Nature Valley Run: 10k, 21k

Recovery, recovery, recovery. That should be my mindset after completing my first 42k.  So, reluctantly,  I asked Jun to sign me up just for a 10k when I originally wanted very much to run the 21k leg to complete the runrio trilogy of 21, 21 & 32.  Anyway, I decided not to risk injury and give my muscles a break and time to heal.

So race day neared.  The excitement wasn’t really there running a 10k.  I guess that’s just normal coming from a big HIGH finishing a full.   I was relaxed and I felt no pressure as I am very used to the distance.

Race day though before Jun went in the 21k corral, i asked him if i could race this one. He nonchalantly shrugged his shoulders and said “Okay lang.”With that I suddenly felt excited but still weighed the situation.  I didn’t want to hinder the healing of muscular microtears i was reading about.

So it became a very calculated race for me starting with warm-up pace in the first 3 kilometers gradually increasing pace  the next 2k and shifting to race mode in the next 4k while still stopping at every station to hydrate.  I didn’t bring my hydration jugs this time confident there would be enough water at the stations.  I wasn’t disappointed.  There was over-flowing water and isotonic drink.   I stopped at the last water station and prepared for the last kilometer.

But lo and behold, i find that i couldn’t really race the last kilometer. Running that final one was like squeezing into cracks in a wall of walkers.  The 5k and 10k runners are now sharing the road and we were numerous — bulk of the more than 11,000 runners who participated in this big event. So, i criss-crossed between walking bodies sometimes jogging behind them trying to find space where I could squeeze myself in until the final road to the  finish line provided relief of a wide expanse of relatively clear road and opportunity to sprint to the finish.  Happy to have improved my 10k PR at 1.06.48 (chip time) still.  Really a bonus for me. Happy, happy, happy!

I really don’t have a concrete plan for this run. I just wanted it to be  nice and  comfortable. It’s like a comeback training run after helping the pink sole train for her 1st marathon.

At the 21k corral, I saw Jay and Vener who are also just in for just a training run. Like me, they  also don’t have a particular plan and will just  go with the flow. We also saw Patrick who is ready to run for a new PR, while Javy and Jaymie will be pacing each other. We all stayed at the back and when the starting gun was fired. Vener, jay and I decided to run together while Jaymie and Javy had other plans so they went ahead of us while we started slowly. The three of us stayed with the pack slowly picking our pace and from time to time dared each other on who will take the lead and pace us.

Jay went ahead at 7k while Vener and I maintained our easy pace. I really felt there was  something different that day. I was tiring easily.  I don’t know if it was the HEAT, the HEART or the (H)AGE!!! hehe  Man, was it HOT!!!

Like the pink sole, it was  my first time not to don my hydration belt in a 21k race.  I was told that water stations will be better than the leg 1. Truly they had more than enough that you wouldn’t feel you’d be denying somebody a drink if you decided to pour a few cups to cool yourself.

HOT, HOT, HOT! Finished the race totally drenched from sweat.  It was one of those days when my body wouldn’t respond to any coaxing.

Despite the heat-battled racing day, the organizers were just able to alleviate the torturous heat with very long table set-up at the water station avoiding any lines for a much-needed drink.  A pint of Haagendaz ice cream for 21k finishers was a great add-on.  Even we, non-21k’ers, benefitted. Didn’t experience any lines at the loot bag claim area either.  Great job Runrio !  With a huge runner-turnout like this, almost anything can go wrong.  How the race was  conducted was a testament to good planning and good implementation.

As for the photovendo pics, we were waiting for it before we publish this post but unfortunately, I didn’t have any pics  at all.  Hmmm,  getting a picture of all 11,000+ runners must have been a real challenge.   Happy still…  We just requested this pictures from our running friend, Kulit Runner,   for this post.  Thanks Vimz!

Post-race activities:

Vima & me enjoying Jun's Haagendaz

Vima, me, Jay & Miguel at the finishline while waiting for Jun & Jaymie to finish.

Miguel, Jaymie (Bull Runner), Vima(Kulit Runner), me & Jun at the finishline ready to join other runner friends for Mark & Tiffin Parco's despedida at Paul Calvin's.


6 Responses to “Nature Valley Run: 10k, 21k”

  1. 1 Scientist Runner June 8, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Congratulations TBRDM mistahs! Also used the 21K NV race for recovery 🙂

  2. 3 Bro J June 8, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Wow! good recovery run. Kami ni baby… rest mode muna up until last friday where we run 10K at Batangas. One year death anniv ng father nya. It was a good run for us too. Hope to see you again soon in races!

  3. 5 cruisec0ntr0l June 15, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    waaah…i missed the ice cream! and the run din pala hahaha… 😛

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