‘Twas a long morning. I was up at 3am and ate my bananas plus half a bottle of sports drink, my pre-race combo.
The race venue was in Mall of Asia, about 25 minutes away from my house. I was just in Macapagal Blvd., when I saw the 32k runners! They have already started. Ugggh, I felt like throwing up. I was so anxious and excited at the same time. I was going to run my first 10k race!
The parking lot was packed at 4:30am. I had to find a parking space! Fortunately for me, I was able to find one really fast. I already felt like a winner. haha!
|minutes before gun start|
When the 10k race started, I felt so happy. The runners were in high spirits and the excitement was unmistakable. It was a nice course: flat and we ran parallel to the Manila Bay. When I reached the 5K u-turn the sun was already up and it was getting hot. Thankfully, the hydration stations had cold ice water and Powerade. At 8K, I was really very tired and sleepy! I literally closed my eyes for a few seconds while running. Joy later on said that must have been hypoglycemic. But no, I was sleepy because I only had 3 hours of sleep the night before. I was just too excited. 🙂
At the 9K mark, I was breathing hard but I felt strong. I could already see the finish line and hear the music. One more turn and I crossed the finish line. I did it!!! I finished my first 10K run and I felt great.
|I did it!|