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My experience running the Hong Kong Marathon

02 Sep, 2019 • by Admin

I did it! I completed The Standard Chartered Marathon Hong Kong 2019

Since 2016, the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon was recognised as the IAAF Gold Label Road Race. It proves the race has achieved the highest standard in IAAF, and it also attracts many elite runners around the world to compete in Hong Kong. With the positive feedbacks from runners, we have been working closely with government parties to run into the city hub by having more spectators cheer along the route. I believe that every runner would enjoy running in the most scenic roads in Hong Kong with the amazing atmosphere.

Expo

Zipped through the race pack collection despite reaching there close to 5PM, after feeding our hungry stomachs. Even though the race bib and event tee collection was at two separate locations, we were all done within 30 minutes.

Loved the atmosphere at the Race Expo, the event organiser had set up a mini-carnival with various sponsors booths for their merchandise. The official hydration sponsor also allowed the participants to try out the isotonic hydration offered during the event. It was great to try the hydration and ensure it suits my palate and the system.

Day Before

Spent the day stuffing myself crazy with yummy Hong Kong food with my friend who also flew to Hong Kong for the race. Did not want to kill my legs since I would need them to be strong and functional for race day. So I avoided too much walking around. Had a simple carb-filled meal with the other RD ladies and headed back to the hotel for a sleep.

Race Day

Woke up with a stomachache of sort, which was probably induced by the influx of the food from the day before (too much milk tea & polo baos!). Journey-ed 4 stops via the MTR to the start point and tummy created a havoc again when I just entered the race pen, and thus decided to head out to the porta loo (time check: 10 minutes to flag off) despite the long snaking queue.

Since I had decided to abandon my plan to chase after a personal best at this race, which was a tall order since my body had accustomed to the 7:49 min/km pace that my legs have been used to for the past one year, I decided to just take this as another LSD and enjoy the race.

Running a race without the pressure of slashing time off a personal best was actually quite liberating. The weather was thankfully not as humid as per the weather forecast.

Since this was not my first time doing the route, coupled with the mount faber loops from RD training, I was mentally & physically prepared for the long gradual slopes along the route.

Saw quite a number of visually impaired people racing the half marathon with their running guide in tow and they were actually going strong!

Finishing

After clearing the Connaught Road West Flyover, it was basically ground level all the way. Near the end was a change to the route with the runners running through Henessy Road which saw more spectators out to cheer the runners, which was really a nice feeling. As with most runners, we were spurred on and I eventually crossed the line at just before 2:31.

I was rewarded with a simple goodie bag containing a banana,fruit bar,snickers bar, isotonic drink, mineral water and a towel. Simple but it basically fulfills the needs of someone who has just finish a race. After collecting my bag and a quick change I proceeded to Tin Hau station to catch a train back to my hotel.

Recap

Overall this run is a well-organized run with not too tough a route and cooling(at times cold) weather which has helped me quite a fair bit. It is probably one of the reasons why the race continues to sell out year after year.

The race also seems to be something which Hong Kongers are proud of; from the numerous volunteers involved, to the people who are out to cheer on the runners to the Yellow Umbrella Movement who deem this race as an opportunity to highlight their cause, it really shows that this is an event which is close to their heart.

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