It was a race to the starting line for me this morning. I was aiming to complete 32kms today so I decided to log in a few kms before the race to avoid the harsh sun. I was somewhere in Lawton Ave at 5:30am and was rushing back to BHS. I got there in time to hand Vicky her race bib.
I headed to the starting line with Vicky, Mesh, Gene and Dingdong. I really thought that I timed to end my run so that I will have very little break between run segments. Unfortunately, the race didn’t start on time. This turned out well for DocJoe who also raced to the starting line. Jay was a surprise at the starting line also. I thought the only thing running was his nose.
RACE: A run organized by runners … TheBest!
I usually stay in the middle of the pack at races but today I opted to stay at the back because I knew I wasn’t going to run at race pace and that I have another 10kms to go after the race.
I was just at Lawton so I knew that there were lots of water stations. Getting cold water at the stations was a welcome bonus. The route was familiar so I made up time by riding the downhills.
Running earlier started to take its toll after the 5km turnaround. Luckily, Vicky caught up with me and we ran together. I also kept my eye on a few runners to maintain my position. I kept an eye on the couple ahead of me and on the kid runner beside me. I figure as long as I keep pace with them I should be okay. T2 friends Kathy and Chuchay were out on their long run along Bayani and we saw them pass us by. Henry, another runner, started pacing with us along Bayani. He was running consistently so I shifted to robotrun and followed his pace.
Back at Lawton, the race volunteers at the water station were offering to pour water over us. When asked I said yes and somebody dumped a liter of cold cold water over me. Hahaha (wet look … that is why I was hiding behind my 1000km finisher shirt.)
At the finish line I saw BroJ. He ran 5K with his family and was probably taking finish line photos so I smiled and waved.
After getting my race goodies, I went to Bald Runner’s booth to get my 1000km Finisher’s Shirt. I saw his challenge in March and created a separate page to log my runs. I thought it would take me 10months to complete it. Crazy weekends and marathon training bumped it up to 8months. Thanks Sir Jovie for the extra reward. Now on to the next 1000kms…
Runners organized this race and it was great. I’m so glad I decided to join this one. Congratulations to The Fort Striders!
Run2: Race to Buffet Breakfast
How do you run 10 more after running 22? Target to buy a snack 5kms away. I also promised myself a buffet breakfast.
Knowing that Mesh, Dingdong and Gene will be running at a much faster pace, I decided to rest a little longer and pace with Vicky.
The last 10k was slow and peppered with side stitches. I was running for buffet breakfast so I just kept on putting one foot in front of the other.
Luckily, it was also very cool. I was back at BHS soon enough and we all headed to Paul Calvin’s Deli for breakfast. They have taho and an omelet bar in their buffet. Yum!
This morning’s run was fun and challenging. It was not a straight 32km run but I’m pleased with my pace.