July 21, 2012:
It was a rainy night coming from work. I need to go home and get my things and gear up for the race. I tried to steal a nap since I haven’t slept the night before. Lights out.
July 22, 2012:
Then the wife came…and the kids. I stood up and cooked some thing for us. After a short-turned-to-long-chat, we go to bed.
Past 2am and we’re just going to bed…I need to be up by 3am. I already have set the alarm.
Minutes pass by.
…and the alarm.
I quickly fixed myself.
Hurriedly snatched my ultrarunning hydration pack (filled with nothing but dress and small things).
Grabbed the umbrella, and out of the house. 3:20am.
The rain just won’t stop.
I walked to where the buses are…and found no dry road to step at. There…running shoes dipped in flood water. I picked the clearest I could find.
3:54am – the bus arrived. It’s headed to Gumaca.
4:13am – I am already at Alabang, Metropolis. That was fast!
4:48am – found the event site for BMAP’s The Great Bank Fun Run.
Standby for a while waiting for Titanium Runner.
After the coffee, we went back to the starting line.
Kikay runner lead the warm-up.
Count down started.
Gunstart @ 6:30am.
I started the usual. Slow.
I intend to jog and hold my pace until I am in the 2nd 5K. Success!
Slowly, I was able to speed up by the 6th to the 9th Km. I am already at top speed by the last Km to the finish line. Thank God!
It was not a super fast run but it was fast already for me. It was not a slow run but rather a controlled one.
Recorded via My Tracks, the route showed a 9.93K. I was able to stop my time after crossing the finish line in 1:00:48. See details below:
It was already a perfect race for me. For so many reasons.
- COOL weather. No heavy run, No scorching sun. Slight drizzle.
- CHALLENGING route. Noticeable character of the terrain = NICE. Rolling up and down. Some asphalt, some concrete.
- NICE loot! The commemorative coin is something I look forward to!
- WARM marshalls. They just don’t fail to shout out a GO!
- WELL marked race route. No reason to get lost anywhere. The signages are enough.
- WELL hydrated race. Water is available right where you ‘d need them.
So, after getting my water near the station at the finish line, I proceeded to find the finisher’s tent.
After changing shirt, and bidding adieu my friends, I went to the fastest ride I can get – the train.
..and I thought I could go home fast.
I was at the train station by 8:35am. The sign says that the next train will leave (the train left as I approach the station) by 9:05am. A good 30 minutes of waiting is easy for me.
I even sat and waited with the rest.
While wasting time counting the people that come and go, I noticed the dirt on my shoes too. Poor thing. But reliable! and tough!
A couple more minutes passed and nothing came.
There. A delay. The train arrived at 9:20am, and it’s not in a good condition somehow. We reached PACO station at 10:13am.
There goes my earlier thought of a fast ride. And the rain continued to pour hard as I walked home.
Still, thankful to God for the many blessings.
While the sky cries, my heart shouts for joy – having ran a good race, and gone home with a nice coin memento!
Mind you, the coin is a PURE NICKEL 10 peso coin that commemorates People Power Revolution of 1986.
Kudos to BMAP and Without Limits!