The Straits Times Run was held at Singapore Sports Hub on 23 September 2018 (sorry for the late posting). This is the 5th time Straits Times organised this race ever since its debut in year 2013. More details can be found at https://www.straitstimesrun.com. There were 3 different running distances to choose from, I chose the 18.45km one.

3 days before the race, I went for strength training with the running club (because of the rain outside) that I took part in University. I suffered muscle ache on both my thighs until race day. Swimming the day before helped me to relieve the pain but I still end up with slight thigh muscle ache during race day.

I felt super worried of not being able to finish the race. I prayed for strength to finish, took the courage to run the race, and proceeded to the race village via shuttle bus. I arrived the race village at 4am but the start pen opens only at 4.30am. The bag deposit process was quick, which means, I have lots of time to prepare myself for the run.

Race village
Walking to start pen
I was in the 2nd wave that flagged off at 5:15am

After running a few kilometers, my legs seems to be fine despite of starting off with both slightly aching thighs. So I was still super worried, hoping and praying to at least be able to finish. It turns out that my leg muscles gets really sore after running for 13km. So I endured for another 5.45km to finish off the race. This time round I felt that I ran a consistent pace. Thank God my legs never cramp up during the race despite running with little walking breaks.

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Hydration points during the race was good as they provide runners with both plain water and 100plus isotonic drinks. Race route was okay for me as well.

Even though I’m not in my best condition to run, I managed to finish in a time of 2 hours and 18 minutes. However, I misplaced my own finisher medal. Thankfully, I was able to get a new one from the information counter.

I like the finishing point that was located in the new National stadium at Singapore Sports Hub which I rarely go to. This run is a good opportunity for me to revisit the new stadium. There was also a lucky dip booth just like last year’s run, which was a surprise to me. All I have to do is to like Panasonic on Facebook, make a pledge, and share on Facebook to take part. I went for it and won a pair of AA Panasonic batteries. This prize was unlike last year’s Straits Times Run where I won a steam iron.

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