add to the fact that i've been encountering slight ITBS pains during runs longer than 10K.
so instead of me beating my old time, what happened was i increased it pa by 6 mins :(
at the start, i was on target for a 1:28 finish, but right after kalayaan flyover, the mysterious on-off, Gary V-ish ITBS pain started to show up but eventually it disappeared. with that in mind, i thought i was still going to make it just in time, even just to beat a 2 minute improvement sana. unfortunately, ITBS pain showed up just before kalayaan flyover. all of a sudden, out of the blue, Roselle showed up and maybe she saw me grimacing in discomfort so she shouted out words of encouragement which helped me not think of the pain as much.
upon turning right, i saw a group of takbo.ph runners, namely Rod, Jet, Ziggy pacing Marga on the last stretch. in my mind, i was thinking, Marga's faster than me now??? i must be super slow na! shocked with this somekinda realization, i had to suck the pain up, and run just run to the finish line.
picture pace time! i had to get ahead their group to have a nice shot too
buti na lang the pain was not that evident sa face
at some point though, i felt that i had to walk the pain out so i decided to walk for a while before i reached the last stretch fronting Fullybooked and Market-Market. upon reaching the marshals, i learned that the 15K runners had to run a little more. by this time i was so sure i wasn't able to beat my own time.
upon reaching the last stretch towards the chute, i saw marga. again in said to my mind, i have to go faster. as soon as i got nearer the marshals, i found out that marga was running 10k only. hahaha :) either way, i still started to sprint towards the finish line. that mad dash to the finish was accompanied by constant shouts of "sorry" and "excuse me" so as not to offend the other runners who were already cooling down towards the finish line chute. i also shouted at marga to push harder towards the finish line, as if i'm making a come-from-behind win from her. eventually, she saw me and made a mad-dash for herself too. at the finish line, we congratulated each other for a fine finish.
marga & me chillaxing after finishing the race
eventually, i was able to still able to finish strong, but not as i would have wanted to.
finished strong, but not that fast (ITBS again winning)
the post race events had raffles, games, and the announcement of the winners of the Best Blog Awards for the Infinity Run Bloggers Contest.
for takbo.ph, it has been a celebration of some sorts too :)
jairuz winning the first place in his age category 10K :)
carly winning 4th place most improved in her age category too
do yo still remember these guys?
The Takbo.ph #1 Boys won well actually, swept the Mizuno Infinity Runner -Bloggers' Contest.
Most Informative (3rd place)
Most Creative (2nd Place)
Best Blog (1st Place)
and here are some of the prizes included in the package:
next year, i'll be back with a vengeance! :D
but for now, i'll just enjoy these sweet prizes from mizuno :)
*photos courtesy of Jairuz, Doc Marvs, & Aaron. (thanks guys!)