Some friends and I are all currently deep in training for various marathons: JunB for Camsur in September, Lit for Portland in October, and the hubby, JunC, Mariel and I for New York in November. Almost every weekend we try to do our long runs together. Plan for last Sunday was to run a total of 24km.
With the Kraft Run on the same day, we decided to cover a short distance before the race, 10k at Kraft Run, and run the balance after. Meeting time was 4:30 a.m. at the race’s assembly area in Fitness First Alabang.
Pre-Race: 4k Easy
Before dawn, we ran easy along the race route in Filinvest Corporate City and Palms Country Club. There was a lot of chatting and laughing amidst the dark and deserted road. Thankfully, JunB brought his new gear along: a flashlight attached to the edge of his visor, which lit the path before us. Without that piece of nifty equipment, I would’ve stomped over a bullfrog!
We covered 4k before we headed back to the assembly area all warmed up. The race was to start at 5:30 a.m.
Kraft Run: 10k
The Kraft Run was a corporate event which was open to only Kraft employees and their guests. Fortunately, our names found their way into their guest list.
The race was so well organized that I thought it was a pity that it wasn’t open to the public.
The route was definitely one of the most thrilling 10k routes I’ve run. (I couldn’t believe we had those wonderful hills hidden behind Palms!) Water, marshals, lootbags (loaded with Oreos, Tiger biscuits, Eden Cheese, Cheezwhiz and Tang), and food were aplenty and the atmosphere was all fun, fun, fun.
My kids arrived with my in laws who were all signed up for the 3k run. Hubby and I were set to do 10k. When the 10k gun went off, I bid hubby goodbye and, in a split second, decided I was going to race this one.
First Place for the First Time
The nice thing about training hard and eating right is that, when race day comes, your body simply thanks you for it. I was pushing hard, but not completely exhausting myself. I’ve suffered more during tempo runs under harsher conditions. This time I had the chance to enjoy the experience.
I ran at a fast clip without paying much attention to competition. Perhaps the only thing I noticed was that there was no woman ahead of me. Oh, and that the guy beside me, despite his heavy and noisy breathing, mustered all his strength to never ever let me run past him.
I crossed the finish line at 48 mins and 11 seconds bagging first place for the female category in 10k. According to my Garmin, my average pace was 5:09/km and race distance was actually short at 9.35km.
Woohooo! First time I ever won first place. Don’t you just love small races where the elite are absent? heehee.
– Wooohooo! –
Post-Race: 10k Slow
After the awarding and refueling, our group ran another 10km inside Ayala Alabang Village and then to Filinvest Corporate City to reach our goal distance. There was a whole let less laughing but the same amount of talking—about injuries, exhaustion, and the heat (haha!)—but we managed to survive and reach our 24km goal. The laughter ensued over a sumptuous meal at UCC in West Gate.
Congratulations to Kraft for a wonderfully organized event! I vote for another one next year! Thanks too to Filinvest Corporate City, especially Ricky Suarez and Don Ubaldo, for sharing the route.
Photos courtesy of VimaVendo…I mean, Vima of KulitRunner and Carlo Capistrano.