2010 was the year running took a backseat from my list of activities, but in between my great hiatus there were some interesting events that transpired. Here’s a look back at how 2010 was for me:
The highlight for the first month of 2010 was my return to running with a 50K test run of the Bataan Death March (BDM) Ultramarathon (first 50K of the actual route).
This month continued where January left off—another recon run with the first 50K of the BDM102K—to make a more informed planning session on how we’d tackle the great 102K race.
The month was also the time when we ascended to the roof of Luzon—Mt. Pulag. It was indeed a “cool” experience to experience subzero temperatures in the Philippines.
Runner’s World magazine has reached the Philippines, and Team Runner’s World was at the Globe Run to launch the occasion!
Of course the real highlight of the month was the Bataan Death March Ultramarathon 102K: my longest and fastest ultramarathon to date.
That month completed my back-to-back ultramarathons with The North Face 100 in Baguio, which, as the name implies, is a 100K ultramarathon, set on the trails, make that mountains, of Baguio.
But as a final preparation for that monumental feat, a “quick” climb to Mt. Maculot was in order.
May is vacation time, and for me it was a delight to have finally been able to visit the island of Boracay! Of course a barefoot run was in place—what else would runners do with all that fine white sand beach? 😀
June would go down as the month the Team Powerpuff Boys was born, but since I was then in my forced running hiatus due to injuries acquired from my back to back ultramarathons, I was again back at the beach (Canyon Cove) for another quick session of barefoot running.
July was the month of the National MILO® Marathon Manila Eliminations—the best elimination leg that I’ve joined to date.
For most people, it was the Run for the Pasig River month, but for yours truly it was a trip to Mt. Pinatubo by foot! Courtesy of PAU of course.
December was my busiest month, but not as far as running is concerned. In fact, the only running session I’ve for the month that included other people was the VFF fun run!
Looking back with this article I realized that my 2010 wasn’t as unproductive as I originally thought, and it was definitely a year of marathons and ultramarathons. It really does help to put up a log of your activities (such as a blog) for future references and assessment. Of course it does add a bit of pressure to be better than the previous, but don’t we all seek to be better? These would be my benchmark on what to do for the rest of 2011! 😀