Yesterday morning, I was one of the runners who invaded the streets of Fort Bonifacio in Taguig and if running in the middle pack with 16,000 other runners either in front or behind you doesn’t carry you like a rushing wave of flood waters in a swelling river, then you might have just been a stunned spectator, amazed at the sheer volume of runners passing by you, non-stop.
The Unilab Run-United 2 race was indeed crowded but it moved along just fine. No jostling but it was sure noisy like one big party! It was one long, continuous line that probably stretched as far back as 3 kms, if you include the 2nd wave of 10k and the whole 5k runners which were running the same route during the first few kms (i’m just guessing here as I couldn’t see any diminishing tail-end).
Today’s experience was mixed. I went out with the first wave of 10k runners feeling great at 6:30 pace till about kilometer 7 when I took my first walk break and at about the U-turn on 5th Ave, I was feeling the signs of soreness in my heels and had to slow down a bit. I remember bringing some sports jelly beans stashed in my waist pack, took some with the Powerade at the last hydration station and it was an even cruise till the finish.
I’m sort of getting my groove back, maintaining a 7:00 min average pace even overtaking some struggling runners during the last kilometer. I wish the finish line area could be cleared of runners as crowds gathered just a few meters after the finish that makes it difficult to weave outside of the area.
Over-all, it was a great race and well organized although runners would surely welcome a different route next time as Runrio races have been using the same routes on their past races.
Next Sunday, I’ll be running my first half-marathon distance for this year, the 2nd Avenue Earth Run. Yes, you read it right, my first for this year! Last year (2010) was a busy year for me, having finished 4 full marathons and about a dozen half-mary’s before Plantaar Fasciitis reigned in during the first half of this year.
I’m sort of edgy just thinking about it although I know I’ll be able to tackle the distance but still hoping that I don’t struggle too much and the pain on my heels doesn’t get ugly at the end. Betty, one of my running buddies will be pacing with me. She’s fast and furious so i hope she can control herself and doesn’t get away too far!
See you Sunday!