21km and running

Sorry for the radio silence (I think probably 80% of blog posts start this way), but sometimes work + life + laziness gets in the way of documenting what happens. If you really need to know what’s going on – although that would be really desperate of you – I’m updating Instagram (@terencelau) pretty regularly.

But enough of that, I’m posting today to document the Shanghai International Marathon which took place on a cold, wet, windy day yesterday in Shanghai. In a moment of madness, I signed up for the half only 4 weeks ago despite the last half marathon I ran having been 2 years ago.

Here’s the start:

Shanghai marathon


Me and my Nike China colleague Joanne
Shanghai Marathon

Shanghai marathon

Shanghai marathon

Shanghai Marathon

Me and my co-worker Joanne

Shanghai marathon

Then the race started. It was pretty cold before the race, but as the sun came out – um well it didn’t but it got lighter and the rain stopped, it became perfect running weather. Cool and damp. I cruised through the streets of Shanghai right on my target pace. The kilometers fell really easily, I had never really felt better running long distance. Usually running for me is a chore – how many more km until I’m done? But yesterday was different as the miles fell under my feet.

I had started the day with three goals – don’t be last, don’t hurt myself and 2:30. And actually as I closed in on the back end of the half marathon I started to think thoughts about hitting 2:20 and with a little extra push I could’ve hit it.

So I rounded the corner at 18km at about 2:04 and so I think if I picked up the pace, I could’ve been around 2:20, but I couldn’t get going any faster on 18km and then right at the 19km sign I just sort of stopped going. . . and really started to slow. It was also the first time that day during the run that I had gotten cold – previously everything had been a very comfortable running temperature. So I just decided to plod my way into the finish and just make sure I didn’t injure myself.

Then as I came around to the last two km, the Bill Conti instrumental for the Rocky training montage came on . . . and that is super inpisrational music so I used that to power my way to the finish in 2:27.

Not a great time, but I was under trained and I’m really shooting for 2:15 in Hong Kong in 3 months.

Here’s my Nike+ map

Shanghai Marathon

Immediately after finishing. What you can’t see is that my quads and calves are about to cramp up.

Shanghai marathon

And me with my Nike China colleagues – Nelson, Jovan, Andrew, me and Joanne

Shanghai Marathon

Me and Joy

Shanghai Marathon

Next up . . . .Hong Kong Half Marathon in Late February!

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7 Responses to 21km and running

  1. terence says:

    Oh, I didn’t actually say how it took me. 2:27:43

  2. WoAi says:

    From the photos it looks more like a mass protest than a marathon. Next time try Eye Of The Tiger, you might beat the 2:27 time. When you got past the finish line did you shout “Adriaaaaaaaaan”?

  3. Christa says:


  4. Terence says:

    @WoAi – Eye of the Tiger came on sometime early – I think near Jing’An Temple. I had to be careful not to pick up my pace then because I didn’t want to expend too much energy.

    When I got to the finish line, I saw two co-workers and I said “Hi .. . can you get me a banana and a drink?”

  5. terence says:

    @Christa – Thanks! Unless you mean, “congrats on not dying, fatty!”

  6. uzbekcelia says:

    You rock! When I grow up I want to be just like you!

  7. Terence says:

    @Uzbekcelia – didn’t you just swim across HK harbour?

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