It's literally a run with a purpose, just like the other charity events that are worth joining.
The run though didn't start on time and no warm-up was done, so if you're an "eager-beaver" and just galloped your way through the course, you will find yourself sore and breathless in the middle of your run.
I decided to use the preparation time to do some light warm-ups as I waited for the start of the race. Checked on my wife several times to make sure that she's alright, because she hasn't run for quite a while.
The streets were narrow, basically a 2-lane road - but it was also a change of "pace" from the usual route that we run on. There were several inclines (good thing I run on some during practice), but was still tough nonetheless.
Along the route, I noticed a guy running towards the opposite direction, shouting: "we need an ambulance!". That's when I saw a teenage girl who passed out in the middle of the road as the marshalls and bystanders helped out to regain her consciousness. I hope she's okay.
I pushed on and ignored the labored breathing that I was experiencing and thought that I'm stronger than I think I am and just like life that will practically throw every piece of obstacle and crap that I could ever imagine, there will always be a finish line.
It's always fulfilling to reach the finish line without any mishaps, regardless if I didn't place first or get noticed by the cameras - after all it is a competition against yourself. Everyone has his/her own goal, but mine was just to finish it and have a sense of accomplishment, not to mention the "feel-good endorphins" that gives me that natural high - it's worth every drop of sweat.
As I finished my 5k run, I was given a small brown paper bag with a boiled egg, a piece of banana and a bottle of Pocari Sweat - well now- this makes the race even more worthwhile! Perfect recovery meal - carbs + protein and electrolytes.
I waited for my wife to finish her 3k and gave her the same recovery meal bag that I requested for, before it runs out! We proceeded to a basketball court where the other runners were. There were several tents of sponsors like Salonpas, Safeguard, Caribee Philippines, who had a free photo op amongst others:
|Thank you to Caribee Philippines|
There was even free Zumba sessions for those who just want maximize the event and it was also cool to see some nuns who joined in the fun:
|Who says sports are only for athletes?|
My wife even joined in during the middle half of it:
All in all, the event was a success and of course, pure fun! My wife and I ate breakfast in a nearby resto and headed home. The sun was already searing hot when we arrived, tired and sleepy - but fulfilled.
Till the next fruitful run.