Sunday, March 8, 2009
"SkyWalker" - Simulated 21Km Condura Run
The Condura Run 09 – “Skyway Run For the Whale Shark” is just a fortnight away. To be able to benchmark my race walk performance for the said event, I decided to have a simulated 21 km distance run today starting at the Fort Bonifacio High Street all the way to Bayani Road and turning back after reaching Heritage Park thence to McKinley Hill complex and back to High Street then to International School and back for a last lap at the High Street circle. This was a perfect 22.3km run with the ups, downs, twist and turn to put pressure and challenge to the distance.
Surprisingly, it was a bit cool at 26C when I started at 4:45am considering it is already summer time. There were already a number of runners on the road doing their own weekend run and when I was just entering McKinley Hills I met the group of Takbo.ph with Jinoe and Queenie (they were quite a number) whom I assume were also doing their own preparation for the Condura Run 09.
By 7:00am the sun was already high and temperature reading has already risen to 30C. What a sudden change of weather! I was wondering then what would be the running condition on the actual race day considering the start of the race will only be at 5:30am (I hope they consider moving the starting time 30 minutes earlier) and for sure I will be on the road by 8:00am. I just hope that it would be cloudy/overcast that day.
I completed in a race walk style the distance of 22.3 km in 2hrs54m22s for an average speed of 7.67km/hr and a pace of 7.82min/km. It was not the figures that I was hoping for maybe because of the hills that I have to cover in the route as well as the need for hydration which was practically none during the whole 22.3km.
Hopefully, I should be able to make the Condura Run in 2hrs40min00s. Then the skyway run will be conquered by a “skywalker”.