The team met at McDonald’s Buendia corner EDSA @ 1am. We hoped to be on the road by 2am to still have more time for rest before the gunstart.
It was a festive morning. We’re just having fun like we always do.
A few minutes were spent waiting for a little light from the sun. It was too dark to start on a trail and almost everybody has got no light. 🙂
And off we go…to a welcoming trail of soft soil. No more than 2kms, a big group took a wrong straight. We’re supposed to turn left. I did. They dont. They go straight.
The atmosphere was just quiet and serious. Very little chat, except with the Chito and Mel tandem. Some runners just do not know how to respect others. The mouth is there for a purpose. Some of them would just cut at full speed – without a word. Part of the trail is just not meant for 2.
The first loop was a good run. It was a bit hot but that was expected. After a meal break and a rest for 20 minutes, I walked.
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Yes, I must retire the shoes now. While it gave me a good ride again, the sole was just so battered by the stony trail. I even got 2 small blisters on my left toe. It was too hot. The road to KM 9.5 was just too long on the 2nd loop. I gambled and carried only 1 small bottled water. I ditched the hydration bag – it suddenly felt so heavy. My gamble paid off. I was lighter. But then I suffered and got dehydrated. All the water stations seemed so far. Thanks to one of the marshalls on bike. I asked for a small amount of water and was given.
When I finally reached KM 15.5 water station, I started to run. I was able to refill and drink lots of water. I even used some iced-cold water to pour on my head and neck and chest.
Then I got so thirsty again. And KM 22 is just too far. Thanks to the man below. He saved me.
When I first saw Robert with JOjo, I got nothing but picture.
But on the second loop, I was really looking for a water. And Robert was just at the right place. He even gave me a hammer gel. And a salonpas for my sore calf muscle. What a relief.
I picked up the pace for the 7kms. I was confident to beat the time. I was almost gliding at the stony trail.
Near the last stretch to the finish line…
…and the few meters to bliss!
The heat made the whole experience very challenging. I got thirsty but not tired.
The atmosphere at the finish line was just jubilant. Everybody was just happy for everybody.
Yes. Even those who did not finish.
Photo credits to the following people:
Glory to GOD! Glory to Christ Jesus!