The Performance Series Race 4

The fourth race from the five races planned for The Performance Series runs 2016. The 4th race was held on Sunday 9th October at Bedok Reservoir and I am happy to complete my 10km distance race with a slight improvement from my Race 3 at Gardens By The Bay. Wet weather hit the 10km Wave 1 runners and it was cancelled, while 10km Wave 2 and Wave 3 were delayed and both waves of runners were flagged off together, causing a bit of congestion on the running route.

The 10km route of The Performance Series Race 4 was familiar to me, having run a 10km distance before in another run some years back at the Mizuno Wave Run. Bedok Reservoir is a nice place to go for a run although planning a 10km route is a little bit tricky for running route planners since a full loop of the Bedok Reservoir doesn’t really add up to 5km. Initially, when I saw the running route, there was the segment whereby the runners ran and did a U-turn. Although it wasn’t that clear on the map, once the runners hit the ground running, it wasn’t too bad after all. There was a uphill climb segment from the 8km to 9km distance range, it was a real challenge for me, I managed to run up to the small hill top, had a bird’s eye view of Bedok Reservoir. After catching my breath, enjoying the view, I continued my run down the hill towards the finishing line. Kudos to the organisers of The Performance Series for creating the running route for the location at Bedok Reservoir given the size, distance and terrain constraints.

My timing was 1hr21min based on my Runkeeper app, there was a slight improvement from my Race 3 timing while my best timing was from Race 2. I was happy to complete my goal of finishing my 10km distance. Reflecting again on my The Performance Series 4 run, the weather this morning was pretty cooling due to the wet weather that affected Wave 1 earlier. I was able to run consistently for most of the 10km without being affected by the heat and humidity.

I would always use runs to let go of my stress and frustration (on top of keeping fit and healthy), I should be doing more and I want to do more. Running is like my current journey towards what I am going to setup, there are ups and downs, at times, good and bad. Some key similarities are to keep training, improving, disciplined and not giving up during the journey/run.

4 out of 5 completed, now for the last run of the The Performance Series.

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