In my quest to finally complete and graduate Runrio Trilogy, leg 2 proved to be quite challenging as I ran the race with my heaviest weight yet. I usually weigh around 67 to 69 kilos (147 – 152 lbs.) and I’m very comfortable with that weight range since it doesn’t pose any problems while running and I don’t get injuries after a race. After the previous night’s shift at the office, I only had very little sleep (3+ hours) and when I stepped on the scale, my weight on race day is 75.1 kilos (165 lbs). Add to that my pre-race jitters which make me feel like I need to poop (and I think I did twice that day) and I already have a lot of insecurities.
I arrived at SM Mall of Asia around 12 midnight, the weather was windy, cold, and some raindrops, it feels like there’s a storm coming. A good running buddy of mine, Odip was there. He wanted to run, but since he wasn’t able to join leg 1 and not qualified to complete the trilogy, and just decided to hang out and see some running friends. He offered to take my baggage to his car, so I don’t have to line up at the baggage counter. He also introduced me to some of his acquaintances from Team Rundom Warriors. Before the race, he let me use his brand new Xioami Huami Amazfit Stratos GPS running watch that I recommended to him (instead of a Garmin). Of course, I couldn’t say no and I plan to buy an Amazfit watch too, so it was the perfect opportunity to test run the product.
The race started at 2 am (the earliest gun start of my recent races). Because the weather is quite good (none of that torturous humidity of ASICS Relay a week ago), I moved at my usual pace of 5:30 to 6 minutes per kilometers. I had to take a leak at the first portalet I saw (the one near GSIS in Diokno blvd.) and my first drink at the aid station in Macapagal blvd. I was able to hold a decent pace for the first 10 kilometers by reaching it at 58 minutes. I moved at a relaxed pace and to be in optimum condition, I drink a cup of Gatorade and then water at every station. My extra weight finally takes its toll when I reached the Kalayaan flyover. Going up is an exhausting experience and I feel like my stamina is depleting rapidly. I had to slowdown and walk a lot even on the flat parts of the flyover. I only ran when the flyover goes downhill. Since the route is restricted only to the entry point of BGC via the flyover, we had to pass through three U turns. First U turn at the end of the flyover then go back up (and down) again to take another U-turn just a few hundred meters away from the flyover entry point. Then go back to Kalayaan flyover again (this time at the opposite lane) all the way to the end for the last U turn back to the finish line. After the dizzying Kalayaan flyover route, I was able to relax and let the music on my Sony mp3 player dictate my pace. Although it was slower at 6:30 to 7 minutes per kilometer because of fatigue, I’m at ease.
The last 6 kilometers was the most excruciating experience. Crossing the road back to the area near World Trade Center and CCP Complex can be stressful because the runners had to sprint against the road vehicles (both parties want to cross the road first, but the marshals were able to handle the situation just fine). I started to feel a sting on my crotch area, chaffing made its presence known. At that point I was alternating between walking and slow jog (compared to walking and stopping only when I reach an aid station to re-hydrate). The hardest part was running on Macapagal blvd (after passing World Trade Center) and back to Mall of Asia. When I try to run or jog, it was only because my heart was pushing me to do it, but my body couldn’t keep up any more. I feel so tired that I just wanna sit down for a moment and rest. But, I didn’t because if I stop, I will lose momentum. My heart is dragging my body. And then, approaching Diokno blvd (GSIS street), one of my favorite power song, Van Halen’s Jump played and it gave me a much needed temporary boost. Then I slowed down again in the last 2 kilometers.
When I saw the Finish Line timer at 03:23, I think I still have a shot to finish this at 3:30 or less. So, I still gave it a push, short bursts of run, walk, repeat. Last 300 meters, me and the other runners around me (I think there’s 7 or 8 of us) slowed down a bit to make sure that the photographers get a decent shot of us in action (like pretending we’re not tired or about to pass out).
And I finally finished the race in … dum dum dum…. 3 hours and 30 minutes, well 3:29 for the chip time. I’m very satisfied with the Sub 3.5 finish because despite weighing 75 kilos, I was able to finish the race with a decent time.
I wasn’t able to take photos of the winners of the Barkada Run and Buddy Run categories because I was taking a dump at the time (and it felt good). But, I was able to catch the winners of the major categories.
I enjoyed leg 2 of Runrio Trilogy. It was challenging, but finishing the race with my heaviest weight ever without any major problems or injuries after the run feels like sweet victory. The event is well-handled, but I heard that some 32k runners weren’t able to get medals because they ran out. This is a recurring problem in some running events and should be dealt with fairly. Looking forward and very excited for Leg 3 on September, the final race and to finally become a graduate of Runrio Trilogy Class of 2018.