Ran 10 km for the first time in my life. I didn’t think I could do it at first, what, with hardly any training and all. But I did. ^__^
I was only able to practice twice before the marathon and both times had been for only 20 minutes straight. So come race day I was expecting to do the same: run the first 20 minutes then walk-run-jog to the finish line. But no, I had to hurdle through my physical limitations: abdominal pains even before the first water station (less than 1.5-2km) and right leg cramps (2km). These were just two challenges but as they hit me too early on, my time was not as what I would have wanted. This is also not to mention the trying olfactory stimuli, the crippling heat and my weak lungs.
I’m not exactly sure why I got the stitches in the first place as I wasn’t huffing and puffing nor pacing irregularly. Much more are the cramps since I ate three bananas within 24 hours of the race. On the other hand, stinky places are really the bane of my running and the heat really gets into a lot of people. But I am proud that I managed to keep jogging despite the unpleasant aroma in various parts. However, when it came to the sun, I had to walk a lot of times because the MOA area is quite open with only a few buildings and next-to-nil trees. My lungs? Well, they’re weak and I have hardly felt them getting stronger despite my activities…
Anyway, I was aiming to finish the 10K stretch for only 1 hour and 20 minutes. This was based on my best time at running 5K for only 39 minutes. However, I wasn’t so lucky and finished 1 hour and 24 minutes after the gun start. And the funny thing is that it truly saddens me. 🙁
But really, it was a surprise to me, running through the 5K mark, that I still had more to give after the first five kilometers, cramping leg and what not. I’m thinking that this could be due to my rigorous badminton training. But even more so, because of my new running shoes (thanks, Moche!). So, I am very hopeful that when I do 10K again, I will significantly reduce my running time.
And I am so looking forward to it. ^___^