Dream Marathon Test Run: My longest

The test is over and did I pass?

We assembled at around 5:00am. The dreamers  🙂 were grouped into 4 based on our run strategies (9:1 run/walk, 5:1 run/walk, a slow 7.30 all-run and then there’s the run-at-your-own-pace group). Just when darkness left, we started running.

The group was upbeat and everyone just seem to be excited about this test run.  The pace groups started one after another and before long you just see the one big group naturally splitting-up into the 4 pace groups.  Much later on still, the groups actually spilled-over one another as others speed up eventually and the others maintained the slower pace.

I can tell you, our group wasn’t doing a 7.30 at all.  6.30-6.40  was more like it during the first half of the run. Whatever pace one eventually took, you’ll just see them going at it,  encouraging one another with a smile or a cheer. After the official 28k target,  others decided to call it a day  while others tried to hang on under the intense heat of the sun and ran on for a kilometer or two more.

the blue sole pacing the 7.30 pack

running a long but gradual incline

nice view

that's me still smiling at around 10k into the run

Running 3 hours already at past 8am, the heat was taking it’s toll on me.  I was breathless and sooo hot but  I still had 6k to cover.  We ran 2k and I was getting worried about getting heat stroke.  The sun was beating hard on me.  We did another 2k and then another.  I was glad Jun was running with me as he provided great support carrying my water jug, dozing me with cold water and truly believing I can do it. “2k na lang, kayang-kaya mo na yan.”   I did finish 30k, thank God!  Target completed.

It was great sharing my longest run with these great group of runners.  It was fun running with this group knowing most of us are venturing in this long distance run for the first time and most of us share the same dream of finishing our first marathons.

It was great, too, that this test run was well-supported.  Thanks to Jaymie and Edward and the rest of team. The strategically-placed water stations, the mobile COLD gatorade supply, the portalets and the showers all made this long, hot test run so much more bearable.  Our post-run breakfast and running stories shared with friends made it all the more a good experience.

With 30k done and taper mode beginning, I wonder if I can really run 11k more?  As Jun always tells me, “the last 10k is all heart”.  I just hope my heart is tough enough to get me to the finish line…  One thing for sure, I’d be doing a lot of praying. 🙂

God bless all the TBR Dream Marathoners!  I sure will be praying for all of us. 🙂

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16 Responses to “Dream Marathon Test Run: My longest”


  1. 1 Scientist Runner May 3, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Great run to substitute for my original RuNew 16K 2X LSD plan! Did the 14K route twice plus 3 loops around the lake to complete 32K in 3:47…The remaining 10K still to be conquered many say is the real marathon! Cheers!

  2. 3 Joy May 3, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Hi Mariel,
    Thanks for the visit. You were doin’ great last practice run.
    I have the confidence that all of us will make it.
    Yes, believe in God’s grace…it’s all for the glory of God.

    See you soon!

    • 4 thesolemates May 4, 2010 at 10:23 pm

      Hi Joy,
      Yes, let’s run as if everything depended on us and let’s pray as if everything depended on God. I know He will honor our efforts. Keep training! 🙂

  3. 5 JONEL May 4, 2010 at 11:13 am

    kaya mo yan mariel.

    just make sure you do not speed up in the 1st 10k.treat it as your warm up.then slowly pick up your pace.and walk in every water station to eat and drink.most especially at the early part of the race.

  4. 7 Bro J May 4, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Hi Mariel, Congratulations on completeing your target, with Jun by your side you can do the Dream Marathon with high spirit! God bless to the Solemates! See you on race day!

    • 8 thesolemates May 4, 2010 at 10:33 pm

      Hi Bro J,
      I thought you’d be there, too. May secret training kayo ha? haha
      Thanks so much for always sharing your good vibes. God bless you and Baby! Yes, see you on the much-awaited race day! 🙂

  5. 9 jazzrunner May 4, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Yes, you passed…and with flying colors! Don’t worry about the last 10k. The adrenaline and will power to finish will pull you through! Congrats in advance!:-)

  6. 11 kingofpots May 4, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    with proper food intake after the half & regular hydration, the last 10k of a marathon race is a battle with yourself! the key in finishing the last 10k is a positive attitude that you can finish the distance. never think of any negative thing..just maintain your pace..keep on repeating your “mantra”..and stick to your race strategy..by all means, finish the race! good luck!

  7. 12 banggigay May 4, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Mariel all the best on your first full mary!!! inggit ako! i am yet to do one! 🙂 i’d be volunteering for the TBR marathon..so see ya around! bisous!

    • 13 thesolemates May 4, 2010 at 11:08 pm

      Hey Banggi,
      Can’t believe you haven’t done one yet but I’m pretty sure you’d be itching to do one very soon if you see us novice runners go for it. hahaha Nice to know you’d be there. See yah! 🙂

  8. 14 thesolemates May 4, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Hi S’Jovie,
    Wisdom shared by experienced runners are like nuggets ofgold I very much appreciate. Thanks for taking the time to give me advise.

  9. 15 m8parco May 6, 2010 at 7:14 am

    good luck and we will pray for rain during race day.

  10. 16 thesolemates May 7, 2010 at 7:53 am

    yes mark, that would be nice. a drizzle will do. thanks! 🙂


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