Just yesterday, September 13, I ran my third race in Mall of Asia – the Subaru Marathon 2015. I do not usually join runs if I won’t get a medal on my chosen distance but this was an exception because aside from it being the first Subaru race in the Philippines, I promised my friends that I would join them in this run.
However, just a day before the run, some unwanted things happened that resulted to my poor performance on the race day itself.
One Day Before the Race:
- My lady visitor decided to drop by (I mean this in a figurative sense)
- I had a meeting that ended at 10:00PM
- My friends informed me that they wouldn’t be able to go. One got sick and the other one attended a family gathering
Resulting to what happened the next day
- There was a slight discomfort in my tummy
- I was sleepy because I only had two hours of sleep
- I was alone until before the Gun Start
I joined the 5-kilometer race because this is the safe distance I can run coming from my (not yet fully healed) knee injury. Thankfully, my friend/coach, Joey, joined me again in this run so I was confident I was not going to run alone or so I thought.
While we were running, I noticed how I was struggling after just one kilometer. I started feeling dizzy (a first) and I knew then that I wasn’t going to beat my PR. And because I already held Joey back during our first race (World Vision), I did not want to hold him back in another one so I told him to go ahead and not pace with me. At first he was reluctant but after a few attempts of pleading, he finally gave in and dashed away after the second kilometer.
What a bad time to not have music with me! I specifically left it because I thought I wasn’t going to run alone. Meh. I was running alone with my thoughts in the way. Every now and then, my vision would get a bit hazy making me slow down for a bit. Sadly, I did not perform the way I wanted to but I was still able to finish the race.
Joey ranked 19th while I ranked 47th out of 687 participants.
Also glad to have seen a very familiar face during the event. Hi Jai!
Even though I was not able to beat my PR because of the bad circumstances, I am happy to have been part of the first ever Subaru Marathon in the Philippines. Hopefully during my next run in October, I would be able to beat my 10k PR. Who wants to run with me then? 🙂
Thank you to PinoyFitness and Team aRUNkada for the photos!