Last Sunday morning, teammate Chito and i drove to the Mall of Asia to run the Sofitel Manila Half-Marathon. Turns out to be a large size half-marathon race as we were able to managed to be near the middle of the 200 meter long line of runners!
It’s Coach Rio’s familiar, easy course that started along Seaside Blvd., proceeding to Macapagal Ave. that took us along Roxas Blvd for the most part of the route before ending back at Seaside Blvd. I couldn’t run my normal pace as my acid reflux issues are still bugging me but was able to treat this as an LSD run together with husband and wife team, both Doctor-runners, Doc Elvis and Doc Evelyn.
I’ve been running exclusively in trail races lately, but any road race organized by Coach Rio guarantees a great race event and i didn’t want to pass this up so it’s back to lacing my road shoe and it was good to be back on concrete. There were kilometers markers along the way, tons of water, Gatorade in quantity and big, ripe bananas towards the last few kilometers of the run.
Runners couldn’t have asked for better weather as the weather gods might have been looking down upon Roxas Blvd (overcast, moderate, with nary a drizzle). Had the race taken place the day before or after with the heat of the sun or heavy downpours, it would’ve made for one miserable day.
I bumped into Docs Elvis and Evelyn after the 1st turn-around point at Roxas Blvd and the good doctors were employing the Galloway method where we did 3 to 4 minutes of running followed by 1 minute of walking then repeat. I felt less fatigued and allowed me just to concentrate and enjoy the revelry of greeting running friends along the course.
It’s hard enough not to enjoy running along this route with thousands of other half-marathon runners and it’s one of the best road race i’ve had in a while. There were some swags given from tents you line up to and get this nice dri-fit shirt which was cool to change into after running 21 kilometers!
Looking forward to running this event again next year! Thanks to Doc Elvis and Doc Evelyn for the wonderful company!