BATULAO Chronicle

I was early at the meeting place.


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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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:

From Crissy:

Peak 1
Peak 1
Evercrest Entrance
Evercrest Entrance
Summit too
Summit too

From Thei:

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Best Shot of Me!
Best Shot of Me!

From Jerome:

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I tried my best to beat my personal cut-off. 4pm at home!

Thank God! IN at 3:55pm!

All thanks to the Lord God Almighty!


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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 (ยฉ2011) 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ (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!





WEEK #10

Still at 58Kgs. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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


Consumed a bottle of Cobra, 1 500ml Gatorade, and 1 500ml water for the whole trek from start to end. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks be to God!


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


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


Thanks be to God!

Once Upon a Time

Suddenly, I missed a lot.

Those LSDs we call.

Those fun runs where we don’t have to pay for anything other than what we want to eat after.

Those fun guys with passion equal to mine:ย  PEAK HERE.

The nicest places we’ve been to.

The best meals and laughters after. ๐Ÿ™‚

I used to push…

…push people to running.

I used to lead a pace.

I used to organize the run and choose the place.

But that was long ago.

I have no need to push these guys now – they are highly motivated and are training on their own.

I can’t lead them anymore to a pace – most of them are way faster than me now.

There’s so many run to many different places – I only need to be invited. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyways, nothing was lost.

A lot is, however, cherished. See a SAMPLE.

When I’m back to a normal schedule…

When I have the luxury of time…

I’d go to where I have been – once upon a time.