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