The Event: Unilab Run United 2
The Sched: Aug 21, 2011
The Distance we joined: 500m (2 kids) / 5km (my wife and 2 kids) / 21km (my run)
Ever since I joined Run United 2 last 2010, I’ve known that this event is a true ‘fun run’ as it is not just for myself but for the whole family. I’ve tried running in a few races without the family and I realized how different it is without them. So whether they run in the race or just “tag along” I knew that this would be an event that combines a race for the serious runner and for the recreational runner. So I made it a point to save up and make sure everyone was registered. So this is a +1 star on my rating scale!
I registered in the 21km distance, while my wife and 2 older children registered for the 5km, and finally my 2 younger kids are registered for the 500m distance. So with everyone registered we are ready for the big day.
My 21km run started on time and I was pumped and ready to go. Same as my last few runs I paced myself slower knowing full well that the combination of the lack of training and the lack of rest (due to a full day with my niece’s wedding the previous day). My first 7kms was on track, but then my legs started to experience some tightness associated with the early signs of cramps. So when I passed Kalayaan Flyover I decided to take it easy all the way across Gil Puyat Ave until I reach the turnaround point at South Super Hi-way U-turn.
It’s really demotivating on my part when I see runners bigger than myself but doing better in the race, but I willed myself to push forward and complete the rest of the race at the best pace I can. And eventually I was able to conquer Kalayaan Flyover! I knew this when I was on the way back (last 3kms) and there was no hesitation to still keep my pace in different sections of the flyover. The feeling of cramps on my right foot and calf (a consistent muscle fatigue I get after kilometer 15) persisted for the last 5kms of the run. I was able to run with a consistent 30sec run / 30sec walk all the way to the finish line.
The race route was alright, running in BGC for quite a number of 21km races has made it slightly predictable (especially the route from Kalayaan flyover until the end of Buendia and back) so nothing new there. Although the combination of a +2 star rating I give this race is the consistency of the water stations (having water and sufficient Powerade, which some race organizers miss out on), the team of competent marshalls, and the coordination between the race organizer and local government (traffic enforcers, police officers, emergency teams). This reiterated my confidence in Runrio organized races, that although are a little pricey than other race organizers provides a high quality that makes runners keep signing up for future races.
There I was; tired, thirsty, and exhausted from my 21km run. But I had great news waiting for me. My wife, and eldest son was there waiting for me and could not wait to give me the news…my youngest son Kenneth won first place in the 500m dash for kids. So even with my mind and body drained from the run, I was still able to muster the strength to wait at the stage as the winners of the 500m run was announced. This is the first time my youngest son won in a race, and he was all smiles on top of the podium.
This is a fun-filled event that one post will not do justice to all the fun and family bonding we’ve experienced this day. With all the booth and additional activities in the Kaspersky and Unilab ActiveHealth section, the cool and practical products from Unilab in our finisher’s kit, plus the superb quality of the finisher’s shirt, medal, and to top it all off the event also gives to the HERO and Gawad Kalusugan foundation so not only did we enjoy a fun-filled day, but also helped others at the same time. So another +2 star rating.
This is the first time I’ve given a 5 star rating to an event, but what can I say it is a really good balance of everything a non-elite runner, father, and filipino looks forward to everytime. So Unilab, Kaspersky Lab, and RunRio…kudos and looking forward to the Run United 3 in November as well as future Run United events!