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A Runner’s Life

BF Pasko Run Comeback

I am back!  My last post was about the 15k Masters last September 2009.   Posts would have continued but Ondoy & Co. as well as work waylaid my appetite for posting.  I nevertheless continued to run but to a lesser extent – instead of logging 50k/week my monthly total dipped to 118 in October and 109 in November.

After the Eco Dash last September, my next race was to be the New Balance Power Race last November 29.  My runs in between consisted mostly of short and easy 6k to 10k runs, which were intended to keep myself fit.

It was at this time that I was able to run in Faridabad, India and Bangkok, Thailand.  But I would still consider our streets runner friendly notwithstanding our undisciplined drivers.  India is too dusty you need a mask to protect you from the dust and pollution while Thailand is too crowded.

The New Balance Power Run was my first run after a 2 month absence.  I had not accumulated much mileage so I just considered it as an easy long run.  My lack of mileage logged in showed its toll on me after 16kms.  This was compounded by the McKinley hill inclines.  I never expected the new route in McKinley hill.  Hence I felt spent after this segment and finished the race with a disappointing time of 2:36:25.

I began to have second thoughts about joining the full marathon of the Condura Race in February 2010 given my difficulty in logging in 60-70kms/week.  So I just had to play around what is practical and doable – 35 to 45 kms per week with tempo runs and short speedwork segments.

This type of workout immediately paid handsome dividends in the BF Pasko Run last Sunday.  This run was initially intended to be part of the usual Sunday easy long runs.  But it turned out to be a fast tempo 10k race that resulted in a sub-60 min time of 57:37.

My day started at around 4:20 am when I ran to the race area in BF Paranaque from my house in Alabang for a warm up.  I felt good throughout the run.  At the race area, I positioned myself at the rear (as usual) and started with a pace of 5:49/km, which I thought I will not be able to sustain.

As the race progressed, I was pleasantly surprised that my pace remained at the 5:35-5:50/km up to kilometer 9.  At kilometer 10, I tried and was able to accelerate to 5:25/km.

Its nice to be back in the circuit and be with the Takbo.ph and Happy Feet people again whom I sorely missed during my absence.

December 14, 2009 Posted by | Ramblings, Running | 3 Comments

Globe Run for Home

I originally planned to join the 10k segment of this race but when I registered online, I mistakenly pressed the 21k button.  So I registered for the half marathon without even knowing it until the eve of the race.  But deep inside I was planning to do a long run on Sunday by completing the 10k race and running an extra 8 kilometers.

However, when I claimed by race pack on last Saturday, the people manning the booth asked what distance I am registered and I sheephishly told them “10k but can I upgrade to 21k”.  They told me “yes” and gave me a 21k race kit.  So no more turning back.

I planned to treat the race simply as a practice run.  No PRs to chase except the bliss brought about by running with friends.  I would be happy to finish the race in 2:40.

I arrived at the race area at around 4:30am.  After doing some stretching routines at the parking lot, I proceeded to the corral which was full of familiar faces, Jay Nacino aka Prometheus Cometh (an official 5:30/km pacer), Don Ubaldo (official 7:00/km pacer), Vener aka Run Unlimited, Mesh aka My Iron Shoes, Jonel aka Bugobugo85, Mark and Tiffin Parco aka Mark’s VO2, Tisha Generoso, Tina Narvaez, Mon Domingo, Mel of Lost Command and of course the Takbo.ph posse – Sam, Jinoe, Carlo, Rico, among others.  Knowing my lack of preparation and my goal for the day, I positioned myself near the rear.

The race started at 5:01 am.  I had a goal to run the race at a relaxed 7:00/km pace for the first 18kms and try to pick up the pace thereafter, if I still have something left.  And so it was.  At the first 4 kms, I was running at around the 6:50-7:00/km pace.  More than enough time for picture taking and sightseeing.

For some strange reason, I slightly picked up the pace to 6:30-6:50/km up to 10km.  But on the way back to the Fort I slowed down slightly to a pace of 7:00/km (10km) until the Buendia flyover (12km).    I slightly picked up the pace until 15km at Fifth Avenue where I slowed down at the uphill to McKinley.  At this point my legs felt heavy so I just coasted along and took brief walk breaks up to 18k.  Thereafter, I just ran a relaxed pace of 7:50-7:30/km.  I crossed the finish line at 2:30:10.

At the finish line was the usual comparing notes and picture taking with the Takbo.ph people.

After the Buendia Flyover with the Parcos (photo courtesey of Mark Parco)

After the Buendia Flyover with the Parcos (photo courtesey of Mark Parco)

Along Lawton Ave (photo courtesy of Mark Parco)

Along Lawton Ave (photo courtesy of Mark Parco)

Takbo.ph posse (photo courtesy of Carlo Serrano)

Takbo.ph posse (photo courtesy of Carlo Serrano)

Takbo.ph posse (photo courtesy of Carlo Serrano)

Takbo.ph posse (photo courtesy of Carlo Serrano)

While the race proper was well-organized.  There were issues that arose, which would stick out like a sore thumb if not properly addressed:

  1. Globe VIP Parking – Amado Castro, Jr. personally experienced being asked by Globe security officers to park elsewhere as the parking lot near R.O.X. was reserved to Globe executives.  That was a pay public parking.  Unless Globe has prepaid for the slots.  It turned out that it was not pre-paid.
  2. Prizes not being given on race day –  This was raised by Jovie Narcise aka Bald Runner.  The cash prizes won by elite athletes were not given on race day.  Instead the runners were instructed to claim their prizes on Tuesday, July 21.  To my mind this is not acceptable, prizes should be given on race day.  The winners are elite runners who train daily.  Its not fair to ask them to go back and claim their prizes some other time.  These elite athletes are part of the national training pool should not be given a shabby treatment.  To sum it up this is poor customer service, which I hope is not typical of Globe.
  3. Race Results –  The race distinguished itself with disposable electronic timing chips, which would ensure accurate times and tracking.  Also I have heard that the results would be released on the same date.  As of today the results were not yet released.  Broken promise?

July 20, 2009 Posted by | Ramblings, Running | 6 Comments

Greenfield Race – The gods must be crazy!

For the record this race ushered in online registration in the Philippines.  This was the first time where a participant can register, pay and wait for his race kit in the comfort of his home.  I experienced this complements of Finishline.ph.  Thus  no more of the long queues and hassles of manual registration as Finishline.ph raised the bar in Philippine racing.

Prior to race day, I had several long runs of at least 18kms and modest tempo and easy runs in between, not to mention a great tune-up race the day before at the SlimmeRun.  I was close to being hubristic and was looking forward to improve on my Condura Run time as I felt that I was at this time better prepared.  So I thought.  But the running gods thought otherwise.

I arrived at the race site at around 4:30am when people started to trickle in and had no problem parking.  So by 4:35 I applied sunblock and donned all that was necessary for the race – the race belt and hydration kit.  I was at the starting area by 4:40 just in time for picture taking with the Takbo.ph folks.

The race started promptly at 5:00 am.  As I positioned myself at the tail end in the starting line so I could start at a slow pace of 7:30 per km.  But I was wrong.  I passed the Km 2 marker with a time of 12:15.  I thought that someone must have been playing a joke at me.  So I slowed down but before reaching the Pramana entrance, all hell broke loose in my stomach.  Everything went wrong.  I was thinking of making it to the tall foliage but the fear of snakes prevented me from doing such a thing.  As I reached the entrance of Pramana I immediately noticed a security officer at the guardhouse.  I asked if I could use the comfort room and he readily made me use it.

Pramana Guardhouse.  Photo courtesy of Carlo

Pramana Guardhouse. Photo courtesy of Carlo

This episode took  away at least 10 minutes plus it sapped me of energy.  Nevertheless I continued to run at and then caught up with the slower runners.  As I approached the second turn around point at Km 13 I began to realize that I was slowly being drained notwithstanding the energy drinks and bars that I had.  To top it off, Number 2 attacked for the second time.  Good thing there were portalets at the turnaround point!  It felt like hell from that point up to the finish line.  But as Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said during the German blitz: “if you’re going through hell, keep going”.  I had to even if I had to run, jog and mostly walk or even crawl to the finish line.

Notwithstanding that personal misfortune, I was happy to finish the race at 2:52:44.  It was a beautiful race.  The scenery was lush greeneries and vegetation.  My only regret was that when I arrived at the finish line, they ran out of finisher’s medal.  My friend Amado Castro, Jr. also did not get a medal and he accordingly posted his comments in his blog.  The lady in the finish line told me that the medal will be delivered to our home address.  Well I just hope that the organizers will deliver the finisher’s medal which we all worked hard to earn.

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Pre-race Picture

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Photos courtesy of Carlo

April 22, 2009 Posted by | Ramblings, Running | 7 Comments