I finally joined my first race in Perth last Sunday at the HBF Run for a Reason 2016. Like most running events everywhere else, this race/fun run supports various charities, and runners had the option to directly donate to specific groups of their choice or set up their own campaigns.
Since I have only been running on and off in the past 10 months and that I wasn’t familiar with how running events were held in Perth, it was starkly different experience from the races that I joined almost weekly in 2014 and 2015. While I was able to put in a few KMs of running prior to our wedding, it was still a shame that I didn’t run as much in spite of the fact that Perth has been designed as if to encourage running, thanks to the miles of bike and foot paths around the suburbs and the many parks that dot the city. So in order to stick to running, I decided to sign up for this year’s HBF event. It also happens that the race that the annual event that the insurance company sponsors is the largest one in the state.
So on the cold morning of 22nd of May, I hauled myself off to the starting line. As I had barely prepared for the race, the 4KM run surely was the only category that I knew I could complete. It was a stark contrast to last year, when a 10KM run was the shortest distance that I would run, and I even managed to complete a 21.8 KM event without much preparation.
I still had fun running with beginners, parents and their munchkins, moms and dads pushing prams, and few differently-abled participants. The idea was simply to keep moving and have fun in the process. In addition to running a different, more scenic and definitely not polluted route, the race was the coldest that I ran so far, as it was late autumn/early winter in the southern hemisphere. I don’t regret wearing two layers of clothing and boy was I glad for packing my 2XU compression pants!
The race started at the heart of the CBD and ended at a horserace track near the WA Cricket grounds. Similar to running events back in Manila, there were plenty of things for finishers to do after collecting their medals, including free photo sessions and mini contests for prizes. I love how organised the run was, especially since organisers even provided runners with free bus rides going back to CBD.
So yay to my first running event in Perth and I hope to collect more finisher’s medals and run longer distances in the future.
…where the next headquarters is looming in the background.
I’ve been back to running again, on top of working out at the gym on a regular basis. But since I want to run longer distances than my current 10, I figured I needed to spend more time on track and not just on the treadmill.
Sunday evenings are the perfect time to strap on my runners and go to nearby Ayala Triangle where the usual crowd is absent and the amount of fumes from vehicles isn’t so terrible; I still prefer, taking the pathways within the park, however.
I could afford to skip the first set of tonight’s Roland Garros men’s final between Nadal and Djokovic. In fact, I could skip it altogether.
I ran my first 10K last Saturday at the Nike Run Manila 10K event held at Bonifacio Global City. I didn’t have as much fun as I had in the previous two runs that I joined, and it wasn’t due to the longer distance that I had to finish. I wish it was as organized as both Rexona and Unilab since all running events were staged by Run Rio.
For one, there should have been lighting fixtures installed along the race route, as there were few stretches that were in nearly total darkness and one had to use a torch or a phone’s flashlight app to see the track. Claiming baggage was a total mess, and it took me nearly an hour after the race to get back my bag, afraid that it might end up with someone else and along with it some precious possessions.
On the plus side, I like the running shirt that Nike provided. I wish, however, that the finisher’s kit would be really distributed by the sponsor. Joining the event wasn’t cheap, so to make fees really sulit, getting the finisher’s kit would be really nice.
A mini-rock concert was held after the race, featuring Parokya ni Edgar, Chicosci, and some other band, but we were all too tired, aching and famished, so instead of watching, we proceeded to Seafood Island at nearby Market! Market! for a huge meal.
UPDATE: More than two weeks after the run, I still have to receive my finisher’s kit from either Nike or its organizer.
I joined my second 5k run with the Unilab-sponsored Run United 2 at the Bonifacio Global City last Sunday. The event was grander than the recently held Rexona Adventure Run, with more runners participating and lots of fun games and loot stalls set up at the venue, I believe. Our gun time was 5:50 AM, and I guess I managed to finish earlier this time.
Here are some photos that I took of us lining up at the many booths that were set up around the venue. Suffice it to say, our P650 joining fee was well worth the fun, singlet, and loot bags that contained medicine samples, vitamins, energy drinks, supplements, tumblers, juice and chocolate powder, Globe Tattoo sun visor, and a tube of Myra-e tinted moisturizer.
Lining up at a game booth with Sandra.
Awww… how cute!
Event grounds at BGC
He looked so out of place 🙁
The best way to end a fun Sunday morning: pigging out on seafood and loads of rice.
Running is exercise. Exercise creates endorphins. Endorphins make you happy! Smiling for the official photog with running buddies, Kris and Sandy
After months of on-and-off running, I finally joined my first 5K race. Thanks to Sandra who invited me to join the Rexona (Men) Adventure Run, and much thanks to the heavens for giving us two weeks of nearly rain-free weather, which allowed me to prepare for the race. We had a great morning of fun marathon, games, freebies, and lots of photo-ops 🙂
DJ Chingggay Andrada hosted the event
I’m sure these two clocked in much more quickly than I did.
Thank you, trustworthy runners!
I was a bit disappointed with my run, on the other hand, as I already managed a faster pace the previous week. Oh well, I’ll try to make 5k in under 30 minutes next time. I’m just happy to finally strike another item off my “35 before 35″ list.
After running 5k and two hours of hanging about at the MOA concert grounds for freebies and picture taking, we trooped to the first decent open restaurant for heavy breakfast: Ya Kun Kaya Toast (“Uniquely Singapore”).
What’s in the loot bag: Pain reliever, Rexona products good for a year, hair care stuff, discount cards and stickers to Victoria Court. I’m not sure I’d be able to use the last two items.