News fresh off the track, legs still throbbing. Haha.
I loved this race. I still had a difficult time sleeping last night but I woke up this morning feeling happy and ready for the race.
The dreaded McKinley Hill. Coach Rio kept teasing/scaring us in the running clinic that we'll have moments in the run where our knees will be hitting our faces, due to impossible inclines.
Good to prepare mentally for such things. I was really prepared for serious hills and was very calm in tackling each uphill (and downhill) part. Calm for the uphill and not overzealous with the downhill parts.
I was very conservative in this race. Just kept to an even pace and just aimed for a happy run and relaxed finish. I don't think this will yield my new PR but what I like about this race is the realization (finally) that I am ready to tackle 10k.
I remember my first 5k and how tough it was. This wasn't exactly a breeze for me but I've proven to myself that I can keep to my pace despite the temptation to run after faster runners. I know for sure that I've improved since that first 5k and it's a good time to try 10k. I can always go back to 5k if that proves to be too much.
Major insight from this race: one of the best things after a race (aside from a good breakfast) is changing into dry clothes. :) Heaven.
Just sharing... I just realized that I forgot my wet run clothes in Jollibee at The Fort and we now have to go back and retrieve them. Nakakahiya!!!
Good, well-organized race. Congrats yet again to RUNRIO!
UPDATE: The results are out. Clocked 28:51 (not my PR) but I'm still happy because I didn't lose wind. LOVED today's run. Except someone stole my sweaty sports bra!!! How weird is that?! The guys from Jollibee found my running clothes in the washroom. Everything except the sports bra! Crazy!