Sunday, April 19, 2015

Week #2: Trails & Slopes Galore

The NightHawks moved on to the MacRitchie Trails in Weekend #2 for a satisfying and fruitful long basebuild run.  The turnout was respectable in spite of the early morning drizzle and thunder claps.

With the light drizzle gone by 7am, the NightHawks were all raring to put their feet down into the Northern trails and tackle the undulating slopes of the Peirce Reservoir Road stretches.  The BaseBuild training paces were observed well, with the challenges of the trails providing some moderation to the usually higher initial speed of the respective groups.

After 4km of Northern Trail, we made a small detour before getting onto Island Country Club Road for the start of the road stretch of the run.  The training paces were better managed on the even road surfaces as we headed out to Upper Thomson Road and into Lower Peirce Reservoir Road toilet for a quick water break.

The new trainees were adapting better in their second session with the FatBirds, using the experienced runners and trainers as guideposts to manage their paces well.  The Half Marathon trainees did a U-turn at Casuarina Rd junction and headed back to MR Amenities Centre in their respective pace groups.

The Full Marathoners were maintaining steady paces all the way along the uneven slopes of Upper Peirce Reservoir stretch.  NightHawks who were new to that part of the training area found the terrain challenging which required them to dig deep into their dwindling resources.

The toilet at the end of LPR provided a good respite.  After a quick 5min break, the NightHawks were on the road again, this time returning along the same undulating route they came in from earlier.  By the time we reached the UPR Main Gate, the legs were feeling the lactate buildup and the breathing was a lot laboured.

The remaining 8km of winding OUTR road and the hilly Northern Trail took whatever remained in the tanks of the NightHawks.  Still, the trainees ran strong and persisted for a good finish back at the MR Amenities Centre.

Overall, it was a good workout for the HMers  who competed 14-15km and the FMers completing 21-22km.  Importantly, effort were put into sustaining target training paces and training objectives were met by all NightHawks.  

Rest and recovery techniques were provided during the training debrief which provided useful guidance and tips, especially for the couple of trainees who felt the strains and some niggling pain from the hard workouts.

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The NightHawks Survived The Trails & Slopes

Photos By FatBird Arnel, Jayson