As one of our regular races, our family joined MILO MARATHON (MM) simply to run and have fun. The MM did not disappoint us as these two basic considerations were attained in addition to having another productive bonding time with our family.
However, we also experienced some not so pleasant incidents yesterday. We even lost one of our hydration belts (the latest I bought in Singapore). The trouble all started as there was no traffic advisory given ahead of time. Last Thursday, MILO routes were posted in the newspapers but the closure of main avenues going to the site was nowhere in the ads. After several U-turns, and to avoid further delay, we decided to park near the CCP/Folk Arts side instead.
We reached the starting line more than 10 minutes after the 10K runners left . The starting fire for 5K runners also sounded but runners were not moving. It took the MC to shout and count three times before the crowd started to move forward. We have no choice but to run with these 5k runners, most of them joined for fun or as required by their PE teachers so they were not really running but walking and chatting. It was difficult to overtake as they were blocking the way.
At any rate, I tried my best to be not affected but the call of nature likewise disturbed me. So I have to seek comfort from the public restroom near Quirino Avenue. There was no water but it did not matter anymore as I need to pee otherwise I might not be able to finish my MM.
After that I continued running and then I began to enjoy my run especially in going up the Buendia Flyover. I loved the feeling and the experience. Everything started to light up in my mind, in my body and in my spirit. I also noticed some friends and I felt so happy doing what I love doing.
I crossed the finished line in 4 minutes past one hour and a half in the official timer. Meaning, I need to do better next time.