This is by far the only race that i got late at the start! Together with team mates Leo and Sylvia, we actually arrived at the Mall of Asia, 45 minutes before the 21k gun start but Leo had to make a stop-over at his condo which was a few hundred meters away to do some more of his morning ritual while Sylvia and i were jogging and stretching at the road in front of the building.
When Leo came back, we knew we had 15 more minutes before the start of the race so we hurried back, parked the car at a designated parking lot and walked to locate a porta-john for the last minute relief. We were about a hundred meters away from the starting line and when i was about to enter the portalet, the loudspeakers suddenly bursts into a long siren indicating the race had started! Dang! I saw a glimpse of the mass start and here i was all tensed-up, still inside the cubicle!
I hurried outside, sprinted to the starting line where marshals were waving at us to hurry up cross the starting mat. A full 5 minutes had passed since the start so me and a sprinkling of others who were also late tried to step up the pace and play catch up with the early starters.
No sooner had i reached 2 kms when i over-took a good part of the tail enders leading out to Buendia Avenue Extension towards Roxas Blvd. I had to weave my way out along that narrow side street perpendicular to Roxas Blvd and had to dodge the orange cones several times. At this point, i was now in the middle of the pack and slowed down to my regular groove.
I would say that the first 10kms was a bit crowded as we snaked our way with the other runners up those bridges along Roxas Blvd. but despite the traffic, race marshals did a fine job controlling the crowd and the traffic specially at the junction of Macapagal and Buendia Avenues. Nice to see those water bottle “grenades” again at the 10k mark which was handy enough for you to carry along the route.
The route was quite familiar to me along this side of Macapagal Avenue all the way to the end of Seaside Boulevard and back, having ran this race last 2010. It was an absolute high seeing some friends on my way back, high-fiving, waving and all! Bananas were abundant and like the RU3 32k race the previous Sunday, many banana peels were still strewn along the route despite of the garbage chutes located near the water stations. When are runners going to learn?
Really felt very tired at the last 2 kms and i was just struggling to keep pace although i seem to get hold of a second wind during the last 300 meter straight before the finish which gave me more gas to overtake many runners. Another half-marathon done!
As with these Rexona races, the lootbags were more than substantial and the post race program was lots of fun, food and music!
And i almost forgot the medal! Wow, this is one heavy metal, maybe the heaviest medal that i have ever received, a good 300 to 400 grams! It felt real heavy that you could use it as an assault weapon and hammer it at the head of anybody who tries to inflict harm on you!:-)
Over-all, the race was superb, very-well organized (as expected) and let me say that these may be one of this year’s most enjoyable race, one to look forward to in 2013!
This coming Sunday will be the Adidas King Of The Road race and i’ll be running the 16.8k distance. There will be some other races scheduled for next month before finally getting on with the Run United Philippine Marathon on October 28.
Have a great run, you all!:-)
Here are the race results: