Sep 25, 2012

Night Race Recap

A lot of you were asking how the night race turned out.  I'm happy that some of you have shown interest in running and are actually looking forward to joining fun runs and marathons in the future.  I am equally looking forward to seeing your own updates in the future.  For now, here's mine.  

I was excited last Friday to have my hands on these.  I think my trusty Blackberry did justice to the color, after several shots. There's the baller and and glow stick (that doesn't glow much):





A more detailed look at the baller (cool huh?):


We arrived at the University of Sto. Tomas grounds at past 5pm on Sunday.  The sky was clear with few stray clouds here and there.  Looks like no rain which is what I was praying for.  The runners were still roaming around, some taking pictures or going for last minute trips to the rest rooms.  We took photos of course.

 
When the race was about to start at 6 pm, I could feel raindrops.  I was unfazed, but as the drops turned into little sprinkles, I started to put away my music player and phone and stash them away inside my belt bag.  Soon, the raindrops turned into a drizzle, and the drizzle to a full time rain.  All of us took shelter wherever we can, and waited it out for a while.  The rain got even stronger and we were already wondering if we'd run in the rain.  I am resolved to run, rain or no rain.  I just felt a slight pang of pity for my shoes hehehe.  Finally, the rain stopped after about 20 minutes or so.  There was an uproar of cheers as everyone started to take position at the starting line.

We heard the gunshot and everyone started moving.  No running yet as we're crowded at the starting line.  Soon the runners took to their own pacing and at last I could run.  The first five minutes of the run, I was hopelessly untangling the headset of my music player.  I finally straightened it out so I was able to enjoy my run even better.  I find that I can run longer while listening to upbeat music

While running, I remembered that to make a full 5K run, we have to do four laps around the campus, but I'm left wondering how I would know that, since it's a bit dark and I'm running on unfamiliar grounds.  Good thing there were student marshals and at the end of one lap, they give out glow sticks.  Cool!  I finally figured out that I had to collect glow sticks, so on the 3rd one, I was told just one more lap to go.  Good!  Because despite the short rain, I could feel the air getting humid or maybe it was because of all that running.  

All in all, it was a well-organized event, except that there were vehicles inside the campus and at some point,  I had to hold my breath or inhale combustion gases.  Water stations are available, and no untoward incident happened despite the wet pavements and water pools at certain spots.

I don't think I beat my record time.  We don't have timing chips so I couldn't get the exact time but my estimate is, I finished at almost the same time with my first run.  I enjoyed the run, knowing that I was also able to contribute to someone's future while I'm running for health.

Kinda blurred but that's me on the right side - still very much alive
  
Finis  - the "H" was cut off hehehe
 
Me with one of my running buddies and her son holding out their certificates

Two days, after, it's only now that I'm feeling slight muscle pain in my thighs.  I'm used to this good pain already.  In fact, I get much worse pain after workouts.  This one is very much tolerable, and I'm happy knowing I am building leg muscle.  As if I needed more bulk with my already big legs hahaha!  

Well, hope one day, I'll get to see you guys in one of the running events. 

48 comments:

  1. congrats ms. aileen
    more race to come

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  2. Way to go, Aileen!!!To good health!

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  3. The run is inside UST! I'm suddenly feeling nostalgic of my alma mater. The route is a very familiar one for me :) - JB

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  4. Oh you're from UST pala...none of us were...mga outsiders kaming lahat hehehe

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  5. Thanks Reese! We're scouting for a race this coming October naman

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  6. way to go sis and congrats.. ganda ng baller...visiting from ComEx Sept 25

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  7. Hi Aileen, remember how i've been telling you that I need some spanking to get started? Well i've decided yesterday to start with a healthier and more active lifestyle. I will resume running this week and I really hope I sustain it! Thanks for the inspiration sis! :)

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  8. That's great Louise! Happy for you :-) Where are my pompoms? Hurray! Who knows? We might bump into each other in one of those running events. Cool!

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  9. It's nice talaga sis. Buti di pa nahihingi sa kin hehehe

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  10. I have never joined runs like this, i wonder if i can ever make it. Siguro i need to improve muna on my stamina and strength before i can do this.

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  11. i like the idea of the glow stick!nice baller too! :-)


    -promdingchamimay

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  12. Congrads on completing the race. Way to go!!!

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  13. Sis, you've truly gone a loooong waaay!!!Congrats much!

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  14. Congratulations! I don't know about you but running in the rain could be fun. heheh

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  15. I really hope some day I could also experience joing fun runs :)

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  16. 'grats! I would like to join a night race here in the province too! :)

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  17. That color is so cool. Natawa ako sa finis, hehehe! Visiting from CommEx Sept25.

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  18. Here's my toast to good health. That was again, an inspiring activity and good source of motivation. :) All the best always...

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  19. Jessel Atonson-RosalesSeptember 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Congrats! Your post made me miss running and joining fun runs but now I back to walking because of my knee injury. Anyways, keep it up!

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  20. Congratulations sis. Super health buff ka talaga. Stay fit!


    Mommy Maye

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  21. Ohmygosh, sis! Just reading this and seeing the pics made me see how exciting the event truly was. I'm soooooo happy for you! ;-)

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  22. Farida Jane TiongsonSeptember 27, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Great! Remember your first entry on your first race months ago? You were somewhat hesitating to try it? Look at you now ! :)

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  23. Wow! You're really amazing and inspiring! I dont think i could run 5k. I wish i could, though. Haha. Im such a loser.

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  24. Yes sis, and it made me smile. I didn't think I was up to it, back then because of health concerns, or maybe it was all in my mind.

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  25. Thanks Cates. The excitement is in the cause, not the run per se. I can run anytime and anywhere if I choose to...but running for a cause makes it more worthwhile. :-)

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  26. I could relate to that, Jessel. I've been through knee injury myself some years ago...so I got to go easy and not push too hard. But when you're used to running, you'd really miss the liberating feeling of being able to run. Hope you recover soon. :-)

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  27. Hahaha! The one who took that picture is the little boy and he ran off before we can request for another shot lol!

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  28. 5K isn't a long way in the literal sense hehehe. Thanks sis! Good to see you sa CE, finally.

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  29. Buti hindi umulan sayang (joke lang sis hehehe) so happy for you! :)))) another successful event cheers! sana ako din kahit ONCE lang maging part ng ganyang event ^^.

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  30. Thanks sis. I mentioned about the rain before the race...good thing it stopped. :-)

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  31. This looks so fun and exciting! I haven't been to a fun run my entire life.

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  32. Congratulations Ms. Aileen ang galing 5k finisher ka na...




    Visiting from ComEx Sept 25

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  33. This is indeed good for your health and for a good cause, too. Been wondering when I can engage in such activities ... maybe with my children?

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  34. i wanted to try this out but got a busy sched. hahaha

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  35. It looked like a good run. Congrats! Here in Cebu, fun runs have decreased and uso naman now is biking, You see a lot of them doing it groups. I might try it out too :)

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  36. Congratulations on your successful run! This is something I would like to do someday too. For now, I live through runners like you. ;)

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  37. Another successful run Sis! Congrats! You're really amazing. I hope I could have that guts to run, as well. Maybe sa next vacation ko na lang sa Pinas. This time kasi it's still rainy season dyan so I am not sure if I could run next month when I get back home. :)

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  38. Good job! Well done. Success finds people who never give up. :D

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  39. I like your uniform Aileen...nice my fave color green...

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  40. nice! you did it! :)

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  41. Oh, I was at UST hospital last Sunday. I should have taken a peek at the race. It must have looked really cool to watch runners with glow sticks running at night.

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  42. I like the design and color of the singlet, it stands out.

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  43. Khimbyrlee EerlrybmihkOctober 7, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Nice! :D It's so satisfying.

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  44. i prefer running at night, idk maybe im an owl type of person

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  45. Wow! great post :) Sayang, I did not get to know about this fun run earlier... I miss USTE. Fun runs are really enjoyable - you bond with friends while keeping fit :)

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  46. Nice "jersey". I really hope that I can run even once before my retirement age. hahaha

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