Where are they now?

Some time long ago,

I wrote: FEATURED ULTRARUNNERS

I think it’s time to update what they have been doing so far. πŸ™‚

  1. Ronald SP Robles – Finished the 50K Laguna to Quezon Ultramarathon last June 16, 2013.
  2. Daphne Rose T. Codilla – Finished the 50K Tanay Ultramarathon last June 12, 2013 and still! kept her title as Female Champ!
  3. Japhet Andrew A. Grande – Finished 50K T2N last December of 2012.
  4. Francisco R. Delmo Jr. – Finished the 50K Tanay Ultramarathon last June 12, 2013.
  5. Wesley Noel S. OraΓ±a – Recently finished the BDM 102 of 2013.
  6. Jimmy Ong – Finished the 50K Tanay Ultramarathon last June 12, 2013.
  7. Wilnar Iglesia – Finished the SN250 last June 14 To 16, 2013. He bagged 3rd place! (Awesome guy! Always humble!) A rare breed!
  8. Jerome Estrada Jamili – Recently Finished the BDM 102 of 2013, Silver Medalist.
  9. Camilo R. Paran Jr. – Recently Finished a Grandslam BDM 160 and 102 of 2013.
  10. Janus Ajusto – Finished the 50K Laguna to Quezon Ultramarathon last June 16, 2013, with his wife Malou! (awesome couple, congrats!)

For my new friends in the communityΒ  – if you think you or a friend should be in this list, feel free to PM me. πŸ™‚

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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.

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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! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚
  6. Leo Tugade and his team of snails! πŸ™‚ 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!

Self Support Running

Come Sunday,

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ LOLS
  • FREE YOUR MIND – PRAY. When I run, I do not entertain negative thoughts. Rather, I pray a lot. There’s nothing better than this. Me and my God on a very long chat! NOTE: From Lumban’s STI College, there’d be a community in the next 4.9 to 5.2K of the route. This is already past the KM 20 of the race. Still, a safe race in terms of supplies.The BIble says in Hebrews 13:5: New International Version (Β©2011) Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” No worries, right?
  • 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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ (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.

1 – 9 = flat

10 – 14 = ascending

15 – 50 = rolling hills

See you on Sunday!

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WEEK #9

May 6, 2013 6K

@8:30am, a cup of Choco Filipino
@10:35am Lunch = Sinigang na Panga ng Salmon + Rice + 500ml SMART c+ lemon
@11:17am, rogin-E
@11:35am, a cup of Nescafe 3-in-1 coffee
@2:20pm, a cup of Choco Filipino

@5:30pm, 6.07K 6:1 run walk in 00:44:09

SPLITS: 7:19 / 7:17 / 7:38 / 6:42 / 7:21 / 7:38

Gear: reactivated Newton Racer, Cycling Shorts, White Undershirt, Hydration Bag, Burlington Socks

May 7, 2013 5K

@8:11am, a cup of Choco Filipino
@10:15am, Beef Brocolli Rice + 500ml Smart C+ Orange.
@12:52pm, a cup of Nescafe 3-in-1
@2:51pm, a plate of Carbonara

@5:30pm, 5.02K 7:1 run walk in 00:38:55

SPLITS: 7:53 / 7:15 / 7:04 / 8:15 / 8:20

Gear: Newton Racer, adidas Climacool Shorts, Reebok Shirt, Hydration Bag, Generic Black Socks

May 8, 2013 5.42K

@7:30am, Spam + 2 Eggs + Rice + Calamansi Juice
@8:25am, a cup of Nescafe 3-in-1
@12.45pm, Hickory Liempo + Rice + 1 slice of Puto Pandan
@1:30pm, a cup of Nescafe 3-in-1

@5:41pm, 5.42K 3:1 run walk in 00:41:07

5K SPLITS:

1.02K 8:05
1.09K 8:30
0.99K 7:04
0.93k 7:08
0.98k 7:10

Gear: adidas F50 Racer, New Shorts, Generic Black Socks, adidas Green Climacool Shirt, Hydration Bag

May 9, 2013 10.14K

@7:55am, a cup of Choco Filipino
@9:57am, a cup of Nescafe 3-in-1
@12:45pm, Dinuguan + 2 cups of rice.
@1:25pm, a cup of Choco Filipino + 1 Pandesal
@5:25pm, 240ml Juicy Lemon
@6:47pm, 240ml Juicy Lemon

@5:27pm, 10.14K 7:1 run walk in 1:13:11

Gear: Puma Axis, Bo’s Cycling, Mayon 360 Singlet, Hydration Bag

May 10, 2013
@8:10am, a cup of Nescafe 3-in-1 coffee + 1 Skyflakes
@10:15am, Adobo + 1 rice.
@11:57am, a cup of Nescafe 3-in-1 coffee

May 12, 2013

@6:35am, 6.53K 5:1 run walk in 00:57:26

@7:45am, 1.45K 5:1 run walk in 00:12:16

Gear: Puma Axis, Nike Socks, Green New Shorts, Green Climacool Shirt, Hydration Bag, adidas Cap

@4:59pm, 7.51K 5:1 run walk in 00:58:44

Gear: Puma Axis, Nike Socks, adidas Climacool Shorts, Mayon 360 Singlet

WEEK9

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.

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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™‚