I always used my mobile phone as alarm clock, put it on vibrate, and kept it near me so it can wake me up. At 3AM, I had to literally drag myself out of bed feeling tired after doing house cleaning the day before. I was still moving like a zombie, when about 4AM I was jolted awake by the sudden realization that I had only a few minutes left before the start of the race. I hurriedly placed my stuff in my backpack and went out, praying all along I could get a cab right away.
I arrived at the race venue with only just a few minutes to spare to deposit my stuff at the designated bus and do some warm up exercises. I could hardly believe seeing the number of runners at the starting line. Half marathon running wasn’t this big four years ago. I didn’t even see any familiar faces, well, except for one, that of Raff, whom I haven’t seen since our Macau trip in December 2011. What a way to see Raff. He was my ultracompetent volunteer support during my Bataan Death March 102 ultramarathon race a year ago.
I stayed in the middle of the pack since we would start in waves, and I only had to wait about 5 minutes before our coral hit the starting line. We all lined up minutes after 4:30AM and watched the multimedia presentation shown on the big screen. Then the countdown began.
Last Sunday was supposedly scheduled as an easy long run at about 32-36 kilometers for me, but decided to forego it to give way for this race. I found it really nice to run in a route with different start and finish. I also had no goal in particular as far as PR is concerned. All I wanted was to run easy and finish the race. My getting back slowly to training mode paid well considering that I didn’t experience any difficulty running the first 12 kilometers. It was not until I reached the Roxas Boulevard area, nearing 15KMs now, when I experienced chafing on the inner thigh areas. To me it only means I still need to shed some fats! Haha!
Mind you it was really irritating and I was getting uncomfortable every minute but I had no recourse but to run. After the last turn around point near Luneta Park, seeing the distance remaining on my Garmin, which was to my utmost relief, I only needed to run 6 more kilometers. It means war against chafing! Run chafing run! Haha!
It was also good to see familiar faces that of fellow running bloggers Gigi, Rod, and Jinoe, some of my comrades from the ultramarathon community, some fast running friends, and race organizer Coach Rio, on his motorcycle while monitoring the runners and progress of the race. I had no problems with hydration. Both water and energy drink appeared to be plentiful. There were also bananas given to runners.
On the last 3KM, I was cheered on by another race organizer, Ian Alacar, and lucky for me I was paced by an elite runner, Genevieve Dela Peña, all the way to the finish line. I salute you, Ms. Elite Runner!
Got the finisher’s medal … done with the first leg … on to the next running odyssey!
9 thoughts on “Run United 1. Runrio Trilogy 2012 Edition: My First Race for the Year”
Im inggit! Not up to half distance yet. Congrats and may you cOmplete all 3 ng bongang-bonga! – bards
Congrats Roselle, missed you at the race.\”It only means I still need to shed some fats!\” Aww! You started it right, way to go on to the next, hahaha. See you again soon. Tanay tayo?
Hi Bards, thank you for visiting my blog. Bongga talaga at ikaw ay napabisita. I don't doubt you'll get your groove back again. Looking forward to read your Down Under adventure! 🙂
Thanks, Vener. Didn't even know you ran in this race. Oh, well, you're fast. 🙂 Oo nga … tabatsingtsing na, hihihi. Guess what? Been looking forward to running Tanay again. In fact, I've thought of it just last night. Please, please let me know when. E-mail me? Yahu!
Email me when and where to meet for Tanay! 😀
Super duper thanks, Bards. Balik ka na kasi sa long distance running again! 😉
PAU Tanay will be in two weeks time, 25 March.
Oh, no! There's a FIC Run. Tanay was not in the original list published last time. Oh, well… bato-bato pik! hihihi
Aabot tayo dyan ulit. :o) kapag abot na sama naako tanay hehe