The Milo Marathon, I believe, is the most awaited event in the running community here in the Philippines. Every year, runners of all skills and levels flock to registration sites just to be part of this prestigious running event. Being a runner, I also wanted to be part of the Milo Marathon. I’m quite new to the running community, having debuted into running only last year at the NatGeo Run where I ran (err…walked and ran) 3k.
Last year, my friends and I registered for the 5k distance in the 34th Milo Marathon Eliminations; however, we were not able to really run throughout the race because runners and walkers were all over the road that it was almost impossible to run through the thick crowd of people. In fact, we were not able to finish the race. We got lost in the crowd! We did not know where the finish line was! The race, at least, in the 5k category was a disaster!
This year, I have a reason to be excited about the Milo Marathon, not only because this year marks its 35th year, but Runrio is organizing this event. As the running community knows, Runrio is the best when it comes to organizing running events. I am sure that the race will be well organized and orderly unlike last year. Another reason why I am excited to join this event is because I will be running 21k, not 5k. Since I got into running in April 2010, I already ran at least four 21k’s, the last one being just last Sunday at the Rexona Adventure Run where I clocked 2:39, so far my personal best in the 21k category.
Will I be able to beat the 2:30 cut-off time set for 21k at the 35th Milo Marathon Eliminations and set a new PR? That remains to be seen, but I do hope that I will. I thought it was impossible to shave 20 minutes off my time in last month’s half marathon where I finished in 3 hours, but the race last Sunday proved that it is possible. I did it. I clocked 2:39. With proper pacing, I hope that I will be able to get my 21k finisher’s medal at goal time of 2:30 or even less.