the 6km mark, I started slowing down to about 6:20 per klick. I hydrated at about 8km with water, plus a banana at 12km I think. I grabbed isotonic drinks at 12km and around 19km, around the F1 pit area, but it didn't stop me from cramping out.

I started walking around the 13km mark, with a walk/run combination (though more running than walking) until I started cramping at 17km. I'd never really gotten a cramp before, so it was a novel and painful experience. Then I pretty much ran/limped until 19km when I met up with Ben and his dad. Ran with them until the bend towards Esplanade, when my cramp kicked in so I walked and jogged very slowly. It was pretty much uneventful until the last 100m, where I decided to run, but cramped 4 times in total to hobble across the finishing line embarrassingly. I'll probably need to pay more attention to proper hydration and salt replenishment. And train a bit more.

But hey, 2 hours 25 minutes and about 30 seconds. For a first try, I'm fairly satisfied. Now to trim it down to sub 2:15!

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benjamin_choi
Dec. 9th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
You should never start a long run fast so that you have room to slow down more later. That's just warped logic.
lanyingjie
Dec. 9th, 2009 09:20 am (UTC)
So start slow and go faster? I'm thinking of adapting the strategy to 2.4, just whacking like mad in the first bit and then constantly pushing really hard at the end, however painful. Else I always end up finishing with extra energy and a fairly quick recovery which makes me wonder if I pushed hard enough.
benjamin_choi
Dec. 9th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
2.4 and 21.1 are different ball games. Besides, you WILL slow down significantly if you start hard, even if you crank up the effort. The ideal is to run an even pace throughout and then use the psychological boost you get near the end to squeeze a bit more performance out, not to start too slow either.
lanyingjie
Dec. 11th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
Though that will mean a 3:30 minute flat pace per klick. That might be a bit tougher than I expected...
benjamin_choi
Dec. 11th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
3:30 per km? Where did you get that from? It's an odd pace, too slow to get best PT but more than fast enough for commando gold.
lanyingjie
Dec. 12th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
Eh wait no sorry, 4:00 per km. But that would still be a bit...tough?
ancal
Dec. 12th, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)
On the Wet Gap route, the timings on route signs are pretty good hints for when the respective awards. But usually I just chase people at the head of the pack. =D
lanyingjie
Dec. 13th, 2009 10:59 am (UTC)
:P the unfortunate thing is that I'm rarely that fast. And there aren't that many at the head of the pack, I think the company has about 10 golds maximum?
ancal
Dec. 9th, 2009 10:26 am (UTC)
Seconded. 2:25 is really good for a first try though!
lanyingjie
Dec. 11th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
Well I'd agree but I figured that truth be told I could probably aim for 2:15 instead and take 2:30 as a cut off timing to target. So I tried a 2:15 pace, which I managed to maintain until the cramp set in and then I decided to aim for 2:30 after all!
denchen
Dec. 9th, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
ya i thot long run is supposed to be pretty even throughout one.. no pt pushing yrself too hard at the beginning wat :P

and ouch cramps. ><
lanyingjie
Dec. 11th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
Haha must try new things mah!
sprachvoll
Dec. 12th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
ear lanyingjie,

Thanks very much for your interesting blog. It's always nice to see how people on the other side of the globe live, how they share the same joys and sorrows, what they do in their free time, etc.

I actually have a question about your blog. Would you mind helping us with a linguistic research project? We're compiling data from various Singaporean weblogs. All it requires is checking a few boxes. If you want to take part and/or have more questions, drop me a note ( hack2301@uni-trier.de RE: Question ) so that I can then send you the 'official' project eMail. We'd really appreciate your help.

Thanks very much in advance!
Best regards,
- Fran


PS: Are you crossposting to multiple accounts? Cause this sounds and looks so familiar, but I don't have this user name in the list of 'already contacted ljers'...?
lanyingjie
Dec. 12th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
Hey Fran!

You contacted me a while back and I replied with the survey already I think? See if you can find it? If not, drop me a comment and I'll resend it to you! Think there's a copy in my outbox somewhere!
sprachvoll
Dec. 18th, 2009 12:30 pm (UTC)
Hey again, sorry for the mix-up. I do have your consent form, no need to send it again (I knew your blog looked and sounded way too familiar). For some reason, it just didn't appear in my 'users contacted' list (where I keep links to all the blogs I contacted, whether they replied or not, as to not spam them mutiple times).

Thanks again for your support :)

Cheers!
lanyingjie
Dec. 18th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
Sure thing! :)
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