Monday, May 19, 2008

4th Pacemakers Anniversary Trial Run 2008...

Event: 4th Pacemakers Anniversary Trial Run 2008
Venue: Metropolitan Park, Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 19 May 2008
Time: 4.30pm
Distance: 3.3KM (3.35KM by Polar RS800G3 GPS sensor)
Shoe: adidas Supernova Cushion 6
By Frank

With 20 days to go till the 4th Pacemakers Anniversary Run 2008 (PAR4), Ronnie was kind enough to organise a trial run for the runners to get themselves used to the route. I was there at 4pm and it was hot! Ronnie on his motorcycle took Lai FS with him for a spin around the track to measure the distance using the roller wheel courtesy from Lai FS, and it measured 3.38KM on the middle lane. So it's more or less 3.3KM (as indicated on the race info) if we were to run on the inner lane.
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Ronnie (on motor) with Lai FS returning with the roller wheel after measuring the distance...

Not many runners turn up. Just basically Chek, Julie, AP Tan, Chin, Daniel, Lai FS, Stanley and myself. While the volunteers who turned out to help out were Rachel and Wai Lam. And so at 4.30pm sharp after a quick group photo, the runners went for our first round. With still a tight hamstring after yesterday's race, I decided to go on an easy pace just to get myself used to the route. The starting was tough with a mixture of up and down hills before the flat area around the lake. The last 300M or so was a slight uphill climb to the finish line. I clocked 00:16:36 during my first trial. Some of them proceeded to do a second round but I opt to rest and do the third round instead.

Good and ready to go...

Runners off for the first round...

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The start of the first round, in video...

The third round being my second, I felt better and decided just to increase my pace by just a little but still at easy pace. I was pacing with Lai FS and Stanley, but Lai FS dropped back after 1KM or so. Therefore, it's all the way to the end with Stanley clocking a time of 00:16:12. I felt I can do better on the actual race day. Just hope my body will be fit after the Sundown Marathon which happens just a week before PAR4.

Off for the third round (my second)...

Finishing my second round with Stanley...

Basically the route is pretty nice to run. The only downside was the lack of trees which might make breathing a bit difficult for some and also the direct heat from the sun. The sunlight and heat might not or will not be a problem during the actual race day as the event is starting at 7.30am in the morning. The trial run ended after slightly more than an hour and we all now await for the actual race day. Thanks Ronnie for organising this trial run and also to the volunteers and runners who turned up today.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just curious.. the motorbike doesn't have an odometer?

Runnerz said...

anonymous: The roller wheel is more accurate compared to vehicle's odometer. And, I appreciate if you can at least put your name if you post a comment next time. Thank you.

Carboman said...

the park looks nice

Runnerz said...

carboman: It is nice indeed but don't let the appearance fool you. The running track is suffering. Hahaha...