Yakult 10-miler: a recap

I mentioned that one reason I signed up for the Yakult 10-miler run was to see if one can stage a good running event at a low registration fee. I have to say that, in the end, Rudy Biscocho and the Yakult team had proven that you don’t need thousand peso registration fees to come up with a satisfying experience. Runners need not fear that low registration fees mean low quality events.

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Why I joined the Yakult 10-mile run

There are a couple of reasons why I decided to signup for the 23rd Yakult 10-miler run. One is that it is one of the longest running (pun intended) run events in the Philippines.  They say that it’s the country’s second oldest running event How many running events can claim that they are 23 years old?

The second reason is the curiosity of discovering whether or not the organizers can pull off a run at just P450.  This is probably one the cheapest running events.  Many other organizers charge close to twice that amount!

So I’m wondering: Will they scrimp on hydration stations?  Will there be less marshals? No loot bags?  I hope they don’t be frugal on the essentials—hydration, safety, medical facilities, distance and time accuracy.  Reading the comments on last year’s Yakult run, I think the organizers opted to remove the non-running fluff—e.g., photovendo, party, band.

Anyway, for those running this event, good luck, stay safe, and have fun.


Timex 16K

From the time I signed up for the Timex 16K run I knew I was going to best my previous time.  The last time I ran a 16K was at the Condura Skyway run on February 6, 2011.  That was my very first 16K.  Before that I was doing 5Ks and 10Ks.  Back then, the reason why I signed up for a 16K was to maximize the experience of running atop the Skyway.  As a side note, two of my friends who had never signed up for an organized run were running a 10K.

For this 16K run, I had already a few half-marathons notched on my belt.  I figured I should be able to maintain a 6 min/km pace.  What surprised me was that not only did I maintain that pace (my unofficial time, which is definitely a new PR, is 1:33:52, which translates to a 5:52 per kilometer pace), I still had more gas under the hood.  I went balls-to-the-wall in the last 2 kilometers and I still felt strong!  I didn’t have that weary, wobbly, rubbery feeling in my legs.

Here are my split times:

I know that my split times are laughable to the elite and otherwise serious runners, but I’m close to 50 years of age and I’ve rarely been able to sustain such a pace for 16 kilometers.   Such is the beauty of running—I can still show improvement despite my age.

Now that I have proven to myself that I can sustain a sub-6 minute pace, the question is: what would be my marathon pace?