I THOUGHT…

Last month, I was able to log a good mileage of more than 200 kms. I intend to do more this month. I was really looking forward to it. However, my work schedule last month is graveyard. I can run after work. I can still run before going to work or in the afternoon. This month, with the change of schedule from graveyard to midshift, I can only do as much…for one big reason –

LACK OF SLEEP.

SleepyFunny as it may seem, but it is the main reason. It is already the 10th of April and my mileage should have been at 100 kms. Sad to say, I am still below 60 kms, and the run is not daily.

Anyways, we can only accept how things are the way they develop.

It’s still not the end of the world.

Think positive!

Leave the best of the future in the hands of the Lord! πŸ™‚

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My Reason

Simple and true.

It’s the answer to the many WHY.

It’s the HOME whenever I feel lost.

It’s the motivation behind.

Firstly, let me state again.

I have a beautiful wife.

I also have 3 kids. 2 teenagers aged 14 and 13 and 1 bright kid aged 8.

I alone provide for all of us.

I am a regular government employee.

It would have been different if I am an executive – but I am not. πŸ™‚

Well, regardless of our status in life, we have dreams.

I want my own house and lot too. My own car. My kids to finish their studies – and get a title – not just a degree.

I want a lot of things too. I am realistic though. What I cannot have, I pray for.

I rely on God’s grace.

Everything is His’ by the way.

So, for me to realize everything – the dream – I have to be there. By that, I mean, I will have to stay healthy and alive and strong and well.

For me to walk along with them as they grow up, I need to have the energy. I need to really stay healthy.

This is where it gets tricky. How does one stay healthy? How do I stay healthy?

I know.

#01

I choose what I eat.

I choose my activity.

I choose what makes me angry.

I choose when I sleep and when I woke up.

#02

I execute my choices.

I choose pork over chicken – but on top of both is beef.

I choose ultrarunning over 5K.

I choose to ignore bickerings ..etc, etc, etc.

I choose 9:00pm and 6:30am.

#03

I serve the Lord.

For everything may be found in Him.

All and everything I seek..

All and everything I want…

..for He has provided for all my needs.

πŸ™‚

Too Little is Enough

Not that it’s hard.

πŸ™‚

Yours truly is a father of 3, and a husband to my one and only.

I work from 8am to 5pm Mondays to Fridays.

The kids finish schooling at 5:45pm to 6pm.

I can only leave after 5pm when all work is done.

This is also the little time I have to run – at the best speed I can.

When in my running gear, I always take the stairs from 28th Floor to the Ground before my run. That means my running time would always be between 5:15pm to 5:50pm. This also means that on the dot, I need to be in the school gate or vicinity where the kids will see me. πŸ™‚

To sum it up, 5:15pm to 5:50pm means:

  • 35 to 40 minutes (at best) of running
  • 3.5Kms to 5Kms (at most)
  • 20Kms (at best) only for 4 days (in this window)

The only possible solution to ante-up the mileage is to do doubles – but that is easier said than done. It means sacrificing time cutting my short sleep.

Of course, I am wiling to do that. I just go with the feel. If I can’t get up on an alarm – it’s not something I push. Body says – SLEEP.

Occasionally, I walk to work and climb up via the stairs to 28th Floor. It’s a good work-out for me.

That’s how it is now.

I am glad I still manage to race. πŸ™‚

Anyways, Saturdays and Sundays may not be that FREE – but it is flexible so far. From NO RUN to Short Run. LOLS.

Too little is enough for me.

Thanks be to God!

WEEK #10

Still at 58Kgs. πŸ™‚

May 13, 2013 – total pig-out! NO RUN!

May 14, 2013 11.26K 9:1

@10:00am Beef & Corn Rice 
@2:15pm, rice stick + 500ml C2 Lemon

@5:28pm, 11.26K 9:1 run walk in 1:23:35

Tried-OUT GPS Essentials if it’s worth using. πŸ™‚ Impressive details in the program. But not in the KML file. MY TRACKS is a bit better, I think.

Gear: Green adizero F50 Racer, Cycling Shorts, adidas Cap, Hydration Bag, 33rd MILO Shirt

22oz of Red Lipton Tea
2 x 240ml water

May 15, 2013 6.06K 9:1

@10:30am, Sinigang na Tanigue sa Miso with Rice + 500ml C2 Lemon
@11:35am, a cup Nescafe Cappuccino
@2:30pm, a plate of carbonara + 500ml water
@4:35pm, Pharmaton Capsule

@5:40pm, 6.06K 9:1 run walk in 00:45:11

Gear: PUMA Axis, Cycling Shorts, MILO 35th Marathon Singlet, Nike Socks, Hydration Bag

May 16, 2013 NO RUN!

@7:15am, breakfast of Luncheon Meat, Rice and 2 eggs + a cup of Nescafe 3-in-1
@10:30am, merienda of Baked Macaroni with Dinner Roll + Iced Tea
@12:45pm, lunch of Sinigang na Liempo with Rice + a cup of Nescafe ChocoLatte
@3:30pm, merienda of Pansit with Puto + Orange Juice
@5:10pm, a cup of Nescafe ChocoLatte
@7:15pm, dinner of Crunchy Shanghai with Rice + Coke @ Wendy's

May 17, 2013 NO RUN!

@7:55am, a cup of Nescafe 3-in-1 + Raisin Walnut Bread
@9:45am, Tinolang Chicken with Rice
@10:35am, a cup of Nescafe 3-in-1
@1:10pm, Green Tea Bun and 500ml of water

May 18, 2013 NO RUN!

May 19, 2013 Tanay Daraitan Trail! 16.2K

WEEKINDARAITAN

Consumed a bottle of Cobra, 1 500ml Gatorade, and 1 500ml water for the whole trek from start to end. πŸ™‚

Thanks be to God!

WEEK #8

April 29, 2013 MONDAY 5K

@5:38pm, 5K 5:30 run walk in 36:44

SPLITS: 7:25 / 7:04 / 7:22 / 7:28 / 7:15

Gears: Mizuno Wave Prophecy, Cycling Shorts, New Balance Lightning Dry Shirt, Nike Socks, Hydration Bag

May 1, 2013 WEDNESDAY 21K

Wednesday Morning @6am, 9.25K run walk with David Aquino 9.25 km 01:53:20. Ave Pace = 12:15 pace

Wednesday Morning @8:07am, 5.19K run walk with Pepsi 5.19 km 00:45:23. Ave Pace =Β  08:44 pace

Wednesday Morning @9:11am, 6.77K run walk with Pepsi 6.77 km 01:04:31. Ave Pace =Β  09:31 pace

Gears: adiStar Salvation, New Shorts,Nike Socks, adidas ClimaCool Shirt, Hydration Bag,Fishing Cap

Recap = 21K in 3 hours 43 minutes

May 4, 2013 SATURDAY 8.5K

@6:37am, Salitran-Emilio Aguinaldo to Salawag Road. 8.51K run walk in 1:23:19

Gear: adiStar Salvation, Bo’s Cycling Shorts,OROFOLS Singlet, Hydration Bag and adidas Cap.

May 5, 2013 SUNDAY 21K

Miyamit Sunday! πŸ™‚

@4:35am, Sapang Uwak to View Deck. 9.32K in 2:17:39. Highest Elevation is 963m. Elevation Gain = 1,156m.

@7:26am, View Deck to Miyamit Falls. 2.69K in 37:41. Highest Elevation is 984m. Elevation Gain = 172m.

@9:13am, Miyamit Falls to Sapang Uwak. 10.54K in 1:54:16. Highest Elevation is 916m. Elevation Gain = 478m.

Thank God for this fruitful week!

Choose

Life is all about choices.

I choose ULTRA.

…and I have not joined 1 up until this writing. πŸ™‚

Why?

Why I chose ultrarunning?

Simply because it’s easier for me. To some, it’s hard. It’s easy enough that a lot has joined it lately. It’s also hard that I have not seen an ultramarathon event with more than 500 participants.

πŸ™‚

Soon.

I have high hopes.

I do believe it will come to that.

As to what event – I don’t know yet.

A lot of things will depend greatly on many factors.

  • the venue
  • the terrain
  • the weather
  • the registration fee

Until that time – I will keep on training. πŸ™‚

WEEK #7

April 22, 2013 MONDAY 8K

@5:27pm, 2.07K Warm Up Run in 15:05

@5:47pm, 5.04K 3:1 Run Walk with 2K intervals in 38:20

SPLITS 8:18 / 7:56 / 8:18 / 7:35 / 5:34

@6:29pm, 1.03K Cooldown Run in 06:48

Gear: Green adizero F50 Racer, Cycling Shorts, Botak Baguio Singlet, Nike Socks, Hydration Bag

April 23, 2013 TUESDAY 10K

@5:39pm, 10.02K 4:1 run walk in 1:22:26

SPLITS: 7:55 / 8:45 / 7:36 / 8:43 / 8:43 / 8:11 / 8:29 / 8:33 / 7:31 / 7:49

Gear: adiStar Salvation, Khaki Tennis Shorts, Greentenial Shirt, Nike Socks, Hydration Bag

Note to the reader: this is a 4:1 run walk. That means, 4 minutes of running followed by 1 minute of walk break repeated until finished.

April 24, 2013 WEDNESDAY 5K

@5:20pm, 5.01K 3:30 run walk in 34:25

SPLITS: 7:17 / 7:24 / 6:26 / 6:47 / 6:19

Gear: Reebok Realflex, New shorts, Orofols Singlet, Nike Socks, Hydration Bag

The run felt so nice with the Reebok. Never felt so much cushioning in a long time!

April 25, 2013 THURSDAY 5K

@5:29pm, 5.04K 4:30 run walk in 39:27

SPLITS: 7:59 / 7:41 / 7:50 / 8:05 / 7:19

Gear: Reebok Realflex, New Shorts, Yakult Singlet, Nike Socks, adizero Shoe Bag

Great sweat on this run!

April 27, 2013 SATURDAY

Rested for Sunday

April 28, 2013 SUNDAY

Failed BATULAO trip

@5:20pm, 9.01K 5:30 run walk in 1:21:41

Gear: adiStar Salvation, Nike Shorts, Mayon 360 Singlet, Nike Socks

IN 2 WEEKS

It’s a bold and confident forecast.

I see myself at my ideal weight of 124 lbs in 2 weeks. That would be the week where May 1 can be found.

I am overly excited for May since I will be increasing the mileage, intensity and activity of my training by then. The whole month will be:

  • SPECIFIC
  • DISTANCE AND PACE strict
  • FOCUSed ON QUALITY REST

I also intend to add some muscle building workouts – but then this can wait until June.

πŸ™‚

WEEK #5

April 8, 2013 MONDAY.

  • @5:25am, 100 hip rotations in 3 minutes 18 seconds
  • @5:29am, 100 side to side twists in 2 minutes 20 seconds.

@5:36pm, the funniest 4:1 3.22K run in 29 minutes 46 seconds, the shortest deliberately slow run too. I fought the urge to overtake elderly walkers – and I did sweat a lot.

I started drinking immediatelyΒ  after 10 minutes from start…and again after the next 5 minutes. My training is a no drink run up to 10K. πŸ˜› and even up to my thirst threshold of 15K – depending on the pace and location of the run.

A few minutes past 30 minutes, my kids arrived with my wife. We walked and strolled along Baywalk.

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April 9, 2013 TUESDAY.

β–² The Plan πŸ™‚

β–Ό The actual:

@4:59am, we started running from Stop & Shop Sta. Mesa. We stopped for a C.R. break at Jollibee Philcoa for the 9.27K run in 1:16:33.

@6:21am, we proceeded to UP Oblation for the next 1.11K in 00:09:30.

@6:33am, I am already on my way back to PhilCoA to get a ride home. It was a 1.18K run in 00:08:04.

Consumed a small bottle of Gatorade, 500ml of water, and 1 Smart Cobra.

Gear: Orange F50 Racer, Nike Shorts, adidas Tops, Nike Socks, and Hydration Back Pack.

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Total Distance and Time: 11.56K in 01:34:07.

  • @8:29am, 20 vertical leg crunch in 33 seconds
  • @8:31am, 100 side to side twists in 1 minute 31 seconds
  • @8:34am, 20 side to side bendsΒ  in 49 seconds
  • @8:38am, 100 ups in 1 minute 35 seconds
  • @8:40am, 100 side to side twists in 2 minutes 3 seconds

April 10, 2013 WEDNESDAY.

@5:39pm, a 7.87K 3:1 run walk in 1:10:48

SPLITS: 10:03 / 8:20 / 8:28 / 8:35 / 8:48 / 9:11 / 8:21 / 10:52

Gear: Green adizero F50 Racer, New Shorts, Nike Socks, Greentenial Shirt and a HEAVY hydration back pack.

April 11, 2013 THURSDAY.

  • @5:25pm, 100 ups in 1 minute 12 seconds + 240ml of Cobra Smart

@5:28pm, a 9.24K 4:1 run walk in 1:10:10

Started with a 100-ups before consuming a 240-ml Cobra Smart. I knew it would be a fast one.

SPLITS 7:28 / 7:51 / 7:42 / 8:41 / 6:27 ais stretch + moving 100 ups
8:05 / 7:06 / 7:20 / 7:20 / 6:41 (24)

Gear: adiStart Salvation – one which I thought last Monday to retire. Burlington Socks, Cycling Shorts, and Cream Shirt topped with the Hydration Back Pack.

Felt great over this one run. The speed is very much enjoyable.

Sequence of Shoe Rotation, Monday to Wednesday
Sequence of Shoe Rotation, Monday to Wednesday

That would be:

  1. adiStar Salvation
  2. Orange F50 Racer
  3. Green F50 Racer

Thursday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s shoe is adiStar Salvation again.

April 13, 2013 SATURDAY.

Did not woke up for my long run. Adjusted the time of my run in the afternoon. The planned long morning run turned into a short afternoon run.

@5:15pm, 6.77K 3:1 Run Walk in 58 minutes 7 seconds. 5K of jog walk and 1.77 K of speeds.

SPLITS: 8:47 / 9:38 / 9:44 / 8:41 / 8:32 / 6:58 / 7:09 (.77K)

April 14, 2013 SUNDAY.

  • @11:53am, Hip Rotations in 2 minutes
  • @11:58am, 82 Tabata Hammer Curls in 4 minutes
  • @12:05pm, 163 Tabata Free-Hand Standing Flyes in 4 minutes

Again, wasn’t able to wake up on time for the planned long run. Ended up again, in the old route of Baywalk to MOA.

@4:22pm, 10K 4:1 jog walk in 1:29:53. A hot afternoon. Consumed a 500ML of gatorade and 350 ml of water before I ended the run.

WEEK5

NOT a bad week at all. πŸ™‚ I am at my lightest weight for a long long time. 58kgs and feeling very light! πŸ™‚

Thanks be to God!

WEEK #4

April 1, 2013, MONDAY.

  • @5:15am, 30 vertical leg crunches in 35 seconds.
  • @5:18am, 20 bicycle crunches in 40 seconds.
  • @5:19am, 100 side to side twists in 2 minutes 5 seconds.
  • @5:25am, 50 air squats in 1 minute 13 seconds.
  • @5:28am, 100 ups in 1 minute 45 seconds.
  • @5:30am, 100 knee-ups in 2 minutes 8 seconds.
  • @5:32am, 100 ups in 1 minute 44 seconds.

@5:31pm, 10.1K 3:1 Run Walk in 1:19:44.

SPLITS: 9:02 / 7:48 / 7:58 / 8:36 / 7:25 / 7:14 / 7:58 / 7:41 / 7:08 / 7:43

Gear: Green adizero F50 Racer, New Running Shorts, Dri-Fit Shirt, Burlington Socks

April 2, 2013 TUESDAY.

@5:44am, 10.05K 4:1 Run Walk in 1:13:43

SPLITS: 8:46 / 7:33 / 7:52 / 7:03 / 6:41 / 6:48 / 8:02 / 6:30 / 7:40 / 6:32

Gear: Green adizero F50 Racer, New Running Shorts, White Undershirt, Nike Socks

April 3, 2013 WEDNESDAY.

@10:44pm, 10.09K 4:1 Run Walk in 1:24:28

SPLITS: 9:13 / 8:54 / 8:27 / 9:38 / 8:14 / 8:30 / 8:17 / 7:45 / 7:24 / 7:54

Gear: Green adizero F50 Racer, New Running Shorts, Adidas Shirt, 5-Finger Socks

April 4, 2013 THURSDAY.

REST ONLY. πŸ˜› due to runny nose.

April 5, 2013 FRIDAY.

REST ONLY. πŸ˜› still, due to runny nose

April 6, 2013 SATURDAY.

5K LBP Fun Run race. The route measured 4.8K only./ I managed to place at 8th place overall. πŸ˜› (if I got the count right)

SPLITS: 4:32 / 5:31 / 5:22 / 5:34 / 5:08 = 00:25:33

Gear: Green adizero F50 Racer, Nike Socks, Cycling Shorts

April 7, 2013 SUNDAY.

A 3:1 20K run in Tagaytay. Junction to Palace in the Sky and back to Mahogany Market.

Gear: Green adizero F50 Racer, Bo’s cycling shorts

Tagaytay Junction to Palace in the Sky

Palace in the Sky back to Tagaytay City Junction

Tagaytay City Junction to Mahogany Market

Consumed 1 bottle of Powerade and 500ml of water in this entire route before the bulalo meals. πŸ™‚

All glory and honor and praise to God, Almighty!

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