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.
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.
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.
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.