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December 8, 2011

Singapore Marathon

Filed under: Running — scotsabroad @ 6:29 pm

My second full marathon. I now know that you can’t enter a marathon (at 47) and expect to finish in a reasonable time without putting in the training. You can run a half marathon in under two hours (if you run regularly) but there is nowhere to hide in the full.

I entered this marathon before I had experienced the heat and humidity of Jakarta. For preparation I did nothing beyond runs of two hours. It should not have come as a surprise that I wilted after three hours and my legs went dead. I could make the excuse of being locked out of my starting cage with ten minutes to go before the start, or the chaos at the bag drop, or the sheer numbers of people at the start (20 000) that forced you to walk for the first couple of kilometers, or the sheer numbers at the end as the half  and 10K  and marathon runners all converged  for the final two kilometers, or  (as I had been warned) the humidity was worse than in Jakarta…  I won’t and last Sunday it wasn’t.

Still enjoyed the experience – even the 5am start. Singapore jaw-dropping if you live in Jakarta. Draught Guinness at the airport. Back next year.

1 Comment »

  1. Well done – what an experience – never got below six hours myself in my two marathons – hit the ‘wall’ big style

    Comment by ian — December 9, 2011 @ 1:40 pm | Reply

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