Time: 1 hour and 6 minutes
Date: July 16, 2012
Pace: 6:36 minutes per kilometer
ValuCare Run 2012
I came to know of ValuCare Run 2012 when the Running Host Boy Ramos invited me to the bloggers event for the launch of this event. It was my first time to be invited in a bloggers event and it was my first time to hype a run (Pre-Race:ValuRun 2012). It also included a race kit for the event so while I am at it, I might as well run the distance as I needed to log in the training mileage anyway. ValuCare is an HMO provider and this was their first major event which coincided with their 15th year anniversary so before I go on, I want to congratulate ValuCare for 15 years of providing quality healthcare with compassion.
This race route had a good twist to the regular Bonifacio Global City route. One of the drawbacks of BGC compared to other courses is that it is more technical since it has a lot of twist and turns which can be a momentum breaker when you’re starting to build speed. This one was simple and eliminated some twist and turns. Race starts at 9th Avenue and goes straight directly to Triangle Drive in 40th Street for the first u-turn. It then goes to 8th Avenue via 36th Avenue with the second u-turn in Kalayaan Avenue. It then heads back to Rizal Avenue via 5th Avenue and 20th street for the third u-turn. It’s then an uphill climb from Rizal Avenue til the 5th Avenue for the fourth u-turn. It goes back to 32nd Street after going through the full length of 5th Avenue and before taking one final turn in 9th Avenue for the finish line.
Weather was cool which explains that it took me a while before I was able to move out of my bed. That should be a good motivation, the sooner I finish the race, the sooner I can get back to enjoy the cool weather and sleep some more. I came just a few minutes before gun start and just did minimal warmups. My plan is to take this race at an easy and aerobic pace but at the start of the race I got carried by the pace of the lead pack going at a 5 minute per kilometer pace for the first kilometer. I felt the sting afterwards as I felt some stiffness in my calves so slowed down and returned to my original strategy of going at an aerobic pace so went on at around 6:50-7:00 minute per kilometer pace throughout the race before packing some speed in the last 3 kilometers of the race. Finished at around 1:06 and was still able to get my bottle lanyard which was limited per category so it was still a good finish. Nowhere near a personal record but it was a well paced run. There were marshals all around the place to guide the runners and manage the traffic as the roads were partially open to traffic. Hydration was sufficient and there were trash bins after the water stations for a cleaner run.
A few minutes after I finished the run, the rain came falling. I would have loved it if the rain came earlier. It’s fun to run in the rain because either I’m either soaking in sweat or hydration after a run so it won’t make much of a difference. I was able to get my loot bag which is also a good quality shoe bag. In terms of pre and post race giveaways, ValuCare has been generous. They also gave away some prizes and of course, gave their donation to Bantay Bata of ABS-CBN and Plastic ni Juan of Eat Bulaga. I missed running with Team Total Fitness in this race. It does not seem complete without my team mates. The good thing was I was able to visit our Team sponsors tent and was able to get my fresh set of Dermplus. My reinforcement from the sun has arrived.
I didn’t stay any longer at the event as the rain was already pouring but I was able to touch base with some bloggers I met in the bloggers event. And just like that I’m back my bed fast asleep. If not for the finisher items, I would have thought that 10K ValuCare Run was just a dream. In fact, it’s a good reality to be a part of ValuCare’s 15th Year Anniversary as a blogger and as a runner. =>