Sundown Marathon 2015 race report

Why I choose to run Sundown marathon

Since the end of Standard Chartered Marathon last December, my plan for 2015 is to run 2 marathons. The reason is to motivate myself to train harder, gain more experience in the marathon and to have more opportunities to challenge myself at the 42.125km distance.

I have been training considerably well for the past 6 months. During this period, i also participated a few races, ranging from 4.8km cross-country runs to 10000m track race. Everything was progressing well. The only downside was that I took a month break away from quality training(i did only light runs) due to examinations. As a result, my fitness level dropped slightly. My longest run clocked leading to Sundown was 21km.

Race Plan

As my longest run clocked was 21km, my coach had instructed me to do a positive split, covering the first half in 1 hour 46mins (which i did in 1hour47mins) and the second half in 1hour 51mins. This will enable me to achieve a personal best time of 3 hour 37mins. Unfortunately, this did not happen. I did not have the endurance to do so. I crossed the finishing line in 3hour 53mins.

No personal best but lots of personal gains

  • The night running experience was awesome. I got the chance to witness night life over at East Coast Park. Late into the night, i saw many group of people gathering around, ‘lepak-ing’. How i wish i could join them and not be running… haha.
  • As a runner that trains in the afternoon, under the scorching hot sun, i was encouraged by the fact that the weather was really good and cooling. It did make the race more enjoyable and easier to run in. Even though night running had made me feel sleepy at times, the weather at night had lifted me up, allowing my body to stay cool. I believe that if i was well prepared, a personal best would be on the card.
  • Comparing my split times with the SC marathon that i did 6 months ago, my split timings at both 21km and 25km were quicker for this Sundown Marathon. I feel encouraged. This shows that i definitely have become stronger. Hopefully over the next 6 months, my strength will continue to improve.
  • My body have become a more efficient fat and energy burner, I used to use 6 energy gels, back in 2012 SC marathon. Towards the last few km of marathon, i will usually feel sluggish and lack of energy. Fast forward 3 years later, i only used 3 energy gels and i still feel fresh and was able to push on strongly.

For now, i will be taking a week of rest, with zero running! looking forward to resume my training and build up to SC marathon. This time round, i will be gunning for my personal best. Up next: Durians \^_^/

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The very last moment

It is 11 days away from Sundown Marathon, my first race of the year. Training has been consistent and yet painful as i have just resume it right after my exam break. It took a while for me to regain my fitness level back. Something happened today. My Polar RC3 watch was momentarily not working as the GPS could not get any signal. I was scheduled to do my workout for the day(2 sets of 2.4km with a 3 minutes rest in between). I spent about an hour trying to get the GPS signal, standing under the scorching hot sun. In the end, it could not detect any signal and i decided to head home. This watch has been with me for 3 years. It has never been damaged at all and has a lot of sentimental values in it. I was so reluctant to part way with it! As a christian, i have seen some amazing turn around in life at the very last moment. Therefore, i decided to make one last attempt at getting the GPS signal… and it worked! I was ecstatic and went on to complete my workout later in the evening. Just like the watch, running has been part of my life. It taught me so many things. Today, I have been reminded not to give up so easily, especially when things are against you. I have also been reminded that in life there are bound to be ups and downs. Just like my watch that was temporarily not working, my journey and preparation leading to this upcoming marathon was not so ideal. Things did not work for me at times. But as i look back, i have come so far not to be regretting about the things that i did not do but to be positive and thankful for the things that happened that make myself ready for the race. Be positive till the very last moment. Thank God for this reminder.

The “3” reason and my very first post!

Hi. My name is Hock Leong, people call me Hock. I am 25 years old and I am a runner. My love for running begins when I was 19.

Since young, I dream of running the marathon under 3 hours. Currently my personal best for that distance is 3 hour and 43 minutes.

The main reason why I created this blog is to journal down every single step that I will be taking towards this 3 hour goal.
Hopefully some years down the road, I will be able to achieve it!

Apart from running, I will also be penning down entries such as travelling, food and other interesting experiences.

Join me as I embark on this journey. It might seem impossible at first, difficult at the moment, but with all the support i have and hard work I believe this goal is possible!

Upcoming races: sundown marathon follow by 2XU half marathon.