Sleep was elusive until around midnight so I only had around 3 hours of sleep that left me groggy and a bit irritated waking up at a little past 3:00am. I even thought I'd blow this one - maybe faint or something horrible - due to lack of sleep. But hooray, adrenaline reigned.
The following were running in my head while waiting for gun start:
- Where in the race route will it stink?
- I hope I ain't gonna collapse, bro. Even when this is by Red Cross.
- How many calories will I burn?
- My feet're gonna be hell after this omg
- It's either I'm no longer running this distance or I'll try longer distances if I do well today
- I want to chicken dance!
Ed was more prepared with his 16K since he ran the same distance during Run for Pinoy Glory. I, on the other hand, had only ran 5K on the previous fun run and will now try 8K. My anxiety was fueled all the more because practice running, er.. jogging, at the Abellana track bored (/bores) me to death. My practice time was around an hour and twenty. What if I'm not prepared enough?
But I gotta do what I gotta do. Hustle, never give up, and not be too hard on myself. I was here to prove myself I could be fitter and stronger, physically and emotionally. I have to stop being fat already.
You know what sucks? You're not halfway the run yet and some runners were already on their way back. For a moment you think you suck but then you'd suck even more if you won't push through. I couldn't help but compare myself to them. But then again, they've spent more time than me trying to be faster and stronger. I had to mind my business and just keep moving forward.
I finished in 1 hour and 11 minutes.
Ed finished 16K with 1 hour and 55 minutes, 3 minutes better than the previous.
I'm happy I ended with a much better time than my usual during practice. Perhaps when you're in the actual run, your mindset changes. You get more competitive and do your best. You're more pumped up. I think that's what happened to me. Plus the adrenaline, weather (gloomy w/ cool air), and I wasn't bored. Thank you endorphins, too.
I have a thing with fun runs though. Not really the run per se, but the participants. Why do we not properly dispose our trash? We try to have healthy bodies but disregard our surroundings? Trash cans are provided at the water stations and holding our empty plastic cups until the next one isn't much of an effort, I think. It isn't that hard to look for bins and properly dispose our trash, too.
On the brighter side of things: breakfast. Big breakfast.
Have a great week ahead!