Another race with a timing Chip so I really don’t need to worry hurrying at the starting position. Friends and running buddies were a lot! Mike running his 1st 21K was supported by RJ and Neil; Margaher 2nd by Marky-Mark and Me, Dennis and Pojie to pace Carol on her first.
All of us ran smoothly on the road. The race started early like 5:15AM so I’m sure that we won’t need to worry again about the scorching heat of the sun at 7AM or 8AM. I was really amazed that I am part of the team who’s pacing Carol; honestly, I am afraid of the thought of pacing her because I never doubted her strength right from the very start. She’s just an awesome and strong and I am just anxious about the thought that I might end being the once who’s being paced.
Come, Km5, Km10… Everything still seems to be normal as if we are just doing an easy run. I told Dennis that I am tired and getting lazy at Km13. I even told them that I want to stop for a while but Pojie and Dennis remind me I shouldn’t and so I moved on…
Going inside the Heritage was fun too! Nice air breeze and all. Saw Ijose from behind taking walk breaks at each water stations. Last time I was with him was last Milo Finals in 21K last October. Rodalyn Tañada one of takbo.ph girls was also running her first 21K. Oh, she was definitely remarkable!
Km15. I can still push myself. At that point I can see now that the group is still strong so I decided to move forward. Km18, I decided to do a bit of a walk break, to just at least relax… Haha! What a lazy boy I am; however, upon seeing Zinnia (Z), I got back to my senses and decided to run again. Km20, Carina roaming around from different KM markers gave a cheer and that gave me enough strength to the finish line.
Awesome race, for I have improved my time for more than a minute or two. Gun Time at 2:20:13 and Net Time at 2:18:52. It was an improvement from my previous PR in Ecodash which is 2:21:40. Grabbed a Medal a finisher shirt and freebies afterwards.
Carol on the other hand finished her first Half-Mary at 2:22-ish. Which I believe, she could do better next time. At the finish-line, we waited for more buddies to come… the Master Trio Neil, RJ and Mike with Rosel, and Marky-Mark with Marga followed by DocArt and Cess.
Another race… Another achievement… Another to beat my Better Time at Timex…