This is the first event to my racing calendar that actually has zero advocacy. This only a promotional event that advertises the new product of Rexona. Why join this race? It’s not about the popularity base of Runrio. I mainly joined this race to test my healing right leg, to see if it can withstand the pressure while wearing a compression sleeve. Second is to see how Coach Rio can step up based on the takbo.ph’s Runfest 2010 positive turn out. Runfest 2010 made a big impact with solely not much to offer as far as grandeur racing event involved.
Arriving MOA grounds 45 mins after gun start, maybe it’s my jinx This will be my 2nd Rio event to be on tardy.Hahahaha! A few das prior to the event, I manage to train and get back on the road, very minimal and easy pace with less pressure.. Even though my doctor prohibits me from running more than 5K, the Caviteño still insisted, quite stubborn and brash!
Race day was odd, the sting went away. tried to get an easy pace after turning left to glide the stretch of Macapagal Blvd. Hydration was awesome, everything a runner needs from water to energy drinks to square pant sponges were all over each stations. The ultimate humidity factor was there due to the event’s location near the bay. Markers with motivational quotes were visible at any given points. It’s a sad thing if a runner gets lost in this type of race. Coach Rio made quite an impression with this one. Kudos to Coach! nice one. I was just skeptical trying to hunt where the split time for the D-tag was placed. Normally it is placed on the 5th Kilometer mark, but it was really strange to cross the split marker at the 8th kilometer, it was the only downfall I did observe during the entire race.
The last kilometer was a breeze, from the Mall entrance up until the finish line, everything was set. It was a surprise to catch a hydration station on the final K of the race. A dejavu from the Globe Run For Home way back March of this year that i was able to get the final pace to reach the finish line by the help of a veteran runner. Sucks to have an old guy mess with a man’s ego. But thanks anyways.. you are the man sir! Thank you for the last gas and the pedal to the metal “hataw”… i was able to clock at 1h18mins, 15 mins increase from the Milo PR of 1h3mins. I never wanted to push in the first place..
I am not done yet. with all the flock of runners after the finish line, the thoughts of going to the loot bag area was not a problem, i was greeted by the officials of the event giving me the bag 10 meters away from the actual claiming area. It feels great knowing how the Nature Valley Run and this event differs. All the runners were treated with great care and a good atmosphere. Another Kudos to Coach Rio. This has been the most successful and worry free race of the year thu far. I hope other organizers can keep up with this revolution and not just focus on the money that they will collect no matter how good their advocacy are….Coach did step up to the plate.. in a big big way! =)
Next stop 15K category of Run to Read on Aug 15, 2010