16.8k, here I come!

Six races within five months!

One of my bigger goals this year is to run 16.8 kilometers and that will happen in this October’s Adidas King of the Road race.  The event will be a championship race after qualifying legs in other Asian countries namely Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Early this year, I said that I will start running 10k.  As of this date, I ran in 6 races already. I’m happy with my performance although I know I can still improve, thus the 16.8k goal in four months.

Since February, here are the races I participated in:

  1. Condura Skyway Marathon – February 6, 2011, Skyway/BGC
  2. Run United 1 (Unilab) – March 6, 2011  , BGC
  3. Run Against Trafficking (RAT) Race – March 13, 2011, McKinley Hill
  4. Hyundai Fun Run – April 2, 2011, Roxas Boulevard
  5. The G.O.O.D. Run* – April 3, 2011, BGC
  6. Goldilocks Anniversary Fun Run – May 15, 2011, BGC

*I ran 5k here because I ran 10k the day before.  It was a wise decision for a newbie runner.  It would be too stressful to run 10k in two straight days!

I missed two runs I registered in: Run For Japan (April 17, 2011) because I didn’t hear my alarm clock go off and Run For Integrity (May 29, 2011) because I felt I was coming down with something the night before and it’s that time of the month which almost always makes me anemic (this is an entirely long story that’s too TMI unless you’re my future husband, lol).

Running comes more naturally to me now.  My experience with 5k runs last year had a lot to do with it.  Lately, I decided that it’s high time to make a personal record (PR) each time I run.  I’m still struggling to beat my current 1 hour and 40-45 minute-PR because I lack proper training.  I also wasn’t too serious with losing weight — I’m overweight and face it, it’s hard to run as it is; it becomes harder when you’re lugging excess pounds of flesh and muscles with you!

So now, apart from modifying my eating habits (more on this when significant results are evident!), I’m also following Hal Higdon’s Novice training plan for marathoners.  In a nutshell, it requires me to run a set distance each week of training, with ample rest days, and cross training days.  I identified my cross training activity to be my Zumba class every Wednesday after work.  I feel that the training plan works well for me.

My next run will be on June 11 for Mizuno Infinity Run.  I ran 5k in Mizuno last year so it feels great having to participate – and level up – a year after.  I’m also registered for Takbo.ph’s Runfest on July 24; I was also part of its first runfest last year.  I’m also eyeing Manila International Marathon (June 26), Yamaha Run For Heroes (July 3), and Robinsons Fit & Fun Buddy Run (July 17).  A 5k trail run is also in my race plate this year.

I am determined to make the most out of my training and participation in actual races so I can finish 16.8k alive. 🙂 I have 18 weeks to go!

My next running update would hopefully have more interesting bits and pieces of information.  Vamos a correr!


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