Friday, December 19, 2008

Adidas Sundown Marathon 2009 (Singapore)


Just typing down 42k for the labels of this entry brought fear and goosebumps to me. Why oh why am I doing this? Why am I not satisfied to finishing a 25km and just stick to 10km races? I still don't know the answer but I guess it's the challenge of completing a full marathon and seeing if you can do it and not (fingers crossed) getting disqualified for not finishing it. It is every runner's dream after all...
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So for my first ever 42km, I have chosen this event to do it. I want it to be outside Philippines so I can get the full effect of the sceneries of a foreign land as will be running for 5-7 hours so want everything that I see to be new. Hong Kong in February 2009 is too near and Singapore in December 2009 is too far so this one in May 2009 will be just right!

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Some good things of joining this race:
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1. The very long cut-off time of 11 hours! One way or another, I think this will be achievable. Since this will be my first marathon, finish time isn't important. Only that I finish it! Of course, will still put a goal which for me is at a very conservative 6 to 6.5 hours.
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2. It will be starting at midnight! No waking up early at 2AM! No blistering heat from the sun till about 7 hours later when it is already morning! But it will still be humid as this is Singapore after all and not sure yet how I can sleep during the day to be refreshed when the gun is fired.

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3. This race is on its 2nd year. I am always hesitant on doing a long race on its pioneer year of organizing one as there can still be some mistakes and things forgotten due to lack of experience. Still 2nd year is a short track record but I'm sure there will still be some improvements from the race last year (not that there was anything wrong from last year's race!).

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4. Goodies Bag! Included with the race kit is an Adidas Event singlet and all Finishers will receive an Adidas Sundown Marathon Finisher Visor and a Finisher's medal.

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5. On personal note, I won't be doing this alone. Well, so far I am alone in the full marathon (hu hu) but I have two friends who registered for the 10k race, which is open to female runners only (wonder why that race isn't open to male runners?). So it will still be a fun trip among running friends for this. Not sure though if I can shop after race given how tired I will be.

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I have registered for this so no turning back anymore. Now, I need to log in more miles with training starting January 2009!

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This will be my biggest challenge yet! As the ad says, DO THE IMPOSSIBLE! But can this Running FatBaoy do it???????? And for those of you who have done a full marathon and doesn't see the challenge anymore, well, they also have an ULTRA-MARATHON run with diance of 84km !
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For more details including registration (right now, it's early bird promo of SG$80 for Ultra, SG$60 for full and SG$40 for 10km until January 31), go to: http://www.sundownmarathon.com/





The Route Map for 42km. 84km is two loops here!





Singlet sample for Men's 42km raceSinglet sample for Women's 10km race

DO THE IMPOSSIBLE! And do it with me! hehe.. :)

8 comments:

ibetlacbay said...

i also share the same sentiments of not being content to running 10K or 25K. i guess once you have done a 21K or 25K, the next thing to eye for is a full. good luck to us doing a full in a foreign land! time to start training.

bards said...

the lure of going further and further is just irresistible. next thing you know ... running an ultra is not a crazy idea anymore :P have fun training for your first marathon.

Running Fatboy said...

Hi Wilbert, good luck on your USA Marathon! Running in a foreign land should be a diff kind of experience for us all!

hi Bards, hmmm....maybe but right now, running an ultra IS STILL A CRAZY IDEA for me! haha. Take care

Rico Villanueva said...

Dennis, para kang marketing personnel ng Adidas (haha). Hanep sa promotion :-) Buti ka pa nakahanap ka na ng full marathon target mo. Good luck, dude! Kaya mo, yan!

LIFE IS GREAT said...

Hi..i was thinking if i should go for my first 42km in Sundown Singapore.After reading your posting...maybe I will just do it!!

Jeanne said...

i. want. to. run. here.

*jealous, jealous, jealous*

Running Fatboy said...

hi Rico, thanks for words of encouragement. Hope I really can do it. haha

hi Life is Great, Go Go Go !!!!

hi Jeanne, there is always 2010 if you missed this one! hehe.

Jeanne said...

tagal pa!!! haha