Friday, May 15, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
It will be my first road race since attempting my 21K in March. April went by quickly because of vacation and work schedules. I was actually missing the atmosphere and challenge of the road race and this made me look forward to Sunday's event.
Inside the corral, I met up with Dante, Dave and Jorge. Dante was in a similar situation as me -- no run and not much training in awhile. Dave and Jorge are training for their 42K in San Francisco but Jorge recently got injured, so, he is going for a very light run. He was supposed to try his first 42K but his injury prevented him from proceeding. Dave decided to do a 21K, together with a number of messengers from his office.
The race started off at around 6am. At this time of the year, the sun was already up high. While it was still overcast, we were all worried about the temperature as the race progresses. I found out later that the route was similar to the 21K run via Buendia and the Kalayaan Overpass. The turnaround point for the 10K would be at the Buendia-Malugay intersection.
The early part of the run was pretty good. I felt strong and my pacing seemed to be bearable. I started playing a game of picking out a runner up front and doing two things -- either match his pace or overtake him. I overtook a few runners this way and as I rounded the turn at the halfway mark, I was surprised to see that I was just a bit off 30 minutes for the 5K! It would have been a new PR for me for that distance. I was even surprised to be ahead of Dante and Dave at this point.
Unfortunately, things didn't quite work out post 5K. I started struggling right after the 6th kilometer as I felt soreness in my legs creeping up. I slowed my pace a bit but I was now mentally struggling to stay focused. It was when I reached the Kalayaan flyover that I mentally and physically bogged down.
Oh well, so much for a new PR for the 10K. It was a struggle walking and running until the finished line. At one point near Market Market, towards the last 1Km stretch, Dante and I caught up and walked together. At the Market Market area, we both pushed ourselves to run back to the finished line. I finished a little over 1 hour 13 minutes while Dante came in a few seconds after.
There are a few lessons to be learned here for me. 1. I do need to focus on training as much as I can, despite my time constraints (see my previous blogpost). 2. My 5K is getting better, most probably because several of my training runs were 5K in duration/distance. It just means I need to run longer to sustain the endurance.
So, maybe, I can continue strengthening my long runs but also focus on dropping my 5K mark -- I still have my sub-30 objective that I need to fulfill before the end of the year. Looks like it might be doable given what happened last Sunday.
It wasn't my best 10K but there are some positive aspects to it -- and I guess it's an okay end to my first year of running!!! Yehey!! May 20 will mark Year 2 of Johnny's Run while May 18 would be the anniversary of my first ever road race!!
So much has happened in one year!! But one definitely bright spot -- I am definitely healthier and stronger than when I started one year ago!! Alleluiah for that!!