“I love cycling and I had really much fun.” – Tessa Tuates There are so many words to describe within and after you finish a certain race. As a part of a group and cycling community I feel like I need to push myself and be on that group and just be there, have some fun. I really have no training, no long distance rides nor group rides after I bought a road bike which I just got a week ago. I wasn’t sure if I would be fit to join and be on that group race. I need to challenge myself and see what I can do so, the race was organized by our DCCC race director Roy Gonzales with the help of some sponsors and Dagupan City cycling club members. The ride em’ tandem event is consist of a two amateur cyclist who will be racing from start to finish then the organizers had set time and get the finish time result. I happened to be partnered with co DCCC rider Engr. Nicanor Siapno and it was bitter sweet ride and everybody assumed we’re just going to have an easy ride. It was no an easy ride, as I have no training and haven’t get back in shape with good stamina and endurance. I was exhausting, out of breathe, legs hurt, arms hurt, no longer in comfort and out of fuel. I was really proud of myself and didn’t gave up which I almost in the last three kilometers, the recovery part was my partner pulled me those pace he knew I’m getting slow, till I recover from terrible breathing I push and I push really hard and it was not easy…. so therefore I will be back and train after 7 months of no cardio training. I really like to help other women who are struggling to keep in shape and through cycling I can show them how easy to get lean and fit.
Yes the 13.1 miles challenge is indeed achieved in 2 hours and 48 minutes! As per Sir Tonypats told me, I had a quite good pace to start for a 1st time half marathoner. I’ve asked an advice to a triathlete Cicel Reyna, she told me to take a 10% step increase of every miles however, I did today was over 50%, it’s huge from 10km to 21km. My mindset was to focus and be determine and I had it!
Half marathon wasn’t really easy at all, I almost gave up in 15 kilometers and really exhausting. I run along with Jhong on the first 2km, a duathlete who won 2nd place in an invitational 2014 duathlon race at San Fernando La Union, we separated between 2 to 3 km and his distance is far of 2km already! Which, I am glad to chase him between 7 to 8 km distance. He was very fast like a road runner, it’s like 4 minutes per 1km, no wonder why he won!
Taking up the 13.1 mile challenge require a focus, commitment and a lot of determination to achieve. It is only in your mindset that tells you how you will start and finish it. Once you set a goal, you are bound to finish what you have started.
My inspiration on this 13.1 mile challenge are all the runners who have a courage and fearless to run long distances. Now, I understand how this runner felt after they reach their goal every time they run. It was a feeling of strong, confident, being awesome that only few can do it. Now, I am ready to inspire people to run and do more challenges!
About time to do the half marathon!
If someone can, then I can do it, right!
I am ready tomorrow to challenge myself to a twenty one kilometer run (21km) and hopefully will finish it strong! I know in my heart and mind that I can conquer! There’s no race and required payment to start my 1st half marathon so tomorrow I’m on this 13.1 miles challenge!
For tomorrow’s challenge, I would be wearing my one month old shoe Nike LunarGlide 5 which I already spent more than 50 miles already running and jogging with it, match it with my favorite pinoy fitness singlet and blue nike dri-fit shorts with orange lining and nikeplus tracking band. Fueling and hydrating is important, so I might wear fuel belt and bring chocolates. Actually, I have no training or program to follow that lead me to this challenge, so I’ll take it slow and not to rush, the aim is to finish it strong!
So wish me a good luck tomorrow!
What: 13.1 challenge
where: jdv highway, dagupan
Note from Running for Beginners: “Half marathon training involves a lot of groundwork, known as getting ‘miles in your legs’ but there will also be the variety of speed work, tempo runs and hill work. If you are considering running a half marathon, you should also spend some time doing weights in the gym and some cross training activities to avoid over-use injuries to your legs. If your aim is to enter a half marathon event then you should expect to spend about three months in half marathon training: this is if you have been doing some running already. If you have not run for a while or you are new to running then you should go through a 5K training program and expect to do at least six months training before you run a half marathon.”