Although the weather was looking dismal, a good group of enthusiastic runners were already registering their attendance and having a couple of group pics to warm things up.
With some effort, we managed to get the large group for the training and route briefing, at the same time providing intelligence updates of the group of Infantry 'patrolling' along the main Changi Coastal axis for their advance into the Floating Platform for their POP mission.
When we reached the Changi Coastal axis after about 3km, we ran smack into the long lines of Infantry POPers (Passing Out Paraders) executing their mission finale. They were organized to afford a narrow, but passable access for our runners...as we ran pass the lines, there were lots of encouragement for our runners from the friendly troopers. It was quite entertaining to listen to the troops singing along to keep motivation levels high, and that perked our own flock to fly at very good paces as we headed towards the NSRCC.
The return onto the Changi Coastal axis provided the final 'killer' touch to the training as the mentally-drained runners were fighting the zzz-monsters as well as fatigue along that LONG and LONELY stretch. There was just too much temptation to slow down, and even walk. If not for the groups running together, it would be difficult for many of the runners to keep up with their target paces.
There were delightful faces at the Changi Beach toilet point where the runners finally got out from that 'challenging' stretch to get a good breather in that humid weather. It was close to 11pm, and with 3km to the end point, the runners had to make one final mental push to get their machinery moving towards completion. TRAIN HARD, RACE EASY is what we always hope for our trainees to attain - overcoming the different challenges during training will put us in good stead for an easier but fruitful race day.
Everyone received cheers at the end as they crossed the finish of the night's training, and recorded with pride their distances and timings covered. It was definitely a hard day at the office, but it brought a sense of satisfaction to many of the trainees and trainers as well, knowing that we put in our best efforts to prepare for and eventually complete well the training.
NightHawks, NightHawks, Cleared The Test!
NightHawks, NightHawks, You're The Best!