The End

December 2014 was my last official race. A 50-kilometer Ultramarathon, the Tagaytay to Nasugbu, and a 10-mile Trail, the Mt. Talamitam Challenge. I finished both with a respectably good time, but I didn’t pay for the registrations required. πŸ™‚ Somebody does.

That’s how it’s been for the longest time now. I honestly cannot afford the registration fees.

So, I run on my own. πŸ˜‰ Who says you have to spend so much to run? I can race on my own too. Well, technically, that wouldn’t count. What I mean to point out is that I can run at the same speed as I would on a race – on my own.

I could only reminisce when years ago, a registration fee for a race is no more than P 200.00.

I could still use P 200.00 now…for my meals, drinks and fare to run someplace. Say, fare to Imus, run to Dasma, back to Imus, fare back to home. If i would eat at Mcdonald’s, I’d still have some loose change for my P 200.00.

But it’s just me. It’s what I do.

That is the END I go to. I already have a lot of medals. I already have so much singlets. If ever I would spend on a race registration, it will surely be a long as the 100-km distance.

Curious? See my runs and races here.

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Cry For Help

Took some time for me to write about it.

Letting the public know is something I had to think about.

I have friends who are not in Facebook, or Twitter. I don’t even have everybody’s email address.

I guess this is the best course of action – to cry for help.

Some time in October of 2013, I availed of a housing loan. In-house.

I was able to pay a couple of months of the amortization pending the Letter of Guarantee from my bank to take out the property in my favor.

However, due to the slow process – documentation, miscommunication, etc., the process took a drag. Last November 2014, the most awaited Letter of Guarantee came out. However, I have to pay the cost of the transfer of title and some interests from my arrears. Again, another month passed by with me arguing over the amount required. Last December 2015, a new computation was given. However, while it is a bit half of the original amount required, it is still too high for me. I already have spent much. Savings. Loans. Exhausted all possible means I can to raise the cash required. Hence, this writing.

I still need at least P 80,000.00 cash.

All I could pray for now is for my friends, and acquaintance alike to respond. But, I will not be able to pay this (if lent to) until the property is taken out by my bank and my advances are given back to me. That would be a matter of 4 to 6 months.

Basically, that is the dilemma.

By next month, the computation will increase due to another interest.

I cry now for help. To anyone willing to lend me at least the above-mentioned amount payable in 4 to 6 months in full.

Knocking on kind hearts.

May the good Lord bless you all.

Thank you.

– Mar

(Just PM me here, or thru my FB or Tweeter for the account details)

Just an afterthought:
4 people with P 20,000.00 each will do the trick. . .and a lot more like it. 8 people with P 10,000.00, 16 people with P 5,000.00 and so on. Of course, 1 blessed person with so much could really help a lot.

Some Things Possible Again

Hike at Mount Batulao
Hike at Mount Batulao
Hike at Mount Pico de Loro. (very possible soon)
Hike at Mount Pico de Loro. (very possible soon)

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The most recent, with Epoy Poblete at the Summit.1229880_788942974452850_406972568_nAt the Monolith (arms spread)

Visit to Maragondon's Rolling Hills
Visit to Maragondon’s Rolling Hills
Visit again to the KM 56 Marker of Tagaytay
Visit again to the KM 56 Marker of Tagaytay
Visit to Tanay Sierra Madre Ranges.
Visit to Tanay Sierra Madre Ranges.
I am a frequent visitor indeed!
I am a frequent visitor indeed!
"breather" shot by Daphne At Ligaya Drive, Tagaytay
“breather” shot by Daphne
At Ligaya Drive, Tagaytay
Roosevelt National Park, Bataan
Roosevelt National Park, Bataan

If God is willing, plans will push thru.

πŸ™‚

Pacer Duty Done

Last Saturday, the 24th of January 2015, I went to San Fernando, Pampanga for a pacing duty at the 5th 160kms Bataan Death March Ultramarathon. I was privileged to join the 1st and the 2nd edition, but after it, I stayed as a pacer and crew since the 3rd.

As a backgrounder, browse thru:

1st Edition. Finished in 34 hours 5 minutes 54 seconds.

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2nd Edition, Finished 29 hours 31 minutes and 22 seconds.

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3rd Edition, Crew and Pacer to CJ Paran who finished fast at 14th Overall, with a time of 27 hours 1 minute 28 seconds.

CJ with the entire team. lol
CJ with the entire team. lol

4th Edition, Pacer to Daphne Codilla, who finished 4th Overall and the Female Champion, with a time of 24 hours 16 minutes 44 seconds.

For lack of available actual picture at the Finish Line, Daphne is seated here in front of me at the U-turn of BDM 160.
For lack of available actual picture at the Finish Line, Daphne is seated here in front of me at the U-turn of BDM 160.

5th Edition, Pacer to Thea Sangrador, who finished in 29 hours 51 minutes 14 seconds.

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Again, for lack of any available picture at the Finish Line, here’s Thea when we reconned the route to Finish Line. Will update pictures soon.

This race is not easy. It’s also not impossible. It’s been done by many. And many failed too in conquering it. One needs a good crew and a good pacer and a good training plan coupled with a good race strategy over a good weather – to beat this one.

I have trained a lot of ultrarunners for this. I have trained for this event too. It’s really taxing.

Anyways, I am so looking forward to running this event again – given a sponsor! πŸ™‚ It’s quite expensive for me. The fee, the logistics, and the training.

God will provide.

Someday.

Soon!

Beating the Clock

For my friends who will be running their longest race this coming week – the BDM 160 kms, this one’s for you.

Fear not.

This distance is not impossible to conquer. A lot has already done it…and kept on doing it for fun. πŸ™‚

You just have to beat the clock.

Preparation is key to this one.

How to get the better of the time? Read on…

Gunstart is at 5:00am. It will start with or without you. Rule states that you are disqualified already the minute you miss the gunstart. Hehehehe.

Add 8 hours to your starting time. That’s the time to beat and be at KM 50. If you can go faster – and not bonk or suffer (pain) that much – go for it.

Now that you are in the KM 50 marker, next goal is to be at KM 102 marker before the 18th hour from gunstart. That’s just 9 hours and 59 minutes from where you are. Beat that and you can go on to the next and final stop – the place where the buckle waits.

From KM 102, given the exact time you smashed the clock at 17 hours 59 minutes, you now have 14 hours to run, jog, walk, rest and sleep to the next 59 kilometers. Yup, you got it right. 59 kms, not 58. πŸ™‚ I will also not mention that the last 13 kms to the finish line is a rolling hills – a big contrast to the flat route you lulled with from KM 35. πŸ™‚

Ok, let’s recap this simple math.

KM 00 to 50 = 8 hours.

KM 50 to 102 = 10 hours.

KM 102 to 160 = 14 hours.

That will give you so much time…a huge 32 hours to cover the entire 100 miles +. But it’s not wise to play it by the minute. Better give yourself at least 30 minutes to be at the cut-off markers before the cut-off times.

That simply means a minor adjustment to your plan:

KM 00 to 50 = hit 7 hours 30 minutes.

KM 50 to 102 = hit 9 hours 30 minutes.

KM 102 to 160 = hit 13 hours 30 minutes.

Do that (and pray that you are able to do it!) and you’ll be crossing the finish line in 30 hours 30 minutes. Not bad for a first timer.

Just go beat the clock. It’s not that easy, but it’s not impossible. πŸ™‚

The Concrete Plan

4 Training Peaks this year. 1st two (2) in detail now. The 1st Peak A 12-week program to start on February 1, 2015. All about the base. A streak of daily runs with varying mix all aimed at developing a good and solid base in preparation for the 2nd Peak. Not an easy one – but also not impossible. The key is in control of the paces.The shorter the run, the faster. The slower the pace, the longer the distance must be covered. πŸ™‚ The goal is to maintain the EASY pace of my current fitness. Exactly how would my first day run in this training would look like?Β  – It will be a 3K and a 5K time trial. πŸ™‚ Best effort at holding the fastest pace I can. That’s just the first day. Anyways, it will all be written here as I progressed. If the Lord is willing, this will go smooth as planned. (updated as necessary)…

My Direction

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Indeed. It’s best to align our plans to that of the Lord’s…but we can never know His plans for us if we do not know how to listen. Jeremiah 29:11 onwards says it all:
“For I know the plans I have for you, ” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ”

My specific goal for this year is simply to break all my existing best times – in all possible distances from 3K best to 100 miles. Yes, I know it will not be easy. I also know that it is not impossible.
I also plan to go through 4 peak trainings. First two is to qualify…the 2nd two is to beat the first. πŸ˜‰
I place my hope and trust in the Lord. It takes a lot of patience, yes…and lots of hard work. I have coached and still is coaching. I believe in the effectivity of my methods. I will get help too. The book below will be opened a lot this year.

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With good health, and right guidance, I’m sure I can do this.

May the Lord Almighty bless this plan!

A new year

December 2014 was one of the most memorable and most active in my running life. Here’s why:

#01 I ran the 8th PAU Tagaytay to Nasugbu 50-kms ultra marathon.

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#02 I finished the Mount Talamitam 10-miles Challenge and waited for more than the time it took me to finish mine. (The downside of pool shuttle service) Well, we’ve had a big order of bulalo which I shared with 2 other runners. We divided the costs too. This particular afternoon is super cold in Tagaytay.

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#03 I ran a 10-mile route from Tagaytay Junction to Palace in the Sky with some runners I coach. The bulalo meal after is simply delicious. As usual, very cool weather. Fog covered the route to Palace…

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#04 I ran from Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga to Capas, Tarlac with Thea – a simple recon for her biggest event.

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I never would have enjoyed this much if not for the strength and good health from the Lord.

I am looking forward to the monthly challenges of the new year. I will start with at least a pikermi, if not a marathon, for each month of 2015.

To God be the glory!