That’s Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City in Nueva Ecija to Dingalan, Aurora Province.
A GLIMPSE of the map would give anybody who’se not there an idea where we ran.
Well, that’s what I thought our route will be. . .and it’s not.
We ran inside FORT Magsaysay, and out to the Highway in LAUR, Nueva Ecija. BY this time, I can feel the heat of the sun already.
Before we started the race, the Team (BORING) made a roll call of runners. We were all asked about our pace so that the crew will know where and what vehicle we shall be using as support.
I initially gave an 8 minutes per kilometer to 8 minutes and 30 seconds. BY the time we were packing the bags and preparing the supplies – it dawned on me that I have to conserve more. I have MILO Marathon in 2 weeks time.
So I shifted. To 9 minutes per kilometer. Which is the safer pace I think. It’s a fast jog – and an injury-free pace, I think.
And this was the route: (Garmin details of RodRunner)
I wish I could recall all the stops with the support crew. But here’s what I have:
First 2K >> 00:13:00.5 > averaging 6:32/k
Kilometer 9.5 >> 1 hour 15 minutes 54 seconds > averaging 7:59/k
Kilometer 13.5 >> 1 hour 47 minutes 07 seconds > averaging 7:56/k
Kilometer 16 >> 2 hours 13 minutes 59 seconds > averaging 8:22/k
Kilometer 20 >> 2 hours 44 minutes 28 seconds > averaging 8:13/k
Kilometer 23.5 >> 3 hours 20 minutes 17 seconds > averaging 8:31/k where I started to feel the heat of the sun.
Kilometer 27 >> 3 hours 53 minutes 33 seconds > averaging 8:39/k
Kilometer 32 >> 4 hours 41 minutes 40 seconds > Where I ate adobong chicken and rice. > averaging 8:48/k
Kilometer 36.5 >> 5 hours 48 minutes 14 seconds > lots of walking here. > averaging 9:32/k
Kilometer 45 >> 7 hours 17 seconds 42 seconds > averaging 9:43/k
Last 15.5K >> 3:09:21 > the rolling hills (mountain) was majestic in sight. I power-walked going-up and then glide going-down. ignoring the pains – praying instead to the good Lord our God to take away my pains and for Him to lend me His strength for a strong finish.
The last 15.5K average a 12 minute and 12 seconds per kilometer. It really is too slow going up…compensated in part whenever there’s a part that’s going down.
The race was generally nice. The route is excellent, I think. It’s not just challenging, it’s really the best view so far! The air and the wind is just so clean.
The medal is so nice.
…AND EVERYBODY IS JUST ALL SMILES after. 🙂
Thanks be to GOD. All glory and honor to Him who loves us all!
Special thanks to the support crew for being God’s hand in our time of need. 🙂
(in order of place in the picture above from left to right)
May Angela Pelayo
God Bless these people.