This race was a preparation for next week’s NB Power Race 25K run. I have already done a couple of long runs but haven’t run 15K in a race.
As usual, I woke up early around 3:30am (I live in Novaliches QC) and arrived at the Fort at 5am. As I was pinning my race bib, I saw Jinoe and he told me that Wayne was already making his warm up run. Wayne appeared after a few minutes and we chatted and had the first photo op of the race.
At the starting line, I got to see familiar faces – Jay, JunC, Doray, Mark, Tiffin, Jaymie (thanks for helping me with the Nike Training registration!), Joe, Mikey, Abby, Dindo, Jonel, Sir Ipe, Mon with the rest of Happy Feet, and to everybody’s surprise Nora. After several races, I finally got to meet Nora. She was taking photos with everybody and was very much happy to finally meet everyone.
The race started late(?). It was posted in runrio.com that the race will start at 5:30am but the starting gun was fired around 6am. The route was already a familiar one – Lawton/Bayani/Heritage/McKinley Hill then back. This is the first time that I ran a race without my iPod and Nike+ sportsband so I wasn’t able to keep track of my pace and time. I guess I just wanted to enjoy my first 15K and not worry about anything else. Also, I didn’t use my Nike Shox Arraw shoes but instead used my NB 835. My Valley Golf/Antipolo practice run last week paid off as I managed to survive the uphills of Bayani Road and McKinley Hill.
On the last kilometer, I saw Mark who was telling everybody to avoid the trees and to move to the middle lane. I moved to the middle lane and true enough saw there were a lot of “higad” dangling from the trees. I increased my pace on the last few meters and crossed the finished line but was not able to see what my time was. I’ll just have to wait until the official results are posted but I think I had a good time. I also saw Gigi the fitmommy taking my picture as I crossed the finish line.
After the run, Jonel aka bugobugo invited me for a 2nd servings. I wasn’t able to join him as I need to get my things from MJ’s car. He was already gone by the time I got my stuff. Maybe next time. I did my 2nd servings with Mikey, Abby and her two other friends (sorry I forgot your names) instead. We did a couple of rounds around BHS then I proceeded to Chowking to meet Wayne and the rest of Happy Feet.
Update: I finished with a time of 1:33:24. Results have been posted at http://runrio.com