October is one month to look forward to. And for so many reasons.
#1 The Quezon City International Marathon. (long awaited)
#2 The Subic International Marathon (anticipated)
#3 Nike Human Race (considered)
#4 Adidas King of the Road
With a couple of friends and pushers behind me, we shall hit the history with a back to back full marathon on October. Yeah….BACK-to-BACK.
To make it more exciting, if the group is also decided, we could insert the 10K Nike Human Race on the same day of the SIM.
Hmmm…I heard somebody asked if anybody wants to go back to Manila the night after SIM for KOTR. Hmmm…
Exciting as it is, it will take a lot of hard running and LSDs to get this feat done.
Off to writing…back to training.
As most of my closest friends knew, I like running in the rain. It’s my favorite time for running…a condition that’s so cool for my body.
This is exactly what happened at the Earth Run. I was able to beat old time records. This is now my personal best time. Thanks to the drizzle, and the wet road.
The race started 30 minutes late from the supposed time. All runners of different categories were made to start all-together.
As expected, unless you’re position at the front, you are forced to start slow. The road is crowded. 16km-runners spammed with 3km and 5km group.
Navigational running experience sets in. You must find your way among this crowd.
After the first lace-marker turn-around, the road seemed to just open and give-way. I was having fun recovering from the uphill of McKinley. After the 5km marker, 16km-runners basically own the road.
I tuned my pace with at least a hard effort. I marked the 6km-pacer as my personal target.
Going to Pasong Tamo Ext., I was able to set a good pace with the pacer. Am glad with my pace. We’re basically like running buddies running together. All the way down to Bayani Road, we’re just arms away from each other. Not until the trun-around at C5. The pacer kept up with his pace. I have to slow down to recover. At this point, we’re about to run-up again to Lawton Ave.
With the best effort I could muster, I gave all, and consistently kept a fast-but-careful stride to the finish.
Like I would always do, a strong finish is my usual aim. And I was able to accomplish the same.
Am glad to have set a new personal best record. I hope to continually beat the same over some hard training.
Above, you’d see the elevation detail of the run…and the distance too. What we thought was 21 KMS turned out to be just 18.36 KMS. Nice.
The agony of running uphills (see again the figure above) is so much. Running down is much easy.
For once, like what happened last Sunday, i will agree about the ‘thin air’ thing. I was about past 2km from the start when I started feeling it. I was trying to ignore it but then after some more time of continuous running, I felt ‘hard breathing’ to ‘lacking out of breath’. I have to stop, re-clip the belt of my hydration bag and start deep-breathing in and out.
After a couple of passing time, and trying to walk the minute, the guys started catching up and passing by me.
Right on time for my recovery, the big bulk of the group joined me. And so I catch-up run with them.
The gravity pull going down was so easy. It was the feat after the turn-around that tested everything we’ve got.
It was bliss when I reached the top. Though forced to walk and in some kind of pain, I was able to recover again and started running straight to the finish line.
The sight of the Red Bold Letter hanging in the air gave me enough push to finish the race strong. Am so happy with the group’s accomplishment. I am so glad with mine.
Result of the RUN4THEIRLIVES 10K last Sunday is now out.
Glad to note that
i made the 10K @ 0:56:49.8 - a new Personal Record indeed!
Some of the other pictures from the rest of the boys who joined too: