After a good 21km and 30-35km in weeks Week 9 and 10, the NightHawks went into Week 11 with a tryout at Optimal Pace for 18km and 28km.
The weather was warm and dry this morning, with some cloud cover in the first 10km of the run. All the trainees were happy that training is coming to a close soon, and that they have prepared well for their target races (Sundown & Gold Coast Marathons) on July 5-6.
By now, all the trainees are very familiar with training proceedings and most have built up a good base to sustain well for their targeted race distances - its now more of fine tuning their equipment, pacing and running form to get better race timings where possible.
When the respective pace groups headed towards Gardens By The Bay, the skies were still providing good cloud cover and that allowed us to run a tad faster than target pace. When we returned back into ECP and passing the Gatorade Support point again, we settled into a more manageable Optimal Pace.
A number of NightHawks who had a good 30km Optimal Pace LSD last week were finding the pace challenging this week, likely due to the lack of recovery from that hard effort last week taking a toll on the body.
The Half Marathon runners were glad they could turn at the Cable Ski area, while the Full Marathoners continued their steady paces towards F2 CarPark for that much needed Gatorade drink.
Trainees found a new surge of energy after their tanks were refueled, pushing on all the way back to Parkland Green for 27km+. It was definitely a tougher workout this weekend, what with the increase in pace for some, as well as the warmer temperatures all round.
The mood was positive and all trainers and trainees were pleased with the good weather we have had for all our training sessions, as well as the low incidents of any injury that may sabotage our race plans.
The NightHawks Are Ready!
Photos by FatBirds Onin, Jayson