Standard Chartered Singapore (half) Marathon 2018

Taking the shuttle bus from Yew Tee to the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon race venue this morning at 3am: The race village at the F1 Pit Building: Long wait for the flag-off at 4:30am: I think I was in the sixth wave which was flagged off at 4:42am: A woman running in what looked like…

CSC Run By The Bay: I saw an otter

CSC stands for Civil Service Club. Flag-off for the half marathon category in CSC Run By The Bay on Saturday was 5.15pm. Yes, it was sunny and a bit hot for a race. I grabbed my first cup of H-Two-O after the 7km mark, which meant I had pretty much given up. I just wasn’t…

Running the half at the International Bintan Marathon

Bored with the same old same old race routes in Singapore, I was enticed to sign up for the International Bintan Marathon, joining the half category, of course. Fortunately, my wife gave me permission and went with me. This was the first time I took part in an overseas race since the North Korean marathon…

Safra Bay Run & Army Half Marathon didn’t kick my ass for once

So excited to see my name on TV at #armyhalfmarathon race pack collection #sgrunners A post shared by SM Ong (@sm_ong) on Aug 11, 2018 at 9:15am PDT //www.instagram.com/embed.js Why I expected to do badly at this morning’s Army Half Marathon: One, I always do badly in the Army Half Marathon. In 2013, 2016 and…

My first Sundown (half) Marathon

My first night race was last year’s Marina Run, which was a miserable experience. Last night’s Sundown Marathon was much bigger and had a better atmosphere. I was hoping to see my Baey Yam Keng there but he was in the 10km race which was earlier. This was my first half marathon of the year….

How I survived the Standard Chartered Singapore (half) Marathon

I know I blogged earlier I wasn’t joining this year’s Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon. Then two weeks ago, I came across someone selling his half marathon slot online for $70 (usual is $95) and I couldn’t resist. Apart from a very late flag-off for my wave, I have no complaints about Sunday’s race. But many…

How my year of halves became my year of injuries

At the beginning of the year, I proclaimed 2017 my year of half marathons. Instead, it turned out to my year of injuries. First, I blew my quad in my left thigh in February. Then I hurt my Achilles tendon in my right ankle in August. Because of the latter injury, I had to skip…

Salomon X-Trail & Performance Series Changi: Two races in 15 hours

Once, I mistakenly signed up for two races on the same morning. I just forfeited one of them. Another time, I signed up for two races (a 13km trail race and a 10km “farm” run) on consecutive mornings. But this weekend, I topped that by unwittingly signing for the 10km Salomon X-Trail Run on Saturday…

Army Half Marathon: Running with Achilles tendinitis — again

For the first time, I ran a half marathon on back-to-back Sundays. For the second time, I limped to the start line. Yesterday was the Safra S’pore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon. A week after The Performance Series run at Punggol, my right ankle still hurt when I walked. The Army Half Marathon has…

The Performance Series Race at Stadium Riverside Run, I mean, Walk

No blisters or wet farts, at least until after the race. 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…

Income Eco Run half marathon: What’s my excuse this time?

It’s always something. For the Marina Run, I was recovering from an injury. For the 2XU Compression Run, it was blisters from running without socks. For yesterday morning’s Income Eco Run (formerly NTUC Income Run 350), it was diarrhoea. Or at least, that was what I thought it was. As I approached the Stadium MRT…