Date: June 1, 2014 Distance: 10k Location: Bonifacio Global City
“I grew up being a regular milk drinker as a kid and now that I’m into running, I still get my regular dose of milk to strengthen the bones with calcium. Alaska steps up the awareness on proper nutrition as they hold the World Milk Day Run for the second straight year. Alaska World Milk Day Run gave everybody a fit morning from a run that came in 3K, 5K and 10K distances and also a reminder that proper nutrition is important for everyone. #alaskaworldmilkday #WMD2014 #GatasForBreakfast “
Alaska World Milk Day
Alaska has been active on the sporting scene for the past few weeks with Alaska Cycle Philippines on May 16-17, Alaska Iron Kids on May 25 and Alaska World Milk Day Run last June 1. That just shows how much Alaska is committed in promoting the fitness lifestyle and proper nutrition. While I’ve been on the trails the whole summer, I’m slowly building myself for road races again. Alaska World Milk Day is a perfect event for a feel good run with a more relaxed pace and a lot more leg room to move along the roads of Bonifacio Global City. I’ve set modest goal for this one which is just to run consistent though not necessarily fast. It’s a fun run after all.
This is a really hilly combination with the route passing through the Kalayaan flyover twice and taking the climb up to 5th Ave going to Lawton. The race starts at 34th Street and goes the full length of 8th Avenue going to Kalayaan and back. The next part of the race is the climb to Kalayaan Flyover entering Buendia for the mid point u-turn. The race then goes to another climb to 5th Avenue heading to Lawton via Rizal Drive. Finally, the race descends back to McKinley Parkway before heading to 9th Avenue for the straight line to the finish.
This one had a 4 am assembly and a 5 am gun start so was up early for this one. I came to the race area around 4:30 am to claim my race kit and do some warm ups. We also had some dynamic warm up before the start of the race. I wanted to start slow but since the 8th Avenue to Kalayaan was a descent I tried to do it faster than usual and slowed down after the u-turn since it’s a moderate climb. I was shifting between 2:1 to 3:1 run walk intervals until I get my legs warmed up. Luckily, there was no stiffness on the legs for this one. I also tried to reduce idle time in the water stops.
I have now lengthened the run-walk interval to 4:1 before the climb to Kayalaan flyover. I walked on the steep climb around the 3 Km mark before doing the run walk intervals again. The Kalayaan flyover is really a challenge as the road heading to Makati is a long slow climb. Then on the descent I dropped the run walk interval and went on at cruise pace until the u-turn slot near Makati Avenue and that’s half way into the race.
I went back to run mode before the climb back to Kalayaan Flyover. The climb back was a much longer so I had to walk this part though seriously, I should stop walking this part as I need the training effect of the climbs. After the climb, I started to go back on run mode again and went on at it until I hit the next water station at Kilometer 6.
After the water station, I run until the end of the descent of the other end of Kalayaan Flyover before resting a bit. I run until the midpoint of Rizal drive before switching to alternating 30 seconds run and walk which is a faster way to do long climbs without being too slow or consuming too much energy. The climb lasted in the u-turn in Essensa at 5th Avenue.
After the turn in Essensa, it’s mostly downhill already and less than 1 and a half kilometer to the finish so I went back on the run. Running as much as I can before resting for a few seconds. I love how they positioned the finish line on 9th Avenue as you can see it already several blocks away from McKinley Parkway and also it’s downhill so you can really finish strong with a route like this. I guess even if it’s a chill paced run, you have to make sure you put in an effort towards the finish and also make sure you have a great workout from the run. Hello Finish Line!!!
That was a great workout and that’s probably the hilliest 10K you could do around Bonifacio Global City. The fun just got started as there were several booths for the runners to enjoy. We also had complimentary breakfast from Tapa King as part of the media. This is a really great initiative for Alaska as it encourages people to be fit and healthy. Alaska World Milk Day also went nationwide with a simultaneous milk-drinking activity in Baguio, Cebu, Davao and Metro Manila with simultaneous.simultaneous fitness classes that encouraged individuals and families to start a morning health and fitness regimen.