TBR RACE REVIEW: CONDURA RACE 2009
Organizer: Rudy Biscocho
Overall Rating (10 highest): 8
– Skyway Run: You dreamed it and you pulled it off! Hats off to Condura for creating a race like no other.
– Medals for Half Marathon finishers: Everyone loves a medal. Even better that someone placed it around our necks.
– Race marshals were effective especially in blocking off traffic: We even witnessed a fight between a race marshal and a disgruntled driver. Our bet was on the race marshall, of course.
– Abundant supply of water at stations.
– Sports Beans and sponges near or on the skyway.
– Portalets along the route.
– Pacers for 10k and 21k.
– Rocky theme song playing as 21k runners neared the finish.
– Bands playing along the route. I didn’t see nor hear them though. Hubby did.
– Inspirational signs to keep runners motivated (or distracted from the pain!)
– Race results to be published in Phil. Star. Hope to see it soon!
– Water sprinkling from the firetruck: Great that there was water to cool us down at the start/end of the skyway. I just hope that next time we have the option to get wet or not. I personally don’t like getting my shoes soaked but the water showered over the entire road, so most of us had to squeeze ourselves on the right side of the truck, climb on that way too high edge of the skyway just to avoid getting drenched. (Did I tell you I’m afraid of heights?)
– Fairly accurate distance. 21.07 for 21km and 9.8 for 10k.
– Medical assistance was readily available.
– Booths and Nike sale at the expo area.
BETTER JOB NEXT TIME
– Crowded assembly area: The assembly was filled with runners squeezing through the tiny entry way. I heard some runners only entered when space was freed up after the gun start.
– Balde System: Runners have raised hell over the unsanitary balde system that’s been used in previous races. I heard that the people giving cups were now wearing gloves, but that doesn’t make much of a difference. When will we see an end to this? UPDATE: Ton Concepcion clarified that all water provided was MINERAL WATER. See comment below. Thanks Ton!
– Water from a tank? A friend told me that drinking water was taken from a Manila Water tank parked along the 5k turnaround. Please don’t tell me this is true. UPDATE: Again, this was not used as drinking water. See comment below.
– Lack of mile markers. With my Garmin conking out, I had to rely on mile markers. The markers were few and far between.
Wow. I am in a state of disbelief. How did I possibly finish the Condura Half without any sign of injury (yes, not the slightest hint of pain) all throughout the race considering I was in pain even at rest for the past weeks? How did I finish with a time of 2:24 (unofficial)—far cry from 2:08 at Singapore but I’m not complaining—when I expected to crawl through the finish at around 3 hours? And, how did I manage to run through the finish when I was convinced I’d be limping my way to the end just like Singapore Half?
It could be due to my last-minute prep for the race: dry needling (Thur), deep massage (Tue & Fri), and ashtanga yoga (Sat) combined with strengthening exercises and stretches. Or, as I’d like to think, it was simply a miracle. God’s way of blessing me for being a good girl despite all the hell that I’ve been through with this injury perhaps? Hah!
Whatever the reason, I know I should be extremely grateful for the chance to run Condura Race. Here are the highlights of my race:
– Go Team Injured Skins! It was JunC, Vince, and I who ran together for the first few kilometers of the race. The three of us were in uniform: our iamninoy runners group shirt (more about this in a later post) and skins compression tights. Aside from the common attire, all three of us had barely run the past two weeks and had knee injuries. We shared the same mindset: this run was going to be a slow, safe, and steady run; no racing nor breaking PRs. Along Buendia, Jake of Team Super joined us. Until the end of the run, we were stuck together like glue. It was fun running with you, guys!
– Glenn, the best pacesetter ever. Early in the race, we stayed close to the 7min/km pace group led by Glenn of Fort Striders. Glenn is a friend and he has always been sociable and funny. Little did I know he had the ability to entertain runners with his witty remarks (e.g. “Prepare exact change, runners” as we climbed the skyway) which kept a large group of us runners guffawing throughout the race.
– Boo to my Garmin, Yey to “blind” running. I hadn’t used my Garmin in over 3 weeks and, today, it decided to go on strike…twice. It conked out at 2.5km and again at 7km even if it was fully charged. At first, I was cursing. But, later on, I realized it was a blessing that I couldn’t check on my pace or distance. Running like a blind runner allowed me to enjoy the run even more.
– The flyover was worth it. Do you know that I decided to downgrade to 10k yesterday due to major anxieties over the injury? But, thanks to friend/ ITBS adviser, Alvin, who told me that I should run the skyway even if I had to bike the first 10k, I decided to just go for it. Upon climbing up the skyway, the sun was on our left and one could see all the runners ahead and behind marching like little soldiers. It was a great sight. Even nicer to think that no other runners had ever ran a race up there.
– Test of the will. I was fine throughout the race. I actually found fulfillment running the slow 6:30 to 7 min/km even as other runners passed us by. I refused to succumb to the temptation to run faster and risk injury. But, on the way back, as we climbed the Buendia flyover, the heat and, I have to admit, the lack of training caught up with me. I started feeling dehydrated and weak. From the flyover to the finish line, it was all will that carried me through.
– Annie is back! My dearest running buddy, Annie, flew in from Singapore for a 5-day break. We saw each other before the race, hugged, spoke briefly, and off she went to run her 21k leaving us all in the dust. What’s new? At least I know she hasn’t changed one bit. Missed you Annie girl!
– Annie showing off her photo in TBR Mag’s inner back cover. She says she’s willing to autograph your magazines anytime!-
– Launch of TBR Magazine. I think this went fairly well. I saw my banners up, the magazines were distributed after the race, and I didn’t faint onstage (I had just arrived from my 21k when they called me up there). I was overwhelmed to hear the positive response from the runners I met. Hope you liked it!
To all runners, congratulations! To Condura Durables Inc, especially Ton, Patrick, Michelle, and Alex, great race! Hope to see you again on the skyway next year.
– with good friends Dindo, Banggi, Joms, Ben, Hubby, and Renz –
– with Dindo, Carmen, Tiffin, Jeremy, Mark, Marga –
– with the hubby, my support and photographer for the day –
– with i am ninoy runners group launched at Condura. Congrats to Jamike and Mayi! –
More photos to follow…