We’ve been running together for more than a year already. During our practice runs, I always run ahead of Ems and even finish the 1.5km loop stronger and wanting for more. But during our weekend races, she ends up finishing ahead of me.
Last weekend, the mission was to reach the finishline at the same time. And we did!
This was our first time to join the Buddy Run of Robinson’s Supermarket. We signed up for the 10km event – though my running buddy thought of joining the 5k since it will be our recovery run after the Milo 21k. (Me to Ems) Nah, i’m sure we can finish the race. We’ll just have a full week rest after the Milo 21k, okay? And, as they say, the rest was history!
Zooming to the race day!
We met up with the takbo.ph runners before the gun start. Most of those who ran the Milo 21k will use this race as their recovery run. The horn sounded! Oops, it was for the 5k runners. I thought I was in a basketball game. Another three (3) minutes went by and the 10k runners were off!
From the starting chute, the runners made a left at the 26th street towards the Market! Market! area. Ems and I picked up our pace approaching the Market! Market! area. Near the EDC bldg, The Gingerbreadman and his new running buddy overtook us. They were pacing at 6:50mins/km. At the first water station, The Gingerbreadman and his running buddy increased their pace. We saw them again after the 2nd Turn around Point near Bayani road (Speeding up?!)
Warning! Warning! Left Shins are sending me signals – pain is increasing. Buddy Emilee advised us to slow down reaching the first water station until the 1st Turn around Point. With only 7kms left, Buddy Eric was hoping that the shin pains will just disappear – same as the knee pains of Buddy Emilee.
The stretch of the 32nd street was a point of recovery – awaiting our second wind. This is a downhill road that made it easier for us to “cruise” along. The run along the 3rd avenue was faster (a negative split?) than our cruise along the 32nd. This was in preparation for the uphill run along the 5th street. At that point, my Timex watch reads 31minutes (km#5.5) – wow! that was a PR for a 5k!
But the uphill climb along the 5th street up to Lawton Ave took away our lead. In this long stretch, me and my buddy were trying to get our rhythm back – there were times I walk while she runs and vice versa. Buddy Emilee was already looking for the 2nd Turnaroud point when we reached the 3rd Water Station. But it’s still way up the hill approaching Bayani Road.
On our way back from the 2nd TP, my watch reads 1:02:00. It was still a good 2kms from that point. Except for some slippery portions of the Old Lawton Ave, me and Ems picked up our pace. In the last 700 meters, we met Doc Eric and Doc Pnx doing their “additional” work-out after their 5k run (by the way, they were in the top ten of the 5k race).
As we cross the finish line, it was nice to hear that they announce your names. In my watch, we finished at 1 hour and 14 minutes (too bad, the official results showed 1 hour and 17 minutes – they did not removed the time variance between the 5k gun start and the 10k gun start).
After 10kms of having fun with my buddy Emilee, we had our hands full getting all those freebies and the LOOT bag from Robinson’s. It was really A LOT!
Congratulations! (Hey, the lady at the finishline who said that sounds familiar)
(RBA: Thanks to Edu for the photos)