Yep, I got injured.
Everything went well for the 1st 16kms. In fact, I registered my fastest 15km at 1:46 and 16km at 1:53. However, reaching km 19, pain started to set-in on my left hamstring just above the knee, and at the back of my right knee.
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This is very bad and sad news for me. I have to slow down and bid my 5 hour Milo® Marathon Dream goodbye. Next goal is to finish within the cut-off time of 6 hours, but I only managed to maintain the required pace up to km 29.
It was then that I resolved to continue the race with my heart. It was like hearing Dean Karnazes telling me "Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just never give up."
I tried running from one post, then walk the next post. But that episode last only until km 36. My legs just won't cooperate no more. I can't lift them. They're dead as a log.
It was here that I caught buddy Doc Roy, and we walked the rest of the route. Water was becoming scarce, but Doc Marvin who finished his half-marathon was on his bike, and giving water to his running friends who are still in the battle.
At km 39, we were joined by Makoy and Cindy, and helped us drag ourselves to the finish. Takbo.ph family were at the finish line, patiently waiting for us.
It was a very humbling experience. I learned to respect more the marathon distance. All the hard work I put into training may be not enough for me to realize my goal. But I know I'll run another day. I just have to get used to the speed at greater distances.