It was a privilege to run the Bantay Bata(Child Watch) fun night run even though it really wasn’t that dark. I narrowly missed the cut-off time registration as I was pondering if I should exercise on my own time but I thought it should be a good way to post personal bests on the gps, upload it to sportstracklive.com and be happy with the PB stars later. I drank as much liquids as I could and ate a minimum amount of food like the usual odd food that started late in the day, oatmeal and cereal bars. I tried my best to stop smoking but I couldn’t resist a few sticks till around 1 pm. and decided to call it quits for the afternoon as I knew I was going to suffer the effects of it. It was a good feeling though to see what the local station was doing to protect the rights of children and abuses but on the other side I wanted hopefully to best the previous fun race where I missed the 10kph average on the 5k by .01. I also had thoughts of breaking the 30minute mark. Working odd shifts really does put a toll on me and I wanted to sleep it off around 2:30pm but my adrenalin was keeping me awake well if there was any help that would be it.
The race really didn’t start on time as there were announcers thanking almost everyone from participants to unknowns and we were standing motionless on the start line for almost half an hour. My gps recording was alreading on “on” mode and too bad I didn’t want to press it as is when the “gun” goes off. Around me were students, acquaintances, police recruits, navy, army and students of various colleges and help organizations as well as runners from the top level to the ones just like me. The whole of Bacolod City seemed to be there at the Provincial lagoon area and police escorts where massing on the running route. It was a Sunday and a good day to exercise as I was stressed out from work and other important issues so for once I’d be forgetting that for at least an hour. When the race started it was at a walking pace banging at the back of others as they too were sandwiched. The better ones were on a flying start. As we rounded the first corner the pack seemed to loosen and I steadied on my own pace trying to look for people who more or less had a cadence in synch with me. But it seemed like everyone wanted a free space in front of them and decided to speed up a little bit. I wasn’t surprised as there were thousands packing the route. As I settled myself I seemed to notice I was more or less in stride with the men in blue which were the police recruits and the men in green the armed forces. I thought for a second,”I could run after terrorists and hoodlums..hmmm!” It did really affect my running as I tried my best to stick with them as they were easy to see in packs. I passed by a few friends and spoke in broken words trying to suck in as much air as I could. Past the 2km mark I looked on my GPS and was surprised to see the average speed past 10kph and that gave me a reason to stick to it. As we turned around the halfway mark it felt good that there was only half agony left if ever. But as we neared the last 1.5km mark I could see a mass of white shirts making a u-turn back to the lagoon. I thought this is going to spoil my personal bests. We in the 5k group eventually passed them and tried to weave our way through and around them as they were all mostly walking. I looked for the men in blue and green and spotted them and followed suit jumping to the side streets to overtake and am glad I did. Doing that though really took my breath away and had to slow down and walk to gather my composure and run again. I checked on the screen and it showed 300 meters to go and at 27minutes so I started running a faster pace same as my breathing. At the last two corners I bolted out of the herd and tried to run triple time overtaking dozens every second to hopefully break my personal record. The finish line was in sight and finally passed it and the first thing I saw was 29 minutes plus. Yes! I thought..this would put yellow stars on my record book and sure enough it did. I broke the 30minute barrier and the past the 10kph average.