PRE-RACE. I laid out my running kit before I slept last night. When I was getting ready, I made a last minute decision to go to BHS wearing sandals. I will be racing in my Newtons and it’s not comfortable to walk in them so off I went to BHS in my fire engine red sandals. When I arrived at our meeting place I prepared myself for the race and pulled out my shoes. Searched my bag for socks. Searched it again. Where are they?
Everybody was already on their way so I couldn’t ask them to bring extra socks for me. Good thing I had some BodyGlide. I just covered my ankles and toes with BodyGlide and convinced myself that if Brian Sell can run a marathon without socks, this morning’s 10K will not be a problem.
RACE. We started at the back so I had to weave through runners until I reached the bunch who were running at my pace. I have yet to run a negative split race but I know that as long as I run at a consistent pace I can finish the race strong. My goal was to finish subhour but had no particular finish time in mind.
Running sockless didn’t pose any problem. I was more concerned about maintaining form and pace specially on the uphills. I was worried about the big uphill after the C5 turnaround, I have practiced on that hill but race pace is an entirely different thing. Digging deep and taking it a step at a time I managed to run all the way to the top. At km8, I started getting a side stitch. I was ready for it this time and the tricks I’ve learned helped to banish them.
When I passed the Phil Army, I knew that as long as I maintain my pace, I can cross the finish line with a subhour time.I was giddy happy and almost hopping to the end zone. Can you now imagine my heartbreak when I saw the queue at the finish line?
I saw a lot of friends and familiar faces. Cheering for friends has become a habit and it also gives me a great adrenaline boost. Oh, I finally saw Nora, Live in Action! I didn’t get to see her at the finish line though. (May HappyRun pa naman.)
The race was poorly organised but this was a great run for me. I felt strong and confident during the race.
POST RACE: Checked my feet after the race, not a single blister in sight. Yahoo! A PR for me and the most of T2. Corned beef for breakfast with friends. Overall, i t was not such a bad way to start the day and a year of runs.
I think I shaved about a minute from my previous 10K PR. It was not a very dramatic PR but it was great run for me. I was running the whole time and at a consistent pace.
Last Friday’s 7.5K race pace run at the TmBR speed training really helped prepare me for the race. After Friday’s workout (kahit na 1 million times ako na lap ng lahat classmates *sigh*), I was confident that I can sustain my goal pace.
At the speed training, I realise now that they don’t just train your body to run faster. You are also given ample time to fix your mental game. With each workout, you learn to be confident with what your body can do, its limits and how far and hard you can push. Empowering!