Just the three of us this morning–Betty, Tonette and myself. We hied off to the Mall of Asia and arrived there at about 5:15am. With us was a photocopy of the Rexona 21k race course and our plan was to run the whole route as an LSD run. It was Betty and Tonette’s first time to run at the MOA-Macapagal Avenue grounds while i had sampled the place during the Del Monte Fit and Run 10k race late last year. I just love bringing them to places they haven’t ran yet!:-)
Immediately, we fell at ease with the course. It was all flat, conducive to setting out a 21k PR if you like. The first 10.5k passed through several landmarks as we started nice and easy from Seaside Blvd, facing Manila Bay towards Macapagal Blvd then we turned left going to the old Film Center tomb(?), Hotel Sofitel, the Coconut Palace and out to Roxas Blvd in front of the Cultural Center of the Philippines then back again to the CCP grounds.
The last half of the route took us back to Macapagal Ave. as we ran the whole stretch southbound past NAIA Road, Uniwide Bldg until we reached the dead-end as we turned right to Pacifica Ave. After the turn-around point near the Manila Bay breakwater, we entered the Mandara Seaside Homes Subdivision where runners could peak at the still waters of the Bay. Towards the end, we all sprinted back to Seaside Blvd with the Sunday promenaders now crowding the baywalk.
We walked for about a few minutes to cool down and when we slumped into our seats in the car, exhaustion began to set-in and i was feeling sore all over. I’m still limping a bit now.
The distance recorded by Betty’s Garmin was 21.14 and that was a good run to do the distance in 2:29 (running time).