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Mission Done at Rock and Run

The Rock and Run was not to be just another race event for us.  It was destined to be something special.  Afterall, it was to be my younger sister, Jen’s  first 10k event , and I promised to pace her.  (See previous post on this mission.)

We were not disappointed.  What promised to be a special race turned out to be an amazing one!!!  Oh, forget about the concept being totally ruined with the bands unable to play throughout the route.  The atmosphere was festive enough with runners enjoying playing … err running in the rain!

Now, our story…

We were in the race venue an hour before gunstart.  More than enough time to meet up with friends, have some photo-ops,  chat, have a restroom break and even grab a doughnut at nearby Krispy Kreme.  All that done in the hour before gunstart when we saw the  cloudy sky turn dark and drops of rain came falling, immediately turning to a hard downpour.

sis, jen and our good friend Anne

me with friend valee in matching tops

the solemates who else? ;

Jun with good friend Vince delRos

Eric & Valee and me

Jen, Anne and me

Our party of 3, Jun, my sister Jen and myself, were with couple  friends Vince & Anne and Hans & Dang (also running her first 10k).  Jen, Anne and myself left the group and went to grab a krispy kreme when I realized I didn’t eat any snacks and was already feeling hungry. Got to go to the restroom one last time and after that was total chaos as I went looking for Jun and then my sister and the rest of the group as I realized the 10k event was starting.  Good thing got my cellphone with me was able to find them in time to run towards the starting line and catch-up with 10k’ers.

raining cats and dogs

that had runners take cover before race start

Run powered by Krispy Kreme? 😉

We ran laughing trying not to slip on the soaked grass and road. Whew, made it pass the 5k’ers  just in time when the last of the 10k pack was leaving.  So, our planned relaxed pace didn’t happen.  We were huffing and puffing…  and laughing as we started the race!  HAHAHA     We were dripping wet,  our shoes soaked even before we reached the starting line.   What a way to start!!!

We slowed down and relaxed even when the rain was beating hard on us.  We felt the drops stinging our skin with accompanying wind that blew my cap away.  Have not ran any race like this.  The Eco Dash Run last year which I thoroughly enjoyed paled in comparison.  I was also loving the scene — runners happily chatting and laughing.  There was even a girl walking with friends under  her pink umbrella!

Jen running her first 10k under pouring rain

umbrella anyone? 😉

Jen at this time was running at her regular pace while I ran alongside her providing the stories that would take her mind off the distance.  At one time, I felt cold as I wasn’t exerting much effort running.  With Jen shooing me away with a reminder to go back for her, I sped on for a couple of minutes to heat up and went back to pace her again.

Mercifully, the rain let-up at around 4k and we ran on with short rest breaks.  At the 6km marker, I pointed out to  her, ” 4k nalang” and got a reply, “Ha? 4k pa?” and we laughed out loud MWAAHAHAHAHAHA !!!

Jen running at around 7k

The next 2kms had me giving her targets to overtake and the last 2kms  had me digging deep into my reserves of kwentos and encouraging words.  “Almost there” , ” Konti na lang”,  “You’re running more than your longest distance na!”, ” Galing-galing!”, “Come on, come on”, “Strong Finish”, “Let’s go!”, Wow, 10k ka na!”

She had a good run and we had a  great  time!  Jen conquered her first 10k  at 1.22.28.  WOOHOO!!!  So proud of you sis!!!

The pouring rain did make this event memorable and exciting.  I just enjoyed the scene and running in the rain.  Though the event didn’t turn out the way the organizers planned it, we still commend them for staging a fun race.  Better marshalling effort and route traffic management  next time would be in order though to ensure safety of the runners (rain or shine!).

More important for us that day though was that  Jen finished her first 10k!!! Congrats Jen! YOOHOO!  Pa-cheeseburger ka naman!!!

You did it Sis! Good Job!

Mom and Dad at the finishline. Feeling marathon ah! haha

10K!

first time 10k finishers Jen and Dang

Jun, Jen, Mom, Dad and me

Jun, me, Dang, Jen, Anne, Vince and Hans -- good ol' friends!

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Tonight’s the Night!

It seems such a long time ago since the Kenny’s Urbanite Race was first announced.  Now it’s time… Tonight’s the night!

No PR expectations for this race for me.  I just wanna have fun with our friends joining a once-in-a-blue-moon nightime race.  Early on, I wanted to sign up for my first 15k (my supposed first 15k at the men’s health trail run went kapoot!) but I signed up for 5k  instead where our long-time couple  friends popoy and cielo and my sister, jen will be running also.  Having developed a trauma for road runs at night with my little accident a couple of months back  (see earlier post on Misadventures of the Pink Sole),   I was apprehensive about running a longer distance.  I might not be as alert when I’m already tired so it’s 5k for me tonight.  No plans really for this race … slow … fast … walk … run … walk-run-walk …  walk-run-stop(photo-ops? ;)) … anything goes for this race … I’ll just play it by ear. Any pace, any time will do.  😉

Our schedule is really tight with all the many activities happening all at the same time but I think we’ve managed to sort and  iron things out at last!

So on to the Urbanite Run!  Don’t forget your race bibs, timing chip and food stubs and maybe… flashlights are in order?  hahaha   See you there!

No Sunblock Needed @ KR Urbanite Run

Looking for a race that would break the seeming monotony of the usual early morning races?

Read on and realize 10 benefits!

Kenny Rogers is hosting a NIGHT run.  It may not be the first in local races but certainly something that come too few and far between.  Surely, newbies and veterans will be excited by this.

Register and get 3 major benefits:

1.  EAT a nutritious, sumptuous meal at Kenny Rogers (of course)  billed as the “Urbanite Meal” that  runners and non-runners alike will surely appreciate.

2.  RUN a night time race.  Ticket  will serve as your registration voucher for the run.

3.  DONATE and help feed and educate poor Filipino children.  It will serve as your donation to Hands-On Manila Foundation and 5775 Movement thru I am Ninoy Runners.  So be sure to bring your tickets and drop the “DONATE” stub at the designated box on race day.

Extra  Benefits:

4.  You can over-sleep on race day and still be early for the race.

5.  You don’t have to wear sticky and heat-inducing sunscreen.

6.  You get a new kind of racing experience running at night.

7.  You wouldn’t  have to worry about early morning success in the john. 😉

8.  You get greeted by Tribo’s live music  at the finishline for some Urbanite concert partying.

9.  You get an excellent chance of breaking-in your spouse, family and/or friends to the running scene with the friendlier time slot.

10.  You get to see or even probably run with KR endorsers and Amazing Race duo Marc Nelson and Rovilson!

So come on!  Register and help fund the causes of Hands-On Manila Foundation on nutrition  and the  I am Ninoy Runner’s  5775 movement  on education!

The  registration fee might be a little more expensive than most races but remember the benefits:  EAT, RUN and DONATE!

Registration is on-going and will end on August 11, 2009  so be sure to go to the nearest  Kenny Rogers  branch or log on to  www.kennys.com.ph.  You may also go to  Nike Park and Runnr Store at Bonifacio High Street for alternative registration sites.

Race kits, singlet including the timing chip will be released three (3) days before the race. Venue will be announced later.

Just a special rejoinder to  the I am Ninoy runners, let’s join this run and continue helping the cause.  As our shirts say  “Lets build mileage, build endurance, build schools…i am a hero.”   Let’s be a hero in our own rights.

For those who have not yet signed up,   we encourage you to be part of this worthy cause.

Calling all urbanites,  gorgeonites, lets join the Kenny’s Open 2009 Urbanite Run!

The night run will be held on August 15, 2009, 7pm at the Bonifacio Global City in the Fort.  5, 10 and 15k events are still open.

Check out Kenny Roger’s website for more details.

See you there!!!


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