Saturday, March 12, 2011

Operation NightHawk 2011: Kickoff

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The day many of the NightHawk trainees have waited for....the start of Operation NightHawk 2011, the 12-week night marathon training program to prepare us for Sundown Marathon 2011. We woke up early in the morning to rumbling noises and red skies. A light drizzle broke as we proceeded to training Area C @ ECP.

By 7.05am, about 100 NightHawk trainees and running guides have shown up for the base-build session; not too bad a turnout considering news of thunderstorms in certain parts of Singapore. After a welcome brief with route and safety instructions, the trainees couldn't wait to start running in the light drizzle. Along the way, we could see other runners out training as well. Many of the NightHawks enjoyed the cool respite, which probably allowed them to run faster, despite the request for them to run at 'converstational' pace.

This cohort of trainees have come better prepared, with many having done a couple of half and full marathons, and were committed to train for better performance and timings for Sundown. As expected, there was a larger group at the mid-pack, all enjoying the 'chit-chats' with fellow runners and guides. We were trying out this new training Area C for the first time, and found that it offered a new perspective and freshness to the running route in ECP. There were many new friends made, as well as repeat FatBird trainees who have come back for the longer and more challenging full marathon training.

When the rain subsided by 8am, it turned into a cool and comfortable run for us, meeting a number of familiar faces aloing the way. It was a good opener for Ops NightHawk and many who turned up were not disappointed with the eventual nice weather and ability to find their paces. Munching on bananas in between sips of isotonic drinks, we shared information on the importance of building up a good base before progressing on for more pace work. Advise on getting the proper running attire and footwear were dispensed, including special kit-up arrangements worked out for the trainees.

Some of the trainees found that it was good to start conservatively to be able to last the longer distances...many of us are already looking forward to our first night LSD (long run) in session #2. We will surely be having a Wild Night as more NightHawks will take to another interesting training area for some serious night conditioning.

The NightHawks Have Emerged!

Photo Slideshow by FatBird DO
Facebook Photos by AC Leong, Giang
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