Yet, yesterday’s The Performance Series Race at Stadium Riverside Walk was one of my worst half marathon performances.
I did stop to take a leak, though, at the same toilet I used during the Income Eco Run three weeks earlier. That toilet at the Gardens by the Bay East entrance is a life-saver.
My legs felt stiff throughout the race. I usually hit the wall around the 14km mark. This time, it was 7km.
Previously, I would avoid drinking anything during a race. This time, I was looking forward to the next hydration point so that I could get a cup of cold, refreshing, delicious Lucozade, which tasted much better than last year‘s awful orange-flavoured version.
After getting “hydrated”, I would feel too bloated to run. So once again, i walked for much of the last few kilometres, which accounted for my lousy time, 2 hours 55 minutes.
So what’s my excuse this time?
Not enough sleep. some remnant pain from a leg injury and satay rendang pizza for dinner the night before.
But honestly, I should just face the fact that I have been undisciplined in my training and I’m just not fit enough.
At one point during the race, I asked myself, why am I punishing myself like this by signing for these 21km races?
I’m not getting any better at it. After half a dozen half marathons, it’s still not getting any easier.
Unfortunately, I’ve already signed up for three more this year, including the Army Half Marathon.
I swear, after this year, no more half marathons.
But then, that was what I said two years ago.