It is raining … again. I wish the rain would just stop. It has already caused a lot of problems for people who had been affected by Ondoy’s wrath. It would be selfish to say that I wasn’t able to complete this week’s training schedule knowing that some people have lost their homes and even their lives because of this horrible disaster.
12 minutes late(and gasping for air .. again!) – that was my reaction when I saw the 21k timer at the starting line. I was hoping that I arrived just in time but the queue in the parking area was so long. At that point I was already contemplating on running the 15k race instead.
Fortunately, Ian Alacar (the race director) was very supportive in giving me directions for the 21k race route and off I went to run the 21k race alone.
This was the first time that I ran alone in order to catch up with runners who started way ahead of me. The thing is, I have already sprinted (without any warm up) to the starting line from the parking area ; and here I am again literally sprinting to catch up with the runners.
I was already walking before I reached the first KM. Who was I fooling ? I couldn’t reach them no matter what – or so I thought, after about an hour and after the fast 15k runners went past me, I was able to catch up with the last 20 percent of the 21k runners. It was only at this point that I felt good about myself
This was a well-organized race, I mean if it weren’t for the road signs and the helpful men in uniform, I wouldn’t have been able to catch up with the runners from my race.
The only thing is, I thought that we were still going to run another loop as we returned to the McKinley area – so you could imagine my surprise when we were told that there were only 400 meters left before the finish line.
This would have been a close to perfect race, were it not for the short distance
Knowing how bad the weather would be , I decided to arrive early for this road race. I arrived at around 4:45 am. When I got there, it was announced that the race was moved to 5:30 am due to the rain.
There was a warm-up exercise before the start of the 21k event, I entered the coral as the said exercise was about to end. I saw some runner friends and had a chat with them – and then it happened, the gun was fired and off we went.
For me, this was a well-organized race. There were adequate water and gatorade stations along the route, plus … I was able to run in the Glorietta area even though it was raining very hard
I finsihed the race at 2:24 (unofficial), just a few more minutes and i’ll be able to beat my personal best at 2:18.
It’s timely though, that it was raining during a run dedicated to saving Mother Earth
I feel really good today. Finally, I was able to squeeze in some “me” time. The air by the bay never smelled better. The golden rays of the sun (even for a while) was like a shower of blessings brought forth by the Almighty.
Such is the high of one who has been “quarantined” from running by one’s mediocre job for quite a number of pressure-filled days. So high that I have seen my favorite running place from a different point of view.