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Fun at the Globe Run

After the Condura Full and Century Half  where I was happy with my finish times,  I opted to relax from running and ate to the max.  So when it was time for the  Globe run, I doubted if I can have another 21k run good enough for a possible time improvement carrying these extra pounds.  I decided I’ll just enjoy every stride and if there is improvement, it would be a bonus.

As much as I wanted to improve my time, I am also helping Mariel in her training for her next goal…. Oops (secret pa pala).


My race experience:  We arrived at the Paseo center parking lot at around 4:40am.  With a good 30 minutes before gunstart, parking was a breeze.  Mariel went for her last restroom visit while I positioned myself outside the car to get a GPS signal.  Couldn’t seem to get a good signal so as soon as she was done, we just proceeded  to the corral and there restarted my Garmin again and after some time picked up a good signal. I heard from friends that they had the same experience with their GPS watches.

We saw friends Kim, Dindo , sisters Lala and Inang, Bards , Dingdong and their T2 gang at the starting corral.  The atmosphere was fun with runners having their group pics taken.  Even Mr. Fernando Zobel who was positioned not far behind was having some photo-ops.

Mariel & Kim / Dindo & Jun at the starting line

Countdown came and we started walking before we progressed to a slow run.  Reminded Mariel to take it easy and just enjoy the race as we crossed the starting line. I know she wanted this to be a PR run which she will use to gauge her willingness to progress to  her next goal. Ooops (secret pa daw!).

After crossing the greenbelt tunnel I peeped at my Garmin and saw 11k+ registered distance. I suddenly remembered that i forgot to reset it from my last Friday run which was more than 10k. hahaha  Well, I just focused on my pace and enjoyed the race.

I guess these pics will show I had a fun and easy run

Crossed the finish line at 2:05+. Well, happy enough ‘coz it was a nice run after all.. Went to get water, greeted some running friends and went back to the same route to check out Mariel and run back with her all the way to the finish line. Yes, new PR for her notwithstanding the photo shoots while running and CR breaks. yoohooo!!. Congrats Hon!!

Woohoohoo!  It was a good run for me.  I enjoyed the route very much.  Reversing the route from CBD to The Fort and back made a difference and added a freshness to the usual course.  Of course, running in the Greenbelt area especially the mini tunnel was a new experience that I couldn’t help but go up the pavement to stop and take a pic.  Hahaha so much for PR goals!  The whole CBD run was just great.  The roads were well-illuminated and there were no run-in-the-dark moments.  I could focus my efforts on getting my rhythm and willing my legs to lighten up. 🙂

Greenbelt Tunnel

Going up the Buendia flyover, the restroom beckoned again.  I couldn’t seem to nix this unwanted breaks.  I decided not to postpone it so I can have a comfortable and fun run.  So, I went straight to Jollibee (again) for that 2-minute pee break.  Did wonders as I ran along happy with a lighter load.

Greatly organized-race

There was much I was happy about in this race —  the long table set-up with over-flowing water and Powerade (made me wonder why i still donned my hydration belt and carried that extra load), the icy-cold sponges that really made a difference in cooling body temps in that sweltering heat and humidity, the run inside the serene Heritage Park, the absence of irate, horn-honking drivers who forgot to take their Imodiums in races past.

It was such a good experience.  I think my photovendo pictures captured how much I enjoyed it.  Thanks Ben & the Photovendo team!

Fun, fun, fun!

I had super fun running inside Heritage it even looked like I was dancing. 🙂

The Heat is On… (literally!)

Going back Lawton off Bayani road, the rays of the hot sun was directly on my face.  We were running in single file all seemingly trying to shield ourselves  from the sun.  Going back the Makati CBD as I was running up the Buendia flyover, I felt a sudden rise in temperature.  It was at the last 2kms at almost 8am was when I really felt the sun’s heat at my back.  I wanted to walk the flyover but found myself running as fast as my tired legs could manage in an attempt to get away fast from the sun’s rage seering through my skin.

Down the flyover and before the left turn at Paseo de Roxas was the last water station with a marker signalling the last 1km of the race readying runners for the final stretch.

Sprint to the finish with the Blue Sole

Seeing Jun waiting for me  just off the last water station, I braised myself knowing this blue sole will push me to my limit.  I reached for a cup of water, then a cup of powerade and accepted an icy-cold sponge and off  I went meeting the blue sole a few steps ahead.  We ran side-by-side still relaxed for a few meters updating each other of our runs when he got me to speed up and told me to select a target (meaning, a runner ahead of me)  I would aim to overtake.  Okay,  we sped up a little with me eyeing a breathless male runner just a couple of meters ahead.  The blue sole however had other ideas.  He pointed a girl-runner in purple so much farther away.  I knew it! He won’t let me settle for an easy target.  So we ran, overtaking MY chosen target  easily and continued running and running and running with heart pounding, telling myself this would soon be over.  Finally overtaking HIS chosen target before I finally crossed the finish line at 2.37.41  (wait! route was long at 21.7k, right?? See Running DATCOM post)

alavet, alavet, alaaaavet!!! 🙂

This is my 4th half mary in four months and unlike my first 3,  I didn’t feel any pain in my legs. No painful outer knee and back of thighs, no jelly-like knees and no tight hamstrings. WOOHOO!

Yes, an improved time in this run was one criteria I set in my decision to go for my first full in a couple of months time.  One down, 2 to go…

Thanks for a wonderful race Globe-Ayala Land and of course to Coach Rio, Vince and the entire Finishline Team!  Mabuhay kayo!!!

Thanks to my Coach of course! 🙂

The Sole Mates' sprint to the finish

POST RACE  with friends @ the Ayala Triangle Garden

Ella, Vimz (Kulitrunner) and me

Jun, Bobby (Cruise Control), Raymund (Rainman) and Art

Raymund, Ella, Vimz, Bobby, me and Art

Runners rest post race under the shade as they watch other runners finish their races

Jun, Mommy Vimz and the rest of the group inside the Ayala Triangle Garden

runner's check out the Runners World booth

First Runners World Philippine Edition w/ Coach Rio dela Cruz on the cover

Cover boy Coach Rio --- We're so very proud of you!!! Nag-level-up ka na!!!

It was fun running this race, fun going around the booths and fun eating breakfast with friends.  This race was just PLAIN FUN!!!  Till next year!!!


Parking at the Globe Run 2010

Runners can’t get stressed over parking before a race.  That’s a big no-no!

For hassle-free, stress-free parking on race day, let’s all be advised and/or reminded of the different parking lots open for the Globe Run-for-Home 2010.

So, plan ahead and be early!  Happy Globe running day!

Globe Run for Home Race Report

Much has been said, much has been written.  Some good, some bad.  One thing though we can’t deny is this run raised about a million pesos that would help give 100 families their own homes and all of us who ran and raised awareness on this cause were all part of this worthy endeavor.  For that alone, we’re happy.

I don’t usually do a lot of activities a day before race day so that I’ll have a lot  of reserved energy.  I only had one schedule to attend to Saturday afternoon and that’s it. But coming from a heavy migraine attack Friday midnight till Saturday afternoon was just energy busting.  It was good i was still able to go to my commitment that afternoon even with a slight headache. I  guess i lost a lot of those energy reserved for the race.

Sunday and race day,  I was up early feeling a little feverish.  I just went on  my usual ritual during race day thinking it will go away with a good shower.  Didn’t bother to tell Mariel anymore.  She might insist I stay home instead and proceed to the race herself.  Well, I didn’t want that to happen.  Not going while she will?  No way!!!  It will make me more sick!!!   hahaha

The little feverish feeling was gone a couple of minutes after we arrived at the BHS parking lot.  I guess the runner’s high kicks in once you see the race site and all the  runners around you.. Met up with Annie, Jaymie, Miguel, Jen, Vince and Anne delRos.  Jen( Mariel’s sis) and Anne will do their first 5krace, Mariel and Miguel will do 10k while Vince delRos,  Jaymie, Annie (fresh from Singapore) and myself are running 21K.  Jaymie and I have set our minds not to push too much since we just came from an injury and had just started training again. Our plan is to do 6:30 pace. Annie was excited to race again missing the Manila races and was again itchy to hit the road.  As usual, off she went ahead as soon the gun start sounded.  The weather was nice, a perfect race weather.

Our fist 5K was a little fast compared to our plan of maintaining an easy pace.  Jaymie’s garmin bugged down on her a few minutes after we started so i was set to be as the pace setter again just like our pre-injury days last year when we where training for the New Balance and Singapore races.

This bullrunner really has  horns and wanted to swag runners in front of us at the early stages. Kept reminding her to take it easy and tuck in her horns first as we were already way off our planned pace. The next 5k was almost the same. We see fellow runners already returning from the Ayala U-turn saying hi to us, I meant, not me but to the bullrunner.  hehe  It wasn’t only Jaymie who wanted to swag but my sole is itching to increase pace however we both had to take it easy.   Running along Ayala Avenue, Paseo de Roxas and Makati Avenue was another different experience.  The only times you could probably see people on these roads instead of cars were if there were rallies or demonstrations.  Looking at the sea of runners along these major roads of the central business district is just awesome.  For a couple of hours, runners rule Ayala!

On our way back along Buendia, the road became busy as we shared the road with the 10k runners.  I saw Miguel then later Mariel.  By the time we hit the Kalayaan flyover,  I was feeling tired.  It might be the effect of the draining migraine attack and slight fever that early morning.  By the time we reached 5th Avenue, I felt so exhausted.  Jaymie asked,  “you ok?”  Told her I’m already tired.  She said ” Go Jun, think of it as just one of those morning sickness”… Kainis!!!

As we hit the last 2 km, i felt the second wind pushing and giving me the boost to increase my pace a little more until we reached the finish line. Garmin time at 2.09.  It was a tiring race but it was a good one. Nice weather, nice route, nice people around, but most of all, nice way to help build a home. Well, that can be considered a great day to run.

Day before race was light and easy.  Planned it that way so as to make up for the hectic and stress-laden week at work.  It has been this way for 2 weeks now actually ever since I went back to work after my 2-week bout with Dengue.  I just had a lot to catch-up on.  This has kept me from returning to a regular running schedule.  I joined the Nike Clinic last Tuesday, ran a mere 5K and that was it for me for the week.  No runs whatsoever until race day. Anyways,  the kids and I enjoyed a full day together that Saturday doing a different kind of marathon.  Our family favorite on Saturday afternoons — DVD marathon!

Started off race day with the same routine only this time, I had to make sure my sister, Jen, who’s running her first 5K, is also now awake.  Called her up to make sure. No problem there, she was.  I was kinda afraid she might back out the last minute as she was praying for rains so the race will not push through.  Hah, informed her races push through rain or shine or there’d be a lot disgruntled runners!  hahaha

We met up with old-time (as in we were still singles), good friends Vince and Anne as well in the parking lot.  When the 21k runners Vince, Jun, Jaymie and Annie left,  us, 3 girls, Jen, Anne and myself stayed on at the parking lot while Miguel ran a couple of rounds.  We then tried to do stretching exercises transitioning to Jane Fonda work-outs courtesy of Anne.  hahaha  Good thing Miguel left earlier or we might have embarrassed him to death!  he he he  Boy, but we sure had fun!:)

We saw the 21k runners off and stayed on at the sidelines chatting away waiting for our races to start.  I then left the two to join the stretching exercises in the 10k corral.

I really did not set high expectations for myself for this race.  I was just so happy I can run this one as I wasn’t even sure I could when I registered.   I secretly hoped though I could atleast be at par with my current PR of 1.09.42 or atleast not too far below.


Running the first few kilometers, I felt unusually tired. I have not even reached the flyover yet and I could already feel my heart beating fast.  Boy, this will be a hard climb, I thought.  I found some energy though and felt better as I hydrated at the flyover water station.  I was just a little disappointed that there wasn’t any energy drink available. (Yup Hon, I think it’s time to get me a hydration belt.  Donning that contraption while running is getting to be more attractive to me than lining up at the water stations.)  Going down of course is a favorite as I let gravity pull me into a faster run.  Whoa!  That released a new-found energy.  Passing runners on the way down released a new high and I was able to increase my pace in Buendia. I saw Vince delRos, then Jun and Jaymie, already on their way back and again found some energy to speed up as I passed the turn-around point.


On the way back, I felt tired and didn’t relish the idea of sprinting at the intersection of Buendia-Makati Ave.  to make sure I don’t get stopped to make way for the honking vehicles.  I pushed and pushed and thankfully would experience spurts of energy as I tried hard to muster the strength to speed up on the flat roads and resist the strong temptation to walk the 2nd flyover climb.

I have not walked since my first race and I just thought, I’m not prepared to start now.  I can do this, I can do this.  I kept repeating to myself.  Mind over matter. Divine intervention needed here. Lord, help…

Then a breath of fresh air came in the person of Tiffin. ( You were heaven-sent, dearie! )  Her sunny greeting and our brief chat energized me.  Telling me Mark will take my pic further bouyed me up further (Di mahilig sa pictures noh? ;)).  Thanks Mark for waiting and taking my flyover pic!

Running on the Buendia-Kalayaan flyover.

It’s time for the downhill run again. Yipee!!!

Sprint to finish

Reaching the flat roads  I just tried to maintain a steady pace careful not to go too slow.  At the final bend, Coach John cheered me on. ” Go go go,  strong finish,  go!  That worked as I sprinted towards the finish line!  Yey, made it back!

My time?  Can’t say for sure as I forgot to look at the time and couldn’t rely on my stop watch reading as I forgot to set it as the race started and also forgot to hit the stop button at the finish line.  Okay, okay, okay, this is one memory plus moment.

I forgot to do a couple of things this time but one thing I didn’t forget to do was…  have a good time!!! 🙂

The race isn’t perfect and so are the organizers. Who is anyway?  I thought it was more than okay.  It was great!  Except for the glitch on the awarding of prizes (I really hope Globe makes the necessary adjustment), the flaws were minor and yes, in our opinion, forgivable.

I’m just happy to be running again!    We both are!  =)

A must do — post race photoops with good friends… (thanks to Jaymie & Miguel, Anne & Vince, Mark & Tiffin for some of the pics)

Jun, me, Annie, Jaymie & Miguel

with old friends Vince & Anne Del Rosario

happy reunion!

Jaymie and me wearing same unplanned outfit. "Great runners have like minds" 😉 (borrowed from TBR post on TNF Race)

5k first timers: my sistah, Jen and Anne, Congrats!!! Another matching outfits - Like minds, too, ey?

Jun with ULTRA classmates, Karen Davila & hubby DJ

Mark, Annie, Jun, Tiffin, me, Nicole, Jaymie & Miguel

Miss this sweet lady everyone calls Mommy Kim.

Meeting Nora felt like meeting an old friend. Run with you soon! 🙂

President of SoleMate Fans Club, hehehe....oh, and the honorary member..

President & sole member of JunC's Fans Club, hehe......oh, & the honorary member! bwaahahaha

Cristy, Nora, Johnny, Jaymie, me, Annie, Miguel, Jay & Vener

… and of course breakfast  atlast at TGIF and a lot of laughs with couple friends Alpert & Annie and Miguel & Jaymie capped a beautiful race day .

Great day, indeed!!!  Run on friends!!!

and last but not the least ... our Sole Mates pic! 😉

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