186 started, 160 finished within the 18-hour cut-off. I will personally recognize here in my blog those who are not in the official result. They ran the full 102K route too. They shared the same heat, and dirt and dust. They have lots of stories to tell on why they come short of the time. To me, they are FINISHERS just like all the others. I believe they should be recognized too.
To those who are not listed here, please feel free to inform me.
…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!
I think this is where I shifted direction to avoid my son – who’s running fast directly to me!
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?) 🙂
Oh yeah. I love to run. I walk when I can’t. I do whenever I can.
Ok. I was not looking…Still, a nice shot!
I was on self-support. I consumed 3 sachets of extra joss, 1 ovaltine (which the wind blew on my face and shirt), 1 small pack of raisins, 1 pack of 3 choco chips, 1 small bottle of explode and 1 bottle of water – which I refilled from lots of kind friends along the road. In all probability they are also the ones I am giving thanks to in the above photos.
Self-support is really doable – only IF you are willing to accept that when you have no more water and you need some – you have to accept the offers along the road.
It means, DON’T be shy. Friends are already there offering the water. The softdrinks. The food. Almost anything! Even water spray and sponge and wet towel. It makes no sense ignoring the kind offer when you are in need of one.
God Bless them. By God’s loving grace and mercy, I made it.
1st 10K then was in 65 minutes.
2nd 10K was 84 minutes.
3rd 10K was 91 minutes.
4th 10K was 107 minutes.
Next 5K took me 51 minutes. I really took my time. Saving much energy for the last push. There was really no need to hurry, I think. I’m still ahead of the target time.
Next 4K took me 48 minutes. I was thirsty at this point – having lost my support. Carried nothing. Thanks to Team CB when I stumbled upon them.
Last 1K = 8 minutes and 42 seconds. Ran and stopped to talk to some friends then sprint to finish.
I still can taste the finish line, then. I stompped on it.
But that was before. It was a cold November 14 of 2010.
Now, the 2nd PAU T2N will be on September 17. It could be cold, it could be very hot. But we’ll see. We can only plan. God is the one who implements things. 🙂 I am only borrowing my strength. But I do intend to run better this time. With that, I mean, faster. 🙂
May God Almighty bless this run and guide my ways, as always. Amen.