There were 28 teams that day and each team composed of 5-10 runners, not yet counting the support: each of these individuals has a story to tell. Our team, six:30 joined the all-male category (there should be at least 5 ladies to be considered in the mixed category) and this is our story. We feature you, our first Lady Barney slash adopted Barney from aNR UP Heartbreak’rs, Glo Labao. This is her story.
The route had many surprises which made it fun and exciting: the best race so far. Will I do it again? Definitely.
Leg 1: 7 kms – started at 9 am, 70% uphell
I was half-way thru what I thought was the never ending hill, the bike marshal said to me “Push Ate,” which I retorted, “Kuya, kung tatakbuhin ko ito di ko sya matatapos.” (tarayan pa ba ang marshal) It was so hot and I felt ang bilis mag elevate ng heart rate ko so I opted to run/walk uphill. The last 2km or less was all downhill so I went for it.
Leg 2: 8.1 kms – started at about 6:30 pm (not sure) 80% downhill.
A bike marshal showed up after the 1st km and stayed with me for 500 meters. I was all alone for practically 5km and have to stop abruptly every time I hear or see those damn dogs. Four groups of dogs ran after me and even asked the guy riding a motorbike to help me with the dogs which he did (ang bait ni kuya). It was so eerie and I was praying to my guardian angel to stay with me especially thru the darkest part of the route. I even talked to the fireflies to keep me company (I was imagining them to be Tinkerbell and her relatives). Despite the dogs and the darkness, it was the most fun and exciting leg for me.
Leg 3: 7.3 kms – started past 3 am, flat all the way.
I did 4:1 run walk. The bike marshal was present throughout this leg and halfway thru, he fell from his bike but he was okay. I had a good start at about 6:30 to 6:45 pace (for the 1st 5km) knowing that I was to run 7.3 kms only, but after 30 mins or so the bike marshal told me I still have 4 kms to go so I conserved energy by slowing down. 7.3 kms turned out to be 9++ kms.
The route had many surprises which made it fun and exciting, the best race so far. Will I do it again? Definitely.
Thank you again for making me part of your group. I love you, guys.
So do we Glo. We are proud to have you in our team.
Pictures courtesy of Nette and Noel Castillo, Jenny Red and Running Atom