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On Pacer Duty At The Afroman's 2011 Leg 1

After a few weeks of being in hibernation, I get to run my first 21k for the year with only around 12k preparation a week before the race, and some session of strengthening workouts. It was a RunRio and Unilab event after all that I don't want to miss. Besides, I have a special duty to fulfill right on this event - to be the pacer of RunnerIshi! Well, before she asked me to pace her on this run, it has already entered my mind since on our CIHM 2010 - her 21k debut - I only paced her for the first 3 and the last 3 kilometers of the CIHM course. My duty of pacing her for this event is like saying "sorry about the past!", lol!

I don't feel sleepy, but I already feel tired!
So how did it go? The night before the race, I had never had even one second of sleep. It was such a bad insomnia timing. This is the first time that I was totally sleepless before a race. Add more the lack of run trainings and proper preparation, where do you think my life is heading? So before putting on my running attire a few hours before me and Leo's meet-up time, just in case, I already prepared my emergency last-will-and-testament on my wife's iPod touch. My son erased these notes though after I got home. How convenient it is these days to write and delete important information.

Leo, Me, Louie and Hendy
After a few photo-ops with some of our Six:30 running buddies and a few minutes before the gun started, we went for a few hundred meters of warm-up run along the roads of Bonifacio High Street. A short run enough to warm-up our legs and body while having a nice chit-chat and kumustahan. While on the climax of our conversation, I felt that at some point along the course, I might enter onto a limbo state while running and run ahead of RunnerIshi, leaving my precious friend behind. So to reverse-psych myself into staying at pace with her when the urge to run ahead comes, I told her and assured her that I won't leave her on the entire 21k course.


At the starting line, I felt restless and nervous that I already wanted to back-out (for the first time) from the race. I got afraid of the unknown, of being sleepless and still run the 21k distance, of what would happen along the route if my plantar strikes, or if we come across a monster and grabbed RunnerIshi while I'm limping, or what about when I got hit by a truck - who will continue pacing RunnerIshi? Well thanks for Bodivance, a revolutionary breakthrough in sports technology that accelerates the warming up of muscles and promotes vasodilation. You can't connect? Neither do I!

While in the middle of our run, I realized that in my entire life of running, having already influenced a number of officemates into this lifestyle, I had never paced anyone yet during a race. On our practice runs, I have paced ChickenLegSaga and MinnieRunner but only for a few distance. So I'm wondering whether I could really keep my word of staying with her until we reach the finish line, or shall I just meet her on the finish line instead? Then I remember that ChickenLegSaga is also on pacer-duty for this race. His goal, is not just to stay at pace with his pace-mate, but to also make it his longest 5k ever that should last more than an hour. What's in his mind? Ask him what's in his heart! ;)

The most exciting part during the race was, I got to know more about RunnerIshi. She has some secrets that she does while running -- she farts (ssshhh... don't tell her about this or I might get beheaded). Aside from that, she has a knack of getting serious with running. A few meters from the 6th kilometer, I lost sight of her in the middle of converging runners of the 5k, 10k and 21k. Later did I knew that she already left me -- her pacer! Wow good, the pacer gets left behind! Slow me! Gladly, she waited for me until I could catch up with her. Catching up with her made my lungs and heart explode as I reached her location! Then I got blamed that she lost her running momentum for that very moment. Bad pacer!

I felt the duty of being a pacer when we were already more than halfway of the route, when her energy stores started depleting. It was a test of patience to still stay slow and at pace with her, to be a good motivator when the route seems getting long and farther from the finish line, and help her go on despite her feeling the muscle aches and the heating sun. During this time, I know I was able to motivate her and have her push herself when I was able to dig a very inspiring message to her:

     "Go Ma'm Irish, kaya mo yan, konti na lang, go go go!".

Dramatic indeed!

Crossing the Finish Line.
To add more drama to that, I forced her to look and run strong towards the finish line while holding high each other's pinky finger, and yes we did, yebah! How many runners, lovers, or even couples have you seen running towards the finish line while holding each other's pinky finger? None so far right? That was just unique to us, a different sign of friendship!

After claiming our priceless medal after some 3 hours of running, I also got my own prize from her. A sweet hug and thanks that made my tears fall, and the tears tasted salty - Pocari sweat! Well it will be "our last run together". During the race, she told me that she's already leaving, and have no idea when is she coming back. I was glad that I was able to pace her on her 2nd 21k race and gave her a personal record, cutting-off some 20 minutes from her previous Pikermi at the CIHM 2010.

Finish line photo from BazuSports
We still have race schedules together with the Six:30 running group members, but it will be different this time. I will be back on the track of running on my own, minding my own fart, and pacing my own self. And I missed it too, thank goodness the plantar's gone for good (wishful hoping)!

The pacer duty was great. It was my longest time spent running a 21k, but also it was the shortest time that I have spent with a girl [space] friend.

Me with friends - RunnerIshi, Erika, and Eden
As a conclusion for the event itself, I rate this race with an 8 out of 10 "pinky fingers"! So far, only the photos and race results were not been that perfect this time compared to the previously-perfected RunRio races. It is understandable since this event debuted the introduction and birth of new technology for the capturing of time and photos.

Initial race result. The pacer is still faster after all :p
Actual finish time. Thanks to Eden for the greatly captured moments.
RunRio Trilogy 2011 Leg 1 - Run United 1 Links:
Official race result from BazuSports.
Runpix Analysis
Race Director's Official post-event message

Special thanks to Bazu, Leo, and Eden for the photos.


  1. how dare you reveal my secret! hmp!

    "Well it will be "our last run together". During the race, she told me that she's already leaving, and have no idea when is she coming back." --- I'm not really leaving, just opening doors for other opportunity, just be happy for me, 'coz that's what friends are for right???

    will resume ANR Ortigas soon, and continue my FF @ wynsum hope to have LSD with the six:30, need those for my "42 before 30" thing in sept, hope you're still there to support me!

    and lastly sana lagi ka injured para may pacer ako! LOL

    maraming salamat sa mataba mong puso, nakaka flatter at naging kaibigan moko! LOL ;* ;)

  2. very cute ng "pinky fingers" hold to victory nyo ni RunnerIshi. :)

    nkaka-motivate din, will add the 21K race to my goal..hihi

    see you sa next finish line, will be glad to capture your future winning moments. :)

  3. @Ishigo... would always support you on your running endeavors!

    @Eden, yeap add the 21k race na sa calendar mo.. Run United 2 with Leo as pacer. Ako naman kukuha ng photo nyo pagdating sa finish line ;)

  4. EI!!!! kaw na lang din pacer ko sa NatGeo. hehehehe.. gusto ko din ung pinky thing...

  5. @KenIan, tara pinky din tayo, haha! nilibre ako ni Ishigo sa Unilab registration kaya ko sya pi-nace, haha!

  6. it's good to be a pacer sometimes. good job buddy!

  7. @FFS, it definitely is... thanks for the heads up :)

  8. Congrats Ishigo! see you in Baguio. :)

    Running atom makakilala pala kayo ffs. hehehe.

  9. @Rolly, magkakilala kami ni FFS sa blogging community pa lang, hehe.. haven't met the person yet :)


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