It’s a Sunday and to me the weekend just started. I woke up at 10:30am which to me was the first time in years besides the New Year’s eve and occasional night outs. I planned on running but I had to give it a go instead of waiting for food to be digested as I wanted to sweat hard. It was hot alright and but came the middle part of the run I decided to go topless in the streets of Bacolod City. I really had no planned route and just estimated a 3km. length. I was overheating but soon the clouds turned gray and became windy the last 2/3rds of the route. According to my calendar I haven’t done anything sporty since last Tuesday and that is a lot to me. I smoked about an hour prior and yep it did hurt my time and distance and the spikey effect on my chart says it all.
I do hope I can do this sometime Tuesday or the latest Wednesday. Getting to do some strenous activities after work is good for the soul. My body is still adjusting to the time difference. Hope to get a good night’s rest instead of being an owl all night. Congratulations again to Garmin F401 for making the tracking points not spurious even with narrow streets and in between buildings.
When I heard wifey for the first time she wanted to jog around the Bacolod City Government Center why not. Even with a few hours sleep I ddn’t hesitate as she wanted to bring our daughter Annika as well. To me this was a first she wanted to sweat instead of lying after work. It was great to see us three trying our best to jog. Well it started out walking and coaxing Annika not to run instead jog which to kids is a new term and can’t be done without repeated instructions. I kept turning circles around them as they slowly crawled and sped past me. I didn’t have the lungs and was a bit woozy of the midnight shift that I decided to sprint 100 meter increments then slow down and jog back to them and continued circling them. Nice bonding time sports as a medium instead of the usual movie or eating out. I should have strapped the Foretrex 201 to wifey as she was asking for it earlier and after asked if that was a personal best for her.
I was happy to run despite a lack of sleep from work. Work starts at 10pm to 6am for me and the time for sleep can’t really be scripted. It’s either I was too groggy or couldn’t understand if I was just sleepy. But for today I just decided to sleep from 8am till around 12noon then decided to run as it was getting hot. The sun was peering into the room despite the drapes and I hate a glint of light when sleeping but I won’t complain because I made a run through our neighborhood in the mid afternoon. I hate running and the only thing that keeps me going is the urge to exercise. If it wasn’t for a gps unit and a track analysis software to me it’s non-sense. Being a smoker isn’t the best complement for running. I went to the grocery store to buy the essentials and bought myself some nutrition water and cereal bars just to give me a bit of boost. It was the same kind of neighborhood run where I had to pace a pedicab to make running smoother and tried to avoid wandering street dogs.My legs were like jelly and just had to overcome it. I wanted to fit it in my schedule so I could sleep at least another hour in the late afternoon. Even as I write this and had done finishing the uploading process and a quick shower my sweat is still pouring out from my pores with the airconditioning at full blast. The walls of this house just seem to ooze like an oven. I do really miss being in the water as always but for now this will do and hopefully in the next few days.
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.
It’s my first exercise after work and it couldn’t be worst than being light headed but I expected that. I decided to do a quick sweat just around the neighborhood of Villamonte, Bacolod City as driving to the port didn’t appeal to me for now. I only had a window of one hour as my file at the NBI was going to be reprinted so instead of waiting I decided to run. It was hot as usual with no wind but the sound of the real neighborhood of stray dogs and pedicabs could be a uncomfortable one. Am glad the newer model GPS 401 had much more reception that narrow streets through residential houses didn’t record “spikes” while uploading. I honestly didn’t like the run as I had no idea if I was going to turn left or right. I guess I just wanted a clear path without no obstructions and distractions so I hired the services of an old man manning his pedicab for the last 1km. and told him to pace me so I have something to follow and if i tell him to go faster to do so as well. He obliged and at the last stretch I told him to pick up the pace and with his age of around 65 or more he gingerly did it. For a 10peso running buddy it looked fun as neighbors were wondering why this white haired pedicab driver was pushing pedals on a faster cadence and I myself was amused but thanked him for his effort and he replied the same.
My first run race couldn’t be as jittery as signing up for the first Negros Run Expo. I just wanted to try how it feels to be running with several hundred other people. I was debating whether should I go for the 3k as I normally do all the time or for another 50 pesos I might as well join the 5k. Midday runs to me seem normal even with the intense heat of the day but those are short even less than 3k at times. But with Garmin Foretrex 401 and sportstracklive.com as my coach and analysis charts for the past runs I wanted to see how I could fare with people who run without. I was sure a windsurfing buddy of mine was using a wrist gps but from personal reception tests and reviews from magazines I doubt if his was as receptive and accurate when Lacson street was lined with buildings. But nevertheless to each his own liking. I chose the 401 for the race instead of the 201 not because the former had no max speed reset only resetting the whole screen including the trip odometer and moving time but because I knew it’s reception was superb even in a concrete covered environment. With this in mind uploading my tracks to sportstracklive.com would be more accurate in distance and speed and with past runs never had spurious readings to date.
When the gun blew we all scrambled to jockey into position and as a lone runner most of the time slapping elbows and dodging people was a new discipline for me. I had to keep on reminding myself to run my own pace even if women and men young or old of all shape and sizes seemed flying past me. But on the halfway mark I was now overtaking most of them and now pacing the more consistent ones. This was a first time I never stopped let alone for a 5k and that for me is an outstanding effort of running under the midday sun trying to do personal bests with my sparring partners who are made of chips, wires and programs but only give me realtime information and analysis charts after. The joys of technology never tires never sleeps.
Good to touch water again in a different mode of transportation, kayak. My friend Baby L. picked me for a quiet exploring of Sum-ag river in Punta Taytay, Bacolod City. It looks a loud from all that traffic from the bridge but as you go further upstream it becomes more quieter and peace sets in. I’ll take anything like this when stress abounds. The good thing about this activity is we could talk about life in general as we were paddling along the river banks. With all that quiet I guess even our normal voices could be heard by a few onlookers who were behind trees looking to see what those echoing voices are about.
The water was a bit darker brown as the rains from the previous day and the early morning has probably added to the silt but it still was nice seeing people setting up crab traps, fishing lines and nature. I saw a lizard which could have been a juvenile monitor jump into the water and sensing that the current was too strong swam as hard as it could and jump back up followed by a meter long snake in grayish color a few seconds later. I know reptiles don’t eat their same kind…I might be mistaken though. The Garmin Foretrex 401 was still receiving and recording as we did our exploring stop under a canopy of trees and relieving ourselves. It was a fun 2 and a half hour ride. Forgetting problems is nice for a change. I just didn’t like the echoing sound of two karaoke houses by the river banks and that chainsaw that was even annoying. But to some it all up different perspective from civilization. We had to make a u-turn as the increase in elevation was turning current into rapids. Going back was a relaxing thing as we were with it and less effort on paddling.