Friday, November 2, 2012

My Run United Philippine Marathon 2012 Experience

Being a part of the firsts is very memorable and indeed, it has been proven once again as we became a part of the first ever Run United Philippine Marathon.

I did a very minimal preparation for this race. I am just too busy with work and some obligations that I need to comply. I never missed a swim training though, and I have been improving. Well, I think I am.

I am not surprised that the 21K slots were filled up so fast and I'm glad I'm one of those who got it before the last batch, or else I'll be forced to do 42K, which I am surely not ready yet for. Also, Ethan is very excited as well since this will be his revenge from not being able to run at Run United 3 because of the heavy rains.

The last day before the race, I was not even feeling that it's coming. I don't know. Maybe I'm just so pre occupied. I just felt the chills at the night when I realized I failed to buy power gels. I scouted for some on my things and found samplers. I know this is not the right thing to do but I'll still bring them just in case they might come in handy.

I still managed to get a good six hour sleep, which is just enough for me to get my body ready. I just ate a cup of yogurt before I prepped up and I'm off.

When I got to BGC, the 42K gun was already fired. While walking to the venue, I saw the Kenyans all powered up, running like a horse in the lead pack. They are indeed so strong and they show no sign of slowing down or even tiring themselves out.

When we got to the starting line, me and Che-Anne talked out what time is our target. I told her I'm happy just to make it before three hours. But when we started to run, I felt a certain strength rushing in me. Surprisingly, I am having an easy time starting out, which is very rare. After the 5th Kilometer I told her we can make it to 2:50, and we just went on the race.

After a few minutes, Tessa came rushing in. She was again late from the gunstart and was rushing to catch us, and she never fails to do so. Since then it was the three of us, and our pack became stronger.

The only photo I got taken from the route (Photo courtesy of

We reached our first hour while we are at the 8th Kilometer. This is fast than my usual so we tried our best to maintain it that way. The weather was so forgiving to me that no single droplet of rain came in, and it was not too hot as well. The new power gel also was very kind that it did not gave me an upset stomach. I did not grab any banana this time. I don't wanna stuff myself too much. I don't want to get heavy as it might drag me to slow down. The only place we stop is at the hydration stations. I will never take hydration for granted ever!

Second hour, we are at 15th Kilometer. Usually this is the time I feel so tired but I was not. I am still so strong and running. This is insane! I am so fueled up that I don't want to stop as I might halt completely. i don't want to lose the momentum I had. Only six kilometers to go and were done. So I told the girls we'll try and hit 2:45 and if we do, this will be my new personal best at a 21K distance race.

I'm so hyped up. I am trying to pick up my pace so to get to the time I set or before it. But after 19th kilometer, that's where I felt drained. I tried loading up on raisins but it did not work. I now felt the tiredness from all that running with less stops but still I'm trying my best to finish at the time I set.

The last kilometer was a series of stops and go for us. I am trying to distract myself so I can keep on running. I don't even care about the cameras at the finishline anymore. A few minutes away before the clock strikes. Unfortunately, I was still at the route when 2:45 came in. I was a bit disheartened but still I pushed through, and I finished strong! 

Happy to finish injury free! (Photo credits to Phillip BF Photography)

What I like most about finishing early is I was able to get my finishers shirt and loot bag easily, and I was able to see my son race!

Posing with our hard earned medals! ^_^

With Tessa who came in just minutes away after I finished. (Photo courtesy of Ma. Theresa Almendrala)

Running to inspire fellow diabetics and to prove that it can be done!

After a few days the race result came out, and I was surprised and shocked! I clocked in at officially 2:46:50, still a new personal best since my previous was 2:48!

I am finally out of the last runner's list!

Confirmed! I am now an AVERAGE RUNNER! ^_^

Insane as it is, the result I got is still unbelievable given that I am not that prepared for this race. I am so happy!

The results can be seen here:

The three piece medal fused with the huge 21K medal and these is what I got.

Right after I made myself comfortable at home, I worked on putting these altogether. While putting one to connect with another, I took time to look at it first. Every piece has its own story to tell: those pains, heartaches, disappointments, tears, laughter, chats, first experiences, random surprises, love and friendships.

More than completing the series and getting these medals, I am happier about the experiences each of them represents.

I would like to sincerely thank Runrio Inc. and Unilab Active Health for all the assistance provided to me. My TIP Running Club, Team Kamote Runners and Team Triabetics family for the never ending support. Some significant people whom I owe so much, Ms. Rochelle Del Callar, Ms. Claire De Leon - Papa, Ms. Janice Ianne Miguel and Sir Poch Bermudez, thank you so much for the generosity and for believing in me. Also, to my ever dedicate pacer, Cheryl Anne Lumanog and Ma Theresa Almendrala for making the road a friendlier path to pass by. Most especially, to God for giving me the strength, courage and for showing me the right way to go.

Congratulations to all the finishers and I know you also got great stories and memories behind your medals. Let's use it to get motivated on our future race towards a healthy, active and quality life! ^_^

Looking forward for Run United for this coming 2013!

Good Vibes everyone and Sweet Running! ^_^


Scott K. Johnson said...

Way to go!

artistmonk said...

An inspiring post! Congrats! :)

Michelle Manait said...

Thanks guys! More inspired to do better because of all the support I'm getting. ^_^

Thesa Almendrala said...

I will never forget the uphills of Tagaytay Highlands Nathan Run last year not because of the very challenging route but because of this lady and her pacer CheAnn. I might have forgotten to thank you for literally pulling me up during the last 3K of the run. Thanks a bunch!! Wow! talk about first timers. When I saw the pink flower you had then, I immediately decided that "I can get along with this girl." And that was when I asked you guys if I can join your group. Months passed and the Salomon Run came, after that we talked about how much we both loved the trails. I want to thank you Amanda, for inspiring me to run and run some more even if sometimes it just gets too hard. You inspire me girl. Keep running. Thank you for the Run United memories. :)

Anonymous said...

wow, inspiring!