Lots of races happening today. There’s Bayani Run at Marikina. Run 4 ur Life at UP. Off-Road Duathlon at Lucban, Quezon and Miracle Run at the Fort. Truth be told, I had mixed feelings joining the Miracle Run. The NGO that I used to work with is sponsoring Run 4 ur Life at UP. Thing is, I registered for Miracle Run the day before I heard about the run in UP 😦 As a compromise, I bought the ‘run 4 ur life’ singlet and wore the same for this morning’s race 🙂 Now on to the recap:
Got to the venue at around 5:15 am, because I still didn’t have the race packet with me. Registration was a breeze as there was no line and I was able to get the shirt and my number at once. Did some stretching and a few warm up runs. Got to see Jojo (Sunkist Trihard) and Pierre (schoolmate) as well as Jake (schoolmate) who I’m glad to see is on the comeback trail after his injury. Go Jake! Looking forward to seeing you in the triathlon races till the end of the year! Was planning to bike for an hour after the 10K run so this will constitute as my Brick workout for this week. Boom Gonzales was the emcee. There were the usual welcome speeches from the Editor of Mens Health as well as the Executive Director from Kapuso Foundation explaining the mechanics of how the sponsors will donate P200 for every 10K finisher and P400 for every team that finishes the race as well. It was close to starting time already and didn’t feel like there were a thousand runners at the start line 😦
Like it said in the flyer, race started promptly at 630am. Was hoping for an earlier start but if I were to do Whiterock in the future, might as well get used to running under the sun 🙂 As the run began, was trying to focus on my form. Trying to get rid of my ‘hunchback’ pose so I was really conscious of holding my chin up and squeezing an imaginary egg behind my back 🙂 At the same time, I was also advised to incorporate a bit of a ‘skip/jump’ in every stride to make my run easier/faster, so I was trying to do that as well. The route took us around Serendra towards Japanese school and then make a turnaround back to the main road towards S and R. Upon reaching S and R, runners would then take a left turn at Fifth Avenue (I think) and then another left towards the ‘start/finish’ line. One loop is 5K, so us individual 10k runners had to do 2 loops. I remember glancing at my watch after the first 5k and saw that I was running at about a 5 min/km pace. I remember Loonyrunner in his blog saying something about doing a negative split and I was wondering If I should make a go for it. I tried but I kept thinking that I still have to bike after so there goes my goal of a negative split. There were at least 4 water stations in the race and they were handing out gatorade bottles to the runners! It’s good that the sponsors are quite generous in giving gatorade but then the sad reality is runners would only take a sip and then throw the bottle away. I just thought it would have been better if they give cups of gatorade instead to prevent wastage. At any rate, I avoided stopping at the water stations so as not to break the rhythm I was maintaining. It’s all about rhythm 🙂 Another good thing about the race were the kilometer markers which I failed to notice during my first loop. At about the 7km mark, I remember glancing at my watch again which showed (34+minutes) and once again at the 9km mark (45:02+minutes) and realized that doing a sub-50 may be within reach. Tried to pick up my pace but I knew I was only maintaing what I’ve been doing thus far 🙂 Don’t know what happened but I knew I breached the 50 min. mark way before the finish line. I was surprised to see though that when I made my turn to the finish line it was still 49:40++ and counting. Even then, try as I might I got past the finish past 50 min. My unofficial time based on my watch was 51:19. I was happy though because I was aiming for a 50 to 52 finish. Sub-50 is just gravy 🙂 It will have to wait at a more opportune time, hehehe.
At the finish, they had this kilometers counter adding up 10km every time a runner crosses the finish line. Thought it provided a nice touch. When I finished there were already 500kms thereabouts on the board. I sure hope we reach the goal of 10,000kms for this run. Got a gatorade at the finish. Unfortunately, didn’t have time to linger as this is ‘brick’ day for me. BTW, during races I don’t bring the heart monitor anymore and just go by how I feel. Had I brought it, the HRM would have registered in the high 150s to 160s during the run. In RunMD’s blog, he presented a table of the HR percentages of an easy to hard workout. According to said table, my HR is still within aerobic stage. Damn that table 🙂 I was already panting and breathing hard, hahaha 🙂 Sure felt like I was already at V02 max 🙂
15:03 lapsed between finishing the race, freshening up a bit, getting into the car, driving home and setting up the bike. Biked for an hour and did around 29.4km. Was already bonking at around the 18km mark, so I just eased up on the gears in order to finish the required 1 hour bike ride. Here are stats of the brick day:
Time: 51:19 Distance 10K run
Time: 1:00 Distance 29.4k bike
Congratulations to all those who ran the Miracle Run with me this morning. Thank you very much to the organizers and all those who were involved in this Miracle Run. I hope Kapuso Foundation was able to reach the P200,000 goal. Here’s to more runs-for-a-cause in the future.