If you told 2010-2016 me that I would be able to run 3 half marathons within 6 months of running regularly, I’d probably laugh, cheers, and chug the beer I was holding.
2 days ago, I found myself toeing another starting line. My 9th road race of the year and 3rd half marathon in 3 months.
Run Rio’s annual trilogy of races consists of a 21k for Leg 1, 32k for Leg 2, and 42k for Leg 3. Each of those races also include a shorter 10k and 21k. Our start/finish was at the new Okada Hotel and Casino which I wasn’t sure if it was already operational or not. There was no parking at the hotel so everyone was forced to park at SM Mall of Asia and take a shuttle to the race village. Not really the biggest hassle so all was good.
The course was a bit similar to previous 21k’s I’ve ran but not exactly. I appreciated the newly paved roads of the New Seaside area but also dreaded the lumpy, truck passed, older roads of Dionko, Macapagal, and Roxas Blvd.
Promising to run faster next time! I PROMISE.
Definitely pushed that last kilometer to finish. Also, I always screw up somewhere around 17km lol.
Calories burned! Yeaaaa!
The cool thing about the medal is that if I were to running the follow up legs, all 3 medals would connect into a giant medal. NICE. Still deciding on those because there are some other races I want to check out too.
Two days ago I ran on 0 hours of sleep, 2 bananas, 3 sips of 2 day old coffee, pure adrenaline mixed with anxiety, and a bothersome cold that escalated after. My biggest worry was that I would DNF (Did Not Finish) and end up on a stretcher. Or worse, THEY WOULD HAVE TO CALL MY EMERGENCY CONTACT. I did promise myself that I wouldn’t push it too hard today because shin splints yuck!
I finished my race happy and strong while thinking of the incredible athletes running the Western States 100 Endurance Challenge. Maybe one day I can make may way up to a marathon and ultimately an ultra!