Whoah! Time really flies when you’re having fun. It seems just like yesterday when I joined my first official race, the Rexona Men Run (July 2011). On August 12, I’ll run it again. I’ve come full circle. Thank you very much, LORD.
I must have enjoyed races so much because in a span of thirteen months I joined 17 races! Yes, 17!
- 5 kms (3) – Adidas KOTR, Run United 3 and Nathan Ridge
- 10 kms (10) – Rexona Men, Run United 2, Earth Run, Jose Rizal Run, Fam Run, QCIM, Run Against Leukemia, Nike Run, Children’s Rights Run, Fit and Fun Buddy Run
- 16 kms (1) – PSE Bull Run
- 21 kms (2) – Condura and Milo
- 42kms (1) – The Bull Runner Dream Marathon
Seventeen runs, each one has a story of its own. To help me put some order to them, I made a list of some details that stood out:
Happiest Prerun Atmosphere: National Geographic Run 2011. I was just a spectator but was completely entertained by their lights, music and fireworks. This high prompted me to register the very next day for my first race. I told the story here.
Happiest Overall Race Theme: Run Rizal. Celebrating Rizal’s 150th birthday, they had bands, big drums and marshalls and some runners in Filipino costumes. The loot bags were made of banig. Very Filipino. Very festive.
Running Idol: Susan Lafferty, also a midlifer runner. She says that she averages only two marathons a year but is always on training. Last March, along with her 21year old daughter Kirsten, she finished the Antarctica Marathon in 6: 09 under brutal conditions: subfreezing temperatures , winds up to 70kph, ice storms and angry penguins.
Most Difficult Race Course: Nathan Ridge Run at the Tagaytay Highlands. It took me 59:23 to finish 5kms. Going uphill and downhill were both killers!
Most Painful Race: Nike Run Manila at BGC. I registered for 10km but had to drop out at less than 2kms because of a left shin splint.
Best Loot Bags: The Bull Runner Dream Marathon and Robinson’s Buddy Run. My arms got tired from carrying all those groceries.
Biggest Race I Joined: Milo 2012; more than 38 thousand runners.
Favorite drinks: Gatorade first, ice cold Pocari second.
Least favorite drink: 100plus because of its fizz
Biggest Moment: My podium win. I won 3rd place in the 10km Female Division of the Run Against Leukemia at UP Diliman (Sept 2011). Never mind that there were only four female 10km runners hehe.
Greatest Achievement: Finishing a full Marathon (that’s 42.195kms!)
Favorite magazines: Runners World US and Runners World Phils.
Least Understood Running Style: Barefoot Running
Best Practice Venue: UP Diliman Academic oval. It is a 2.2km loop around the Sunken Garden . It’s practically flat, nicely paved and tree-lined.
Hatest Training Element: Hills
Favorite Race Organizer: Runrio. Although their races are more expensive than most, they provide the best care for runners. Very organized, always.
Favorite Prerace Meal: Banana, cereals, soy milk and coffee.
Favorite Midrace Fuel: Bananas. Gels make me feel like choking.
Favorite Post Race Meal: Chocolate soy milk; Rice and eggs.
Favorite Personal Photo: Hubby and I after our first marathon.
It was a good year. I’m thankful. Cheers!