Yours truly has been an urbanathlete since. I started out with a 10K distance sometime in 2010. [Related: Urbanathlete Diva 2010, please click here] Well, I did miss joining this race for two years in a row as I was into ultra distance then and had a hiatus from racing. In 2013, instead of signing up for the 21K race, I opted to do a 5K only courtesy of Men’s Health Philippines, and skipped the following obstacles: climbing a net over a bus, climbing a rope, monkey bars, and the dreaded eight-foot wall. [Related: Urbanathlete Diva, second edition or 2/e, please click here]
I wasn’t able to attend the Men’s Health Urbanathlon (MH URB) media event two months ago being out of town at the time of its launch yet so lucky still to have been invited to be part of the MH URB race this year in Nuvali, Santa Rosa, Laguna. Many thanks to fellow bloggers, Queenie of Lifeofque.com and Jinoe of Takbo.ph for the complimentary kit that they gave not only to me but also to a fellow ultramarathon runner, Norvs.
I think I’ve messed up in the last few weeks before the big race that it became a race week summed up as a stressful stretch days. I had to strike a balance between work life and social life. A bit sleep-deprived getting into the groove of consistent nighttime workouts (running and swimming), weekend racing, attending media events, and updating this blog. Not that I’m complaining on all of these. In those moments where I am so challenged by these activities, I am thankful for the love, opportunity, and support of my family and friends.
I found the route a new experience for a 21k for MH URB being used to running this event on the roads of Metro Manila. The first 15 kilometers included gradual uphills and the latter part, which to my surprise, included a route of two or three kilometers of the trail reminiscent of the last few kilometers of the Soleus Valley 30-kilometer Trail Challenge in June this year. There was one obstacle to tackle before the turnaround point at approximately KM10 or 11. Water and energy drink stations were set up in just the right areas to keep us hydrated, and with very friendly and courteous staff. Both the road and trail route marshals cheered on urbanathletes as they passed them on their way to the next obstacle challenge, and they are just as courteous as the water station staff. Medic Rescue is on standby the day of the race.
It was also nice to see long-time friends Michelle and Craig Logan, and had the chance to pace with them albeit a short one before they ran past me. Good to also see familiar faces among the gathering crowd at the finishline. Thank you Bave DC and fab Vicente Blue for the cheer as l crossed the finish line. Pretty much appreciated. Thanks also to Norvs for the support. A shout-out to Running Photographers, especially, to Reggie Cruz and RJ Knight Runner for the nice photos.
To sum it up, yeah, I enjoyed the MH URB so much! Out of nine obstacles, I only skipped the monkey bars. That I had to climb over the van with the net twice and the dreaded eight-foot wall, I successfully redeemed myself. Super thanks to the attending marshals including Coach Joar who assisted me to complete the obstacle challenge.
Congratulations to Men’s Health Philippines, Doc Lyndon of Leadpack Race Organizer, their media partners, sponsors, and to all finishers and winners for a job well done. By far the best Urbanathlon race l have had experienced! Looking forward to the next one!