Humbled by the trail

First off, it’s good to be back blogging. It’s been a month and a half and my hands have been itching to type and blog about something. Work and a defective laptop kept me away from wordpress (can’t sneak an entry at the office too).

Back in Running Shape

One thing’s for sure, I was running and running and running. I may not have been joining weekend races, but I surely was running. After the injury and the hospotalization, it took me a while to get back into running. The entire month of May was a very good running month for me — running at least 3x a week, running pain-free and most of all, I decided to take it easy and not rush into any long distances (10K above).

I also had the chance to join my first race — the IE8 Run. It was a perfect day for running. Cool and chilly weather with a bit of a drizzle. I took it easy and ran 4 miles (6.44K) finishing it in 36 min. and 01 sec. I was supposed to join the Mizuno Run but a very bum stomach forced me to stay home; although, later on I found out that it was a time trial for the January Mizuno run, which really made me feel worse.

The Men’s Health All-Terrain Run

This was my first race for the month of June, not to mention my first 15K since the February RUNew event. With the good build-up in May, I decided that it was time to run 15K. Plus, it was a trail run and I wanted to enjoy every moment of it. Besides, the plan was to run the trail in LSD pace, which I did.

I was very nervous before the start of the race. For one, as I had mentioned, it was my first 15K in a long time. Then, I was not wearing trail running shoes so I feared that I might get into an accident. It became very comforting when I finally saw familiar faces. I was able to shake the nervousness by chatting with them and sharing some good laughs.

I will not get into every detail of the run except to say that it was a good and bad run for me. Good because I enjoyed running in the trail — the scenic route, the challenge of running through mud and curvy path, the smell of tress and greens. Bad because it became a disappointing race for me — I was running okay for the first 11 kms. but after that it was all cramps, cramps and cramps. I slipped a bit in a muddy area; didn’t fall but I felt my left leg stretched uncomfortably. There it was. As I started to run again after the slip, I felt the cramps on my entire left leg. I stopped, stretched and walked a while. I got to run again but on the 13K mark, it was the turn of my entire right legs. From then on, I couldn’t run. The moment I tried to, cramps would creep in again. Alas, I literally walked for the last 2 kms. I was a bit disappointed with myself; in fact, I felt a bit ashamed as I was walked towards the finish line. In the end, I finished it in 2hrs. 36 min.

In retrospect, my experience at the MH run gave me more confidence to do better on the next race. I did prepare well enough for the 15K but I guess, I tapered off too much on the week leading to the trail run. I promised myself never to let it happen again. On the next race, I will make sure I finish it running.

Cheers and Happy Running!