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SlimmeRun 16K: “Recovery or Speed” Run?

18 04 2009

6:02 AM 18 April 2009 @ The Fort, Global City

Almost two weeks after finishing the Bataan 102 Ultramarathon Race, I did not have any plans of running shorter distance (10K to Half-Marathon) races for the next weeks. I had my recovery runs last Sunday at the MOA which lasted for one hour and another one hour run at the ULTRA Oval Track last Wednesday. During these two runs, I felt that my legs had become stronger but my heart monitor had registered a higher beats per minute which is a sign that I have not yet recovered from the heat exhaustion I’ve experienced during the BDM (Bataan Death March) 102K Race. All my runs were within the 85% effort and I have adapted a certain comfort zone running under the heat of the sun.

Knowing that the members of the Elite Team Bald Runner will be running in the Slimmerun, I decided to join them for the registration last Wednesday morning. I opted to run the longer distance which is 16K or 10-Mile Run.

Marecil Maquilan of my Elite Team After Our Warm-Up Run

Marecil Maquilan of my Elite Team After Our Warm-Up Run

Jan Imperio of Team BR-Professional Group At The Starting Area

Jan Imperio of Team BR-Professional Group At The Starting Area

T2 Runners But I Call Them Team BR's "Muses & Concerns"

T2 Runners But I Call Them Team BR's "Muses & Concerns"

I was already at The Fort at 5:00 AM this morning with enough time to do my warm-up and stretching exercises. Marecil Maquilan of TEam Bald Runner-Elite joined me in a warm-up run jus to be able to perspire and then had my sretching exercises. I walked towards the starting area for the scheduled 5:30 AM start of the race but it was announced that the race start will be delayed and for the other races (6K & 3K) to start at the same time with the 16K race. During this lull time, I was able to meet the usual “faces” of runners, runner-bloggers and some of them are members of the Team Bald Runner-Professional Group. I was in the company of Jan Imperio, one of the Team BR-Professional Group, who had improved with his PR time in the Half-marathon and 10K races with only 2 1/2 months of training with our Coaches at Team BR.

Finally, the race started at 6:02 AM, a delay of 32 minutes, and I expected a hot morning for everybody. The first 2-3 kilometers were within the Global City streets and Jan Imperio told me that he will just tag along with me during the race. I thought I was running conservatively, as what I’ve planned for the whole race, but after I got the data from my GF 305 I was surprised to see that I was running at an average pace of 4:50 minutes per kilometer. Jan Imperio and I just maintained the said pace until we reached the ATU Concessionaire area along Lawton Avenue, after coming from the first turn-around at the vicinity of the Headquarters Philipine Marines, when suddenly Jan told me that he is going to “DNF” the race of blisters bothering his feet. I tried to encourage him to finish the race. However, as we reached Bayani Road, he finally “threw the towel” and opted to go directly to the Finish Line without going to the C-5 turn-around.

Jai Ho Stretching/Aerobics By Yen Lopena. The Team BR-Hardcore Group Missed This One!

Jai Ho Stretching/Aerobics By Yen Lopena With The Candidates of Slimmers World Miss Bikini Philippines 2009. The Team BR-Hardcore Group Missed This One!

Mari Javier Ran With Us For the 1st 3 Kms

Mari Javier Ran With Us For the 1st 3 Kms

Running Along Lawton Avenue

Running Along Lawton Avenue

A Closer Look During The Race

A Closer Look During The Race

The Closest Look During The Race

The Closest Look During The Race

As I turned right at Bayani Road from Lawton, I was already running alone and my pace slowed down as I felt the heat of the sun. My pace turned to an average speed of 5:10 minutes per kilometer while running towards the C-5 turn-around. While I was running at the commercial area of Bayani Road, MSgt Illut of the Philippine Army joined me and paced me. I tried to increase my pace but the rolling terrain of the road prevented me from doing so. As I passed the last turn-around near C-5, the hardest part of the route was the last 4 kilometers back to the Finish Line. At this point, the distance in between runners have stretched as far as 80-90 meters and I just maintained my pace and try to save my energy for the next road race tomorrow.

MSgt Illut of the Philippine Army

MSgt Illut of the Philippine Army

On the Last Stretch of The Race

On the Last Stretch of The Race

Turning right to Lawton Avenue was already a familiar sight for almost all the runners as it signifies the last 2.5 kilometers of the race. I was smiling when I saw the sun infront of me with its heat being felt by my face and arms. I said to myself, the heat of the sun on the early morning is nothing compared to  the heat on mid day during the Bataan 102 Race. I am beginning to like running with the heat of the sun as long as there are enough water stations along the way. The Race Organizers were perfect on this one as the route was covered with enough water stations. I just hope that the water would be colder next time.

At The Finish Line...

At The Finish Line...

I finished the 16K (10-mile) run in 1:16:30 hours with an average pace of 5:00 minutes per kilometer! My GF 305 registered a distance of 15.10 kms. But, who cares? I enjoyed the race and the company of the other runners. I am not sure if I can consider this as a “recovery run” or a “speed run” after finishing the BDM 102K Ultramarathon Race two weeks ago. Breaking a PR time was not my objective in this race. I knew I could have run faster but I knew also that it takes time for the body to recover before forcing the body for a faster pace. There is always another road race in the coming days.

I had fun in this race  and I was able to meet new friends. I was able to wait until the awards were given to the top runners. I am glad that most of the top awards in the different distances of this 1st Slimmerun were awarded to my Elite Team Bald Runner members.

See you tomorrow at the Greenfield City Half-Marathon Race!

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6 responses

18 04 2009
bards

BR … As Wayne would say, “Astig!” parang hindi nag 102. goodluck tomorrow!

18 04 2009
quicksilverrunner

Hi BR,

I call you “Suerte”! Look at all the fine women lucky to get their photo taken with you. Ha ha.

Your photos are awesome. Better quality too. Hope your recovery is coming along.

Thanks,

QS

18 04 2009
bugobugo

talk about fast. your eyes were certainly looking around at race pace sir. on the contrary ,it was the bikini candidates who missed the hard core ultrarunners sir. it is their loss,not ours, di ba mark? di ba boys?

as for our concerns,thank you for holding the fort while we were dozing off sir.

19 04 2009
martinpascual

Great blog for hardcore runners! I was reviewing your blog and it mentioned you had participated in Badwater. In what capacity? Are you thinking of doing Badwater? I’d like to do Badwater in a few years and wanted to find other hard-core runners who may want to also do it or at least train to do other 100mile + ultras. Do you know, besides yourself, of other runners in the Philippines, who may want to do Badwater? Thanks, Martin

19 04 2009
kingofpots

martin, i went to badwater to witness the start of the badwater ultramarathon last year. few months before that, i read the books of dean karnazes and pam reed. it was timely that i was in the US to participate in the San Francisco Marathon with my kids when the Badwater was held. It took me 4 1/2 hours to drive from LA to the Starting Area and I was able to talk to Dean/Karno and Pam Reed and took some pictures of the elite ultra runners. It’s unfortunate that I wasn’t able to talk to Jamie Donaldson but I saw her and she was then still unknown to me. From the Starting LIne, I followed the elite runners (aboard my car) until they reached Furnace Creek (the first 20 miles of the run). Badwater is an invitational ultra race for the elite runners. You have to meet the RO/RD’s qualifications and yes, it takes years to train for it. Please visit their website at http://www.badwater.com for details. Our Hardcore Group-Team Bald Runner and Pinoy Ultra Runners (PUR) are the only groups that I know who are in ultra running. Our group just finished the Bataan 102K Ultramarathon Race last April 5 and we have plans of doing more ultra races here in the country in the future. You can meet us after weekend road races in Manila and we can discuss your plans of doing ultra races here and abroad. thanks for the visit & keep on running!

19 04 2009
martinpascual

Hi, thanks very much for your comments. I just recently moved to Manila and have already done a few adventure races (Gobi March) and 50 and 100 milers (in the US). Do you know of anyone in the Philippines who is planning on doing Badwater? I’m thinking of running a few 100 milers next year and perhaps volunteering to crew for one of the Badwater participants next year with a view toward running Badwater in 2011 (if I can get a lottery spot). Ideally, though, it would be good to discuss with another person here who may be considering running it. Since you like ultras you may also want to check out the DVD Running on the Sun for a great documentary on Badwater and also google David Goggins (he’s a US Navy SEAL whose story of getting into ultrarunning is phenomenal. He’s also done the Ultraman (3 Ironmans over 3 days) and came in 5th on his first Badwater try). Kind regards.

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