2016 Sundown Marathon

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I hit a new personal best at 2016 Sundown Marathon, clocking 1 hr 04 min for 10km category 🙂
This will provide more motivation for me to go under 60 minutes in 2016.
Sundown 10 km runners

I got at least three more 10k runs for the second half of 2016 (ThePerformanceSeries). With every race, I still get the jitters before the run.

Squeezing in the timing for a run, running takes up a lot of time and effort.
The warmup and preparation leading to race day, ensuring minimum spicy food and enough rest (a challenge for me).
10k is still a feat for me, and I always ask myself “Why do I run?” halfway through the race.

Catching my breathe, aching calves and bruised toes, waking up with stiff neck and waist.
In a twisted sense, running makes me feel alive!
I feel every part of my joints.
(The 42km runners must have gone through hell and back, I cannot imagine running 6 hours :p )

Every 10km completion brings me a lot of satisfaction, and motivation to go further.
Night race is different from day run, we first attempted Osim Sundown with 5km Family run in 2015.

The venue, paths are darker, I hate to run with my spectacles (350 degrees), so I need to strain harder to identify the different zones (toilets, hydration, start pen).
2016 Osim Sundown Marathon

On race day itself, all the self-doubts fade away!
I keep telling myself “Fitness for myself, fitness for my family”.

Fellow runners provide a strong sense of mission and conviction! My confidence and motivation immediately raise up a bar. “Look Hear and Feel” the running pulse (and deafening rock music), everyone is eager to bounce off 🙂

My personal wish was to run non-stop, and enjoy the evening.
2016 Sundown photos

Every run starts with the first step.

10pm run – Osim Sundown Marathon was well organised, the route brought us around Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands, and Gardens by the Bay. After the initial jam, the race was quite fun and cooling under the evening sky.

Water points, baggage deposit and shuttle bus was hassle free.
These are often taken for granted but provide much convenience to the runners.

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Personally, to improve my timing, I need to increase my running pace. Looking for kakis to run and motivate each other 🙂

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I am encouraging kids to lead an active lifestyle
Sporty family, Strong family

*Thank you Osim Sundown Marathon for the sponsorship.
** Sundown Marathon Results (10km 34min, 21Km 1Hr 17min), more Sundown marathon timing available on website

OSIM Sundown Marathon 5km with boys

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For the first time ever, OSIM Sundown Marathon has a 5km category to cater for families.
The organiser hope families will get fit together 🙂

5km is neither short not long. Like any races or challenges, I always encourage kids to look forward to the kilometer marker. 1km, 2km, 3km and you have already crossed the halfway point. A morale booster for the kids.

As long as they manage their pace and not attempts too many sprints in the beginning, everyone should be able to complete their race in comfort 🙂
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I am the best role model for my kids. I would hesitate if you ask me to attempt 5km in 2014.
I shared my short history of running progress in the earlier OSIM Sundown Marathon post. But I am now game for 10km routes, next up is 18km in the Straits Time Run in Sep 🙂

Video : On a side note, we purposely drop by earlier to catch RSAF in action during 2015 NDP Flypast rehearsals. The “50” formation is so spectacular!

21km posing, maybe too early for the kiddos, but I really hope to inspire them to keep fit.
Osim Sundown Marathon 5km family

Not many races are conducted in the evening, but the crowds did not seem to mind. 5km category starts at 8pm, but it was already 8.20pm when we started running. It was much cooler in the evening, and those who ran in the earlier waves even managed to catch splendid NDP fireworks!
Sundown Marathon night run

The aircon breeze blowing from MBS does help to cool everyone down 🙂
Sundown 5km route
(image credit Map from Sundown website)

So proud of the kids, we sprint to the finishing line in the last 30 metres!
We completed our 5km route between 40 to 45mins.
Sundown Marathon finisher medal

So happy to run the route with Isaac and Chloe from Tan family. Kids chit-chat and try to pace each other throughout, taking their minds off the run.

To celebrate our race, we went supper together at Old Airport Road. Not so healthy haha, but everyone is hungry after their run.
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Image credit (Johnny)

Thank you Sundown Organiser for the kind invite and sponsorship!

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