The NightHawks went to the Western Hills region for a rigorous workout to build strength and speed endurance - and they were not disappointed. In fact, we had the strong heat from one of the warmest days to bear additional conditioning for the runners.
After the bout of showers the previous day, the ground was still a little damp when we gathered at SAFRA Mt. Faber Clubhouse. As it was going to be a long day ahead, the briefing and group photos were kept brisk - before the respective pace groups started off towards Labrador Park for the main menu of hills repetitions.
As more of the laps were tackled, the mood turned serious and the NightHawks were focused on sustaining their paces and form in spite of tiring legs and heavier breathing. The Half Marathoners had it slightly better then the Full Marathoners as they were only required to do shorter workouts in terms of time and distance.
As we ran out from Labrador Park and along the undulating segment of Telok Blangah Road, the sun's rays were beating on our faces and heads - some of us were so drained by then that we had to slow down to catch a second wind.
With 5 weeks of BaseBuild completed, the NightHawks will embark on their next phase of training with longer 20K+ & 30K+ runs at Marathon Pace (MP) from Week #6.
Armed with the new found strength and better running form, the NightHawks will be well placed to translate their foundation into sustainable paces over the longer distances. The routes for the following few weeks will be tamer and flatter compared with the last few weeks', and that will also translate into speed endurance for the NightHawks.
The NightHawks Were Thrilled By The Hills
Photos by CK Chin, Meng Kiat