Despite the initial disappointment over the race kit distribution, the recently held adidas King of the Road went well and met expectations. It started on time, there were enough hydration stations and bananas (yep, lots of it!), and the route was just the right combination of flat and uphill roads. There was even a smattering of groups cheering the runners on along the way, holding up placards with (supposed to be) encouraging words (if you bother to read them), and a band or two. A finisher’s medal and some giveaways (like the bags in the past) would have made it perfect!
I woke up very early that day (I am never late to races!), knowing that in the boondocks of Montalban, Rizal, public utility vehicles are rare in the dead hours of the night. By 3am, I was already waiting by the shed, and I was lucky enough to get a ride 30 minutes later. I arrived in Fort Bonifacio just before 5am, with plenty of time to spare. I even tried to catch a nap, but I was worried I would sleep through the race so I walked around and stretched instead.