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My Second Half-Marathon

A month and 5 days from now, Run United 1 will be held in Manila and will give way to us “runners” to conquer different roads of the city and experience another achievement for 21k (13.1 miles) distance. Dated March 17, 2013, there had been hundreds of participants who joined and registered already. I was in Mall of Asia last February 3, had my dinner with a friend in Savory and asked him to go with me at Toby’s Sports. Being a bit familiar with the place, I knew where to go to register but noticed that there was nothing on the register area but for another run event named Color Manila Nite Run 2013, and then I was informed that RU1 would start their in-store registration the next day Feb. 4. We left after roaming around the area looking for stuff we might like but ended up empty handed and bought nothing since we really didn’t plan to buy anything there.

Actually, I’m not able to follow my personalized training program for this half-marathon due to badminton training. For some reasons, badminton is what I like the most as of the moment although I’m not training for any tournament I always wanted to be competitive in this sport. I already went through some rejections and frustrations for this game and I think it’s time to get in the circle where I feel I belong. I knew I improved a lot not only with some educational techniques and training tips from my friends but with being more focused and well-disciplined person.

Running and Badminton are both interactive when it comes to socializing. You meet friends here and there and also encounter people who are not that sociable enough to mingle with you.

On my first few weeks of training for my second half-marathon, I tried improving on my endurance and as they say: No pain no gain. To stay strong, I started with my strength training if I’m not running or if I’m on my free day, I hope I’m doing well even if I don’t have a coach yet.

My time previously for my first half-marathon was at 3 hours and 20 minutes. Kind of a slow runner I was but never had I give up and that’s one of my mantra. Also, I always tell myself to focus on how I run and how my body reacts to it if I hit the right rhythm and not unto others so I just always look straight ahead 20 meters away from where I stand. It’s me myself and I that are competing and not with other factors such as fellow runners and weather conditions.

I’m excited to for this event and looking forward to see the finish line and this sign where it will say: “You ran 20k” because it gives me goosebumps and exert my remaining energy to hit the finish line and get my medal. Another achievement to be expected and speaking of expectations, I’m not expecting to improve that fast because it has to be gradual unless you are a superhero like Spiderman.


A Half-Marathon?

So how was my first ever half-marathon event? Injury free… woohoo!!

It was fun and very rewarding that I finished a 21k run event held by Unilab Active Health together with Runrio. The only thing that’s flaw was the water station especially for 42k runners, they never got any rehydration on their way to finish line and instead bought a drink in some convenience stores and to some side walk vendors, good thing they have penny with them though…

Okay… so from the starting line I saw a lot of people waiting for the gun shot and seemed like everyone was excited about it. Adrenaline rush, excitement, victory and such, that’s what I guess most of us felt especially for those first timers like me. But before that, we went to Riovana store to use their washroom and I got a chance to take a quick look on their shoes, everthing there was all I wanted to have, shoes and running gears… those will be mine in no time. One of my friends, a girl, bought 3 packs of energy gel where I called it as power gel, then I got one since I was curious about it, she gave it to me by the way and I hold it until I consumed everything.

First five kilometers, we passed by Buendia flyover and it was still dark that time and lots or runners in front of me then as I looked afar, there goes more runners. I took advantage of every water stations since I need to rehydrate for every 3 kilometers I ran. Then we passed by another flyover in Roxas Boulevard and noticed few runners formed a line at the roadside and someone was putting something onto their lower legs so joined them, found out that it was some kind of ointment where you will feel cool, well I guess that is to prevent our muscles to cramps. It actually helped me stay on the road since my legs were almost giving up that time thinking that I was just 16km away.

And so we reached CCP where I couldn’t manage to run any longer so I walked. Until I could run again so I took advantage of it then saw the sign where it says: “You ran 20km”, I got a goosebumps but my calves were really giving up… A friend called my phone so I answered it: “Nagkakaubusan na ng small size finisher’s shirt!”, what the hell? So I ran fast as I could and the finish time was? 3 hours and 21 minutes. I got disappointed a bit since my goal was no less than 3 hours, I should have trained a long time ago but I only had a month and a half to prepare but looking on the brighter side, I had finished a 21k run and like what my boss said, not every girl can do what I did and that’s what makes me unique.

10:00am, we waited for Toby’s to open so I could get a gait analysis, thanks to my friend who accompanied me anyways. They asked me to step on some device, where it determines the arch of your feet I guess? And mine was neutral, next thing was they asked me to run on a treadmill. I tend to overpronate so I need a stability type of shoes and I picked either Brooks, Saucony or K-Swiss. I do hope to buy one for me first week of November 😉