Time: 1 hour 2 minutes
Date: February 20, 2011
Pace: 6:12 minutes / kilometer
This is my second race in McKinley and the place is known for its tough inclines and that it happens in the start of the race. I had another disadvantage of having a running nose, some cough and a stressful week but those can be taken aside once they hit the go button. The first 3 kilometers of the Last Man Running was the toughest leg with the inclines going to C5 and the uphill climb going out of upper McKinley and the rest was mostly flats and downhills except for the climb back from Bayani Road. It’s always a challenging course at McKinley but it’s a good thing that we spend at least a day of our training here. Coasted in the last 2 kilometers and finished strong at 1 hour and 2 minutes just a few seconds above my Personal Record but since this is a longer course so may have been faster in this run than my PR.
It was also amazing to witness runners going at it for the title of the last man running, which could go as long as 7-8 hours of continuous running at a fast pace. That’s how passionate people can be at running. Well, passion is a fuel that keeps people going and going even beyond pre-conceived limits. I’m just a shade above sub 60 but I know it’s still a lot of hard training to go.