A couple of weeks ago, I received an invitation from fellow blogger Rikki, leader of the Fabulous Running Divas (FRD) running group and one of the organizers of the long slow distance (LSD) dubbed as LSD with the Stars Power Kembot* in Silang, Cavite. It was a training run in preparation for the Condura Skyway Marathon event. A timely invite as I needed a 3:30-hour LSD (regardless of distance) for an upcoming race sometime in March. I have run Silang terrain—part trail, part road—last year during the summer months with two lady friends. [Related: One Fine Sunday Morning]. Running with another group or groups although at a different location and with majority of runners that I haven’t met face-to-face yet, turned out to be a new experience for me.
*Kembot – means swaying or wiggling of hips
At almost half past three in the morning, our group left Makati and headed to Silang, Cavite via Cavitex and arrived at the meetup place in Silang Plaza/Municipal Hall, with enough time to exchange pleasantries with some friends. It was freaking cold for people like me who is not accustomed to a freezing weather. The LSD started with a prayer then followed with a short message from FRD Rikki, some photo ops, and warmup dance exercises led by FRD Vicente Blue. The energy and excitement all around was amazing! A support vehicle, which served as hydration-food-medical station-baggage area rolled into one was made available during the training run. Thanks to Jerome, a runner himself, for volunteering to support the runners. There were 67 runners of 11 different running groups (Mananakbong Kabitenyo, Takbo Kabitenyo, Team Latak, PAR, NCRC, Team Hugot, WELLNESS, Team PIGS, Teamba, Maharlika, FRD) took part the LSD or training run.
A combination of on-road and off-road route with gradual to moderately challenging uphill run for an extended distance made the training run interesting. Also, running in a place with super friendly residents has made all the difference. My Garmin watch registered a distance of 25.42 kilometers in 3:21:54 hours. The finish time is within the goal I set for myself. Not bad at all for a training run.
As for me, all I wanted was a different setting for my target LSD, but got the surprise of my life when my name was called for the special award “Best Running Outfit” during the simple yet super fun awarding ceremony. WOW! I never expected it really.
To top it off, the FRD Blogger of the Year 2014 glass trophy award, made personally by FRD Rikki, which according to him, “made with love” was also given to me. I was greatly touched by the gesture. Overall, it was an awesome run—good route, friendly bunch of people, and unforgettable event for everyone involved. Special shout-out to FRD Lyana for mapping out the training route. Congratulations FRDs and Team Latak, and to all who participated in this training run! Until next time!