Ahhh! finally good to run a longer distance for my standards on a Sunday morning. I wanted to catch some sunlight to at least give me a light tan and not turn anemic. I decided to take the La Salle avenue route around my alma mater and avoid the traffic which on a Sunday should be nil to light. But I got surprised when it’s turning out to be just like Monday’s light traffic. Dodging cars, pedicabs and public utilities can be annoying but then again it’s not the most suitable place to run quietly. The Garmin Foretrex 401 is really amazing for receptiveness. I tried as much to hug the perimeters of buildings and houses to see if there are spikes when uploading to sportstracklive and to my surprise still none. What surprises me most is on the last 200-300 meters back to home there is a double track which to me is impressive as I did run back on the same street but on the opposite side instead and it clearly defines it instead of just one single line. My worry is the rubber flap for the usb port on the unit which if you slide it in the pouch and take it out everytime may cause it tear one of these days but hopefully shouldn’t be the case. I tried to run as slow as I could in the beginning but somehow can’t get a consistent 8-9kph average. I always unconsciously end up above 10kph for the first kilometer or so and go slightly higher as I warm up my legs. It’s good to run a different route and not encounter stray dogs running after you. Am glad after uploading the tracks no single spike occurred and spurious readings that can make me a world class sprinter instead. I finally got my good dose of ultraviolet rays and extra vitamin c’s. Cooling down took at least an hour to subside and to me that was real excellent. Hopefully my combustion chamber gets rid of the excess nicotine. Yuckk!
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.