So this is my usual night run at UPLB grounds. I usually start 6:30pm but this time I started 7pm. Running would start by buying my usual drink- Gatorade
. As usual I brought with me P23 for a 22oz. at 711, SU Bldg.(20)
as usual they have the grape flavor. My run was unusual because when I’m about to pay the teller told me that Gatorade is now P25- It was affected by inflation- too bad, same with the rising registration fees of the races. No choice but to get the smaller 16oz. cup. which is P20. Putting twist to it which made it unusual you have to pick a color of the cup that you want to use (I think this is one of the geniuses they thought of this election season)- Green for Gibo, red for Erap, Yellow for Noynoy, etc. But my choice is the orange cup for Manny (not Pacquiao) Villar. I noticed that the UPLB students like the color green (does this mean they love La Salle?). Anyway, I just thought that maybe I was the only one who chose the orange one- ‘coz the masses cannot afford a bit pricey items from 711. But googling about this marketing genius I saw this:
The Usual Warm-Up
Since I already had my stretching exercise at home while watching American Idol
(I saw Ellen
D at the show, is she a main stay already?) I started to run on my usual route- starting off in front of the Baker Hall(25)
where MacRunners congregate along the Upper and Lower Grounds.
The Upper Grounds is 800M
Upper and Lower Grounds combined would be 1.2K
A loop to both would have me 2K, a nice warm up run.
My Usual Tempo Run
I guess I’m now ready for my 3K tempo. If you have run at UPLB you would be familiar with what MacRunners and Trantados call the Campus Run which is 3K.
This is my usual route during my night runs
Some famous landmarks saw during the Tempo Run:
- Baker Hall (25)
- Carillion Tower (26)
- Fertility Tree (26)
- Engineering Dept (22)
- St. Therese Chapel (5)
- UP Main Gate (1,2)
- Main Library (16)
- DL Umali Hall (14)
The Unusual Cool Down
That was unusually fast for me but not fast enough if I would target a sub-25 5K race this Saturday. Anyway, I have to rest now. So I had my cool down walk and run inside the lower grounds(26) where footballers play during day time. It was cool and serene as I try to plan for my 5K race. It’s just sweet to feel the vibe, admire the hugeness of the fertility tree, the sweetness of lovers taking some rest on the grass and the frogs hopping freely. It was a nice and fun run tonight- yes it is usual but since i blogged about it- its unusual. I think one of my favorite runs as I focus not only on my training but those things around me.
Notes (especially for my non-running friends):
UPLB- University of the Philippines Los Banos
711- a 24/7 convenience store at
SU Bldg.- Student Union Bldg where the food lab is
800M- short for 800 meters
1.2K, 2K, 3K, 5k- 3 kilometers
Sub-25:00 – a 5K races with a time finish of less than 25 minutes