But with GOD, everything was possible.
From Sunlife run 2015 (11/29/15), where I finished it with an average pace of 6:37, to Healthy Run 10km a week after where I got faster and finished said race at an average pace of 6:21, I was able to do my fastest 10km race for 2015 via the last race for the year: Recovery Run 10km (12/12/15) and finished this race at an average pace of 6:15 (with a time of 1:02:39).
For 2016, I was able to go faster for the 10km race and beat my 2015 pace via the La Salle Greenhills 10km run last January 24th. This one I finished at an average pace of 6:11 (time of 1:02:12). But I felt like I wanted to collapse and faint in this race. It definitely wasn't a good feeling!!! I needed to get faster and get stronger!
I had another 10km race. This time it was held in Bonifacio Global City and on Valentine's Day. I was able to complete this race (Run for Life) at an average pace of 6:01 (time of 1:01:16). Best of all, I didn't feel like I was going to die!
6:01! That pace bothered me for the next few days as to get to sub-1 hour 10km time, I need to run at an average pace of 5:59, just 2 seconds away! But even 2 seconds wasn't enough. As race may exceed 10km by a few meters. I needed a little more leeway! That meant going faster and sustaining speed!
This was all part of preparing in my big 10 race: March 20th Pinoy Fitness sub-60 10km race!
And yesterday was the final test for it:
AMCHAM 5th ScholaRUN 10km race in Bonifacio Global City:
The nice thing here is the proximity to my house. I was able to find a parking space easily and did some light jogging and stretching.
I was tensed for this race as had a specific time/ pace goal. This wasn't a just to finish 10km race but one that hopefully was a sub-60 minutes.
I studied the race map the night before and tried to think where the steep hills were so that I can be more prepared for them. At the same time, I looked at the downward portions of the race so that I know where I should surge and go faster!
As I saw it, there were three U Turns in this race and two to three uphills but they were compensated by downhills.
During the week, I did one run only to prepare for this: 5km at 7 minute pace followed by 10 x 200m hill repeats. I hope that this would be enough to give me strength during the uphill portions of the race.
My goal was to hopefully start at a pace of 6:05 and to bring it down to below 6 minute pace all throughout the run. Obviously I went out too fast at the first kilometer (5:42 pace) and paid for it in the second kilometer (6:13 pace).
Every time I thought I was doing well, I would see my pace and be disappointed with it. I even thought that there was a problem with my Garmin and paused and started it during the run to get it back on track. More bad paces as I got a 6:19 pace on 4th kilometer and 6:08 pace at 5th kilometer.
I was having a hard time keeping the below 6 minute pace. It was taking more effort on my running. Even the downhill portions weren't as fast as I hoped they would be.
But I kept pushing myself and played mind games saying that it was just 5km to go. At 6km, I pushed some more. At 7km, I psyched myself not to waste the last 3km or the previous 7km would have been! It was all or nothing!
At 8km, I took a quick look at my average pace. It was at 6 minute pace! I had to go faster and bring it down some more!!
I was breathing hard at this point. Just 2km left and I can lie on the ground. I can stop running. Push! Push! Push!
Having one more climb did not help!
But I thought of the hill repeats and thought that this should be easy. It wasn't but at least I didn't slow down.
And I saw the finish line! One last surge! And just like that, it was over.
Thank YOU GOD!!!
I did it with YOUR Strength! Thank YOU for YOUR protection! This is for YOU LORD!
As an added bonus, I lingered around the stage area and won this when they had some games for all finishers.
I need to get stronger though as my feeling here was a little similar to the La Salle Run I did where I had a hard time in it. So I have to keep training until March 20th to be faster and stronger.
Pace per kilometer (negative split):
1km: 5:42, 2km: 6:13, 3km: 5:55, 4km: 6:19, 5km: 6:08, 6km: 5:57, 7km: 5:51, 8km: 5:56, 9km: 5:50, 0.64km: 5:15