Today I am at Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga to attend an IT conference. I was looking forward to running in Clark, primarily because it’s a new place. I like running outside of Metro Manila. It’s a welcome change, a shift from the usual route. Running in a different locale distorts my sense of distance. In Manila I can tell how far a kilometer is, basing it on landmarks and street corners. When I run in a diffrent place I can’t tell anymore.
It was cool when I stepped out of the hotel room. The Weather app registered 21 Celsius. Roads were empty – no cars parked, few cars on the road, few people walking. Do you see those advertisements illustrating the solo morning runner training in empty roads surrounded by empty fields? That’s how I felt. Serene. Peaceful. I ran a relatively fast pace. I just ran a straight route – no left or right turns, no weaving through side streets. I just ran until my watch registered 15 minutes (training plan called for a 30-minute run) then u-turned back. I disregarded the fact that my heart rate was skirting just above zone 2. It was a hilly route so I figured that breaking into zone 3 occassionally would be ok. I wasn’t exhirting myself anyway. I wasn’t breathing heavily. My legs weren’t tired or heavy. I was just running and sucking in the cool, clean, pollution-free air. It’s fun running here in Clark. It makes me seriously want to signup for a run here.
I ended up covering 3.99 kilometers, the farthest 30-minute run in a long time. The pace (7:30 thereabouts) gives me a confidence that I could break the 2:30 barrier in next week’s Pinoyfitness 21K run.