I wasn’t planning to join this race. I had a 26km long run programmed for this weekend. However, when I was browsing at Takbo.ph, I saw that the registration was so near my office. Very hard to resist.
So I registered and revised my plan … run 6km before the race, join the 10K and complete another 10K loop after crossing the finish line. This is definitely better than running alone and watching everybody else racing.
I wasn’t able to do the 6km because I arrived a bit late at BHS. I knew that this meant that it would be very hot when I do my 16km. Oh well … at my current pace there is really no escaping the heat … might as well.
Vicky and I decided to slow jog up and down BHS to warm-up. Vener saw us and said hi. Having time to do a warm-up was something new to us, we usually just have enough time to fix our gadgets before the race starts, so this was a pleasant change.
The start was a bit chaotic. It took Vicky and I a while to find a race official so we could check in. We finally sorted it out and squeezed into the middle of the pack.
This was a going to be part of my long run but the adrenalin rush got to me. At Lawton, I caught up with Linda and her friend George, they are regular runners at BHS. I decided to pace with them. It is more fun to just pace with another runner rather than pushing myself to stay at a constant pace.
The route was relatively flat so the elite runners very quickly ate up the distance. It’s really amazing to watch them outrun each other. Very intense!
The 1st turn around was not ready for the rush of runners and we had a hard time getting our blue straws. I saw a lot of familiar faces at the turn around and I cheered for them.
Heading towards 32nd was fun because the marching band was there playing for the runners. We also managed to overtake Zorro here hehe. A few Storm Troopers joined the 3K race. They were probably dying in that costume. (Happy to report that I saw the Storm Troopers on my way to the finish line, still alive and walking.)
The hardest part of the route was 32nd St. because you are running with the sun in your eyes and no shade at all.
BroJ saw me near Serendra and we had a bit of a chat before I started running after George who seem to have increased our pace. He said he was still recovering and taking it easy but he was going way below 6:oo so after hanging on for a few meters I said bye-bye and ran the last loop alone.
My unofficial time is 1:04. Garmin registered the distance at 10.02K, wow galing ng distance!
After crossing the finish line, I downed my freebie Pocari Sweat and walked a bit. When Vicky finished her 10K, we headed out again to continue our long run. She only had to complete 4 more while I still had 16 to go. It was getting hotter so we decided to stick to the route with a bit of shade.
We ran at a much slower pace and eventually separated at MKH. I stopped at Bayani Road to refill my fuel belt and found a stall that sells bananas for 5pesos. Yey!
Racing and continuing with my long run turned out to be a good strategy. I still walked a few segments of the 16K but I felt I finished strong. Only downside was that it was so hot and most of my sunblock was gone so I was really toasted before when I finished my run.
7 more weeks to go before SG, oh no! I will need more than CY Gabriel Wonder (na sabi ni Kuya Germs ay Ang Sabon ng mga Artista hehe) and Likas Papaya Soap to recover. 😛