One week after the race, Race for LIFE released the official results of the 3 / 5 / 10 and 15 kilometer road races. And there were a couple of surprises on those results. Join me on a celebratory run this Tuesday night, Nov 3 on Velazquez Park Matati City. I will celebrate the following great achievements on the recently concluded Race For LIFE. For every great achievement, run a kilometer on easy pace. ;)
So let the celebratory run begin.
- Run a kilometer Jayson, for completing your first 5K race after 11 months of road racing.
- Run another kilometer for having set a 5K Personal Record (PR) of 21:30 minutes.
- Run a kilometer for finishing the race within the Top Ten. A 6th place overall finish out of 1085 runners is a wonderful achievement.
- Run another kilometer for being on the front page of the Real Life Foundation Race Results. Never mind the misspelled, as usual, surname! It was Jayson Deyna on Rota Run. Now it's Jayson Duena. My dear poor surname has always been murdered. Hey! At least Botak Race Results did not. They listed me as "Unknown"! :D
- Run a kilometer for celebrating Women Power on road racing. I had the chance to shake the hands and congratulate the 17-year old Ms. Serenata Saluan after the race. The top female finisher who overtook me and made me eat the dusts left behind by her running shoes. Lady runners rock!
- Run another kilometer to celebrate the young Michelle De Vera, an 11-year old girl, who almost beat me. She gave me the inspiration to finish strong. And she made me smile and have fun. Young runners are really fast and seem to be having a lot more fun and a lot happier than adults. Celebrate youth!
- Celebrate a friend's 10K Personal Best. He had beaten his previous PR by more than 10 minutes I believe. Great job Yeba!! He will be running a few kilometers on the Philippine International Marathon to help me finish strong on my first marathon. Thanks! And this Tuesday, I will be running a kilometer to celebrate your successful 10K run. Try sub-60 minutes on 10K next time! Congratulations!
- Celebrate the first 5K races of two other friends and colleagues by running a kilometer for them. Good start guys! Keep running.
- Run a kilometer to celebrate another friend's tough run with an aching foot. I know how it feels to be running in pain. And it takes a lot of guts and "heart" to still finish with those circumstances. With that, I will also be running a kilometer for your tough achievement.
- Run the last kilometer of this celebratory run just because you have the ability to run. Be grateful. Have fun. Run!
I finished 6th with a 21:30 finish.
Michelle, the young lady in pink, took the 2nd place on Women's 5K