Said Alex, who had completed the Full Marathon in three hours and 50 seconds, “The podium finish was indeed a pleasant surprise. The aim was to clock a good training run to prepare for the Gold Coast Marathon.”
Didn’t have much of a strategy
According to Alex, he didn’t really have much of a strategy for the race.
“I was nursing a calf strain at the start, so I just told myself to be careful of not aggravating it,” he said.
The difficult unlit stretches of the route, such as the rather dark section at East Coast Park were particularly challenging to Alex.
He said, “Running along the unlit stretches of the route was quite mentally challenging.
“It was kind of depressing and I kept asking myself why I was running when I should be sleeping!” he added.
The Benjamin Sheares Bridge not so difficult
Surprisingly though, he felt that the Benjamin Sheares Bridge stretch towards the end of the Full Marathon, termed as “Heartbreak Bridge” – a tough uphill battle for some Sundown Marathon runners – was not too difficult.
Said Alex, “I didn’t think it (the bridge) was that bad actually. When there’s an upslope, there’s always a downslope.
“So while going up may be difficult, I knew that I could compensate for the loss of time when coming down,” he added.
Compared to last year’s race though, where he came in third, Alex felt that this year’s Sundown Marathon was more challenging, as a whole. He said, “The weather felt warmer and more humid. The route was also slightly different, with the addition of Sheares Bridge.”
A night well spent
As a whole, Alex is pleased with the way that he had spent the wee hours of the morning.
He said, “No offence, but I felt that my night was better spent, when I watched the throngs of partygoers coming out from Marina Bay Sands (MBS) and the Fullerton Hotel.”
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