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FEATURED ULTRARUNNER #14

Tough.

What better word to describe our Ultrarunner known to many as:

CJ

CJ Miles
CJ Miles

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

First 5K with Best Friend and Running Buddy
First 5K with Best Friend and Running Buddy


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.

THE old-CJ Miles playing MMORPG
THE old-CJ Miles playing MMORPG


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)

BDM 160
BDM 160

 

My Best Time in a Marathon:

03:51: 42 – Run United Philippines (I used Karlene’s bib kaya I got a sub 4)

3:51:41
3:51:41


Running Statistics – Marathon vs Ultra: 7-23

(editors note: he has the most ultras among the featured ultrarunners)

MARATHON

  1. Condura Skyway Marathons (Feb 2011)
  2. 35th National Milo Marathon Elims (July 2011)
  3. QC International Marathon (December 2012)
  4. Condura Skyway Marathons (Feb 2012)
  5. 36th National Milo Marathon Elims (July 2012)
  6. Run United Phil. Marathon (October 2012)
  7. Condura Skyway Marathons (Feb 2013)

ULTRAMARATHON

  1. Tagaytay to Nasugbu 50 Kms (October 2011)
  2. Bataan Death March 102kms (March 2012)
  3. Mayon 360 80km (April 2012)
  4. Tagaytay to Nagusbu 50k (May 2012)
  5. Nuvali Trail Challenge Ultra trail 50Km (July 2012)
  6. First Marcos-Kennon Ultra 80Km (July 2012)
  7. I Shall Return Ultra 50 Km (August 2012)
  8. Fort Magsaysay to Dingalan 60km (August 2012)
  9. First PAU National Championship 110 km (September 2012)
  10. Warrior 50 Cebu 50 km (September 2012)
  11. Mt. Pinatubo 50k Ultra trail Challenge (October 2012)
  12. West Coast 200km Multi Stage (November 2012)
  13. Hundred Miles (H1) Bogo City 160 km (November 2012)
  14. Clark-Miyamit 80km Ultra trail (November 2012)
  15. Tagaytay to Nagusbu 50k (December 2012)
  16. Taklang Damulag Endurance run 160Km (December 2012)
  17. Bataan Death March 160k (January 2012)
  18. Hundred Miles (H1) Nueva Viscaya – DNF (February 2013)***
  19. Bataan Death March 102k (March 2013)
  20. Siquior 360 Ultra 75 km (March 2013
  21. The North Face Ultra Trail 100k (April 2013)
  22. Nuvali Trail Challenge Ultra trail 50Km (June 2013)
  23. 1st Negros Occidental 73km Ultra run (July 2013)
with Marcelo the Champ
with Marcelo the Champ
West Coast 200K
West Coast 200K
Taclang Damulag
Taclang Damulag
PAU Championship
PAU Championship

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MARATHON AND 50K

Obviously the distance… (LOL)

The other difference I think is pacing and nutrition.

 

PREPARATION

Training:

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. 

MIYAMIT Trail
MIYAMIT Trail – Off Season sa Running

Pre race:

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).

Racing:

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.

Post Race:

Sometimes I go to Peak Form BGC for therapy and quick recovery especially after running 100 mile.

5 Most Recent Races:

  1. Bataan Death March 102k (March 2013)
  2. Siquior 360 Ultra 75 km (March 2013)
  3. The North Face Ultra Trail 100k (April 2013)
  4. Nuvali Trail Challenge Ultra trail 50Km (June 2013)
  5. 1st Negros Occidental 73km Ultra run (July 2013)
with Karlene. 1st road ultra and podium finish
with Karlene. 1st road ultra and podium finish

MY FAVORITE SHOES FOR RACING AND TRAINING?

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


Team Affiliation:

Ok Ok runners and Ayala Triads

Ok Ok Runners
Ok Ok Runners

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!

FEATURED ULTRARUNNER #13

Enduring.

The one word that could best fit our ultrarunner known to many as:

RON

RON SULAPAS
RON SULAPAS

My very first race:

Having no previous foot race experience, I joined the Men’s Health All Terrain Race in 2008.   It was a 12k trail run in the Timberland heights of San Mateo, Rizal now famous for its “shotgun” route.  I had no idea then how trail runs were conducted or ran so I thought it will just be a “fast-paced” ascent/descent from a mountain owing to my mountaineering background.  No training and all, I was huffing and puffing as I hiked my way to the finish line.  It was my baptism of fire.  “Sh*t! kaya ko pala to.”  I said to myself.   I was so excited to join the next race event that immediately after that, I penned my name in the Mizuno Infinity Run registration in the same venue.  And as they say, the rest is history. 

young and newbie
young and newbie


The reason why I run:

Way before I started joining running events, I was already into mountaineering and competitive dragon boat paddling, among other sports.  My weakness then, was my cardio.  I lack endurance.  Running was already a part of my training regimen but I spend very little time doing it, sometimes just enough to break a sweat.  So I thought that I need to incorporate more runs, and I started joining more and more road races as part of my cross training.  Soon after, I was collecting race singlets here and there.

 

Over time, running has served a different purpose for me.  Running provided me some “quiet” time and an escape from the noise of work and city life.  In the mountains or off-road trails, I get to commune with nature and in the process appreciate the simpler things in life.  As I started doing more ultras, the experience became even better.  Enduring to finish a loooong tough race has made me realize how the mind and body can achieve extra ordinary feats of human strength and stamina.

 

I also had a realization that running is a life skill that every able-bodied person should learn and practice.  Much like swimming, it is a skill that could save one’s life.   In a worst case scenario, I could run quickly to higher ground in a sudden tsunami surge, or outrun a mob wanting to do harm on me. 

 

My most memorable race:

I have 3 most memorable races (in no particular order).

 

My first DNF.  In 2009, after completing several road 10ks, 2 half-marys, and marathon, I thought I was ready to raise my game to next level so I joined the 100k event of TNF100 race in Sacobia, Pampanga.  I failed miserably that I only covered 35k before I quit.  I vividly remember running side by side with the eventual champion heading into an aid station.  He was on his second loop (km 85) and I was still on my first (km 35). Wow, such disparity! I learned a lot of hard lessons during that race.

 

KOTM hardcore hundred miles.  It was the toughest, most arduous trail run I have ever completed.  Traversing through two of the most prominent peaks in Luzon, plus the inclement weather made it extra special and extra hard. 

with the RD Jonel
with the RD Jonel
amongst the elite
amongst the elite


BDM 160.  Becoming a finisher of a pioneering race is a once in a life time experience.  I dug very deep into my inner-strength-self just to finish that race.  To date, It is still the race that I had the most training and preparation.

With the BUCKLE!
With the BUCKLE!

 

My best time in marathon:

A forgettable 4:59. It was during Condura Skyway 2011 while preparing for BDM160.  I’m still dreaming of qualifying for the national finals of Milo marathon.

 

Running Statistics – Marathon vs Ultra: 6 – 12

Marathon versus Ultra:

Both has its own goals.  For me, it’s a matter of preference.  Some get a kick out of fast-paced, all-out running.  For me, it’s enduring a longer distance than the previous once I did.  For me, ultras are more fun.  I love the camaraderie and friendships forged by runners partaking in such an extreme sport.  I have so far completed six (6) marathons and twelve (12) ultras, while DNFing three(3).

 

Marathon:

  • Botak Takbo Paatibayan 2009
  • Camsur Marathon 2010
  • Condura Skyway Marathon 2010
  • Condura Skyway Marathon 2011
  • Milo Marathon metro manila eliminations 2011
  • KOTM trail marathon 2012

 

Ultramarathon:

  • H1 Hardcore 100miles trail 2013
  • BDM102 2010
  • BDM160 2011
  • PAU Nationals 110k 2012
  • TNF100 100k (2010, 2011, 2013)
  • CM50 50miles (2011, 2012)
  • FatAss 2011 88k/24 hours
  • FatAss 2012 121k/36 hours
  • Botak Takbo Paatibayan 100k 2009
  • Rock and Road Run to the Clouds 55k
  • PAU T2N 50k 2010
  • Pinatubo 50k challenge 2011
  • DNF’ed:  TD100, TNF100 (2009, 2012)

 

Difference between marathon and 50k

The 8km difference for me is not that significant.  If it’s between 92k and 100k, then that’s a different story. 

 

Preparation:

I have an erratic work schedule that includes late night stays in the office and weekend work so I always try to maximize the little time I allocate for training.  When I was preparing for BDM160, I had to cut down my lunch time to just 15minutes in order to sneak in a 2k run off the thread mill.  I did that 5 days a week for nearly 2 months.  Sometimes, Instead of commuting on the way home, I walk a good 8km from my office just to put in mileage. 

 

When I’m preparing for an ultra trail race, I see to it that I get some quality trail time, running or even just hiking, no matter the distance just to get the feel of dirt and uneven ground.  If schedule permits, I also join recon runs in order to familiarize myself with the route, because with the little amount of time I put on training, I can’t afford to lose precious time being lost on the trail.

 

Starting line rituals.  I set the mood by listening to my personal playlist of “battle songs”.

first love
first love
quality trail time @ Mt Makiling
quality trail time @ Mt Makiling

 

Racing:

Come race day, I just try to stick to my plan and run my own race.   When I start to doubt myself if I can finish the race, I think of all the people who believes in me, and I imagine myself crossing the finish line.  

 

Last 5 most recent races:

Been choosy lately so my last 5 stretches back to 2012. 

2012:

  1. BR’s First Beer Mile Run
  2. PAU National Championships Guimaras 110k
  3. CM50  50 miles

2013:

  1. KOTM Hardcore Hundred (100) Miles Trail Ultra
  2. TNF100 100k

 

MY FAVORITE SHOES FOR RACING AND TRAINING?

I have been a practicing minimalist runner ever since I was introduced to VFFs in 2010.  VFF Spyridon, Vivo Barefoot ultra, Merrel trail glove, Altra Lone Peak, and Skechers GoTrail are my current weapons of choice.  What I use to train, I also use to race.

minimalist in Tapulao
minimalist in Tapulao

 

 Team Affiliation:

Accenture Running Club. A company-based club consisting of volunteer employees who want to promote, grow, and share the joys, experiences, and benefits of running.  It aims to create the perfect atmosphere that inspires wellness as well as foster the spirit of volunteerism and camaraderie that will benefit the community, the company and the nation.  As a member of the club’s core group, I actively participate in our group runs or learning sessions where I share my experiences with the other members.

Accenture Running Club
Accenture Running Club

 

MY MESSAGE TO THE RUNNING COMMUNITY?

Please continue to encourage and inspire people to run – your family members, friends, neighbours, your co-workers.  Be a living example of the joys and benefits of running.  Spread the love. 

To the Pinoy ultrarunning community, may we always keep our feet on the ground and our heads on the clouds.  Raise your own bar and keep pushing the limits.  Always respect the distance.

 

21 to 50 – The L2Q Chronicle

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.

June 15:

  • @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.

June 16:

  • @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.
  • @4:30am, gunstart.
  • @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!

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I have lots of people/team to thank.

  1. 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.
  2. Team Fairview: Special shout to Amang! Tubig lang yun – pero yun ang kailangan.
  3. Team Ekek: right at a time when it’s all too hot – a cold spray!
  4. Team Marupok: Meljohn and Brian – a big thanks! Very nice store of everything! Right also at a time when something is needed.
  5. Myla Limpay Go – for the post run meal / coffee / ride / chat. I do envy your training ground. 🙂
  6. 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!

Kilometer Clubs

Really? There is such a thing? What are they for?

🙂

I dont know.

I just happen to have the first 1000 as a free token from the BaldRunner himself.

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I am really looking forward to 7,000-KM.

Why? Because I have more than that now:

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I do have lots of shoes. They are living an extended life because the wear and tear is not that much. 🙂 I alternate the use every week, if not every 2 days.

I still have 1 that is not in the list. Still in a cold box! 🙂

Thanks be to God!

BTW: I don’t have a trail shoes. Now you know…