I had a pretty good week of training the week of the race. I was able to do my maintenance runs and had "fun" sessions at CFMNL Makati doing the WODs. However, the Friday WOD was extra challenging (let's just say I did 100+ squat like movement with weights which I don't usually use) which left me sore in the legs. I had difficult to walk after that and DOMS hit me harder on Saturday. Also, I made a crazy decision to say yes to a mini obstacle run in the Philippine Marine Barracks. The activity, despite adding stress to my already sore body, assured that I could run even if I had difficulty walking, especially when going up or down the stairs.
After 4 hours of shut eye, I made my way to Bonifacio Global City. I wanted to meet Cath, who was doing her first 21k race, so we could start together but we were wearing the event singlet and there were hundreds of runners on the starting line that why I started the race on my own. Luckily, I found her with Rodel a few meters from the starting line. She told us to go ahead as she wasn't planning on a fast finish time. I was feeling my sore legs on that starting pace and the hundreds of runners in my way was starting to annoy me so I ran faster and left them to run in my own pace.
I decided to do 4-1 run walk galloway for the first half and do magic mile on the second half but I quickly changed my mind on the 7th mile and decided to do galloway until the 11th mile and run at a steady pace until the finish line.
The first half was spent mostly on the way and back to Buendia while passing by my least favorite road leading to Kalayaan (yung pa-uphill). During that time, I maintained a 12min/mile pace while doing Galloway. I took a few more walk breaks to have a banana and drink Pocari Sweat. I also took a bathroom break in a gas station in Buendia which added minutes to my time.
cropped running photo by Jazz Run
On the way to the event venue, I found Noel and I hanged out with him until Ryan, Rodel, Dom, CJ, Roby and Cath finished the race.
After taking photos at the finish line, we made our way to the nearby restaurants on the 32nd street and decided to dine in Kuse. We found Noel and Ryan in Recovery Food, the restaurant right across. Kuse served the food fast. It was great since my tummy was telling me to eat something fast. With CJ signing autographs at the venue, we had to wait for him but his hunger pushed him to go to Bannapple in Market Market so he had to dine on his own (habang nag-eemo). We met him on our way home, though.
The official race results were shortly released. Unfortunately, I can't find mine yet.
This race was a fun event. Seeing friends on the road organizing the event was extra special. The race route is crazy challenging but this is great change as opposed to the easier routes of the past weeks race (Ayun lang okay yung once in a while wag naman yun laging challenging route). The hydration was lacking as slower runners had ran out of Pocari Sweat. But the bananas were abundant as it lasted even to the last runners. Also, the baggage for 21k was a chaos. They just put one bag on top of the other without any organization so when most of the 21k runners finished the line was long while the baggage personnel where looking through the pile of bags one by one.
Finish Line Photos
One part of the race I wanted to pin point was that the marker bands should be removed. It looks ugly and there are not even checked when you finish the race. Maybe it would matter to the faster runners but to recreational runners it is useless. Organizers can save money when they just allot this bands to the faster runners and leave the slower runners without those ugly things.
Another great thing in this event is you get to see running friends you have met over your running career. I was able to see friends from Ayala Triads, HOB, Fabulous Running Divas, Team Titans and many more. The support of known running photographers were also felt especially towards the end of the route. Overall, it was an event to remember.
Fun Post Race shot with CJ, Ryan, Noel, Miriam and Rodel
Congrats to all finishers!
'Till next year (hopefully)!
Garmin Log: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/342067291
Photo Credits: Cath, Jazz Run, Ivan of the Fabulous Running Divas, Tara Trip Tayo, Photo Ops and JP