It was a festive Sunday morning. Walking to the race venue, I chanced upon the gunstart of the 22-km runners.
While walking and sipping my hot coffee to the starting line, I noticed how lively the road was when decorated.
I then started looking for the Media Tent where I will be getting the race kit. I am running for takbo.ph as a media blogger. It didnt even take long for me to get the race kit. I was simply asked to sign. 😉
I strolled around the race venue before proceeding then to the warm-up area. Yes, there is such a thing now. Lots of runners walking, jogging, running to warm up. Others are doing their stretchings.
This event is well-attended. I thought so.
There was this less-than 3-minute of warm-up by Fitness First before the actual count-down.
It can’t be helped. Gatorade has always been where running is. Road or Trail, Solo Run or Race, and just about at every running event – event charity runs.
Top that with the nice singlet. Orange, yet cool to the eyes.
Off we go now over a loud-banging cheer. We walked. Yes, with a crowd this big, we have no choice but to walk. It was about 2 minutes before I started to jog. I wanted to run but it’s a drag start. Im a bit tired and sleepy but an 11-K run is manageable.
Surprisingly, I stopped to drink and walk at the very first Km. hahahaha. There goes my target finish time of at least 70 minutes or 1:10:00. I pushed a little but I gave in to just maintaining my jog rather than push it hard early. Right past 4th Km, I stopped and walked to drink again. Now I am thinking here. I need to push…and failed! Very funny! The more I wanted to speed up, the slower I go. Knowing me, I just wont give up. I kept pushing a little. Little by little until I have a decent 5-K time split. By the time I reached the 8th Km, I am already jogging fast. I loved the feeling and held-on to it until another unexpected thing happened. Right near the 9th Km marker, left foot cramp and side stitch is killing me. The pain was manageable but I wanted to just walk at this point. I intended to run fast at the last 2 kms – so I pushed. I started looking around and see familiar faces I was with at the starting line. I guess i’d push myself to beating them to the finish. It worked! It always worked for me. I managed to run my fastest pace in this last kilometer to the finish.
Thanks to Jinoe and Que for trusting a bib to me for this event. It’s an honor to run for takbo.ph
I may not have ran as fast as I wanted but I still finished close to target.
Kudos to the race organizers:
- Perfectly measured route
- Overflowing Gatorade and Water
- Well-marshalled event
- Smooth flow of race in the intersections
- Special shout-out to the cheerers near the last 400 meters
- Very nice finisher’s shirt
Looking forward now to the next Gatorade Run at a longer distance. Looking forward too for events of such high caliber. 🙂