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My 57th Birthday 10-Mile Road Race

17 05 2009

Market! Market! 10-Mile Run @ Global City/The Fort (5:32 AM 17 May 2009)

It had been my personal practice to visit or hear mass in the church on the first hours of my birthday but I had this practice advanced few days before my birthday by visiting the Lady of Manaoag at the Manaoag Church last Thursday morning. It was an easy and fast trip after my first experience of using the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway all the way to Tarlac City. The trip took us at least one and half hours faster than my usual trip to Manaoag in the past.

Having done the most important task of thanking the Lord for making me strong, healthy and blessed in my running activities and other undertakings, I had my mind focused this Sunday’s Market! Market! 10-Mile Run as I will consider this race as my Birthday Run.

I arrived at the vicinity of Market! Market! at 4:50AM and I saw that the Starting Area was still without any runners. The impression of what I saw on the physical set-up of the Start/Finish area and the presence of marshals made me believed that the race is orderly and well-planned. Instead of looking around for the hardcore runners and Team Bald Runner-Professional Group members, I started to have my warm-up and stretching before I entered the corral for the 10-Mile runners.

Once I entered the corral, I saw the Hardcores/Team Bald Runner-Professional Group and each of them greeted me Happy Birthday! It was surprising to see that the corral was not fully-packed with runners as compared to other road races at the Global City in the past weeks. I could estimate that there were less than two hundred runners for the 10-mile run and the lesser distance race have more number of runners. After 12 minutes, the race started as scheduled at 5:32 AM and the faster runners were ahead of us after the command “Go” was shouted by the Emcee.

Few Meters From The Starting Line

Few Meters From The Starting Line

The race started at the Market! Market! and the route goes to the south direction and runners would turn right at the 26th Avenue and then left turn at 5th Avenue. The runners would proceed to Essensa all the way to Lawton Avenue and turn left at Bayani Road up to the usual C-5 turn-around and then back to the Global City but the runners would run along 5th Avenue going south all the way to the Lexus Car Showroom. The runners would run along the road fronting the British School and turn left at the road fronting the International School and then towards the turn-around near the old Gate 1 of Fort Bonifacio. The runners would trace the road back to Market! Market!

Hardcores In Action (Jan, BR, & Jonel)

Hardcores In Action (Jan, BR, & Jonel)

Back View of the Hardcores

Back View of the Hardcores

I was running at an average pace of 4:50-5:05 minutes per kilometer from the starting line for about 12 kilometers but I started to slow down on my  way to the British School because of fatigue, a slight pain on my right hamstring due to lack of massage for the past weeks and the heat of the sun. It was a big mistake that I’ve never been visiting my masseur for the past three weeks and my leg muscles are getting tighter and firmer. Running the  next 3-4 kilometers up to the finish line was very slow despite my efforts to swing my arms and “shuffle” my legs at a faster pace! I could not believe that my average pace for the last 3 kilometers was between 5:25-5:31 minutes per kilometer and I tried my best to finish the race with an average pace of 5:00 minutes per kilometer.

On Our Way Back To Lawton

On Our Way Back To Lawton Avenue

At Lawton Avenue towards Global City

At Lawton Avenue towards Global City

With Ultramarathoner Jonel aka Bugobugo85

With Ultramarathoner Jonel aka Bugobugo85

As I approached the finish line, the digital clock on top registered a time of 1:20:58 hours and my GF 305 watch registered a time with additional one second. It’s almost 1:21 hours but I am still happy that my average pace was 5:10 minutes per kilometer with an average HR of 156 bpm.

Approaching The Finish Line

Approaching The Finish Line

After Passing The Finish Line

After Passing The Finish Line

This road race was almost perfect. There were lots of water stations with lots of water and water cups. There were lots of road marshals, too who could easily distinguished the 10-mile runners from the lesser-distance runners. It was almost the opposite of what most of the runners experienced in last week’s marathon race in Makati & Taguig Cities. There were lots of directional signs in every turn of the road which every runner could see at a distance but I haven’t seen any kilometer/mile markings along the route. I am sure nobody got lost in this race! But when it comes to the exact measurement of the race distance, it lacked at least 330 meters to make it 10 miles or 16 kilometers.

After changing my wet race outfit, I went back to the Finish Line to look for the Hardcore/Team BR-Professional Group who had some extra more kilometers to run. It was bad luck (sorry, guys) to those who did not run this race because I treated the group with a breakfast at Jollibee. After the breakfast, I awarded the BR’s “1,000-Km Club” to those runners who finished their first 1,000 kilometers from the time they started running. Rico of Power Runners also donated a pair of his running shoes and a number of finisher’s t-shirts. Thanks, Rico!

Guys, this is the 2nd year that I will be missing the TNF 100, however, my spirit will be at the race as the Elite Team Bald Runner will be represented during the said race. Good luck to all the TNF 100 Solo and Relay runners.

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49 responses

17 05 2009
Mukhang Guilty

happy birthday br!

17 05 2009
kingofpots

thanks, harry

17 05 2009
miraclecello

I totally forgot that it was about this time last year that you went back to civilian life. Happy birthday Apo!

Nice to hear you were satisfied with the race organisation. It was my first ever stint as a volunteer marshal. We reported for work at 3am and we were on site at 4:30am, part of a crew deployed along the maze of intersections around the Lexus dealership.

We believe your elite runner Sid Vildisola got lost somewhere though.

17 05 2009
kingofpots

maybe, next time i’ll volunteer also in one of the marathon races. by the way, who was the race organizer? sid admitted to me that he got lost.

18 05 2009
miraclecello

I don’t know if they were the main subcontractor, but we were recruited by the same events organiser that also provided marshals for the ATC Southern Run.

17 05 2009
runnerforchrist

Sir Happy birthday, sayang ung Jolibee hehe.

Anyway, Sir, remember this, “The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.”- Lucille Ball

May you have many more birthdays and races to come.

God bless.

17 05 2009
kingofpots

thanks, ronnie. good luck at TNF 100.

17 05 2009
caloyn

Happy Birthday, BR! More runs to enjoy!

17 05 2009
kingofpots

thanks, caloy. hope to see you soon in the future races.

17 05 2009
speedsterbikster

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BR! THANKS FOR THE JOLLIBEE BREAKFAST KANINA. THANKS ALSO FOR THE 1000KM FINISHER’S SHIRT THAT YOU AWARDED US. IT PUSHES US TO PILE UP MORE AND MORE MILEAGE. MY NEXT 1000KM, I’LL REWARD MYSELF WITH A NEW RUNNING SHOE. HAVE A SAFE TRIP AND ENJOY YOUR RUNNING ADVENTURES IN THE STATES.

19 05 2009
kingofpots

enrico, thanks. keep on running and i have observed that you are improving a lot. regards!

17 05 2009
prometheuscometh

Happy Birthday! If we run our age on our birthdays then you have just turned a sweet sixteen!

19 05 2009
kingofpots

hahaha! hopefully, i’ll be a still a strong runner with my senior’s card hanging on my neck. hope to see you soon. jay, you are getting stronger and faster!

17 05 2009
bugobugo

happy birthday sir. may God bless you always.enjoy your vacation and good luck in your races.till we meet again!

19 05 2009
kingofpots

jonel, thanks! my absence will be a running vacation. thanks also for being there as the most dependable “wingman”. prepare for more run adventures once i arrive there. regards!

17 05 2009
fanaticinformant

Happy Birthday! I had no idea it was your birthday today when I saw you at today’s race. 🙂 God bless you with more strength to do more runs!

19 05 2009
kingofpots

fi, thanks! pls approach me and introduce yourself once you see me in the start area. keep on running

17 05 2009
jinoe

Happy Birthday. Let’s celebrate!

19 05 2009
kingofpots

jinoe, thanks. we’ll celebrate once we see each other at the races. regards

17 05 2009
Let

happy birthday sir jovie. God bless you more and congratulations on your race. 🙂

19 05 2009
kingofpots

let, thanks and keep on running!

18 05 2009
jd

happy birthday br! may you have more miles to run and more runners to inspire 🙂

19 05 2009
kingofpots

jd, i’ll be consistent with my advocacy to spread running in the country. thanks for the greetings.

18 05 2009
benwah

Happy Bday Sir Jovie. May you have many more km/mi to go.

19 05 2009
kingofpots

ben, thank you very much. running is a lifetime commitment.

18 05 2009
markfb

Happy Birthday Br! 🙂

19 05 2009
kingofpots

mark, thanks and i hope you are back running again. we missed you in the previous road races.

20 05 2009
markfb

Br, I’ve been diligently following my plan. 🙂 That is to run a little but workout with non weight bearing exercises and sports. I have to cut it short for Milo though. I just want to qualify in July. Weird how an ultra marathoner will have his first marathon. Exciting! Hope all is well with you. Age well like wine 🙂

18 05 2009
sundaywarrior

Happy birthday Sir Jovie continue inspiring more runners!

19 05 2009
kingofpots

sw, thanks for the greetings

18 05 2009
gssantos66

Happy Birthday BR! May you have more running years and PR’s to come!

Di halatang 57 y/o na ha?

God Bless!

Totoy

19 05 2009
kingofpots

totoy, thanks for the nice greetings. regards!

18 05 2009
run2dmoon

ah..akalain mo…57 na pala. eh mukhang 27 lang…kahit wala pang buhok. mas mukhang bata pa nga kay tso paeng (jonel) eh.

sir happy birthday po…mas bata pa din kayo sa bilis!

19 05 2009
kingofpots

albert, thanks for telling the truth about how young i look…hehehe..see you soon.

18 05 2009
runningshield

Happy Birthday old man ! but seriously now. happy birhday have a great day. Thanks for helping the running scene in the phil

19 05 2009
kingofpots

patrick, the more i grow older, the more i have to share my thoughts & experiences to the running community. we are here to serve the people even if we are in our private capacity. thanks for regularly reading my posts.

18 05 2009
ibanrunner

Happy Birthday BR!… still young and still running… More success ahead.

19 05 2009
kingofpots

iban, thanks & happy trip back to malaysia. keep on reading this site.

18 05 2009
broj

Happy Birthday Sir Jovie! May you have many more to come and continue to be a great model to runners! God bless! – Bro J and Baby

19 05 2009
kingofpots

bro j & baby, thanks and good luck on your future road races.

18 05 2009
loganfam

Greetings BR. Are you trying to keep your birthday a secret? You should have had a sign that read “it’s my Birthday” on your back Sunday. 🙂 Thanks so much for the encouragement that you always give to Justin and I as well as to many others. Wish you could make it to Baguio this coming weekend. How may I contact you concerning getting some shoes for the older youth for the Sta Rosa Club.

Team Logan
Craig, Michelle & Justin

PS> I agree, the 10 miles was missing about 300+meters

19 05 2009
kingofpots

craig, one of these days we will coordinate about those shoes to be donated to the Sta Rosa Youth Club. thanks for the nice comment.

18 05 2009
tobytanjuatco

First of all, Happy Birthday, Sir! We’ve never met but I’ve seen you at some races, namely the Condura Run, Greenfield & Step Up for a Cause. Although I’d only see you at the starting line, a few kilometers from the start & finish line. I just got back into running exactly a year ago after a 9 year “vacation”. How coincidental that it is also your birthday! I only started reading the running blogs 3 months ago- I’m impressed & grateful for you & all the other bloggers passion, advice, guidance and of course your varied advocacies. This is a phenomenon which makes our common passion dynamic & ever-growing, not to mention bringing out the best/uniqueness of Filipino culture- the Bayanihan spirit! We are never hesitant to extend a helping hand to a total stranger! More power to you & your causes, hope to finally meet you in the future races. Mabuhay tayong lahat!

19 05 2009
kingofpots

toby, thanks for those nice words. next time, please feel free to approach me when you see me in the start/finish area. thanks for the comment and please continue reading my posts. i hope you are learning a lot from this site. keep on running!

19 05 2009
m8parco

Belated Happy Birthday.

Regards Mark & Tiffin

19 05 2009
gleeman

Happy Birthday BR. Wishing you more and more blessed and healthy yearssss to come.

Hope to chat with you soon. Cheers!

20 05 2009
tintinperez

belated happy birthday br!
thanks so much for sharing your passion and helping us aspiring runners..
wish you continuous health and more blessings this year…

thank you so much! you are such an inspiration…
–tintin
Azeus Runners Group

20 05 2009
kilometer 149: Market! Market! Power Miler Run | zettaihappy

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