February is my running anniversary month. I started running last February 26, 2006 in the 2nd Philippine International Marathon. I still have the race bib #1646, the race packet and the singlet with me. You can read a recap of my first ever run at Manokan Express. How I wished the Philippine International Marathon is still held every last week of February. I want to celebrate my running anniversary with a full marathon.
Fortunately, I was invited to run a full marathon on February 28, 2010 — The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon. Perfect way to celebrate my 4th year of running.
It was in early January when I received a call from New Balance. They asked me if I am interested to join the Hong Kong Marathon on February 28. I gave a quick answer. YES!!!
I was still preparing for the Cebu City Marathon and the Condura Run back then. At the same time, I was nursing an injury after the Rizal Day 32K Run last December. The Cebu Run was supposed to be a training run. Unfortunately, my knees got worst after finishing my first marathon in Cebu.
After the Cebu Marathon, I had to assess if I can still run both the Condura Run and the Hong Kong Marathon. I was undecided so Quennie made the decision for me. Skip Condura Run. Recover and run the Hong Kong Marathon. It was obviously a decision that was beneficial for her as well. The next day, she booked her flight to Hong Kong. I have no choice. Hehehe…
It’s less than two weeks to go before the Hong Kong Marathon. I am not as prepared as I was for the Cebu Marathon. I have very low mileage lately since I was taking it easy on my knees. But I am pushing for a 25K as a long run before I leave. I just consider my two months of short runs as a taper mode.
I am scared. I finished my first marathon in Cebu at 6:08. The cut off time for Hong Kong Marathon is 5:30 with separate time limits set in specific locations along the course. Those who don’t meet the cut off times are asked to take a ride and will be considered DNF even if you already at KM40. I hope my knees are fully recovered. I’m sure I can meet the cut off time and receive my medal as long as my knees don’t get painful early. Pray for me.
Aside from the marathon, I will also attend a two-day New Balance Tech Summit to learn more about running. Among the discussions are Foot Biomechanics, Injuries, Gait Analysis, and more. Plus presentation of New Balance products and technologies. If I would be allowed, I’ll share the materials with you when I get back.
The New Balance Tech Summit is attended by other runners from Asia Pacific countries including China, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Malaysia. Jaymie and I are the two runners from the Philippines. Quennie will be there to support and shopping. 😛
Thanks to New Balance for giving me this chance to join the Hong Kong Marathon and the Tech Summit. I agree then to do a dance number during the welcome dinner. Oh no… Julieway, kailangan kong matutong mag split. 😛NOW AVAILABLE. TAKBO.PH COTTON TEES AND HOODIES. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO ORDER.
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