The second leg of the Run United series, the Run United 2 was finally held last Sunday, June 7, 2015. It was your usual Run United participated by Pinoy runners both, serious and not-so serious types. The event started with the 32K category with a gun start starting at 3:00 a.m. Run Rio and Unilab Active Health again invited some runners to serve as pacers with their specific target time. Hence, you’d see runners with balloons tied up on their back maintaining a running pace that would ensure that they finish the distance in their chosen time.
At the start of the run, I tried to run together with the group with a target time 0f 3:15. I managed maintain my pace with them until KM0 in Luneta. However going back towards Coastal Road, after running more than 8KMs I fall behind and was forced to join the group with a target time of 3:40. As we approach the first flyover of the race route, I was still able to run and avoided walking up the flyover. It was a relief going down the first flyover. The same goes true for the second flyover.
A few kilometers more and I finally reached the turn-around spot somewhere near the Coastal Mall. By this time, I can already feel the fatigue creeping into my body. But, I still manage to run decently up to the right turn going to Buendia. Reaching the Makati area, I felt the sudden change in temperature. Every few kilometers I could feel my body getting hot so I had to stop every hydration stations not just to hydrate but moresore to get a cup of cold water that I can pour in my head.
It was still a good run for me, along EDSA approaching the PNR area where I thought the last turn-around was located. But then I was wrong. Passing the PNR area, it was still a long 3KMS that go all the way Makati Avenue where the turn-around was located. By this time, I could already feel my body and legs screaming at me to stop. Upon reaching the turn-around point, I finally walk. That’s the time that I decided to improvise on my running strategy. I counted 1-60 while walking and then counted 1-60 4 times while jogging. I did this technique and somehow I managed to reached the finish line in one piece and with no injury. I finished the 32K distance with a time of 4:15. I wasn’t able to meet my time last year but it’s ok. The weather last year during the Run United 2 was colder than this year.
Overall, Run United 2 was a huge success. It was well organized with ample hydration stations and medics along the way. Kudos again to Run Rio and Unilab Active Health.
So, how was you run, folks? Did you get a new PB?
Credits to takbo.ph for the pic. Thanks!
Stay tuned on this post for the race results.