Event: Run United 1
It’s been a while since I visited my blogsite and posted an entry. I’ve been very busy lately because of school and job hunting. And yes, I am now officially a taxpayer again.
Run United series is the most anticipated running event in the Philippines. I have always been curious as to why this event is so popular. I mean, I know that it is organized by Coach Rio, but other than that, what’s in it? So without an inch of hesitation, I’ve decided to participate in this event. I have registered for the longest distance which is 21K.
I have registered a couple of weeks after they’ve launched the registration period. There isn’t much preparation made unlike my first 21K since school projects are starting to pile up. I just hoped that everything goes well. Oh, and I was not disappointed at the quality of the singlet, it was well-made.
I have only felt the excitement to run in this event when I discovered that two of my friends, Marge and Andrea, are running their first 21K. I have always been joyous whenever I hear/see my friends going out their comfort zone, especially in running.
I was 20 minutes early from the gun start. As expected, there were two waves for the 21K category. Since I waited in vain for some of my closest running friends at the baggage counter, I ended up in wave 2 and ran alone. My first few kilometers wasn’t that bad, I admit it was a bit crowded but still tolerable. I started to feel discomfort upon reaching KM 5 which is in Buendia/Gil Puyat. The road went narrower as the roads weren’t completely shut. There was too much air pollution since we were running side by side with some cars/public utility vehicles. Moreover, the first wave of runners have made their first U-turn that brought in more crowd, and the traffic was poorly managed by the enforcers and marshals.
I know for a fact that it is no one’s fault. I understand how frustrating it is to some motorists to stop and make way for some people they don’t even know. But on the other hand, it is even harder for us runners to stop. It is only us who knows if we’re on a momentum, and if that momentum is ceased, who knows what will happen. You might lose your pacing, you might end up so pissed that would disturb your focus, or worst, your mental state might hinder you from pursuing your goal for that particular event. A lot can happen, really. That is why the only thing the would impede you from such things to happen is to stay calm and positive.
After passing through the stretch of Buendia/Gil Puyat, I was so relieved to finally breathe in fresh air again, but I was starting to feel tired already. And for some reason, I completely lost the motivation to beat my PR. I was lost. I was irritated. I want to step aside and declare a DNF (Did Not Finish). However, after seeing this old man passed by me, my goal to beat my PR was relived. The old man served as an inspiration all throughout the race. I started to recover and increase my pace again. I started to regain my strength, too. Ever since I discovered my passion for this sport, I have always dreamed of running even if I am that old. So, “I run to add life to my days, not to add days to my life”.
After the mental disarray, confusion and everything that you wouldn’t want to happen during a race, I was marveled to see that I broke my PR by a minute. It wasn’t that much, but it was a testament that anything is possible if you just believe in yourself.
POST RACE: (I’ll let the photos do the talking)
I am glad to say that I am now registered to Run United 2 (32K). I am hopeful to finish my first 32K the same way I have finished my first 21K. And to be perfectly honest, I still can’t find a good reason as to why RU series is one of the best running events in the Philippines. I will scour for answers on June 2.