Milo Marathon Manila Eliminations 2013

To qualify for the Milo Marathon Finals has been my goal since I started running marathons. I first ran in the Manila Eliminations in 2011 and finished 9 minutes short of my qualifying time. 223179_241220042577163_3969744_n

I trained again for the 2012 eliminations but got injured a month before the marathon so I decided not to do it. Getting injured made me gain weight so this year, I decided to lose weight and train at the same time. This meant joining a body competition and seeing a nutritionist to help me do that. I looked for a marathon training program online and enrolled in the Milo Apex Running School (MARS) a training program for runners preparing for the Milo marathon. I had to tweak my running program to harmonize with the MARS training.


The training was for around 3 months and I enjoyed it a lot. The week before the marathon I was advised by my coach to take multivitamins for 10 days. I followed coach and I felt the effect of the multivitamins the day I started taking it. I was restless and always hungry! I also did not take caffeine for a week so I guess it made me hungrier and crave for food more.

The race was this morning. I came to the event early and stayed with my fellow MARS graduates during warm up. We went to the starting line and after a few minutes we started running. I ran full speed on my first 21K. My speed I think was not less than 5 minutes per kilometer.

While running, friends would greet me shouting “go Kuya Kit!” or “go Kit!” These are the people who knew I was aiming for a 3:40 finish time. I noticed a runner who has the same pace with me overtake me several times then he would look back at me. I would always catch up with him though. “Ang bilis mo pala Kuya Kim!” He told me at one point. “Hindi po Kim ang pangalan ko, Kit po.” I responded smiling. He thought I was this popular celebrity who does weather on TV.

There were a lot of times when I was tempted to walk but I told myself – “You promised to do your best, walking is not doing your best!” I kept repeating that until I reached kilometer 21. My time was 1:46 at the 21K mark. I was doing fine until we had to go to Bonifacio Global City. That was when my legs started to cramp. I started walking but tried my best to run as much as I could.

I reached Buendia kilometer 37 still running mostly but my brain was telling me – “you can’t make it!” “No, I will only stop when I reach the finish line!” I kept telling myself. “If I don’t reach my goal, then I still have 10 minutes to qualify. If I don’t qualify, then a PR would be a good consolation.” Yeah I was talking to myself in the last 5K.

“20 minutes to qualify coach!” That was what I told Toel when I saw him 2 kilometers from the finish line. He ran with me pushing me to do my best. I walked, and ran as far as I could with the cramps slowing me down. I saw the finish line and I checked the time. I still can qualify! So I ran as fast as I could screaming with happiness I finished after 3 hours and 48 minutes! That was a new PR for me and it is 2 minutes faster than my qualifying time!

I am so happy I am tired but I can’t sleep!



About Kit Atienza

A researcher/runner/triathlete/cancer survivor who found himself in the world of development work. He enjoys, reflects, and rants about things while doing his job, improving his personal record in running distances, and training for the IronMan in 2016.
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3 Responses to Milo Marathon Manila Eliminations 2013

  1. Nice work. Like the medal!

  2. JESS says:

    Very inspiring Kit. Sana bahaginan mo ako ng will power na yan!…. MY LOUDEST CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU!!!!

  3. runner1313 says:

    Well done! Quite an accomplishment.

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