Running Home – A Tricky Solution to Putting in the Needed Ks
No matter how much I really would like to train in the intensity and length of time that I would like, my obligations at work and home and a susceptible body to sickness and injuries do not permit me to do so. Therefore, I have to be creative in my training despite these restraints and setbacks. One of the ways I can put in some running mileage is running home.
My place of work, the Salon where I do hair and make-up, is a good 10K from where I live. So if I run like 3 times a week home with a day interval in between will earn me 30Ks in a week! Throw in a Sunday lsd and I can nearly estimate a 50K weekly output.
I doubt though if I can manage three running home days in a week since I reserve my Wednesdays for my Wednesday Group of Runners group drills and interval trainings at BHS. Despite this, I still run from work to BHS, which is like 4K or so. A more doable distance count with 2 running home days and 1 BHS day will be: 10+10+4=24K.
The Tricky Way Home
Starting from Salon at Arnaiz Avenue near the junction of Makati Avenue, I set out towards EDSA taking the sidewalk. There are lots of construction workers sitting by the curb after work so I try not to wear shorty shorts, not that I have attractive gams but you know how they react seeing a running diva sashaying as if the road is his/her ramp! I cross to the other side of EDSA upon reaching it and turn left towards McKinley Road. At this time of the day, a few minutes past 6 p.m., I have to go past a maze of commuters waiting by the sidewalk for a bus ride home. It is as if I am doing some people obstacle course.
Upon reaching the McKinley Road, it is initially a more spacious and slightly upslope run by the sidewalk save for a few areas where huge trees, plants and waiting shed almost occupy the entire walk way and I need to balance my way to whatever’s left of the curb. I need also to be very careful of vehicles almost hugging the curbside most especially the passenger jeepneys and motorcycles. The village entrance intersections are likewise areas to be very careful on crossing.
The McKinley-Lawton stretch is likewise a play with evading people and potholes/protruding cement manholes most especially on the first half from the Essensa area to the McKinley Hill intersection. The second half has lesser pedestrians but more air pollution from a heavy vehicular traffic now.
The fourth stretch is the Bayani Road from the Army Gymnasium to the Heritage junction. Road construction going on at this area makes running very hard if you are not acquainted with the goings on. You will find yourself heading to the enclosed part with some drilling works. Then you will have to cross to the other side with some time lost waiting for an opportunity to do so amidst a string of vehicles using a single lane. I take the right side, the gymnasium side, upon reaching this intersection as much part of the road is already done here. In fact, there is a part where I have the entire newly cemented lane not yet open to vehicles all to myself.
The Heritage Park and the Last Stretch
Approaching the left turn to the Heritage area, I need to change to the other side of the street facing traffic, which, by the way, is actually the proper side to run. I just feel that the other side is spookier at this time when darkness is beginning to overpower the dusk lights. Though still very visible without the aid of headlights and with a number of vehicles casting headlamp lights, the cobbled side walk needs a fair amount of attention to avoid a face plant.
It is almost dark upon reaching the Waterfun Intersection of Heritage and C5. However, business establishments abound making this area well lit. I cannot afford to slack and let darkness find me at any point before this junction in my route. A very dark Bayani Road under construction is very dangerous. A very dark Heritage Park road with its cobblestones is likewise as dangerous. The main concern at this point is the crowd of pedestrians, sidewalk vendors, vehicles, etc. that characterizes a main town road. However, this is for a block only as just ahead is my very steep uphill right turn towards another dark and narrow sidewalk towards home.
The dark and the non-presence of sidewalk makes this another stretch of road beside factories and storage facilities very difficult and dangerous. There is the Army Museum part though that is a welcome presence in this part of my run. Not only does it have a sidewalk, it has bright lamplights also. After this area though, another “patintero” with potholes, stones, some trucks and cars ensues.
The FTI and Home at Last
Once I reach the well-paved cemented road fronting the Manila Water facility by the perimeter of the FTI area, I can already breathe a sigh of relief. The area is still dark though but the concrete sidewalk gives me a safety assurance. It is a comforting thought likewise that I am but 500 meters from the FTI gates. Reaching it, I can make a last dash to have a semblance of a negative split, if only for a few meters. By the time I reach the other gate leading to the Maharlika Palengke area, the tricky way home is almost done. I usually take these few steps walking with the flow of human traffic as my recovery stage. This is a highly congested area so there is no point in running. I relish this part of my run with great gusto!
Fluid, sugar, protein recovery consumption happens the moment I step into my home and after I mutter a few words of thanks to Him who brought me home safe.
Repeat from the top tomorrow or the day after!
The Plus Factor of Running Home
Running home means not spending a single centavo on transportation. This saved me a total of P33 pesos – P25 for FX and P8 for tricycle transportation fees. The happiness and pride in myself at having found time to insert a 10K run without having to wake up early or going home very late at night is immeasurable. At most it took me almost the same time to arrive home via public transport when there is heavy traffic which is an hour and a half as running it.
My Necessary Tools
- Plastic Bag to place valuables like wallet and cellphones to avoid getting wet when a sudden downpour happens.
- Sling Bag or any bag where to put in things from work and that is not cumbersome to run with.
- Head Lights to provide the needed lighting while running in the dark.
- Visors are not just to shade the eyes from the Sun. Runners know that they are the best sweat absorber to avoid getting them into the eyes.
- Blinkers or reflectors to make your presence known to vehicles coming from the back.
- Sports Band which contains some valuable information in case of emergency.