Few days before the event started, Condura released an Advisory and race pack redemption guidelines. After reading it, me and MinnieRunner had some commentaries about the way the race organizers planned the whole thing. Well, it can't be helped since we've already experienced some terrible run expositions which mimics the types of what Condura announced. Luckily enough, they proved us wrong by having a well organized event (for me, and only according to my own observation) during and after the race.
There are two thumbs down though for me for the 10k category: first, there were no distance markers except for the last kilometer and the U-turn which signifies that we have already reached the half-way; and second, the way along Buendia bridge is so dark (it adds up more excitement for me though). There are other down points on the race as reviewed by TBR and MinnieRunner which you can read on their blog links.
Aside from these, I commend the organizers and Condura, as well as all the volunteers (even Takbo.ph, I heard, had their aid-station too for the 21k and 42k runners) for making the event a great run, besides having 8,500 runners plus other non-runners who flocked with their runner friends and relatives. The race result was even released only one day after the event with near-to-accurate results though they have not used a timing chip. The giveaways, specially from Selecta ice cream were overflowing too, making us cool up to the end of the program (I managed to eat three ice cream sticks for the first time :p ).
For my goal of setting a new PR of sub-50, or even beating the Piolo-PR (sub-Piolo goal), I think I need to re-train and re-assess my runnings. I have relaxed too much during the first half, maintaining a slower-pace compared to my previous runs. I was trying to reserve more energy for my second half (the negative split), not knowing that I have already laxed too much. At the U-turn, my half-split recorded a 0:28:xx time. Then I gave my full after the half-split, with my timer set to alarm after every 5 minutes for me to adjust my speed from fast-to-normal pacing. The second-half registered a 0:23:xx time, thus giving me a total of 0:51:24 PR for the full 10k. What really dismayed me with this PR was because at the previous 2010 PSE Bull Run, I have already attained my second sub-50. So I expected that I could again attain a much lower sub-50 since I have been training more regularly. Seeing my rank on the race results as one of the top-60 finishers made me regret more about my performance. I know I could have done more, I could've pushed myself after a 10 to 15 minute or 3k to 4k blue-zone run. It's all done anyway, and at least I've learned more this time.
Timmy, Runaholic, and Trick
After claiming our medals, and after some lining at the different booths and tents for the give aways, here comes my much awaited moment -- meeting Runaholic (or Kassy) in person. We were supposed to meet each other before the gun-start, but due to parking space problems, we just settled in meeting up after the race. I enjoyed our few minutes of chatting together with her two friends. I thought I won't be able to talk much because I was a total stranger among them, and my other colleagues weren't there to support me, hahaha! Ok, for the record, Runaholic was the first blogger-runner that I met, kudos, you should treat me sometime Kassy (wink)!
Before going home, we were able to get to meet other famous runners/bloggers such as Coach Rio who zoomed right beside me near the Finish line thereby practically eating his dust; Ms. Jaymie, the lady behind the very successful TBR Mag; and the joyful and funny host of "Ang Pinaka" - Mr. Rovilson Fernandez.
You may download the race results below:
3k 5k 10k 21k 42k
Distance: 10 km.
Official Time: 00:51:24
Official Ranking: 54th out of 2,110
When: Feb. 7, 2010.
Where: Fort, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Event: Condura Run 2010 - Run For The Dolphins
The fireworks before the gun-start of each race category
Me, Runaholic, and Trick
One, two, smi... oooppsss, sorry Mish :p
with Ms. Jaymie (The Bull Runner)
More photos in my Facebook Album.