Condura 2009: Skyway Conquered

Condura mania was really in the air. A total of 6,243 runners registered in this race.

In my previous post, I mentioned my goals for this run. First, to have fun. Second, to beat my Adidas KOTR Personal Record (PR). Third, to reach the finish line. Did I achieve all of them? Definitely, a YES to all!

It was fun, indeed. While running, I was greeted by fellow runners and bloggers. Some shouted my name, said ‘hi’ or ‘hello, Running Diva!’, and others said, ‘go, go, go!’ Truly, you inspired me for this show of support. For those of you who greeted me along the way and never got a response from me, please, don’t feel bad. Honestly, I admired your stamina for saying something while running. Simply put, I couldn’t do it. I tried to recompensate it, though not in words, but by just raising my hand, meaning, I did acknowledge your greeting.

Race route was challenging and totally different. It was the first time half marathon runners ran part of the Skyway. And, what a portion it was! The long stretch of the Skyway was remarkable! One runner, who was really in a high mood, shouted, “Ang ganda dito! Ang luwang-luwang, kasya lahat ang runners!” (It’s so beautiful here. It’s so spacious it can hold all runners!) I just smiled and nodded at him.

As I reached the Skyway, the sun was up and it started to get hot! I had fun when I passed by a fire truck. Was that really a fire truck? I wasn’t so sure. What a way to cool off runners! For me, that was one of the best features of the race.

At a water station at the Skyway, a staff handed me a wet sponge. At least, I now knew its purpose. The first time it was handed to me during the Adidas KOTR, I didn’t know what to do with it that I just threw it away. That was a real blooper!

The water stations were placed strategically. I think I have stopped at every water station to enjoy the walk breaks and get myself hydrated. However, the only drawback, I didn’t do Number 1 until I reached a portalet along Buendia Avenue on my way back. It was an uncomfortable run for me knowing that my kidneys deserved a break. I tried to at a portalet provided at the Skyway but a guy who was not a runner beat me to it! It took him so long to finish that the runner in me decided to run instead. I wanted to beat my previous PR and I didn’t want to waste time. Every second counts!

As I was on my way near Makati Avenue, this was when I felt a cramp on my right thigh which slowly crawled around my butt. I had no choice but to walk and let it subside. After a while, off I ran again.

When I saw the Kalayaan Buendia Flyover, I tried to run at a pace but my feet were tired. So, I did a walk break again. Ahead of me, I saw some runners who were walking already and some were running slowly. I told myself to focus on the run. “Focus.” “Focus.” This was my mantra while running. “A few more kilometers then you’ll be at the Finish Line,” I told myself over and over again.

It was really hot while running at the flyover that I had another leg cramps. I stopped and stretched my aching right leg. This was when I started to check my watch and felt apprehensive whether I could make it or not. I walked a few meters and ran slowly. My body was helping me. Yes, I could still feel the pain but I just kept on running until the pain slowly ebbed away. Now, I was back to my racing pace. One by one, I slowly passed by the runners who were ahead of me. I said a silent prayer for this. As I turn left, 300 meters before finishing, a fellow runner cheered on me and that pushed me to run the last few meters. Then, as I was nearing the 21k chute, fellow Happy Feet Judah, who finished ahead of me, paced with me to the finish line.

Did I beat my Adidas KOTR PR? Yes, I did! I improved not by 13 minutes as previously mentioned but by 6 minutes only. A good improvement considering I had cramps and walked for the first time.

21k or Half Marathon Personal Record

2:27.44 Condura Run for the Whalesharks (2009)
2:33.42 Adidas King of the Road (2008)

Congratulations to all runners, first time runners in any race event, finishers of the half marathon and conquerors of the Skyway. This wouldn’t have been made possible by the leadership of the Concepcion brothers, Ton and Running Shield , race organizer Rudy Biscocho, and the many people who surely made this event a success! It was a great run and a race to look forward to!

With Running Shield and his wife, Mabu

Tiffin and Running Diva

Fast Runners, Cristy and Carmen

Carmen, Running Diva, and Ultra Marathon Runner Mikey

Craig and His Family with Cristy and Run Unlimited

Glad They’ve Made it! First Time 21k Runners, Mayen and Kulit Runner

Jorge and Renz

Running Shield and Run Unlimited

Mayen, Bobby, and Coach Joar

Our Finishers Medal … With Que

Happy Feet Post Run Breakfast at Chowking

A Pose with Jollibee Mascots

More Group Photos

With Forum Runners