I'm still in Cloud 9.
Until now, I still can't believe that after 1 & 1/2 years of running, I finally had the courage to squeeze myself into the elite pool of Half Marathoners who conquered the Skyway last Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010.
I finished no. 1,310 among the 1,500 21K runners but I'm not whining. In fact, I'm elated.
What used to be an unimaginable dream is now a fulfilled reality (let me pause for a while to dry my tears) . . .
Pardon me for being melodramatic. But for someone who ran her first 5K race at 50, this moment is simply overwhelming.
So, what's so memorable about the Condura Race 2010?
I have 21 reasons:
1. It's my first race after graduating from my 3-month stint at the PT-Rehab.
2. It's my first race for 2010.
3. It's my first 21K race.
4. I met Patrick Concepcion for the first time!
Patrick is everything I imagined him to be -- cool, warm, and very accommodating. He's so humble he was even the first to greet me, as I was engrossed in searching for the tent where I could claim my race packet.
Seeing Patrick 2 days before the great race was a dream come true for me.
Imagine me jumping up and down, hugging him and screaming like a 13-year old avid fan (I wonder what the people there were thinking during that time hah hah . . . )
5. My first time to wake up at 2:30AM for a race. My alarm was set at 3:00AM but Mark texted me at 2:30AM for a change in meeting place.
6. My first race in the Fort with my therapist Mark. Our first race together was in MOA, followed by the BF Pasko Run (which I still have to write about).
7. My first race that started at 5:00AM.
Taken barely 5 minutes before gun start.
8. My first time to run with Coach Rio. I normally see him as the organizer.
(Coach, thanks for the message which until now I'm still thinking whether it's true or just a joke -- but I truly appreciate it)
(Note: Please direct your eyes on the new, short hair and personalized name, not on the kilometric hips. Thank you for your cooperation.)
I'm glad I had my name at the back of my shirt. I was constantly cheered, urging me to go on.
13. My first race wearing my new Nike sports bra. Sorry, I can't show you pictures of my scarred breasts caused by my old sports bras. I had to suffer a number of blisters on my breasts before I compelled myself to buy 2 Nike sports bras which fit me perfectly.
14. My first time to pass the Skyway! I have never been to the Skyway by car and so I had no idea how long the Skyway is. At the turnaround point, I switched my watch back to zero, with the objective of finishing the remaining 10.5K in 1 hr. 10 mins (I can dream, can't I?)
Thanks to takbo.ph for this picture. ( I wonder what happened to my shot with Queenie taken by Jinoe?)