Last Sunday was RunRio Trilogy’s last installment of this year’s Unilab Run United. I was excited as majority of Team Alpha1 will be running the afroman distance (32K), some gunning for PRs, and some going for their first official 32K race.
I was at the event early for the 10K run. This year RunRio decided to have all the race categories in 1 day, unlike how he organized it last year when he divided it between Saturday and Sunday.
It went smoother than I thought it would be, and tolerable in terms of space (given the claustrophobic that I am), perhaps because he held it at the MOA grounds, which is wider and bigger than the Fort.
Noticeable that among the 32, 21, 10,5 and 3k categories, the 10 and 5k runners dominated the crowd – and I was part of that. The race started on time, Rio has probably already perfected this, and I’d say there were ample water stations along the road. One thing I really suffer of when I run MOA, is the smell of the Manila Bay, and the area near the SeaSide (dampa). I don’t know if it’s me — because I know some runners who don’t really seem to mind — but I just always almost pass out running this side (enhanced smelling abilities?! haha).
This is my 4th 10K attempt this year in my mission to go back in shape. For a slightly long distance of 10.2 (some registered 10.3), I clocked 1:30:05 net (1:29:27 at 10kms exact). Super slow right? Although I was still happy, since I couldn’t run the whole week to train, and I didn’t go beyond the 1:30 mark. I need to train hard for my next 10K race at QCIM where my 2010 record there is 1:18. Impossible I think? haha!
Thank you Jpeg Mendoza for this action shot!
After the race, the team waited until we were complete and all showered at Fitness First MOA before the most awaited Pacman-Dinamita boxing match. We were going to watch it at SM MOA, good thing we reserved seats as tickets were sold out!
But of course, we won’t ever skip breakfast. New discovery, delish and cheap food at Dennis The Grill Boy mall of Asia. Super cute wall comic strips and I really like their cartoon character. Super cool pinoy style!
Here are some snapshots with the team, welcome Byron!
And of course, the team headed towards the cinemas to watch the bout – you all probably know who “clearly” won. 🙂
Hats off to Marquez for a great counter-punch boxing match. It could’ve been a better one, but still, Manny brought pride to the Philippines, again!
It was a superb Sunday to end the week. Well, bummer that I caught fever, but only took me a few paracetamol tablets and vitamin c capsules to recover. Ciao! 🙂