I have never done a trail run before, for various reasons (excuses). I missed the Green Corridor Run earlier this year in favor for a vacation to Indonesia. I live in the “city area” – trails are too much of a hassle to get to. I don’t have a pair of trail running shoes. Trail running seems dangerous… you know, falling and stuff. LOL hence was naturally skeptical when friends wanted to join an fb-organized group ($10 discount for g-registration) to sign up for the Salomon X-Trail Run 2014. Decided to go ahead nonetheless, for the xp.
Was half-intending to use my regular New Balance runners despite it being a little meh on wet surfaces (i.e. when the floors in shopping malls get mopped), then this pretty pair from TNF caught my eye when I popped by The Running Lab one afternoon.
There. Trail shoes, obtained! Phew ~ took it out for a run on the pavement @ East Coast Park one evening, and decided that it was comfortable enough to “risk it” for the 10k w/o much breaking in.
Day of run, Saturday 22 November 2014, I gathered some of my running mates at Punggol MRT Station (gah, so far!), we took a short walk to the race site where we met up with the rest of the party.
As usual, the group split up after the start line, as everyone has differing paces.
Barely 200m into the run, I arrived at Choke Point #1 – a tiny slope down & up again. tbh, I have no freaking idea why is that an issue to so many people. Volunteers had to even stand there to pull peeps up the slope. When I mean tiny, I mean TINY – like 3 steps up? Gosh… not to sound like a elitist jerk, but that made me wonder whether most participants have even gone hiking before /rolleyes.
After that was a little bit of grass, the pavement, then Choke Point #2. A road. Where we had to wait for the cars to pass before running along it. WTF? Didn’t the organizers arrange for a lane closure or something? Despite me not being there to win it, such stoppages are pace-breaking and seriously detrimental against my run timing. That is something I care about. I wasn’t looking at my phone, but I daresay it was another 3-4min lost there, on top of the 7-8min at Choke Point #1.
The rest of the run was uneventful, along the boardwalk, some pavements, a little bit of grass… it was till the last kilometer that we actually hit a real “trail”. Unfortunately, by then, it was no longer a run – everyone was walking in there. Yes, WALKING. It wasn’t even a particularly difficult trail… le sigh.
Just look at my splits…
tbh, I enjoyed most of the run. It felt good running on grass instead – felt that I could have gone faster, and it was a new area to me, so it was a nice change of scenery. But I hated the choke points and the “big walk” when we hit the actual trail…
Not too sure if I’d wanna attend any more trail run events, but I daresay this wouldn’t be the last time I hit the trails – would arrange to do some casual runs at MacRitchie area sometime in the future. I mean… I already have the shoes so why the heck not rite? (^_^)V