Thursday, August 16, 2012

NCC Mother's Day 10K 2012

It was recently Mother's Day here in Thailand, the birthday of the Queen I do believe. In celebration of the day, a few friends and I decided to go out for an organized run. Eric took his family, another guy Vince who has just begun to run with us brought his boy and I invited Pae's brother p'Nut to run.

P'Nut had started running with Pae and I a while back when we would go to the track and do 5K runs every now and then. I had never seen him go over 5K so I figured 10K would be a good challenge for him, plus we'd be able to take pictures in our "Run for Mom" running shirts and post them to Facebook for Thailand Mom to see. Eric, Vince and their families would go out for a 2K family run.

So, my goal was to have fun and run with p'Nut, pulling him along, without making it too much of a painful experience for him. I don't want him to decline the next invitation! I told him that we'd take it easy and roll in somewhere around an hour and a half for the ten kilometers, farther than he's ever run.

We got very little sleep the night before, me just because I wasn't sleepy and p'Nut because he stayed up to watch the gold medal Olympic boxing match that had Thailand's last hope for a gold medal at these Olympics. That was on at like 2 or 3 in the morning and we had to wake up to go to the park to run at 4-4:30. I would be fine with no sleep since it was going to be basically a training run, but I kinda thought it would have an effect on Bubbles (what Pae and I call p'Nut).

We arrived at the park and I quickly introduced myself and Bubbles to a bunch of foreigners who just created a "Meetup" group in Bangkok called "Bangkok Runners". I had joined them online and decided to meet up with them on occasion since they do some good interval training and track work on Thursdays. Other meet ups (they meet like 5 times a week!) I'll not be able to make it to and will continue to train with Eric at our park close by. Many of them are training for the Bangkok Marathon in November and a handful are planning to run the North Face Thailand 100 in February of 2013. That is three possible races longer than a marathon, 50K solo trail, 100K solo trail and 100K duo (each team member runs one 50K loop).  Sounds just crazy enough to sign up for.

We took part in all of the singing of the national anthem, song of the king and song of the queen, then I grabbed a small paper Thai flag and also a flag bearing the emblem of the queen and we were off! I figured that we would probably run about 6K and walk 4K considering Bubbles was entering new territory for running distance and that he hadn't run for two months. Somewhere around 5K he picked up a bad cramp in this ribs and we walked about 500 meters.

The picture above (just found it online after publishing this blog post) is perhaps the only time I've had the energy to smile at a race photographer, hahaha. P'Nut looks like he's working hard yet enjoying himself!

I kept choosing bridges and buildings and had him run to the landmark with a promised walk when we reached our objective. Eventually he worked through his cramping and didn't even need to stop and walk much more...He actually walked less than a kilometer in total over the course of the whole run. Pretty good, because I know how those cramps are, if you can't breathe through them, they can put a quick stop to your run. He sucked it up and we put in a strong finish when we saw the finish line. Bubbles crossed in 1:08:49 which is pretty darn good for his first 10K.

I told him that I was gonna get him under an hour and once that happened, he had to sign up for a half marathon with me, hahaha!! Then I showed him a half marathon in Angkor Wat, Cambodia this coming December and he was very interested! I think he was hurting during the run, but after he was feeling that runner's high, the sense of achievement of finishing his race and doing his best! It was a great thing to see!
We also are trying to plan another 10K to run together the three of us...Bubbles, Pae and me!! How fun would that be?! I think Pae could take him! Eventually!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Adidas King of the Road 2012

Eric and I joined this race mainly for the high quality running shirt ;) Haha. The Adidas King of the Road is a S.E. Asia running competition with five legs in different countries. The winners are invited to run in a final race to find the "King of the Road". The Africans ran this distance in around 50 minutes! We cruised in a good 25-30 minutes after them!
Eric and I ran this 16.8 km race not to try to win, of course, but to get the free shirt and to get out there for some good, hard running.
I'll not talk too much about the race, it had it's great points (fast pace) and it's really bad points (organization). I went out pretty hard at the beginning with sub 5 minute kilometers prety much every kilometer. The race took us over the Thaksin Bridge over the Chao Praya river but I didn't suffer too much from those inclines.
The two or three times I went above a 5 minute per kilometer pace were when the 16.8 km folks ran into the 10K runners and later, the 5K runners. There were just so many of them, and many of them were just really taking it easy, so we had to run in oncoming traffic at times just to get around the slower runners.
Eric and I clocked excellent times actually. I came in at 1:15:49 and Eric at 1:19:18. Seems that we do well two weeks after marathons! Hahaha. We registered pretty good times after the Bangkok Marathon in our Thailand International Half Marathon just two weeks after...and this time, two weeks after the Pattaya Marathon, we both had awesome pace times for a relatively long run.
I found just a couple photos of the race, but here are a couple that I really liked, as far as atmosphere, etc. We run races here pretty early in the morning to make up for the heat and as not to cause traffic problems in the big city.
Yes, this is what they gave us after the race...I wasn't complaining about getting free KFC, but after letting the bag sit for a couple minutes, I realized that Eric was pretty smart for not eating it! The grape popcicle was yummy though! I realize I'm pretty slow in posting these, I post them mostly just so I have them in the future. Great way to record personal history ;) So forgive me if I post Sunday's race sometime this week. It was a Mother's Day race here in Bangkok that I ran with my brother-in-law (Pae's brother) and had a good time doing so! Aloha! Oh yeah, and if there are tons of grammar or spelling mistakes, I'm too lazy to read this again and too lazy to hit spell check!! Hahahahaha!!
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