I think it all started with the t-shirt I gave him last Christmas. A bit of background first, I am really bad at guessing clothes sizes and so last Christmas the shirts I gave my brothers made them quite sumanesque. To cover up, I told them that I gave them goal shirts. It should fit them within the year…we all knew of course that it was just an excuse. My little excuse turned out to be a challenge to my Kuya Dick. After Christmas, he asked me for a copy of my couch to 5K program.
A couple of months ago, his wife called me and said he finally fit his goal shirt. He went down from 73kgs to 65.7kgs.
My Kuya followed the program and slowly and patiently build up to running for 30minutes straight. He said that he experienced a few knee pains and would slow down whenever it hits. He also changed his diet and started lifting weights.
He can run for 30mins. Aha time to level up!
Adidas KOTR was initially scheduled last September 7, my Kuya’s birthday. Perfect! A month before the race, I told him that my birthday gift to him would be a registration to his first race. I also promised to pace him. I eventually managed to convince him to join the race. The race was resched but it worked out fine because he missed a few runs in August and he wasn’t confident to race last September.
The day before the race, a thought occurred to me and I hastily texted my brother. What’s your target pace? He said 8min/km. Relief! I promised to pace him and I realized since we haven’t been out a run before, he could be uber fast and I wouldn’t be able to catch up with him. Kakahiya!
We arrived at BHS and pinned our race bibs and headed for the starting line. The starting line was buzzing with excitement and nervous energy. After checking in, we stood in the middle of the 5K pack.
The host was trying to get the runners hyped up but was having a hard time getting a response from the 10K runners. If I was up there also and thinking about running the Buendia flyover I would probably be silent too.
He had an easier job with the 5K runners. We were cheering as we wait for the gun and … we’re off!
Kuya’s plan was to run a steady pace and I said I would just run beside him. I also suggested that we target and run after runners in front of us. I think he took my suggestion to heart because after 500m we were running at 5:29. I thought about telling him our but he looked like he was enjoying it and so we ran after people. I think it’s a guy thing … you don’t like it when people overtake you. We finished Km2 in 5:18. At Km3 he started slowing down so I started my non-sense and useless chatter to distract him. When we were about to approach the gradual incline, I warned him to prepare for the uphill. We cleared Km3 in 6:11. Heading towards Market!Market! I noticed that he was losing his form so I started reminding him to lift his feet and keep his chest high and proud. I can feel that he was getting tired but he kept pushing and finished Km4 in 6:25. When we reached Serendra, I sprinted to the finish line so I could take his picture. Plus he deserved some peace and quite to experience the joy of finishing his first race.
He finished in 28something. Way under his 35-40 minutes target. I’m so proud of you Kuya. I’m also worried that a few months from now I won’t be able to catch up with you. Hehe
Next project: Kuya Mon
Here are some of the happy 5K people waiting for the race to start.
Oh btw, this is also my first official 5K race. It’s a great way to do speed workout but I still like the challenge of running the longer distances.