15 of #100HappyThings
JULY 31, 2016, SUNDAY. We woke up at 2:30 AM and left Cavite at around 3:30 AM to be able to make it at around 4AM at Greenfield City Sports Field, Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
We reached the venue at around 4:15 AM. After the warm-up, the 10K, 5K and 3K runners were asked to join their groups in the starting line. The 10K run started at 4:45 AM. After 10 minutes, we, the 5K runners, began ours, followed by the 3K runners after another 10 minutes.
I had dysmenorrhea that day, but I still pushed through with the run. I really run a long distance when I jog, but doing it in marathons is different. I wanted to somehow be among the Top 3, but when I suddenly felt that my condition isn’t being friendly with my goal, I just dropped the idea and enjoyed the view of the place while running with my earphones on as I played my Don’t Suck, Just Rock Spotify playlist. There were trees everywhere, and the cold breeze felt nice on the skin. It was still dark that’s why I wasn’t able to take photos of the surroundings.
I reached the finish line at around 5:30 – meaning I conquered the 5K distance within 35 minutes. Not bad for a newbie marathoner, I guess? It’s my first 5K run in a marathon, and I’m pretty much happy with my time record despite having dysmenorrhea.
After the run, we ate rice gruel (lugaw) with egg which was already free in the venue. And picture taking, of course!
Just to give you an idea, the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals is a Catholic renewal community that my parents belong to, making us, their children, members as well in the sense of BCBP being a one big happy family worldwide. Yep, there are different BCBP chapters all over the world! We’re that big! I’m so glad to be a part of this, because here, I’ve met new wonderful people that I would always treasure.
The BCBP Be Honest Run is a fund-raising activity for the various causes of BCBP, especially helping those who became victims of natural calamities.
It was my first 5K run in a marathon, and yep, I think this marathon thing is becoming addictive for me. Let me conquer 5K again and again until I can proceed to the next distance. *fingers crossed*