Cool runnings

It’s confirmed. Weather makes a big difference in one’s athletic performance (or in my case, attempts at athletic performance). My not-so-scientific efforts at putting this to the test has gleaned good results – in my mind at least. The comparison is as follows:

Stan in humid sea-level Singapore runs 4.5km in about 28 minutes on a normal training day.
Stan in cool Bangalore at about 900m above sea-level on the Deccan Plateau runs 5.2km in about 29 minutes on a normal training day.

Go figure.

Pseudo-science aside, the running’s pretty good here. Mostly do it around 6pm in the evening just before it gets dark and have taken to exploring the surrounding countryside on my evening runs. Am trying to leave a little earlier in the evenings to beat the sunsets (which are quite spectacular most of the time) and to get in before it gets too dark. Not that one fears the dark but mainly because the roads are fairly uneven outside and one doesn’t want to trip and fall flat on one’s face while trying to get back. Most unglamorous.

Even tried to do intervals yesterday evening and managed to do it without puking or fainting. Varied the distance (1x1200m, 2x800m, 2x400m) and managed to negative split all the sets. Most happy about that and am attributing that completely to the nice weather. That and the fact that I’m now training at ‘altitude’ could be the start of a nice new faster running me. Or so one hopes.

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4 Responses to “Cool runnings”


  1. 1 MelChua 28 February 2008 at 5:50 05

    Quick quick..bring out the sunset shots =) better still, sunrise and the countless stars at night!!

  2. 2 jess 28 February 2008 at 7:46 07

    Remember the Chiangmai run? Could be the same reason why your timing (and mine) are unexpectedly better…

  3. 3 Xiu 2 March 2008 at 11:32 11

    yoz stan maybe you try wear bata shoes and run. See timing good or not.
    My good old bata shoes during my primary school day races never fail to make me win milo drink bets..haha.

  4. 4 gymstan 3 March 2008 at 7:13 07

    Hmmm, that’s an idea. Bata shoes. Back to basics ya?

    It’s definitely the weather here…hope it stays this way.


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