Last run of the year, and it was not a good run.
Under train because weather has been too erratic, raining so frequently.. well… I must admit, I was quite half-hearted in training for SCMS. Have not been doing much long run too, as after a few km, I started having stitches on my left. It happened again last Sunday.
430am, I was walking from my home to the MRT Station. Applaud the organiser & SMRT. Finally, 24hrs MRT services to shuttle us runners to the venue. This is a much better way to shuttle us than buses.
630am, Sentosa.. gosh, there’s so many people. As expected, the start of the run was slow, but I started with quite a nice pace and was enjoying the cool morning breeze until I reached the route toward Tanjong Beach where you need to make a turn to Palawan beach. The route here was just too narrow, all runners came almost to a stop. Either a walk or a slow jog waiting for your turn to break through to make the turn. This was the 2km mark, you have to turn here as there’s a split time check here. When it’s my turn to make the turn and on to much freedom, I turned my head and wow.. all I can see were a sea of greens & blues (colours of the event tee) packed to the end of the road till I can’t even see the end… I looked at my watch, 18mins.. I am 5 mins behind target. I started to speed up and managed to reduce the backlog to 3 mins.
I still remember the joy I had last year when I ran through USS. The atmosphere there was somehow great, with Puss & gang cheering. This year there’s Optimus Prime as well.. haa. But, it can’t be compared with last year.. this year the cheers seems to have lessen..
By the time we were out of Sentosa, we had completed 10km. I started to experience a sharp pain on my left. Arrgh… the stitches started. I slowed down, at time to almost a stop to stretch. I breathe slow and long… not much use.
Uphill ahead.. I’ve no strength to run up this time (unlike last year), I started to walk up.. there’s total 3 major uphill (up the expressway)… after the 10km route marker, I saw none. I wonder how far more? My run become a slow jog and occasional walk, still nursing the stitches.
The next route marker was the 16km, thought they state in the runner’s booklet there marker at every km?? Actually, the route marker was quite big, if to place it along the expressway, (think only 2 lanes were blocked off for the run) it will leave no space for the runners and there will be more bottleneck.
Finally, it’s the esplanade, less than 1 km to the finish line. Many runners are now walking, walking real slow. It’s a challenge to cut through them actually. There’s so many people. I saw 2 gals walking leisurely (blocking actually) and they were sharing one ear piece listening to music.. Why nobody wants to run to the finish line? Even if you’ve been walking, why not just start to run to the finish line?
As I approached the finish line, the route got narrower as it was separated to the different distance — 42km, 21km, 10km, 5km… runners need to run to their respective distance end point. I had wanted to cheong, but I had to slow down because 2 guys just right in front of me, was walking slowly to the finish line..
Organiser, much to consider. Biggest event ever, yes but can you handle? If you can’t block off the whole road for a wider space, than forget about being the biggest.