It was supposed to be a long run around the U.P. Campus where we probably would have to surge up “Hearthbreak Hill” many times and run around its fringes to cover the 21k-25k scheduled distance, but it was not supposed to be.
Who would want to run a distance of 25k just inside the confines of UP, anyway? That would be ultra boring. I was hoping that the course venue be modified to cover outside the peripherals of the campus so when Mar Marilag suggested that we venture from U.P. to Tiendesitas in Pasig and back, i felt a sigh of relief..like an escape from the shackles of the campus!
By the time we all had gathered in front of the UP Oblation, it was already past 5:30am and noticed the dark cloudless sky. I figured that it was going to be a very hot morning. From the Oblation, we headed down University Avenue and turned left to C.P. Garcia. This road is going to be used in the early goings of the upcoming 2nd QCIM.
The road from Katipunan Avenue to White Plains and down to Corinthian Hills is one long stretch of mostly cemented roads except when we climbed up the Katipunan Flyover as i felt some effort expended on the climb. This was to be one of the highlights of our run. I felt good all the way though and all the pit stops we had were made on gas stations!
The only thing that spoiled an otherwise good run was the time it took us to rest on these stations. The socializing took too long which may have saved us from running under the heat of the sun on the latter stages. It left us cold and already dry each time we re-started our run.
On our way back to UP, our group started to disperse into smaller ones and we were now running in 3′s or 4′s up until Petron gas station past Merriam College where most of us re-grouped to take a much needed break.
Towards the last kilometers and a half, once we got inside the campus, June, who had been pacing with me the last 5k, and i maintained our 7:30 pace until we found that the others had already arrived and were jogging at the academic oval as we merged together. We suddenly found ourselves sprinting towards the Oblation and i found myself finishing rather strongly.
But after that sprint, i was like spent-up and within no time, was feeling exhausted and hungry as i was craving for food. Was sore throughout the day but felt exhilarated, nevertheless.
Still, it was a good run to do 21k in 2:45.