…and so it was done. I finished and crossed the finish line within the cut-off time of 30 hours.
29:34:22 – record says.
So going back, let me introduce you first to my crew.
We left home base in Paco, Manila @ about 8pm. via SCTEX, we went straight to Villa Imperial where the Team Boring group of runners and support are staying. It was quite a fast ride. We reached the destination @ about before 2am.
When we got there, Rod and Sid is already up. I tried to take a short nap before breakfast. Some rice and corned beef + instant coffee completed the meal.
After the fast meal, we all fixed up for the race. I changed gear too. It was a cool morning in Bataan.
We proceeded to the starting line. Lots of picture taking and short chats.
Since I didn’t eat that much since KM 00, but lived only with some shots of MOO Choco Drink, I ate half serving of an Arroz Caldo @ Past KM 102 where we stopped to rest.
@Angeles City, I think…Is where I’ve had my first taste of real food. A hot Jollibee Macaroni Soup. I ate it like iI haven’t eaten for a year.
After that, we kept moving. Reminiscing about where we stopped and at what time last year.
It was @ a gasoline station near Bamban Bridge where I declared to CJ that we are sure to make it on time this time. Simply because we were running and taking only minor short stops.
@past McDonalds Capaz, I think it’s Del Pilar St., we short-stopped for a while. I ate another serving of HOT Jollibee Macaroni Soup.
Thanks to my crew. Their concern is way above me.
After this, making sure that I am sure to enter the time within cut-off, I tried to keep a good pace of continuous short runs with minor walk breaks until I see the road markers – where I would calculate exactly how far we are.
Then I saw it. KM 109. That’s 118-109+6 = 15 KMs pa!
I remembered a lot of passing car as we ran. Lots of well-wishers and happy friends shouting like crazy. Then Chito Carreon, with the JazzRunner stopped to say: ” kaya pa, pare, kung hahatawin.”
Well, that made a lot of sense. Thanks, Chito!
So we continued. This time, no more stopping. Pacing keeps getting faster @ this point.
I was determined to make it fast. It didn’t occur to me that I could even go faster. Right at the gate of the National Shrine, I changed the pace. This time, a bit faster than my slow run. LOLz 😛
Well I prayed almost all the conscious time I have running.
I thank God for the gift of strength.
I asked God to allow me to continue and make it on time.
I asked God to take away my pains – for they are many.
So upon seeing where I am @ that point of the run, with 11K to go, I sped up. Minor very short walk breaks to drink only because the sun is up and it’s really hot.
Last 4K, i changed shirt. Took off my hat too, and bathed myself in cold water.
This shoe has only the blue foot brace and my feet inside. No socks at all!
Well, I have no coach to thank. 🙂 Only God!
I coach myself, and He is my consultant.
I prepared my own training, periodization and work-outs. Only a loving God, who is ALMIGHTY by the way can give such grace. Yes, I coach other people too.
So to God, our Father, the Almighty One, and to our Lord Jesus, together with the Holy Spirit I offer up this accomplishment.
Praise be to Father, Son and Holy Spirit!
(didn’t I mention that I went to confession last January 26, 2012?) 🙂