Monday, October 13, 2008

My First KOTR: Impossible is Nothing

The ADIDAS King Of The Road last Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008 is a record of firsts for me:

1. It's my first race inside the Fort.

2. It's my first time to finally meet Johnny Sy.

3. It's my first time to win in the 5k race (in my age category)

Sure, I know where the Fort is. You just enter Forbes Park and you'll end up there.

Problem is, I've been there 5 times, and for the 5x I went to the Fort, I got lost 10x!

Even though I had with me the race map (courtesy of Jinoe), I still couldn't figure out where the starting line was. I had to ask a couple of guards for directions where in the world was KOTR.

Ate Ella and I arrived at the Fort @5:10AM. I was confident we had enough time to meet the 21k runners and have our pictures taken. I was wrong. We were following a snake-like queue of cars trying to get inside the parking lot. By the time we positioned the car, it was already 5:35AM. I almost broke into tears to have missed the 21k runner bloggers.

My cousin Jun Muego whom I convinced to run with me was already at the 5k entrance when we got there. We managed to sneak a picture in spite of the many runners around the area



After the picture taking, I decided to join the line of female runners for the use of the portalet. Then out of nowhere, I suddenly heard someone mention my lovely name and there in front of me stood a tall, gorgeous kind of guy who introduced himself as Johnny. I screamed "Johnny?" but he was in a hurry to go to his car. Told me he'll catch with me later.

When I learned that there's a different entrance for the 10k runners, my heart sank (again). That meant I will miss Jaymie, the Happy Feet and the other 10k runner bloggers. My primary purpose for joining the KOTR was to meet you guys.

I also didn't see any 5k runner blogger but Johnny Sy and I were meant to meet that day. When I saw Johnny again with Dante and Mama Ting, I requested Ate Ella to take our picture. She's quite far and didn't know how to use the Zoom so here's the memorable pose:



Then I said good luck to Johnny and reminded him that our priority was to run injury-free.

As in other races, one cannot really run at the sound of the gun. It took a while before we could normally pace ourselves. I was behind Johnny all along but he wasn't aware of it. It's my first time to run in the Fort and I didn't know where to turn right or left. I just followed Johnny.

Unlike in the Manila Half Marathon Challenge where markers were visible, there were no markers in the KOTR. I absolutely had no idea whether we already ran 1k or 2k. And I wasn't sure whether I was running too fast or too slow. That's when I ran beside Johnny and asked him if he knew our pace. He told me he didn't know. His only goal was to finish the race.

I wanted very much to run with Johnny but had to catch up with my cousin who joined the race for the first time. Promised him I'll run side by side with him.

It's so ironic that I didn't get thirsty during the Manila Half Marathon Challenge but there was overflowing water anywhere and everywhere. Whereas in the KOTR, my throat dried up during the race but there was not a single water station in sight!

When I was given the pink straw in one of the turns, I presumed it was the 2.5k mark. I looked at my watch and learned I was already running for 20 mins. Oh no! I had to run faster! Otherwise, I'll finish the race at a horrifying time of 40 mins.

I ran faster--though very difficult because my throat was craving for water. I saw an old man ahead of me. That inspired me to run even faster. I asked him how old he was. He told me he was 71! That's it. Surely, I could run faster than a 71-year old man . . . I'm only 50!

With all the strength left inside my almost dehydrated body, I headed for the finish line with the crowd as my guide. I glanced at the time on top and it read 31:45. Was that good or bad? I didn't know for sure.

Joe, the loonyrunner answered my troubled question. He posted a comment in my previous blog that he heard my name being called as winner in my age category! It's a pity Ate Ella and I left right after the race because of family obligations. It was my chance to experience a moment of fame and I missed it. But as the saying goes, family comes first.

I talked with Mr. B this morning and he confirmed that I did win in my age category. Tomorrow, I'll take a trip to Greenhills and claim my prize.

Impossible is indeed nothing.


One last picture with Ate Ella and Jun. You're looking at the future 5k winner in the 60 - above age category. Yes folks, Ate Ella will be joining the OctobeRun Festival this Oct. 26. And Jun, my cousin who ran for the first time finished at 29:27. Most likely to win in future races.

49 comments:

  1. Hi nora, we knew it was you. We also have to leave early because JM our son needed to be at school by 9:30 for his theater class. We were at the car when we heard the announcement that yo won in the age category. Congrats, the golden girl did it! God bless!

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  2. congrats...blow out...hahaha...ang galing mo naman...kaw pla ang di ko aabutan...next time sabay na tayo...my mp bothered me in KOTR so i was not able to run comfortably ...sali kami sa paabilisan on the 19th and sa octoberun on the 26th...i hope to see you soon...

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  3. Congratulations for winning the age category! We also left early beacuse of my son's boyscout investiture. sayang nga e we never had the chance to meet. there will always be next time, anyway! -mae

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  4. Congratulations! That was an awesome accomplishment! Keep it up and more to come!

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  5. Hey Nora, congrats on your run! I was hoping to bump into you at the race but next time :-) Yeah, your name was called by the announcer a couple of times, I was thinking "Nora can't be missing this one", naka-uwi kana pala hehe.

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  6. Oh my goodness Nora!!!!! Congratulations on the 5K and winning your age division! Asteeg!
    See, I told you that you can do it. Also, great photos with Johnny Sy and the group and with Jun and company.

    I can't wait to tell my co-workers tomorrow at work! I'll see you soon!

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  7. congratulations!!! i heard your name too ... but i wasnt sure about your lastname. woohoo!

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  8. Wow. Great finish Nora. Congrats. Winner!!! My next race might be the OctobeRun. Still thinking about Hope to meet you there. If not, sa New Balance na tayo siguro magkikita :D

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  9. Congratulations for the good run and for going up the podium. Sayang, did not meet you at the KOTR. I hope to see you soon. Run well, run safe. Best regards.

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  10. Congratulations Nora!!! Great run for you and a winner at that!! It was great to meet you finally at the races. I'm sure there will be other opportunities soon to meet the other runner-bloggers. It's still a long time before November 9 -- kaya pa ang 10K (although I'm not sure what I'll run pa!). Catch you in another race soon.

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  11. Thanks, Bro J. Sayang wasn't able to run 5k with your darling wife. Maybe in the OctobeRun Festival?

    God bless you too and your family!

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  12. I was hoping to see you and your hubby, Anne. Sa Octoberun Festival, sabay tayo ha. But of course you can run ahead of me when you feel you have to. Thanks!

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  13. Are you joining the OctobeRun Festival Mae? Hope to see you there. I didn't expect you to join the ADIDAS Run kasi di ba "cross training" mo ang Saturday heh heh ... Thank you, from a Gemini to a fellow Gemini

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  14. Hey, anonymous! You forgot to sign your name (anonymous nga kasi noh?)

    Anyway, thank you very much and I hope to see you in one of the races.

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  15. Thanks, Gene! Hirap kasi ng nanay na, tatay pa, nag-iisang anak pa ng mga magulang... So many family obligations. Pero sa OctobeRun Festival, I promise to stay longer. (will just have to figure it out how I can do that hehe...)

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  16. Salamat Bards! Nakatulong ng malaki ang pagkain ko ng banana when I woke up last Saturday (I was actually thinking of you while I was eating it hah hah ...)

    See you at the OctobeRun Festival?

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  17. Yes, Wayne. I did it! Thanks for the encouragement and support. See you Nov. 9. I already registered for 5k so I'll have more time with you. My 10k race can wait. No need to rush.

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  18. Sali ka na sa Oct. 26 Jinoe. Pero 5k pa lang din ako. How about Que? 10k na ba siya? Hope to see you both at the OctobeRun.

    Thanks Jinoe for the all-out support that you're extending to us runners thru the takbo.ph site. You're a remarkable person. Que is so blessed to have a life partner like you.

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  19. Thanks, Vener. If you're joining the OctobeRun, see you there!

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  20. Naku Johnny. You just don't know how much you made me very happy last Sat. Thank you sooh much. I already registered for 5k at the OctobeRun Festival and also 5k at the VSO Bahaginan. See you there!

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  21. Congratulations! Today the 5K tomorrow the 10K! You can do anything talaga as long as you set your mind to it. I am so happy for you! Hopefully next time we will meet each other na!

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  22. Thanks, Jay! Maybe its about time that the runner bloggers should set up a specific spot or place where we can converge. Any suggestion?

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  23. Hi Nora! Congratulations on your first KOTR! Galing talaga. Sayang hindi ka namin na meet. A lot of HF will be running on Sunday and also on OctobeRun. Hope to see you soon.

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  24. Thanks, Wilbert. Sobrang lungkot ko talaga coz I was hoping to meet Happy Feet. Hope to see you all in the OctobeRun.

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  25. Hi Nora,

    Congratulations!!! That must have been a great run.

    Regards

    Mark & Tiffin

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  26. i will not register for the two upcoming events this month. hopefully i can join na on nov 9. as to my xt, of course if there's a race,that would be my priority! hahaha! my cross training can wait for another day. hehehe...see you soon!

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  27. I was the anonymous commenter, I thought I signed my name.

    With your time, I am sure you can easily take on a 10k. And win in your age group again!

    DATC

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  28. Wow!! Congratulations on winning your age category. :) Your pic with the finisher certificate should have been a medal if you were around when your name was called. :)

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  29. Hah hah... kunwari na lang medal yong pink straw around my neck, tech spec. Thanks! Hopefully next time, magkita-kita na ang mga runner bloggers!

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  30. Naku, DATC. Mukhang matatagalan pa ako sa 10k. But thank you for that very inspiring words. See you soon!

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  31. Thank you, Mark and Tiffin! It's my dream to meet you and the wacky Hf runners. Hope to see you soon!

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  32. Good decision, Mae. Hope you already consulted your knee with a specialist. Remember: we run to be healthy, not to be injured.

    If we don't meet Nov. 9, probably Nov. 16 or 23.

    Take care.

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  33. Congratulations Nora! I saw your name in the papers and emailed you about it! We'll definitely meet soon! 31 mins is a great time!

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  34. Great post and great run! congrats ha! Nora the golden girl with a gold medal!

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  35. Really Jaymie? What paper? Baka sakaling may mahabol pa akong kopya hehe ..
    I dunno why I didn't receive your e-mail. Just checked it out now.

    Thank you again, Jaymie. Hope to meet you sooner.

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  36. Thanks, lonerunner! You and the rest of the running blogging family are an inspiration to me. It's nice to have you back. Wish to see you in future races...

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  37. Wow, I am so proud of you. You are an inspiration to thousands out there. Maybe next time in will be the 21km? Keep it up and maybe we will soon meet at the racces

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  38. WOOWWW... Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you :) I'm sorry I had to miss a great race, but family first.

    Are you sure about not doing the 10K yet? If you do decide when to run the 10K, may it be a race or a simple weekend run... Let me know, I'll run with you :)

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  39. Hi Nora! Wow, congratulations!

    By the way, I woke up late on race day. I'm sorry. :-( Then we had to leave early after the race to get some rest. My friends and I didn't get enough sleep the night before race day. Anyways, hope to see you soon! Congratulations again! :-)

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  40. Hi Nora!

    Congrats on winning your age category and with 31 mins, thats a WOW. I was not able to join the A-KOTR coz i was out of town with my family. I'm sure you can do 10k na. Hope to meet you on the next races. I really enjoy reading you blog.

    JunC

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  41. Naku Philip, 10k muna bago 21k noh?

    Thank you and congrats again in your last TRI. See you soon!

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  42. Yes, G. Will let you know when I'll run my first 10k. Do e-mail me your celfone #.

    Again, thanks for the tips and advises.

    Will continue praying for you, G.

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  43. I admire your perseverance, dasher! Kulang na nga sa tulog, nakatakbo pa ng 10k! There will be a lot of future races where we can meet. Hope to see you in one of them! Thanks!

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  44. Thank you so much for the very nice compliment, JunC. Maybe next time we'll get the chance to meet and pose for some pictures.

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  45. OH WOW!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! :) I'm speechless. oh wow!!! :)

    Where can I register for the october run? :)

    Oh wow!! thank you for updating me and keeping in track with me. I really really am grateful and I really would want to be just like you .. :) Aww!

    http://runaholic.wordpress.com

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  46. Thanks, Kassy. Registration for the OctobeRUN Festival is at ROX Bonifacio High St. You get a t-shirt upon registration and all finishers will be given a free DVD on running and fitness. When you're there, you might as well register for the VOS Bahaginan this Nov. 9. It's for Peace in Mindanao. Hope to see you in both races!

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  47. Maybe the 10k first but it should be soon as you are getting use to the 5k's now. You can increase your distance now slowly until you reach 10km and then move unto bigger numbers. I will make you a deal. If I am still in Manila when you do your first 15+km race, then I will pace it for you and run it with you as a motivator for the race. Is that a deal? See you on Sunday. BTW we are planning to leave next year May... So you have a few months to get to the distance.

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  48. Thank you for the inspiration Philip. But I'm quite sad that you're leaving us. I hope we continue to get in touch wherever you are. Please, let's not leave the race area this Sunday without having our commemmorative pose.

    I've been consistent with my 10k training, ran 9.6k last Sunday at 1:06:28. If there's a 15k race before you leave, it will be my honor to have the 'foreign runner' run side by side with me.

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  49. That sounds good. I am not going to far as I will be in Palawan. Let me know once you are ready for the longer than 10k and it will be an honour for me to pace you and help you through your first more than 10k run. I will hang around for a while at the finnish line once I am done.

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