|A nice day to run... is when there are no runners!|
|Clipping the TimingChip on a VFF|
The Thrills and the TrailsAs we start off from the starting line, we were traversing the concrete, then entered the grasslands after a few meters. I was leading the pack in an estimate pace of around 6 mpk. The grassland has flat terrains with just a few water drainage-like bumps that adds more challenge as it made me think in a snap whether to hop, jump, or run through the gaps.
On my back was a guy consistently pursuing me, hearing his hard-breathing gives me another challenge to push more and maintain my distance from him. My lack of training mileage for almost two weeks (last two trainings was January 1 and 12 only) made my leg muscles want to surrender early and take some walk breaks. I feel that I'm already slowing down and already thinking of letting the guy behind me take my place when suddenly, a varsitarian-looking guy just ran past me. He looks so relaxed and his strides are fast and long enough that you wouldn't see a pressure from his form (now he's taking the lead). A few minutes later, another man, an older one, ran past beside me too, I looked back to see if he was also the same guy who was chasing me, but was glad that my pursuer, is still pursuing me, lol! Then seconds after, a Kenyan girl made us sniff her trail dust as he run away from us on the dirt road.
Then a great surprise stumbled on me after a hard run on a downhill, rocky trail - a short but very steep trail going to the creek made me doubt what my trail shoes (err, trail toes) could offer. This is where I slowed down and let my pursuer take the lead, and decided to just chase him when we are already on the road. As I traverse the slippery rocks of the creek I thought I was going to slip towards the muddy sides of the creek, face-planted! Nevertheless, thanks for this footsy KSO Treksport for not failing me (will write a review about this one). A few meters after turning around from the watery and slippery rocks, just before we tread our shoes for an incline going up and away from the creek, I was able to chase my previous position from that guy as I hop left and right from the waters and rocks while he was slowly making his way out from the same obstacles.
As I start to climb the ascents from the creek, the marshall announced: "you are third Sir", then to the guy behind me: "Sir fourth place!". More adrenaline came rushing from me that I was able to run the steep climb. What follows next is a seemingly-endless prairie. The course was already flat and I was able to create a good distance from the pursuing guy. In front, I can't see any other runners, the 1st and 2nd placer, as well as the Kenyan girl may have already been far beyond us. I was running alone already that boredom has almost settled into me. I think I miss the guy's hard-breathing from behind. :p
Leaving the TrailsA few more continuous rolling (tempo run) from the grass lands and I can already see the road, the 2nd placer, and the Kenyan girl. Then as I exit from the dirt lands and step onto the concrete, the Marshall re-confirms my position as 3rd place. But then, it was another challenge to run faster on the road since it was no longer flat, but a waving 15-20 degrees incline. But the motivation of maintaining my position kept me going... and going... until I reached the finish line. A silver medal was handed to me.
The Fun and Priceless MomentsLife as it is, the fun never goes out after some hardships. And it started after the race. Some of the six:30 peeps who ran their own categories were already there, waiting for other "Barney" runners. One by one, our pack completed, down up to the last Barney (read his story here) left on the trails of Nuvali.
As we enjoy the runner's high, The blessings of rain and wind whipped our face and our cooling body, or rather... freezing body. We were all stranded like a chick trying to warm ourselves from each other's back.
The awarding also took place on a winter-rainy season-like manner. When it rains, the awarding stops, when the rain stops, the awarding continued! And... as each awarding takes place, a "revolution" of some kind from among the finishers awaits Sir Vince, the Marshals, the Emcee, and even Finishline's Coaches.
|Yeah, feel it!|
All these commotion was for the sake of receiving a podium prize on the stage, the priceless token, un-exchangeable glory, and treasurable experience of being awarded with an extra... BRONZE medal -- PRICELESS!
|Double the |
|The six:30 Running Group Family|
Distance: 8 km.
Official Time: 0:46:20
Official Ranking: 4th out of 36 overall category Finishers
When: Jan. 15, 2011.
Where: Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
Event: Finishline's InMotion Road xTrail 2011
You may also download the race results from here.