Ever since I started telling people I’m planning to run my first marathon this year, I’ve been getting suggestions which one to join. I was planning to build up slowly, to overprepare for it, which is why Joel and I had a deal to join our first marathon at the end of the year.
With apologies to Joel for breaking the deal, I allowed myself to be salestalked into training for my first marathon at the Milo Eliminations on July 4. In so doing, I’ve only given myself less than 16 weeks to prepare mentally and physically for it. Um, yikes?
To keep myself from chickening out, I’m announcing to the world what I intend to do, and the reasons for doing so.
KIKAYRUNNER’s Top 4 Reasons to Run the Milo Eliminations
- Milo is the fastest marathon in Metro Manila. According to i2Runner’s statistical analysis on Metro Manila’s fastest marathon, runners tended to have faster finish times at Milo. The hypothesis is the route is flatter and therefore easier on the legs, but it could also be because people were trying to qualify for the Milo Finals by beating the 4-hour qualifying time. In any case, I’d like to finish my first marathon in 4 hours and 30 minutes.
- Milo will have plenty of water. My fear of dehydration turns me off from races that have a recent history of water shortage. This includes the Subic International Marathon and the Quezon City International Marathon. Milo, organized by Rudy Biscocho of RACE, has always been one of the better-watered races.
- Milo is a cheap race. Last year, the registration fee was 250 pesos. Even if you allow for the general rise in fees charged at races, it will still be cheaper than the 800 pesos Condura charged for its 42K route.
- Milo will be held on my birthday. Yes, you heard that right. July 4 is my birthday. Therefore I’ve already requested my friends and family to have a party waiting for me at the finish line complete with poppers, balloons, and a birthday cake. Takbo.ph members will also be waving placards bearing my name. It’ll be one hell of a party (pun intended?).
So, here goes…