Affinitea Run 2015: The good, the bad, and the ugly

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NSFW: Not Safe For Walking

Sunday,
July 5, 2015

I don’t usually blog about individual running events, but certain circumstances led to this particular run giving me a lot of feels. Feels that I think I need to somehow legibly organize in my mind. And to do that, writing them here would be helpful. So here we go, a post about the Affinitea Raise d Roof Run for a Cause 2015.

The Good:

The run started out great and even with the threat of rain, it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. There were a lot of runners in the 21k category and everyone was in high spirits. The start of the run was heralded by a bunch of fireworks so that also helped bring the energy up.

However, there was a short drizzle a few meters after I passed the starting line. It didn’t really bother me because I was already used to running in the rain during my training runs. Eventually, the rain let up and we were welcomed with the cool morning air.

The best part of the run for me was somewhere about 2/5 into the race. By that time, I was being passed by all the elite runners and some were already coming back from the distant U-turn (meaning that they already passed me twice). All this time, I was thinking,

Look at these gods, playing around in the realm of us mortals.

Then suddenly, a guy in a tri-suit passed me from behind and a crazy idea came to mind. What if I paced myself with this triathlete and see how well I can keep up? So I did just that. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t last long. I lost him during an uphill climb on a flyover and soon he was just a speck in the distance. I think that exertion also consumed up my energy reserves because I was at a lower pace for the rest of the run. But I didn’t really care. That experience was pretty amazing for me. For a brief moment, I was running side-by-side with a triathlete. I’ll never show it, but I was smiling deep inside the whole time. For a few hundred meters, I felt like I was running with the gods.

Oh and there was milk tea after the race so that’s something really good as well.

The Bad:

Alas, this run also had its fair share of harrowing experiences. First off, I mentioned the drizzle earlier. It resulted to my socks and shoes getting wet early on in the race and for the rest of the distance, I had to run with my soggy and heavy footwear. Every step had a soft squish squish sound and it was very annoying. Not something that would stop me from running, but an unpleasant experience nonetheless.

The next annoyance for me was my chafing singlet. The Affinitea RDR Singlet has always been my favorite. Because I acquired it early on, I have used it in my training runs and it never chafed. That is, until I ran it for a longer distance. At 15km, my underarms where already very sore from chafing with the singlet. It was distracting me so much and causing discomfort that I had no choice but to remove it for fear of drawing blood. So I ran the last 3km with my singlet over my head, displaying my resplendent body to the whole Roxas boulevard.

Before you ask me why I'm naked, ask yourselves why you're clothed.
Before you ask me why I’m naked, ask yourselves why you’re clothed.

My last gripe was that I only ran 18km!!!!!! Due to a rerouting that happened during the race, there was a confusion with the route and with the marshals themselves not knowing where the runners should go, I crossed the finish line knowing that I was lacking a few kilometers. This really pissed me off because I don’t like not being able to complete things. Because of this, I disregarded my time and I haven’t worn my finisher’s shirt yet. Call it pride, but I don’t plan on wearing it until I complete a legitimate 21km run once more.

The Affinitea organizers did apologize for the ruckus, but I don’t think I’ll be running on their future runs anymore. I know that sometimes, things like this do happen, but it left a bad taste in my mouth. Oh well, I hope everyone learned their lessons that day.

The Ugly:

To be honest, there wasn’t anything ugly to say about the race. Despite the downsides, I still had a lot of fun and I was happy with my 18km performance. With a time of 1:51:43 and no significant pain in my legs, I think it would’ve been a new personal record had I continued my pace to the full 21km. I guess we will find out in my next runs. So instead of the ugly, I present to you….

The Beautiful:

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My friends are faster than yours!

The fun part was after the run where I got to hang out with my friends from Team Run Direction. They’re a really friendly group of runners and they welcome anyone with a passion for running. They’ve got everyone, from elite runners to novices, and even barefoot runners! Because I was running alone, I was glad to be able to chill with friends afterwards. Thank you for the support friends! Y’all know who you are!

So that was my experience from my latest fun run. I will always be on the look out for runs with beautiful singlets, medals, and finisher shirts. Aside from materialistic reasons, fun runs also help in different causes and charities so you get to help out by running and tiring yourself. Win-win!

So if you still haven’t tried running, I really really advice you to do so. Start out with short distances like 3k and 5k. Trust me, I never thought I’d be running more than 100 meters at a time, and yet here I stand (on wobbly legs). What’s the worst that could happen? You’ll get healthier??

-jgzn

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