Sunday, April 17, 2011

Race Review: Run With The Masters 2011


UPDATE (04.19.2011)
Download the 21k race results here
Download the 10k race results here
Download the 3k race results here
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Another Race Review ...

Good Points
- Singlet (the material used was great, I love the design, the singlet was well made)
- Finisher's Medal (21k and 10k finisher's received a medal and a certificate)
- Route (simple and straightforward; mostly flat terrain; friendly to barefoot/minimalist runners)
- Hydration (used Summit drinking water to hydrate the runners)
- Registration Fee (cheap 21k registration fee @ PHP450)
- Shower (a nice refreshing shower near the finish line)

Areas for Improvement
- Distance (21k route is short, registered 20.10kms in Garmin)
- Gun Start (appointed 21k gun start is late, should've been 5AM instead of 530AM)
- Marshal (very very very few marshals)
- Hydration (no sports drink was available; water served was not cold)
- Baggage Counter (very small baggage station; stuff overflowed; it should've been near the finish line)
- Portalet (there were only 2 portalets near the starting line)
- Timing Tag (timing tag was not used; there might be discrepancy in finish time)
- Sponsors (wished the freebies were placed on a loot bag)
- Kilometer Markers (there was none; would've been better if there was)
- Photos (did not saw anyone taking photos except from a fellow runner near the finish line)
- Safety Cones (none was allocated along Imelda Ave/Ninoy Aquino Ave; we were running side by side with vehicles)

Couldn't Comment
-Medical Assistance (did not saw/notice any medical staff along the route; though saw an ambulance but wasn't sure if that was for the event)

Thoughts
This was one of those races that I couldn't simply let go.  This was because I had a dismal performance.  Finished my chosen category, 21km, in under 2 hours and 5 minutes.  I was really hoping that I would be able to cross the finish line earlier and set a new PR (personal record)

What caused the poor performance?  Acquired a really bad case of blister.  Was trying the neglect it during the first half of my run but my situation got worse on my way back.  I was forced to slow down to be able to cope up with the pain.  A few kilometers more and it became unbearable.

I had two options.  One is to stop running and forget about finishing the race; another is to run through the pain.  I chose the latter.  What made the run more difficult was seeing so many runners pass you by.  I had a flashback of what happened to me during the Rexona Run last year.  With that, it made the ordeal more frustrating

When the pain kicks up a notch, I would stop and walk to ease the pain.  Only one thing kept me alive back there ... "Pain is temporary, Quitting is forever".  Though I do not suggest to everyone what I just did.  One should know when to quit.  Always listen to your body.  I was just being stubborn and badly wants to finish the race no matter what.  Besides I didn't have money on me to take a ride back to the finish line

I will be looking forward for another fun run next year

BIG Thanks to Jr and Iris (Team HOB) for the refreshing cheers and finish line photos!

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