My first 21K

Mizuno Infinity RunYes, that’s me. That’s me with a bright-yellow Brooks singlet, struggling at the final few meters of the Mizuno Infinity Run, my first foray into the 21K category. As I write this I still don’t have my official time, though I figure I finished at around the 2:28 mark. It was NOT a fulfilling run for me. Optimism must have gotten the best of me as I THOUGHT I could run a 21K at something close to a 10kph pace. And a 21K is a long 21 kilometers. The route took me atop the Fort Bonifacio flyover, all the way to South Super Highway along Buendia, back to Bonifacio Global City, then to Lawton Avenue, left to Bayani Avenue, leading to Libingan ng mga Bayani, then a U-turn back to BGC.

And yes my friends had commented that I must have been out of my mind to run a 21K in those minimalist Vibram shoes. I can’t say that it wasn’t a ridiculous idea, since the shoes were feather-light. Contrary to what people may think, it wasn’t a shock to my joints. I admit my legs were stiff after the run, and I figure that is because of the long distance rather than the shoes.

So what did I learn? What should I do differently to better my time?

I need to pace myself. I need to take it easy. I will probably slow my pace to 6.5 min/km. I shouldn’t hurry. Mental discipline is the key.

I have to carry one, maybe two, energy gels. I lost steam in the last 5 kilometers. Maybe some carbo-fuel can provide the final kick.