It wasn’t too long ago that I made an objective to myself, to achieve a sub 30-minute 5km record before I join the 3rd leg of the Guerilla Race this October.
Last Thursday, before sunset, I pushed hard, alternating between dashes and speed walks, at the last kilometer, I felt some pain on my legs for pushing too much and was already doubting myself that I can do it at the time. Then, I looked at my smartphone, I’m already in the 4km range at around 26 minutes. So, I made one final, kamikaze dash and while taking peek at my smartphone as it hits exactly 5km, then I slowed down and started walking, finishing 5.15km run at 31 minutes, and hitting 5km at 29 minutes and 32 seconds. Achievement Unlocked! I know it’s not as fast as the veteran runners’ 20-25 minute range, but at least it’s faster than the average weekend-only joggers and those who only join fun runs without much training. Another milestone was my farthest run of 15.7 kilometers with a time of 02:00:49. This long distance run was part of my training for my 1st half-marathon (21km), the Rexona Run to Your Beat 2014 at SM Mall of Asia on October 26. By my estimate, if I were to run alone, I can probably finish at around 2 hours 36 mins to 2 hours 45 mins. But, I’m running with an officemate who is not as experienced as I am and is also joining his 1st half-marathon, but I think we can finish it under 3 hours. A good finishing time isn’t important though, finishing the race is. As of September 30, we are now officially registered at Rexona Run To Your Beat 2014. No Turning Back. I chose this event as my 1st half-marathon because of the rave reviews of last year’s event, hailed as one of the best fun runs by bloggers and the running community, and the fact that it is a music-themed run, no need to bring a music player, there’s lights and live music everywhere along the route and that could motivate us to run faster than the usual.
Another run that I’m already registered to and will happen on October 18 in Filinvest City, before Rexona RtyB 2014 is the Guerilla Race. It’s a military training-style obstacle run and we joined the Warrior category, which is 10km and 18 obstacles. More info on this once I have the race kits this week.
New 5km PR: 00:29:32
Farthest Run: 15.7 km @ 02:00:49
Upcoming Runs: Guerilla Race (October 18, Filinvest City); Rexona Run to Your Beat 2014 (October 26, SM Mall of Asia).