Sunday, October 4, 2009

Running Blog #52: My first 10 mile race

I am happy today at the thought that I have completed/finished the race of 5th Octoberun Festival. I am a finisher of 16K my time is not a PR time but I was happy I was able to run a distance of 15K (this is based from Garmin). This is my first time to run this distance. In fact, this is the farthest that I have run in my running history.

The weather was fine it felt good. But there is certain sadness in this event - it was supposed to be festive....but I guess who would want to be in festive mode when most of our brothers and sisters are striving the aftermath of the typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng. The country is in the state of calamity- it was in the news yesterday.
As I run this morning- I dedicate the run to those who have survived and recovering from the aftermath of Ondoy.

For several weeks, I have not run because of bad weather and some responsibilities at home- but it did not stop me from coming today. The 15K is equivalent to 2 or 3 days of practice run....I guess this is the beauty of joining long distance races -of course the race should not compensate the missed run....because if you missed your training you ended up beaten like me. I have to do a lot of walk breaks, suffer over pronation, felt what its like to have fallen arches and well there's just a lot of pain when trying to run faster.
I have a fair share of lessons learned in running -there is no short cut. It's finite if you wanted to go 6 or faster you have to be consistent with the tempo and speed runs. The fartlek will help survive the hills...its suicidal for me to go into the range speed of 6 up without training so I stayed at 8.

In my wildest dreams I wanted to do 21K and 42K at least performing within the curfew hours.
This is to gauge my baseline- eventually I'll try to find my PRs.

Todays run is about hope-when the sun shone while I was on the road....I felt sudden relief....glad to see the sun.
I know there is hope for my fellowmen and for me as recreational runner. I thank God for the opportunity to be able to run again. All the pains were humbling- I know a lot out there is probably in need of care and treatment- these thoughts keep me going and before I know it....I hit the finishline.

P.S. No photos, unfortunately there is no photovendo this time.


  1. Congratulations on your 10-miler! Even if the distance was a bit short by most accounts, that's quite an accomplishment! :)

  2. Thanks a lot for dropping by Gingerbreadman, Liam and Rico.
    See you on upcoming races!

  3. Congratulations Joy! (kiss, kiss) Sayang...kung hindi sana ako na injured, we could have run our first 16k together. Inggit ako!

  4. Hi Nora Thanks a lot. Onga sayang talaga. Pagaling ka kaagad so we could run more distance. =)