Saturday, April 28, 2018

Date : April 22, 2018
Place : SM Mall of Asia

Last Sunday, I joined the Nat Geo Earth Day Run - my second race of the year. It was a familiar route with the starting line at Seaside Blvd near SM Mall of Asia going to Macapagal Blvd. all the way to CCP then U-Turn along Roxas Blvd right before Quirino Ave then back to Seaside Blvd for the finish line.

Unlike the Pinoy Fitness SUB1 Challenge - my first race of 2018, this one was lighter. I mean, less pressure. There is no pressure of reaching the finish line in less than an hour. Otherwise, no finisher's medal.

I arrived at the starting line at 4:53AM. 7 minutes before gun start.

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Go!

I was feeling great at the start compared to my previous race. No wiwi problem also. My pace was at 5:30 until about the 5km mark. I ran behind the two foreigner ladies until I could no longer keep up with their pace. And then they were gone.

I didn't stop at any water stations because I had my own hydration bottle. And I didn't need to do a refill.

Btw, no plastic cups in this race and that a reusable water bottle is included in the race kit. Awesome!

From the 5km mark to about 7km was about focus. I tried to focus to at least maintain a 6:00 pace. I walk for about 30 secs if I needed to then run to recover the loss time.

And then finally pushed myself for the last 3 kilometers to receive that finisher's medal :)

It was a well-organized and eco-friendly race. Great race. Kudos to RunRio!

I thank God for this wonderful gift of being able to run and enjoy running. And thank you to my wife, family and friends for all the support.

Until next run.

Race Results : Click here


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