LSD – Taming The Killer Highway!

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.

Posing before the run in front of Plaridel Hall, U.P., 4:30am

Mel, Betty & Tonette posing before the run in front of Plaridel Hall, U.P., 4:30am

On top of the first overpass before the Iglesia Ni Kristo Main Church

On top of the first overpass before the Iglesia Ni Kristo Main Church

Just past the INC Church

Just past the INC Church. Slight drizzle during the first stages

Past Tandang Sora Street and above the flyover construction

Past Tandang Sora Street and above the flyover construction

Nearing the St. Peter Church

Nearing the St. Peter Church. The left white shadow must be the spirit of one lost soul who wanted to run with us 🙂

Atop the sandigan bayan flyover on our way to Batasan Road

Atop the Sandiganbayan flyover on our way to Batasan Road

The Sandiganbayan

The Sandiganbayan

Towards the end of the footbridge then towards Batasang Pambansa

Towards the end of the footbridge then towards Batasang Pambansa

Start to Batasan Road

Start to Batasan Road

A light moment and a pause to breathe

A light moment and a pause to breathe

Mel, Betty and the Jazzrunner

Mel, Betty and the Jazzrunner

Posing at the entrance of Batasang Pambansa

Posing at the entrance of Batasang Pambansa

Betty, trying to mimic the thrill(?) of crossing the finishline in her upcoming 42k race

Betty, trying to mimic the thrill(?) of crossing the finishline in her upcoming 42k race

On our way to North Fairview

On our way to North Fairview

Regular sight of goat meat being sold near Litex going to Fairview

Goat Station! Regular sight of goat meat being sold near Litex going to Fairview

Just ask Mang Caldo the best cuts for caldereta, kilawin, pinapaitan or kapokan!

Just ask Mang Caldo the best cuts for caldereta, kilawin, pinapaitan or kapokan!

Its not goat meat they're buying but bananas--P10.00 isang tumpok of over-ripe bananas

Its not goat meat they're buying but bananas--P10.00 isang tumpok of over-ripe bananas

Inseparable duo

Inseparable duo

At this juncture, we decided to make a side trip inside the LaMesa Dam Eco-Park

At this juncture, we decided to make a side trip inside the LaMesa Dam Eco-Park

So we enter the Eco Park

So we enter the Eco Park

Inside the parking area of EP

Inside the parking area of EP

JR and Mel

JR and Mel

Running inside the nature reserve

Running inside the nature reserve

Racing up to get a good view of the Dam

Racing up to get a good view of the Dam

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!

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9 responses to “LSD – Taming The Killer Highway!

  1. sir rene, nagbabalak din po kami ni mister ko na takbuhin ang commonwealth avenue, yung date na lang po ang hindi pa sure. nakapag register na po kami, 42k para kay mister at 21K para sa akin.

    • Let, join us on October 04, 4:00am assembly time at UP Oblation and we run the route starting at 4:30. Lots of runners will join this dry run. Hope to see you soon.

  2. very nice story, rene. 🙂

    i do hope i could join you guys on october 4 for the LSD as i’ll be doing my 1st 21K at the QCIM. i’m crossing my fingers on this one! 🙂

  3. nice blog entry sir rene! when was this held? was this held during the scheduled daang-hari LSD? sayang! this was closer to home! hahahaha 🙂

    • No Tim. This was 2 Sundays ago. After the run, we went to a friend’s house at SSS Village in North Fairview. You live near here?

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