When the organizers of the Globe Run For Home ’10 first announced that the race would start and end at Ayala Triangle, the heart of the Central Business District in Makati, the worry was that it would only create chaos in controlling traffic within the very busy area, even on a Sunday. Emphatically not the case on the evidence of this well-routed race which seemed to be under control of the race organizers, directors and the Makati traffic police.
Credit should be given to those who planned the race route even if changes were made from what was initially announced.
I was really excited running the first kilometer of the race as it brought us to streets and alleys that were unfamiliar to many runners. What made it interesting was getting a rare glimpse of Makati’s periphery streets in the dark that got Paseo De Roxas, Dela Rosa and Gallardo Streets “invaded” by runners for the first time.
The narrow streets leading to an underground-like tunnel is unusual for a route and the underground driveways used for vehicles to pass under the Greenbelt shops, with maybe a thousand runners pounding on the cemented path is a bit surreal. Yet, the unfamiliarity and strangeness of it all seemed to excite us more.
Weather conditions were tolerable today, a little humid but abundant water stations all made up for it. I wasn’t feeling great entering the race as i had very minimum practice runs prior to this event but it surprised me that this morning’s run was easier than that of the Unilab Race two weeks ago.
The Sports Beans i brought with me worked wonders!. The moment i took some, the effect was immediate as it gave me a sudden energy boost. The only drawback to this is that your throat gets dry after these melts in your mouth and you would really like to take fluids to keep it moist.
The run was going great and upon reaching the last water station with one kilometer left, i was feeling the signs of cramps coming up my left calf muscle. It finally made its attack on both calves near the DBP Building with 200 meters to go and i had to stop and stretch both calf muscles!
I struggled to a slow jog and found some rhythm to run fast when i felt the cramps again just 50 meters before the finish line. Tough luck! I jogged the last 50 meters to finish the 21k at 2:32, some minutes slower than my Unilab Run time.
Many runners were complaining that the distance registed in their Garmins was 22.1k or more. Doesn’t really matter to me. Despite of it, i had a generally good run and hope to be back again next year.
Next Sunday, me and some friends will be having another adventure run at the King Of The Mountain Trail Run in Timberland Heights, San Mateo, Rizal. See you there!