My First 15km Run

run for integrity 15k statsToday I met one of my 2012 goals of running for more than 10km. I had my first 15km run early this morning, despite an emotional hurdle and utter lack of preparation. What training I had was not enough to prepare me for this endeavor, having only had four 5km runs at the Ayala Triangle Gardens and that 10km Hyundai Run for a Cause (whose results I could not find!).  I was also expecting the arrival of my red flagship yesterday but until today, it hasn’t ruined my day.  I guess all the running around did induce sufficient adrenaline rush to delay it a bit.  It’s a really good thing because running 15km under the hot tropical sun with a raging body temperature is a sure way to get heat stroke.  But thank the Lord because He spared me.

I started with a good pace, not allowing myself, for the first time, to be intimidated by those who zoom out the starting line.  Of course, I usually do that, too, but I opted for a more relaxed pace, thinking that I still had a long way to go.  My sleep prior to race hour had been second longest (the first being before the Condura run where I overslept!) so there wasn’t much faintness going around my head.

But to be sure, when I saw Neli on the way back from the first U-turn, followed by RJ, then Moche, then Venus, I was pretty disappointed already.  Granted, I started the race at the back of the 15k crowd, but I was still hoping I’d catch up.

Twice I stopped to fix my right shoe because it was digging into the top of my foot.  I loosened the laces a bit but after a couple of blocks it was still the same.  So, I stopped again and aside from adjusting the laces, I pulled down my knee support to provide compression to my shin who started to plague me during my first 3km and then again during the last 3.  It looked a bit funny but a runner’s gotta do what a runner’s gotta do, right?

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my official time (as per runningmate.ph)

But guess what?  I did catch up!  With my steady pace and short bursts of energy and avoidance of the water stations (before the 10km mark, that is), I suddenly saw the two Venuses walking.  Since they were on the other side of the road, I just continued jogging away.  It was the first time that I overtook those two powerhouses!  It was a really exciting time for me!  And after the second U-turn, I saw RJ again.  I couldn’t believe I was able to overtake him that much when he was originally more than a kilometer ahead of me.  Lastly, before turning the corner to the finish line, I suddenly saw he-who-does-not-sweat Dennis, still on a long walk to the second U-turn.  It was really incredible!

I sprinted the rest of the way to the finish line, my spirits high and my shin aching.  And that, was exhilarating.

Today, not only did I Run for Integrity, but for 15km as well!  ^____^

Jayce Cairo

Jayce is a linguaphile who speaks four languages and currently works as a translator to finance her various interests. Scoring very high on “Openness to Experience” on the Big Five Personality Test, she is an avid globetrotter who aspires to retire at 35 and travel for the rest of her life.

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