The family joined the New Balance (NB) Power Race in Clark yesterday. It was our first 10k except for Sam who did his first try last week in VSO Bahaginan Run placing 1st in his age group and the youngest finisher.
Before the start of the race, i tried to heed the advise of the Baldrunner. I relaxed and prepared myself to start with my training pace. I also set a target that i know will be within my capacity so my goal is to finish the race in an hour and a half pain free.
The weather was fine and the race was very organized. There were markers along the route to lead the runners. The water stations were strategically located. The route was tolerable despite some small and long hills. The Lord, as good as ever, sent his two angels to me. First, i met one in the person of a man wearing a globe singlet with black knee support. He paced with me after my first kilometer until the 2.5 km mark. He led me very well until i moved faster toward the hilly part.
I was able to enjoy the whole race without forgetting to drink in every water station (another tip from the Baldrunner). I felt strong and i knew i can finish the race well. When i was about 2 km away from the finish line, i was tempted to walk because of tired muscle in my left leg. But, the more i walked the pain increased as if warning me of a leg cramp in the offing so i prayed again and asked the Sacred Heart of Jesus to help and save me.
At this juncture, another angel in disguise of a tall man came and paced with me. I was not able to ask his name. He told he was able to finish his 10K in Subic in 2 hours. I told him, this was my first 10k and i really wanted to finish this in 1.5 hours. When he asked me my time, he told me that we can do that together and he even volunteered to allow me to get into the finish chute first as he was confident i can beat my target. So we increased our pace and ran together.
In my final stretch, i also saw my youngest son, our official photographer for the day, preparing to take my shots so i decided to smile despite running fast. I was determined not to let go of this dream…never…and i did it. I was so happy as people in the finish line cheered for me and handed me my medal. I finished the race with unofficial time of 1:19 for 10.2km.
His blessings did not end there, i was able to meet BR and SF Runner, too. We talked and posed for a while. But one thing more, as i joined the family watching the coming of 25K runners, the MC called my Unica Ija’s name. She won 2nd in her age group. We ran together to the stage and i played a proud mom and photographer this time.
As i shouted Whohoo!!! there was a silent prayer in my heart thanking the Lord for His many blessings to us.