4:17 AM – This can’t be right, the last thing I remember was hitting the snooze button of my mobile phone’s alarm clock about an hour ago!
So off I hurriedly went to the starting line of Globe’s Run for Home at the NBC tent. I thought that I wouldn’t make it on time because of the long queue towards the parking area behind ROX which was reserved for VIPs. It’s a good thing though that I have already installed the champion chip on my shoe the night before.
This part I like the most, like an obedient running student, I did my best to consume a lot of carbs after getting my race packet from BHS last Friday.
I also ate more the night before :
You know, I think that I did this part so well that I have loaded enough carbs for an Ultramarathon. Ha!
Hmm … does it say in the manual that I really have to run in order to prepare for a half-marathon ?
Barely Making It
I can still remember running towards the starting line when the voice over the PA system is telling the 21k runners that the race is about to start in 45 seconds.
I was able to make it about 5 seconds before I heard the gun. It was about this time when I started my stretching routine. There were a lot of participants in this race that it really took time to dash from the starting line up to the entrance of the corral. For a minute there, I thought that this was the 5k race
Paligsahan ng Palakasan ng Busina
What can I say ? It’s a race that started on time and the chirps produced by the timing chips were like music to my ears. The route along Ayala Avenue .. fabulous ! I have worked in Makati for such a long time already but I don’t remember being able to run along the said road.
Hydration? There were enough 100 plus drinks to flood the entire city!
As we were running through Paseo De Roxas, I have noticed a lot of drivers who were blowing their horns as if there was a prize for the one with the biggest horn (pun intended). I have noticed that this behavior is so unlike those foreigners which I have encountered in previous races who instead of getting grumpy, would actually get out of their vehicles and cheer on the runners.
Nope that was not MC Hammer, that was me reaching for my 2nd Hammer Gel sachet, but alas! I didn’t have it. I have only brought 1 sachet with me for this race. It’s a good thing that I have brought a few bite size Cloud 9 bars with me. Even if it was not as effective as the gel, it helped me get through the race. There were times when I could’ve pushed harder but whenever I felt the onset of cramps, I would slow down … the nail could’ve used a hammer this time.
“Wow Hi-tech!” – That was my first reaction when I heard that timing chips will be used for this race but up to now, I am still waiting for the results to be published. Since timing chips are new in our country, maybe we should give the organizers time to adapt to this technology. I’m sure we will all be happy once the results come out. I finished my run at around 2:31 in my watch – no improvement compared to my Milo performance.