Sunday, February 27, 2011

NTUC U-RUN+Vertical Climb

.OMB Challenge Finisher

Race Report: FatBird Anthony
Race Photos: FatBird DO
Facebook Photos: FatBird AC

The NTUC OMB Challenge, a 10km run, followed by a 31-storey vertical climb up the NTUC Centre (One Marina Boulevard) was what attracted a bunch of 1,000 runners to take up this challenge. Together with another 1,000 10km and 5km runners, we were all excited to try out the unique format on what was a clear, sunny Sunday morning.

When we arrived at the NTUC Centre, the mass warm-up was about to start. It was nice to see many familiar faces from Team FatBird Running, SAFRA Running, SgRunners, U Runners, Fitness Network, MR25 Runners, Ghana & team. Time passed quickly with handshakes and pleasantries being exchanged. The 15min pre-race warm-up began to get the runners to loosen up and start their engines. The crowd was not too large, giving a cozy, relaxed atmosphere and feel....nice.

The OMB Challenge, which many of us were participating in, was started first. The initial pace was conservative as the runners manouvred into space...and there was ample of it. I followed the lady runners a bit, and then traded places with some friends, as we strode along Raffles Avenue though the F1 Pit Building. The first few km at 4:30min/km was a tad fast, and I quickly dropped back to 4:40min/km to conserve...haha. The ladies were doing great as they pulled away further to the front. The Kallang Riverside presented some nice views as we reached the mid-point, with some of the photographers stationed there taking pics of the scenery as well as runners :)

The water points were well spread out and ample, but could do better with some isotonic drinks in some of the stations. They were well manned with the volunteers holding out water for the runners, at the same time cheering for us. There were the small pockets of runspirators (mainly gals) along the way cheering their hearts out....kudos to their encouraging spirits, esp. under the hot morning sun. By the 8km mark, we were back to F1 Pit Building, and pace has averaged at 4:45min/km. The calves were feeling ok, but needed to save the quads for the stairs later on.

Reached the 10km mark in about 46min+, happy that I didn't feel too fatigued at that point. Followed the front runners to take a walk break and drink before going for the 'Ultimate Challenge', the one we all came here for. The first 10 flights were already causing people to pant and climb slowly. The stairwell was ventilated at certain points with small blowers, but the exit doors could be left open for even better ventilation as well as provide a resting place for runners who wish to slow down for others to overtake. The heat in that enclosed space posed an additional challenge. By the 15th storey, I was wasted...haha.

A few of the running friends who had strong quads and were great stair-climbers soon caught up. The top few lady runners were going for the final standings push, and they gave their all in that run up. After allowing a few more runners to overtake, I finally reached the top, quite unexpectedly (since I was not in the right frame of mind to count by then). As I emerged out into the finish line, I felt then that the windy rooftop was the best thing next to sliced bread...heavenly. Many deep breaths and congratulatory handshakes later, we proceeded down the building (using the elevators of course) to collect our well-deserved finisher tees and goodie bags. There were fruits and blue-coloured water (isotonic drinks hehe) provided to the delight of the runners. With time left on our hands, we went to cheer and support the other runners coming in and had a great time photo-taking and chatting about this unique race experience.

Overall, we felt that the race was well organized and provided a cozy and friendly atmosphere, something we do not often get at the larger races. The OMB Run+Vertical Climb was definitely interesting and challenging. Although a few runners mentioned they have had enough of stairs for a while, a few others were hoping for more storeys to be piled on next time...GOSH. I am sure next year's event will attract even more to the OMB Challenge as it did this first time around, and when that happens, more will need to be done to the vertical climb portion to accommodate this growing number of enthusiasts.

We Ran, We Climbed, We Survived!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Training Package For Sundown Marathon 2011

The Sundown Marathon looks set to be bigger than last year's. In less than two months since race registration in November 2010, registration figures have hit more than 25,000 participants, beating last year's figure of 19,500 runners who took part in 2010's Sundown Marathon. Straits Times Story - 8 Feb 2011

Team FatBird will be providing training to the Official Sundown Pacers/Ambassadors as well as Lead-Up Runs for Sundown 2011 participants.

Team FatBird has put together a proven marathon training program to help you achieve your Sundown Marathon 2011 targets.

The Operation NightHawk 2011 Marathon Training package comprise:
- A Structured 12-week Marathon Training Program (FlightZONES) ++
* Heart-Rate & Pace Training sessions.
* Running Guides and Marshals showing the routes.
* 5 night and 6 day weekend long runs
* Experienced Marathoners and Pacers leading and guiding the runs
* Information and tips on Managing & Preventing Running Injuries, Running Performance,
Sports Nutrition.
- Isotonic/Recovery Drinks/refreshments after long runs ++
- A New Balance “OPERATION NIGHTHAWK” training top will be made available FOC to all
trainees ++
- A New Balance “OPERATION NIGHTHAWK” RACE DAY singlet will be made available FOC
to those who meet attendance (50%) and performance criteria ++
- 50% equipping discount for New Balance products ++
- Our very own Hospitality Tent for all trainees on Race Night ++
- Certificates Of Completion & Awards For Performance

REGISTER NOW for one of these limited training packages!

Check out the Training Schedule HERE.
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When Dusk Comes, The NightHawks Emerge!
Team FatBird Training

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Holiday Weekender: EastSide Lunar New Year Run


The 'Huat Huat' FatBirds, video courtesy FatBird Mohan

Bunny!!!...the sounds rang throughout the run as about 70 runners from Team FatBird and SgRunners Eastsiders assembled far east to celebrate the coming of the Bunny Year, the year of abundance and good fortune for all of us. As we crossed the 'Bridge Of Prosperity', the cheery runners were chatting and well-wishing one another, all too happy to go on a sight-seeing tour on foot...a feast for the eyes coupled with good cardio and CNY goodies-burning workout.

The sights along Changi Boardwalk were simply awesome, and with the cold sea breeze in our faces, made for a pleasant run to the sounds of the waves and the greetings from friendly anglers of 'Nian Nian You Yu'. At the end of the Boardwalk was a nice rock, symbolic of a solid future ahead for our our runners, and just out at sea was our 'Yi Fan Feng Shun' Smooth Sails for the good tidings and promises of smooth sailing for all our FatBird & Eastside Runners....HUAT AH!

The idyllic settings in the company of good friends and running kakis made for a memorable journey from the Boardwalk to the Loyang Tua Pek Kong (洛陽大伯公). While some were soaking in the prophecies of all the 12 zodiac animals, others helped themselves to the soya bean milk and mi fen, courtesy of the generous temple. There were many visitors and photographers present for some temple celebrations.

While the FatBirds & Bunnies were frolicking at the main entrance, taking photos and posing to calls of 'Bunnieeeee...', shouts of 'Gong Xi Fa Cai' and 'Huat Ah' rang out to the passer-bys and visitors to the temple. The excitement captured the attention of even the official temple photographers who captured the exuberant faces on film on video. We stayed for quite a while as many took turns to take group pics with the cute and lovable bunny pairs, and there was even a 'playboy' amongst them...hehe

Bunnies' Delight @ Tua Pek Kong

The next stop was along the rolling slopes towards the runway, where all of us wished for 'high flying' prospects in terms of career and running performances...many quietly set their PB targets for the upcoming Sundown Marathon and Gold Coast Marathon due in the mid of the year. As we hear the roar of airplanes taking off from the runway, we were filled with anticipation of the marathon trainings that will begin in March, and made resolutions of training hard and doing our best for each of the respective races...Birds Fly, FatBirds Can Run!

FatBird Running Bunnies, video courtesy FatBird Mohan

Solemn FatBirds @ The Changi Chapel

As we return along the undulating slopes to our next destination, we were reminded of the hill training sessions we had, that was so useful in developing the strength in our legs for the much needed endurance and ability to complete a marathon. There was silence as most of us were concentrating on pushing through the slopes, with the occasional shouts of 'Car Coming' from the back. The fun continued all the way to the Changi Chapel...hmm, that many places in the East we were visiting for the first time...thanks to AC Leong, Chris (tekko), Molly, Ngatimin, Nicholas and the EastSiders for carving out the route and showing us such places of interest...and that was not even the final stop. We spent some quiet time at The Chapel with some great photo-taking and a chance for the Christians to pray for good blessings.

With a remaining group of 60 runners, we proceeded to the final place of interest, The Bunker. There was a large tank barrel set with mock-up bunkers in the backdrop. The sun was beating on us by then, and after some quick final shots, we bade the Mystic East farewell before heading back to the start point, Changi Village. A total of 12-15km was covered depending on whether the final stop was skipped. Many of the runners, especially those who have not had the chance to venture to the far eastern side of Singapore, enjoyed the run and tour thoroughly.

Even before the run ended, they were already looking forward to the next FatBird Holiday Weekender. Till then, we would like to thank all the running/tour guides, photographers, bunnies and cheerleaders for making this such a fun and enjoyable Lunar New Year run for all. Of course, we enjoyed the company of all who attended the run and we hope to see you at the next FatBird Run. Here's wishing all of you 'Gong Xi Fa Cai. Tu Nian Xing Da Yun'....HUAT AH!

Facebook Photo Contributions:
FatBird AC

SgRunner Tekko (Chris)
Sunbird Terry Tan Album 1, Album 2, Album3, Album4
Sunbird Cindy Loo

FatBird Ngatimin
FatBird Nicholas
FatBird Weekend Warrior Lokie
FatBird Mohan
Album1, Album2, Album3
FatBird Runner Kim Lai Album 1, Album 2
Sunbird Tee Joo


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