Safe po ba dito?
Yes, ma’am! This is Airforce City.
So I can run tonight and I’d be okay?
*slight hesitation with a puzzled look* Jogging ma’am? Opo.
That’s good enough for me.
I was out and running before 5pm. I’ve lifted my running TRO after 2 days full rest. *rewind* My legs felt knotted and heavy last week. My pace has been suffering. I realised that I was just logging junk miles which will eventually lead to an injury.
The culprit … I think it’s the increased mileage plus the back to back weekend races. I was really hoping I could run it into submission. Talo! I finally listened to my body and declared a 2 day running holiday. It was also good timing since the past couple of days have been hectic.
I finally laced up this afternoon. I was so excited! Fresh legs on a new playground. Plus, I really love afternoon runs because on a clear day, the sky just shows dramatic colors.
I haven’t plotted out my route yet but I had a general plan. I was going to use the roads we have been traveling on from the airport to the hotel. I have observed that they were well lit and has a sidewalk.
I decided to warm-up at the Parade Grounds. After a 2km warm-up, I headed back to Holiday Inn and out towards McDonald’s. After passing the Duty Free shops I saw a sign pointing towards the Main Gate. This will lead me to SM and the sign says its 8kms away. Perfect! The road to the main gate had lots of cars and trucks but it was manageable. There was a shoulder and I felt safe running on it. I only had to share it with the occassional biker.
I did have a ninuninu moment * twilight zone theme* . Disclaimer: I’m one of those lucky ones who can’t see ghosts and other elementals. Eniweis, just after the Friendship Road intersection I looked at my shadow and it looked odd. My left shoulder was elevated. I checked my form and my shoulders were even. Then it hit me, I swear for a few seconds, it looked like something was perched on my left shoulder. I blinked several times and said “Tabi tabi po.” I figured my eyes were playing tricks on me … sana. I did run a bit faster after that.
When I reached SM, I crossed to the other side. I realised then that I made mistake. Big time! I only brought 100pesos with me, not enough to buy a Panizza! I could have bought one and ran with it like Dean K. hehe.
Running towards SM was easier than going back. A few cars heading towards the Main Gate were on the shoulder so I had to run on the footpath.
I finished my 21K just a few meters from the hotel door. Sakto!