Race Report: 4th Fort Striders’ Run


6:13 AM 26 October 2008 at The Fort

The race is called the 4th October Run Festival Race which is organized by the Fort Striders Running Club.

After exposing for the first time the “Team Bald Runner” at the 1st Mayon Trail Run last Sunday, this race was the second exposure of the team in road races and its first exposure in the road races in Metro Manila, as a team wearing their outfits/uniform.

As usual, I woke up early at 4:00 AM and did my “ritual” before leaving my place. I was already at the vicinity of the starting area at 5:00 AM and made my final preparations to include stretching and warm-up jogging for about 30 minutes. I started to sweat and took some more time to slowly jog along the streets of The Fort. At least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time of the 10K race, I entered the assembly area and met the “usual friends and runners” who regularly visit this blog. It was a nice experience talking to these “road warriors” before the race as we try to be relaxed and calm before the gun was fired. I also saw and waved to some of the “runner-bloggers” while waiting for the race to start. After the rendition of the National Anthem and Invocation by one of the Fort Striders’ members, the runners were warned that the Mayor of Taguig City City will be firing the starting gun. All of a sudden, without the usual coountdown from 10 to 1, the fire went off and the race started at exactly 6:13 AM based from my watch.

A pose with friends before the start of the race...
A pose with friends before the start of the race...
Women's Team Bald Runner at the Starting Area
Women's Team Bald Runner at the Starting Area (In White Shirts)
13 AM as the Gun was fired by the City Mayor of Taguig
And the Race started at 6:13 AM as the Gun was fired by the City Mayor of Taguig

The race route for the 10K run was a familiar route for everybody as it started from the The Fort and goes all the way to Lawton Avenue and turn left at Bayani Road going to the Heritage Park and back to the Fort.

My race strategy was to have an even-pace run throughout the 10K race where my average pace would not pass way up to 5:00 mins/km. I was successful in maintaining my pace at 4:35 up to 4:50 mins/km up to the turnaround point, which was already at 7-km point. However, I finished my 7th Km in 5:00 mins; 8th Km in 5:13 mins; 9th Km in 5:15 mins; and 10th Km in 4:42 mins. The uphill climbs from the Heritage Park; towards Lawton Avenue from Bayani Road; and Essensa slowed my average pace, which means, that I need to do more hill sprints/repetitions in my future running workouts in order to improve my finish time in the next races to come.

00 as I approached the Finish Line
The digital clock just flipped to 48:00 as I approached the Finish Line

I finished the race in 48:08 minutes (unofficial time) basing from my GF 305. Although the distance (based from my GF 305) was short by almost 100 meters, I am happy with my performance with this race as I could see some incremental improvement with my finish time. I would attribute this with my oval track runs where I concentrated more with my tempo runs and speed intervals. In addition, the “person-assisted” stretching exercises being done to me by the running coaches and members of the Team Bald Runner at the ULTRA Oval Track were also helpful in providing more flexibility to my leg and core muscles. The “drills & strides”; running on the stairs; and plyometric exercises gave me the power and agility that I needed during the race.

At the Bald Runner’s Event Booth/Area, I was able to give/award the “1,000-Km Club” Finisher’s T-shirts to Bards aka Banana Running; Dr Joe aka The Loony Runner; and MarkFB, the No.1 “commentor” in this blog. Congratulations to the Finishers!!! As usual, more “photo-ops” were taken with my friends and visitors to this blog. My booth is becoming (again!) as the meeting place of the “hardcore” runners with the likes of Jonel aka Bugobugo85; Lester aka Moljcy; Dr Joe aka The Loony Runner; George; Bards aka Banana Running; Mesh aka My Iron Shoes; RunMD; MarkFB; Jinoe aka Manokan Express; Philip aka The Foreign Runner and the members of the “Team Bald Runner”.

Bards aka Banana Running as Finisher of "1,000-Km Club"
Bards aka Banana Running as Finisher of "1,000-Km Club"
Dr Joe aka The Loony Runner was awarded with Finisher's T-Shirt of "1,000-Km Club"
Dr Joe aka The Loony Runner was awarded with the "1,000-Km Club" Finisher's T-Shirt
13 AM 26 October 2008 at The Fort</strong></p> <p>The race is called the 4th October Run Festival Race which is organized by the Fort Striders Running Club.</p> <p>After exposing for the first time theAs usual, I woke up early at 4:00 AM and did my “ritual” before leaving my place. I was already at the vicinity of the starting area at 5:00 AM and made my final preparations to include stretching and warm-up jogging for about 30 minutes. I started to sweat and took some more time to slowly jog along the streets of The Fort. At least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time of the 10K race, I entered the assembly area and met the “usual friends and runners” who regularly visit this blog. It was a nice experience talking to these “road warriors” before the race as we try to be relaxed and calm before the gun was fired. I also saw and waved to some of the “runner-bloggers” while waiting for the race to start. After the rendition of the National Anthem and Invocation by one of the Fort Striders’ members, the runners were warned that the Mayor of Taguig City City will be firing the starting gun. All of a sudden, without the usual coountdown from 10 to 1, the fire went off and the race started at exactly 6:13 AM based from my watch.

A pose with friends before the start of the race...
A pose with friends before the start of the race...
MarkFB aka Dragon Boat Rower Receiving his "1,000-Km Club" Shirt
Women's Team Bald Runner at the Starting Area
Women's Team Bald Runner at the Starting Area (In White Shirts)
13 AM as the Gun was fired by the City Mayor of Taguig
And the Race started at 6:13 AM as the Gun was fired by the City Mayor of Taguig

The race route for the 10K run was a familiar route for everybody as it started from the The Fort and goes all the way to Lawton Avenue and turn left at Bayani Road going to the Heritage Park and back to the Fort.

My race strategy was to have an even-pace run throughout the 10K race where my average pace would not pass way up to 5:00 mins/km. I was successful in maintaining my pace at 4:35 up to 4:50 mins/km up to the turnaround point, which was already at 7-km point. However, I finished my 7th Km in 5:00 mins; 8th Km in 5:13 mins; 9th Km in 5:15 mins; and 10th Km in 4:42 mins. The uphill climbs from the Heritage Park; towards Lawton Avenue from Bayani Road; and Essensa slowed my average pace, which means, that I need to do more hill sprints/repetitions in my future running workouts in order to improve my finish time in the next races to come.

00 as I approached the Finish Line
The digital clock just flipped to 48:00 as I approached the Finish Line

I finished the race in 48:08 minutes (unofficial time) basing from my GF 305. Although the distance (based from my GF 305) was short by almost 100 meters, I am happy with my performance with this race as I could see some incremental improvement with my finish time. I would attribute this with my oval track runs where I concentrated more with my tempo runs and speed intervals. In addition, the “person-assisted” stretching exercises being done to me by the running coaches and members of the Team Bald Runner at the ULTRA Oval Track were also helpful in providing more flexibility to my leg and core muscles. The “drills & strides”; running on the stairs; and plyometric exercises gave me the power and agility that I needed during the race.

At the Bald Runner’s Event Booth/Area, I was able to give/award the “1,000-Km Club” Finisher’s T-shirts to Bards aka Banana Running; Dr Joe aka The Loony Runner; and MarkFB, the No.1 “commentor” in this blog. Congratulations to the Finishers!!! As usual, more “photo-ops” were taken with my friends and visitors to this blog. My booth is becoming (again!) as the meeting place of the “hardcore” runners with the likes of Jonel aka Bugobugo85; Lester aka Moljcy; Dr Joe aka The Loony Runner; George; Bards aka Banana Running; Mesh aka My Iron Shoes; RunMD; MarkFB; Jinoe aka Manokan Express; Philip aka The Foreign Runner and the members of the “Team Bald Runner”.

Bards aka Banana Running as Finisher of "1,000-Km Club"
Bards aka Banana Running as Finisher of "1,000-Km Club"
Dr Joe aka The Loony Runner was awarded with Finisher's T-Shirt of "1,000-Km Club"
Dr Joe aka The Loony Runner was awarded with the "1,000-Km Club" Finisher's T-Shirt
MarkFB aka Dragon Boat Rower Receiving his "1,000-Km Club" Shirt
MarkFB aka Dragon Boat Rower Receiving his "1,000-Km Club" Shirt
Philip aka Foreign Runner; Tomi; & Rayyoshi aka "The Bold Runner" who came from Guam to run the 10K Race
Philip aka Foreign Runner; Tomi; & Rayyoshi aka "The Bold Runner" who came from Guam to run the 10K race.
Bugobugo85; BR; The Loony Runner; Lester; MarkFB
The "Hardcore" Group---Bugobugo85, BR, The Loony Runner, Lester, & MarkFB

“Team Bald Runner” is starting to be known by the race organizers and by runners, too! The following were the results and ranking of the members of the team:

10K Race (Men’s):

1st Place—Alley Quisay

4th Place—Reynando De Los Reyes—1st Place in the 30-39 Age Category

6th Place—Isidro Villasola—2nd Place in the 30-39 Age Category

Top 5 In their Respective Age Groups—Michael Embuedo; Ferdinand Espejo; Saturnino Salazar; and Bald Runner

Members of "Team Bald Runner"
Members of "Team Bald Runner" With Captain Ferdie Espejo as Captain Coach

10K (Women’s):

1st Place—Maricel Maquilan

3rd Place—Ellen Tolentino

5K (Men’s)

1st Place—Gerald Sabal

3rd Place—Jujet De Asis

Congratulations to the Fort Striders Running Club for a well-organized road race. I hope more road races in Metro Manila should be done this way—lots of water stations & water and roads clear from any vehicle.

To all the runners, “road warriors”, “hardcore”, and “crazy” runners like me, keep on training and see you soon at the New Balance Race at Clark Air Base!

15 thoughts on “Race Report: 4th Fort Striders’ Run

  1. It was great seeing you again. Congratulations on your time especially with a challenging course like this. I am amazed by the team baldrunner results. All the top athletes from tehre. I was expecting more from Fort Striders. Congratulations and especially what you mean to running in the Philippines. Keep it up and keep fit.

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  2. it was a really well organised race. great running weather too. Thanks for the shirt BR. congrats to you and your team. On to the next 1000km btw copied one of the pics to my blogs 😛

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  3. BR, asteeg! That is awesome. Congratulations all around! Great post and photos as always. Last Sunday was indeed a great day for running in the Philippines. Many great performances, milestones, photos and a well run race.

    I’ll see you soon!

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  4. You are truly an inspiration to all runners, Sir Jovie (most especially to runners our age). What an amazing finish! Congratulations!

    REgistered for this race but had to miss it because of my sick daughter.

    Hope to see you at the VSO this Nov. 9.

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  5. Thanks for the finisher’s tshirt. I proudly showed it to my son when I got home. It always feels great to get recognized for an achievement. : ) I think I treated myself more than I should this time. hehehe

    Congrats on placing, that’s one thing we should aspire for. It would be very tough for our age bracket though. But its always healthy to dream and have goals.

    I hope to catch you again during your practice runs, sabay ako when possible.

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  6. philip, thanks. it’s been nice meeting you again and having a photo-ops with you. congrats, i know you had a nice run last sunday, too!

    bards, please wear the finisher’s t-shirt proudly & good luck with your training for the Singa Marathon.

    bugo2x & loony, thanks..i hope to be able to join you next time.

    ibet, thanks..i’ll visit your blog

    prom, thanks. see you soon at clark.

    wayne, thanks & hope to see you soon!

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  7. Way to go sir, I figured you were going to be at the run, non of my fellow runners could make it out this time around, I was a honor to run with you again. More yet those hills are challenge for me as well. Well hope to hear more of your group and your runs, I’m running the PIC 5k and 10k on 9th November and hope to make another trip out there for another run, have a good one

    Ray

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  8. nora, thanks! i just think of patience and consistency for me to do as much running that i could do. hope to see you too at the VSO race.

    markfb, congrats again as one of the “finishers”. i know your son will be proud of you for such accomplishment—it’s like running from manila to legazpi city and back or from manila to laoag city and back. keep on running!

    ray, i suggest you should run with us during the 25K New Balance Run at Clark Air Base on nov 16. this is totally a different route and running experience.

    jaymie, thanks! we missed you at the booth. anyway, good luck on your training for your Half-M at Singa Marathon.

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