Walking the Trails

Just last Sunday, I finished a race. All by God’s grace. The race is organized by the New Era Race Team. The Beautiful Horizon Trail Run – a 30-kilometer race route out and back from Talipusngo, Maragondon, Cavite. Anyways, the route is very scenic. The event started at 4:00am and joiners were given 10 hours to complete the course. A very generous time! I am the sweeper for this event and I did just that – err, somehow! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

I have a GPS record of the route. 3-GPS records as follows:

  1. 1st 13.5kms
  2. 2nd 8kms
  3. 3rd 9kms

However, since the route is new to me and I carried only 2 bottles for drinking, I had to decide during the race if I would – and if I could really wait for the last runner. I have 11 runners behind me in the last 9-kms of the race. I believe all are still moving (no matter how slow)ย but at least 8 is far behind. It’s too hot and the sun is unforgiving. If I rested too much – I risk getting cramps and enduring so much thirst, not to mention the hunger. I did carry nothing butย 2 bottles in my hydration bag pack. No GU. No anything. No candies nor chocolates. I guess I had to make a judgement call.

Allow me to show you first the GPS details. As follows:

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(see the map elevation details)

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(see that tooth-like gray figure?) ๐Ÿ™‚

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Last 9kms descent to Maragondon’s Road.

It was so hot during the last 7-kms of this part and there’s too little shade to hide at. I had about 250ml of warm water in my bottle. Thank God, there’s some marshalls stationed in the last 3-kms. Saved! While I still can run, I guess I will just have to wait for the others. So I stayed on a waiting shed for about an hour. 3 runners passed me. None else. So I walked to the finish line, and reported that there are still runners behind me. 8 to be exact, while I can initially recall 6. hahahaha.

Anyways, all 8 came within the next 40 minutes after I crossed the finish line. 1 though, DNF.

Of course, it was a successful event. 81 of 82 runners finished within 10 hours and 1 DNF due to a valid reason. The race course was properly marked that no one got lost. The route from Sunrise to the ‘desert’ part is really majestic and scenic and beautiful. Sad to say, not much pictures here since batteries almost drained and the heat of the hot sun really affected us.

All thanks to our Almighty God!

See the pictures below for better appreciation of the trail. (That’s me in CM50 white sleeves)

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TOP 3 MALE TRAIL RUNNERS

  1. Joseph Gentoleo 3:23:20
  2. Jelson Bestoir 3:37:58
  3. Chrisboy Aragon 3:38:30

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TOP 3 FEMALE TRAIL RUNNERS

  1. Penny Nepomuceno 4:32:52
  2. Ana Maria Mangubat 5:13:38
  3. Jilyan Ampog 5:14:11

CREW SEND-OFF. Before the rest go up their respective stations, and I rest. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, that wacky girl is the MC. lol.

On top of the boulder near ‘Silyang Bato’. The sun suddenly hides – and there’s fog all around! lol. (I guess I have to go back here on a sunny day)

Non-consecutive selfie shots going down from the Summit. I was slowly waiting for the 6-runners behind me here.

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Playing the Numbers

Worst Case #1: Target is 17:59:59

  • Last 2 kms in 30 Minutes.
  • 1st 7 kms in 2 hours.
  • 95 kms in 15 hours 29 minutes. (whhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaatttt?)
    • Pits: 25/55/75/95. 10:3 Run Walk

Worst Case #2: Target is 17:59:59

  • 1st 10 kms in 2 hours.
  • Last 2 kms in 30 minutes.
  • 90 kms in 15 hours 29 minutes…(hmmmmmmnnnn)

Worst Case #3: Target is 17:59:59

  • 1st 10 kms in 1:30:00
  • Last 2 kms in 25 minutes
  • 95 kms in 16:04:59

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CLEAR PICTURE

It’s a clear picture in my mind. If God is willing:

REWRITTEN: 3-27-2016

Edited: 11/22/2016

Concrete plan for 12 months:

  1. 12 Races – 6 marathons and 6 ultras
  2. 12 Buffets! Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. Anytime!
  3. 6 mountains to climb!

Update so far:

#1 – Done with the 1st and 2nd of the 6 Ultras

  • 8th Bataan Death March 102 Kms Ultramarathon.
  • 3rd Luneta to Tagaytay 65 kms Ultramarathon.

#2 – Done with the 1st, 2nd, 3rd , 4th, 5th and 6th Buffets!

  • Dinner Buffet with Team GTR after BDM.
  • Breakfast Buffet with Cyril and Czarina Joy @ La Corona’s Cafรฉ Arquiza.
  • Lunch Buffet with my family @ Bob’s Bar and Grill, Starmall, EDSA. 4/17/2016
  • Breakfast Buffet with Nina @ la Corona’s Cafe Arquiza.
  • Breakfast Buffet @ Cafe Arquiza with Sir Eric, Team MAR – Kat, Nina & Dennis 11-12-2016
  • Dinner Buffet with my whole family at Dad’s World Buffet. 11-22-2016

#3 – Done with the 1st, 2nd , 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th & more Mountains!

  • Mt. Makiling Rainforest Park, Peak 2, January 17, 2016 with Bong and CJ.
  • Mt. Marami. March 6, 2016. Part of the Beautiful Horizon 30-kms Trail Run. I was the tail runner/sweeper.
  • Mt. Paliparan with TungTong Falls. July 24, 2016 with Trek Hunters.
  • Mt. Talamitam Organized by Evo Najean…August 21, 2016.
  • Mt. Maculot Organized by CAD people. August 27, 2016.
  • Mt. Binutasan, Etc…September 17, 2016 Tanay HEXA Climb

Proofs:

8th Bataan Death March 102 Kms Ultramarathon. January 30-31, 2016. Official Time: 17:42:57. Finisher #153. Bib #132. 170 finished. 204 started. SCRNRESULTSBDM2016

3rd Luneta to Tagaytay 60K Ultramarathon. A 65.14-km route from end to end. Flat to the High Lands of Tagaytay. Finished in 11:00:00 hours. Cut-off is 14-hrs. Recorded the run via Garmin and Strava Apps. Bib @ 0344. Race started at 12:45am. I crossed the finish line at 11:45am. ๐Ÿ™‚ All glory to God!

BELOW: @ Mount Makiling going to Peak 2

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BELOW:

  • Dusty Road from Mt. Marami to the last few kilometers to Finish Line.
  • Going down from the Summit
  • Seated Shot at one of the Peak’s Boulder

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Mt. Paliparan with TungTong Falls from the Dumagat Community

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JANUARY 2016 MILEAGE

This will record all runs and all training related activities.

The month will end with a gruelling race. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Day 1: 1.4L

  • 200ml Nescafe Creamy Latte. First coffee of the year. Hahahaha.
  • 200ml Le’Dawn Premium 10-in-1 Coffee. First LE’Dawn of the Year! Hahahaha
  • 200ml alkaline water x 3
  • 200ml Nescafe Cappuccino. First Cappucino of the year! hahahaha
  • 200ml Coke

Day 2:

  • 200ml Nescafe Cappuccino. 2nd.
  • 200ml alkaline water X 4
  • 200 ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1. First of the Year!
  • 200ml Gatorade Grapes x 3

Day 3:

  • 200ml Gatorade Grapes x 2
  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1. 2nd.
  • 200ml alkaline water X 5
  • 200ml Le’Dawn Premium 10-in-1 Coffee. 2nd.

Day 4:

  • 650ml Gatorade Blue
  • 200ml water x 2

Day 5:

  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1. 3rd.
  • 200ml Choco Filipino
  • 200ml Nescafe Cappuccino. 3rd.
  • 200ml Le’Daen Premium 10-in-1 Coffee
  • 200ml alkaline water x 3

Day 6:

  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1. 4th.
  • 600ml Mine Shine Milk Tea
  • 250ml Barista’s Best Ice Cold Matcha Green Tea

Day 7:

  • 200ml Kopiko Kopiccino. 1st of the Year! hahahaha
  • 355ml C500 Lemon Drink

Day 8:

  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1. 5th.
  • 600ml alkaline water / /
  • 300ml Iced Tea
  • 200ml Choco Filipino
  • 500ml Pocari Sweat

Day 9: 1.58L

  • 190ml Nescafe Movlatte
  • 200ml water x 3
  • 190ml water
  • 200ml Kopiko Kopiccino. 2nd.
  • 200ml Extra Joss
  • 200ml Kopiko Kopiccino. 3rd.

Day 10:

Day 11: 1.73L

  • 250ml brewed coffee
  • 355ml water
  • 250ml hot chocolate
  • 355ml mt. dew
  • 320ml mogumogu grapes
  • 200ml alkaline water

Day 12: 1.43L

  • 100ml water
  • 320ml alkaline water
  • 200ml kopiko kopiccino
  • 200ml nescafe orig 3in1 x 2
  • 160ml alkaline water
  • 250ml alkaline water

Day 13:

  • 200ml brewed coffee
  • 320ml alkaline water
  • 320ml alkaline water
  • 200ml water

Day 14:

  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1
  • 200ml Le’Dawn Premium 10-in-1 Coffee
  • 320ml Alkaline Water x 2
  • 200ml Kopiko Kopiccino
  • 200ML ICE COLD water x 3

Day 15:

  • 200ml Kopiko Double Cups
  • 200ml Coke x 2
  • 200ml Kopiko Kopiccino
  • 320ml alkaline water

Day 18: 136.8 lbs as of 6:07pm

  • 200ml Kopiko Kopiccino
  • 160ml Mogu Mogu Grapes

Day 19:

 

  • 200ml Kopiko Kopiccino
  • 200ml Nescafe Brown
  • 200ml Cafe Filipino
  • 320ml alkaline water

Day 20:

  • 200ml water
  • 200ml RC Cola
  • 200ml Kopiko Black 3-in-1
  • 160ml alkaline water
  • 200ml extra joss
  • 200ml Kopiko Black 3-in-1
  • 320ml alkaline water
  • 300ml water

Day 21:

  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1
  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1
  • 320ml alkaline water X 2

dAY 22: 61.1KGS

  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1
  • 200ml Kopiko Kopiccino
  • 320ml alkaline water

Day 25:

  • 600ml MineShine Milk Tea
  • 300ml Iced Tea
  • 300ml Mocha Gulaman
  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1
  • 320ml alkaline water

Day 26:

  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1
  • 160ml alkaline water
  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1
  • 160ml alkaline water
  • 200ml Kopiko Kopiccino
  • 320ml alkaline water

Day 27:

  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1
  • 200ml Kopiko Kopiccino
  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1
  • 320ml alkaline water X 2

Day 28:

  • 200ml Kopiko Kopiccino
  • 200ml Kopiko Cafe Blanca
  • 320ml alkaline water
  • 200ml Kopiko Kopiccino
  • 320ml alkaline water

 

 

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Day 1:

  • Big Shawarma by SNC @ P 75.00. First shawarma of the year. Hahahaha. Oh yes, this one is delicious! The spicier, the better!
  • Eng Bee Tin Special Mocha Mochi. First Mochi of the year. 6 yummy pieces! Hahahahaha. My kind of food. Wala kasi akong bagang. Hahahahaha. Joyful day!

Day 2:

  • Bicol Longganisa and Garlic Rice
  • Yochabel’s Ham and Cheese Bread x 3
  • Mini Stop’s Bagnet Toppers. First bagnet toppers of the year! + Cheese Sundae
  • Eng Bee Tin Hopia Ube X 3 PCS. First UBE of the year! Hahahahaha

Day 3:

  • Bicol Longganisa with Rice
  • Mini Stop’s Bagnet Toppers. P 50.00. 2nd. + Cheese Sundae

Day 4:

Day 5:

  • Mini Stop’s Bagnet Toppers. p 50.00. 3rd. + Cheese Sundae

Day 6:

  • 7-11’s Hotta Rice Liempo. P 69.00

Day 7:

  • Pork Chop Rice by the Misis! ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Mini-Stops Gravy Pork Toppers P 50.00 + Cheese Sundae

Day 8:

  • Hainanese Delight Fish Fillet Rice Meal P 179.00
  • Jollibee Choco Sundae ๐Ÿ™‚ Libre ni Mommy!
  • Heart Chocolate X 3

Day 9:

  • 1 Hopia
  • Heart Chocolateย  x 3
  • Fried Bangus + Rice
  • Beef Noodles
  • Smart Aleck Bread P 41.00 (masarap!)
  • Bread Specialist Honey Marble P 40.00
  • Mini Stop’s bagnet toppers. Hindi Mabango. Maputla ang gulay. Amoy sabon. Tsk tsk tsk.

Day 13:

  • Choco Cream Buns P 51.00
  • Mocha Tiger Rolls P 40.00
  • New York Hotdog Rice

Day 14:

  • Lechon Kawali Toppers P 50.00 + Cheesecake Sundae
  • Dinuguan Rice + Kinilaw na Puso ng Saging
  • Bangus Rice

Day 15:

  • Egg Monay P 16.00
  • Egg Roll P 15.00
  • Slice of Manager’s Pizza x 2
  • Slice of Pepperoni Pizza
  • Slice of Angus Beef Pizza
  • Slice of Hawaiian Pizza
  • Egg Roll

Day 18:

  • Mini Stop’s Bagnet Toppers + Cheesecake Sundae

Day 19:

  • Rice Sisig

Day20:

  • Big Pack Lunch of Rice, Pork in Salted Black Beans and Tofu
  • 2 slices of Mr. Pizza
  • 1 Boston Creme Donut

Day 21:

  • 3+2+2+2 slices of Cheese Loaf
  • 1 Capsule Potencee Forte 500mg
  • 1 Capsule 400 IU Myra-E

Day 22: 61.1

  • 1 small bar of Snickers
  • 1 Tiger Roll by Bread Talk

Day 25:

  • LiemSilog @ Sinangag Express

Day 26:

  • Egg Roll
  • 2 Capsules COSMO Cee
  • New York Hotdog, Egg and Rice
  • 3 x 10 gms ChocNut ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 27:

  • Schublig Rice Lunch
  • Oreo
  • Shublig Rice Dinner
  • 2 Capsules COSMO Cee

Day 28:

  • Tuna Steak Rice
  • Cone Sundae
  • 2 Capsules COSMO Cee + 1
  • Fried Chicken and Rice
  • 3 pancakes

 

 

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Day 1: Run = 0? Hahahahaha

Day 2: Run = 5.1 kms

Day 3: Run = 10.0 kms

Day 4: Run = 1.2 kms + 5.0 kms

Day 5: Run = 0 kms!

Day 6: Run = 5.0 kms

Day 7: Run = 0 kms!

Day 8: Run = Target = 20.0 kms

Day 9: Run = 21.00 kms!

Day 10: Run = 5.5 kms + 5.0 kms + 5.0 kms

Day 11: 0 kms!

Day 12: Run = 3.0 kms!

Day 13: 0 kms!

Day 14: Run = 3.0 kms!

Day 15: Run = 5.0 kms!

Day 16: 0 kms!

Day 17: Hike @ Mt. Makiling Rainforest Park, Peak 2

Day 18: 2.0 kms!

Day 19:

Day 20:

  • ankle raises – 34 + 30 + 25 + 45
  • 0 kms!

Day 21:

  • Short Circuit
    1. Ups x 50
    2. Side Twist x 25
    3. 0:01:00 MInute Wall Squat
    4. Density Push-Ups #4
    5. 20 Lunges
    6. 30 Mountain Climbers
    7. Side Twists x 30
    8. 0:01:00 Minute Planks
    9. Ups x 100
    10. Side Twists x 50
    11. 0:01:00 Minute Wall Squat
    12. Density Push-Ups #5
    13. 30 Lunges
    14. 40 Mountain Climbers
    15. Side Twists x 60
    16. 0:01:00 Minute Planks
    17. 160ml alkaline water
    18. Ups x 100
    19. Side Twists x 80
    20. 0:01:15 Minute Wall Squat
    21. Density Push-Ups #6
    22. Side Twists x 20
    23. Free-Hand Cross Flyes X20
    24. 40 Lunges
    25. 60 Mountain Climbers
    26. Side Twists #30
    27. 0:01:15 Minute Planks
    28. 160ml alkaline water
    29. 250ml Ensure Chocolate
    30. 200ml alkaline water

Day 22: 134.42 lbs / 61.1 kgs

Day 24:

  • Run = 10kms

Day 25 :

  • Short Circuit
    1. 320ml alkaline water
    2. Side Twists x 40
    3. Ups x 70
    4. Side Lunges x 20
    5. Density Push-Ups #4
    6. Side Bends x 10
    7. 0:01:00 Minute Planks
    8. Side Lunges x 30
    9. Density Push-Ups #4
    10. 0:01:15 Minute Planks
    11. Side Lunges x 40
    12. Density Push-Ups #4
    13. 0:01:20 Minute Planks
    14. 0:02:00 Minutes Hip Rotations
    15. Side Bends x 10
    16. Side Twists x 16
    17. 136.2 lbs (weight after this / 61.90kgs)

Day 26:

Day 27: 61.7 kgs @ 10:29pm or 135.74 lbs.

Day 28: Short Routine/Stretchings

  • Ups x 100 + 100 + 100 + 100
    • Low Lunge Arch xย  6 + 10
    • Lunges x 30
  • Planks x 0:01:15 minutes +0:01:15 minutes + 0:01:30 minutes
    • Side Bends/Stretches x 10 + 10 + 15
    • Side Twists x 40
    • Hip Rotations in 0:02:30 minutes

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I am determined and I am still preparing. Everything is by God’s grace.

NOTE: Do not judge people based on how useful they are to you. Instead, look at what’s inside the person.

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THE BEAUTIFUL HORIZON TRAVERSE TRAIL RUN ROUTE

This event is on December 20, 2015.

This event is a traverse of Mt Marami, Mt Mataas na Gulod, Dos Picos, Mt Palay-Palay and Pico De Loro . It will definitely be a sight to behold. Yes, I agree…it will be beautiful.

Browsing thru the net, I tried to find a route map. A trail map. I found none…but pieces of a part. So I made one. I hope RD JC Igos will look into this and correct me.

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From Barangay Talipusngo of Ramirez to Mt. Marami’s Silyang Bato.

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From Mt. Marami to Alibangbang Park via Alibangbang Trail via Mataas na Gulod and Dos Picos

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From Alibangbang Park to Pico de Loro’s Parrot Beak

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From Pico’s Summit to DENR at Governor’s Drive…to the road!

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From DENR down to Maragondon’s Town Plaza. ๐Ÿ™‚

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via Ternate, follow Governor’s Drive to Maragondon.

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From Governor’s Drive, right to the Town Plaza. via Riel? or Balitao?

We’ll soon know.

 

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How Do You Prepare for a 102-Km Run?

Such a question requires a lot more smaller questions to answer.

  • How long have you been running?
  • Is it your 1st time to cover the distance?
  • What about your weekly and monthly total mileage?
  • What about your endurance?

Given your answer to the questions above, tackling and finishing the 102-km within the cut-off of 18-hours is a tough act to some, and an easy feat to others.

There’s just so much to check when running this challenging distance:

  1. You need a strategy. An attack plan. A racing plan that focuses mainly on you not getting dehydrated, not getting dizzy, not getting weak, not getting a nasty cramp and not getting a body shutdown. You’re already smart. You can read between the lines. Think how you have handled your firsts: 5k, 10K, 21K, 42K, 50K, 60K, 70K, 80K.
  2. You need to believe you can do it based on the racing plan you created. Quitting is your last option only when unwanted things happen. Always be smart to decide if the race is already threathening your life.

Anyways, this post is for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hahahahaha…

Remember, nothing is too hard to the prepared…and nothing is puzzling to the one who knows what they are doing.

Give the glory back to God – for it is what He deserve.

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I hope to see the smiling faces of my friends once more. The thrill is something you cherish forever.

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Race Report: Gatorade Run 11/22

It was a festive Sunday morning. Walking to the race venue, I chanced upon the gunstart of the 22-km runners.

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While walking and sipping my hot coffee to the starting line, I noticed how lively the road was when decorated.

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I then started looking for the Media Tent where I will be getting the race kit. I am running for takbo.ph as a media blogger. It didnt even take long for me to get the race kit. I was simply asked to sign. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I strolled around the race venue before proceeding then to the warm-up area. Yes, there is such a thing now. Lots of runners walking, jogging, running to warm up. Others are doing their stretchings.

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This event is well-attended. I thought so.

There was this less-than 3-minute of warm-up by Fitness First before the actual count-down. 11217812_10153190176836806_4629107977304243638_n

It can’t be helped. Gatorade has always been where running is. Road or Trail, Solo Run or Race, and just about at every running event – event charity runs.

Top that with the nice singlet. Orange, yet cool to the eyes.

Off we go now over a loud-banging cheer. We walked. Yes, with a crowd this big, we have no choice but to walk. It was about 2 minutes before I started to jog. I wanted to run but it’s a drag start. Im a bit tired and sleepy but an 11-K run is manageable.

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Surprisingly, I stopped to drink and walk at the very first Km. hahahaha. There goes my target finish time of at least 70 minutes or 1:10:00. I pushed a little but I gave in to just maintaining my jog rather than push it hard early. Right past 4th Km, I stopped and walked to drink again. Now I am thinking here. I need to push…and failed! Very funny! The more I wanted to speed up, the slower I go. Knowing me, I just wont give up. I kept pushing a little. Little by little until I have a decent 5-K time split. By the time I reached the 8th Km, I am already jogging fast. I loved the feeling and held-on to it until another unexpected thing happened. Right near the 9th Km marker, left foot cramp and side stitch is killing me. The pain was manageable but I wanted to just walk at this point. I intended to run fast at the last 2 kms – so I pushed. I started looking around and see familiar faces I was with at the starting line. I guess i’d push myself to beating them to the finish. It worked! It always worked for me. I managed to run my fastest pace in this last kilometer to the finish.

Thanks to Jinoe and Que for trusting a bib to me for this event. It’s an honor to run for takbo.ph

I may not have ran as fast as I wanted but I still finished close to target.

Kudos to the race organizers:

  • Perfectly measured route
  • Overflowing Gatorade and Water
  • Well-marshalled event
  • Smooth flow of race in the intersections
  • Special shout-out to the cheerers near the last 400 meters
  • Very nice finisher’s shirt

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Looking forward now to the next Gatorade Run at a longer distance. Looking forward too for events of such high caliber. ๐Ÿ™‚

1st MT MARAMI SILYANG BATO 21 KM FKT TRAIL RUN CHALLENGE

This will be an epic fastest known time (FKT) 21KMs trail run challenge.

While Mount Marami is only about 633 MASL (meters above sea level), it is still a challenging trail – to the unprepared! ๐Ÿ™‚

Yes. To a field of seasoned athletes – mountaineers and runners and ultraruners, this is chicken. But to the you-know-who occasional/recreational joiners, this could prove very challenging.

Official Event Poster
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Route Map
Route Map with Elevation detail

Anyways, with my plantar pain and occasional backache on this race week – I’m having doubts of making it to the starting line. But with God’s grace, I just might be there and finish this distance.

Tips for the unprepared:

  • bring extra hydration for your own use before the aid stations
  • bring extra small bites for your own use before the aid stations
  • dont waste time on full stop – keep walking
  • bring a trekking pole
  • wear the lightest gear you have
  • tag along with a buddy (to push and pull each other)

Crossing my fingers. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Great Improvement

Last year, I made a plan to make this year a year of breaking records and PRs. So far, I have beaten myself in a couple of races now.

Last April 26, 2015, my first race for this year, I was able to run a new personal best on a 42K. Of course, almost all distances below except 10K was a PR.

The following month, May, I joined a 10K fun run in Pasig. Again, I was able to beat my own PR. I was so happy with the result of my erratic training. Low mileage yet effective workouts. With or without sleep doesn’t matter.

Again, last June 14, 2015, I joined PAL’s Manila Marathon. Such prestige in the name but was a poorly managed race. We started by a countdown. Not a single tarp to say we are in what event and where exactly is the start. First water station is at KM 1 followed by the next one in KM 7. Tough race indeed! But, wait, there’s more! Since this is a 2 loop route, we already know the distance after the first. See my snap-shot below.

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See! First full loop is only 16.2 x 2…and they added another small 5K loop after the 2nd Loop … For at least 37.4K. Add some more to the finish line and this will only give you a 38K distance. See below.

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Sad to say, despite my faster time than last time, no new PR.

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Some minor few, though. It’s a sure new record for me if this was only a 42K.

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Anyways, I already have exceeded my own expectation. Once again, I have proven to myself how effective my methods of training is. Careful note must also be made that I have not added any strengthening workouts like I would when preparing for an ultra. It’s bound to happen soon though.

If ever, by MILO race day on July, I just might run a new best time…but its still tentative. What’s important now is to rest and recover well for the next hard workouts. Small minute details do take care of the big events. ๐Ÿ™‚

All thanks and praise be to our Lord God Almighty!