We should be meeting at 4am inside KFC Coastal. I was there before 3am. It was a cold morning. I was right about bringing a thick sweatshirt. By 4am when the group is already complete, we headed to the Bus Terminal at Coastal Mall. To Evercrest! The jump-off for Mount Batulao. We ate breakfast first at a nearby store whose name I forgot. They have a delicious-looking menu.
By 6:28am, we’re already walking to the gate of Evercrest. We opted not to get a guide. We’d just ask around – if ever we get lost. We did! LOLS.
Anyways, the route to Peak 8 was a bit easy. Going to Peak 9 up to the Summit was a bit challenging already. Top that with the Rappeling down from the Summit to the old trail’s Camp 7!
From Camp 7 to 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 – it was all just easy. We even stopped to eat. Camp 1 to Peak 1 is where the challenge is. 🙂
The heat of the sun made it all challenging.
It was a relaxed adventure. Lots of time to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. We stopped to rest. We took our time on the descents and ascents. No pressure at all.
Pictures as follows:
I tried my best to beat my personal cut-off. 4pm at home!
I have been to a lot of places. This one is what I have been dreaming to try.
So it’s my first time. This route from KM 35 near Jollibee, Tanza, Cavite to KM 65 – the DENR registration area for climbers of Mount Palay-Palay aka PICO de LORO.
Looking back at the invite – what was written was Chika Run. But looking at the personalities behind the run – I knew it will be a fast one. 🙂
I left home early just to be sure that I get there before anyone else does. I don’t know how long the trip will be – but I don’t mind being early.
@1:06am, I am already in Heritage-Tulay. Fare from home is 8.00 and 11.00 pesos.
@1:10am, I boarded the jeepney to SM Bacoor. I paid P 18.00
@1:34am, I am already @ the 7-11 opposite SM Bacoor.
Tambay ng konti. 🙂
@1:41am, I boarded a jeepney to Tanza. I expect to be at Jollibee by 2:10am. I paid P 20.00
@2:11am, I am at Jollibee Tanza. I ordered the only breakfast meal available other than the hotdog : LONGGANISA rice. Paid P 89.00 for this. The HOT choco is not hot. It’s not even close to warm. But my mind is too busy to complain. I’m a bit sleepy that I forgot to withdraw cash. (You will find out later why).
Runners started coming.
It doesn’t take a skyrocket genius to know that this group is fast. 🙂 They’re all geared up so light.
The route was a bit dark from Tanza. I can’t recognize anything except for the blinding lights of the coming vehicles. It was drizzling a bit when we started. The road is already wet and there are minor potholes to dodge already. 🙂
By the time we reached the Uniwide Sales property – the groups’ lead shouted out to the rest for a group picture. Stretched a bit too.
The pace was a good 7 to 7.5K per hour. A good pace for a big group.
I stopped before this at a store somewhere. Bought a green Cobra and a 350 ml mineral water. I paid P 22.00
Others reloaded here. After a brief chat, we hit the left side of the road again.
The pace from this point is at 6.6 to 7.2Kms per hour.
I stopped at a nearby store and found nothing but YAKULT for a drink. I paid P 9.00
From this point, we employed (for a while! LOLS) a good 4:1 protocol. It was a sight to see runners moving in one direction.
The group re-grouped here. Re-loaded. Chat.
I bought a Quake something and a small bottle of royal here. I paid 17 pesos. This is KM 19.5 (half-way to the target!)
Then my apps (MAVERICK) suddenly hanged. The time was moving. Distance and Average Pace stucked. Nah.
Another few kilometer and I bought another green Cobra and a 500ml of water before the Bridge where the group stops. This is already 7:41am. I paid P 25.00
FIFTH STOP: (picture!)
Off we go now to a slow climb.
At a store opposite this view, I bought a blue Gatorade for myself. I paid P 12.00. I still have a 500ml water in my other hand.
Welcome to the Ascending road. 🙂 This is where the run starts. The fun started from the start. LOLs
It’s a challenging one. I like it a lot…no, I love it! I attacked it with all my heart and felt so nice!
It’s also the last time I saw my water. LOLS. It’s gone when I started moving.
We still have a lot of kilometers to go.
I tried to maintain a fast walk over the rolling hills. Felt so nice running at a good pace and enjoying the fresh smell of the route.
By the time I reached the DENR, Israel, Richard and Paul is already there.
I bought a water and a gatorade (at a gold’s price). I paid P 75.00 for it! …and this is where it got nasty. That was my last! I brought only P 300 and some loose coins in my measly pocket and forgot to withdraw additional cash. I already spent P 231.00 before this purchase. That is already a total of P 306.00
We have to go back. This is where the group stops. We need to pay for a tricycle going back.
Bajorky offered a P 40.00 to add to my coins. Kindhearted guy.
Jef and Daisy paid for my bus. Kindhearted people.
LEFT TO RIGHT: Israel, AJ’s one and only, Paul, Enrique, Dexter, AJ, Ploi, Randy, Richard, Johanna, Bajorky,Jef, Daisy, Eli, ME
AT THE BUS TERMINAL.
While waiting for Jeff and Jen. 🙂
Those C like hand-sign means CAVITE
To God be the highest glory!
For the safe trip, for the run, for the fun, and for the great time.
Boring Route. Cold Night. Lots of Dogs. Quiet Moment.
@KM 30, we stopped for lugaw. It was already a cool morning. We saw other runners too.
My record shows:(moving time)
@00:15 42.05Kms in 6:24:45 until 8:00am.
@08:00 14:61Kms in 2:32:40
Time @ Last 12 Kms is 8:54am.
Time @ Last 11 Kms is 9:03am.
Time @ Last 6 Kms is 10:31am.
Time @ Finish Line KM 56 is a few more minutes before 11:00am.
A few meters to finishing the run, while on walk, my shoes gave out.
I had to run since it’s harder to walk. It was a fast one to the finish with Ronnel Go on the lead, me and Christian and Jon behind. Ronald was already at Jollibee Tagaytay when we arrived. He took a ride at KM 50 after enduring a painful cramps.
Near quarter to 12 noon, Rod, Aleth and Marjun came. 🙂 Rod took a nap (he said so) before proceeding to finish.
We took a jeepney to Mahogany Market for the well-deserved lunch. The place is surprisingly packed with people. We have the same food in mind at this time. Bulalo and Tawilis. LOLS
Total Expenses for this run-walk-food trip (broken down as follows) : P 902.75
Jeep fare to MH Del Pilar from Home: P 8.00
Bag load: P 247.75
1st stop = Gatorade Lime @ 7-11 for P 37.00
2nd stop = Powerade Ion + Smidgets @ 7-11 for P 30.00 and P 16.00
3rd stop = 330 ml water @ Mini-Stop for P 10.00
4th stop = 500 ml water @ 7-11 for P 16.00
5th stop = @KM 30. 2 x 8oz Pop Cola + Lugaw for P 20.00 and P 10.00
6th stop = @KM 42. RC Cola + Pandesal for P 7.00 and P 20.00
7th stop = @KM 50. 8oz Rootbeer and Water for P 9.00 and P 9.00
Post-run meal: Rice, Bulalo and Crunchy Tawilis for P 160.00
Pasalubong: Pineapple and Peanut Sweets for P 100.00 and P 100.00
What better word to describe our Ultrarunner known to many as:
My very first race:
(Non-Commercial) First Star magic Run (March 14, 2010 -3km) – free kit bigay lang ng friend from star Magic.
(Commercial race) Earth run (June 5, 2010 – 5k) – First registered 5km run
The reason why I run:
I like it and I just do it. Masarap sa feeling… nakakawala ng stress sa buhay. The most common reason I think is to have a healthy lifestyle. Somebody says running is the greatest Metaphor for Life, because you get out of it, what you put into it. Because of running nagkaroon ako ng positive outlook in life. I realized, life itself is very precious and has a different meaning to everyone. “I hope that through running marating ko pa ang age ni Mang Victor Ting”.
I used to be a MMORPG addict (google it). I think almost 6 to 9 hrs ako online (everyday) to play and to level up my character. Eventually I got sick and bedridden for almost 4 days then nung gumaling ako my character was left behind sa guild then medyo tinamad na maglaro. Suddenly, I saw my friends in facebook na nag join ng mga fun run and they motivated me to join also, then dun na ako nagstart to go into running.
My most memorable race:
2013 BDM 160
Memorable because it’s my dream to run in BDM 160 and for me it is the most prestigious 100-mile endurance run in the Philippines – considering the difficulty of the race and the history that goes with it. I’m also very proud and inspired because Karlene was physically part of my support crew in my journey to Capas Shrine. I’m very thankful and honored because TL Zaldy, Gia and Noel of Ayala Triads volunteered and sacrificed their time to help me finish the race. Sa awa ng diyos dream come true I earned my 3rd buckle. “It was a once in a lifetime experience, daming kwento tsaka nangyaring drama”…(hahaha)
My Best Time in a Marathon:
03:51: 42 – Run United Philippines (I used Karlene’s bib kaya I got a sub 4)
Running Statistics – Marathon vs Ultra: 7-23
(editors note: he has the most ultras among the featured ultrarunners)
The other difference I think is pacing and nutrition.
To improve my running skills I decided to train at BGC Milo APEX running school last May to July 2012. Fortunately I improved my PR’s and felt stronger every time I join a race. Also, every Tuesday I go to Ayala Triads running clinic. I also joined LSD with friends during my free time.
I have a pre-race ritual. A day or two before the race I go to the masseur or any decent spa/massage parlor for a massage (para relax ang body ko before the race).
I usually start with fast pace then I just adjust my pace along the way. I always take full advantage of the night if the races start at night or early in the morning. Mahina kasi ako sa init ng araw. I just do a power walk sometimes to conserve energy then kapag ala na si haring araw takbo takbo din pag may time.
Sometimes I go to Peak Form BGC for therapy and quick recovery especially after running 100 mile.
My favorite shoes for marathon and road Ultra running – it’s Mizuno Rider 14. Then for ultra trails Salomon Comp 5 and New Balance 610
Ok Ok runners and Ayala Triads
MY MESSAGE TO THE RUNNING COMMUNITY?
I am still newbie in ultra running. For me my training, nutrition and race day strategy are still work in progress… I still experimenting my food intake, pacing during training or in actual races and I’m very happy I learn naman something new kung hindi nman na improved ko yung iba… and still continuous pa rin ang pag follow and pagbabasa ng running blog if I have free time to learn something new.
Ang masasabi ko lang sa running community is I realized ultra running takes a lot of discipline and dedication during training (especially the longer distances). Sabi nga nila, sa Ultra “separates the men from the boys” due to the difficulty of the race. There’s a time because of fatigue and pain your mind will tell you to stop and quit from running (DNF) but if you trained well and have a strong mind/determination, you will finish the race.
Sa mga beterano dyan keep on inspiring people – mga newbie na gaya ko… Cheers!
Allow me to embrace the questions you have in mind.
There are no marshalls in the Bataan Death March 102 Km Ultramarathon. What you will see are regular staff jotting down your number while you find it harder and harder to move forward. Don’t watch their eyes. Focus on the race. Focus on the road.
Again, nobody checks on the runners in the front, nor in the back. If you have a support vehicle, then somebody would be checking on you – and you’d be checking on somebody. If you are on self-support – check your pee. Check your hydration and re-fueling too.
You will not find a single signage along the route. You will never see a single distance marker along the road too. What you should see is the Bataan Death March kilometer marker. Lose sight of the white thumbtacks, and you will be somewhere else! You may invite me for recon of the route – for a good meal! LOLS
For water refilling stations, try the stores along the road. You will need this once you reach the OVEN – the stretch from Dinalupihan to KM Marker 83. Yes, you will never forget this part of the race. 🙂 You need a pacer? Oh, get me! LOLS …By the way, medics with ointments and ice? – bring them yourself.
Identifiers of WATER REFILLING STATIONS, OFFICIAL BDM EVENT VEHICLE, BDM EVENT STAFF ? there’s NONE! LOLS You are not in BGC . . .kamon! Fix the image of the BaldRunner in your mind and do everything you can to meet him in the finish line – before the cut-off. Else, he won’t be there! (Yup! He won’t be there!)
Don’t worry, you get something when you cross the finish line in time. 🙂 That’s a guarantee!
For a better appreciation of who I am, please see my experience. (link below) 🙂
Longest race for the year is 21K before yesterday’s L2Q.
It’s my first ultramarathon for this year.
Allow me to share my story.
@7:10pm, I left home to DLTB Buendia.
@8:02pm, I entered the long line.
@8:17pm, boarded the bus.
@8:47pm, bus is already in Alabang Metropolis.
@9:27pm, bus is already in Calamba City.
@10:38pm, bus is already in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.
@10:55pm, I am already having a Burger Steak meal at Jollibee Sta. Cruz.
@past MIDNIGHT, with Ronald Robles, we bought water at 7-11. After, a light coffee snack at a bakery opposite the Provincial Capitol of Sta. Cruz.
We tried to take a nap. I failed. We tried to find a good place to rest but I still failed to get the needed sleep. I was just so energized.
@3:31am, we startled to mingle with the big crowd of ultrarunners. Lots of pictures.
TEAM BORING runner in attendance: ME, Thea Sangrador, Ronald Robles, Nonong Mortel, Rej Santos, Bong Bernadez, Mccoy Lontoc, Rod Apolinario, and Boo Toledo. On Self-Support: Me, Thea and Ronald.
@7:01am, first softdrink @ a sari sari store. A very small bottle of Sprite.
@8:22am, next softdrink @ a sari sari store. A small bottle of Royal.
@8:48am, reached KM 30. Had a nice cone of ice cream. Ahead of 9am Target.
@9:22am, first twitch of a developing cramp.
@11:30am, @ the welcome ark of Lucban.
a few meters after an ice cold coke by Meljohn Tezon, I was able to push the pace – only to be halted by a big and nasty hamstring cramps. Thanks to a nearby support car of a kind runner I-failed-to-get-the-bib-number-nor-the-name. I was really grimacing in pain – and the man hurriedly applied an omega pain killer (or something) to my relief! 🙂 God is good indeed.
Then all of a sudden, as we trod (me with some other runners) the last 4kms to finish, a heavy rain fell. I love it! 🙂
I was back at my fast walk and I pushed the pace until the finish line. My record via My Track shows a 50.24K @ 7:54:30. The route was 52.55K. Unofficially, I think I saw 8:12:++ when I crossed. But then, I think it better to post the official result once it is published.
I have a sore back, shoulder and quads – for carrying my own supplies. But I am glad I did. Jet Paiso offered to take the bag to the Finish Line in the last 5K – so I was able to run and walk a bit faster without the excess weight.
At the time of this writing, I can walk normally even on stairs. Thank God!
I have lots of people/team to thank.
Team Boring: Jet Paiso, Joy Vargas, Vivs Toledo, Cindy Sevilla. The rest I didnt get to see along the route. Either they are far away ahead or behind me.
Team Fairview: Special shout to Amang! Tubig lang yun – pero yun ang kailangan.
Team Ekek: right at a time when it’s all too hot – a cold spray!
Team Marupok: Meljohn and Brian – a big thanks! Very nice store of everything! Right also at a time when something is needed.
Myla Limpay Go – for the post run meal / coffee / ride / chat. I do envy your training ground. 🙂
Leo Tugade and his team of snails! 🙂 Salamat sa Flat Tops!
The race was well organized. Marshalls are to be found exactly where you need to find the route. The water/gatorade at stations are cold and right at the point as announced. GU was given. Ice Cream too. Ambulance always on standby. Cheers abound too. The route is well managed in terms of the traffic. Roving marshalls are everywhere!
It is worth noting that the route’s view is majestic and amazing.
This is a run worth repeating.
Kudos to the Organizer of this race. God bless you!
the 16th of June, I will be running a 50K Ultramarathon from Sta Cruz, Laguna to Lucban, Quezon (L2Q) – on self-support.
Such feat is not for everybody.
It’s only for the experienced and the ones who are up to get the experience. 🙂
I’ve done this already. In T2N 50K, and Fort Magsaysay 60K. It’s a big bonus already when you get to be of the same pace with someone supported and willing to share supplies.
…and that’s how ultramarathon is. People share. People care.
If they don’t? Pray to God that there’d be lots of sari-sari store along the route.
L2Q is a new route. No one has ever blogged about it nor reconned the route and shouted. Given that there’d be convenience or sari-sari store along the route, we still can’t tell how far each is to one another.
A runner must rely on what is carried – which is a must.
At least bring some and conserve until stores are found.
Ok. Let’s rephrase. Since I will be running on self-support, this is exactly how I will do it.
BRING WHAT I NEED. At least a supply enough to carry me above 10K. Hoping that before or after 10K mark, there’d be some stores to buy something, an aid station that has something to offer, or some angels to aid me. 🙂 NOTE: From Sta. Cruz Capitol to Pagsanjan Municipal Hall is about 5K only. So the 1st 5K is not a problem.
CARRY ONLY THE LIGHTEST. OF course, one cannot sustain a heavy load over a long distance. It has to be just enough to be something bearable. NOTE: From Pagsanjan Municipal Hall to Lumban-Caliraya-Cavinti Road is only 3.3K. There’s a Public Market before the fork – it’s wise to re-load there and carry a bit more.
BE TOUGH. MIND AND BODY. Carry on and focus on the run. My strategy is to execute my training : a 10:1 run walk – except for the steepest ascent. NOTE: From the Fork to STI College near Caliraya Recreation is 7.1kms. This is already in LUMBAN. It’s a bearable jungle of you, the view and the road. At this point, I already have covered 15.4Kms of the entire route. The longest ascent is at KM 9 to 14 – which is most likely to be a walk. This is also where the walking-picnic happens. 🙂 LOLS
CAREFUL NOTE: The next 5K from the KM 20 of the route is a bit similar to the last. Pray that the small community at this point has something to offer for the passing runners. 🙂 An ice-cold JUICY LEMON or an RC perhaps?
ENDURE. The next 5 to 6K of the route is another jungle. I need to endure and rely on my supplies at this point until I reach Cavinti-Luisiana Road. Joseph Prince Baltazar should be at this point. 🙂 LOLS with rice meal on hand! This is now KM 31 to 32K.
POINT OF NO RETURN. I will not surrender, of course. This point is where no one should consider tapping out. It’s 18K more to the Finish Line. FINISH LINE matters here. Not the MORE. 🙂 (gets?)
HOPE ALWAYS FOR THE BEST. RELY ON GOD. The next 5K is a jungle again. But there’s a number of small communities along the route. God will provide. This should be KM 37 of the entire route.
READY FOR THE FEAST. The next 5 to 6K is in Luisiana already. It’s a crowded place. There ought to be a lot of vendors there – for me to feast on. This is KM 42 to 43. Last jungle stretch to the FINISH. I should be burping and smiling at this point.
AGAIN, do not lose focus here. Last stretch to the finish must be endured. I will have to rely again on what I am carrying before the Finish Line in Lucban. I should be light at this point too because I am sure that I am already running at a fast pace. But then, caution on too much confidence. We can never tell the weather.
My 10:1 Run Walk can do this. All I have to do is just to vary the pace.