Every weekend, me and my running buddy are doing an LSD in preparation of our upcoming full marathon race in October. Last Saturday, September 6, we ought to have a 21K LSD run but unfortunately due to my buddy’s busy schedule, he rescheduled it the next day even we have a fun run to attend to. And as challenging and crazy always, Ino has planned to do a before and after run. Meaning?… I’m dead!
The gun time is at 5:30 but as planned, we started running at 4am from Makati Ave to the Turf. As his usual pace, fast, I cannot catch up due my empty stomach. I haven’t taken anything yet and I am not used in running with an empty stomach. My stomach is growling and I have no energy to burn. Upon entering the BGC, I ask my bestfriend if we can drop by 7-11 at South of Market to grab some food. I bought siopao and a bottle of water. I asked Ino if he want some but he resisted. He is not used of having breakfast before the run. You think we stopped there?.. No!.. I am eating while running. Maybe Ino was training me for an ultramarathon technique… eating while running to gain energy while not losing PR…hahaha.
As we arrived at the starting line, we’re still short of 500 meters, so we just log in our racebibs and greet my teammates and off for 500m around the Turf to make it 6k pre-race run. After the warm-up, we took some pictures as our tradition (before and after pics), so we have decent-looking pictures. But look!… Oh my… my friends call it “haggardness and oiliness”… hahaha
With my FRD friends, coach Mherlz and Ino
with my bestfriend Ino at the starting line
break-in of our new running shoes… the sole buddies
The usual routine of a race is warm-up before the gun start. It was zumba time. My FRD friends were having fun dancing zumba and also Ino, but unfortunately I didn’t take clear videos of him dancing zumba as I was just pretending nothing is happening… hehehe. As I was having fun dancing the zumba, I didn’t notice the time. I thought the gun start is 5:30 but it’s already past that time.
runners having fun dancing zumba
And the gun goes off for the 10K runners at 6am. My bestfriend started in his usual pace, fast and I should catch up but was tired already, so I was slower than his pace. The route comprises of challenges. For the first kilometers, there are various inflatable obstacle courses. We entered one, you have to get through first to a hole then cross the inflatable diagonal bars. As I crossed the diagonal bars, I tripped and fell. Due to its bar flexibility and smoothness, I had a hard time standing. Ino was just watching me, not helping me to get up. He’s laughing at me… hmp! Luckily, one runner helped me. While running, Ino is not still getting over what happened to me. He’s still laughing and telling me that I looked ridiculous out there. “I hate you bestfriend”… hehehe.
We ran the usual 10K BGC route which include my enemy route, the Kalayaan flyover. I was tired then when we crossed the flyover but Ino was always going back for me to pace me. After the flyover, we reached the Mind Museum area, there is another obstacle, the tire run obstacle course. I told Ino that he should do the obstacles and I would be the one taking pictures. The tires are too small for Ino’s feet. Whenever he put his foot inside a tire, his foot get stuck… revenge! hahaha… As our run goes on, I noticed that it’s getting hot and I am thirsty but the hydration stations are situated way apart.
There are also tents situated along the route which consist of brain challenges. There is a question posted outside the tent and you have to pick and enter the tent that you think has the right answer.
There is also a monkey bar which is not too high as Ino need not to exert effort on reaching those bars. As we reached the last 500-meter mark, we passed by a maze which is not very challenging as we just follow the runners infront of us.
challenges along the route
As we reached the finish line, there is a long line. I thought it’s a finisher medal line but it’s a hydration station. At last, cold water! I was looking for someone to take out our bar code to check our chip time but no one is there. We are pointed to a line that we thought would be the verification line but it was where you get your loot bag. We linger a bit to check the booth but the place was too congested. Not that there are too many runners but the booth was squeezed in one road. And my buddy was disappointed not able taste any sample of Ensure drink as they run out of it.
some activities at the event venue
After that we just bid goodbyes to my FRD friends as we still have to run 5K to finish our 21K LSD run.
my bestfriend enjoying the route
As we continue our LSD, we run back to Makati. The sun was so mad as I was perspiring too much, making me weak and tired. I was doing walk-jog routine because my foot arch starting to hurt. Maybe because my feet are still adjusting to my new running shoes as it’s my first time to try Asics. As we reached our so-called finish line at Ayala triangle, I was exhausted and I wanted to dip into an ice-cold bath.
Despite of hot weather, I had fun
The first thing that crossed my mind while we are running is the “hydration station”. I think there are only 3 water stations along the 10K route. This is the only 10K run that I felt so thirsty. And the other thing is the “punctuality”. As per program, gun time for 10K should start at 5:30 but it started 30 minutes late. Making the runners traverse my ever-enemy route Kalayaan flyover over under an angry sun. Another one is the “obstacles”, the route will be more exciting and fun if only marshals implement all runners to try the obstacles. I too is guilty of not doing it… hehehe
And of course, I have to get my bestfriend’s thoughts about the race and one complaint he has is the loot bag. He says “why are there no Ensure samples in the bag as it was an Ensure run, only detergents”. Guys, let’s give him the benefit. He was tired and thirsty and the weather is so hot, and he wasn’t able to taste the Ensure sample at the event as they run out of it… hehehe
Nonetheless, we did enjoy the run despite of our various complaints. We are looking forward to another fun run like this.