A short race recap…
I’m back on the roads running this race last Sunday, the World Vision 21k Run! Strange that i quite miss the urban jungle that is Bonifacio Global City and i can’t remember when i raced here the last time.
Since my last road race, the Run United 2, 32k at the MOA-Roxas Blvd. grounds a few weeks ago, my feet have been immersed mostly on trails, feeling the highs of running on single tracks and dirt roads with the scenic views that goes with it.
So the chance to run again at BGC comes for a re-visit to an old race and training venue and traversing the only uphill of the course, the Kalayaan Overpass plus a chance to greet many runner friends on that long stretch of Buendia Avenue.
The World Vision Run 2013 is a nice 21k race if you’re looking for a medium sized race, not overcrowded with the kind of positive support Runrio always provide its runners. The run through the north side streets of BGC covered a wide area before hitting the south streets near the international schools then up to the Kalayaan overpass.
Having suffered from a bad case of cough and colds the week before, i didn’t feel like going on an all out running spree but i did enjoy some moments of pacing with the speedier runners and slowed down to my normal cruise control pace as soon as i struggled to catch my breath.
The water stations were copious, all providing ICE COLD water and Gatorade and it was so refreshing to pour your head with unlimited cold water. Nice!
I felt some sort of a wall during the last 4 kilometers that my legs felt dead, so heavy that i could hardly get them to shuffle forward specially on the return to the Kalayaan over-pass. I took the remaining half of my Booster-C Energy Shot and that kind of helped me get through the remaining 3 1/2 kilometers.
I struggled to finish in 2:31:47 on that 21.5 race route and i was good with that.
All in all, the race was very well organized and in my mind, even better than the 21k RU1 organized also by Runrio staged a few months ago.
You can check out the race results here: http://runrio.com/2013/06/world-vision-run-2013-results/
Thanks to all my photographer friends for the photos above!