Monday, October 3, 2016

My First 21K Experience

Last October 2, I crossed off another item from my bucket list-to run my first 21K.  I already run several 10Ks and have even placed on the Top 3 in one of them, so I felt I was already ready for the next step. And I am happy that I did!
My preparation included running at the gym, and running in QC Memorial circle for 2 consecutive Sundays and doing circuit and core exercises at the gym.  I thought that I did a good training, but I never ran more than 5K during that time.  And that was my mistake.  During the run itself, I injured my right knee at 11K and had to do a run-walk for the next 10K.  My left knee was painful during the previous month and I concentrated on stretching and foam-rolling it while training.  Unfortunately, that meant compensating for it on my right leg, hence, the pain. I finished the run a 3:30.  Its bad by my personal goals, but I know I can easily beat it next time.

It was a good thing that my first 21K run was with Run United.  It was indeed a well-organized run, with properly-spaced hydration stations, with banana and foams as well as sprays for pain (don't know what they are called) at some areas. I have a carbgel, but haven't tried before so I opted not to use it.  I also have Cloud9, but only had to take a bite on one since I felt that my energy was okay.  Save for the pain on my knee, I thought that I did okay. 

But it was a success nonetheless and I am going to do all three Run United runs next year, and train for it properly next time.!