Event: Battle of the Sexes
Categories: 5K, 10K
This run was unplanned. The night before the event, Kuya Bryan (FFS) of Team Alpha1 called and offered me free 10K race bibs (without the singlet). I willingly accepted the offer since I wanted to try if I can beat my PR for 10K. He had two extra race bibs and wanted me to invite another friend. I had initially thought of inviting my sister since Kuya Bry and her were classmates during high school. However, I remembered my sister posting on her Facebook that she was going out-of-town. So I just invited Sab (my high school classmate) to run with me.
I arrived earlier at McDonald’s (our designated meet-up place) and had my breakfast there. While waiting for the person in charge of giving out the bibs, I met with some of the members of Team Alpha1. Kuya Bry introduced me to Martian and SprintingSwine.
Upon receiving the bibs, they wanted to head to the starting line, and Kuya Bry asked if I wanted to run with them. My initial reaction was “I can’t run with these guys! These guys are podiumers! I’m not even sure I can keep up with them for a mile.” But, I just told them that I’ll be waiting for Sab and just run with her instead.
While Sab and I are on our way to the starting line, it started to drizzle. I almost backed out since I didn’t want to run in the rain, but for some reason, my feet kept walking. I just hoped that I wouldn’t get sick since it was exactly two weeks before RU1.
The females were the first to run. Their gun start was 10 minutes earlier than the guys, so I wasn’t able to run with Sab. While waiting for our turn, it started to rain really hard. I was really on the verge of walking out of the starting line to find shelter, but I was too late, the countdown for our gun start had started. I had no choice but to go with the pack. There were few runners lined up for 10K, so I guess it was going to be a good run regardless if it rains or not.
Since it rained, my attempt to break my PR for 10K had vanished. I just stuck with my normal pace and considered this run as a maintenance run. After finishing the first loop, I suddenly remembered that running in the rain is one of the to-do things in my bucket list. So I just enjoyed it even though my cough was starting to get worse. HAHA
Finished the race in 1:07:xx. On the other hand, Sab finished her second 10K in 54 minutes. Wow! Sab did a sub-55 for a 10k. I’m so proud of you, par! :)
It turned out that running in the rain is actually fun and refreshing! I will definitely do it again. :)