Distance 10K (Actual 10.4K)
Time: 1 hour 4 minutes
Date: April 2, 2011
Pace: 6:15 minutes per kilometer
It’s quite an appeal when a run, complete with singlet, bib and d-tag is offered free so this had me interested and so was 30,000 other runners. The group was divided in 8 waves, 3 for 10K and 5 for 5K. With that volume of runners, the event was moved to the Quirino Grandstand, where other high volume runs are being held. Just seeing the queue for the free race kits, you’ll know that this would be a crowded run.
I was part of the second wave and decided to just go on a steady pace all throughout as you can’t really accelerate that much given the number of runners and somehow, applied a different strategy by running the complete course at a steady and consistent pace instead of my usual run-walk-run which has worked in the past for me. Thanks to my new k-swiss quicky blade light, I was able to go on and on until the finish line and it didn’t appear as a chore though you can only accelerate as much. At the finish line, it was a strong 1:04 and I didn’t feel to stressed out by the pace.
It was also nice to see the Manila Bay as a backdrop to the run. I hope that I can generate more speed in this new strategy but there’ll be more runs… more trainings… so there’ll still be a lot of improvements to come.