TBR RACE REVIEW: GLOBE RUN FOR HOME 2010
- New assembly area. First time a race started in Ayala Triangle.
- Challenging route.
- Overflowing water and Powerade at stations. Sponges were plentiful!
- Timing chip.
- Great set up for post-race booths and events.
BETTER JOB NEXT TIME:
- Inaccurate kilometer markers
- Distance was too long for 21k
- No medal???
The unique race start and course was the best selling point of the Globe Run for Home 2010. Sure enough, I was sold!
With the assembly area at Tower One along Ayala Ave., the race felt like a world-class urban run, much like Singapore’s Standard Chartered Marathon at Esplanade. The run through the city’s narrow roads and Greenbelt’s tunnel was a new experience for runners. Although the course was similar to the usual course for past races, the route took runners from Ayala towards Bonifacio Global City, instead of the other way around. Who knew that running the route from the other end could be so different?!
Congratulations to Globe and Finishline for a good race!
LOST IN LIMBO LAND
I was goal-less for this race and it was awful. As I stood in the 21k race start with the hubby, I thought about my target pace and time. It was absolutely frightening that my mind was completely blank. I didn’t know if I was going to run easy or hard, with hubby and Lit or solo, with music or not. All I knew was that I looked forward to running long again after so much time off.
GOODBYE PR, HELLO FUN
After the first few kilometers, I pretty much knew this was not gonna be a PR run. I just didn’t have it in me nor did my legs. Still, I didn’t run too easy either. I had yet to burn the extra pounds from HK, remember?
I had a lot of fun running through this course. Highlights for me were the Greenbelt portion and the longer-than-usual route inside Heritage Park. It was nice bumping into friends throughout the race, especially Bataan Death March finishers, Charlie and Alvin. While I suffered from legs that hadn’t fully recovered from HK Marathon, these two looked so strong, you wouldn’t think they had just survived a 102km ultramarathon a couple of weeks before.
I finished with an unofficial time of 2:11 (excluding my bathroom break at Jollibee). My Garmin recorded a distance of 22.3km, which I can’t rely on as I lost GPS signal at the race start and in the Greenbelt area. It wasn’t the best time, but I thoroughly enjoyed the long run.
LIKE A KID AGAIN
As I waited for hubby, I bumped into highschool classmates Jennie of Bautech and Tintin. As all highschool friends are, we talked about the past. But, we also touched a bit on the future, specifically our next goal races. Turns out the two of them are joining SuBIT (Subic Triathlon) on May 1. Ooooh boy, just the thought gave me goosebumps, but it got me excited about a new goal! Should I? Can I? Hmmm, will I? I’ll decide by the end of this week! (Anyone got a bike to loan me?)