Race #20 Gold Coast Airport Run

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July 8, 2016 by pecanbutter

 

What’s best to do before race day, then to explore the stress of Brisbane!


The breakfast box given by Scenic Travels, along with the race bib they collected on my behalf. A banana, an apple, an oat bar.

 

I got donuts from Donut Time, the Nutella filled one because I love Nutella and the original glazed, because how would you know what variation is good if you haven’t had the original. I saw beelines to get the donuts. A true native Singaporean like myself would nevermind let a moment to buy something and talk about it slip by.

Waiting for the corrals to pass.

 

 

And we are off!

My first marathon in 2016, I only wanted to finish it strong, slow and steady.

Beautiful medal. I am glad I decided to carry on running the full marathon even though Chris was not able to do it and that I did not downgrade to a half marathon instead.

I have an awesome looking finisher medal, I only walked for 2 km, from 36-37 and then from 39-40km, and finished in less than 5 hours – 4 hours 58 minutes according to my Garmin. Woah.

The level of fatigue was different from the last time I ran a FM in singapore.

The grueling 5 hours worth of running on my feet was fun in a weird way. I took 3 and a half pack of gel in total, starting from 45 minutes and 1 for every 45 minutes. I only took half a pack in the last hour or so because I didn’t want to overload my system.

I hydrated at every water station even though I didn’t feel thirsty or dehydrated to keep the headaches away. It was bright and sunny but the cooling breeze was nice even though we started running at 7.20 am. I finished close to noon. I was sun burnt. My shoulders were red and the top of my nose too. Must remember to put on sunblock the next time I do this, if I do this again. I love it that there was Coca Cola towards the end. Sugar and caffeine boost for the last 5 km.

Sumi and company.

 

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