I got mixed feelings seeing the route for the 34th Milo full-marathon.
The V.Sotto-NAIA-road loop to be done 3 times might hit me pyschologically, especially in the latter kilometers. Too bad I won't get to run up until Bayani Road for this one since I've been doing my long runs mostly in that area (last year's race included a Buendia-5thAve-BayaniRd section which I think adds variety to the route). Going around 3 loops seems to have brought down the excitement to my first full. Even PC, my running-mate for this race, feels turned-off by the route as well. I guess RACE, the race-organizer, had problems securing government approval to clear Buendia Avenue traffic for 6 hours (42k cutoff time)?
On the plus side, except for the Roxas Blvd flyovers, the route seems relatively flat. This means my pace won't be sucked up by the cruel Buendia-Kalayaan flyover and Bayani Road. Further, removing Buendia Avenue from the route eliminates the excessive pollution from the jeepneys and other vehicles plying that road while they wait (in anger?) for the road to be cleared of runners.
Hmmm, maybe I should try out the route this weekend on my last long run.
Yup, I probably should.