Race Event: 34th Milo Marathon EliminationsRace Distances: 42K / 21K / 10K / 5K / 3KRace Venue: Km.0 Roxas Blvd., Luneta Park, ManilaDate: July 4, 2010Race Organizer: Rudy Biscocho of RACEBeneficiary: Poor and marginalized kids given new shoes.Race Results HERECompare yourself with other runners HERE thru Runpix Race Analysis (for 10K, 21K & 42K)Race Photos can be downloaded HERE (you need your race bib number)
Having the opportunity to participate on the biggest and most prestigious race in the country is no big joke, you have to be serious so as not to sacrifice the precious time spent on trainings. I don’t know where will I start my 1st Milo Marathon experience. Or maybe I just want to get back on the starting line and re-run my Half Marathon. I should have prepared a race plan. Maybe I’m too confident because this is my 4th 21K and it somehow has a flat course.
Pumped Up! I was pumped up on the start and as I glanced on my watch it registered a fast 5:35 on the 1st kilometer. I have to slow down, but my mind and body can’t be controlled so I just continued the pace.
Still smiling here, no injury yet…Thanks Jigs for the picture
Running with Donna Cruz-Larrazabal. After some 1.8 kilometers I saw Donna Cruz. Knowing her 21K time, I said to myself if I just run with her, I will reach my sub2:00 target time. So at kilometer 2 to 8, I was not looking on my Garmin (‘coz I don’t have one, hahaha). I was just focused on my running form and breathing, stopping on water stations to sip cold water and pour some on my head. Donna was consistent on her strides and pace, always looking on her watch to check her time. Oh btw, she was wearing an apple green Nature Valley’s tech shirt, compression tights and cute pink Saucony (if I’m not mistaken).
Porta-Potty break at KM.9. You wish, I don’t want to blog about this.
ANR Alabang Support at Km10. I was really excited to pass by our support group because of tow things, 1. I needed some motivation on the 2nd half of the course. I think the heat and pollution started to make its toll (I hate pollution! Who doesn’t? I live near Mt.Makiling that is why air is clea in green in my training ground). 2. With no Photovendo around, I want a picture of myself running my first ever Milo Marathon.
Thank you so much ANR Alabang, especially to Ms.Nao, Captain Chit, Anna and Adel. Way to go guys! Pasensiya absent muna ulit ako sa mga susunod na Tuesday runs.
Thanks Chit for the photo.
Xerxes while applying petroleum jelly on his feet
Not just water & Gatorade, ice bath too. Sarap Mond!
Jojo, happy with banana!
One of the Powerpuff boys smiling at the sight of cold water.
Not only H20, Gatorade, Petroeum Jelly, Ice bath. Chit’s banana and Hammer gel too!
Alex motivated by the cheers and clap of the support crew
The Bald Runner, www.baldrunner.com
Coach Rio on yellow! www.runrio.com I heard he placed 5th 21K.
Coach Pojie, www.forefootrunner.wordpress.com
Luis aka GBM of gingerbreadrunning.com
Noelle aka kikayrunner (look at the pinky finger). Happy Birthday!
Nice pose Prince!
Team Logan “Kaya Mo Yan with Christ!”
Papi Jet, www.jetpaiso.blogspot.com
Sir Jonel of FrontRunner, wwwbugobugo85.wordpress.com
Oldest 42K runner? Pang-ilang Milo Marathon na kayo ito ni tatang? Look at the shoes.
Left-knee injury. I was running consistently on a 5:30-5:50/km pace until KM15 when I felt my knee acting up again. I tried having short walk breaks in hope that it will subside. But it started to get painful as I run on more kilometers. Looks like I have to say good-bye for my sub-2:00hrs dream and just enjoy the rest of the course. The next 3.5 kilometers were a punishment of heat, pollution and reckless drivers. Luckily, I found my second wind at Km16- I’m running Milo, I have to give my best.
Last stretch. Final 3K, second wind didn’t last that long as I am forced to walk the final kilometers. I saw Jojo as I began to walk and told him to continue running to beat his PR. So I walked as fast as I could until Gideon (my training buddy who is running his first 21K) called me, musing to continue running. I closed my eyes and breath a prayer for the last 800meters. Nearing the finish line I gave everything and I was able to sprint the last 20meters. Wooohoooo! All, I wanted to do was to sit down.
Paying it forward. I still remember vividly my marathon experience during TBR. And I want to pay it forward. So after the free massage and ice pack on my knee (thanks Aby of Red Cross Manila Chapter). I can walk/run again. After some more rest, I experienced the most unforgettable thing on Milo. I was privileged to pace 42K runners on their last 500meter. I saw a lot of seasoned and serious runners conquer the finish line. I saw someone on a bad running form because of fatigue, someone running with one shoe on and because of blisters, runners with amputated arms still giving their best, runners already deaf of exhaustion, some with all smiles. Everyone of them is an inspiration! How I wish I can someday say, “I finished the Milo Marathon. I’m not only a marathoner, I’m a Milo Marathoner!”
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To the Milo Marathon organizers, thanks a lot for the memorable race! Everything was great (singlet, registration centers, timing chip, advocac, website and Facebook page) and I hope that you can improve on the ff:
1. Hydration on the last 5 kilometers. The 3K and 5K runners drank everything. Was sad to see 42K runners suffering in dehydration and heat exhaustion. I saw passers-by get water from stations.
2. Traffic control especially on crossings. I noticed that as the race is about to end, marshals and police aren’t that strictly already.
3. Earlier time start to avoid heat exhaustion. Maybe 3:00am for 42K and 4:00am for the 21K?
4. 3 loops for the 42K was mentally unbearable. I wish you can bring back the classic route on the 35th so I can run 42k.
5. More organized baggage counter. I learned that someone fainted while claiming her bag. It was a total chaos. I also heard that a lot lost their bags, cellphone and money at the counter.
6. Cheaper registration fees. I know of a lot of serious runners who were not able to register because of the expensive fee. I hope you can do something about this. As far as I know, this is sponsored by Milo. I do think that P500 is a rip off. If not for its prestige and me supporting my friends running for the first time, I would have opted to have my own 21K LSD.
7. Please give the medal to 21K finishers within the cut-off time as he/she crosses the finish line next time. That’s a great encouragement for us.
“7 humble requests po, KAYA N’YO YAN!”
Still, I will be joining some of your provincial races. Maybe the 5K fun run because its way cheaper than P500.
Now, I’m getting ready, getting ready for the next bigger challenge: 14 Days Solo Backpacking Challenge: Visayas up to Luzon. Please check out the blog for updates during the trip. Thanks!