On 17 November, I for the first time did my Sunday morning run as a group. This group run is called ‘Just Run’. I was invited to join this fun run by Adi, the guy I met at the Jakarta Marathon race pack collection (a random way to meet people, I know :P). And before the actual run, he was the only person I knew from the bunch. As it turned out, it was a fun bunch of people, running our own pace and no one really got left behind.
There were 2 courses for this run: 12K which started at Starbucks Skyline, Thamrin, all the way to the Senayan roundabout and back to Starbucks; and 5K which started at the same spot (Starbucks) through to Toyota in Setiabudi/Karet (?) and back to Starbucks. I did the 12K as preparation for the 10K race at Standard Chartered Half Marathon Indonesia that I did on 24 November (more on this later). This was, still, my longest run to date.
Running a 12K on a car-free Sunday posed a challenge in itself. Not because of the route (I am very familiar with the street), but because of the horde of other people who were out on the street (on bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, people doing fun walks – taking over almost all the width of the road). I felt for these group of people who were running on a small race held by a Japanese Bank.
Other than that, it was actually a very enjoyable run. The weather was very permitting (though there was a little drizzle at the beginning), rather cloudy, and the sun wasn’t blaring its hotness like it would normally, and so the air was rather cool.
Throughout the whole course, Adi ran with me, acting as my pacer, ‘waterboy’, and almost like a personal photographer. He documented the whole session, made sure that the water is readily available whenever I say ‘water, please!’ Haha, kidding! He had a hydration pack on his back, he let me drink from it and I kept pulling the hose, sucking on it like a jet pump! I wonder why? Nobody ever told me running makes you thirsty! (NOT!). But, really!? Running the whole 12K with me, a mid-packer whose fastest pace was only 7:35, when he could have done it much quicker (he once finished a 5K in 25mins!), now that’s rare and very sweet indeed. Well, at least for me
This was the first time I ran with a pacer, and it really helped a lot. According to my sometimes-unreliable Nike+ App, I recorded my fastest 10K during this run. It was 1hr8mins for a 10K *applause!!*. Not sure if it’s accurate, but I noticed a difference (for the better) when I have a
good looking (ahem) pacer running with me.
The session ended with all of us munching on bananas, gulping on bottled water, chit-chatting, posing for photos in front of Starbucks! I’m looking forward to running with them again :). Without further ado, here are some of the photos:
*thanks Adi for letting me use the photos!