It was supposed to be an 18k route which I've mapped out yesterday via Google Maps. The route would start at my house, then go towards Kamuning, Timog, East Ave, QC Circle, UP outer path, UP Oval, and back. This was going to be one long run, I thought. There'll be no water stations, marshals, and markers. It will just be all me dictating this practice run.
So I packed up a bag of Sports Beans, filled up my hydration bottle with Gatorade, and off I went. I actually stopped for about 3mins at the UP Oval since my Gatorade ran out so I bought a bottle of mineral water from the store near AS Palma Parking lot to refill my bottle.
It was smooth sailing until I passed 16kms. The WALL reappeared its ugly head and I found myself dragging my feet just to finish the last 3 kms. It was hell I tell you. 3kms seems to be a short distance but not in this run. Grabe...
My GPS tracker showed 19kms which was weird since from my Google Maps reference I should only be at 17kms. Perhaps the buildings, MRT tracks, etc. disoriented it. I was dead tired from running so I stopped the workout at 19kms, i.e. 17kms. I then walked the last kilometer to home. So technically I still completed the whole 18km distance.
The time from 0-19kms was 2hrs 12mins which was quite respectable although if I base it from the 17km Google Map distance, it was at 7+min/km ----one of my worst. I think I need adjustments on my pacing. The pace from 0-19kms was depressing to look at. It was like a graph of the Philippine Stock Exchange Index during the last US Recession when it lost a lot of value. Masyado ko kase hinataw sa umpisa, naubusan tuloy sa dulo.
Good thing this was just a practice run.
Next Saturday: 19kms (for real this time).
Nokia Sports Tracker Beta run details can be found here.