The 2nd leg of RUNRIO Trilogy was a success in all areas. I can’t imagine how you guys can manage the 14,000 runners plus families and friends in one eventful morning. hats-off!
Thanks to Unilab’s commitment for an active lifestyle- people from all walks of life and all ages come together united not only to run but to bond in the Active Health village after the race.
7minutes before gunstart with Snail Runners Alabang
-Long lines of water and Powerade.
-Cold sponges and banana was superb. The sponges became my bestfriend and helped me a lot during times of over-heating.
-Active Health Village. Each kiosk was a box office hit.
-Lotsa freebies and activities post-race.
-Medics, marshals and photographers are all over the area.
-Kilometer markers were a big help especially for runners without Garmin.
-I hope that they would bring back the waves (21K, 10K, 5K, 3K) at the starting line. I was surprised when the countdown for the half-marathoners’ ended; it seemed like the runners are not moving, only to find out that there are 5K and 10K runners even if they are to run some minutes after.
-Route was a bit crowded at the first 2 kilometers. Maybe because there are about 3,00 (if I heard the announcement right ) 21K-ers and the route was full of u-turns. It was hard to accelerate but of course this is still manageable. I miss the Heritage route though.
A SWEET 21K FINISH
Patience at Kms.0-5
It was still dark and accelerating was a bit hard as I share the road with more than 3,000 runners. I need to be patient and conserve energy. I don’t mind others who are over-taking me. I was glad to stay on the 6:00-6:10/km pace.
Perseverance at Kms. 6-10
I can now feel the tiredness at this time but I always psychologize my body and muscles by thinking of nice thoughts and smiling. I need to continue with the pace. I also did some fast walking as I near water stations to rest my muscles.
Trailing Behind Rovilson Fernandez at Kms. 11-16
I want to thank Rovilson for the steady pace he has from the moment I saw him running at Km.11 til Km.16. He was really fast even with his heavy body built. I have to admit that I was having a hard time keeping at his pace but was still persevering to just go with it. I know that if I stayed on that pace I would finish less than 2:01.
Faster pace from Km.17-20.5
After I ate the banana around Km 15 I was feeling great. Trying to enjoy the rest of the run and smiling when I feel tired, that helped a lot. I was a bit worried because I forgot to bring some Hammer gels, I supposed to take one at Km.14. Good thing, I had a high-quality diet the past weeks coupled with perfect sleep. I think that helped me to run faster. I always check my running form as I have the tendency to heel-strike when tired.
I was accelerating during these times as I have budgeted my energy well. Always telling myself that I can do it.
All-out at the last 500meters
My training includes an all-out finish, teaching my muscles to add more speed at the last few meters and running as fast I can at the last 200meters. This I apply at the last few seconds of this run. I believe people saw me sprinting, giving my best to finish at sub-2hours. And yes, I reached the finish line at exactly 2:00:01, it’s still sub-2 because I remember crossing the starting line after 2minutes gunstart.
Last 150 meters, almost flying. (Photo credit: Gey Enriquez)
Last 100 meters sprint, now flying? Look at my feet (Photo Credit: Gey E.)
1:57:41. Oh yes, that was a sweet finish, the finisher’s medal was a relief. I re-rehydrated and ate everything I can find from the give-aways.
Now smiling and showing off my 21K medal, with Jerry Brucelo (Photo credit: Randy P)
Ayan Gey, may photo na tayo sa wakas. Thanks ha!
My Official Race Result= 1:57:41. Sub-2hours baby!
Post-race food trip at Mercato centrale.
I joined the Snail Runners as we talk about each of our experiences. It was a fun time to be re-UNITED with my running group. Thanks Sir Jess (Lipad) for the ride till Alabang. Sayang ‘di natuloy yung treat ni Mauie sa Manong’s. hahaha Thanks Sir Toel and the rest of the crews! I still await the photos.hahahaha
RACE RESULTS CAN NOW BE VIEWED: RUN UNITED 2 2011, Runrio Trilogy 2
OFFICIAL PHOTOS will be available soon…