Sunday, August 19, 2007

SAFRA TP Location Run

It has been some time the SAFRA Runners gathered for a location run, and I was looking forward to enjoying a nice paced run and catching up with running kakis. I developed a cold and runny nose on Saturday, and I took quite a fair bit of cold medication, causing my sleep pattern to go haywire. I woke up at 3.30am with a blocked nose and couldn't get back to sleep...well, did a little work while waiting.

Went down to SAFRA Toa Payoh at 6.40am. A small group of runners had gathered, and the Nike trialing van was there. I was looking to trial the Nike Air Zoom Elite or Katana Cage 2, but they weren't available. Understand from Duane of Nike that there is a Air Zoom Skylon for neutral runners...hmm, hope to try that soon. It was good to see Shirlyn and the Tampines gang...hyperactive was a surprise guest. David Shum gave a brief of the route and away we went towards Lornie Road. We turned into Sime Road, and I was pleasantly surprised to see the lush surrounding neighbourhood in the midst of the city area. Caught up with hyper and learnt that she has been nursing a serious toe injury....advised her to take a good long rest, and join the SCSM Pacers group....hehe.

We reached NIE track, and after a quick break, ran towards Botanic Gardens. Could see the re-furbished Prata Cafe....brought back some memories of previous runs in the area, and having prata and teh-tarik at the cafe :). Chatted a little with Vincent about his busy travel schedule, and his determination to keep running in spite...*salute*. Brokie was just up ahead and was trialing the Nike Vomero. Turned into Tanglin Road, then Cluny Road, and all the way back to NIE. My nose have cleared halfway through the run, and I was perspiring well.... felt quite warm...hopefuly able to purge off the toxins from my body.

Without wasting much time, we ran back from NIE back through Sime Road and exited out to Lornie Road. By that time, the sun was out in force, but the slight breeze provided some comfort. We ran up the slope at SLF Building, took a toilet break, before running all the back to SAFRA Toa Payoh. Estimated I took 2hr to finish the 20km....was rewarded with very nice Shirlyn 'Sng Pao'. Spoke with the Nike folks about the Runaholics for this year, and about tying up with the SCSM Pacers. After a wash up, a few of us went for delicious and famous Nam Hoe Prawn Noodles near to Jason's market, along Macpherson Road...yummy!

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