Last Sunday, the 2019 Milo Marathon was held at the SM Mall of Asia. I joined the full marathon category and luckily was able to finish it with around 12 minutes more before the cut-off time of 6 hours! This was my third time to join the Milo Marathon elimination, and this is only the second time that I was able to finish it.
Flashback to 2015, this was my second time to join the Milo Marathon, After finishing it with a PR of 5:30 in the previous year, I did not cross the finish line that time. You can read the story here.
So now, on with my experience in the 2019 Milo Marathon Manila elimination. Prior to last Sunday, I have been training for only 3 months. By training I mean, treadmill runs on weekdays, and long runs on Sunday. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do an LSD of 32km three weeks before the Marathon day. And the longest LSD that I was able to do was only 20km.
To be honest, I thought of not showing up last Sunday for fear of failing to cross the finish line again under 6 hours. But then, my family will be waiting for me at the finish line this time around so that pushed me to run faster and harder.
And so I was able to cross the finish line with a time of 5:48. But it was not an easy task. In fact, it was hard and painful. The good news is, my training must have been good because I only felt the exhaustion at the 30KM mark. I think that was after reaching the u-turn point at the Heritage Park in BGC.
Thankfully I brought some Milo energy cubes which my wife bought from Bangkok and some energy jellies from Health Options. These gave me the boost that I needed to continue moving forward even if my leg and mind were telling me to stop. It was a long, hard and painful 12km jog, walk and run from BGC to SM MOA. I lost count of how many times I had to stop to stretch my legs and feet. There was even a time when I ignored the medics who were helping relieve muscle pains of runners with their medicated water spray because I thought it was not helping me at all.
To cut a really long story short, I managed to reach the finish line and conquer the Milo Marathon once more!
Overall, kudos to Runrio for successfully staging the Milo Marathon again this year, I noticed that there were more 42K runners this year compared to the last time that I joined, And this is a good thing.
The running event was well organised. Something that you’d expect from Runrio. Although there are some areas were there were no lights at all and could be dangerous to runners. Water stations were adequate and so were the medical stations.
To check out the 2019 Milo Marathon race results, click here. And for the photos, Running Photographers’ FB page is a good source to look for your photos.
Again, Congratulations to all Milo Marathon runners, no matter what category you joined, you are all champions! And see you next year!(294)