There are few things we learned from this event.
1) Be early and as much as possible stay in front before the starting line.
Since we were at the back and basically the last people behind all the runners, even if we wanted to run, we just can't pass through the people walking and some are even holding hands as if they are walking in a beach. We weren't able to get our momentum until halfway to the finish line.
2) Bring your own hydration
We stopped for several minutes just to get a small amount of water, there are total of 2 hydration stations for 5K route. Imagine how much time was wasted... If only we have bought the hydration bottles, we should have lesser time, probably 40 mins or so.
It took me 45 minutes and 19 seconds to finish the 5K and boyfriend finished a minute earlier than me.
Normally, fun runs have the what they call "Finisher's Kit" for all runners who finished the race and lots of freebies. The Nat Geo event surprisingly did not provide any finisher's kit, and the freebies? You need to fall in a very long line just to get small stuffs like baller ids, note pads, etc. Of course we didn't had the patience to get those freebies and just left early since the sun was already striking hard to our skin.
|My face all flush from the sun's heat.|
It was kind of tiring but was worth it because we haven't practiced for that route yet. We have ran 5K around the Bonifacio High Street but we never experienced the uphill/downhill. It was truly a very fulfilling moment for us.
Anyway, it was still a very awesome Sunday and it was indeed our unforgettable first run. :D