I ran this Fun Run, courtesy of OCS and given by our company (very supportive!), and because the race kit was delivered. I signed up for the 10k race (because that’s the farthest distance). Anyway, I don’t think I can afford to run a half as I really didn’t do any serious training this year. My mind was set on running it and enjoying it at the same time. Not that I didn’t enjoy races, its just I didn’t pressure myself on finishing fast at this.
|result of aligning with Nat Geo run schedule|
Gun start was at 5:30am (sun was up this time already), so I left the house some time 4:15ish (was supposed to be 4:00am but I had to adjust my poop). As early as that the road to CCP was a jam due to trucks. So I had to turn around and go the long route to CCP. Good thing I got there, quite early.
I got to walk around a bit, did my usual pre-race rituals. Pre-race was a zumba dance, more than the usual stretching. I didn’t zumba!
1-3km – Start of the race; it was fun, a lot of runners were having fun! They seem to be running at 5:00/km pace and are having fun. I was maintaining my 5:45/km pace at this time as I just wanted to run and have some more energy for my post-race activity.
3-6km – Here’s where all those who overtook me were just walking. They’re still having fun though. I was now at the 5:30/km pace with a lot of energy to spare.
|Good time, great medal!|
7-10km – Okay so the road is now open, aside from groups of 5k, 3k and 2k runners who are still having fun while having selfies! I was now doing a 5:25-5:30/km pace, and I’m getting bored.
Overall, I had a pretty good race result from my Garmin; it was a sub-1hour 10k for me:
Distance – 10.42km
Time – 57.02
Ave. Pace – 5:28/km
Although I had another agenda going to this race, and of course it is something that I really love – I rode my bike! Yes, I finally got to do a brick training and it was great! I got to ride some 27km at a 2:24/km pace after the 10k race, and still able to walk!
The next day after this, I was expecting a lot of soreness with what I did. But wrong! I didn’t have any tightness or pains that could make me immobile. I guess the bike ride made a good cool-down workout.
At the end, it’s all about doing what you love and doing it the best you can. I’m glad I threw the bike inside the car the night before. And I’m glad I already built the mileage. I may be ready to take…
Alaska Cycles Philippines on May 18 is a 40km bike race. Training has been on going for the past 2 months, and I’m positive that I will be able to finish at around 1hr45mins if there will be no hiccups (like a flat tire or something).
Run United 2 on June 1 is a 21km running distance. Training for this has been poor. I’m not sure to make it sub-2 hours this time. But I still have 3 weeks to cram. I have been active in doing maintenance runs, but not near HM training that I used to do.
Regardless of the results, I am sure to enjoy both. The experience of joining my first bike race, and the feel of pushing my limits to get or maintain my running PR – its great to be back to racing!