This run was just part of a long run planned for that day. Met Jay at MOA where we started our run towards Buendia. Lester then joined us at the World Trade Center. We ran through Buendia, then Ayala Ave, crossed EDSA via the overpass, entered McKinley Ave, turned right at Lawton until we reached McKinley Hills. We arrived early as the race participants were still arriving at that time. Since we didn’t want to linger too long while waiting for the start, we decided to continue running. We ran a loop around MKH, re-entered Lawton, and ran towards Bayani Ave turning around at the overpass to return to MKH.
When we arrived back at MKH, the race had already started! The race had started on time! 😀 It didn’t matter though since none of us were going to treat this run as a race. Jay and I however decided to have ourselves checked in by a race marshall at the starting line. We then followed the route, running a little extra just before entering Heritage Park.
After crossing the finish line, we were supposed to run some more but Jay went to look up his wife and kid, and in the process completing his 30km. Lester and I lingered around the finish line area for awhile, meeting and chatting with other runners. Dingdong was supposed to join Lester and I in our post-UNICEF run but we couldn’t find him after. So we decided to run on since we still had some appointments to keep. We ran around MKH again, exited to Lawton Ave, before running in the direction of BHS. At the corner of McKinley Ave, I bid Lester goodbye as I was going back to Ayala while Lester continued to run towards BHS where he was going to meet his girlfriend who was picking him up.
This was my first time to run long with company and it was definitely a treat. As the stories flowed, so did the kilometers. Other benefits were:
- it felt safer running even though it was still dark
- the pace was relatively controlled since we were pacing each other
Congratulations to Rio for another very well organized run 😀