February 12, 2011

First Run

I'm not really into running, although I had spent some serious time jogging since last year. I also wanted to participate in a run but didn't have the time back then. Even the supposedly early morning jogging has been almost forgotten. Not until I learn about the run sponsored by Cavite State University Naic Campus on its 50th anniversary.

Dubbed as "Unang Takbo para sa Ginintuang Anibersaryo" (First Run for the Golden Anniversary), it is a 5 kilometer fun run which will start at the Naic Petron Service Center and end at the campus. The fun run will be on Monday, February 14. (I don't know why they scheduled this on a Monday. I had to file a leave just to join.)

This will be the first time for me to join a run. At first, I'm not really serious about it. I just wanted to be there to try running. However, as the date for the run nears, I began to be more serious not only on the run itself but on running in general. I even asked Brian Tan Seng for tips and suggestions. I'm now reading about running and planning to join more (and longer) runs soon. I also created an account in DailyMile and soon in other running-related sites, as well.

I planned to do some practice runs before the event but I only had two, last February 5 and today. I was able to run 5k in 45 minutes. I'm hoping I can beat that on Monday. I'll update this or create a new post about the results of the run.

Update (February 15, 2010)

I had finished the 5k run in 39 minutes and 50 seconds. I"ll be uploading some pictures once I get them.

Update (February 18, 2010)

Before the run, I was a little bit excited and nervous. But my goal was just to finish the run. I did not care about the people who overran me. It feels great to finish the run. More than 300 particiants joined and I think I'm in the upper 10-25%. However, I am not that satisfied with the results. There were some times when I was just walking. I should run at a more sustainable pace. Also, I felt dehydrated even before I reached the middle of the route. I need to focus on this on my next runs.

The 5k run is a great start for me. It made me more serious in running. I plan to continue running and joining more runs soon. Now, I'm also starting to dream of running a full marathon someday.