Reflections on the Grind

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N.C.C. 10K

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Did my 3rd race of 2011 this morning. Woke up around 3:10am. Fueled up with ham and peanut butter sandwich at 3:30am. Banana 10 minutes later. Drank a little water.

It rained before my wife and I left the house, but the rain stopped before the race started. I registered and paid 250 Baht for the bib number. Took couple sips of water, but didn’t eat anything else at the booths. To prevent anything funny with the stomach again, I avoided eating in the 2 hour window before the race. Sat around for a while before doing a short jog to warm up.

Good energy at the start line. Spotted some top Thai runners and some fast-looking Kenyans. The starting bell was delayed due to late arrivals of VIPs and a long opening ceremony. As today is Queen’s birthday, it was kind of a big event. So the delay was expected and it wasn’t too bad. We took off at a little after 6:10am.

Due to the rain, there were some puddles on the streets. This caused a bit of a mess. It’s still better than running under a hot sun though.

I kept a pretty steady pace throughout. A fast start (maybe too fast), followed by a slowdown. But I never faded away. I tried tagging along strong runners and made passes when I felt I could. Unlike last race, I didn’t get passed too often.

I finished in 38:18 (self-timed). The course seemed short. My time between 4km and 5km markers was 2:43 min, which is just impossible. Google Maps gave the total distance of around 9.4km.

NCC 9.42 km course

NCC 9.42 km course

I had fun today. It went better than my last race. Felt good seeing the clock as I approached the finish. I hit my goal (in spite of the short course).

summary: NCC-TTM minimarathon (เอ็น.ซี.ซี.-รยส. มินิมาราธอน ครั้งที่ 19)9.4km, 38:18 min. shoes: Adidas Adizero Boston.
winners: Ngare Joseph Mwangi (M) from Kenya, 28:24; Ann Mukuhi Njihia (F) from Kenya, 36:18.

It was a good event overall. Even though the jasmine handout line was long and the food wasn’t great, the distance markers and water stations were adequate. The policemen did a good job controlling traffic. Hope they get well compensated for their work.


stretching before NCC 10k race


one of top runners in 55-59 age group participating in fancy costume contest

one of top runners in 55-59 age group participating in fancy costume contest

Rama IX running club

Rama IX running club

at start line of NCC 10K

at start line of NCC 10K

runners took off

runners took off

post-race watermelons. yum.

post-race watermelons. yum.

happy mother's day 2011 from ncc 10k minimarathon

happy mother's day 2011 (with complimentary jasmine shrub)


Written by Rop

August 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Posted in running

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  1. where in bkk was this?

    shame the course wasn’t properly measured, but that’s still a great time, rop.

    congrats, you are certainly having a very good year. nice photos btw.


    August 12, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    • marty: this was at Queen Sirikitt Convention Center. We ran on Ratchada, Sukhumvit, Henri Dunant, and Rama IV roads.

      by the way how is London?


      August 12, 2011 at 9:43 pm

  2. london will survive. the area where i work has been badly affected but people are resiliant. it’s a wake-up call for all of us


    August 13, 2011 at 12:32 am

  3. Good race, Rop. Nothing better than watermelon at the end of a race!

    Bob Poulson

    August 14, 2011 at 10:47 am

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