Sunday, September 30, 2012

KOTR Experience: My first 16.8k

My third medal is in! What a nice medal from Adidas King of the Road Run! Glad I finished my first 16.8k strong and injury free!

This is also my first KOTR experience. Thanks again to Adidas Philippines and to ANR Ayala Triangle (TRIADS) for the free KOTR race kit! Indeed, my diligence to attend the ANR sessions paid well. 

Route is pretty much familiar, from BGC to Buendia and back (via Kalayaan flyover). I didn't expect that it'd be much difficult going back, thanks to Moi's advise to push really hard when it's uphill. 

Thanks also to all my pacers : Marven, Moi, Jeff, Donald and Gan for running with me.

I would also like to commend all of the teams who were cheering in the hydration stations. You guys did great, love the costumes too.

Glad I was able to manage to put a smile while running (not obvious that I'm really tired and so eager to cross the finish line to get my medal and rest) Special thanks to Mr. Photographer (Angelo Lagumbay) for this floating running photo of mine. You captured it well, nice timing! Kudos to you brother!

As for the race result and analysis, here it is! Still finished the race in sub 2. Yehey!

Quite good considering I walked most of the time especially when I was at the flyover. 

Still ranked 36th in my division. Hehe :)

I know I could have done it better, but there's always a next time. 

Time to learn, time to train... 

'til my next race! See you on the road runners! :)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Adidas King of the Road 2012


Thank you ADIDAS Philippines and to my TRIADS Family for the FREE KOTR race kit.  

Early this May, I joined ANR (AdiNation of Runners) Ayala Chapter and blessed enough to reached the 75% attendance cut-off which gave me the opportunity to get a free race kit. 

I'm also excited for this race for SOOOOO many reasons :

✓ It'll be the culminating event of all our ANR sessions :)
✓ We'll be manning a hydration booth which is part of a friendly competition against all ANR teams. (excited to see what the team has prepared)
 It'll be my first time to wear a PINK singlet    
✓ I'll be running 16.8 k with almost all the TRIADS (can't wait, I'm sure it'll be fun!)
✓ I look forward to receiving my first 16.8k medal :)

See you on the road runners! More than a week to go! :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

MBC Run : my 1st Running Medal ♥

             This is kinda late considering I had my first medal last July. Thanks to Facebook for the reminder and for taking care of all the important details I need to include here. As mentioned, I had my first running medal (yeeeesss!) for my first 15k run at MBC Run.

It wasn't that tiring at all even after the race, I guess it was because of the good pacing. Finished my first 15k with a time of 1:46:33 (Yehey) 

Below is my race analysis. 

See you on the road runners! 

PS : Thanks to Spartan Runner for being my pacer :)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Journey to my first Half Mary :)

After almost 4 months of running, I finally did my first half marathon. Yehey! To be honest I was quite scared, excited and anxious before the event. How will I do that? 21k, hello??? Will I ever finish that? What if not? So many questions.... 

It became worst when I saw the route! Looking at it made me really ponder if I'm really sure of what I'll be doing. From BGC to MOA, that's pretty far huh.  
I was a bit early at the starting line, first time, no wonder. It was raining even before the gunstart, we were literally WET. The rain made my shoes a bit heavy but I like it that way, I think I can jive with the rain better than too much sunlight. It can be an instant hydration too, haha :p

I started in my normal slow pace to save more energy that will last 'til the end of the race. Good thing, it worked. I didn't do galloway but kept the pace as is and only stopped at hydration stations. Thanks also to a barefoot runner who became my pacer (gosh, can't imagine myself running barefoot for 21k, I salute you man!)

And done! I was able to finish the race in 2hours 41 minutes, not bad for a first timer they say. 

I also like the idea that I haven't encountered any cramps along the way. Yeah, thank God for the strong finish!

Here's my race result and analysis. Top 50 in my category! Next target, a time of 2:30 for 21k. :)