It has been 6 months since I joined a 10K race. The Southern Run in Alabang was indeed a great opportunity for me to improve my Personal Record which is 1:08:XX. After that, I joined races more than 10K.
IE8, 8mi, Men’s Health All Terrain Race, 15Km Mizuno Infinity Run, 15Km. There was even a month where I joined almost all the 21Km races; three Milo Marathons (Elimination in Manila, San Pablo and the Finals). I joined Globe Run for Home, Ecodash, RotaRun and even joined a Full Marathon in Subic and The Philippine International Marathon.
Now, since it’s been a long time, I decided to go back to 10K once again in order to see myself at a shorter distance. I am in fact eyeing for a Sub-60 (10K in less than 60 min). Without vacillation, I signed up for Fit n Right Fun Run. Mall of Asia Grounds would be a perfect place for a new PR (Personal Record) because it’s a flat surface. Yes, the route could be boring since it’s a double loop but I find it a good thing because at least I could at the same time have a PR for my 5K.
Arriving at the location, I was astonished at the number of folks who joined; despite of what happened in race kit redemption, the event was still jam-packed, but what really flabbergasted me was the fact that the Kenyans were still here. It’s been weeks now since the last international marathons. Sigh, I hope I can still have a chance against them… I hope our elite runners could still stand a chance against them…
The 1st Loop
Bang! Did I hear it right??? The race has just started without even counting and telling us? While there were still instructors performing their exercise? Oh, well, maybe I should go now with the flow. I ran as fast as I could. Yes! Positive split. No water breaks (Okay I drank at the 2nd and 3rd station), No walk breaks… Ran the best as I could but my right leg started to restrict me from running at the 4th Km. I decided to ignore it and just slow down for a bit until it went away. At this pace, Anthony Pangilinan and Jamie the Bull Runner outran me eventually. I tried to catch up with the latter but it seems that I still have no match against her. At the 5Km mark my 5Km timed at 26:XX minutes in their clock; a new PR for me.
What happened at the 2nd loop?
I know I still have the energy and decided to move on. Ulk! Oh no! There were no more cups in the water station; I just decided to go ahead and don’t bother. 6thKm… No more water… 7th… Not a chance. 8th I was dehydrated… 9th Km… nope… Last Km, I gave all my best and realized that I just finished the race in 53:40. Its unofficial though, but I glad slashing 15minutes from my previous PR.
Despite of the mishaps of the event , I still consider this race an eventful one for me. Even though I did not see my name in the Finisher’s list, I know that I have done my best and fulfilled my dreams.
Next Race… Probably a sub50!