Thursday, January 26, 2006
A two cent's worth of advice for Chlow
It's an interesting question on how you can complete your first ever 21km race.
Let me share with you how I managed to complete my first ever 30km race recently. I am not in the best of health. Quite busy with work and had little rest in the past few days because my daughter slept late - sometimes up to 4.00 in the morning.
I only had a 8.4km run on Friday and an hour of swimming on Saturday(the last run was Siemens Run). I become sensitive to smells and tastes because my wife is pregnant. During the swimming session, I had a lot of stops because I felt like vomitting because of the chlorine smell. On race day, after stretching I threw up. However, it had never crossed my mind not to start the race. I started from the back knowing that I won't have the speed to match other runners. Have to be realistic with my condition mah. It was quite a terrible race for me in the first hour. I had to run away from runners with strong BO because the smell made me like throwing up - no offence please. I had a good run until about 2hours 10 minutes. I didn't feel that tired but very thirsty, probably due to the performance drink. It didn't quench my thirst, but made me thirsty. Then, I started to jog and walk I thought it was never ending until I saw the 3km mark from finishing. Still had 28 minutes to go. Therefore I was confident of beating the qualifying time because I knew I could walk at 9 minutes a km.
Most of the time, I lack mileage because of lack of training but I had always completed the 21km run. If you can run 10km thrice a week and do other kind of exercise when you don't run, there is no reason why you can't complete a 21km run withing 2 hours 30 minutes.
What works for me may not work for others (one man's meat is another man's poison). My captain's training menu is a dream for me. However, I put in extra effort when I have the time and those are the times when I become more competetive. Perhaps, next year I post a better timing.
Aiman Cheah Tiong Chap pm24