Wednesday, 18 June 2008
It was almost 8:00 AM already when I started my long run from my quarters in Fort Bonifacio. I was planning to run inside the Libingan ng mga Bayani but due to the heavy traffic at the Libingan Road which I had to cross after leaving Gate 3 of the camp, I finally decided to turn left towards Heritage Park. After passing by Heritage Park, I turned left towards C-5 Highway. I ran along the bermuda grass-planted sidewalk of Heritage Park and it was very comforting to the feet.
There is a dirt road outside of the fence of the Heritage Park facing C-5 Highways which I chose to run instead of the cemented sidewalk but after passing the boundary of the park with adjoining populated area, I had to run along the sidewalk of the highway facing the incoming traffic. I was dismayed and frustrated to see the garbage and dirt scattered along the dirt road beside the highway. Almost all the areas/portions fronting these illegal settlers along C-5 were dirty and wet with the drainage flowing on the side of the street. The Eco-Runner will have a problem running this part of the road and that he has to carry a big trash bag! I am sure he has to completely stop and ruin his running workout.
I could not imagine how polluted the air was when I was running along C-5 Highway plus the heat of the sun but I had to endure all these factors that affect the efficiency and better performance of a runner. As I entered the road access to McKinley Hill from C-5 Highway, the security guard tried to stop me from entering the said compound. I immediately shouted at him that I am with the Philippine Army and continued with my uphill run without looking at him for the second time. I guess, my cotton singlet affirmed his belief that I am with the military.
I was wearing a white Fort Ilocandia Golf Course cap, sunglasses, a white singlet made of cotton with the markings of “Philippine Military Academy”, black Adidas running shorts, Nathan Water Belt, Ipod Nano, and Nike Zoom Explosion 2 running shoes. My singlet was an obvious “sign” that I was with the military.
Once I reached Lawton Avenue, I turned right towards The Fort. From Lawton AvenueI turned right towards the American Cemetery before reaching the newly-constructed Robinson’s Condo Building. After passing Serendra and Market! Market!, I took the street fronting the International School up to the Hanjin Building. I took the road that goes to the front gate of the Philippine Public Safety School and then towards the Petron Building. I turned right at the road that goes to the back of MC Home Depot and all the way to the St Luke’s Hospital and at the Ford Showroom & Car Dealer Store. From the corner of Jollibee, I went to Serendra and turned right towards the Bonifacio High Street Mall. Actually, this was the reverse direction of the 4th Global City/ANTA 10K route.
Joanna of Starbucks Coffee (Bonifacio High Street) once again filled my empty Nathan Water Jug with ice and water. She was always there to lend a helping hand when I need a refill of water. Thanks again, Joanna! The security guards were looking at me and I could only suspect that they were wondering why I was running too late with the sun already too hot in the sky. As I continued my run towards MC Home Depot and towards Jollibee, I started to sing loudly with the songs I was hearing on my headphone. The people whom I passed by would look at me and smile. At this time, I was hearing the songs of the Bee Gees when I was graduating from high school! (New York Mining Disaster, To Love Somebody, Massachusetts, Words, Smile, etc..)
From Jollibee to Lawton Avenue and later to Fort Bonifacio, I maintained singing loudly the songs I was hearing from my Ipod and it was a nice experience–practicing my singing and at the same time having my running workout! I finished the distance of 16.2 kilometers in 1:44:08 hours under the intense heat of the sun and the carbon monoxide pollution of the streets in Metro Manila.