On Saturday I arrived at the playground car park at the Lake Gardens just before 6.30am. Jason (pm23) was supposed to meet me there but there was no sign of him. 10 minutes later when he had still not arrived I send him an SMS and got a reply that he was not feeling well and would not be coming.
My plan was to cover 11 laps or 25.3k that day. I knew it was not going to be an easy run as I’ve started to realise that running laps can be quite challenging to the runner’s mind. In the first two laps my muscles were very tight and I felt rather uncomfortable. I only started to loosen up towards the end of the second lap.
Richard (pm36) was sitting on a playground bench when I was finishing the second lap. He was waiting for Ronnie (pm1) to turn up. As I was running at a very easy pace of 15 minutes per lap, I completed lap 4 in exactly one hour. Ronnie, Ah Loong and Kenny had just arrived, so I stopped to have a water break while saying hi to them.
With 7 laps more to go, Ah Loong joined me and it made the next four laps much easier. We continued at the same easy pace of appx 15 minutes per lap. I had to stop for water at the end of lap 8 and my pacer decided to continue on. The last 3 laps was tough as the sun was really hot by then. Ronnie, Richard and Kenny passed me only on lap 10 which showed that they were also running at a really easy pace.
I finally completed the 11 laps with a total time of 2h 45m. After a quick shower and a change of clothing, I hung out with the rest for a little while. It was after 10 when we finally left.