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 she and Kuya Bry 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 early 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, 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.