I started to have my late afternoon runs last Monday, a day after I finished the 2nd Mizuno 15K Run, on the road that extends from Market! Market! and Serendra towards the old Gate 1 of Fort Bonifacio. I will simply call this road as the “International School Road”. I usually start at the crossing near the old Gate 1 and run slightly uphill towards that artificial water falls (One World Church/Ministry) at the corner across the children’s playground of Market! Market! One-way distance of this route is 1.25 kilometers.
Upon reaching the corner at One World Ministry, I have to go back again to where I started. However, the uniqueness of this running workout was that I was not running on the pavement/asphalted road. I tried to run on the sides of the road which are covered with grass and follow small “foot trails” used by people walking along the sides of the road.
I ran along this road for eight (8) times. I tried my best to pick-up my pace when doing the uphill part and slowing down for recovery in going back where I started. I left the road when it was dark already and jogged all the way to the Bonifacio High Street. I did one round along the “bigger loop” as explained to me by Bards and measured it with my GF 305. Running along the asphalted road that surrounds the Boni High Street Mall area, my GF 305 registered 1.26 kilometers. The distance of the International School Road and the Boni High Street (BHS) bigger loop is almost the same distance.
Last Monday evening, I was able to finish 12.7 kilometers in 1:15:58 hours which I consider as my recovery run a day after finishing 15K road race.
On the following day, Tuesday, I returned again at the same spot where I started last Monday afternoon. However, I started 30 minutes earlier this time at 5:25PM. The drill I made on this road was almost the same as of Monday’s workout, running uphill with faster pace and going downhill towards the starting area in a slower pace. But I covered more distance this time as I ran along new streets at the sides and back of Hanjin Building that connect to Kalayaan Road. I also ran along the grassy sidewalk towards the Petron Compound and back, and going around the back and side streets of One World Ministry. After running eight times along the International School Road (with those additional runs on side streets), I proceeded again to the BHS where my water station was located. I’ve been running for almost 12 kilometers without any drink of water.
After drinking water at the BHS, I started my run along the “big loop”. I observed that there are so many runners/joggers this time as compared to last Monday evening and I saw group of runners in two up to four runners running together and there were those who ran alone. While running along this loop, I always increase my pace on the road which is north of the mall as it is slightly uphill towards the Serendra; recover on the road in between Serendra & BHS; picking-up my pace at the other long stretch of road south of BHS as it is slightly downhill; and recover on the road near R.O.X.
I ran the “big loop” for seven times and stopping on my water station briefly every time I finished two loops. The longer I ran at BHS, the more I saw lots of runners/slow joggers and walkers going around the big loop. It was almost 7:45PM when I stopped my running workout and I saw a bigger number of runners doing their workouts and some of the runners were seen talking at the parking area after they had finished their workout. I really don’t know if these runners recognized me as I was wearing a baseball cap but I always see to it that I always raise one of my hands to wave to an incoming runner along my path and see him into his eyes. I only do this act when the runner is a male. I seldom do this to female runners. Maybe, I’ll try to do this to female runners I meet along the way and we will see what are their reactions.
Yesterday evening, I was able to run a distance of 20.32 kilometers in 2:12:29 hours.
It was a nice run. I am starting to like running in the late afternoon and early evening after two days of running.