Resolved on nailing my first of two 21k trial runs before the actual Condura half-marathon, i decided to join the LSD run (Long Slow Distance, not the drug) at The Fort in Taguig. Organized by the forumers of Takbo.ph and led by Jinoe G., owner/administrator of the running portal, the distance to be covered would be at least 21kms, ran below race pace. So everybody gets to simulate the race conditions and the feel of running that distance come actual event.
It was an opportunity to meet and bond with habitues of Takbo.ph and finally put a picture on all those names and handles that i read on the boards. After arriving at the venue at about 5am and getting the car parked, i was immediately greeted by running couple Sheila and Jonas of the running blog, “2FORdaRoad” both of whom i’m meeting for the first time. They were also slated to do an LSD run but with a different group of runners. We would cross paths later during the course of our run. The Takbo.ph group consisted of about 70 runners divided into 3 groups which i would just call the fast (group 3), faster (group 2) and the fastest (group 1). i belonged to group 2 which was ably paced by Pojie and Steven. We started from Bonifacio High Street and the route took us to 5th Avenue, Lawton Avenue, McKinley Hill, back to Lawton Ave., Bayani Road then passing the Heritage Park, making our turn-around at C-5 and re-tracing our route back.
Our group made sure we covered the whole 21k stretch so upon our return back to The Fort, we ran a few more kilometers around the vicinity and ended our run at the starting point in BHS.
We covered a total distance of 21.3 kms (22.3 on other runners’ gps) with a time of 2:47 including water stops. Felt very tired on the last km but felt very good over-all after the run was finished. I’m glad that many first-timers from all the groups finished strong and hope they can sustain their training and taper until race day.
Also, i’m extremely happy of meeting a former classmate of mine in college, Felipe “Ipe” Dumpit of the blog, “kinderdorf leben” for the first time in a run. Nice to meet the other bloggers, Rico “Sheerwill” (thanks for the pics, bro), Cathy “Cathletic”, Roselle “Running Diva”, Natz “i2runner”, Jonas & Sheila “2FORdaROAD” and to the other first timers whose names i’ve missed.
A pat on the back for the organizers of this run! All the doctor-runners were of big help!
Btw, “Choco Mucho” works! Gave me added boost during the last part of the run. Both the milk covered and chocolate covered varities are good tasting as well.
Hoping to do another half this Sunday. Happy running to you all!