02 March 2008
Having a running workout yesterday morning with a distance of 10 kilometers gave me the confidence to run for the 2008 Condura (Race for Tubbataha Reefs) 10K Run early this morning. I was thinking of this run as part of my training for another marathon in the future. And I started also making some research on the Lydiard’s Training Method for my preparation in future races, hoping that I could come up with a training schedule that matches to my age and capabilities. (Note: I’ll posting some of the excerpts of the Lydiard training in my future posts).
I received my race packet two days before the race and I was impressed on the contents–a Finisher’s T-shirt, my race number from Runner’s World Mag, flyer on the importance of saving the Tubbataha Reefs in Palawan, and most of all, a detailed instructions and rules of the road before, during, and after the race. My P 300.00 is really worth for this kind of race which is well-prepared and well-planned!
After checking-in at the starting line area, I had a chance to talk to “Totoy” of Happy Feet Runners Club and told me that he is a regular visitor of my blog and mentioned to me that one of the organizers of the 2008 Pasig River Marathon liked what I posted regarding my critique on the conduct of the Marathon Race. I saw some runners of Gold’s Gym who just participated in the Hongkong’s Standard Chartered Bank 42K Marathon Race two Sundays ago.
I did not stay infront to compete with the elite runners but I was in this area immediately infront of the stage which is on my right. After a long absence of running road races, I could hardly recognize Mr Rudy Biscocho, the race organizer, from the familiar face that I know when I was running in the 80’s. I regard Mr Biscocho as the number # 1 race organizer of running event in the country today.
The race started on time at 6:00 AM but before the 10K race started, there was a briefing on the course of the race, singing of the Pambansang Awit/Lupang Hinirang and a speech of one of the young Concepcions telling the audience and participants on the overall goal/objective of the race. The head of the organization/outfit that is implementing the preservation of Tubbataha Reefs also delivered a word of thanks for supporting the said running event.
And the starting gun was fired and off we go! The 10K runners were released first and after five minutes, the lesser distance races–5K & 3K runs, were released but with a different routes from the 10K runners. The 10K runners took the road that goes south going to S & R and then left towards the Kalayaan Fly-Over. All the runners enjoyed running the roads because there were no vehicles plying along the road! After going down from the Kalayaan Fly-over, we were already running the Gil Puyat Avenue. The turn-around was located near the Zuellig Building. There were kilometer markings in every kilometer along the way. There were also enough water in bottles given by the volunteers in water-aid stations. Except for the approaches of the Kalayaan Fly-over on The Fort area side and Gil Puyat Ave., the course is relatively flat.
My running form, 600 meters from the finish line!
My last 200 meters from the finish line!
That’s my happy face and victory pose for being able to break 50 minutes for the 2008 Condura Run 10K Race!
The following data were taken from my GF 305 after the race:
Finish Time—49:37 minutes Average Pace—5:03 mins/km
Average Speed—11.9 km/hr Maximum Speed—18.2 km/hr
Average HR—171 bpm Maximum HR—179 bpm
Total Ascent—440 meters Total Descent—446 meters
Total Calories—728 cal
Congratulations to all the Runners and Finishers of the 2008 Condura “Race For Tubbataha” Run!
Hope to see you again in next Sunday’s 7th DND-AFP Gintong Pangarap Half-Marathon!