The QCIM is supposed to be my third half marathon. I got everything set for the NB 21K, aiming for a 2:15 PR and then Ondoy came…..
There were so many Ondoy and Pepeng stories to share (running and non-running stuff) yet I wasn’t able to blog (I wrote but didn’t get to post any)…..After the typhoon, my running training plan got all wiped out. (No, I wasn’t affected at all.) The rescue & relief operations activities coupled with deadlines for a community project plus regular work stuff demand ate up so much time including my regular sleeping time. Excuses! Excuses! Excuses!
And so, a week before the QCIM, like a student about to take her finals, I started to cram. (Jobaqs who is running his first full marathon joined me) Plan A- This will be a come back run for me, no PR, just a fun half mary with no injury to shake my lazy self and bring me back to my running world.
On Sunday morning at 430am, entering the starting line just felt so ecstatic, seeing & feeling the race mood again. Jobaqs, Kuya Raoul and John Q are already off to run their first marathon (too bad I missed their take off). I met with Mark at the starting line whose excitement for his first half mary is just so contagious. Said a short prayer for an injury free run for me & the other runners (esp for the 3 marathoners), then we’re off.
With Plan A in mind, i started slow…After Kilometer 1, it changed to Plan B- beating my 2:27 record for my first 21K-Plan B now!…then at Kilometer 3, I met and had a brief chat with Doray (who wouldn’t miss her red shirt?) who’s finishing at 2:15 & hmmmm I am pacing with the 2:15 pacers. Might as well do it! -Plan C it is!
Until kilometer 16, I was running behind the female 2:15 pacer and ahead of the 2nd pacer. Plan C was working just fine! But before reaching Philcoa, they overtook me already. At that time, my pace was already down to 7:32 and my feet felt like I was wearing a shoes two-size smaller. (What could possibly be wrong?). I still feel strong though, no cramps and legs were fine. I feel like removing my shoes (it really feels soooo hot, like I was walking on burning coal). I still tried to continue. At that point, I was already running with RunningDiva (pacer for 2:30). Fine, I will pace with them. So, I am now with Plan B. At some point, before reaching the turnaround point between SM North & Trinoma, the pacers were all ahead of me. I tried to catch up with them and maintained a 7:03 pace until….uh, oh OMG! we are still turning right at Trinoma. My feet already shouting, “I wanna get out of this shoes!” My mind all of sudden got in a state of shock (no, not really)….I walked for a few seconds. Fine, change of route, I’ll do it!
Exactly from that point onwards, my pace went down to 8:30, to 9:00 then 9:14….I knew I can still finish stronger than my first. But my mind tells me not to, my feet couldn’t breathe anymore, my body says that I’m still good. 2 vs 1. No, back to plan C! I ran, walk, ran, walk…and finished at 2:33 (2:34 official—har har har….I paused longer before I stepped on the mat at the finish line). —- I thought it was Fashion Week already and that was the red carpet.
My take home for this race:
- Sleep is so important (& why am I blogging at this time – blame it on the coffee I had for dinner, promise this is the last time) —– I had two weeks of no sleep since Ondoy
- Be consistent and stick to your training plans….whatever it takes…(no more excuse slips!)
- Stick to your plan during the race—– I had plan A, went to Plan B and got excited with Plan C….and ended again with Plan A. I should have just maintained a pace
- I probably need to research on why my feet felt that way 16th K onwards. Could it be the shoes? Argggghhh I checked on my Newtons and the lugs on the forefoot are almost flat. Weird huh! I’ll find out why.
- I might need to buy a new running shoes…..
It was a good, good race…and definitely an experience I’m glad I didn’t miss.
And I got a finishers medal!!!! Thanks be to God!
P.S. Other than a finishers medal, I got one souvenir to last a lifetime-Half of my left toenails finally said Goodbye! And I have to keep stock of dark polish from now on… 😦
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