A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – Sir Winston Churchill
After the Milo Elimination in Manila, I’ve been craving to beat again the 2:30 barrier. It was like a bench mark that for me that a good 21K should be below that time. No one set it up but I set it up for myself to really test my skills.
Globe Run, 2:30:55. It was not a strong finish due to the cramps I got after the race.
Milo Eliminations San Pablo, 2:32ish. I saw the timer stopped right before my eyes after 2:31:30; after all the pushing that I have done just to get there on time.
Here comes Ecodash. Seriously, I am planning to just have another personal record (PR) in ROTARUN that will be held a week after; I have already sought Ferdie’s aid to back me up in this race. I have informed him that we will be pacing each other together so as to at least finish the race by 2:27 to 2:30. Then Ellen informed me that Bongz and Carina will go bandit in the race and will pace me if I want to. Without hesitation I said yes. I bet I really need that. I need motivation and someone to push me all throughout.
I’ve never really tried doing a straight run at races; I have a lot of walk breaks particularly when I am already feeling something odd in my body. Side stitches, and leg fatigue, I am fond of nursing them that leads in a finish that I really don’t want. During the race, we were really going steady. I’ve been bursting speed for a couple of times and Ellen and Bongz were there to jog my memory that I should not go fast and keep it steady. I keep on talking a lot of times and chattered about this movie “KIMMY DORA”. As a result, I experienced side-stitches due to improper breathing. I could have walked that time because it’s really freakin’ hurting me, but Ellen said that I shouldn’t give it up and just slow down. 5Km, 4Km, 3Km left and were checking the time closely to see if were really right on time. 2Km, I started to feel the fatigue feeling that I have already hit my wall. I keep on saying “Oh God, Oh God!” that made Bongz laugh. Last Kilometre and I can sense that we’re really roughly there. I checked my watch again and noticed that we will be beating the time that we wished for by five minutes. Sam joined us in that latter part and kept telling not far enough. I pushed up to the last 200 meters and finished strongly at 2:22:XX.
I was drained yet overjoyed at that moment. I really never thought that I can do it. It was such an accomplishment for me of course. Now I marvel if I can beat my time next week… Hopefully, I could.