I can’t help but post this blog here at Takbo.ph rather than at my personal blog – Manokan Express. It must be because running the Condura Run yesterday was a totally different experience. Previously, I run alone or with Quennie. But in Condura Run, I was running with more friends and buddies.
Starting with Ninjas
Runners in Black! I have noticed a lot of runners wearing the Takbo.ph Singlet. Some I know personally, but others, I cannot name at all. But despite that, we get a lot of greetings from the Takbo.ph friends and bloggers. The 21K never became boring. Aside from the new and exciting route, I get to see familiar faces and singlets almost every kilometer. Who says you have to run alone?
I first saw Craig and Justin a few years back. I can’t exactly remember when. But looking at them, I can’t help but admire the father and son duo for running the whole 10K in an intimate fashion. They are an inspiration. This time they will run the 21K for the first time.
I had the priviledge of running with them in the Condura Run and even got the chance to push Justin for a few kilometers up the Skyway and Kalayaan flyover. Pushing Justin is difficult since you are adding some extra weight while running. But seeing Justin smile and enjoy the ride gives you encouragement to reach the top of the hill.
The next time you see them in the race, I invite you to try giving Justin a push.
Running for his daugther
We were running back to the finish line along Buendia Avenue when we met Joe. He saw Craig and Justin and started a conversation. Then, he shared his own story why he was running the Condura Run yesterday. He was running for his daughter who is currently at the hospital due to pneumonia. Although modern medicine has a gone a long way to successfully treat it, it is still a scare when a young girl gets sick.
We went ahead and we can still see Joe finishing the the 21K valiantly. Go Joe! We hope and pray that your daughter is doing well now.
Virgin No More
It was Quennie’s first 21K as well. I was worried she will struggle in the last 5 kilometers just as she did in our LSD last March 8. Surprisingly, she did well on her first 21K and was on the 7:30min/km pace target. She didn’t walk on the difficult uphills of the Skyway and Kalayaan Flyover. She finished at 2:37. Congrats Yampie.
Congratulations to the Concepcion Brothers, Ton and Patrick, for the successful event. We are looking forward to next year. We met Patrick and his wife at the finish line. Ton was not able to run as he was busy making sure the race goes according to plan. Thank you for giving us such a great race.
But I guess the Condura Mania is not over yet. We are still waiting for our names in the papers.
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