Caught off guard.
Yes, that was what I felt when I received an e-mail from a fellow blogger, Vimz a.k.a. Kulit Runner, reminding me where and when to claim the race kit for the Run United 2. I totally forgot about this particular race since I was looking forward to the upcoming Run United provincial leg instead.
One good thing though, at least, I had some mileage but I knew it was not enough prior to this race. Modesty aside, this particular distance was just a regular run for me when I was seriously training for the Bataan Death March Ultramarathon race. But two nights before race day, I had some misgivings whether I could run fast or beat my previous 21k time the way I used to.
Having no idea what time it would start and what the route would be, I arrived at the venue with only a few minutes to spare to deposit my stuff at the baggage area and for warm up exercises. I couldn’t even consider it as a warm up since the race was about to start.
As I got near the starting line … the surprise of my life … the crowd … in all my years racing in Metro Manila (2005-present), I’ve never seen anything like this … there were just too many 21k runners at the starting line and I was at the far end. That even after gun start, I couldn’t even run right away, I just walked up to the START arch. It was also difficult to even weave through the crowd. Amazing!
My strategy then was just to enjoy it and considered it as a long run or a practice run. No pressure at all.
It was nice to see familiar faces like Eo, who I had the chance to pace with and who eventually left me since he really was faster than I am, Gab of Team Boring, Rainier a.k.a. Running Enthusiast, Jet also of Team Boring and a fellow blogger, Julius, and Jixee among others.
The Kalayaan-Buendia flyover was another challenge even if I’ve run this area countless of times. My finish time was not good (based on my best time for 21K) but still, I had fun running my 16th half marathon despite feeling ill.
To top it off, while I was on my way to the Finishers Area, I was greeted by a shout from a runner, “diva runner!” I never met the guy before but after some initial pleasantries, he told me he had visited my blog. My bad, I forgot his name! But if ever you get to read this allow me to say “thank you” for visiting my blog. I hope this blog helped you in some way or another.
Marshals did their job so well. The staff manning the water stations even welcomed us with a gleeful smile. Powerade and water were just aplenty. I have a nice finisher’s shirt and medal, and more freebies from Unilab and other sponsors. What more could I say?
Many thanks to Dada Teves for facilitating my registration, to Kulit Runner for the invite as well as for the follow-up, and most of all to Coach Rio for the complimentary kit. Thanks to my coach, Coach John Lozada for the constant follow-up so I could train.
I take my hats off to Unilab and the Runrio Team!
4 thoughts on “Runrio Trilogy Leg 2. Run United 2: My 16th Half Marathon”
Great job once again completing the half marathon! Hope all is well there!
It was cool chatting with you after the race… your blog is very informative and inspiring. More power,Diva Runner!
Hope all is well from your end, too. @Kerry
Thank you, RunningPrey. Good luck and do well in your upcoming races!