Since 2011, the 2XU Compression Run Singapore has been bringing collectively runners from the area, with a view to take part in a targeted and aggressive race.
This annual operating occasion builds on the mantra of “Human Efficiency Multiplied” and goals to maximise the potential of each participant, thus difficult you to achieve speeds that you simply had by no means beforehand thought was attainable.
Occasion Took Place This Morning
The 2019 version of the much-anticipated 2XU Compression Run Singapore occurred this morning, at Singapore’s Method One Pit Constructing.
And as with earlier years, there have been three race distances, and these have been the 21.1KM Half Marathon, 10KM Aggressive Run and the 5KM Aggressive Run.
New 2XU Attire
And new this yr had been the debut of a brand new 2XU attire made with Polygiene odour know-how, that, in response to 2XU, was supposed to maintain runners drier and cooler by means of its advance knit construction and the utilization of high-filament yarns.
I didn’t put on the singlet for the race, so I can’t touch upon its high quality and options.
I Ran the Half Marathon
I took half within the 21.1KM Half Marathon which had flagged off at four:30am within the morning.
So I dragged myself away from bed within the wee hours of the morning to get modified and ready for the race, earlier than then getting right into a cab to go right down to the Components One Pit Constructing for the race.
Exploring The Race Website
I reached the race website at three.30am. This was simply in time for me to catch my breath, acquire my media wristband, after which take a number of photographs across the race precinct earlier than queuing as much as get a great spot within the begin pen.
I famous that there have been a couple of cubicles on the race village however these weren’t arrange but previous to the race. That they had included cubicles by sponsors Pocari Sweat, Jaybird and Health First, in addition to from the Well being Promotion Board.
As nicely, a baggage deposit space with loads of lanes and clearly labelled numbers for runners to drop their belongings, was current too – in a bid by the occasion organisers to stop congestion.
I noticed that greater than 40 moveable bogs have been additionally out there however I didn’t want to hitch the bathroom queue. Thus, I can’t touch upon the ready time on the subject of the bogs.
There had already been a small crowd of runners ready on the gate to the beginning pen, once I had lastly made my means there at about three:45am.
Begin Pen Opens
The beginning pen opened up at 4am and I used to be inside quickly after that. Altogether, because of the giant plenty of runners participating on this occasion, there have been six waves which have been every scheduled to depart at ten-minute intervals. Thankfully I managed to snag a spot within the first wave.
Whereas ready for the race to start out, I noticed a couple of operating buddies whom I recognised, and we spent the time chit-chatting to one another.
Through the wait, the race emcee, Energy 98FM deejay Jerald Justin Ko, who’s extra well-known as JK, had launched the varied teams of pacers to runners, by way of their colored balloons. There had been a couple of tempo teams with timings starting from 1h 50min to 2h 30min.
Nevertheless, aside from JK who had talked about a couple of phrases to runners, I famous that there have been not a lot festivities initially line this yr.
Typically at native races, there’s music, smoke and loads of hype in an effort to set the temper and adrenaline for the race forward, however I assumed that the beginning line had felt fairly muted and low-key this yr – for a big race.
As nicely, I noticed that apparently, there had been a number of Kenyan runners lining up firstly line, however then once more, me being conscious of their presence shouldn’t be one thing that I’m involved with, since I’m all the time competing towards no one aside from myself, each time I run in races.
Because the minutes shortly ticked by and the flag-off time approached, my pals and I wanted one another luck.
Occasion Flags off Promptly
The race had been flagged off sharply at four.30am, starting with the occasion’s first wave.
Taking Issues Straightforward
Going into this specific race, I knew that my physique had been feeling fairly drained and a bit achy – from the coaching and the growing mileage, in preparation for the London Marathon on the finish of this month. And naturally, a scarcity of sleep the earlier night time additionally didn’t assist me, both.
So consequently, I made a decision to take it straightforward all through and simply purpose to finish this run feeling as snug as attainable.
This had meant that when everybody else had sprinted out from the blocks, I attempted to not get myself caught up with the quick begin as a result of the very last thing I had needed, was to hit the wall. The Half Marathon continues to be an extended distance, in any case.
So as an alternative, I shortly slowed down and held again my tempo so as to maintain my coronary heart price within the excessive finish of my Straightforward Zone.
This had taken some effort at first, as a result of the excessive humidity ranges originally of the race have been threatening to make my coronary heart price creep up and so I needed to carry on monitoring my respiration to see if it was beneath management.
The race route for the 2XU Compression Run had been a normal Singapore metropolis route that took us by means of Republic Avenue, Nicoll Freeway and the Marina Bay space, passing by native vacationer sights such because the Singapore Sports activities Hub, Gardens By The Bay, Marina Bay Sands and Esplanade Theatres alongside the best way.
It’s usually fairly flat however with a number of gradual inclines that didn’t pose an excessive amount of of a problem.
As an entire, I had felt that the route was not probably the most scenic of operating routes round, with the crazy space on the Promenade being notably morale-sapping, too.
However I did discover that a part at East Coast Park had been eradicated from the race route this yr.
Congested At The Starting
The primary few kilometres of the run had felt slightly congested, for my part with the lanes at Republic Boulevard and Nicoll Freeway being on the slender aspect.
Consequently, quicker runners who had began from the later waves have been banging into and elbowing slower runners from the sooner waves.
And it additionally didn’t assist that many runners in Singapore is probably not conscious of the usual runner etiquette guidelines.
For instance, to stay to operating on the left aspect of the race course and let the quicker runners overtake on the appropriate. Maybe then, extra races ought to improve their individuals’ consciousness of such guidelines.
Hydration Was Good
I encountered the primary drink station at about 2.5KM into the Half Marathon.
Altogether I had counted about eight hydration stations and whereas of those some had been solely serving water, others had each water and Pocari Sweat isotonic drink.
For a Half Marathon that’s being carried out in humid climate, I feel that eight stations is sufficient to cater to the wants of runners.
As nicely, the hydration tables have been nice and contained plenty of drink, thus catering adequately to the plenty of runners participating within the occasion.
I didn’t take any of the water, however I ended in any respect the Pocari Sweat stations and to my aid, the isotonic had tasted refreshing and ice-cold and in consequence, this gave me a superb increase of power every time spherical.
Whereas a number of of the volunteers on the drink stations did make an effort handy the cups of hydration to the runners, this principally didn’t occur once I was operating previous, sadly. In all probability it was as a result of there had been too many runners round, for them handy out cups to everybody.
As an alternative, I realised that we needed to run as much as the tables and take a cup from there, which meant slowing down our tempo and bumping into crowds of runners who have been additionally doing likewise.
And I assumed that this is able to have been a hindrance to runners who might have been concentrating on a private greatest.
However that stated although, I didn’t discover any bananas, power gels or official muscle rub stations obtainable alongside the help stations on the 21.1KM course once I was operating. For an extended race like a Half Marathon, these would undoubtedly have been a lot appreciated.
The operating congestion lastly eased up a number of kilometres into the race once we have been operating in the direction of Suntec Metropolis.
I had been fairly tempted to hurry up at this second, however I didn’t need my coronary heart price readings capturing via the roof so early on within the race, so in consequence, I maintained a comparatively straightforward tempo. I knew that when my coronary heart fee went up, it will be close to unimaginable to deliver it again down once more.
Some Morning Breeze
However I felt that as we left the town centre after which headed in the direction of the Marina Bay space, there was some early morning breeze and the run all of the sudden didn’t really feel as humid as earlier than.
So this made issues simpler for me to run – at this level, I might now run while maintaining my coronary heart price studying secure on the similar time. Thus I discovered that I used to be capable of benefit from the run extra, and easily lose myself into my favorite songs.
Not A lot To See
Because of the early race beginning time, it had been somewhat darkish all through the 2XU Compression Run however since I used to be operating at my Straightforward Zone, watching my step was not a problem.
Nonetheless, this meant that there had not likely been a lot sights to see in the course of the first three quarters of the race. So I attempted to concentrate on my music to maintain myself going.
Fortunately I had my music, too, as a result of I had felt that by way of the race, the environment and race atmosphere was missing.
I keep in mind that throughout earlier editions of this race, there had been a number of volunteer cheer squads en path to encourage runners alongside the best way, however for probably the most half, these appeared to have been lacking on the 2019 race. So I needed to rely purely on myself to maintain on going.
As I continued operating, I did word that some sections in the course of the race had very low visibility, although.
The primary one was in the direction of the start, the place we have been required to to run by way of a quite darkish stretch of tunnel. Mild fittings have been current however these weren’t turned on.
As nicely, the world at Marina East Drive heading in the direction of the Marina Barrage was additionally fairly darkish.
Moreover, there had additionally been a grass patch across the Marina East Drive space that runners have been required to cross. I discovered myself slowing down at these harmful part in order that I might not journey and lose my stability.
However at the very least there had been a big warning signage on the Jubilee Bridge, as a result of runners have been required to run down some steps at this level.
The Jubilee Bridge had been across the 19KM mark of the half marathon when many runners would already be feeling the fatigue.
I used to be grateful for the presence of this signal, as a result of I had noticed it simply in time. This can be a harmful space, and could be a potential tripping hazard, particularly for the quicker runners who might have been dashing out in the dead of night.
Nevertheless for earlier editions of this race, I did recall that a volunteer had been stationed at this level to bodily warn runners too, however I didn’t discover a volunteer once I handed this space.
Another runners, nevertheless, did point out that an enthusiastic volunteer had been current once they had handed by this level.
Nonetheless, I assumed that maybe some further lighting might even have been put in at this specific location to additional minimise any potential tripping hazards.
Kilometre Markings Have been Good
In addition to erecting this warning signage, the race additionally had kilometre markings at each kilometre and based mostly on my Garmin watch, I famous that these have been correct sufficient for me.
So this had meant that runners who weren’t sporting GPS units would have the ability to use these markings as an indicator to gauge their tempo and timings.
I feel that it’s good for all races to have such signages – with a view to hold runners on monitor for his or her respective timings.
The final couple of kilometres took us previous The Float @ Marina Bay and the Singapore Flyer earlier than heading again to the F1 Pit Constructing.
Understanding that the race was virtually completed, I sped up a bit at this stage – with a view to end my run on a robust notice.
With about 300 metres to go, I noticed the ending line proper up forward of me.
Seeing My Coached Buddies
And on the similar time, I noticed the Coached flag as I used to be nearing the end line.
Coached is a heart-rate coaching programme for marathoners and triathletes led by former skilled triathlete Ben Pulham from New Zealand, and I’ve been coaching with Coached for the previous few years.
Each Ben and his lab associate, Jim Webster, have been there to cheer on runners and it was notably motivating to see them.
A number of of my fellow Coached runners who have been already carried out with their respective races, have been hanging round there too and I assumed that it was nice to identify them.
This gave me an added burst of adrenaline and power to extend my tempo once more and push myself in the direction of the approaching end line forward.
Ending My Run
As I ran by means of the end arch, nonetheless feeling good, I took a while to catch my breath. I felt completely happy that I had accomplished one other Half Marathon, regardless that it was not a private greatest timing.
My GPS on the finish had clocked 20.88KM.
However then once more, the intention had all the time been to deal with the 2XU Compression Run merely as an extended coaching run and never a race, so I suppose I’ve nothing to complain about as regards to my efforts this morning.
After finishing 21.1KM and nonetheless feeling as if I possessed the power to run additional, I assume this places me in a great place for the London Marathon, which I’m operating in three weeks’ time.
Some safety guards had been stationed on the end arch to induce runners to maneuver forward in the direction of the finisher space to gather their entitlements – in order to not crowd the end line.
After taking a couple of pictures of myself on the end, I moved on to select up my entitlements which had included a finisher t-shirt, finisher medal, banana, can of Pocari Sweat and an ice-cold towel.
I had notably beloved the towel as a result of it was chilly and refreshing, and actually helped to chill my physique down, after having simply accomplished a long term.
Nevertheless, the chilly towel apart, I assumed that when it comes to the requirements, the remainder of the finisher entitlements might have been improved.
For instance, the medal felt fairly mild and roughly made, and the yr of completion of the run didn’t look like printed on the medal itself; solely on the lanyard.
Publish Race Village Space
After that, I headed in the direction of the race village and had a go searching to see what was obtainable.
This yr, issues have been apparently stored quite simple, with just a few primary facilities obtainable however not a lot else out there.
Actually, it had appeared as if the variety of publish run actions had appeared to have been minimize down. For a large-scale race such because the 2XU Compression Run, I admit that I might have anticipated to see extra.
The Numerous Cubicles
Jaybird had been giving out free meals – specifically apples and Oreos, for runners to replenish their depleted glycogen shops after the race.
And all you needed to do in an effort to redeem these was to ‘Like’ their Fb web page which was fairly easy.
The Health First space additionally had a physique evaluation machine and a number of other foam rollers.
I attempted out the physique evaluation and the outcomes are fairly constructive. In accordance with the readings, I’m match and wholesome and I ought to simply proceed what I’m presently doing almost about my health regime. This was excellent news that I used to be completely happy to listen to.
Utilizing the froth curler was painful, although! One of many Health First individuals introduced me by means of a couple of easy workouts to stretch out my tight muscle tissue and like many runners, I realise that I’m extraordinarily tight and rigid, particularly in my higher legs!
The Pocari Sweat sales space had been notably welcoming, although, as a result of that they had loads of ice-cold isotonic drink obtainable, and runners might merely assist themselves to it. And I assumed this had been actually good to quench my thirst after my run.
Wanting round, there have been a few standees too, for photograph alternatives, together with an enormous sized Pocari Sweat can and an enormous 2XU statue.
And I observed that numerous runners have been posing with these and a few of them even had lengthy queues. So I made a decision to not queue up myself, because the solar was starting to return out by this stage.
Replenishing My Power
Earlier than leaving the Formulation One Pit Constructing, I additionally replenished my power with a few of the catered buffet meals out there within the VIP/Media tent which had consisted of things corresponding to fried scallops, breaded fish, buttered rice and dim sum gadgets.
I admit that this will not have been the healthiest fare round, nevertheless it had been ok to fill my abdomen after the run.
My General Ideas
Nevertheless I did really feel that contemplating the 2XU Compression Run is meant to be a large-scale race, extra submit race actions might have been made out there to runners.
For instance, the organisers might present runners with a wider selection of food and drinks choices for breakfast – to be both given free or obtainable for buy.
Or maybe there could possibly be easy video games in addition to some fortunate draw alternatives for runners, to be able to create extra of an environment and vibe concerning the race village and hold runners hanging round there for an extended time.
And it had been this lack of enjoyable actions that led me to go away the location not lengthy after the race. Often following a run, I have a tendency to hold across the race village to take in the enjoyable, which I assumed had been considerably missing as we speak.
I recalled that in earlier editions of the 2XU Compression Run, the publish race village had been rather more happenings and that there was extra of an environment and vibe there, too.
However I suppose that at the very least I had nonetheless managed to take pleasure in this morning’s straightforward enjoyable run – as a result of I had the prospect to meet up with a number of of my operating mates, each earlier than in addition to after the race, which had been a superb factor.
And I need to say that having buddies round to chit-chat with, all the time helps to make up for different disappointments that I’ll have skilled.
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