The Quezon City International Marathon and aDIDAS King of the Road races were two of the most-awaited and much-hyped foot races of the year. Though there have been minor boo-boos in both the two races – QCIM for one was hated by motorists who were stuck in almost four hours of stand-still traffic and the AKOTR with its first expo day race kit claiming disaster, both were still able to give runners a great race to remember.
MY QCIM 10K
I was supposed to run the 21k distance together with Bobby but work got in the way and made it not possible for us to prepare for it and earn enough mileage that will make us ready to run a half. Luckily, Nike offered free 10k race registration to its Running Clinic students which Bob and I took as an opportunity to just revert to a 10k run and I then gave my 21k race kit to a friend.
But alas, on the Tuesday before race day Sunday, I tripped and twisted my ankle during running training. This made me lose training days Wednesday and Thursday which were relegated to rest days to help my foot recover from the slight swelling and pain. I thought I was lucky enough to have been able to go back to training on Friday, which was supposedly my last training hurrah prior to Sunday’s race.
running with Bobby, Gigi and Lito
Come QCIM race day, my worst nightmare happened. Aside from feeling tired early on the 10k run, my left foot whose ankle was twisted started to act up. I tried to ignore the pain but then upon reaching the last 6th km, I feel like I am ready to give up. Thanks to Bobby and Art who provided me with enough pep talk and support, I was able to complete the last 4kms still running, albeit very slowly. It was to be my most disappointing run considering that Bobby and I were originally trying to run at a certain consistent pace.
But then as Coach Joar puts it, I was lacking training and ran with a still injured foot that I did not wrap or compress prior to running. I was just still lucky to have been able to finish the 10k run in one piece.
In hindsight, it was surreal being able to run along THE Commonwealth Ave. It is an experience that one will never be able to just do on any given day. Lastly, it was great to have seen a number of our friends whom we haven’t been with for a while – our friend Lito whom I had the chance to run alongside with for most of the 10k route and Jaimie and Gigi whom we both met up at the venue after the race and exchanged kulitans with.
post race pic : Bobby, me, Aljo, Tin, Jaimie and Gigi
Congratulations are in order for our friends who ran and finished their first full marathon like Raymund who also celebrated his birthday on that day and Jaymie (thebullrunner.com) who completed her surprise and unplanned first 42k. To Patrick who survived his first ever 5km run. Way to go Pat! These are all late greetings though, but then better late than never huh.
MY AKOTR 10K
yellow 21k runners as they take off
Remembering disappointments can be improved and overcome one running step at a time, I have tried to keep a positive perception going into my AKOTR 10k run. Again, Bobby and I will be running just a 10k, in keeping to our agreement to never run longer race distances until we get back to regular training.
I arrived at the race venue not thinking about pace, time or whatever. What I have in mind is that it will always be fun to run and be able to finish a race. As one of the personalities I truly admire in the running community once said, I maybe slow but then I still am better than that person on the couch. Talk about looking at the glass half full instead of half empty huh. I know I’ll do better but then I have to be really patient with training and all that. And yes, I have to lose the extra poundage that i so recklessly gained during my off-training period.
Back to the AKOTR race, it was always great to run this race as organized by Mr. Rudy Biscocho. Although there were problems during the claiming of race kits prior to race day this year, the AKOTR since its first debut a few years back, have always been one of the best races to participate in. Aside from the great quality of singlets, the race in itself is free from major hassles.Although the route was the same as that of the previous year, this year’s race was a better improvement than that of the last. One notable fact was that aside from water, hydration stations along the route also offers gatorade, which is an important improvement. One really does need to hydrate on electrolytes aside from water alone while running. I for one was really glad that the organizers were able to take note of the need for this.
I finished the race feeling better with my finish time improving a good ten minutes better that my previous 10k, but still a few minutes below my personal best. But I am not complaining. As I have said, I have resolved to get back to my old, better form one running step at a time. I am just really hoping that I’ll be able to fix and manage my time well now so that I can squeeze in some decent training into my schedule.
The usual picture taking was present post-race and oh, due to the great number of race attendees (registrants reached a record-number 8,000 runners!), it was really hard to find a breakfast venue. Almost all restaurants within the vicinity were packed (there were really limited choices though because some are still closed). Me and my friends were able to have our breakfast, after patiently looking for a venue, finally at the McDonald’s branch at McKinley Hills. It was a good enough way to cap a great race – breakfast and chatter with friends.
with my friends and "Gold's Gym couple" Rissa and Daniel Falvo
with friends tanya, miguel, jaymie and bobby
mariel, me and tanya
breakfast at McDo with aljo, coach joar, bobby, mikey and tanya
I am still contemplating on whether to run another 10k at the Philippine International Marathon – A Run for the Pasig River or just schedule a much-needed long run. But then again, I can just as always run a 10k at the race and run some more along the same route after, right? Hmm, I might just really need to convince coach and my training-mates huh.
Meanwhile, i am so hopeful to be able to put on some training this halloween break or if not training, some practice runs. That I resolve to do with or without someone to accompany me.
Time to get ready for Piolo folks! LOL!
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