Friday Run

21 December 2007

I did not run on Thursday but I had more time walking in the malls in Makati and Mandaluyong for the whole day looking for Christmas gifts for my staff. But, I ended looking for gifts for myself! I spent more time looking and comparing on the different Sony Bravia LCD TV (HD 1080)Models; looking for an Apple iPhone; and a Wireless Karaoke Microphone! I was not able to buy any of these but settled to buy three (3) pairs of thick Puma ankle socks for my running using my New Balance 902 shoes.

This morning, Friday, before attending the 72nd Anniversary Ceremonies of the AFP in Camp Aguinaldo, I had my morning tempo run inside the Libingan ng mga Bayani from 6:30-7:40 AM.

I ran 6.2 miles or 10 kilometers along the 2-mile route that I had measured within/inside the Libingan ng mga Bayani. After the 10K run, I made a cool-down run from the Gate of the Libingan ng mga Bayani up to C-5 and back along the “Heritage Mile”. I ran a total distance of 8.5 miles or 13.6 kilometers.

I registered 49:17 mins for my 10K run and 17:10 mins for my 2-mile cool-down run at a pace of 8:35 mins per mile. I finished my run in 1:06:27 hours.

I was happy with the result of my tempo run for 10K. I almost improved my time for the said distance for almost 3 minutes.

After resting for one week and concentrating on my daily easy long runs for the past days greatly contributed to the improvement of my running time.

Tomorrow, I will have my afternoon long run in Laoag City with my son.

Tempo Run In Laoag City

I had my “tempo run” at the Oval Track in Laoag City at 5:10 PM of 29 November 2007. I wanted to see how far my body could go and how I feel running at race pace, assuming that I am in a 10K race.

After stretching and a little warm-up/jog, I started my 25-lap run around the oval track in Laoag City. My average pace per lap was 2:08.5 minutes in the first 14 laps and I was able to make my pace faster on the remaining laps with an average pace of 2:05 minutes per lap. I was able to finish 25 laps at 53:20 mins.

My average pace was 5:20 minutes per kilometer/8:35 minutes per mile. My average pace per lap was 2:07 minutes.

I did not feel any pains and tiredness after the run. I am slowly improving my pace and eventually my PR best time for the 10K as a part of my preparation for the 2008 Pasig River Heritage Marathon. I think I will have to validate this on Sunday during my participation to the Executive 10K Road Run.

Improving and focusing more on my running form, footstrike, breathing rhythm and strengthening my leg muscles have positively contributed for my progressive improvement on my marathon training.

(Note: The Oval track in Laoag City is still made of the “primitive” hardened soil/earth. The newly-elected Gov Michael Keon, the former Chairman of “Gintong Alay” Program & Philippine Sports Commission, has a lot of “homework” to improve the sports infrastructure of the province)