Lessons Learned @ My RU3 32K Experience

Posted: November 19, 2011 by runadoboking in My Runs

I almost DNFd @ KM 27. 😦

That’s how I describe my first 32K (20 miles) race last Sunday at Unilab’s Run United 3. It was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done to myself. After my grueling 5+ long hours finish, (Arrrrghhh!) I don’t what to feel. Should I still be proud because at least I finished? Or should I hate myself for doing something that I did not prepare for. Or maybe I should feel both. Or maybe I should just feel nothing and just let it go.

People will say it’s okay. People will still congratulate you on your finish. As long as you did not quit, it’s ok. Which is absolutely true! Finishing a race, whatever distance is already an achievement. And that will cheer you up a little, will make you smile, will make you proud of yourself again. But when time comes that you’re alone, you’ll still tell yourself, you could’ve still done better. That you would like to do better.

The truth is, I was disappointed with myself after the race. It’s like failing the exam of your favorite subject. And with my first full marathon coming very soon, I felt I lose the excitement.

But as what they say, running just like life, has it’s ups & downs. Sometimes you feel good about yourself, sometimes you don’t. Sometimes you think you can run anytime, sometimes you get lazy.  Sometimes you think you can conquer any distance, sometimes you get scared.

But whatever we feel sometimes, the best thing about running is, it will always be a learning experience. You will always get something from it. Not just PR’s, not just medals, not just finisher shirts. You will get to know more about yourself, you will get life lessons, you will have an experience that will make you a better person.

And yes, this is my attempt to perceive my previous 32K race on the more positive approach:

“Yes, it was difficult, It was painful, It was long 5 hours but I LEARNED A LOT FROM IT”

Lessons Learned/Realizations @  My RU3 32K Experience:

 1.  Prepare for the distance that you signed up for! – I was supposed to run 21K for this race, but slots were already taken when I register, so I reluctantly register for 32K. (On hindsight, I should’ve downgraded to 16K, instead of upgrading to 32K) I never ran longer than 21K in my entire life, as a result I almost took the wall @ km 27.

2.   Heat Training – I always run in the morning and at night. And running under the scorching heat of the sun was a first and was very difficult for me. So lesson learned is add heat training on your schedule. (or maybe run faster, para wag abutan ng init) 😀

 3. It’s good to have a team. When I was about to cross the finishline, I saw my team mates from HOB waiting for me. And I truly appreciated it. They were all there under the heat of sun, patiently waiting and cheering for me. It’s good to have runner friends. They wont let you feel alone, when you cross the finish line after long painful hours! Thank you Team HOB! 😀

That’s all for now! Will pack my bags for Nathan Ridge Run tomorrow at Tagaytay Highlands! See you on the hills! 😀

  1. Cybermumu says:

    I will still say, GOOB HOB CJ!!! We’re a team, magtutulungan tayo sa training. 🙂 Batchmates pa tayo sa TBRDM 2012. Don’t hesistate to ask the team if you need help on your training, ok? Stay positive and keep on running!

    No regrets, just lessons learned. 🙂

  2. loganfam says:

    Greetings. Great write up on your 32km run. I could feel your pain as I read it. Wow! Great summary of lessons as well. I agree with each of them wholeheartedly! My advice to you at this point…it’s done, you finished, you learned..now…go forward and don’t forget those important lessons. We’ve all done foolish things such as signing up for a distance in which we let our “dreams” outrule our brains. 🙂 My first full attempt in Subic 2009 was total failure and i did the training, but, you just never know how the body will respond on any given day. Team Logan will also be at Tagaytay tomorrow. Let me know you are personally. :). Craig

  3. “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever”
    Congrats CJ! 🙂

  4. Kit Atienza says:

    You have no idea how happy we were to see you. We were worried you collapsed somewhere. Of course you finishing meant breakfast! 😀 Goob HOB

  5. Nice CJ! I was a bit surprised that you decided to run 32K after just running 21K a few weeks ago (KOTR)! But my hats off to you for having the courage to take the risk, face it and overcome the dreaded “wall”. I’m proud of you buddy and keep going! See you later @ Nathan run! =)

  6. wheng says:

    I have my own share of disappointments with regards to running Cj. Just don’t let it crash down your spirit. Consider your marathon (TBRDM) to be your battle, your game. All the rest, treat them as part of your training plan. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself during these races. When I ran my 1st afroman challenge last year, it wasn’t planned at all. I haven’t ran longer then 21K when I registered 2 weeks prior to the race. My officemate, whom I considered my coach, told me to run just at most 24-25K. So on the day itself I was really nervous (literal na nagpapalpitate ako..hehe) so I just told myself “Kahit kulelat ako basta I’ll finish this with a smile and injury-free.”..and so I did. Of course our HOB family was there! (at hindi pa ako kulelat..glorious feeling indeed!) 🙂 Just enjoy the road to your FULL MARY – it is yours to conquer! No pressure just pure excitement! You and the rest of TBRDM batch 2012 can count on my support! 🙂

  7. Mark Romeo Galvez says:

    ‘pare, ayos lang yan. basta cheer-up. di naman kita binitawan sa road nun. see you on the road. tuloy lang ang takbo. just focus na lang sa marathon. no more short distance na. 🙂

  8. Zalds (TKR) says:


    idagdag mo sa lessons learned: dont be shy in asking someone to pace you lalo na pag ganyang biglaan na long distance.. alam mo naman kaming TBRDMers, always happy to pay it forward 😉

    Congrats pa rin 😉

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