Two things runners dread most are injury and illness. I emerged from a week of national service last Saturday and, two days later, had to deal with the latter after developing a fever whose onset I realised only after a morning run, which I went on in an attempt to kickstart my running again after the previous week’s missed training. While the fever subsided by Tuesday and allowed me to carry on with my (albeit sub-standard) training runs the rest of the week, there was the small matter of nursing a lingering cough, which I did with lozenges up till race-day. However, one thing I have learnt from my years of competition is that the ability to perform on race-day should not be discounted if one has put in consistent work during the many weeks before and even if preparation in the days leading up to the race-day has not been ideal.
For the first time since its inception, the Jurong Lake Run started in the evening and, at 6.30pm (the scheduled flag-off time for the 10km race), the heat was still stifling if less intense than the earlier part of the day. Competition was going to be hot too with a deep field of runners gathered at the start line off Science Centre Road. Continue reading