I always look forward in doing Long Slow Distance (LSD) runs every weekend. It develops in me a psychological ability to run the time it would take me to finish a marathon (i’m hoping for 5 hours or less, if i’m lucky).
Having completed several marathons in the past, long runs are most useful during the progressive buildup leading to a marathon. More useful is probably getting the chance to run part of the marathon course itself and I think its a good idea to do a trial run, survey the course and get familiar with it. Three of my running buddies and i did just that…to run the whole stretch of COMMONWEALTH Avenue. Betty, Tonette, Mel and myself are contemplating in running the 42k QCIM and this will be Betty and Tonette’s first full mary.
We first had our apprehension in running the route as it was continuously raining the night before while some parts of the roads might have been inundated already. Besides, it was still pitch dark as vehicles would not be able to see us clearly. But being the hard-core runners that we are, we decided to pursue the run and we started at around 4:45am as the rained weakened into a drizzle as patches of wet asphalt were under our feet.
Commonwealth Avenue is notoriously famous as a “killer highway” because of the number of vehicular accidents occurring almost daily. However, these accidents happen as a result of irresponsible drivers who over speed, despite the 60kph imposed speed limit and disobedient pedestrians who continue to cross no jaywalking zones instead of using the footbridges strategically placed along busy areas of the avenue.
The avenue is 12.4kms kilometers long and is considered as the country’s widest street so far. So we all agreed to use all available pedestrian side-walks (which are wide and far from speeding motorists) and to run against traffic.
I will be posting more pictures once i get them cropped. In the meantime, let me say that this route, particularly Commonwealth Ave., will be closed to traffic during marathon day on October 18. Both lanes from the Quezon Memorial Circle up to Tandang Sora Ave. will be closed while the south-bound lane from Tandang Sora Ave. to Fairview will also be closed to motorists.
Keep on logging those miles and see you soon!