Just me :D
Actually, I have no particular theme or format for my Tumblelog. Whatever piques my interest, humors me or makes me think, I post.
As I am writing this, I still feel the effects of the previous race that happened last Sunday, the 20th of October. My thighs and legs still hurt, but not as painful as I experienced when I finished the 21K category of the race that day.
I signed up for Runrio Inc.’s Rexona Run 2013 AKA Run To Your Beat. It was technically based on impulse, knowing that I had finished the 16.8km of the Adidas KOTR. It was the second time I joined the 16.8km and I thought that I can do this. I managed to do sufficient training prior to my 21k and I have been running since 2011. I also saw the race route and boy, it was very long hahahaha! Also, there has been some pain in the sole of my left foot. Fortunately, I had a leftover roll of sports tape to take care of that.
Fast-forward to Oct 20, 2am. Me and my dad arrived at the area very early so I was able to do my warm-ups while dad dozed off (he told me he will walk around the area for his exercise at 5am). The place was very much alive and all the runners are very much excited doing our own versions of the warm-ups and prepping up for the race. I positioned myself at the rear end since this is my first time in a 21k race and I am a self-confessed slowpoke.
The gun start was very uncommon as the race kicked off with two simultaneous events, fireworks and the band Sandwich singing and we started on our way. Various speakers were placed all over the course playing to a preset playlist to serve as our motivators to run. There were 7 stages placed also on the course with live bands or DJs (well…. more on that later).
I did a 5 minute walk, 5 minute run to conserve energy on the onset of the race. There are a lot of participants who also have participated in the category as we cruised along Roxas Blvd making our U-turn at the Airport Road. I managed to keep a somewhat steady pace while enjoying the view and the moon shining over us. I was steadily traversing the road and something made me stop in my tracks.
I just crossed the 11km sign when my right leg cramped up. It was a very painful cramp and I was wincing in pain when I tried to do stretches on my right leg. I considered quitting but there were 2 things that made me continue on: my resolve to never quit and I really have no idea how to quit hehehe. Lest my cramps recur, I just decided to walk the remaining 10km. Another idea began to surface in my head: there was a cut-off time and those who are still on the course after said time will be automaticallly disqualified. My mantra that time was “Never stop”.
I finished the race in over 3 hours. My personal timer recorded 3:45 but the official timer (the one in the finish line) displayed 3:20. Oh well, at least I finished it but I was very tired and my legs and feet were hurting as well. But aside from that I was happy I finished my first ever 21km race :)
Overall, this race taught me to respect the distance. 21km is on a whole new level and requires more training and prep.
- The event was very good and they made it a point that we were very much hydrated. Hydration and med stations were positioned strategically.
- Though there were 7 stages with live bands or DJ’s, I managed to see only 3 with people (Sandwich, their tunnel and the one with DJ Nina), the rest were just empty, save for music playing. Maybe I was too slow and they were there for just a fixed amount of time…
- I experienced the Runrio curse… no more finisher’s shirt! Oh well, that’s a different story.
Anyways, this is my first 21km and I know this will not be the last. And thanks for reading :)