Yesterday I joined the Run For Home 21-Kilometer race sponsored by Globe. All of the conditions were perfect—the sky was clear (although that was a bit difficult to see because the assembly time at the starting line was 4:30AM), my running team and I were complete, and I was set to have a pleasant training run (three months four months to the New York City Marathon). I slathered my feet in Vaseline, massaged a good deal of Murad Waterproof Sunblock on my face, downed my trusty bottle of Hornet Juice, and I was off. I recognized a lot of seasoned runners and newbies, and enjoyed observing participants’ outfits, gadgets, hydration packs, running shoes, and running styles.
Two hours and some minutes later, I crossed the finish line feeling like a million bucks (thanks, Hornet Juice!). I couldn’t think of a better reward than a visit to Ace Water Spa in Del Monte, Quezon City to help soothe my labored muscles. In this hydrotherapy center, water soothes and invigorates muscles, improves blood circulation, and releases toxins. Aquatic jets release high-pressured water in and out of the warm pools, so I experienced different massage techniques for different body parts. The nine-pool center is perfect for kids, too. My nieces and nephews came along (thanks, Simon, for helping me babysit!) so they enjoyed the lazy river, waterfalls, floor fountain, and even some of the massage systems. My favorite part—the hot lavender herbal pool where I sat for 2 or 3 minutes and let my skin breathe while my tight leg muscles relaxed. Then I dipped in the cold whirlpool (I lasted only one second). Two hours later, we headed for home, my head hit the pillow, and I slept like a baby.