Sunday, June 13, 2010

NUS Hills Pleasure

With The Sundown and Operation NightHawk completed, a few of us found some time to revisit the hilly grounds of the Mt. Faber training area with SAFRA MF Runners. It was nice to see old friends and kakis at the SAFRA ClubHouse, and a number of FatBirds preparing for the Gold Coast Marathon also joined us for a scenic stretch.

We started along Depot Road, heading towards Pasir Panjang Road and then Buona Vista (99-winding turns) stretch. Priscilla, Johnny and Sunny was running along and chatting for a bit. I went most of the way with Sunny, showing him the route into NUS Hills. It has been some time since I ran this way, but I was still familiar, and able to show the way to the newer ones.

Because of the current World Cup season, my feet have had more rest than usual...I could feel the spring in them. Although the sun did rear its head, it was mostly bearable, with the occasional cloud cover. We chatted at various traffic junctions, and that made for the feeling of a shorter journey. We covered 21km in the end, 3-4km short of the planned route....but we were sufficiently satisfied with the workout on rolling hills.

We are already laying down plans to build strength and speed by training in that relatively hilly Western Hills region, with the approval of the FatBirds who found the run challenging and useful. We had a good round of chats with the SAFRA MF Runners, followed by a 2-hour brunch and kopi session with the FatBirds....a luxury we could enjoy while we are in the midst of the lull period, and taking our time to smell the roses, before the next Operations begin. I thoroughly enjoyed the run, company and of the more enjoyable pursuits of distance running and training with groups of friends and like-minded associates.

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