It turned out to be one of the most fun and yet effective workouts @ Kingfisher's weekend session at Mt. Faber hilly region. When we started off for our strength training combi of rolling slopes and hill repeats, the weather was cool and refreshing.
As the groups entered Labrador Park after a 4km Marathon Pace (MP) run, the gloomy skies were accompanied by gusts of wind in the midst of a determined flock wanting to consume the morning's main menu of Labrador hill repeats.
As Group 1 hit the up slopes, the rain drops came crashing down on our faces and backs - ah just nice to cool the bodies as we were able to work harder to overcome the hills. As there were a few flashes of lightning, Groups 2 and 3 took temporary shelter in the nearby bus stop and covered toilets.
Sensing that the rain would not subside so quickly, all the Groups soon got down to completing their workouts when the rain abated somewhat and there were no more threatening lightning. The weather was just perfect for some hard running as many of us increased the pace and found pleasure in sustaining the effort, even when climbing the slopes.
Most of us had no problems completing our prescribed no of repeats, with Group 1A even doing an extra 1.4km loop for good measure.
The journey back to the Club House was just as pleasurable as some of us tested faster paces with good results. For those who were experiencing running in rain for the first time, it was an enjoyable workout which they did not think they could accomplish if it was just themselves running alone.
With time to spare once in the Club House, the trainers were happy to conduct Tabata sets of circuit training to help with conditioning the upper body and core strength of the Kingfishers, something which they seldom get to do on their own, yet very important for carrying good running posture and form, which will lead to enhanced performance and sustained endurance in longer runs.
Judging from the moans and groans, the short yet intense 10min workout did do its part to extract the remaining energies of the Kingfishers and flush out whatever energy left, in the process bringing their endorphin levels to immense highs.
The Kingfishers enjoyed the second week of training thoroughly and are building a reasonable base which will see them in the coming phase of training which will test new limits and solidify their operation readiness for race day.
The Kingfishers Loved The Thrills Of The Hills!
Kingfisher Photos from FatBird MK