Yes the blister struck again. For the second time in my short marathon career, I had to resort to walking because of a painful blister that grew on my left foot…decided not to take a photo to show it as it is disturbing. Currently it is a nice 3cm length and 1.5cm wide jello-feeling blister. Ouch.
The weather was threatening to spoil the party but the grey clouds sort of held its water and kept the whole evening cool and pretty enjoyable to run. By the time we got to the starting point, the first batch had flagged off and we were only able to join in the race at a quarter to five. (see Qik video)
It was literally a sea of red when we join in for the start of the race. (see Qik video of the flag off) If you stare long enough at the crowd in front of you, it becomes a pain as the RED sort of fuse your eyes. (see Qik video of all the RED people)
For most part of the race, the route was pretty well planned. The only problem occurred at the junction of One Raffles Quay and NTUC building. The route was only a lane wide for each direction, and there was a jam and some of us decided to run across the ORQ courtyard instead of waiting in the jam. (see Qik video of the jam)
We ran/walked through the Esplanade Bridge where we saw the Fa Lun Gong’ers having their meditation/protest, through Boat Quay and Clarke Quay where people watch us while sipping their beers and eating crabs and then end back up alongside Padang. We had a “media-whoring” session when we run the final stretch hand-in-hand…sweet right? 😀
At the Padang, they put up a concert featuring local and foreign artists and the hosts also threw some iPod nanos into the audience, which were mostly young teens. As the girlF had me in the race as Media, we decided to rest our tired feet in the VIP tents watching those teens sweat it out in the crowd, cheering on some local and foreign acts. (see Qik video of post-run concert)
We ended our evening after having a good shower at FF Cathay before sitting down for a sumptuous dinner at Astons. Wagyu beef ribeye stick…yummy!
Here’s a visual track of my run using the Nike+ iPod gear. I did the run in 1 hour 47 mins and 19 seconds (un-official timing)…not as good as the StanChart run two years back. But at least I know how much I need to work before the end-year StanChart run.
Timing via Nike+ iPod sensor:
Now, I need to let my feet heals…ankles hurts, in-steps hurts, plus blisters on both feet.
That’s why I’m a geek and she is the word smith – go read her account of our run.