Final Performance Series race at Kranji: The smelliest run ever

This morning was the fifth and final race of the Performance Series and also my last race of the year. The race was held in Kranji going past several fish farms. It was called a “farm run”. My wife called it the smelliest run ever. I knew she would say that! The early morning rain…

Running 10km in the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore

The 10km flag-off in the SCMS 2016 was delayed from 6.45am to 7am. But I didn’t start until 7.30 as the 12,000 10km runners were flagged off in waves. I was a few waves behind. It was the first time I joined the Standard Chartered Marathon, albeit in the 10km category It was also the…

One-North Run: Why you shouldn’t organise a race in November

There’s a reason the Guns N Roses song is called November Rain, and not, say, October Rain or December Rain. I remember it rained during the first Hello Kitty Run in 2014. What month was it held? November. Yesterday morning, the One-North Run 10km race was cancelled because of the weather. The flag-off was supposed…

Taking the shorter Newton Challenge

Here are two things everyone is saying about yesterday’s Newton Challenge: The weather was great. The up-ramp at Marina Barrage 5km before the finish line wasn’t. It was my first Newton Challenge. There were two categories: 32km and 21km. I joined the latter to make up for my disappointing performance at the Army Half Marathon…

Performance Series: Bedok Reservoir

I did something really stupid on Sunday. My wife and I woke up early to go to the fourth Performance Series race at Bedok Reservoir. We had double-checked our start times and booked a taxi. It was about a half-hour ride from Choa Chu Kang to Bedok Reservoir. As we approached our destination, my wife…

I got pwned by the Army Half Marathon (again)

When I first ran the Army Half Marathon in 2013, I got pwned. I made a couple of mistakes like drinking too much water during the run and stopping too long at a choke point, thus ended up with a nett time of 3 hours and 36 seconds. Last year, I improved to 2h 42m…

Performance Series: Gardens by the Bay

Another Sunday morning, another race. Although advertised as Gardens by the Bay, the third Performance Series run was more Bay than Gardens. I have found all three Preformance Series 10km routes to be problematic. This time, much of the route was a two-way street, meaning you had to share the path with runners going the…

Tri-Factor series: Run 6km, swim 500m, run 6km

After two aquathlons, I feel like I’m becoming an old hand at this. I got my laceless Nike Fliyknit Lunar 2 which I would run sockless in to cut down transition time: At the venue yesterday morning, I got my markings: Set up my transition: Checked out the water course: But then I made the…

MSIG Action Asia 10km run with my Baey

So I ran into MP and my former running companion Baey Yam Keng at the MSIG Action Asia trail run this morning, Well, not literally ran into him. He was there to flag off the 10km race. I knew he did the same thing last year, so I wasn’t too surprised to see him there….

Compressport Run: A personal best

I have to admit, the only reason I joined the Compressport Run was to get the free calf sleeves. So I was surprised I enjoyed the 10km run yesterday as much as I did, more so than the two Performance Series races. Yes, it was the same old route around Marina Bay again, but I…

Performance Series: Jurong Lake

I’ve joined the Jurong Lake Run twice before and have fond memories of it. So I was looking forward to this one in the Performance Series yesterday. Unfortunately, the route was different. Instead of one big 10km loop, it’s two small 5km loops. And it was not as scenic as I thought it would be….

Performance Series: Punggol Waterway-Coney Island

This would be my first race since I returned from North Korea. Running the 10k in the Pyongyang marathon was such a singular experience that any race that comes after seems pointless. I had signed up for the five-race Performance Series because the multi-race concept sounded cool. I also like the idea of running somewhere…