When I started to run regularly for 2 hours (average distance of 20kms), I was initially content in running within the vicinity of where I worked. So I’d go to Intramuros, run some loops… then proceed to the Quirino Grandstand, to run more loops. My alternate route would be to run to the SM Mall of Asia, where… you guessed it right… I’d run some loops! After sometime, running around loops just gets too monotonous, hence too boring. So to shake it up a little, I decided to take a different route during my run the other day.
I brought out my map of Metro Manila, and plotted my planned course. I then prepared myself up, and went out for my run. The course I ran: I started out in Padre Faura St. in Manila, ran through Roxas Boulevard, then the CCP area. I ran the whole length of Buendia Avenue starting from the Manila Film Center up to where it ends in EDSA. I then crossed EDSA via the MRT overpass, proceeded to the Fort Area, ran through McKinley Road, and entered Ayala Ave by crossing EDSA again. From there, I went back to Buendia and re-traced my steps back to Padre Faura. Yup, it was still a loop… but at least it was a very BIG loop!
All in all, I ran a distance of 25.03 km, passing through 4 cities… Manila, Pasay, Makati and Taguig. By going through these places on foot, I’ve realized that the Metro doesn’t seem that large anymore… that I can reach many of the major areas just by running. For example, I’ve decided that if I were to join a race in the Fort, instead of going there by motorized transport, I can just run and be there in an hour. It would be less stressful, more economical, and it would serve as a nice pre-race warm-up.
By going around the cities on foot, I began to appreciate more the differences between them. One example can be highlighted by Buendia Avenue… where the disarray and seeming chaos of the Pasay side of Buendia, gives way to the organization and seemingly cleaner Makati side… it’s like entering a time warp! The area closest to Pasay serves as the transition zone, but once you reach Ayala Avenue, it’s now a different world. The trees seem greener, the buildings cleaner.
It was a fun experience running all those kilometers. I’m now studying my map, planning my next route as I further try to explore the Metro on foot 😀