Kinderdorf Leben

A Runner’s Life

My 2008 Races

It all started in February 2008 when I, then an occasional runner was unable to join the run segment of Hope In Motion 2.  I was relegated to join the walk.  Seeing the runners swoosh by pushed me to try racing.  But my condition then was horrible and pathetic to say the least – 168 lbs with a 39″ waistline.  I was time for me to do something and bet back in shape.

I was fortunate to come accross a Podcast for Running by Robert Ullrey and Podrunner Intervals.  Both are training podcasts that will train the couch potato to run at least 5k in 2-3 months.  These podcasts helped me increase my stamina.  But it was not easy – for 3 months it was practically a 60% run: 40% walk scenario for me.  This gradually became 80% run: 20% walk scenario in April.

Then I came accross and joined a group Impromptu Runners, more popularly known as Happy Feet.  I was so amazed at their camaraderie and passion for running.  It made me resolve to join the races.

My first race was the Active and Fitness 5k Run in May 10, 2008, which I finished in 37:32 with walk segments in it.  Then I overheard from the finishers that there was a 10k Champion Run Along the River race the following day, May 11, 2008.  I joined and got a taste what a 10k race is all about.  It was a slow run with walk breaks in between.  I was able to finish the race in a dismal 1:29:23.

My succeeding races were no different – run-walk-run-walk-run-walk.  So were the times:

  • May 17, 2008 Market Market Run 8k @ 1:01
  • May 25, 2008 Doc Fit Run UP – 10k @ 1:21:40
  • July 6, 2008  Tik Takbo UP – 6k @ 45:29

Among these races the Doc Fit Run was the most memorable.  I finished dead last in the 10k category.

Unperturbed by the Doc Fit Run results, I went on to join the  July 13, 2008 La Salle OROFOLS at Fort Bonifacio and finished 5k @ 37:26.  This was also the first time that I completed a 5k run without any walk breaks.  This was followed by the August 3, 2008 Davies Paint 5k Unity Run at the Fort which, I finished with a time of 34:03 and without walk breaks.

My August 7, 2008 was not a race but it was the day when I finally met the Happy Feet people.  We had a practice run at the UP academic oval.  It was also a day when we had a merry go round along Betty Go Belmonte Street after our sumptuous dinner at Chow King – where else?

Post Practice Run Dinner @ Chow King

Post Practice Run Dinner @ Chow King

Thereafter, I joined the following races

  • August 10, 2008 Feati Run Roxas Blvd – 9k @ 1:09
  • August 17, 2008 Red Cross Anniversary Run – 10k @ 1:19:27
  • September 3, 2008 Subic Legacy Run – 10k @ 1:26:45
  • September 21, 2008 PMI Proudly @ 60 Run – 10k @ 1:27

These races were no different as they were a run and walk affair for me.  The Feati run was touted at 10k but was only 9k.  The Subic run was slightly over 10k.  But I got lost at the PMI run and ran an extra 1.5 kilometers.

October was the turning point.  It was at this month where I was able to run 10k without any walk breaks.  Thus:

  • October 5, 2008 Hope In Motion 3, Alabang – 10.36k @ 1:14:41
  • October 11, 2008 Adidas KOTR, The Fort – 10.02 @ 1:16:28
  • October 18, 2008 Takbong May Yabang,  Alabang – 8.58 @ 1:01:53
  • October 19, 2008 Botak Paa Bilisan, The Fort – 10.08 @ 1:13:49
  • November 9, 2008 VSO Bahaginan, The Fort – 15k @ 1:49:28
  • November 16, 2008 New Balance Power Race, Clark, Pampanga – 10.24 @ 1:14:05
  • November 23, 2008 UNICEF Run, The Fort – 10k @ 1:11:00
  • December 7, 2008 RUNNEX, UP – 10.24k @ 1:13:50
  • December 14, 2008 Ictus Centennial Run, UP – 10.39k @ 1:09:49

Running has done a great deal for me.  It taught me lessons on perseverance.  And, I did learn.


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