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SuperSports 10 Mile Run Bangkok 2019

SuperSports 10 Mile Run Bangkok 2019

The SuperSports 10 Mile Worldwide Run Collection is a set of 5 races happening in several elements of Thailand over the course of the yr – Phuket, HatYai, Bangkok, Korat and ChiangMai. 

Like with a lot of the race collection which are being organised nowadays, runners can select to take part in a single race or do all 5 of them. Often for runners, it’s cheaper in the event that they join the entire collection as a package deal.

Skechers acquired in contact

For this yr’s occasion, American sports activities model Skechers are the presenter sponsors, and some months previous to the Bangkok race, the Skechers Singapore workforce acquired in contact, providing to sponsor me, for my participation, and I took up the invitation to run within the Bangkok occasion.

A few week previous to the race, I had a becoming on the Skechers retailer in Takashimaya, to select an outfit and a pair of footwear to put on on the day of the race. 

I chosen a black tech t-shirt, pink tights and the Skechers Go Run Journey 7 footwear, which I examined out a few occasions previous to the race and located it to be light-weight and cozy for operating.

Heading to Bangkok

My flight to Bangkok was on Thai Airways the day earlier than the race, and I touched down at about 1:30pm Thai time. I reached my lodging, the Vacation Inn lodge at Phloen Chit Street, at about three:20pm. 

This lodge had been chosen primarily as a result of it was simply reverse the beginning/end line of the race, which was at Central World. 

It was in a handy location – with fairly a couple of purchasing and eating choices close by, so I headed out and did some looking for the remainder of the day.

Race Morning

Regardless of purchasing and staying out a bit later than I had deliberate to the earlier night time, I ultimately managed to tug myself away from bed the next morning when my alarm had sounded. I ought to admit that the very last thing that I had needed was to oversleep and find yourself lacking the race. 

However I used to be nonetheless groggy and there was nowhere to purchase espresso at such an early hour. So I hoped that the race adrenaline would quickly wake me up as soon as I reached the race website.

Additionally representing Skechers within the SuperSports 10 Mile Run Bangkok with me was Si Ling, whom I had organized to satisfy on the lodge foyer and we each walked right down to Central World collectively, reaching the race website at about four:20am. With the flag-off of the 10 Mile run starting at four:40am, this meant that we have been proper on time.

Ready For Flag-Off

The race village seemed extremely crowded; in any case, there have been 7,000 runners collaborating within the occasion, with four,000 operating within the 10 Mile class. In line with Skechers, the Bangkok race is the most important occasion within the collection.

I took a cup of Gatorade whereas ready for my race to start out, hoping that the sugar rush would wake me up.

The 5 Miles occasion was flagged off first at four:30am and as I waited for my occasion to start, I observed that there have been a lot of latecomers from the 5 Miles race, who have been nonetheless dashing to the beginning level. 

Watching them, I questioned whether or not it was due to visitors congestion points with throngs of runners all heading in the direction of Central World on the similar time.

We had been allotted pens on our bibs, and earlier than the beginning, volunteers have been holding up indicators indicating the varied pens, which Si Ling and I adopted accordingly. 

We have been each assigned to Pen D based mostly on our estimated end occasions. However as soon as the beginning pen opened for the 10 Mile race, it descended into chaos, with everybody dashing inside and the pens utterly forgotten.

Starting My Run

As I entered the beginning pen, the emcees on stage have been creating lots of noise, hyping up the environment to pump up the temper of the runners. The precise race flagged off about 5 minutes late at four:45am.

Race Route

The race was a two-loop race consisting of 1 giant loop and one small loop. The small loop took us previous Chulalongkorn College and the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital. The massive loop headed all the best way in the direction of Thanon Ratchadaphisek Street and previous Benjakiti Park.

It was undoubtedly not probably the most scenic of routes, as we have been operating by means of Bangkok’s city jungle within the darkness and there was not likely a lot to see to take my thoughts off the operating, with buildings and shophouses all over the place that had appeared virtually equivalent after some time. 

However that stated, it was nonetheless one thing totally different in comparison with passing by the Singapore Flyer, Gardens by the Bay and Merlion on a regular basis once I run at races in Singapore.

Because of the a number of corners that we needed to flip all through the whole thing of the race, the route additionally appeared fairly crazy and monotonous and it was at these moments that I felt as if my thoughts was enjoying psychological video games with me.

So it was certainly lucky that I had my music blasting via my Sudio Tolv true wi-fi earphones – so as to distract myself throughout my run, although.

I Ran Too Quick

Within the build-up to the occasion, I had been meaning to take this race straightforward, however when the race truly started, I ended up operating approach too arduous, with my common coronary heart price hitting the mid-steady zone and my most coronary heart price climbing into my moderately-hard zone. 

My physique continues to be imagined to be recovering from the Virgin Cash London Marathon and I’m solely purported to be doing cardio runs, so I do not know what had occurred and why I had wound up operating so quick.

Often I’m fairly good at exercising self-discipline and self-control each time I run, so I used to be fairly stunned by this. Was the race-day adrenaline actually that efficient in hyping me up?

Race Humidity

The humidity appeared fairly excessive, all through the Bangkok race. So I felt myself getting sticky and sweating inside the first few kilometres and my garments have been feeling moist. 

I questioned whether or not this had been as a result of we have been operating by way of a closely urbanised space thus the trapping of extra moisture; I remembered operating in Phuket final yr and it had felt breezier and fewer humid there.

Fortunately it was not too scorching although, because of the early hour that we have been operating – the solar had not but come out. I noticed a thermometer measuring the temperature halfway throughout my run, and it had depicted 28.5 levels C.

The Hydration Stations 

Altogether, there have been about 4 to 5 hydration stations alongside the route, with the primary one serving water solely, however the remaining all serving each water and Gatorade. 

I had opted for the Gatorade at every of the stations, and to my dismay, a few of the drinks have been heat, whereas others have been refreshingly ice-cold. The sugar rush from the drinks stored me going.

Race Mile Markers

Mile markers have been positioned at each mile alongside the route. Nevertheless I’ve to say that once I was operating the small loop, the presence of those markings was fairly complicated, particularly with some overlaps of the race route within the two loops. 

For instance, it was lower than a mile into the race once I noticed the “three Mile” marker. 

I observed that I used to be not alone; even the group of pacers that have been operating alongside me at that time, appeared confused too as a result of I noticed them glancing on the signal after which checking their watch. 

It was solely once I had launched into my second loop, the longer one once I had noticed the sooner “three Mile” signal once more – and that had made me realise that it was imagined to be pertaining to the second loop and never the primary.

In addition to the mile marker signages, there have been additionally indicators on the junctions to point which method the 5 Mile and the 10 Mile runners ought to run, and for the 10 Mile runners, these additionally indicated the excellence between the primary and the second loops of the race. 

Whereas these indicators have been clear sufficient to me and I didn’t make any errors, I felt that in an effort to make issues utterly idiot-proof, the organiser might have stationed an individual at these junctions to continually scream out instructions.

This was as a result of I had noticed a number of runners who have been heading within the “flawed” path; I concluded that these had been runners who had gone the fallacious approach and have been thus making u-turns again to rejoin the right path.

Street Closures and Bangkok Visitors

And with regard to street closures within the race, I famous that somewhat than whole roads being closed like for races in Singapore, it had been principally lane closures, with orange cones separating runners from the visitors and marshals and visitors police at hand in an effort to maintain the automobiles at bay.

There have been additionally segments within the race the place runners have been required to cease on the visitors junctions and the marshals helped to regulate the stream of visitors, indicating when runners have been allowed to cross and once we needed to pause our run.

And this was simply probably the most irritating a part of the race; I used to be stopped about 3 times all through the 10 Miles, and this was an enormous disruption to my operating momentum and rhythm particularly within the latter levels of the race. 

On a number of events, I additionally discovered myself rushing up once I was approaching a visitors junction, within the hope that I might shortly run via it, this didn’t all the time work although. However I feel that this had partially contributed to why I had been operating so quick in the course of the race.

Too A lot Strolling and Operating

My legs started to ache a bit across the 7 Mile mark, in all probability due to all of the buying and strolling that I had completed yesterday.

However since there have been solely three extra miles to go at this level, I grit my tooth and informed myself to only carry on going and end the race.

It was additionally at this level that I discovered myself counting down the mile markers and I advised myself that each step that I did, would convey me nearer to the end line of the race.

However the Skechers Go Run Experience 7 footwear that I had been sporting, have been springy and responsive and I really feel that the bounciness from the footwear had actually helped to propel my legs alongside throughout these latter levels of the race, they usually helped me to take care of my operating tempo and rhythm too. In order that they have been undoubtedly a sensible choice.

The Final Stretch

Quickly after, I noticed the eight Mile after which the 9 Mile marker, and I psyched myself up at this time limit that there was just one extra mile left to go.

It was a bit miserable, nevertheless, when my watch indicated that I had already run 10 Miles (16km) however I nonetheless didn’t see the end line anyplace in sight. 

As properly, it additionally performed round with my thoughts once I noticed runners who had already accomplished the race, strolling again with their medals, within the last few hundred metres of my run.

The Ending

Nonetheless, I picked up the tempo, and turned the nook, and 200 Metres later, I lastly noticed the top level. I raced in the direction of it, completely satisfied to have the ability to end the run finally. The race route, in line with my Garmin, had been about 250 to 300 Metres longer. My official ending time for the 16km race was 01 Hour 42 Minutes 39 Seconds.

Upon finishing the SuperSports 10 Mile Worldwide Run – Bangkok, I took an image of myself on the ending arch, earlier than strolling over to the ending space to gather my race medal.

Catching Up With Different Singaporeans

I caught up with the opposite Singaporeans who had additionally come to characterize Skechers on the race, Derek Li and Elaine Younger on the end space after which afterward, I noticed Si Ling too. Altogether there had been about six of us from Singapore. And it was nice to see a number of acquainted faces amongst the plenty in Bangkok.

A couple of of the employees from Skechers Singapore later caught up with us to take some footage on the race, and we hung round with them for some time, chit-chatting about how the race had went and what our expertise had been like operating in Bangkok. I took the prospect to share a few of my suggestions with them.

Meals Pageant on the End Space

Subsequently, Si Ling and I had a take a look at the end space, the place, to my shock, there had been a mini meals pageant awaiting runners.

Gatorade and water have been out there for the runners to quench their thirst, in addition to an assortment of dishes, corresponding to Fish Porridge, Pork Congee, Teriyaki Hen Rice and Hainanese Hen Rice. Drinks reminiscent of Chocolate Milk and Lemonade have been out there as properly to replenish the power of the runners. So I used to be actually spoiled for selection on what to select for my breakfast.

A lot of Photograph Alternatives 

A couple of standees have been additionally round for runners to pose with their race medal after the run and I took the prospect to take footage with a couple of of those.

I notably favored that one depicting a cute cartoon monkey operating and the large mock-ups of the race medal that have been obtainable for runners to make use of of their pictures, too.

Fascinating Race Bogs

It was additionally after the race that I had observed the bogs that have been on-site. In contrast to the races in Singapore the place moveable loos are used, the bogs in Bangkok have been housed inside giant vans. 

Although I didn’t use them, the opposite Singaporean runners who had, talked about that they have been truly air-conditioned, clear and cozy to make use of. So it positive feels like these are extra superior in comparison with the often-dirty moveable loos that we’ve got in Singapore, anytime. 

Solar Now Out

Strolling again to my lodge after the race to bathe up and alter into recent garments, I used to be grateful that I used to be staying so close to to the race website, as I used to be fairly drained and it was getting fairly heat and muggy too – in any case, the solar had come out in full pressure by now.

Thank You, Skechers

General, regardless of a number of shortcomings and grievances with the Bangkok visitors lights, I might say that I nonetheless had a good time on the SuperSports 10 Mile Worldwide Run – Bangkok, and that I had loved myself on the race.

I’m conversant in Bangkok as a metropolis, however I need to admit that it was my first time experiencing a operating race in Thailand’s capital metropolis. 

So thanks once more to Skechers for sponsoring my journey and participation within the SuperSports 10 Mile Worldwide Run in Bangkok.

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