Happy Hour

September 1, 2008

The Human Race Bandit

Filed under: Races,Running — levyang @ 3:31 am

It was my first time to run as a bandit in a race.  Just thought that I ditch the sportsband in solidarity with runners who do not own any Nike+ stuff.  Besides, I just looove the Mizuno route and I just couldn’t let this race pass Nike or no Nike.  Sundays are brick days for me and a change of scenery is always refreshing just like it was during the Miracle Run 2 weeks ago.  

Had trouble sleeping, so I finally got up at around quarter to 4am to bike.  Unlike the Miracle Run where I biked after the race, this time I got to bike before the run.  It was still dark outside so I set up my indoor trainer and biked for 45 minutes.  Finished at around 4:30 am.  And after fixing my stuff, it was off to McKinley Hill.  

Was dressed like a true bandit in an all-black ensemble, well, except for my shoes which was navy blue 🙂 All the more to take advantage of the darkness that surrounded the race site when I got there at around 5am, hehe.  It didn’t take long for the sun to rise though and I had to content myself lurking just in front of the McKinley Convention Center as I observed the various official racers prepping their Nike+ stuff and warming-up for the race.  Minutes before the start, Annie Agoncillo took the lead in helping the participants stretch and warm-up for the race that was about to start.  I read in Marga’s blog that Annie collapsed at some point during the race, but she’s OK now.  In hindsight, I thought it may be probably due, in part, to what I thought was a pretty high-energy warm-up routine.  I didn’t actually witness what she did (was in lurk mode, bandit remember?), but from what I was hearing, the warm-up consisted of an aerobic routine before the actual stretching exercises.  I remember getting tired just hearing how they went about their warm-up 🙂  

Race promptly started at 6am and it seemed to me like there was only a hundred or so runners at the start. Also saw fellow bandits lurking behind the ‘prison bars’ (railings) beside the starting line waiting for the signal to start.  Once the signal was given, I let a few seconds pass  before breaking out from ‘prison’ and joining the Human Race.  Well, the course was basically the very same Mizuno 15K route minus 5 kms., of course, except that we started right at the heart of the dreaded McKinley Hill.  So you could probably imagine how my heart rate shot up in the first few minutes of the race.  Tried to maintain my pace, using shorter but faster steps up the hill and thinking that for every uphill, there’s always a downhill 🙂  

Right before the turn to Bayani Road, I saw Dingdong (RunMD) run past me and I said, “Go Dingdong!”  I got no response from him and it appears that the Ipod was the culprit 🙂  Pressed the button of my watch to get my 5km split and saw that I did 24:49.  There goes another chance at a negative split because I know that the time was a bit too fast for me.  The run inside Heritage Park is always pleasant.  And I was touched that those manning the water stations even offered a bandit like me (seeing that I obviously had no race bib) refreshments and bananas 🙂  Of course, I could only offer them my thanks as I thought it wrong to partake of refreshments offered at a race where I was not an official participant.  Besides, taking drinks and eating bananas would only slow me down.  This bandit is going for a sub-50!!! hahaha 🙂  

Inside Heritage Park, I introduced myself to Javy Olives (triathlete) and paced with him for a few kms.  All this time, I was really laboring and thought it must be my lack of sleep and creeping heat  that is catching up with me.  At the 6 and 7 km mark, a glance at my watch revealed that I was already doing a little over 5 minutes/km. and I knew sub-50 would have to wait for another day/race 😦  But it’s all good, there were no dagger looks that were thrown this bandit throughout the race.  At least, that’s from what I can see as I refused to make eye-contact with the runners being the guilty bandit that I am 🙂 

Was able to manage a sprint towards the finish, only because it was downhill once I entered McKinley Hill again 🙂  Sprinted towards the chute reserved for bandits as the one for the official racers had a photographer waiting for them.  A bandit should never get his photograph taken 🙂  Eventually finished with an unofficial time of 52:45.  I saw Coach Rio at the finish, gave him a high-5 and muttered an out-of-breath congratulations for organizing a good race that was enjoyed by everyone, I think, Nike users and bandits alike 🙂  

I made my way through the booths and I finally met Prometheus Cometh and RunMD who was kind enough to offer me his bottle of Rush.  But I had to decline once again for the same reasons stated above. Would have wanted to stay on and chat with the fellow bloggers but I had to say my hi/hellos/goodbyes quickly since there was a school function for my son later on that morning.  Also saw Norman Pascual (Herbalife/Fort Striders) as I made my way to the car for my much-needed refreshments.  

I know there was a little bit of controversy surrounding this race.  But just the same, I joined it because bottom line, I just liked to go out and run, my personal feelings against NIKE be damned  🙂  Also, race organizers like Coach Rio needs all the support and encouragement from the community because it’s no joke to organize a race.  I’ve seen it upclose with my friends from SALIGAN who organized Run 4 Ur Life that was held at UP 2 weeks ago.  Us runners move from one race to the next week after week, but did you know SALIGAN is still accounting for the expenses for a race that was held 2 weeks ago?  Not to mention the weeks of preparation leading to the staging of the actual race itself.  So there.  

On that note, I would like to congratulate Coach Rio, PC and all those involved in yesterday’s race for staging a successful Human Race in Manila.  I guess I also speak for the bandits when I say thank you for making us feel welcome even though we didn’t have any NIKE sportkits, etc.  Some of us even placed in yesterday’s race with a cool number at that: 666 🙂  (Please check official results at runrio.com)  

As for NIKE, sorry, but I still won’t buy any of your stuff…..Only because I cannot afford it and would much rather win them as freebies 🙂  But if it’s OK with you, I’d still run the races you sponsor 🙂  Make that, I’d still run them even if it’s not OK with you….I’ll just be a bandit again 🙂  

Finally, here are stats of yesterday’s brick workout for those interested (although I don’t think it’s considered a brick anymore in light of the lag time between the bike and the run):  

Indoor Bike:  45 minutes        AHR: 123

Transition: 1 hour 25 minutes

Run: 52:45          AHR: 158 (first 5K); 166 (last 5K, so that’s how a tempo run should feel like)  




  1. So that’s why I didn’t see you—full bandit mode ka pala! Glad you were able to run, Virginia 🙂

    Comment by thebullrunner — September 1, 2008 @ 10:09 am | Reply

  2. Actually the other reason I didn’t run was because I didn’t have a sports kit and I did not want to buy something I did not need either. I’m glad though for those guys who bought will be bale to use them to improve their running. Til the next race and hopefully not as a bandit!

    Comment by prometheuscometh — September 1, 2008 @ 12:23 pm | Reply

  3. TBR,

    Yup and I tip my cap to you, Annie and sige na nga, NIKE na rin, for making it a true HUMAN race 🙂


    That’s the last time I’m gonna run as a bandit. Doesn’t seem right even though registration was free. I just hope if Manila is chosen as an official city next year that the race will be open to everyone 🙂

    Comment by levyang — September 2, 2008 @ 1:09 am | Reply

  4. Sorry Levy, I didn’t hear you. My mp3 player was on full volume, as always. Nice to have met you again a “few” years after college grad. The virgin bandit ka na pala ngayon.

    Comment by runmd — September 2, 2008 @ 1:30 am | Reply

  5. congrats on a great run… kahit di counted hehehe

    Comment by loonyrunner — September 2, 2008 @ 9:28 am | Reply

  6. Hey Levy, you showed more guts than I did! I knew the Niketown – SF group very well and thought it was best to do something else. Also, our store is a block and one half away. Their version was a disaster according to some runners that took part. I give Nike Philippines, Coach Rio and others the credit they deserve for putting it on.

    Please take care and I’ll see you soon.

    Comment by sfrunner — September 3, 2008 @ 1:30 am | Reply

  7. RunMD,
    Same here kapatid. From now on, call me ‘virginia’.

    Sayang nga wala ka, nakakamiss na kayo ni Baldrunner.

    Yup, Coach Rio and his staff did an awesome job. Just wanted to support him by running in the race. Hey, looking forward to your visit, you got a lot of fans here in the Philippines 🙂

    Comment by levyang — September 3, 2008 @ 2:43 am | Reply

  8. wow, people are now calling mr. levy ang VIRGINIA! 😀

    i take credit for baptizing thee!

    Comment by marga — September 3, 2008 @ 5:47 am | Reply

  9. It was nice meeting you and pacing you man. It’s a shame I didn’t have the legs to keep up with you last Sunday. Maybe next time 😉

    I wouldn’t consider myself a triathlete yet. I just do triathlons 🙂

    See you in AAV in October!

    Comment by Javy — September 3, 2008 @ 8:15 am | Reply

  10. Bandit! ive done this 2 times. the Race marshal look at you like should they pull you out of the race or shouldnt they. Its good you got away with it :-). overall the race was very good. will see you soon – patrick concepcion / runningshield

    Comment by runningshield — September 4, 2008 @ 2:01 am | Reply

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