12 Sep 2010
Long time, no post.
Today I did the Santa Monica 5000 (www.santamonica5000.com). A very short race, but noteworthy for several reasons:
- It’s my 1st race in more than 1 year. The previous one being “Paa-tibayan 5-miler” in UP, before I left the Philippines (Thanks primarily to some coercion from my good friend and avid runner Mr. Wilson Tan)
- It’s my 1st run in the US.
- It’s my attempt to get back to running after stopping for a long time (due to a mix of laziness and a busy 1st year at UCLA)
Also in the race were 2 other guys from my lab (Przemek and Jun), although they both did the longer race (10km).
In summary, I was really, really, really slow. It took me 33m11s to complete the 5k and I was 7th from the last in my age group (25-29). Given my deteriorating fitness level , I’d say it was good enough. Honestly, my pace was very laid back and I was closer to easy jogging, than actually racing, for the better part of the race. My goal was to run the entire time and I did that. However, I started with too conservative a pace, that even when I picked up the pace close to the finish line, it was already too late. Still, I did achieve my original goal which was just to keep running the entire time. Hopefully, my next attempt (10km) would be at a much more competitive pace.
I thought some of my friends back in the Philippines (both the RFID guys, and the runners) might be interested on the tech behind the race, so I posted some photos on my gallery (click the t-shirt to view).
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