I was a 5k runner ever since I started joining fun runs. But when I was strucked by ITBS (Illiotibial Band Syndrome), a common injury due to running, I tried to recover slowly starting with the 3k category. So my first one is in the Yamaha Run for Heroes.
It’s one of the RunRio organized event and these guys are highly trusted by runners to always have a well organized and fun occasion. So I encouraged my sister to have her first run on this event.
We registered at Planet Sports Glorietta 3 for a Php500 fee on the 3k category. It’s a good thing that their registration booths are highly accessible from our place. The singlets are not available at the time we registered so we came back after a week to get them. I remembered I was supposed to register on this event two weeks earlier, but I was disappointed with the sample singlets. But then, I pursued the same thinking its not always the singlet that matters, it’s still RunRio organizing so I don’t have anything to worry. The New Balance singlet was not bad at all when we received them.
The day of the event, we woke up around 3:30am in the morning, took a bath (I usually do that since I always got a bad hair from bed) and grab on a slice of bread with peanut butter. I don’t really load up before my runs. We came at the 7th street in Bonifacio Global City near the starting line at 4:35am. The assembly time for our category is 5:00am so we’re a lot early for our call time. We decided to go around the area, deposit our things first in the baggage area, and catch a glimpse on the Motorshow. My sister and I are not bike fans so we just go along and took some pictures of the motorcycle while waiting for our chance on the running lane.
We did some warm-ups/stretching afterwards, jogged a little and watched the 21k and 10k gun start. We proceed on the starting area after the 10k runners started running. After the 5k runners left off, we were guided on the official starting line and had some warm-ups led by some people from Fitness First. It was a tiring warm-up I was a little stressed on starting my run right away.
Gun start begun at exactly 6:00am with the sun already up. The weather was great for running, not too hot and no rain on that day.
Since I was always on the 5k category, I thought on jogging straight on my first 3k but still keeping pace with my sister who do walk and jog on her first fun run. I did two stops though, in the water station and one instance a motorcycle tries to block our way to cross the street. It was still a first for me and yes, I finished my 3k.
After crossing the finish line, we picked up our finisher’s kit (Yamaha bag with Unilab sample medicines, a cap and a tuna) and our drinks (bottled water and powerade). We bumped into two celebrities, Will Devaughn and Rovilson Fernandez. But we didn’t have a chance to took some pictures with them since they look too tired to entertain a lot of people who loves taking celebrity photos. So I just had some shots while they are entertaining other runners.
We go around checking on freebies from the event sponsors. We did got Nature Valley bars but passed on the Kelloggs and Century Tuna line. The raffle draw, we assumed, would start far later so we decided to eat out and go home.