Saturday, April 25, 2015

NightHawks & Kookaburras - Reservoir Run In The Night


The NightHawk and Kookaburra trainees were given a challenging night LSD in Week #3 of their training preparations for both Sundown Marathon and Gold Coast Airport Marathon (GCAM).



The afternoon showers provided a cool enough evening for the eager flocks to move their training distance base up the next level.  Although the Basebuild pace was prescribed, long night runs always provide additional challenges as the tired bodies after a week's worth of work has to overcome fatigue to sustain training paces with sufficiently good running form.



The training run started off from MacRitchie Reservoir Park meandering along parts of Peirce Reservoir and Seletar Reservoir, making the route an interesting one for all.  There were sightings of wild boar as we passed parts of Old Upper Thomson Road (OUTR) which added to the mystic of running along nature in the night.


The quiet night run along secluded parts of the reservoir areas made for some therapeutic workouts and without the headphones and music on (for safety reasons), the trainees could enjoy the sounds of the night as they worked their way through their training paces.


The Half Marathon trainees did a U-Turn near the end of OUTR for a 16km total run, which was gamely achieved by all the runners - and all these just after 3 sessions of basebuilding.  Although the HM groups were smaller, they were in no way less serious and committed than the Full Marathon groups in wanting to achieve their race objectives on 4-5 July.


The FM groups ran in tight-knit formation all the way to Seletar Reservoir Observation Tower or even the Main Gate for some, before doing a U-Turn to return back to the start point at prescribed paces.


All the Groups did a marvelous job of completing Week 3's workout according to plan.  Even better was there was no incident of any falls or injuries, mainly attributable to the observance of safety advisory by the NightHawks and Kookaburras - very commendable indeed.


The entire session completed before 11am, with even time for a quick wash-up before setting off for supper to recover some of the energy expended in the hard workout.  A short stretching and debrief was conducted to inform trainees of the special equipping sales as well as proper gear up preparations to maximize training efficiency through to race day.




As we progress through Phase 1 of basebuilding, we will be looking forward to Week 4's day workout at the Western Hills region to build aerobic and strength endurance with a menu of long rolling hills and repeats.

For additional information or training registration, please visit:
www.OpNighthawk.com for Sundown Marathon Training
www.OpKookaburra.com for Gold Coast Marathon Training


Saturday, April 11, 2015

A Flying Start For The Twin Marathon Training Programs


The highly anticipated 12-week Operation Nighthawk (Marathon Training For Sundown) and Operation Kookaburra (Marathon Training for Gold Coast Marathon) got off to a smooth start at the newly minted Parkland Green at Singapore's East Coast.



It was heartening to see quite a number of returning trainees who have enjoyed successes with many of Team FatBird's quarterly marathon training programs.  As always, there were the newcomers who are joining our training programs for the very first time and were looking high with excitement, albeit with a wee bit of apprehension as to how they would 'survive' the first session :D


After the sizing of the training tees and finisher singlets were done, the Nighthawks were warmly welcomed with a briefing of what to expect in this 12-weeks of FlightZONES training, and how 2/3 of the weekend long runs are held in the night for conditioning purposes as well as getting in some cooler weather.



The Kookaburra and Nighthawk trainees were placed into their respective training groups according to their marathon goals and hooked up with each of the FM and HM pace group trainers/pacers.  After some training instructions and words of encouragement from the trainers, the respective groups were flagged off toward the direction of Fort Road.



Each pace group ran at their prescribed basebuild pace with the intention of having achievable increments in the distance and pace targets as the weeks progress.  For many of the new marathoners, the initial 3-5 weeks would be a good time to access their abilities and comfort levels with respect to their marathon goals.


The first half of the night's run went according to plan for most of the Nighthawk and Kookaburra trainees.  There were mild winds in the midst of rather humid weather.  As the distance wore on, apparel were dripping wet with perspiration which often times even flowed down into the shoes.



A number of the trainees, especially the new ones found the paces harder to sustain in the second half due to fatigue and the night drawing late.  There are a number of challenges in night distance running which can make it even harder than in the morning, and hence the need for lots more night runs to help the marathoners condition better for a good night race.


By the 3/4 mark in the training distance, a number of trainees were slowing down due to the high humidity coupled with the winds being blocked off by the large groups of infantry soldiers marching onwards for their POP on Saturday morning.


The smaller group of Half Marathon trainees, mainly Nighthawks, returned earlier and happy to have completed 10-14km what for many was their longest run to date.  The Full Marathon trainees from both Kookaburra and Nighthawk seemed more experienced and were able to complete within the maximum allowable time, albeit looking tired and drenched with sweat.



After isotonic drinks were downed and the heart rates recovered somewhat, a short debrief was conducted to share some of the initial lessons learnt and what to prepare for subsequent training sessions, both morning and night. 


The experienced Nighthawk trainers also conducted a much needed round of static stretching to soothe and ease those tight muscles and we were encouraged by the enthusiastic participation of the trainees.


The Team FatBird training crew is happy with how the kickoff sessions for both Ops Nighthawk and Ops Kookaburra went, and judging from the committed and determined faces of the flocks, we are confident of bringing the best out of the trainees who are consistent with their attendance and application of knowledge and experiences gained for the remaining 11 weeks.


Training will see us go to the trails and hilly terrain of MacRitchie Reservoir Park the next 2 weekends, followed by some good hill workouts at the Mt. Faber region the following weeks, which should build up a sound base for all the trainees midway through the programs.


There are still limited training slots with full entitlement for Ops NightHawk (Registration HERE) and Ops Kookaburra (Registration HERE) for those of you who are looking to begin some serious structured training to prepare solidly for the marathon races in 4-5 July.


As we wrapped up our first training session, we can hear the encouraging calls of:
When Dusk Falls, The NightHawks Emerge!
Run Kookaburra, Run Kookaburra, Gold Our Race Will Be!

Monday, March 30, 2015

OPS NIGHTHAWK 2015: Secure Your Place & Make A Mark!

Now in its 8th year, Singapore's largest night marathon - Sundown Marathon  looks set to redefine the art of night running in 2015. You can look forward to another trailblazing running festival and yet another exciting night running event.

Secure your place to earn the official ONH15 training and finisher tops as a mark of your successful journey in Operation NightHawk 2015 - our tried and tested 12-week structured night training program to help you Conquer The Night & Beat The Sunrise @ The Sundown Marathon!

Operation NightHawk delivers great value with structured training sessions, enhanced equipping discounts to provide you the ultimate night marathon training experience.

OPERATION NIGHTHAWK - Comprehensive Marathon Training Package price inclusive of:
1. 12-week Team FatBird (www.teamfatbird.com) Flight-Zones™ Night Marathon Training Program.
      • Heart-Rate & Pace Training sessions.
      • Weekday tempo and Weekend long runs with the group
      • Workout sessions focus on building strength and endurance 
        for the HM and FM distances, with a good mix of tempos, 
        hills, repeats, trails, coupled with weekend LSD and pace runs.
      • Experienced Marathoners and Pacers leading and guiding the 
        runs
      • Information and tips on Managing & Preventing Running       
        Injuries, Running Performance, Sports Nutrition.
      • Isotonic Drinks/Refreshments after long runs.
2. A New Balance "OPERATION NIGHTHAWK" TRAINING tee FOC
3. A New Balance "OPERATION NIGHTHAWK" RACE DAY singlet/vest FOC to trainees who meet attendance criteria (50% weekend sessions).
4. A one-time 50% kit-up discount of New Balance apparel, shoes, products.
5. Special discounts on sponsors' products like nutrition, hydration systems, foam rollers
6. eCertificates/Awards of completion/achievement.

* FatBird Membership Card holders and Past FatBird fee-paying trainees enjoy discounted pricing


Training will begin on 10 April 2015 for successful applicants.
Click HERE for Training Dates/Schedules for your planning purposes.

Click HERE for Frequently Asked Questions.



Please email to training@teamfatbird.com for any clarifications or queries.

FATBIRD RUNS (2015 UPDATES)


Team FatBird organizes the following Weekly Runs
UPDATED: APRIL 2015

Monday (FatTrim/Recovery @ Sports Hub)
6:45pm-8:15pm
OCBC Square (Outside Sports Library)

Free-To-Join with baggage drop and post-run drinks 

Tuesday (TempoBird @ Central/CBD)

6:30pm-8:00pm
FatBird Statue @ UOB Plaza

Free-To-Join with baggage drop and post-run drinks 

Wednesday (PowerFLIGHT @ West/LabPark)

6:15pm-7:30pm
Labrador Park MRT (Wooden Shelter)

Free-To-Join with baggage drop and post-run drinks 

Thursday (TempoBird @ Central/CBD)

6:30pm-8:00pm
FatBird Statue @ UOB Plaza

Free-To-Join with baggage drop and post-run drinks 

Friday (BaseBuild LSD @ ECP/MR/MF)+

Night Long Base/Pace Runs
Paid Program - write to training@teamfatbird.com for enrollment

Saturday/Sunday (BaseBuild LSD @ ECP/MR/MF/SH)+

Day Long Base/Pace Runs
Paid Program - write to training@teamfatbird.com for enrollment

+  These runs are part of (paid) structured marathon training programs.  Look out for their registration on the FatBird facebook or blog.


++For details of FATBIRD RUNS, email training@teamfatbird.com or call 83283585.


ADVISORY: You are responsible for yourself and your property for all Team FatBird run sessions. Team FatBird and its members shall not assume responsibility or liability for any loss of property, injury, damage, accidents, death during the runs. 


Email training@TeamFatBird.com for additional info on Training Programs and Runs.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

#RIPLeeKuanYew #RememberingLKY


We feel the deep sadness and grief on the passing of the founding leader and father of Singapore, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. A man whom we all held in utmost respect and regard for his lifelong dedication and contributions of leading Singapore from a humble town to the metropolis it is today. 


Our utmost appreciation and gratitude to you, Mr. Lee, for this prized legacy which all of us will hold dear forever in our beloved city, country and home! ‪

#‎RIPLeeKuanYew ‪#‎RememberingLKY

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Falcons Are Poised For a 2XU Performance


Parkland Green @ ECP provided the base for a fitting finale to Ops Falcon, where we congregated at the newest training location we will be using for many of our upcoming Ops Nighthawk marathon training sessions as well.



The Falcons turned up for their finale tune-up and preparatory pace run on time and in high spirits.  After going through their warm-up rituals individually, the groups got their tapering runs of 13km (HM) and 18km (FM) underway to cloudy skies.


Although the sun was blocked by the mild haze, the air was warm and humid, adding in a slight bit of challenge for the conditioned Falcons.  Final tests of shoes, equipment and hydration/nutrition plans for race day were executed while maintaining optimal pace throughout the tapering distances mandated.



A few Falcons returning from injury and flu were also putting in runs according to their adjusted goals and paces - although they might not be in the best condition to fulfill their original objectives, these Falcons still hoped to do their bests for their respective revised targets.



It was smooth sailing for most of the groups who completed their requirement in good form.  During the debrief, advice was dispensed to the Falcons who have had tightening muscles to do more stretching and myofascial massages to get their running muscles more supple and in shape for the race.


The 11 weeks of training have seen many Falcon trainees grown from strength to strength as well as being more matured in terms of handling their efforts and paces to meet their desired race outcomes.



It was a pleasure for Team FatBird trainers and pacers to have provided guidance to such a committed ad dedicated flock.  We are confident that each and every Falcon will fly with confidence and pride come Sunday 29 March to achieve the best results their structured marathon training have positioned them to be.

The Falcons Are Poised For A 2XU Performance!

Photos from FatBird Chin

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