RU Philippine Marathon Oct 6, 2013 Race Report
When: Oct 6, 2013
Route: BGC to Mall of Asia Sea Side Blvd.
Saturday Evening of October 5, 2013, I was just relaxing at our house, family bonding, never thinking of the incoming race (although nerves/anxiety/excitement/ bugged me for a little while). My problem for the past running events was I wasn’t able to get some sleep before the event, so that was a big factor in my running performance.
Fortunately, I was able to get some sleep (3 hours) which I never did in my previous racing events. Thanks to God (I prayed to get some sleep) and to Lipton Chamomile Tea (a sleep inducing tea). Our call time at the rendezvous point (Petron Station, Imus) is 0130 hours.
I brought my car and I was able to meet my team mates Ako Si Dabull and Jeff Poblete (together with his partner in life Beth) on time. Along the way, at Panapaan Bacoor, we met Bajorky Niceman waiting patiently at the side of the highway. Thereafter, we took off and headed to Mall of Asia to ride a shuttle bus going to Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.
Arrival at SM Mall of Asia Event Area
We arrived at Mall of Asia @ 0200 hours. At the parking lot, we were able to fix our race bibs on our respective singlets and gathered some of our personal things for the race(For me, it’s the Simple hydration Bottle filled up with Gatorade, 4 pcs GU Regular Energy Gels, Salt and Raisins). We noticed that there are no shuttle bus around to pick the runners up for departure going to BGC @ 0230 hours (Gun start for the 42km is 0300 hours) and the runners started to get pissed! The waiting line is getting long.
While we were waiting, I consumed my first (1 out of 4) regular GU Sublime Energy Gel and some Oreo Biscuit. Finally, three (3) buses showed up. We immediately climbed to the second bus; the bus became full in a matter of less than 5 minutes, and then we were off to BGC. Time check of arrival in BGC is 0250 hours (10 minutes to Gun Start). We rushed at the starting line with no warm ups and stretching at all. The starting line is jam packed, and we have no choice but to squeeze in the crowd. In a flash, the countdown begins for the gun start, and we were off. The first 5km was only a warm up for me; I was running at a speed of 5:30min/km. After 5km I was able to pick up my pace, at 5:15min/km. The whole BGC route just went into a flash. I was approaching Kalayaan Flyover (which is for me is the hardest flyover in the RU Series) going to Buendia. I was able to pick up more speed @ 5:00min/km after the flyover (I also noticed after the flyover, runners have been minimized).
Along Buendia, I stopped at the hydration station(s) for some quick refreshment (20 seconds every other station). After 1 hour and 30 minutes, I still felt good; in fact I wasn’t aware that my speed has increased @ 4:40min/km or less by that time. I was able to maintain this speed until 32KM mark with the time of 2 hours and 39 minutes (I’m shocked when I looked at my Garmin Watch, then I realized that I’m ahead of schedule for my target Sub 4 hour finish and hoping to break my old RUPM 2012 time, but that didn’t make me comfortable enough).
Honestly, in this picture, I can’t describe where I was, but it was still dark 😉
After the 32km mark (Sea Side MOA going to Macapagal Aseana), my legs started to get heavy, but I wasn’t paying attention to it, I stick to my pace @ 5:15min/km. At 34km, I slowed down to 5:30min/km and eventually walked at least 40 seconds just to catch my breath and recover my legs. At 35.5km, I passed the checkpoint mark, Time check is 3 hours flat and 30 seconds (At this very moment, I know I can do more, not just to break my PR, but to be able to simulate a Milo Qualifying time of 3 hours and 45 minutes).
Legs started to get heavy at Sea Side Blvd MOA
At this point, I was tired, my pace is @ 6:00min/km, I can barely feel my legs, and I stopped for a full minute near Transport Terminal Uniwide Coastal. I pumped my legs just to ease the pain, and then I went to run again @ speed of 6:20min/km. At 38KM mark, I was applying the 2/1 run/walk (but not frequent as I was trying to run more than this) strategy (checking my Garmin Watch frequently this time). Then I thought, I am still going to make it to 3 hours and 45, I just have to hold on.
At last, I saw the finish line area and I think it’s the last 500 meters that I am desperate to run, I did not looked at my Garmin Watch because I can see the timing system at the finish line arc clearly (it was 3 hours and 44 minutes and counting), I just burst to the finish line @ 3 hours 44 minutes and XX seconds in my Garmin GPS Watch. Emotions filled my head (thinking of my Family) after the finish line, knowing that I have broken my last year’s Marathon RUPM 2012 PR (3 hours and 59 minutes and 50 seconds), I was able to get a bonus finishing time that I have never planned in this race. And that is the Milo Qualifying Time simulation of finishing 3 hours and 45 minutes. The Rest is History.
@ The Finish Line Area
It is true that if you have a goal, particularly in running, you have to inject a lot of training (speed, high mileage and endurance). Believe me; I’ve proven that in this race. It’s not just the time and the PR that I looked to break in this marathon race, but I looked to beat my old self from last year’s event, and I’m happy I did. I went “OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE”. Determination and Discipline will help you finish a race… but nothing beats a runner with a strong heart, courage and spirit. Thank you God, I am humbled. Thank you to my loving Wife and Children. To my Team Cavite ESE fellow members who participated in this event, Congratulations to all of you.
Run with your Spirit and Finish Strong