You can when you believe…
All of us were so excited in the 33rd Milo Marathon, not to mention that this will be my first time to be a part of it. Yes, I signed for 21Km but I’m not really sure on how I am going to finish it. I just told myself that this will just be just one of my long slow distance (LSD) runs becuase I’m not sure if I can beat my previous PR of 2:37:XX in the last Condura Run. Come SUnday and I’m sure thatI will just be few of the bottom 100.
Things had change when Coach Mar (Pojie) asked me about my plans on my half mary, of course without hesitation, I told him that I’m not going to take it seriously because I think that I’m not going to make it on time. The 2hours and 30 minutes cut off is still way out of my league. Mar told me that I can do it and all I need to do is break the 21Km into segments and make some goal settings. I had a realization then and told myself “Hey, Why not try it!”
Bang! The race started. I Bongz had mentioned that they will be just on a 7min/Km pace but I told them that I will not be able to maintain that because I might go tired sooner and I might start to walk. I am still afraid still to try the negative split that they were all talking about thinking that it might not really work for me. I started to do it my own way. I galloped on my first 5Km and end up at 31min, 1:05 at 10Km mark. 1:42 at 15Km, and finally 2:28 at finish line. I could say that I still struggle in the race. Had some cramps at my last Km and still thought that I’m not going to make it, yet I believed in myself and I’m so proud about it for I have improved by almost 10min on my previous 21Km.
I did it because I believed that I can, but still, this would not be possible without my running friends. The takbo.ph aid station (the people in red) did really take part in my success. Their chant, their cheer really gave us an extra power. Extra energy as what I could say. The energy drinks, and the damp towel help a lot but it’s actually their support are the one that made us finish it.
Registration fee in this event – 150 Php
Milo 300 grams pack – 65 Php
1.5L of energy drink I bought prior to the race – 78Php
Finshing a 21Km race and sharing your success with your friends – Priceless!