Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Scenic Run @ Bedok Reservoir Park

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Photo Credit FatBirds CK CHIN, AC LEONG, JOHNNY

As I was about to leave for Bedok Reservoir Park for a meet-up with Minister George Yeo and FatBird Runners for an evening run, the skies looked cloudy and threatened to rain. I decided then it will be good to put the newly acquired NB MT101 Trail Shoes through its 'baptism of fire' at the sandy trails of the 4.3km Bedok Reservoir.

There was quite a large group of runners already at The Park when I arrived. After waiting out for the passing showers in my car for 10min, all was clear and the sun greeted us soon enough. Spotted some of Minister's friends who were there earlier and chatted with them about how far we might want to go. A number of FatBird friends also joined in the party, and with all the catching up, we didn't have to wait long before he arrived.

Minister Yeo was happy to see The FatBird Runners, and even had his FatBird Running jersey on for good measure. We had a few good photos at 'The Berlin Wall' and 'By The Reservoir' before getting down to business. The first 4.3km loop was covered with ease at about 6min/km pace, interspersed with some light converation about our running friends and kakis, as well as the upcoming running events. It was great to have the running photographers from Team FatBird take photos and videos along the way, making it interesting each time we were asked to wave or cheer.

Before we could finish the first lap, we were already asked to go for a second...seemed like the pace went well, with sufficient reserves for another 3-4km or so. We were admiring the scenery as well as ackowledging other runners and park users who were out in full force for some evening exercise. The shuffling of feet on the sand and gravel made quite a din, although it gave us a good beat to run to as a group.

At 7ounces, the MT101 felt so light that at times I did not feel them at all. The upper and heel counter were soft to my liking. Although I did not particualrly like the dark green colour, they look natural in trail, sand and muddy conditions. There were some puddles of water along the wet sandy surface, which posed no problems at all for the MT101.

Minister Yeo, who is so familiar with the route and distance of what is his regular training area exclaimed...'1.8km To Go!'. With that, we perked up with a new wave of energy, ran tall, knowing that the finish is not too far away. Minister's friends and the FatBird Runners were all doing well and were able to keep up with the rather fast pace of just above 6min/km. With 500m to go, we pumped up the pace a tad, and went for a strong finish, to rousing cheers and applause. Handshakes went out for a good run, followed by a 'Victory Pose' with the beautiful sunset by the Reservoir Park as backdrop.

It was an enjoyable workout for all, followed by dinner at a nearby food centre where we were treated to some good local fare...of course with great conversations about sports massage, tai-chi, running form, and possibilities of progression on to half marathons and then full marathons. We look forward to do such runs again, possibly after the busy April-May period. We would like to thank Minister Yeo and friends for inviting us, and for Team FatBird Runners who came down to join in the fun. As for the MT101, I will look forward to challenging it to more local trail terrain, and even on road and tarmac where I have heard that they performed pretty decent as well. Till the next FatBird Weekender...

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