Originally posted at http://www.thememoryjogger.com.au/up-up-and-away/ on 2 Dec 2014 (which by the way is me also – just in case you hadn’t worked it out 😉 )
What a stupidly busy day – into work early for some meetings and organise a few things before heading home to finish packing and get organised for the flight to Dubai. Obviously, no training.
The biggest dilemma… What kit to pack for the Singapore Marathon and what else I will need for my training runs? I elected for my Melbourne Marathon Finisher’s shirt – but it was a toss up between that and my Two Bays Trail Run 10th Anniversary running tee.
On my feet, I always wear my Hoka One One’s – Stinson Tarmacs (which are now called Stinson Lite). To minimise blisters, Injinji socks – love my Injinji’s. Shorts were Adidas running shorts with a zip pocket (for the hotel card) and UnderArmour compression shorts (best way to look after the legs and reduce chafing).
I normally run with a SpiderBelt that has tags for my race bib and pocket for GoPro camera and any nutrition (minimum is Endurolytes, Dextro Tabs and maybe a gel or two for emergencies!) Also packed in the bag were couple of extra shirts for good luck, another pair of shorts and plenty of socks.
After quite a bit of shuffling around I managed to squeeze all my running gear, work clothes and some casual gear. I was probably going to push the limits for carry-on luggage – but figured I should be ok.
My one tip for choosing running gear for an event – always go for gear that you have worn before and know won’t rub or ride up. If you haven’t worn it before, don’t risk it in a race!
More work from home for an hour or two before it was time to leave. Given it was a late night flight we decided to grab a bite to eat between home and the airport.
Dinner at Masani in Carlton was very nice. Good food and good service – although a little slow due to a company Christmas function keeping the staff under the pump.
After dinner, Diane drove me to the airport to drop me off so I could wait for boarding. It was a long wait and the lounge was closed so I napped, window shopped, read my book and attempted to get some work done – in all honesty, I failed at each activity. Past midnight after a long day was not good for maintaining focus and airport chairs aren’t good for sleeping – so I just gave up.
As you would expect when arriving at the airport really early to catch a flight – it was delayed. A long night ahead with a 15 odd hour flight ahead. No running for a while it seems.