12.4.16

NTUC Income 350 run ...

While some of my runners' friends as well some bloggers' that I known in KL were doing the Nike We Run Half-Marathon on 10 April, I was back to participate in another half-marathon, which is the NTUC Income 350 Run. This was quite a popular run in Singapore and is one of the top running events here. I missed the 10KM run last year due to family commitments but I was glad I make it for the run this year. However, it was not an easy run for me as I was 'injured' with slight pains at both of my heels before the run. It could be due to one of the shoes or sandals that I wore and without resting my feet well, the aches seems didn't go away for 2 weeks. And I thought I can sustained the run with these minor pain.


It was also kinda sacrifice for me as I didn't go back to JB last weekend, as well as slept early at 8pm on a Saturday evening and woke up at 2.30am on a Sunday morning to catch the shuttle bus, which ferried us to the F1 Building where the run was held there. There was another disappointment, besides my aching heels as the shuttle bus was full and latecomers like me gotta stand. Luckily, it was just a 30 mins ride. I was early when I reached there and together with my fellow runner, we decided to 'chop' the first pen or wave one where we can start first.  There were lots of serious runners in  this wave it seems!! Looks scary !! LOL

Walking to the F1 Building after alighting from the bus

The early birds doing their warm up at 4am

Getting ready to go into the start line in order to start first. It was opened at 4.30am.

The route for the half-marathon
The starting was not too bad as I ran comfortably till the 3km-4km mark where there was a steep climb to the Nicoll Highway and Mountbatten Road. Other than that, it was a good run as the route was flat, though I dislike the narrow path near Tanjung Rhu, as well mixing with other public joggers and cyclist later on. I thought the organizer should close off the route from the public.

At East Coast Park and running to Marina Barrage and Gardens By The Bay
Overall, it was a well organised event as hydration points were available almost every 2-3 KMs and bananas were available too. However, after running for about 10KM, my heels started to feel very painful and I gotta stop and asked for heat rub from the volunteers. The heat rubs works for a while but the pain was really irritating. Initially, I was feeling good for this run and could have got a better timing but at times, I gotta stop to walk and do some stretching of my feet. I resorted to run and walk.


I am always happy to see the 15KM mark which is a milestone to me. 

It was a beautiful though warm and humid morning.

Nice to see the 20KM mark... somehow I felt their distance to be much longer... my GPS watch already showing 21KM+ now.. LOL 
I was glad to complete the race despite running with pain. It was really terrible after I completed the run and I gotta seek medical attention after I got home.

This is my first finisher tee ... how sweet!

It was a nice black Mizuno dry-fit t-shirt!

Proud of the finisher tee and the medal. 

It was a good run overall but I am still disappointed I didn't finish the race below the 3 hour mark. Probably the heels pain also slow me down but I still need to work on my endurance. However, I guess I have improved in this run. 

My next run would be the Sundown Marathon on 28 May and I will start training for it next week, after my heels are healed. For this week, I will just workout at the gym and relax, and maybe shop for a new pair of shoes. Btw, I rewarded myself with the below at the French table later of the day. :)

Winding down with a pot of Earl Grey Tea

Pasta with fried chicken
Have a good week!

21 comments:

  1. The fried chicken so cute!

    Congrats Chris for finishing the run despite the pain that you were going through. Rest well so you can start training properly and perform better in May. Nice finisher tee there. Can wear it with pride :)

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    1. Yes , I ordered pasta with chicken and instead of chicken slices , they gave me a whole chicken !! And the price not much different from other pastas like pastamania.

      Thanks , glad I managed to complete the race. Will rest well!

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  2. Congratulations young man! 21.1km is not easy but you made it anyway... Heel pain is no joke and better get it healed before next run. So you ran for a greener island?? Were you given a bag of seeds to plant? Lol

    That chicken was so huge! It was more like roasted chicken meal with pasta side lines.

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    1. Thanks , check with doc and it's ok la, just too much impact on it. Could be one of my shoes too!
      Yes, you are right , more like roasted chicken with pasta!

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  3. Congrats!!! You did it! Goshhhh!!! I can't imagine running in the heat we're experiencing right now, even early in the morning, it is already so hot.

    That's new - pasta with fried chicken, never seen it served that way before.

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    1. Thanks Stp! Yes, it's rather humid but I guess it's not as bad as its near to the sea. Can enjoy some breeze at times.
      Yeah , I was also surprise with that chicken pasta !

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  4. Congrats on finishing the race although you were running in pain.. So hot somemore, lei hai tak geh! Pasta with fried chicken? First time I see.. Pasta with chicken chop, I know la.. But pasta with fried chicken, wah, first time, and from the picture, looks yummy.. Yummzzz..

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    1. Thanks! That was my first time too having such pasta !

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  5. Better get your feet rested well and heal before the next attempt. Glad you finished the race at your own pace.

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    1. Yeah , will do and maybe a change of shoes !

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  6. Congrats on finishing the race... Have a good rest before training for the next run...

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    1. Thanks , yeah need to rest and heal !

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  7. Congrats on another HM, Chris!

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  8. Congrats on finishing the race, I just signup one, but just a fun run, hehe!

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    1. what race ? Snoopy run? :)

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    2. Got meh? That's only in Singapore is it, but Snoopy so cute, I also can have a try.

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  9. Wah! Got injury still go ahead with the run?

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  10. Kudos to you, still can run under recent hot weather, not easy

    I would rather stay inside air con room and blog, lazy me

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  11. By the way, the fried chicken looks sexy

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  12. Congrats! You did it again. Wahhh...the chicken looks very sexy as described by Libby. Hahha

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