My Running Comeback: 2013 Run United Philippine Marathon

After having run 42km last February, I pretty much thought that I have already graduated from running.  Well, I guess I changed my mind.  Because when Moche told me that he’d run 21km in the 2013 Run United Philippine Marathon, I said I’d do it, too.  Thus, I went back to running.

Read about my first 42km run.

My training had been sporadic, no thanks to the rains that kept devastating the country (and my training program).  If I felt undertrained for my first full marathon, I was even more undertrained for my comeback run. After my running hiatus, I found it really difficult to gain back my former pace.  Previously, I only had to struggle through the first 3km and then I’m all set to run until the finish line.  Plus, I never had to take a water break until after an hour of running.  But when I started training again, I found that running 5km was all 40 minutes of agony, with mandatory water breaks after every kilometer.  It was awful.  All in all, I only had 9 training runs and a total mileage of 60.34km for training.

Read about my first half-marathon.

Thus, it was a real surprise when I found myself in good form this morning when I ran the 21km MOA route.  I didn’t feel like my lungs were about to explode at any time during the run, but I did feel a certain weirdness in my head.  I think this was due to the fact that I only had about two hours of sleep prior to the run.  But I pushed on and pounded the pavement with my trusty Asics GT-2170.  I did not take a water break until about the 8th km but I made sure to drink at every water station from the 10th km until I finished the race.

Surprisingly, I ran almost all the way to the finish line… walking only a bit to and from water stations and while I ate a banana at the 14th km.  And as such, blisters now decorate my toes.  Despite this however, I wasn’t able to set a new PR since I clocked in 2:39:59 with Nike+.  I was 9 minutes slower than my last half-marathon.  But for a comeback run with a training of only 5 weeks, I think I did a pretty good job.  Now, I only need wait for the official 2013 Run United Philippine Marathon results so I could determine how I did according to Timex.

2013 Run United Philippine Marathon

Notes about the 2013 Run United Philippine Marathon

  • There was a good stretch of unlighted road at the Roxas Blvd. and this could prove to be hazardous to runners.
  • The marshals gave in a lot of times to the pressure of letting vehicles/bikes/pedestrians cross the street.
  • There weren’t a lot of portalets during the race course.
  • There were plenty of water stations scattered all over the route. 
  • There were plenty of bananas and it was the first time that I got to eat one in a race organized by RunRio.
  • They gave out energy gels but I dropped mine and someone stepped on it so I left it.
  • The organizers should take into consideration that a lot of long-distance runners, after having trained and exercised a great deal for their half and full-marathons, are already on the slim side.  Hence, they should allot a great percentage of the finisher shirts to those whose sizes are Small and Extra Small.
2013 Run United Philippine Marathon

my third 21km medal

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.


  1. Congrats on your come back run Jayce. I feel you when you say how hard it is to train in this weather. Anyway, hope to catch you in one of your runs.

  2. hi! this is a very informative post. i have many friends who also run to keep fit unfortunately i do not get to join them:( but yes i am thinking about this too. i find my knees weak, though i do muay thai,it has always been my weakness whenever the coach asks me to jog or run.

    • Hi Caroleen, have you checked with a doctor regarding your weak knees? Clear it first with your doctor before starting to run. 🙂

  3. that is such a good decision that you’re back to running..looking forward to read your post bout your running

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