Friday, December 22, 2006

Singapore Marathon: Lessons Learnt


Originally uploaded by nicodemus_chan.

Final results, I came in position 5497th out of a field of 6588.

Chip Time: 6 hours, 24 minutes, 19 seconds. (Gun Time: 6 hours, 33 minutes, 12 seconds.)

Lessons Learnt:

1. Comfortable clothing is a must. Spend money and buy those expensive singlets from Adidas, Nike, Reebok, etc. Going 42km with repetitive rubbing can cause abrasions. Buy short pants. My mid-thigh shorts, even though they were from New Balance caused some abrasions. But not as bad as when I didn't use such shorts for the 12km New Paper Big Walk.

2. Good shoes are a must. I didn't even get a single blister over my whole run. One of my friends got blisters on both feet midway through. I bought the Adidas Adizero LT shoes. About S$145 (after 20% discount).

3. You need preparation. Start at least 9 months before the marathon. A marathon teaches you the lesson that for some tasks, you can't just do it the next day. You can't just say I want to run a marathon tomorrow and hope to complete it. It applies for jobs and even business. Sometimes you need to prepare for business by learning it on the job elsewhere before doing it on your own.

4. Get a book to help you prepare. Borrow one from the library. I used "Marathon Manual" and followed the beginners program which is based on just increasing your endurance by time and not by miles. Take it easy and hit your target running times.

5. You can do it. Write down your goals. I wrote this goal down at the beginning of the year. The key to any goal is to make it achievable, yet be one that stretches yourself. You also have to sacrifice some time for it. I had to sacrifice some dinners with colleagues and friends to make time for 2 solid hours in the gym to hit my training targets.

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