halfway there (The Fort Running Festival)

I did it and I have finished a pikermi. Last Sunday, October 17th, I’ve scratched out another item from my running bucket list, and halfway to my ultimate goal – the FULL marathon dream!

I think I remember every single moment of that event, from pre-race area to finish. Darn it was so fulfilling! I won’t write everything in detail because this blog might not be enough, seriously! But I personally wanted to share some thoughts and my own learning in the course of this new achievement.

A week before the event, FFS and I discussed on our strategy. I wasn’t aiming on a fast finish, but more on a comfortable finish for me, and injury free. The goal was to finish it in under 3:10, with splits of 01:25 (10), 01:35 (10), 00:9 (1). We also agreed “no pressure” on this race as I just simply wanted to have fun, measure the distance, and see how I feel after.

Race day came and I was so hyped. FFS almost did not allow me to run this race a few weeks ago as I was repeatedly getting sick ever since August. Could they just be pre-race jitters? LOL. I wouldn’t know. Ironically though, FFS got sick on race day and still pushed through with accompanying me.

Kathy & FFS preparing

The Gang: SprintingSwine, Armbanded, Runnerchick & BBR

Call it funny, but I was quite prepared in this race, not too much on the training perspective, but with the “vanity” side. Now don’t get me wrong, it isn’t about being maarte or what, but I have been scrambling to get my color back, and am scheduled to attend weddings in the next few days. I just can’t get burned out – literally!  Look at this:

shortly after starting & nearly before finishing

Yes, that’s just one event! ha! I brought along a long-sleeved wind breaker that I can change with to cover my arms up when the sun gets too hot. Not to mention, I was literally stopping to wipe sweat and re-spray with sunblock when I feel like I’ll be immersing under the sun’s heat. There were a lot of parts when there wasn’t any shade. 🙂

Okay, enough of vanity, here goes the gruelling summary of my experience, in a running kind of way. It went on great from start to end I would say, I started my first 10 kilometers very relaxed. FFS would always warn me when he felt I was going fast, or whenever he hears me starting to breathe deep. I swallowed a pack of GU gel every 5 kilometers to be able to maintain endurance. I got it at 1:25, right on time. The second split was harder for 2 reasons: 1. the sun was already up, and 2. it had the uphill part somewhere at kilometer 15. Literally at that point I was already tired. I would only say “oh my God!” or “grabeh!” or “I can’t believe this!”, jokingly to FFS. I was laughing at myself, and FFS was particularly laughing at how I looked like. It was probably the most sweaty point of my life – ever! Time check – 2:10. Right on track.

However, I had to stop somewhere near McKinley hills at the 17th km as I got burned out and my right hamstring and pelvic muscles were hurting a little bit. FFS said that my landing wasn’t equal, and I might be heavier on the right. I adjusted and continued. At long last, BHS was on sight and I could already FEEL the finish line. At that point I knew the distance was going to be shorter. Final reading logged at my Garmin was 20.34 kilometers, and I finished at 3:03:20. I was running continuously at a pace under 8 at that last stretch, I was smiling and happy!

Finish line! Official clock read 3:03:43

It was such a great great feeling! FFS was asking me if I cried and I said “duh” with a smile. 🙂 Philip (BBR) was there waiting for me to finish, he was definitely very supportive (Thanks P!). Millions of thoughts were in my head that time that I didn’t even remember I was supposed to get my medal. FFS and BBR did the honors and placed it around my neck. Hmm..couldn’t see it much with what I was wearing.

all sweaty, and loving my freezing Pocari

a sweet token

The best part of all, photo ops!  Believe it or not, I had to change back into my fuschia running top for the medal to pop out. Both FFS and BBR couldn’t react at all haha! Oh come on! Let it slip! It’s my first time! :p

That's me with FFS

Up the stage - am shy with this actually haha!

Happy me! Thinkin' when to do it again, next!

I certainly have a lot more training to do to improve my time with this new distance. Finishing the first just makes you feel like wanting to do it all over again, trying to correct the errors and should-haves on your debut. I target Condura Run 2011 next – this time I’m doing it alone. 🙂

On the running event side, I’d give it a 9/10. I would have given a full 100%, except for the fact that the race distance was short by around 600 meters. Nevertheless, the way how it was organized, cheap registration fee, smooth registration process, event setup, marshals, hydration, route, finishers’ medal, right amount of participants, it’s probably one of the best races I’ve joined this year. Two thumbs up for the MLB Road Race Specialists!

About runningconfessions

Someone who's been addicted to running since July 2009.

Posted on October 20, 2010, in Running. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. wuuuuhuuu!!!!! congrats kathy!! pikermi runner na. zooom!!!! 🙂

  2. congrats again Kathy! i don’t remember how many times I’ve congratulated you already. lol. i guess, I’ll see you at Condura 2011! that will be my pikermi debut (hopefully!) :]]

  3. Congrats congrats! wohoo! Hehe. i am the witness for Kathy’s entire “no pain, no gain” atittude from km0 until the finishline. It was heck of a journey right? I’m proud of you bigtime!

    Don’t worry, i’ll always be there to run with you as you go up until you reach that Dream!


    • na-touch naman ako sayo FFS! 🙂

      really, super thanks for being patient with me. nakakatigas ng ulo pagpagod na and all, ang hirap sumunod sa utos, but i hope I also lived up to your expectations.

      oh mi gosh til now my knees are sore! haha! hugs hugs! you’re really the best coach ever! 🙂

  4. hey, congrats for your first Pikermi! So madalas ka na ba sa 21K category after this? 😀

    My turn to try Pikermi this Sunday, KOTR.

  5. very well done. goodluck on your next goal: full mary! wooooohoooo!

  6. CONGRATULATIONS! What a feeling, ‘noh?!?! 😀 😀 😀

    • Haha grabe Bea as in “what the?!?!?” feeling! iba talaga ung last 3-4 kms! to think short pa ung distance namin nyan! hehe!

      Do you feel the same na despite the “hardship” (hehe), parang gusto mo na sya ulitin agad??…But bry tells me “no!” haha! Congrats on your pikermi too!! 🙂

  7. I feel physically stronger – but not invincible :p

    I still can’t believe I did that! I also dont plan to do another 21KM race anytime soon :p

    I still have 2 saturday long runs of 21KM and 23KM with the MILO APEX group, then taper na after that. DAPAT, 21KM sa Milo (Dec. 12) but am not comitting to it :p

    Are you part of TBR Dream Marathon ba?

    • wasnt able to register, hindi ko pa yata kaya! hehe baka 2011 na ko. bry said its a good marathon debut kase alaga ang runners. so maybe i’ll wait for another year. sana matiis ko haha! good luck on your first marathon, gosh how do you feel? may goal time ka na? 🙂

      ako rin, maybe i’ll do a pikermi once every quarter lang, but yup tama ka, you feel stronger after training. can’t believe we’ve gone this far dati pa3k 5k lang hehe! 🙂

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