- Great race org in general (as usual from Runrio)
- Accurate distance (21k)
- Affordable reg fee of P850.00 vs other 21k races (also from Runrio)
- The 3am gun start is too early for a 21k. Usually, this is reserved for full marathons.
I went into this race armed with enough training miles under my belt and a manageable strategy to hopefully meet 2:30.
To cut to the chase, I finished in 2:27+ ---well within my target and still standing.
I stuck to my plan all throughout:
- Pace 7:00/km for the first 16k, then go all out on the last 5k (averaged 6:45/km here)
- Gel intake every 45 mins (which ended up around km8 and 14)
- Trusted my training and hoped for the best
I was monitoring my pace (7/km) and heart rate (not reaching 159, my threshold) constantly. For the latter, it was expected to increase on the short flyover climbs (there were 4) and on the last 5k where I was on the chase. I was all the more inclined on to maintain sub 7/km pace in the last 5k since I saw that I was ran 7:05/km for the first 10 miles. I was more intent then to finish this in sub-2:30 time.
Everything went all according to plan and I was feeling great all throughout, with the good weather (with very slight drizzle) accompanying us 21k runners in the middle of the night. The near flat race course and sufficient hydration stops helped as well, which somehow made we wonder if I will be able to finish sub-2:30 if this were on a hilly course such as BGC/Mckinley.
But I will DEFINITELY take last Sunday's 2:27+ finish, with the thought that at 43 (turning 44 this Sat) I can still finish a 21k race in a respectable time. Further, this was a 16 minute improvement from the TakboPH 21k that I ran last year so another reason for this advanced birthday gift for myself.
All in all, a job well done. 😤