Slowly getting my blog backlogs done.
I had the opportunity again to run in the second leg of the Safeguard-2XU Sole Racing
series, this time moving to a new race location - SM Mall of Asia, last 18th of August. It had the same setup as the first leg
- a race kit claiming expo which doubles as the race village come race day.
August 16-17: Race Kit Claiming
I was one of the first (excited) people who came to SM Mall of Asia's Music Hall to claim my kit and my fellow blogger friends'. I was so early, some of the booths were still being prepared the time I arrived. As usual, claiming was hassle-free, the staff were very friendly and approachable, and they even took time to counter-check each of the contents of the race kits in front of whoever's claiming them. I had the chance to have a quick chat with Runrio
's Ally Lim before heading out, carrying 4 heavy race kit bags back to my car - mine, CJ
's and Rolly
|Race Kit Claiming at SM Mall of Asia's Music Hall|
August 18: Race Day
|Race Kit Contents|
Race day is red and black day! Having joined Leg 1, I had the 2XU calf compressions. This leg, they gave away the 2XU sunvisor. I also purchased my third pair of Thorlos running socks (Thorlos 84N), the model which guarantees maximum cushioning, and I'm so excited to test run it on this event.
|Red and Black! Alpha-mode ON!|
Assembly time was 3am, with gun start slated at 4am. It was drizzling that early Sunday morning but nothing could stop runners from enjoying a good 21km race.
|Met my favorite running couple Wes and Mish - they're part of the Six:30 Loveliest Team, competing in the Fastest Team Challenge|
|The 21km race route was mostly flat - a perfect PR course!|
I had my usual target of a sub-2 half marathon, but with the flat course, I was hoping a sub-1:55. But alas, by the time runners reached the 6 to 7KM mark at Roxas Boulevard, it rained! Not just your ordinary rain, but a rain so hard visibility was low. I had races before where it rained but not like this. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it. It was a perfect reason to skip hydration stations and keep on running. I was a bit concerned though that with wet shoes and wet socks, the dreaded blisters would come next. Fortunately, I was wearing Thorlos, and it delivered as expected - no blisters whatsoever!
|Half-way point. Wet as hell!|
The race, with its limited participants (a thousand runners), is as intimate as it could get. That for me is the best feature of Sole Racing. It's also a venue wherein you could see mostly seasoned runners participating, so you'll get the adrenaline rush to go faster.
|Before the final right turn at Seaside Drive|
|Almost at the finish! Tired. Wrong running form. Haha!|
Yay, I managed to still do a sub-2! 1:59:48
to be exact, haha! Amid the heavy and wet shoes, I'm contented with my results and still consider it an achievement. Of course, post-race is the time to meet runner friends and take snaps.
|With Thirdy, Rolly and Coach Mherlz|
|With Wesley, JP, Rolly and Gilbert - the fast bunch|
We stayed for the awarding ceremonies and the raffle. Thirdy was one lucky guy, winning a Timex watch in the raffle. I had no doubt Six:30 Loveliest Team would bag the Fastest Team Challenge award. When they went on stage to receive their trophy, I was a bit envious. I wish my running team's still active. But everyone has their valid reasons to be on a hiatus so it's no big deal. I'm just emo. Hehe!
|Six:30 Loveliest - Fastest Team Challenge Winners! Congratulations!|
|Post-race breakfast at Chowking with the usual suspects|
I placed 128th out of 825 21km finishers. Since the results released were based on gun time, I plugged in the data at MS Excel and created my version based on chip time. Haha, excel geek. I then posted below image on FB, including results from celebrities and runner friends.
|Consistently doing a sub-2 weee!|
Leg 3 is on October 27 at Nuvali! Surprise, surprise!
thanks Junjun! blog ka na rin bilis!Delete
Good job Deemen! Keep running!ReplyDelete
thanks reydan! :)Delete
Grabe nga yung ulan nung race!ReplyDelete
Useful yung prize ko dito... Pampalit ng nasira kong timex... :D
sana ako rin manalo sa raffle... ng garmin! hahaha!Delete