Run Rio Trilogy Leg 1: 21k, Okay!

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.


The new Okada Hotel and Casino. FANCY (Source: miccadj)

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.


Crowded starting line (Source: miccadj)

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.

Fitbit data:


A familiar yet unfamiliar race route (Source: miccadj Fitbit)

Promising to run faster next time! I PROMISE.


First half splits (Source: miccadj Fitbit)

Definitely pushed that last kilometer to finish. Also, I always screw up somewhere around 17km lol.


Second half splits (Source: miccadj Fitbit)

HR Data


Pretty constant HR (Source: miccadj Fitbit)

Calories burned! Yeaaaa!


Calories burned! (Source: miccadj Fitbit)

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.

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Hardware (Source: miccadj)

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!



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