Before Hitting the Wall (Unilab Run United 2)

Thirthy-two kilometres.  That’s before we hit the wall…

Another Runrio event

I was not confident that I’ll be finishing the race in a good time.  I was having anxiety because of the injury that I had last time in CamSur.  I doubt myself because my plantar falciitis sometimes visits me every now and then.  It became my decision to run as in a comfortable pace as much as I can.   Quezon City International Marathon is too close that hurting  myself again would not be a good idea.

Running at my comfortable pace due to the fear that injury might hit me again (photo by Edison Maningat)

More than 1300 runners arrived in the event. Elite, Seasoned runners and Neophytes were there.  Excited about the race.  The started like a blast.  I was at the midpack right from start and tried my best not push my self too much and at the same time not too relaxed.   I even walked if I have to.  My garmin say its 1:05 at the first 10K.  1:36 at the 15th,  2:13 at the 21th.  I was still at my best even at the 25th Kilometemer at 2:39.  Eventually, I got tired at 30K but Istill managed to run-walk at 6:30 pace and finally get through the finish line at 3:25:01 (3:24:01 chip time), 334th runner.

Cramps before the finish line hit me due to peer pressure! blah! (photo by Jr. Garing)

Before finishing the race, I had this little anecdote, Upon seeing the finishline, probably 100 meters to reach it, A couple of takbo.ph friends were there bullying me cheering for me.  I was walking at that time but I’m hearing them and teasing me that I shouldn’t walk.  I was bitten by the peer pressure and ran and cramps suddenly hit me!  It was funny that I didn’t had it all through out the route until the finish line! blahah!

Looking at my performance.  If in any case I was able to sustain it or if my pace fell at 7 min/km, I still believe I can hit my a new PR for QCIM.  Thank God that my plantar facia didn’t hurt much.  Oh well, it tickled me a bit.

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Been There, Done That! (Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2010)

This is one of the best races I’ve joined this year.   Unique and Challenging! (Altough not more challenging enough for me, lol!)

So how did I fair in this event? 

Leo, Alfred and the gang, find it easy. Photo from Jay Samson

Tire Dumps – Balance is important; not too mention that there are lots of people hurrying at the first few yards of the race.  I had a little difficulty getting for my spot. Dang, I lost my precious time here (as if!)

You think I'm fast enough? Photo from Julie Redulfo

 Balance Beam – No sweat.  This one is easy, yet again, I have to wait for my turn…  Did you see my picture?It looks like I’m fast, (lol!) or  the camera was just shaky at that time? 😛

Peopole trying to get out of the maze...

Scaffolding Maze – I like this one but unfortunately, I was a bit frustrated for staying in the line for minutes; I love the obstacle but working for your turn is somewhat unacceptable on my standards, anyway, at least I was able to rest.  

All the best to pass! (photo by Jess Agoo)

Hurdles – The 3rd Km got more challenging when the next obstacle came in.  The hurdles was fun making me say MORE! MORE! Too bad there weren’t to many as I expected. The last one gave me a little pressure though because it’s higher than any other obstacle making me exert more.

Trying to catch up after the scaffolding maze and hurdles (photo by: DocT)

Crawl – Time to get dirty! This is my least favorite among the obstacle for I was already sore after 9Km. Crawling would definitely not a good idea! haha!

Jess doing his best!

The Wall – After hitting your wall, the end of the race is the wall that you need to cross.  I put my best effort on it after waiting for minutes for my turn.

Hah! easy and wants more!

Am I satisfied? My Answer is yes, but because I love to hurt myself, I’d say More!

Takbo.ph peeps cheering near the finish-line (photo by Mark Alano)

Congratulations to all the finishers and to all my friends who marshalled, ran and supported this event!

Some takbo.ph peeps who martialed and joined the event (photo by Kat Orbista)

Thank you for the pictures as well!!!

On Inspiring People

 Inspire to be inspired…

 

At last I bought one!



 

 I’ve been touched more than once by the book, Chicken Soup for the Soul; tales of people in a different situation and how they see it positively.  I own four of these books. Two of these I forced a friend to give me, one I bought (Chicken Soup for the American Idol Soul) because I am a frustrated performer and American Idol fanatic,  and 1 that I ask a friend to buy me, which is now the latest in my collection.  The Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners.  One hundred and one inspirational stories of Energy, Endurance,  and Endorphins.

Now I can’t wait to read the whole book  and re-read all over again…