I was 90 pounds overweight when I started running. Because of this, I was really careful, bordering on paranoid, on choosing equipment.
Particularly with shoes. It took me a long time to finally decide what running shoes to get. I did my homework by getting my foot analyzed at RUNNR. The internet is a godsend for looking for proper equipment. I scoured the Runner’s World websites for shoe reviews. Turns out that best brands (according to them at least) were Asics, Newtons, Brooks and Saucony. Besides being really expensive, Newtons had no stability shoes so that took them out of my shortlist. I knew that Asics shoes were wayyy beyond my budget. I knew that Saucony and Brooks didn’t have distributors in Manila (then) and just delayed getting them. A couple of months later, Brooks finally showed up in Manila. And I proceeded to get a pair of Adrenaline Xs.
I’m very happy with them. I’ve logged 276km on them since getting them late last year. No knee pain or major running injuries.
I ran 15k in the Brooks Run Happy event. It was my first 15k in memory of our Toastmaster’s mentor, Brooks Loomis. The eerie thing about this run was that it was announced right after the day he was cremated. I thought it a sign to do something special for this run. It was nice that the rest of the Makati Toastmasters Club took me up on the offer to run this event too. Some running their first ever 3ks or 5ks.
I personally was not in good shape for this run. I didn’t train enough. Longest run was 11-12k during a training run 3 weeks before the race. I thought I could compensate for the lack of training by getting some quality sleep before the run. Talk about Murphy’s law! I was in bed by 8pm only to be woken up at 10pm for some really trivial matter. I couldn’t get back to sleep after that due to irritation.
Yes, foolish me. I ran my first 15k without any sleep the previous night. If this wasn’t a special run, I woulda just not left the house and proceeded with my late appointment with the sandman.
My target was 2hrs for my first 15km. In my condition, I thought I’d be lucky to go below 2hrs 10min. Ended up 2hrs 8min. (Chip time was 2hrs 13m. Still bad.) I was one of the last people to cross the finish line.
Just a coupla problems with the run:
- The run started late. Since I got no sleep the night before, I was at the venue very early. It was a bad omen that at 5am, the sun was already peeking over the horizon. At 5:30 am, the sun was really high up in the sky. For a run during a really hot summer, this became a really big problem particularly for 15k runners because the latter part of the route was largely open and unshaded. I heard that this was because the 15k water stations were not set up yet. It’s just a good thing that they didn’t push the pre-race warm-ups.
- Compounding the overheating problem at the mid part of the 15k route, the water stations were spaced wayyy too far apart after the 7.5 k mark. Water station was after the 7.5k mark was at 10.25k. There was one at around the I had a hydration pack with me and I didn’t load up when I got to the stations before this. And then the cramps started
- While it was nice that they had medals for all the finishers. There really should have been different medals for each distance. Getting my first 15k medal only to find out my other friends got the SAME medal for finishing their first 3k kinda took something out of the achievement.
- The results took some time to publish. RFID tags are supposed to make result publishing instantaneous. I thought that the results could have been better formatted. The names could have been been included with the bib numbers. Another important piece of data which was not included (though I’m sorta glad it wasn’t published because of my pathetic performance) was finish order. There also could have been an option to sort the results since they were published from a database driven site.
- Lastly, I heard that there was a route problem with the 3k run. There was no signage along the route and the 3k became a 1.5k. I think this problem could have been averted by including the route map in the kit. If the route maps were not final yet when the kits were given out, the maps could also have been included with the singlets when they were distributed the week before the race.
Honestly, the race organizer really did Brooks a disservice with this run. Brooks is up there as one of THE running brands abroad. Mistakes like these really won’t contribute to the brand’s gaining footing in a country dominated by Nike and Adidas.
Nitpicking aside, I was also sleepless (even sick!) when I ran my first 10k during the Condura Skyway run early February. A first 15k IS a first 15k (or 14.31k). I think Brooks is the only shoe brand along with Adidas who gave out original singlets (not rebranded knock-offs, you know who you are :p) for their runs. The singlet was really nice and was really comfortable. The run was reasonably priced costing about half of the retail price of the singlet alone. Singlet was correctly sized at 2XL (2XL means 2XL. NOT L, NOT M. But that’s for another blog entry.)
Sadly, I was wayyyy too slow to enjoy the post race festivities though I heard from my first time runner friends that they did enjoy themselves. Brooks Distributor, Sports Resources Inc was out in full force with booths for all their run related products (what?? no PRINCE rackets? 😀 )
I hope there’ll be a Brooks event next year. It wasn’t a perfect run but just like my performance, I do hope we’ll all do better next time. I do hope I’ll be using Adrenaline XII’s by then too. 🙂