It was a toss up between QC International Marathon and Nike 5k two weekends ago.
QCIM will always hold a special place in my heart since it was my first unofficial 42km. Yet, I couldn’t bring myself to drive all the way to QC that week for a race I wasn’t planning to…uhm…race.
Nike Run was going to be relatively smaller, shorter, and more convenient. Definitely the kind of race I was in the mood for. So, I joined the Nike 5k instead. With post-marathon blues gone, my mindset was fun. Fun. Fun.
A BREATH OF FRESH AIR
The small, relaxed, happy atmosphere was a breath of fresh air for me. No pressure nor stress whatsoever. Bumping into friends, Vimz (Kulit Runner), Aljo, Jun (The Solemates), and especially Dingdong (RunMD) who I hadn’t seen for months, at the assembly area made it even more delightful.
Before us were the Polo Tri Team equipped with their loaded hydration belts, a sure sign that the race was probably just a portion of their long run for the day. For a moment, I felt envious, wishing I could go back in time to our heavy marathon training days. But, I reminded myself to take it easy for now and revel in my “off-season mode”…at least until I figure out what my next marathon goal will be!
AND THE RACE BEGINS
The race took us through my favorite areas of Bonifacio Global City, the long uphill ascent that Alvin and I climb for our training runs. There was a bit of a traffic with no other distance but 5k, but it wasn’t a problem at all for me. Despite the crowd, I thoroughly enjoyed every kilometer of this run. Maybe it was because my ipod was loaded with brand new songs. Or, there was no pressure at all for me to reach a specific time. Or, that I could almost taste breakfast at Sentro afterwards. Whatever. My goal was to have fun and that’s definitely what I got.
Before we knew it, the 5k race was over. I crossed the finish with a smile on my face without even glimpsing at the time on my Garmin. (I did check it later on and it recorded 27:24 for 5k with an average pace of 5:26 min/km.)
POST-RACE FESTIVITIES…AND FREEBIES
Hubby and I dropped by the VIP Tent to congratulate our Nike friends for a wonderful event. The post-race atmosphere was festive with cheerleaders keeping runners entertained plus loads of freebies. I loved the mini Nike figurines they gave away which went directly to our kiddos.
– No, that’s not Coach Rio on the right –
A little birdie told me Nike is eyeing a 10k next year…and that is fantastic news. But, I do wish they consider adding a 21k distance to the mix. C’mon Nike…Just Do It, please?