When I woke up my first thought was, “It’s raining! Maybe Golden is right and the organizers offered Pringles instead of eggs at Sta. Clara.”
5:15am. It was drizzling at BHS. Mesh and I saw Dindo (our college blockmate). He joined us and had a brief chat about … what else, running. We were all hoping that the drizzling would stop. We all arrived early because we wanted to warm-up before the race. It’s such a short race and if we wanted to hit our target pace safely we need a good warm-up.
5:45am. It stopped. When we got to the check-in area, Dindo and I thought about doing a quick warm-up but decided against it because the race might start on time. I decided to just jog in place.
6:00am. Even with the bad weather, the race was still well attended. We checked in and a few seconds later we heard a bullhorn. The crowd started moving. We were in the middle of the pack so it took us a few seconds to cross the starting line. Mesh and I went in oppossite directions and ended up losing each other. in the pack. After 100m, we were running side by side again.
I planned to do a 6min/km pace. When I checked the Polar at Km1, I was surprised to see that I was hitting 5:15min/km. I wasn’t breathless and my stride was pretty even. I decided to stick to the 5:15-5:30min/km pace. At the first downhill of Lawton Avenue, I tried to relax to open up my stride (a little bit of chi running coming into play) and was able to hit 4:45min/km. Wow! When the course climbed again, I dropped back to 5:15.
At Km3, I experienced my first PPoint. I slowed down to 5:45, focused on my form and took a few deep breaths. Thank goodness it worked. Dindo passed me and then he maintained his 40m lead up to the finish line. I tried to catch up … hehehe competitive … but my legs can only go so fast.
Km4 was the hardest for me. I had another Ppoint . I was so tempted to relax my pace or walk just a bit. To keep me going, I decided to focus on my form. I was thinking … keep the chi flowing, lean forward and relax. I kept repeating this to myself. I was so happy to see the finish line.
I also realized that I had a good tempo run. I was maintaining my pace but I didn’t have enough juice for a sprint to the finish. I crossed the finish line satisfied.
At the finish line, we received water and a sports drink. Those who ran with a Pringles can, got their free Pringles. I brought a can with me but decided it would be too awkward to run with a can.
Mesh came in a few seconds after me. Sorry, still no picture of you crossing the finish line. We should just get Juanie to wake up early or not sleep at all so we can have nice finish line photos.
We tried to wait for the awarding but it started to rain again. Didnt get to see PR and TLR…masyado siguro mabilis. 😛
When were were leaving BHS, we saw the runners of the Market!Market! 5Mile Run. It was a longer race and sadly quite a few of them got drenched because it started to pour down really hard again at 7am.
Overall, I liked this race. It was short and I liked the rolling terrain. They had water where they said they will put a water station and they have water and a sports drink at the finish line.
My Polar registered 5.14km. My unofficial time is 27:13min.