Getting to the starting line last Sunday was difficult for me. I just had a couple of problematic runs – I had to shorten my Wednesday run because my legs refused to move and then they finally went on strike during my Friday tempo run and cramped up.
Saturday was spent resting, carbo loading and running the race in my head. I know this route by heart; I have had love/hate relationship with it ever since Coach Ige opened it up for races during the first Mizuno race. I imagined very uphill and downhill hoping against hope that this will be sufficient preparation. After a few last minute computations, I had goal race pace – 6:10min/km.
I started the race with my T2 friends but we got separated as we eventually settled into our respective paces. Even with T2, I’m a midpack runner. At races, we normally have Harry, Dingdong, Chay, Smokey and Mesh leading the pack. I will be behind them but very very far away with Vicky, Kathy, Beni, Vince and Kristine following me closely. My ka-pace runtintin is somewhere in Cebu. *miss you! see you in a few weeks*
After hitting the 2km mark, BroJ saw me and asked my target pace. The moment I told him my pace range, I knew that I had to commit to it. Pride! After a few more minutes, we were joined by Allan. We ran Takbo Bayani together until I lost steam along JP Rizal. I was expecting another ka-pace, Henry, to turn up along the route but I later found out that he downgraded to 3K due to an injury.
Running with them last Sunday made the race easier for me. We alternated in pushing and maintaining the pace. I find that following the rhythm of another runner makes racing easier. Very little chika time last Sunday, pride dictated that I stick to the goal pace. Chika was out of the question.
BroJ, Allan and I ran together until MKH. I would only veer off a bit during the uphills. I have developed a fancy for charging the hills … my mantra, let’s not prolong this! At MKH, practice paid off for me but I ended up running alone after the turnaround. Alone…I was feeling lost and wondering if I still have enough energy the charge up back to Lawton. Luckily, I saw sirRoding of Fort Striders. He was doing his long run. I pleaded with him to run the remaining kms with me. He gamely fell in pace with me. We ran up MKH together. Suffering is really best shared with friends.
I crossed the finish line with a time of 1:31:27. Yey!
To my PaceMates, thanks! Sa Feb22 ulit!
To TeamSuper, congratulations and salamat! It was truly a Happy Run!