This was my first 21k for this year and the third in the last 4 months. When I started joining half marathons, I would usually finish as one of the last runners. My first ever 21k was in June 2007 at 3 hours and 19 minutes.
For the Condura Run, I was aiming to finish below 3 hours, which I was able to accomplish (coming in at 2 hours and 56 minutes). This is my personal best ever since I started running. I’m going back to running this year because I want to join my second full 42k Marathon after my first one in in 2007 (see: I am a Marathoner! I lived to tell about it…)
The Condura Run’s the first big run for 2010, and it was awesome because we were able to run on the Skyway from the Buendia Ramp all the way to the Villamor Interchange. (Only if you run the 21k.) Also, the Condura Run had adequate water stations, cheering squads throughout the route with a morning rah-rah, and most importantly, it started on time. 🙂 The only glitch was that they ran out of 21k medals — I’m not sure why.
Here are some of my running notes for my 21k Condura Run:
— My iPod is my best friend. My 21k playlist contained songs from the Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce and Rent mostly. I can’t imagine running without the iPod — but I might do just that when I try joining a Triathlon one of these days.
— Apply petroleum jelly throughout my body and feet. I learned this from past marathons. It’s so that I can avoid the usual runner bruises from the clothes and shoes.
— Bring a power gel. I use this after I reach the 10k point. This is very important to give me a boost of energy and to balance electrolytes in the body, aside from the usual water hydration techniques.
— Keep a positive mindset. When I run, I try to smile at the people I meet and greet the marshals, “Good morning!”
My only mistake for this run was I ate late at night. We watched Rent the previous night and it ended around 10.30pm. We ate salad and pasta for dinner in Boheme Brasserie. I felt heavy in the morning and I was able to sleep at around 1.30am. The assembly time for the run was at 4.30am.
Congratulations to all the runners who finished the half and full marathons in Condura Run 2010!
Congrats to Jaymie for finishing another full marathon! 🙂
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