My first half-marathon at Run United 2 2014

I survived my first half-marathon at the recently concluded Run United 2 last Sunday. This year, I dared to be fitter and more active so I went back to the gym sometime last March. Prior to Run United 2, I joined the Yakult 10-miler last March and a 10km run in Ateneo for the Kythe Foundation last April. These two races plus circuit training at the gym made me confident to take the plunge and run my first half-marathon. I’m also excited to take my new running buddy on the road, my Mizuno Wave Rider 17, I love using it at the gym and I can hear my new shoes roaring for some pavemen action.

First half-marathon achieved using my Mizuno Wave Rider 17
Photo by jefrox.com

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Registered: Run United 2 2014

The second leg of Run United trilogy is set on June 1, 2014. I already registered for 21 km (bites fingernails!). There are still slots for the 21 km Category at Toby’s Robinson’s Galleria branch, we registered on Tuesday, May 6. Unfortunately, 32 km slots are no longer available.

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10 km done! Run United 2 2013

This is my first 10 km race, and yes, I have no choice but to do a 10 km because that’s the shortest distance for Run United 2. The other distances are 21 km and 32 km (Afroman Distance). I figured I can do 4 to 5 rounds around the UP oval which is about 2.2 km, so finishing this 10 km is possible (lakasan ng loob). Jeff ran the 32 km, their gun start is at 3 am. We barely slept! We have to leave the house at 1 am. We were at the Mall of Asia at 2 am because we were worried on the long queue at the parking area. Thankfully, the parking area opened minutes after we arrived.

At 3 am, it’s race time for the 32 km runners.

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Run United 2 on June 2, 2013

Run United 2 will happen on June 2, 2013. And if you still don’t know why this is the biggest running event every year, read my Run United 1 post.

For Run United 2, there will be Ceelin 500m dash, 10k, 21k and 32k race categories. All categories will have a start and finish line at the SM Mall of Asia.

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Run United 1 2013 recap

Last March 17, 2013, thousands of runners converged at the SM Mall of Asia grounds for the biggest running event of the year, the Unilab Active Health and RunRio’s Run United 2013 series. Jeff and I started preparing for this race since January with weekly runs at the UP Diliman grounds. Jeff is the one with the most preparation because he ran his first 21 km, while I only registered for 5 km.

Run United 1 Finishers

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R U ready? 2013 Run United 1 kicks off on March 17

The most anticipated running event, Run United 2013 will start on March 17, 2013. Unilab Active Health and RunRio challenges Filipino runners to “Exceed Yourself”. What to look forward for this year’s Run United:

Run United 1 2013 starts on March 17

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All set for Run United 3 on September 16, 2012

After the success of Run United 2, the third leg of the Runrio Trilogy is set on September 16, 2012. Run United 3 has always been anticipated because it offers what is dubbed as the “Afroman distance” or 32k category—not usually included in other run races. There are still the usual race categories: Ceelin 500m dash, 3k, 5k, 10k, and 21k.

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Run United 2 2012, a success!

Jeff and some of my officemates ran for Run United 2 2012 earlier, it’s also Father’s Day so it’s a different way to start the day, Jeff said it’s full of good vibes! It’s been a while since I joined a race, and I must agree to what Jeff said. I felt sluggish and almost dragging myself to get up from bed to be at SM Mall of Asia by 4:30 am (assembly time for 10k runners), and it’s raining so it’s very conducive to just sleep. We went to SM MOA anyway, and found plenty of runners doing their stretches already. Jeff and our friends headed to their starting line while I took photos of the event. And oh, I was there to be Jeff’s human baggage counter, hehe, I don’t mind.

10k runners getting ready for gunstart

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2012 Run United 2 is for the whole family

Running is the cheapest and easiest sport, no need for expensive gym memberships or expensive sports equipments. All you need is a good pair of running shoes and you’re all set. I became active in running back in 2010, before I got pregnant. I’ll do my rounds at the UP Academic Oval after work for 2 to 3 times a week, it’s fun and I get to meet some celebrities too.

with Piolo Pascual

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