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.


#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.


#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…



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



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!



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 =ย  08:44 pace

Wednesday Morning @9:11am, 6.77K run walk with Pepsi 6.77 km 01:04:31. Ave Pace =ย  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! ๐Ÿ™‚

@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!

Miyamit Falls

I’m always early. As usual.

Jeep to Guadalupe from home = P 11.00

Bus to Cubao from Guadalupe = I forgot. Antok ako eh. But the trip was so fast I thought we flew. P 15.00 or P 18.00 yata.

Bought some Donuts and Drinks – Cobra 350ml + C2 500ml + Moo 225ml, on top of pre-mixed Nescafe 3-in-1 coffee 350ml, water in 480ml bottle, water in 2 x 350ml bottle. = P 75.00

Bus to Dau from Cubao = P 139.00

Meals @ Jollibee Dau = P 85.00

Jeep to Manibaug from Dau =ย  P 10.00

Tricycle for 3 from Manibaug to Sapang Uwak and back to Manibaug = P 200.00 /head

Snacks going down Sapang Uwak @ a local sari sari store = P 15.00 (RC cola + hopia)

Lunch @ Cely’s = P 120.00 (ordered a rice, lechong paksiw, sprite and saging con yelo)

Jeep to Balibago from Angeles = P 8.00

Jeep from Balibago to Dau = P 8.00

Bus to Avenida from Dau = P 140.00 (bakit tumaas?) LOL

Jeep from Recto to Nagtahan = P 8.00

Jeep from Nagtahan to Paco = P 8.00

Jeep from Paco to Home = P 8.00

Total CashTOS (more or less) = P 853.00

Left home @ 11:45pm.

Left cubao @ 1:45am or 2am?

Left Dau @ past 3am.

Reached Sapang Uwak after a long ride of 40 minutes @ near 5am, with a few going down the trike to walk. The road is so beautiful I dare not describe it.

Trek/Walk started at 5:05am. Barangay Sapang Uwak to Miyamit Falls. Minor jog. Walks at most.

Hingal Part
the road to the VIEW DECK
@ the View Deck. #11 in the picture is Miyamit Falls
snack at the View Deck
closer look at #11
Finally @ the Foot of #11 – THE Miyamit Falls aka U-turn of 60K Category of CM50.

Took our time to enjoy at the falls.

yes. that’s us. me on Y.

malamig di-yan!
malamig talaga!

After the short swim – we ate our snacks. Masarap pala ang White na Toblerone. LOL. Dala ni Daphne yun. May popcorn din siya at Chips Ahoy. Parang manonood lang ng sine no? LOL

Matapos magbihis (at may gumulong habang nagbibihis!) LOL, picture ulit!

prepping to go back to Sapang Uwak
malamig kahit nakadamit na.
last shot TOGETHER. LOL

Trek back to Sapang Uwak from Miyamit falls now included a lot of runs – well, jog.

It was already past twelve (12) noon when I reached sapang uwak. I jogged a lot after the last ascent from Miyamit.

Took some time to capture the view in the last 2 kilometers.

coming to
coming from

I was the 4th to arrive where the trek started. Andun na si Jigz, Emil at Daphne. Tapos na magsopdrink at ngumuya. Sa isang sari sari store bago bumaba. ๐Ÿ™‚ May audience pa sila – isang buong pamilya ng katutubong aeta.

The last runner from the group arrived at 12:55pm. After a short while, we left to go back to Manibaug.

Again, there was a short – no, not short, a bit long and super hot walk. Due to the beautiful road.

We then ate at Cely’s, fixed our smells and looks at Mcdo and rewarded our new smell and look with a Sundae. Caution: Pag caramel Sundae, walang tubig na kasama. So, ORDER a Choco Sundae kung ayaw mo mauhaw. LOL

@Dau, a bus was already waiting for me and Jigz. Avenida. Superb movie inside! JOSE RIZAL. LOL. Match that with a teenager on my side who sleeps like he is just at home. No, I will not describe him. Use your imagination na lang.

Finally, at quarter to 6pm, I am HOME. Oh yeah. Daming assignment na nakalista …LOL

Total time to enjoy Miyamit, leave home and back

= 13 hours. Not bad JJ! Not bad!